“I Can Tell That We Are Going To Be Friends”

“We all come with a slightly different point of view…It’s like a band where we each play our own instrument, but then when we come together, the sound is greater than our individual parts.” (Jennifer Whalen – Baroness von Sketch Show)

Friends at this Year’s Blogging Get-together

Donna Retirement Reflections Deb Widow Badass Jude Dr Sock Writes Here

Janis Retirementally Challenged Kathy Smart Living 365 Ann The Unretired Life

Abby 4-legged Fur Friend belonging to Jude

From the left: Donna, Ann, Kathy, Janis, Deb, Erica, in front Jude & fur-friend Abby

Challenging to make it happen

Distance, border closures, border strikes, family commitments, Summer busyness, a pandemic.

4 Things I Learned At This Year’s Blogging Get-together

1.  It is not a short hike if we get lost

Moorecraft Regional Park

“AllTrails” describes “Moorecroft Regional Park” as an easy, 1.8 kilometre hike. This is one of many beautiful trails and coastal views on The Island

We meet here and the nonstop chatter and laughter begins.

A member in our group eventually looks up and realizes we are on private property.

After a few more wrong turns we manage to weave our way back to the parking lot.

Note to self:  Always be prepared with extra water and trail mix. Especially when we are immersed in conversation, shenanigans, and fun with fellow bloggers.

2.  My husband does not remove his pants at all blogging get-togethers

I asked my husband whether he would like to join us this year.

Before I could finish my sentence, he said “I am in!”

This time, my husband left our house wearing shorts prepared for a warm Summer’s Day.

The first part to this story can be explained here My Husband Returns Without His Pants On. We Were In For a Fun Time describing our blogging get-together in July, 2019.

How do the spouses get along when bloggers meet up?

I agree with Donna’s comment on her post Silent Sunday Protection Island. “Fortunately, they all get along amazingly well and have gotten into deep conversations together. At first, we thought it was a lucky fluke. But when you think about it, the super large blogging world allows like-minds/like-values to find each other – so the natural fit really does make sense.”

Warm greetings, great conversation, thoughtful, inclusive, laughter, fun!!

Of course, my husband says “I am in.”

3.  Bloggers have many hidden talents

I was disappointed to see my husband had given out his gifts to Deb and Donna before I arrived for dinner.

In all fairness, he did not need to wait for me and he could choose the timing.

Deb and Donna reward us with an Oscar-worthy performance, titled

“The Reenactment.”   

You ladies are hilarious!

My belly hurts from too much laughing.

4.  The difference between Virtual Relationships, In Real Life, In Person

Virtual Relationships and In Real Life

Kind, inspirational, wise Sue Women Living Well After 50 left me with a thought-provoking concept during one of our conversations.

Sue suggested how the Virtual Relationships and friends we make blogging are part of our Real Life

I wholeheartedly agree with Sue. Every blogger I meet, reading their blogs and exchanging comments has enriched my life. I am entertained, learn something new, gain a different perspective.

We share and support each other. We become blogging friends.

You are all a part of my Real Life.

In Person

Meeting In Person is a unique opportunity and a privilege.

It brings the relationship to a whole new level.

Thank you everyone for our get-together!

“I can tell that we are going to be friends”

“I can tell that we are going to be friends”

Behind the Scenery

Thank you, Jude, for your warm welcome hosting us at your home.

Thank you, Donna. You have a gift for recognizing the good in people, bringing out the best in them and bringing people together.

We missed you Joanne My Life Lived Full and Following a Bold Plan Wish you could be here.

Thank you everyone! You always make a difference in my life!

More Blogging Get-togethers

Have You Ever Been On A Blind Date?

Do You Have Different Friends for Different Seasons?

The Almost Perfect Visit

All The Time In The World

Photos

Most of the photos are mine. A few photos were AirDropped into my photo album.

Song Credits

“We’re going to be friends” (lyrics: Jack Johnson) (song: Caroline Pennel)

“Count on me” (Bruno Mars)

If you feel comfortable sharing, which Blogger would you like to meet In Person and why?

158 thoughts on ““I Can Tell That We Are Going To Be Friends”

  1. This is such an incredible story of friendship. One of the things I love about WP and this community is the connections & friendships we build. And you gals have nurtured such camaraderie!

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      1. I have – and yes, it’s fun to experience a story from different perspectives. What I took away from each telling was that you guys really cherish this friendship and the time you have together.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your supportive comment, Yvette. I was hoping readers would ‘get it’ on how funny it was to watch the reenactment. I am glad we had the opportunity to meet in person and I look forward to future get togethers. I hope you are well with school season upon us.💕

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  2. I’m ashamed to say that my first reaction was pure. green. jealousy. SO wonderful of you all to be able to get together in REAL time. As you say, we are all REAL friends, even if we don’t get to see each other in person. But the joy and friendship shown in these photos is so genuine and special. I did get to see two bloggers this summer! Liesbet Collaert (of Roaming About) and Amy Reader (of Reade and Write) in two very different places – MA for one, NJ for the other. We had such a great time chatting. A real booster to this time of pandemics and … questions about boosters. 🙂 What a lovely post, Erica.

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    1. Hi Pam, Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughtful comment. A get-together is rare, a privilege and lots of fun. You would always be welcome to join in as a REAL friend in REAL time. As you say, a real booster in this time of pandemics. A huge treat for you to meet Liesbet (and possibly Mark and Maya?) I have not met Amy Reader virtually. I will visit her site. My granddaughters continue to love reading (or me reading to them) “Molly Finds Her Purr.” I hope you and loved ones are well.💕

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      1. Yes yes yes! My guy and I met all three / Liesbet and Mark and Maya. It was a real boost(er) in these times of pandemic. And that’s how I know how marvelous you all most have felt being together in real time.
        Amy has published quite a number of books and she and I were featured together in one of Sally Cronin’s blog posts. That was a lot of fun! 😍😎😁
        I am thrilled that you all are enjoying my Molly book. 🐈 Thanks for another boost. 🤗

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