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15 December, 2008

I Met Susan...or...Max Gets Maxed Out

Sunday was an exciting day for me! I got to meet one of my blogger friends and I don't know when I have had so much fun! Do you see who I am with? Yes, that's right...Susan of Between Naps on the Porch at http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/! (She's the pretty one on the left and that's me looking goofy on the right!) And do you see where we are sitting? Yes...on her porch swing that you always see in her header! And do you see what's right behind us? Yes...the party in a pot! Isn't this great? Susan was kind enough to include me in her cookie exchange party and I was able to come since I only live about an hour away. I must tell you that her home is even more beautiful in person and that she is just as kind and charming as you have imagined.


The party was wonderful. I had an opportunity to meet Susan's friends and neighbors and they could not have been more welcoming. Susan and her co-hostesses, Debbie and Julie, had made some amazing hors d'oeuvres for us to munch on while we visited. By the way, that cranberry trifle was just as delicious as it looks! I tried to save some for those of you who asked, but it was waaaay too good! I am hoping that she will post her punch recipe because it was fabulous! Of course, her home was impeccably decorated. I have to say that it was fun to see in person the spaces that you have only seen on the internet. I was like a goofy tourist...oh, there's her pig with the chalk board, there's her Fa-la-la plate, her grandfather clock...etc. The photos do not do her home justice! It's gorgeous! I was just thinking it could not be more perfect when...



...Max came downstairs to check out what was going on. I had promised Lynne that I would try to have my picture made with him and he was very obliging...in a cat way. You can see in the picture that I am a little too excited and Max is looking like...Who is this person? Just put me down! However, if you know me, you know that I can't resist a furry feline face. After an ornament exchange game, we exchanged our cookies and each had a chance to take away piles of yummy goodies that we didn't have to make...good idea, huh? I must also tell you that Susan and her co-hostesses sponsored a toy drive for Must Ministries and we were able to fill a huge box with toys so that some special children will have a wonderful Christmas. So I drove away with a full tummy, a full cookie tin and a full heart. It was a very good day.

Now that I have met Susan, I am wishing that I could meet more of you. After all, I know more about some of you than I do about my neighbors. I am thinking that we need to meet somewhere in the middle of the country and have a convention like the Star Trek people do only without the weird outfits. What do you think?

40 comments:

  1. Ooohhhh, this looks like it was so much fun! Love the pictures of you with Susan & Max. ☺♥☺ Diane

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  2. How wonderful.....as only having found these glorious blogs on U.S sites...everything is just so inspiring with all the wonderful photos....glad you had a lovely time.

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  3. Sounds like great fun meeting a blogging buddy and participating in a cookie exchange party. I've always wanted to host of one them but never have gotten organized and brave enough.

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  4. Hi Debbie...you are as cute as a button and looks like you are having a wonderful time at fabulous Susan's home...I can just imagine what a thrill it was to meet her and actually see her home... ;-) Bo

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  5. That's so special, Debbie! You really look like you had an absolute blast! I was blessed to get to see Kim's mermaid shed. I've known her for quite some time, but the shed I hadn't seen yet. It's ADORABLE. :-) So glad you had so much fun!

    XO,

    Sheila

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  6. How exciting for you and Susan to meet each other...and girl I would have been all over that house checking it out..how special this day must of been for you 2..I bet all the goodies were great..thanks for sharing and you'll a doll..hugs and smiles Gloria

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  7. Glad, since I couldn't make the party, you did. I meant to ask you to give her and Max a hug for me, but with my CRS, I forgot. Maybe with her busy schedule, she'll make it down this way before the season is over. She is like my heartbeat, can't live without her.

    I know she loves the excitement and amenities that Metro Atlanta offers, but I hope when she retires she can find that wonderful old home that needs a redo that she desires, maybe closer to where I live.

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  8. Wow, what a great day for you and Susan.
    I just know that Susan home and her party was a blast and a hit with you and her guest.
    How wonderful to meet her and her neighbors.
    I hope she does post her recipes for us.
    blossom

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  9. Hi Glenda..Susan gave me your message. It was so much fun meeting her and getting to hold Max, even though I don't think he felt the same way! I understand about sisters. Both of my parents are gone and my sister is the other half of me. She is in Kennesaw, which is an hour away...just far enough to make it hard. I wish you were closer and your health was better because I would have loved to meet you, too! You always leave such kind and thoughtful comments. Maybe one day you, Susan and I can all get together. Have a great day!...Debbie

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  10. Debbie, sounds like such a GREAT day. I'm so glad you got to go. The pictures of you and Susan and Max are just priceless. What a fabulous memory. Hugs, Marty

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  11. Awww!

    Love the picture with you and Max.
    You are a gorgeous lady!

    Sounds like it was a lovely time. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  12. Hi Deb,You have to quit saying you are goofy,you are adorable.I feel as if I got to know the inner you and that makes you even more beautiful to me.I have a saying "I just love his/hers face,they just have a good face".You my dear have a great face,full of life,love and laughter,all the best qualities.Thank you for sharing you wonderfully fun and exciting day.Keep doing what you are doing,I love it all,Hugs to my dear friend,Kathysue

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  13. This really is an unforgettable experience. I know exactly how you felt meeting Susan b/c I have experienced it meeting Laurie (bargainhunr) in person and for you to see Susan's lovely home in person....now, that is a real treat! What a wonderfaul day you had, Debbie and I am so glad you shared it with us!....Christine

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  14. OH DEB.I KNOW YALL HAD SO MUCH FUN.SUSAN E-MAILED AFTER IT WAS ALL OVER.HOW THAT LADY HAS THE ENERGY SHE DOES IS UNBELIEVEABLE.I SO WISH I COULD;VE BEEN THERE.OH---- AND YES,MY HOME IS A CHIRPY PLACE.ONCE BACK WHEN I WAS WORKING,I CALLED IN FOR SOMETHING.MY BOSS SAID ,"ANN,ARE YOU AT THE ZOO?"BUT AS ANY "BIRD PERSON "WILL TELL YOU,WE SAY,"WHAT NOISE'?HA,I HAVE AN AVIARY.AND THEY ARE MY BABIES.MY LOVES.MY OLDEST AND I HAVE BEEN TOGETHER 18YRS.I WAS SINGLE FOR 17 YRS.AND FOR THOSE YRS,HE WAS THE MAN OF THE HOUSE.HA.I'M NOT CRAZY,HONEST....HA...ANN

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  15. Deb~ Did my comments go thru? Tnx, Linda/ Mom...

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  16. Hi Linda...No, I didn't get them! :(

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  17. I love meeting my blog neighbors! Sounds like you had a awesome time. If you plan a get together let me know and I will ask Diva and the girls if I can come. LOL

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  18. What fun! I wish I could have been there with yall!

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  19. Hi Debbie...just me Teresa from Happy Yarns...so glad you liked where I stayed and yes have seen "The Holiday"....one of my all time romantic films...the last couple of years it comes out for me to watch just before Christmas.....so this coming weekend I will snuggle up on the sofa and just enjoy watching it again. It always makes me feel warm and lovely.....honestly seem to be getting soppier and sillier about Christmas with every year....

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  20. Oh these photos are just great! I host an ornament and cookie exchange, too. And it is always great fun. I am so serious about wanting to get a group of us cyber friends together here in St. Louis. If I wasn't so happy for you I'd be pretty jealous that you got to meet Susan and actually sit on that porch! Thanks for sharing your wonderful day with us. Jeanette (jfell)

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  21. Hi Debbie, thank you from the bottom of my heart for the Christmas Spirit award. When I read the post, I was blubbering for so long that I couldn't respond till this afternoon lol. It looks like you had a great time with Susan and I'm so thrilled that you got to meet Max. Hugs, Kathy

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  22. Hi Debbie...so much fun meeting you yesterday! Wish we could have had more time to just visit and chat. We will make a date soon to do just that! :-) Thanks again for coming to the party...I'm still reliving all the fun! Susan

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  23. Debbie,
    I am so happy for BOTH of you that you got to meet! You are both such sweethearts!! L~

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  24. Debbie, I really am so jealous that the two of you met. What fun! I love the idea of a convention! You plan it--I'll be there! laurie

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  25. How fun! Meeting Susan! So special for you both! I love to go to that convention, that Laurie is asking for! lol

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  26. Oh, Debbie! What fun! How exciting this must have been for the both of you and you look marvelous and so festive! I wanna come to the conventions! Wouldn't that be fun?
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  27. You're welcome Debbie!
    You're home pictures all look so beautiful there.
    It looks like a great site for sharing spaces. :)

    I think it would be really neat if we could all meet one day!
    Many bloggers in NC and the South in general it seems. Barb Garrett and I live right here in the same small town. It's a small world in the military I tell ya! I think we are planning on meeting sometime after the Holiday and she's recovered.

    You would love Chestnut.
    He is soooo HUGE and fluffy!
    Oops, I probably shouldn't brag on that part of him. He should be eating a bit less I suspect. LOL!

    Have a wonderful evening.~Melissa :)

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  28. Debbie, How sweet is that!! I would love to meet both of you. I am so jealous you got to sit on that swing. I mean after all how long have we enjoyed that porch. You are both beautiful!! And you got to hold Max. How special is that?? I feel like I live so far away from everyone. I wish we could all meet. And yes, I am doxieluvr!!!
    Hugs, Terrie

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  29. Bonjour Mon Ami!

    How grand a time...and what memories you have made! Thanks for sharing this story with us...
    I dare say so many in the blogging world would thoroughly adore the idea of meeting! (a la convention! )

    And I am up for the costumes! (oh wait, you said no costumes...LOL oh well! ) I still think it is a vision!

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  30. Well, I see I was, unfortunately, correct ~ my INITIAL COMMENTS to you got "eaten up", I guess, by "blogland bugs"!...OK, "convention-like" meeting? In the "middle" of the states?... YOU BET!!! But, dress "sanely"???~~~ never! If we're gonna do it let's "do it right", and all come as lamp shades (or some such FUN nonsense)!!! BTW, you are toooo cute in that pic with Susan! You even look RELATED I think!!! Soooo happy y'all had such fun! Warmly, Linda

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  31. Oh ...Thanks so much for coming back by, Linda. I am beginning to see that my initial idea of no costumes is not too popular! We will have to change that...but only if I can come as Yoda. He's the man!...Debbie

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  32. Debbie - how fun! I bet your were so excited in the days leading up. Ok, so is Charleston about halfway between you amd me? If so, maybe we could meet up for a Spring weekend getaway at a B&B. How fun would that be? If not Charleston, maybe Savannah. I'll have my people call your people. You do have "people" don't you? My "people" meow. :-) Love ya, Barb

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  33. Hello Debbie...

    Ohhh my...I'm just so happy for you and Susan getting the chance to meet! You and Susan are such beautiful women...what a lovely picture the two of you make!!! I bet Susan's party was fabulous...and I know that I would have reacted just like you when seeing Susan's home! Photos never do a home justice...you can only get bits & pieces!

    Well my friend, I sure enjoyed reading about your meeting and that fabulous party! Have a great day Sweetie...

    Love ya,
    Chari

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  34. You ladies look FABULOUS!!!!! It sounds like such a wonderful time

    ((huggs))
    Deb

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  35. How great meeting a blogging buddy in person.

    Love your cats!

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  36. Thanks,Geri! Wow! I looked at your blog...very professional and informative!...Debbie

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  37. Oh Debbie, I know you and Susan both enjoyed meeting each other. I know who had to have a great time.. How could you not with a hostess like Susan. Thanks so much for getting a picture of you and Maxx.. It is adorable. He does look like he's talking to you abit. lol !!I always enjoy when you stop by. You are so kind with your comments...hugs ~lynne~

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  38. Oh Poo no one wants to wear costumes...now I have to make a new lamp shade for my head..thanks Debbie for coming by..it does mean the world to me..hope you have had a great day...me been up to my ears in snow and making candies..hugs and smiles dear friend..Gloria

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  39. Hi there, so glad you came by my dining room. I really enjoyed meeting Susan back in the Fall at one of her garden club meetings. So sorry I missed her cookie party. What a fun time you two must have had. We'll have to get together somehow. I have been at the Queen of Hearts in Marietta, not in Alpharetta, but I'm sure it's great. Someone told me that it was a much nicer store there. Your home is beautiful and love , love your plates!
    Happy Holidays!

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  40. How fabulous that you & Susan were able to meet in person! And to attend a party held at her house...you lucky girl!

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie