Sorry it has been a while since I have had a chance to write a new blog post. The world of refinancing homes is very alive and well, and, as a mobile notary signing agent, that has kept me unusually busy. I had planned this themed post several weeks ago based on an image I took during a break one afternoon when I was on the photography workshop in Missoula, Montana. I have never seen anything like this before. I think more cities need to add them because this experience obviously is a fantastic opportunity for friends to get together and enjoy the opportunity to work together in a fun way. This isn't a group of girl friends sitting at a mobile bar cruising the city. They are actually making the trip through town happen because they are all peddling and working together to make this special experience happen. And doesn't this really tell the tale of the importance of girl friend relationships, or any relationships? Thinking back over my life and now, I honestly don't know what I would do if I did not have my girl friends. A few of them go all the way back to my kindergarten and public school grades. Others are college friends with whom I have reconnected since graduation. Others are special "girls" I have met during photography workshops or foreign travels, especially to the Chateau deGudanes in France. They are Facebook friends. Some are Words with Friends friends. Others are friends I have made since living here in Tennessee, some of whom have sadly moved away, but that does not make them even less my girl friends. The importance of females having female friends is recognized as an important and influential part in the lives of women. Here are just five reasons why: 1. Female friends can understand you in ways that men may not. 2. Female friends can offer you a fresh perspective. 3. Female friends can be a voice of honesty. 4. Female friends get better with age. 5. Female friendships can help us deal with stress. I am so thankful for my girl friends. What would I have done without you, especially as I have entered the stage of my life where I am now a single, unmarried (widowed) woman. You make my day, every day, in so many ways that I can't count. Bottom line is that, while you are not physically helping me to peddle through life, as these young ladies were doing in Missoula recently, you really are helping me every day in so many ways. Thank you, my dear, sweet, and wonderful girl friends. I love you all for how important you continue to make me feel and for all the times you have been and continue to be my "cheerleaders."