I got to meet a very special blogger friend this past Tuesday. Michele at The Nest at Finch Rest and I have been wanting to get together for so long! She only lives a little more than three hours from me, but we just weren't able to arrange it. So I was really excited when we were able to plan for me to stop there on my way to North Carolina to visit my son and daughter-in-law.
And not just a cup-of-tea visit with her, an overnight visit!
I got there around 1:30 in the afternoon. Michele had a lovely lunch all prepared for us.
Feast your eyes on this beautiful table.
We have been having such a mild winter here in the Midwest, and Michele took advantage of the warmer weather to set a pretty spring table. We both know that more snow is inevitable, but the pink and green spring decor just warmed my heart!
I forgot the name of this china pattern, but it is Austrian. Michele has a whole set, and it is beautiful.
She had a gift of a sweet little sachet tied up in a pretty bow sitting atop my plate.
She served this delicious tea. Cup after cup was poured as we chatted away the whole afternoon as if we'd always known each other.
This spinach mushroom soup was delicious!
And then came a yummy chicken salad on a croissant.
And, Oh. My. Look at these delectable desserts.
She really knows how to make people feel special. I can tell you, those little lemon bars and the chocolate peanut butter bars were delicious!
And there were presents . . .
Michele made this for me. If you look closely, you can see a signature finch nestled among the leaves and flowers.
I know just where to put this! Thank you so much, Michele!
We chatted and chatted, and then I took a little half hour nap to revive. Hadn't slept the night before. Too much excitement. Then, while Michele made us a little dinner, I did some coloring.
This coloring book, filled with tea images, came from Margie at Tea in the Valley. Margie, I'll bet you never thought I'd be coloring in this book you sent Michele. Love how we three bloggers connected here.
More chatting and talking. Wish I could have stayed up all night with Michele, but I had a drive the next day.
I really wish I had taken pictures of the guest room I stayed in. A very pretty, romantic room in whites, with lovely keepsakes, including a pair of Michele's ballet slippers from childhood and a lamp filled with seashells in its base by her mother.
There was a basket of books on tea, perfect for perusing before falling asleep.
I had to get up early to get on the road. "Just coffee would be great," I had said, but here's what awaited me as I arrived downstairs.
More chatting and visiting, until I finally had to leave.
|Sorry for the fuzzy quality -- this was a quick cell phone pic by Michele's husband. We almost didn't get one!|
Many of you know what a lovely person Michele is through her blogging. When I was planning my daughter's wedding last year and starting to feel stressed out, Michele offered to drive up, stay in a hotel nearby, and come and clean and serve my out-of-town guests! She even offered up her husband's services. He would come and be the "butler"! I was overwhelmed by her kindness. And even though I didn't take her up on her offer, I will never forget her willingness to give sacrificially to someone she'd never met.
I also had the opportunity to meet her husband (really nice man who enjoyed the paczkis I brought for Fat Tuesday!) and sweet daughter and granddaughter. Such a great family. Oh my, that little granddaughter is even cuter in person than she is in the pictures you see on Michele's blog. I can see why she's in love!
Michele is the eighth blogger I've met in person, and I can tell you without exception, every one of them has been delightful to meet. And funnily enough, they each seemed much as I imagined.
I've met Mariette from Mariette's Back to Basics (she is from Georgia but she and her husband were in our area and we were able to meet). I've met five bloggers from Colorado out on my annual visits to see my mom and sister -- Bernideen from Bernideen's Tea Time, Cottage and Garden (and I got to see her beautiful tea shop before she retired), Roxy from Living from Glory to Glory and her daughter-in-law Amy from God's Grace Overflows, and mom and daughter Debbie (She Graces Her Home in God's Beauty) and Stephanie (The Enchanting Rose). When I was in Texas last year for a nephew's wedding I met Kitty from Kitty's Kozy Kitchen.
I'm still amazed I've been able to meet all of these bloggers.
And I'm meeting another one next week while I'm here in North Carolina. I'll let you guess who that might be, and post about it later.
Thanks again Michele! We'll definitely have to do it again, maybe next time at my home.