I had so much fun with Fer's World Carnival of projects and resolutions. With 50 participants, the Carnival offered a great opportunity for participants to share their gardening inspirations for the new year. I had great fun reading and commenting on all 50 (the ones in English, anyway). As a kid, I had two pen-pals. I'd hurry home from school each day to check the mail to see if I had letters. I had found their names through my favorite magazine Western Horseman. One girl lived in California and the other in Illinois. Judy in California and I became great friends through our passion for horses. We had so much in common and got to meet each other twice. In 9th grade my dad took my brother and sister and me to San Diego to visit relatives. I took a train to Fullerton where I met Judy for the first time. She was a year or two older then I was and could drive. She took me to Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm. Certainly one of the best days of my life. Quite sadly, Judy died in an awful car accident when we were in college. We had lost contact with each for a bit then we reconnected in college. She was at Brigham Young University in Utah and I was at a junior college in Northeaster Colorado. She was studying to become an elementary teacher and I was in journalism. We vowed to renew our friendship. I think we would still be friends today.