June 9, 2010

A Day With Marion...

Our first time together, yet we knew from our correspondence,
phone calls, and hearts that we would hit it off. I walked into
Starbucks and she was already standing to greet me.
It was as though we'd always known each other.

Hugs were exchanged and she introduced me to her
good-lookin' husband, Doug - greetings which we promptly
punctuated with coffee and strawberry swirl pound cake.

Doug left us to visit and we chatted for two hours before we
looked at our watches and decided to move ourselves to
Beads F.O.B. for a little "bling" shopping.

After the bead shop, we headed to the local yarn shop,
The Spinning Wheel on Siesta Drive. I introduced Marion to
my friends Barbara and Jean, but we missed Klara (the owner)
as she has Wednesdays off. When we left the shop
we decided on Monterrey Grill for a nice, leisurely lunch.
Before we knew it, another two hours had disappeared!

Onward and southward on the Tamiami Trail to A Good Yarn.
We managed to get there just before closing time,
but Susan was kind enough to let us (and about four other
late shoppers) stay until we'd ooo'd and ahhh'd all the new
and scrumptious yarns. By the time we left, it was nearly
5 pm and time to take my friend back to her sister's home.
We couldn't believe how quickly the time passed during our visit!
We took photos for posterity (and my blog, of course!) and
then said our farewells. Marion and Doug will leave Florida today
for their trip back to Michigan. I'm so grateful that she took
time away from her family to spend the day with me.
I'll look forward to the day when we can visit, in person, again.
(BTW-For our Ravelry friends, I'm "craftydeece" and Marion is "downsize".)

Safe travels, my friends.
PS. I'm having a ball playing with images at Photofunia! Click on the site title to see how many wonderful things you can do with your photos there! Thanks to Jodie, at Everything Vintage for putting me onto the site!

15 friends clicked here to leave a note for me:

te_roti said...

Nothing like meeting online friends in person. My how the time flies. Nice pics too.


MosaicMagpie said...

What a great time you had together. Those photos are really cool, I am going to check that Photofunia out!


Diva Kreszl said...

what a wonderful day you had, such a gift to be able to meet face to face!

Maggey and Jim said...

How wonderful for both of you..I think meeting our blog friends is such a good thing.. Have a great week.

Claudia said...

Isn't it wonderful to meet our friends from the Internet - whether it is Ravelry or blogging? So glad you had a great time with your friend.


Faerie Moon Creations said...

Oh, I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed time with your Ravelry friend and that it was everything you hoped it would be. That is just SO amazing!!! Theresa

Tarnished and Tarnished said...

Isn't it awesome to meet someone you love online in 'real life'? It's even better when they exceed your expecations. You look like two sisters in the photo. Sounds like some serious shopping was done too.

D said...

Great pictures...what a visit and what memories for sure!
Pkg. arrived today and LOVE IT!
Wonderful surprise on a gloomy, wet New England day. Neil can't wait to bake with the vanilla. We'll have to keep passing that bottle back!
D & S, Thanks for being such special friends to us..D & N

LaurieAnna's Vintage Home said...

What an inspirational post! I have so many online friends that I hope to one day meet in person, you amoung them!

Lovely photos....always such a joy to visit your blog! Have a great weekend!

LaurieAnna's Vintage Home said...

It always makes me smile to see your furry babies on the sidebar....feels like home!

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

How wonderful!
I just imagine what it would be like to meet all my online buddies, the instant kinship and closeness I'm sure we'd feel. Much like you and Marion.

Photofunia is a blast! Did you see the post I did on it last month? So fun!


Julie Pishny said...

I love hearing stories like this of friendships made via blogs, it's the best thing about blogging the sisterhood. Thank you for sharing your day with us...blessings - Julie

Michelle May said...

Time always seems to fly when it is spent with fun friends.
Great photo. I'm going to go check out that site.

Debby said...

What a beautiful post, loved reading this. It is so much fun to meet our online friends and spend some real time with them.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Donna so much for sharing your day with me. It was grand fun! For the rest of you, Donna is just as I had imagined, as thou I had known her for years. None of those "awkward" firt meeting moments, we talked for hours, like old friends. I am looking forward to another visit. Marion
(something is wrong with my "google" account so muct leave this anonymous))


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