So Close And Yet So Far!!!

Home Stager with Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging

Woke up this morning with childhood memories of playing with dolls and having tea parties with my younger sister Connie.  Even though she was six years younger we were always able to find something to do together that had no age difference. 

Today is Connie's birthday and as I think of her and how close we were when we were growing up it brings back all those good memories that I had with her.  Sixteen years ago she moved away and now resides in North Dakota.  Even though I have seen her in between those years and of course we talk on the phone, it's just not the same as living close and having the ability to just pop over to her house and see her. 

My sister has always been an inspiration to me.  She is so talented and creative and has always been so willing to help me out and teach me something new.  I am so thankful for her and have always been grateful to have such a wonderful sister.

Many times when we are talking on the phone I tell her how much I miss her and that if she just lived closer that we could do all kinds of things together, go out to lunch, go shopping, go to the beach or even an overnight camping trip.  We even talk about doing the same business together...  if she just lived closer.

We are still close... yet we are so far away from each other! 

Today I just wanted to wish a Happy Birthday to my very special sister Connie...  I hope this day is extra special just like you are!



You never get a second chance...  to make a Great First Impression!

Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, IAHSP

With Divine Style

Real Estate Home Staging



Comments (13)

Pat & Steve Pribisko
Keller Williams Greater Cleveland West - Westlake, OH

This is a heartfelt blog.  Good for you. 

May 27, 2012 07:47 AM
Kathy Stoltman
Balboa Real Estate - Ventura, CA
Ventura County Real Estate Consultant 805-746-1793

When I was a little girl, I so wanted a sister, I had 2 older brothers.  I never did get my sister, but I do have a girl cousin who is nine months younger than me and lived close, so she stepped into my wanted "sister" role.  

I am sure you sister will be humbled by your post.

May 27, 2012 08:01 AM
Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager

Thank you Pat and Steve.  I appreciate the kind and thoughtful words of encouragement!  Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

May 27, 2012 08:09 AM
Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager

Kathy, Funny I had wished I had a brother, but thankful I had two wonderful sister's.  Tomorrow is my other sister's birthday, their birthday's were just a day apart.  It was pretty cool.  I also had a cousin who lived close by and she and I were close as well.  Whenever we got together we would just laugh for hours....  not a word was spoken without a laugh in between. 

Thanks for your wonderful comment and I'm glad you had your cousin to grow up with!

May 27, 2012 08:17 AM
Erv Fleishman
Realty Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Luxury Prop Specialist Realty Associates

Great to have the closeness and warmth with memories that will never fade.

YOu could move to North Dakota. 

Great place to live especially if you love the cold. 

May 27, 2012 09:46 AM
Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager

Erv, thanks for the kind comment.  My sister has been asking me to move to North Dakota for years....  then I talk to her in the winter months and hear how cold it is and say: yes the prices of homes are better there than California but I would make up the difference every month with heating my home.  Living in the San Francisco Bay Area my whole life I don't think I could adjust to that kind of weather. Have a great weekend Erv!

May 27, 2012 10:18 AM
Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Linda, happy belated birthday to your sister. I think that talent runs in your family. I wish I had such a kind sister as you are, but I have only a brother and with guys it is different. Anyway it is hard to live far away form your loved ones. Yes we all have this technology and talk on the phone or Skype but we miss a real hug and kiss or maybe just a quiet time next to each other.

May 28, 2012 03:06 AM
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Linda - this is so sweet to see. Happy Birthday to Connie and I hope you get to open a business together one day. How about a virtual one?

May 28, 2012 09:31 PM
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Linda,

This was a lovely post. I love the beautiful rose but the words were just so exceptional. So wonderful to always have those friends and siblings that will be there forever. I have a special friend and we worked together for many years and just shared a birthday with her 2 weeks ago. We talk on FB but I hadn't seen her in 7 years and it was just like we had just seen each other yesterday. Those bonds cannot be broken.

Linda, this is so exceptional and I am suggesting it. Hope your sister has a great birthday today.

May 29, 2012 01:56 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Hi Linda, it is good to see you in the RAIN again.  I have six sisters and cherish each and every one of them...each one have special memories for me... I am sure Linda loves and appreciates this was excellent!  It must be hard to not be able to see her often, but she is in your heart always!

May 30, 2012 01:01 PM
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

As I sit here and think about your description of your sister, I can imagine her... she sounds a lot like you. Lovely. 

Happy Birthday to Linda's sweet baby sister, Connie. ♥

May 30, 2012 01:51 PM
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

Good afternoon Linda.

That was a very moving post...

I wish your sister a Happy Birthday.


Jun 03, 2012 05:33 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON


Time goes by so fast....if only we could live close to all of the people we love and spend quality time with them regularly.

Happy Birthday to your sister, Connie!


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