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linda t

Oh what a fun 'lunch bunch' group of gals! That is what we called it when my girlfriends and I got together once a month for many, many years! You inspire me to get one going again!
Joanne, your husband is such a doll! He is so fun to have around the office! And he is making a HUGE difference in the completion of John's book! John and my husband are best friends, so we love John dearly. Thank you for sharing Toben with us here in Phoenix!
And YES, I would LOVE to take you to all my favorite shops when you come here in a few weeks! I just know we will be fast friends!


Looks like a lot of fun!


Oh, it WAS fun! Thanks, Joanne, for a lovely day. Abbey told her brother and sister that you were super cool. And she's very proud that you posted the photo she took!

Guess what? I had great luck at the Gap outlet, and it started snowing after I got home. A perfect way to end a perfect day.

Thank you again for hosting us. I'm off to check out your yummy soup recipe!

Susan wonderful.


I absolutely loved reading abt the lunch get together..I am sure you girls had a lot of fun...
and I absolutely loved Ms. Millie...



Oh, how I wish I could have joined you! I do hope I can make the next gathering...I heard all about it from Angie and I truly missed out on what sounds like a wonderful afternoon! Thanks for thinking of me...also, my husband and I thank you dearly for the yummy raisin bread!...and I'm feeling much better so thanks for the prayers! :)


Lunch was awesome. You all are such beautiful women inside and out.

Oh...and the bread...I shouldn't know this at 11pm, but I had the munchies when I got home from class, and I must say it is positively divine! Yumm!


I am so sorry that I missed it! I look forward to meeting everyone next time.


Looks like wonderful girl time... so welcoming!

miss chris

Joanne, it looks lovely! And look at Millie, all dressed up. She is wonderful. Looks like a fun luncheon. Lucky gals!


Dumpling and I had sooooooooooo much fun! Thanks for hosting us. It was wonderful. *sigh* Wish we could all get together again soon.



Looks like so much fun...and thank you for the recipe...I was having a brain freeze and needed something easy and fit the bill on all accounts!

Have a wonderful weekend!


I love having lunch with friends! It's great to catch and crack up :)


Hey Joanne, Sounds like you had a great time and a wonderful hot wintery lunch...mmmm.

I'm looking forward to the possibility of being able to do some more lunches with friends when I get settled in a new job with less days of work.

And I love the way you did your photos on the dining room wall! I may have to steal the idea. I like the fact that it can be a fluid collection of photos since they're not hanging directly on the wall. Let me know how you use that space, how often you change photos, if any, etc.


Another person that doesn't like chocolate...must be my long lost sister. Tell her "Hi" for me! There are not too many of us so we need to stick together :)
I am glad I found your blog again. The link that I had before stopped working.

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