Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Where Shall l Start?

After 5 weeks of traveling, it's hard to know where to begin.  Even though I took my laptop with me, intending to blog often, it just didn't happen.
But because of Instagram, I still had a very lovely blog related encounter.
So, that's where I'll start.
Leesburg Town Hall

I was in Virginia to visit a friend who left Kuwait in June after 8 years of elementary teaching.
Me and Marisol in Reston, VA.

Little did I know that just a short distance down the road in Leesburg, there was Lisa of the blog An Abundance of Projects and Plans a/k/a @smile_bam on IG.

Once we realized we were in the same vicinity, we scheduled a coffee date.
Lisa suggested Shoes, Cup & Cork which had been a shoe repair shop for 80 years until the cobbler retired in 2006.
The restaurant has a very quirky interior reminiscent of the building's past, where the shoes on the wall let you know which bathroom to use.
She had pecan pie, I had apple, and we talked for nearly 2 hours straight.
Of course, we bloggers love to give gifts.
No picture of what I gave, but I received the softest, most colorful yarn and a very pretty crocheted doily that she said reminded her of Virginia flowers in the summertime.
I think she's right (and I'm sure the guy who saw me taking this photo probably thought I was pretty weird).
It's always a delight to be able to meet a blog friend in person.
Thanks again, Lisa!

Friendship blessings,


SusanLotus said...

So much to look forward to now when you start telling
us about your trip. I really understand that laptop
wasn´t on your top priority list when there is so much
more to experience. Hope you had fabulous 2 months back
in US.

Now you are back in the warmth again and you might get
some page coloured in your book days it´s too hot outside
as well. After processing all events from your trip. :)

Friendship blessings 2 U 2!

Terra said...

What a fun, fun, fun visit you had, and a cute quirky shop.

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

What a great time..and the coffee shop looks adorable.. and Hi ! Remember me? Glad to be back on the Bloggersphere!

Teresa Kasner said...

What a wonderful bit of good luck to be able to meet up with your blog friend. I sure wish you'd visit our area someday! Gracie, Taci and Betsy and I would spoil you rotten! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Anonymous said...

Looks like you had a WONDERFUL visit. I love the idea of the shoe identifiers!

Blondie's Journal said...

I know from IG that you had a great vacation, Tammy. Good for you! I bring my laptop along if it's a long flies by. On longer vacays Al likes to do certain things and I do as well. We split up. If I'm alone I love to touch base with blogging. But sure, time doesn't always allow for that.

How cool that you met blogger friends, I love the pics. And that coffee shop looked great!

I wanted to say I received your gift and card. Hubby already stoled the teacup for his special little spot...I'm using the larger gray doily as I usually have a sweating iced tea or pop next to me. You are lovely, Tammy. I hope you dad a good time here. I know you are missing your son terribly. Sending a little hug!


Betsy said...

Ditto what Teresa said! Come to the Northwest on your next trip to the States! I love the yarn you received too. I Love This Cotton is such a nice cotton to crochet and knit with. I'm glad you're safely back home and that you had such a great time with your blogging friend. That restaurant looks very fun.

Mini said...

Meeting blogger friends is one of my most favourite things.Glad that you had a good time with your friends.

linda said...

What a delightful place! it's always lovely to meet up with like minded folk. :) xx

Laurie said...

Glad you had such a nice visit. Will we see some of that yarn dotted around your town in the form of little crocheted hearts? We just got home from CO. I haven't blogged yet about the end of our trip, yet. So much to do to tame my jungle yard before I feel like I can devote time to the computer.

September Violets said...

Hello Tammy :) I've been away from blogging this summer, and have only caught up with a few of your posts here (read back to tangled hanks & baby booties). I'm now enjoyed reading of your travels while in the States. You must have had a great time with your two boys. I also read you flew into Toronto...missed opportunity! I live about 45 min away. I just loved the mosaics you saw in Philly. The last two really were amazing! We saw Gaudi's work in Barcelona a few years ago, and I too love the mosaics. Glad you are still spreading your crochet love here and there. Take care, and thanks so much for your kind comment on mine,
Wendy xox
PS next time you are faced with a hank of yarn, carefully untie any scrap pieces that are holding it together; untwist the entire hank and it will open to one big continuous loop; drape the loop over the back of a chair (a chair with spindles sticking up beyond the back of the chair); or slip it over a helper's two arms; start winding a ball very loosely (you don't want the wool to stretch); as I wrap a ball I wrap it over two fingers holding the ball as I go so that it stays really loose. Hope this helps! There's so much nice yarn sold in hanks that you don't want to shy away from it. Sometimes it does get a bit tangled at the end, but go slowly and it hopefully won't be too bad.

Linda said...

Beautiful! So glad you had a great visit with your friends. :)

Lisa said...

I still can't believe I was lucky enough to meet you! I had such a lovely time. My gift to you pales in comparison to the treasure I received, which I will share a picture of on my very next post!!! If you are ever in the area again I hope you won't hesitate to post another Instagram picture! I'd love to share another coffee and slice of pie and chat again : )

Lorrie said...

What a fun place to go for coffee. Bloggers are the nicest people!

~*~Patty S said...

How fun to meet a blog friend.
Leesburg is charming and it just happens to be in my neck of the woods (about 22 miles away).
Glad you had such a nice time.

kathyinozarks said...

Hi Tammy, it is wonderful when we get the opportunity to visit a blog friend in persone-I got to do that last year
What an amazing little place for pie and girl talk
Hugs Kathy

Acorn to Oak said...

How fun to meet up with another blogger! And, that place you met at looks interesting and fun! I enjoyed seeing your trip photos on Instagram! Looking forward to more blog posts about your trip. :-)

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,
That for sure was a very lovely meeting in person with Lisa!
Only this morning I did reply to your lovely note, so check your email...
Happy you are home again and picking up on your normal routine. Whatever 'normal' is nowadays.
Oh, when I travel I never find time to blog, just keeping up with the driving, the visiting and some sleeping takes care of the time.
Sending you hugs and thanks for sharing your travel experiences.

Melanie said...

Welcome back home! Loved seeing your posts on IG of what you were up to when you were in the States. Glad you got to meet up with a longtime friend, plus a blogger friend - very cool! The coffee shop you were in is my kind of place...funky and vibrant.

Gracie Saylor said...

Teresa and Betsy typed the words I intended to type to you, Tammy :) It is good to know that you are safely back and that you made good memories on your trip! I had fun attending a beginner's watercolor painting workshop on Saturday, and will try to show you some photos soon. Cheering you on as you settle into a new routine. xx

Susan said...

How wonderful you got to meet a blog friend, Tammy. (Wish it had been me!) Wow, you've been traveling a LOT. So you and your hubs are empty nesters, now? Wowsers. I look forward to posts, telling about your trip. Hugs. Susan

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Tammy,

Welcome home and how lovely that you have been away for 5 weeks settling your son in to university.
Great that you got to meet your blog friend and it is special meeting friends face to face.
It is bittersweet being empty nesters and takes a little while getting used to that. Makes the time you meet them again, more special.
Happy weekend

Sam I Am...... said...

What fun and what great sights you saw! I bet you're glad to be home again. I used to love to travel but not anymore. I don't even like to go out of town to Walmart or the doctor. I've turned into an old 'stick in the mud'! LOL! Love the doily and yarn!

Kit said...

How wonderful to have a "date". I still remember when an old friend of mine came here from Florida. Such a special event! Love your doily! :) Kit

Tanya said...

I've been on the road again, too. I have some catching up to do here, but LOVE that you connected with another blogger, and an old friend to boot! What an incredibly adorable coffee spot. And, such a pretty doily and yarn - looks like this little part of your summer was a fabulous success. XOXO

Jodiebodie said...

How lovely to meet another blogging friend in person. Shame that there was no one for the cobbler to pass on the skills of that was the reason for the shop closing. A lot of these traditional skills and methods are in danger of becoming victims to machines and technology but it is great that the new business has kept it's decor in sympathy with the buildings historical use. Looks like an interesting destination to visit.

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

I love the interior of that café. What a fun place! Great that you were able to meet with some friends, Tammy.

Mereknits said...

I am so glad you were able to meet up with a blogging friend, I only wish it had been me! Your trip really sounds amazing Tammy. Hope son number 2 is adapting well to college life.

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