Monday, September 2, 2013

My Pal Val

On the way to school one day in May, I snapped this photo.
Slidell, LA is where I lived before coming to Kuwait nearly 19 years ago.
 It is also where blog pal Val lives.
Since Slidell would be our first stop upon arriving to the States this summer, we, of course, made plans to meet up.
 Our first meeting was at Starbucks where a sweet little guy agreed to take our picture.
And where, of course (as bloggers do), gifts were exchanged.
We talked non-stop for 2 hours and promptly made plans for our next get together.
Every Thursday night,Val meets with a crochet group at an organic coffee house, so I was able to tag along.  Such fun, and time passed so quickly.
The ladies were working on a not so surprise yarn bombing for the owner of the coffee shop.
Although I had planned to attend the yarn bombing a couple of weeks later, a last minute change in plans meant I had to miss out.
I was able to spend time with Val and her sweet family a couple of times and immediately fell in love with this guy!
I mean, how could I not? 
Look at that face! 
 One morning we met up for walking and Val showed me a mosaic tabletop she had just finished.  She has her mosaic work scattered all around her yard and it is so lovely to see.
Two days before heading back to Kuwait, we had dinner with Val and her family.  It was an evening filled with conversation and laughter and friendship.

Thanks, Val, for everything!  I'm so glad we were finally able to meet in person!
We definitely could get in a lot of trouble if we lived closer to each other.
Hugs and blessings,


Twyla and Lindsey said...

It was fun meeting Val! Thanks for sharing your times together with us! Mojo is a cutie! Have a nice week, Tammy! Twyla

Dagmar said...

Hi Tammy, it must've been so wonderful for you to finally meet up with Val. . Blogging really opens up the world for so many creative women to get together. I love all your photos.

Becca said...

Aw Tammy, that sounds wonderful! I love the look of that little coffee shop where they did the yarn bombing! Looks like lots of wonderful memories made on your trip!

Rostrose said...

Dearest Tammy, I missed you! And now I almost missed your posts! How wonderful that you could meet your blog pal - sounds like a very harmonious, funny being together and having a lot of fun. I'm happy for you! And I UNDERSTAND that you fell in love with MOJO :o)) (This EYES!!!)
Warm hugs from Austria, Traude

by Teresa said...

Oh, you visited one of my favorite places! We lived in Lafayette, LA for 5 years and I love that area and especially New Orleans. I'm so glad you got to meet up and spend time with your blog pal.. there is nothing more fun for bloggers than to get together in "real life"!! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Mereknits said...

I am so glad you got to meet Val and really spend so wonderful time together, you friendship will blossom for her on out. You both look like you had a great time together.
Hugs to you Tammy,

vintage grey said...

Aww, sounds like a wonderful time!! Glad you got to meet up with a bloggy friend! A crochet group sounds like it would be so much fun! Happy day! xo Heather

Kit said...

What a great time you had! I can tell by all the smiles. :) Kit

Deborah said...

I am so happy to have you back. I've missed your posts. Thanks for sharing this story and lovely photos.

Mina loves art said...

Dearest Tammy
How exciting that must have been!!!
Having several meetings was a wonderful chance to get to know each other and your families.
And you'll always remember that walk together!
A love of crochet and homey things brought you two together - isn't blogging great!

Lovely to have you back with us dear Tammy!
Much love and hugs
Shane xox

Elna said...

I can see that you have had a lovely time.


Pam said...

So glad you were able to spend time with your friend. Blogging is such a great way to meet people from lots of interesting places. Glad you met one so close to your previous home. Looks like you had a wonderful time. Have a great week.

podso said...

The last I read your blog you had hurt your back but it must be better if you could travel. It looks like you and your blog friend really hit it off--what a blessing to see each other and connect so well. But I guess you already figured that out through your common interests! Hope your son is doing well in college!

Astri said...

What a nice visit and to go back to your roots, how fun! Sweet friend and pup Tammy.

Serena Lewis said...

I'm so glad you were able to catch up with a blog friend on your travels. What a lovely time you had. Val is quite talented and Mojo is adorable!

Susan said...

Hello Dear Tammy....Oh, it was SOOOOOo good to see your post.

It's been wayyyyyy too long.

Thanks for the note while you were in the States, too. Lovely to hear from you.

I was happy to read that you met Val, too.

Take care and keep in touch via your blog when time permits! Susan

Diane said...

This is such a happy post. I'm glad you were able to meet up with them and I don't blame you for falling in love with Mojo - what a charmer. Diane

Lorrie said...

Sounds like a wonderful meeting of two kindred spirits. Lots of joy here.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,
So glad you got to get together and the dinner, two days before departure, was perfect for framing the warm moments for a long time to cherish!
Hugs to you,

Yarni Gras! said...

Aw, this brings tears to my eyes. I knew we would be great friends "in person" and am so sad you had to go home! I look forward to our continued you!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Tammy, How wonderful that you could meet with a blog friend during your trip and had such a good time together.
Have a great day!

Linda said...

How great that you were able to meet up with your blogger friend and her family! :)

Great photos!

Melanie said...

How awesome that you got to meet up with Val and have such a good time!

Betsy said...

I'm so happy you got to spend time with Val. I love meeting with my blog friends and I'm sure you two are the same. Memories. So beautiful, but too bad you missed the yarn bombing! :-)

Acorn to Oak said...

Looks and sounds like a fun trip! :-D

Judi Morris said...

It's so nice to meet up with a blog pal ~ and it is amazing how time flies by so quickly when spent with good friends! Your trip looks amazing and, well, exhausting!!! Glad to see your post ~ Judi

Sheila Rumney said...

Isn't it great to meet blog friends? Looks like you had a great time!

Yvonne said...

That's wonderful! Enjoyed the post. :)

Caterina Giglio said...

so nice you had a chance to meet up..and looks like it was a fantastic time.. love Mojo!

Debby said...

Aren't bloggy friends the best. It looks like you had a great time. Hope you can do it again sometime.

Peggy Jones said...

Just thinking yesterday where is Tammy so went looking for your blog. You are so cute. Love getting to see you meet up with your friend. What fun crochet bombing must be. I have done some rocks. I had never heard of it until I saw yours. Looked it up and what a surprise. Hard to believe some of the work done around the world. Have a good week-end.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tammy,

So glad that you were able to meet up with your friend Val and have some fun times together.
Hope that all is going well for your dear son at school.

Enjoy the rest of the week

Helen Philipps said...

So glad that you met up with your blog friend Val, the pictures are lovely and show such a happy time for you both! And how nice that you could join the crochet group too...perfect! A lovely post, Tammy.
Wishing you a happy week.
Helen x

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

It is so nice to find that these friendships formed over time and distance and words and photos are as tangible as the ones we know in our home circles... Just love it. blessings ~ tanna

~*~Patty S said...

Lovely seeing your lovely smiling faces knowing what a great treat it must have been to meet and pick up where you left off no matter how much time had passed (that's what friends do ♥)
Sounds like you had a really nice visit.
I enjoy seeing yarn bombing...haven't tried it myself ... yet

Kim Andersen said...

you look so happy in these pictures! it looks like a fun time :)

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