Well this month on pick your precious I'm doing something a little different. Being away on a retreat theres not much here to pick so I had to think about it, then I thought, well my friends are precious to me so that counts I'm sure!
Some people might find it strange, I don't see them very often at all, I've only met some of them once or even twice but yes I class them my friends :) We often speak online and if I have a problem I know I can post there and get some support and advice and really thats what a friend is about. We share good times and bad and they're all a cracking laugh :)
It started when Mark got sick, I lost all my friends as they found it hard to understand what it was like caring for him. They would expect me to still go out whenever or have them round as much which I just couldn't do. I was really isolated and depressed until I stumbled on UK scrappers. There you can talk on the main board or you can make little mini groups about specific topic, Lisa (at the back in the black top) made a group called 'twilight addicts' for anyone who loved the twilight films. Having watched it and loved it i decided to join. Was a small decision with very big consequences lol. The girls on there were so lovely and even though it wasn't 'going out' I would log on each morning with a cup of coffee and sit and have a chat. I felt more like a person again, not talking to only babies or poorly hubbys all the time. It gave me somewhere to go when I needed to vent, or the many nights when Mark was in hospital and I was up with a crying child and feeling very alone.
Well after talking for ages online we decided to do a retreat a couple of years ago. I admit it was a bit daunting going to stay in a cottage in the middle of nowhere, what if they hated me, what if we didn't get on? But it was amazing, we all had a similar sense of humour and had a great time. Sadly I missed last years but am very glad I managed it this year :) Besides doing loads of layouts I've had a wonderful time, laughing, gossiping and socilising :)
The internet may cause a lot of problems but if it wasn't for the world wide web I never would have met such a lovely, funny, kind, group of people :)