Monday, November 23, 2009

The Queen Meets a Life-Long Friend !

From the second she opened the door, saw the camera and laughed her head off...

Sherry when she opened the door - she said she felt like she had won the Publisher's Clearing House or something ! ;)

I knew it was the start of a perfect adventure !

Sherry came to visit me this weekend. She and her man drove from Toronto to Manchester on Friday. That took literally all day !

They got to the hotel at 8:30 at night, having left around 8:00 in the morning.
We met up on Saturday am when I went to the hotel to pick her up.
I have to say that it really felt like we already knew each other (which we did though we had never been in the same room before !), it was so comfortable !

The best thing was that we were instantly both just ourselves, which amazes me ! I think it is pretty rare to feel that way instantly with another person. But that is how it worked for us !

We headed out on the one hour drive to Topsfield, Mass to visit one of the coolest arts/crafts stores in the Universe - Absolutely Everything. It is the kind of store where you discover more and more stuff the longer you hang out there. Conversation flowed so easily - we are talkers, Sherry and I ! Once at the store, I think we spent about an hour and a half exploring and choosing treasures that had to come home with us.

Sherry and Me at AE - Queen Style !

Then came lunch (lots of deep heart talking going on there...),

then came a visit to Tar-Jay for Sherry - they don't have those in Canada yet !

All the while, we were old friends, sharing our stories, seeing one anothers hearts, cheering each other on for all the work we have done and how far we have both come. You know, just the talk that two really good friends have. It felt so good and it felt like Sherry had always been in my life.

Sherry and her husband Al came to my house for supper after a little down time at the hotel. I made it easy on me and did the spaghetti, garlic bread and salad thing as we were out all day. David had done a lot of extra helping to make our house look extra cozy when the sweet guests arrived, which was very appreciated.

We enjoyed a nice evening of food, wine and of course, talking...;)
And then they left, around 10:30 or so, as they hoped to make a early departure to drive back home the next morning.

I have to say, as soon as I realized she was going home, I missed her. It feels like she should be in my world daily, like we should be able to hit Tar-jay whenever, and like I should be able to call her and talk about whatever I want to celebrate or commiserate about on any given day...

Oh, wait !

Tar-jay may be kind of out of the question, but the rest of it ? No !

I know have a new Life-Long Friendship ! What a gift for both of us ! A friendship that includes love, laughter, mutual support and encouragement and great companionship. What more could you want from a friendship ? A few hundred miles and a day long drive won't stop the power of this one ! ;)

Thank you to my dear friend Sherry for taking the time, traveling the miles and making meeting me in person a priority in her life. It was a definite gift for me and I know it was the start of a beautiful thing....

(PS - I didn't take a lot of pictures but Sherry did take more which I am sure she will share. It is hard sometimes to stop and capture it as it is happening when you really want to just soak it all up !)
Happy Monday, Beautiful Ones ! I am happily hanging out in the studio today, filled up with inspiration, motivation and feeling good after my weekend friendship-fest ! Have a good one !


sherry ♥ lee said...

LMAO -- that picture of me opening the door is so "ack"!!! But you caught me not only unaware, you caught me as I am...and truly I could not stop laughing at you with that camera!! I DID win the publisher's clearing house -- I won better..I won a life-long friend!!

It was a fabulous weekend and I've only touched the very tip of the iceberg today on my blog...there will be more as the week progresses. How can you sum up all those hours in one blog post? Well, now that you know me live and in person you know that I need many more words to give the full picture!!!

Al and I had a wonderful weekend and I'm so glad I gave myself this gift for my birthday. I knew it was something I wanted to do, even if I didn't know "why" -- I just did what felt "right".

How blessed am I to have been able to have this wonderful opportunity!! The King & Queen were treated royally and I've now dubbed myself "the empress of everday"!! :) ♥

joanne said...

awww... the picture is adorable... a once-in-a-lifetime moment with a big smile...

i just read sherry's post and said it is so wonderful to start out the week this way... two friends connecting in person, sharing hearts, hugging, talking, shopping, dining, and seeing the joy in every moment together... my heart feels warm and full for both of you... can't wait to hear more :)


beth said...

isn't meeting up with a fellow blogger just the best feeling ever ?

we are all connected by some miracle of a blogging umbilical cord that makes us all feel like we belong....

I'm so happy for you!....and sherry !!

Deidra said...

What a perfectly glorious time you shared! Great memories made. It's amazing what this blogging world has done for us...expanding our circles, enriching our worlds, and allowing us to meet people meant to feed our souls. It's a gift, indeed!

Julie said...

These are the best of times. Love it.


Kate said...

I loved hearing about your weekend with Sherry, what a great sharing you both had. Makes me smile on this snowy cold morning. Have a great day my friend.


dosfishes said...

Looks like you two would be instant
buds, the same enthusiasm....

Glad you had such a good time.



Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

You sound like a wonderful lady and friend. I was touched just reading Sherry's post so I headed over to your blog and found the same type of feeling.

It is such joy that is only experienced not by chance but with God's help. I'm so glad that you're friends of the heart and more.

patti said...

A magic photo of Sherry's arrival! What a smile! I'm so glad you were both able to deepen your connection and spend some time together.

Genie Sea said...

Sherry looks exactly as I have imagined her from her words. Open, warm and filled with compassion and humor. Just like you. What a couple of amazing woman; and how fantastic you are friends! :)

Snap said...

I just knew the two of you would have a marrrrrrrvelous time!

Anonymous said...

What fun! What fun! I also just went over to Sherry's blog to see her photos and read her post about it. Good times! I wish you many, many more fun get-togethers!


Coastal Sisters said...

Hi Kim!

I am so glad you got to meet one of my favorite people! Sherry is such a jewel and I want to meet her in person one day. How special this time must have been for you both.


Commuter's Journal said...

How wonderful for you both!

Miss Meliss said...

YAY - you look so totally ca-ute together! Funny how we're both sharing a similar experience. I love it when us humans connect with someone else - why the heck are we here together if not to share and laugh about it together!


jgr said...

Hi Kim,
I am so glad you got to meet Sherry! I also loved seeing your set-up at the craft fair. And your interview with Nick. You are on FIre, my friend!

Rita vindedzis said...

Sounds like you two had a GREAT time!!! It's rare to meet someone and feel that you've known each other all along and when that happens it's so special.

Jennifer said...

HOw awesome that you two got to meet and hang out. It sounds wonderful :)

The Bodhi Chicklet said...

How great to read both your posts about your time together! Just what is Tar-Jay? It's not the first time you've mentioned it and I'm curious now.

SE'LAH... said...

It so great to see the other side of Sherry's post. You are two beautifully talented, phenomenal women.

Your friendship is touching.