Wednesday, March 30, 2016
A is for abandoned.
And, that's all this gal shall be writing for the 2016 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. Life has taken a critical turn that disallows (such a word?) me to participate in this year's blogging challenge.
Best wishes to all participants.
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Friday, October 30, 2015
Monday, March 16, 2015
Lisa stopped to take a photo of a chair in the shape of the hand in front of the furniture store. She told me about an article on chairs she read on her flight. Now, she wants to take photos of chairs.
"I must take a photo of Lisa taking a photo of the chair," said Farel, brother of Lisa.
"I must take a photo of you taking a photo of Lisa taking a photo of the chair," I said.
That delightful silliness was last Thursday when the virtual blogging world suddenly became real and I met blogging friend Lisa from Malaysia in person. Wowza, indeed!
Lisa and I met on my other blog, Take 25 to Hollister, which is about my hometown and the place where the Husband and I currently live. The "25" refers to the two-lane state highway that leads into Hollister from the north. This bit of information will make sense a few paragraphs later.
On Wednesday night, I received a Facebook message from Lisa: "I'm heading to Hollister tonight!"
Huh! I read her message a couple of times to make sure I was reading all the words straight. Curiously, Lisa had floated into my mind that afternoon. Perhaps I was picking up her vibe. Lisa had been visiting friends on the California coast and the evening she wrote she was with her brother, Farel, who lives in San Jose. (Farel, please forgive me if I have spelled your name wrong.)
The next afternoon, the Husband and I headed over to their hotel and we met, wouldn't you know it, kindred spirits. We took them to lunch, then a tour around town. At one point, Lisa was taking a photo of the city streets and said to me, with a big smile, "I took 25 to Hollister." I don't think Lisa realized how honored I felt when she said that.
After the downtown sights, we drove around the countryside a bit and headed over to our house where Lisa and Farel hung out and had dinner with us. At one point, Lisa, Farel, and the Husband were sitting in the living room bent over tablets and laptops enjoying themselves, each other, and the magical Internet. Me? I was whipping egg whites which is always magical to me.
Lisa fell asleep over her computer. Jet lag had caught up to her. When she woke up, she smelled the aroma of frying fish and said, "It smells delicious. It feels like home."
See you again, Lisa and Farel!
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Last week, I read a post by Manzanita at Wanna Buy a Duck about a blogger friend who was visiting her. She'd ended her post with a question: "Have you ever visited in person with a blogging buddy?" I thought that would be pretty cool to meet a fellow blogger in person. But, I figured the odds are slim since the bloggers I would love to meet one day live in such far away places as Montana, British Columbia, Hawaii, Australia, the East Coast, and Malaysia. And, these days, far-away traveling is not on the horizon for the Husband and me.
Ha! Was I proven wrong. About meeting blogger buddies in person, that is.
On Tuesday, I received an e-mail message from Courtney of Maui Jungalow. She and her husband were visiting in Silicon Valley for a couple of days and she wondered if I might be interested in getting together. Voila! The next day, the Husband and I met them at the motorcycle seat factory in our town where Courtney's husband was ordering a custom-made seat for the BMW bike that he was rebuilding.
From the moment Courtney and I said Aloha, we chattered away, stopping only to get into our cars to drive to a restaurant. Over breakfast, the four of us talked story. Story after story. It's as if we hadn't seen each other for a long time, and we just picked up from where we had left off. Have you ever felt that way with folks you've just met?
Courtney gifted us with pretty shells from Hawaii. A bit of sand fell out of them, which is so cool. I can't recall the names of the different shells, except for the sea anemone quills on the bottom left. They are all so lovely.
Mahalo, Courtney, for the Aloha shells and the visit. Hope to see you again in person. Maybe next time it'll be in your hometown.