Thursday, April 10, 2008

Jeana+London=Special Day!


For those of you who may have the impression that I am a wizened old dear rocking gently back and forth in a rocking chair.....let me dispel any delusions. The rocking chair is simply a comfortable old thing I like curling up in. As in I can sit on my feet and rock. Quite fast at times. It depends on the mood. Good grief, I sound totally "off my rocker"!! Note - I can still sit on my feet. I can still bend. The fact that I can't walk when I stand up after lengthy intervals of sitting on those feet is irrelevant. Or that I look like a crone as I hobble about afterwards until I straighten up and reach a full head of steam as I regain all feeling in my extremeties. I am a constant source of mirth for my family.

I digress.



Yesterday was a wonderful day. One of those golden days which happen now and then. Just lovely. I am still smiling. It was a beautiful, sunny day and I hopped on a train to London, and went to see Jeana . She is absolutely right. This is exactly why blogging is such a delight. We started chatting as though we had known each other for years the moment we met at the station, and did not stop all day. And can I just say here, that she has the most delightful children I have come across in a very, very long time. That could well be because they have spectacular parents of course!

We had so much to talk about (like radiators and supermarkets and the fact that cornflour is cornstarch and what kind of sausages to buy - the important things in life, not to mention history, the economy, education.....) and so help me, have not even made a dent in the list of things we wanted to discuss. I watched her make black eyed peas and cornbread as we chatted, making mental notes so I can try them at home too. We sat at the park watching the children play, and there was so much laughter and such easy conversation that time just flew by. And she has now tasted hot cross buns! I can educate people, you know! Hot cross buns are important. It was so nice to get to meet Scott too, and we all had a lovely meal together, and then I had to come home. How can time whizz by so fast? We do have a couple of photos. Remind me never ever to let a child who is shorter than me take a photo without standing on a chair in future. I do not need to see the chin(s) up close and in detail.

I am really hoping that they can all come up here to visit, so I can show them a little more of the country. It was a lovely day. Jeana is a delight. She is gentle, caring, and such fun to be around. I have a new friend in real life. And it is not over by a long way.



Two women sitting in a park, from two continents, meeting on a third continent, two vastly different lives and experiences, different ages, different accents, and yet so much in common. Anyone watching us would have thought we had known each other for a long time. Without blogging, this would never have happened. We would never have met. I can't begin to imagine how much I would have missed.

Adventures are good. Very good. I could have spent the day on the couch reading. I didn't. I met Jeana.

16 comments:

Janine said...

Isn't it wonderful to just click with someone? Where does Jeana come from? The pictures of London remind me that I'll be in the UK in exactly one month. Can't wait to see everyone and catch up. X

Clemntine said...

My daughter and I had the singular pleasure of spending an afternoon (nearly 4 hours!) in a park in Texas with Jeana and her family. I couldn't agree more with your assessment; they are one of the warmest, funniest, most endearingly delightful families I've had the honor of meeting.

Yes, this blogging thing is really something!

Jan/lost-strayed-or-stolen.blogspot.com said...

Linds-thanks for taking the time to visit Jeana. They are having a great time in London, but sometimes she gets lonely for friends. She and I usually talk to each other on the phone frequently, and I miss the sound of her voice--I'm not sure which of us is more lonesome! I do miss my girl, and the babies. I feel as if I am getting to know you too through your blog, and hope one day we have the opportunity to meet in real life.
Jan (Jeana's mom)

Needled Mom said...

It sounds as though it was the perfect day. What a blessing blogging has been for you.

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

How delightful to read about your meeting with Jeana. This blogging is amazing that way. Here we are a community of women from all over the world, all different ages, sizes, experiences and then we find that we have so very much in common.

For example, I just don't know how you could describe me so well in your first paragraph. ;> I wonder when I'll give up this sitting on my feet all curled up. I notice that my mother has.

Morning Glory said...

I was beginning to feel envious and then I realized that this will be us in just a month. Your outing sounds perfect in every way!

(I sit like that and hobble like that, too)

Jeana said...

This reminds me--what are you doing tomorrow? :-)

Susie said...

What a delightful way to spend a spring day! It must have been such fun to meet a blogging friend!
I laughed at your hobbling around after sitting for a long time. I think I'm pretty active with walking every day, but I hobble too! Must be this time of life!
xo

Chilihead said...

I'm only a LOT jealous. ;) Beautiful scenery, fun times, lots of laughter. Jeana's a great friend of mine. If she says you're incredibly awesome, then you are.

Dawn said...

What a great day - and God supplied the sunshine!

I went over to Jeana's site, but could not discern how they ended up in England. I"ll have to go further back, I guess!

Penless Thoughts said...

Ph it sounds so delightfully, wonderful. I am so happy for you. How very much blogging is adding to each of our lives. And expanding us!!!
Susan

Crystal said...

What a delightful way to spend a spring day! Do you think this might be us someday? I hope so - and I hope it will be sooner, rather than later. I read her blog too and she sounds like a real dear. I hope the sun is shining again today!

randomthoughts said...

Good times. May I just say that you look absolutely fab in the photo. Please take this the right way... you look way younger than your profile photo. You're really not a rocking chair granny at all, Just a young chick.

Jan/lost-strayed-or-stolen.blogspot.com said...

If you want my cornbread recipe, send me your e-mail address and I'll send it to you.
Do you find black-eyed peas in cans--I mean tins--at the market, or can you get the dried variety? I think the dried ones are better, if you can find them.

Barbara said...

Sounds like a great day Linds and how wonderful that you chose such a beautiful day.

Owlhaven said...

How very fun!!

Mary, mom to many