While post-processing some pictures from yesterday’s walk, I was struck with how lovely it is to have friends with whom I can spend time. Some friends we see frequently, others less so, but all of our time together reminds me of connections and the affection we feel for one another. Like family, friends are easy to take for granted; in reality, all require effort and reaching out and giving and receiving. Yesterday I went on a photoshoot along my favorite local trail with a friend I had not seen socially for ages because she has been so busy. Last night, we had friends over for dinner, and it was so nice just to chat and dine, drink wine, and watch a movie. This morning, the puppies came running in for their morning pets from Josh, and how much all of them, as a family, are my friends. And then my morning walk with another friend. And friends elsewhere not seen today, near and far. Such blessings in life are to be savored, treasured, and nutured, because these are the things that, for me, count the most in life. Without them, a void would exist which could never be filled by anything else.