Saturday, June 13, 2009

Visit with Blog Friends


Yesterday was a fabulous day for George and me. We drove to Cleveland, TN (to the Cracker Barrel) and had lunch plus about FOUR hours of talk-talk-talk with blog friends, SHELLEY and LEEDRA. It was fabulous--and seemed as if we had known one another all of our lives. I don't know who talked the most, but poor Greg and George didn't get many words in!!!!! ha

I won't tell you what we said (that would take an eternity)---but I will say that we did talk about YOU... Favorite bloggers---Not-so-favorite Bloggers, Funny ones, etc..... Did your ears burn???? I'm sure your blog fell into the 'Fav' list of course!!!!!!!! Seriously though, we talked about our lives, our hubbies, and life in general.

Since Leedra and I both live in Tennessee, we want Shelley and Greg to come back (they live in gorgeous but cold Michigan)--and we will take them to the Smokies (Cades Cove specifically)... AND---the next time, any of you who live nearby are welcome to come too!!!!! (Sorry Jayne!) Actually, I'd love to meet more of you---if and when you get near us, and we can meet somewhere for lunch or dinner... OR--you can come by and see our Roses and Lilies.

The picture above shows the three of us (Leedra, Betsy, Shelley). More pictures are below ---and I'm sure you can see more on both Shelley's and Leedra's blogs. We ALL had cameras!!!! Are you surprised???? ha




Shelley and I had some time to talk about Leedra (Sh! Don't tell her!!! Ha) before she got there!!!!





George and I gave Shelley and Greg a framed photo of our favorite local waterfall, Fall Creek Falls. We want to take them there someday also!!! Leedra brought Shelley and Greg some beautiful Irises from her garden --for them to plant at their home in Michigan. Shelley gave both Leedra and me a bag filled with all kinds of MICHIGAN goodies. My favorite is a loon magnet... I have already put it on my frig---and can think of Shelley and her love of loons everytime I open my frig. (Of course, she also brought pictures of Scout -her new puppy-- to show us!!!)






Wonder what we were laughing about????? Think we were still talking about Leedra since she still hadn't gotten there??????? ha ha ha (Sorry Leedra!!! We just HAVE to give you a hard time!)





One more photo of the three Bloggers; Shelley's Greg was also there and my George---but they were always taking the pictures!!!!



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When we got home yesterday, I walked around outside and took some pictures of our yard. This picture is actually the view I have right now when I stand at my kitchen sink and look outside. Seeing and smelling the lilies certainly makes washing dishes more special!!!!! Wanna come and wash our dishes??? (Click on each picture to enlarge.)





I can sit on our swing on the deck and see and smell these beauties.





Next to the white lilies is a patch of yellow ones.. I love seeing them in groups like this!





Remember in spring when we had Dad Adams' Daffodils in this bed???? WELL---now we have Dad Adams' Daylilies. Aren't they pretty?





Several of you have asked for a 'tour' of our yard. It's hard to show it all---but this is a view from the street looking toward the house. Look carefully and you can see our hanging bird feeder near the Computer Room window.. I love sitting at my 'puter watching the birds come to that feeder!!! Fun Fun!!!





One more view of the front yard ; You can see the Roses --and also some Lilies in the round lamppost flowerbed.

If you ever get a chance to visit blog friends in person ---DO IT. It was wonderful for us today!!
Hugs,

46 comments:

Mildred said...

I've been patiently waiting to hear about your visit. You three girls are favorites of mine and I am so happy you got to meet. The pictures tell the story of how much fun you had. What a wonderful blessing blogging is and it affords us so many friendships! Your yard is looking just beautiful Betsy and George. I know it is a lot of hard work but it certainly is a joyful sight!

Cedar ... said...

It's easy to see that you all hit it off in high style,... those big smiless tell the story! Re: your house, I may have told you before, but I really like the angled siding, makes for an interesting view. Nice.

Darla said...

There is no telling what ya'll discussed! Looks like ya'll hit if off right away, how could you not? The three of you have great sense of humor and are very sweet! I'm so glad you shared this, can't wait to read Shelly and Leedra's take on it.
You yard is beautiful!

troutbirder said...

Lots of fun to see some faces whose blogging names I'm familiar with and your beautiful Tennesse countryside.:)

Arkansas Patti said...

Faces don't lie. You all had a great time. Must be cool to meet the person behind the words and pictures.
I did have to embiggin one picture. Your shirt had me curious. Now you know I don't have a healthy mind.
I tip my large, straw sun hat to your live in gardener. He does great work.

Shellmo said...

Hi Betsy! Just told Greg the best part of our trip to Tenn was meeting you, George and Leedra! I think my smile is bigger than yours right now if its possible! That beautiful waterfall photo is going to our cabin - thank you again! Loved the tour of your yard - maybe one day I can see it in person! :-0
Big Hugs,
Shelley

NatureStop said...

Betsy,looks like you really had a great time with all your smiles.You stay in a lovely place and what a beautiful yard with lovely blooms.Thanks for sharing.

NatureStop said...

Betsy,looks like you really had a great time with all your smiles.You stay in a lovely place and what a beautiful yard with lovely blooms.Thanks for sharing.

Jayne said...

So glad you all got to meet up Betsy. I was at work and could not come, but hope to next time you all get together! :c)

NCmountainwoman said...

Oh, I can only imagine the back and forth chatter. What a fun thing!

Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

Betsy...it's really fun to meet your blog buddies isn't it?
I don't see a WEED anywhere in that yard of yours! You are always gone so does this mean that you have been holding out about your YARD MAN?????
xoxo :)

ROSIDAH said...

How lovely to meet up with fellow Bloggers! The three of you look great together. That must have been a wonderful day. I love to read about your thoughtful presents for each other. Pretty, pretty, pretty view of your garden! Have a nice weekend, Betsy. Hugs and love from Indonesia :)

Busy Bee Suz said...

The three of you yacked it up? I am shocked!! Looks like a really fun lunch and visit. I am jealous of course....Love your yard tour. I feel Like I have been here already and I might be able to name some of your roses. Maybe.
SUZ

Cicero Sings said...

Very fun to meet fellow bloggers ... I've only met two, almost met a third but we somehow got our dates mixed up. Looks like you had a super fun time.

Mary said...

Looks like a great time was had by all :-) How nice to meet such wonderful people that you only meet on-line normally.

karin said...

What a special treat to meet up with fellow bloggers! You and George have such wonderful warm and open hearts, freely sharing the joys of friendship. Your faces on the photos of your visit just radiate such joy. God bless you!! Your garden tour was great! Thanks for sharing all those gorgeous photos!

Just trying to catch up on reading - got home safely and are so busy right now!

Michele said...

Ah, yes, I surely can see by the smiles that you all had a very good visit. How I wish I could visit you both... I know it would be just as pleasant! It's neat how bloggers can get together such as that!

Wonderful photos of your home, it's always a treat to see it!

Hugs♥

Dorothy said...

I think it is wonderful that you had this meeting with two of our special blogger friends!!! That is so neat!!! Your yard is awesome, too! Blessings!

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

I don't think I've ever seen a "happier" photo of three ladies...so glad you had such a wonderful meeting...and the daylilies are gorgeous....

fishing guy said...

Betsy: What a fun get together. Glad you got to meet some of your blog friends.

ChrisC and JonJ said...

That looks like so much fun.And if you and George are ever Florida way,We would love to meet up with you and George.

SquirrelQueen said...

It would be so much fun to get together with other bloggers, the smiles in the photos prove that. Looks like you all had a wonderful time.
I love the photos of your yard and those beautiful lilies.
Have a great weekend.
Lots of hugs,
Judy

Susie said...

How fun! I think it's so neat how you all got to meet. Looks like you had a great time!

Deborah Godin said...

Hooray for you gals, it does look like a wonderful time was had by all!!

Joy said...

I can just imagine all the talkin going on in that restaurant. Did they start charging you rent haha.

That is great you got together. What fun fellowship.

As usual the yard is just spectacular.


Joy

Gundo vom Haus Sevens said...

Looks like you guys had a fabulous time! Let me know when you are in NC again! Beautiful yard as always,

Jane

Jen said...

I can feel the laughter from here, and You all have a genuine smile on your faces, I knew you would.
I think it's great you were all able to get together...next time I just may have to crash that party. ha!

Leedra said...

I had a wonderful time, just hate that it took Shelley and Gregg coming to east Tennessee for us to meet. Shame on us! As in our emails last night it was the greatest, I really can't say enough about our time together. It is a wonder George and Gregg didn't say to heck with us and just go outside. Poor things were hardly allowed to speak.

Our Back Porch said...

I can tell you all had a great visit together! What fun! And you can't beat Cracker Barrell, YUM-O!!

Have a lovely weekend!
Hugs and Blessings,
Rebecca

Rose said...

I bet the three of you had a blast! I wish I could have joined you.

Love the lilies....

Small City Scenes said...

Oh Betsy, you all look like you are having a fun time. Big smiles, for sure. What a treat to meet fellow bloggers. Maybe someday...........

You home and yard are so spotless. Mine, even outside, has that lived in look. Do you just not have weeds in your gardens?

MaryBeth

Small City Scenes said...

I forgot to tell you about my Eagle picture. I had gone to my friends house to take said friend to the Airporter when here comes this eagle flying by with a couple of crows following it. I just stood there and watched it and then just as it was landing in the tree I thought of PICTURES! and of course I had my camera handy. but I sure would have liked to take a picture of the bird in flight. Duh! MB

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

O.K. now I really am jealous.:)The three of you must have had a blast.I hope someday I too can meet some of my blogging friends in person.Betsy,you have a gorgeous yard.
Blessings,Ruth

The Birdlady said...

Well, wasn't that fun?!!

Smilingsal said...

I'm sure that was a fun lunch. What a view from your window; I'll bet you fight to do the dishes!

Smilingsal said...

I'm sure that was a fun lunch. What a view from your window; I'll bet you fight to do the dishes!

Janie said...

I'm glad you had such a fun visit with blogging friends.
Your yard is gorgeous. I wouldn't mind washing your dishes with that kind of view!

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hey Betsey,
I had to pop in to say hello and to tell you that I lived in Cleveland, TN when I was a teenager..we won't talk about how many decades ago that was..hahahaha

That is so neat that y'all got together..I've told Thomas about you and hubby and just know that one day we will all meet.

Have a great weekend,
Stephanie

Robert V. Sobczak said...

I've met a few people through my blog, but they are all in the water business or live in south Florida and are interested in water. It's been a great way to connect.

Sit A Spell said...

Looks like yall had too much fun! (and ya can't beat Cracker Barrel) I am a southern girl up noth and love your area of TN, but live in Shelley's area in MI. I visit her blog often, for I have a love of birds and nature.

My family visited Cades Cove area 3 yrs ago and wanted to stay! We stayed in a cabin...just loved it.

Your yard is wonderful...still waiting for most of my flowers to bloom. Thanks for sharing yours!

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Bliss said...

I will drive to Hendersonville whenever you say the word :)

Daisy said...

Oh, I bet you three ladies had a wonderful visit! Looks like fun. :D

Your EG Tour Guide said...

How neat to meet fellow bloggers. ;-)

Eve said...

Well I'm so excited for you guys!! What fun! Blogger buddies and gifts to boot!! I'm sure the guys just enjoyed listening to all the laughs! Your lilies are beautiful Betsy, they are one of my favorite flowers. I have many from NY here in my new gardens and they are doing fine. Also many that were already here. Keep planting!!

Connie said...

Ladies, it looks like you guys had a blast. I also was curious about Betsy's t-shirt.

I'm envious of your lawn and all your beautiful flowers.