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18 May, 2009

I Met Barb and Kathysue!...or...We Partied on the Porch!

I have just returned from one of the best experiences of my life! I got to meet two of my favorite blogger friends....Barb at Grits and Glamour and Kathysue of Rate My Space! As bloggers, I am sure you are aware of the closeness that develops among fellow bloggers even though you have never even met! So when we had an opportunity to meet in person, we jumped at the chance! Here we are...l to r...moi, Barb and Kathysue!


And since we will be partying on the porch, I am hooking up with Barb again for her Porch and Patio Party!! So be sure to swing by her wonderful blog to see who else is joining us! Wooo hooo!


We planned our stay at the beautiful old Black Walnut Bed and Breakfast Inn in Asheville, North Carolina. We could not have chosen a better setting! It is an historic home designed by the architect of the Biltmore House! Isn't it gorgeous?


Barb was the first to arrive, next me, and then finally Kathysue! Barb and I were waiting in the driveway when Kathysue pulled up. Needless to say, there was much squealing and hugging when she got out of her car! This is our first photo together...meeting in person at last! Don't we look happy? We had two whole days to spend together!


We owe this wonderful opportunity to Kathysue's sweet hubby, Doug! He was the one who made all of the arrangements for a getaway to the nearby Biltmore Estate for Kathysue...a lifelong dream come true for her! He was also very patient as we gabbed and laughed, smiling at Kathysue as only a loving husband can. We also have Doug to thank for the photos you are seeing! What a great guy!! Thanks, Doug!!


We immediately set off for a tour of the inn...just beautiful! Imagine three women interested in decorating checking out every detail of the place...the furniture, the paint color, the wallpaper, the drapes, the lighting, the carpet...


...and even the shower!! lol


Next, we toured the beautiful grounds, but I am saving that for an Outdoor Wednesday post!


We sat on the big front porch in rocking chairs and had a chance to really get acquainted. So does this count for Barb's Porch and Patio Party? I say...yes! We sat on the porch and had a party...right??? lol Barb is just as you imagine her...funny and full of energy! Her wheels are constantly turning and she never tires of taking on a new project! I loved to hear her talk because now when I read her blog, I will hear her voice!


We had brought each other little goody bags. Here is Kathysue showing Doug one of her surprises. She is also just the way I imagined...funny and sweet! I love her laugh! It's contagious! The colors she wears are just what you expect...black and white with pops of other colors! Soooo Kathysue! lol Barb and I Southernized her, as she says, and introduced her to chicken biscuits and dirty rice at Bojangles!! And, once again, I am so happy that I will be able to hear her voice when I read her words!


We had a wonderful afternoon rocking on the porch and really getting acquainted. It was like best friends from high school who had not seen each other for a while who pick up right where they left off! When we told the staff our story, they were surprised and said they thought we were old friends! And that's just how it felt!! We had a lovely supper together and then, after chatting into the night, we got up early to check out the Goodwill hunting in Asheville! I have reported on my finds in my previous post. What fun!! I will also be showing you some shots of the tea room for Tablescape Thursday!


I hated for our time together to end! Two nicer, more wonderful ladies do not exist on this earth! I miss them so much already! It was without a doubt one of the best experiences of my life! And now I want to meet more of my blogger friends! If you get a chance, jump at it! You will be so glad you did! And don't forget to drop by Barb's to see who else is partying!!

38 comments:

  1. Hi Debbie....it is wonderful meeting fellow bloggers...It looked like you had a blast...like old high school girlfriends!! The B&B looked terrific....I loved the shot of you all in the bathtub....I had lunch today with Joyce from Flour Power and we had a ball...we laughed for hours...I can't wait to get together with all you guys real soon....I think we lady bloggers are becoming a cult!! But a good cult....Sue.

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  2. Debbie, I am SOOOO jealous! All of you look so great, and look like you are having a wonderful time! The place where ya'll stayed looks so pretty! I can just imagine how much you 3 wonderful ladies enjoyed yourselves! laurie

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  3. Hi Debbie !
    Looks like you gals had a fun time ! The setting was so pretty too !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

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  4. Debbie - What Fun! We have visited the Biltmore Gardens and home on two difference trips. It was wonderful. If we go again, that bed and breakfast looks like a winner. Thanks for sharing.

    Charla

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  5. Good Evening! I love this so much I wish I could have been there. All three of you ladies are just as I imagined. You look like a blast to hang out with. I can just imagine the shopping. And Doug is a very nice guy.

    I have something similar coming up. I met a girl form my hometown on Utube. Yes, utube. She posted a viedo at a park in my hometown. I wrote her a short note that I was home sick. We quickly became friends over a year ago. I am going to met her for the 1st time this weekend. I already feel like she's one of my sisters. We do have several of the same friends from days gone by.

    Oh, I love Ashville. That looks like a awesome B&B. Thanks for sharing!
    Hugs, Terrie

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  6. I'm so happy for the three of you!! How fun to meet fellow bloggers with the same interests. Looks like you did not stop smiling and laughing the entire time. Love the pic of you in the shower, too cute. Thanks for sharing all the pics, so glad you had such a great time.
    ~Michelle

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  7. Looks like you all had a great time! What a beautiful place ya'll stayed at. I think it's great you guys could meet! How wonderful...Kristen

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  8. Oh Deb, this was a great post, it was like meeting all over again, I miss you also. I wish we could go to lunch at least once a week. It truly was an amazing experience and one I will never forget. I still hear your great laugh and wonderful Southern accent, Doug and I still are imitating it with fond memories. Love Ya, Kathysue

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  9. The fun and joy is on each of your faces... including Dougs! Looks like a wonderful time... thanks for sharing with the rest of us!

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  10. Debbie, The three of you are just too adorable for words! I love all the photos and Thank you Doug! The B&B is gorgeous & I can just imagine all the squealing and giggling that went on! ♥ Diane

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  11. You girls are having way too much fun! Love the picture in the shower! It is amazing the friendships that are made thru blogging! Priceless....

    Cathleen :)

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  12. That is so fantastic that you had such a wonderful opportunity to meet up with fellow bloggers!! The home was beautiful! I love those large front porches:) Thanks for the info on the Market in Provence. I printed off a list and now matter what, I will be doing some shopping! I can not wait to blog all my finds. Ohhhh and I am excited about the soaps that you mentioned, I love that type of souvenir!

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  13. Looks like you had a fantastic time! The Biltmore estates is on my to-do lists one day also!

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  14. Hi Debbie,
    What wonderful pics and what a wonderful event! This is just so cool, it looks like you all had a blast, I laughed at you checking things out at the Biltmore. I even went to the Walnut Inn website and wow, is that wonderful! My brother and his wife are in Asheville right now and hubby and I may be heading that way this summer. Can you go again? We also might be going to Oak Island,S.C. where my aunt has a home. Still working out the details, thanks for sharing your awesome trip. hugs, Cindy

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  15. Great pictures Debbie! I know you all had the best time, and you are right, Doug is one great guy! I just love that porch. What a wonderful place to sit and dream away the day. Hugs, Kat

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  16. Looks like you all had a wonderful time, Debbie! I love the B&B where you stayed. Beautiful!!

    J and I met Jeanne (Backyard Neighbor) and her husband, yesterday in Historic Saint Charles. We had a wonderful time! I plan to write about it for Outdoor Wednesday. It's like we've known each other in real life!

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  17. That sounds like so much fun! You can see in the pictures that you three really did hit it off. I'm happy for you!

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  18. I can tell y'all had just the BEST time! What a wonderful inn. Thanks for sharing these pictures! :D Jewel

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  19. Debbie the Inn is so pretty. Thanks for sharing your fun girl trip photos and stories with me. We need to get together for lunch again with the rest of the GA blog group real soon.
    Joyce

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  20. Hi - it's hard to believe you all just met from the pictures it looks like you've known each other for years. What a fun get together!Thanks for sharing :)

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  21. Oh what fun! And from the way you described it -- we could all enjoy it right along with you!

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  22. What Fun! I am jealous. Thanks for sharing your get together. :)

    ~Liz

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  23. OMG Debbie! I can really feel the excitement in my heart. I know exactly how you were feeling and behaving at the time of your meeting. What a memorable day or days. You couldn't have met with sweeter people than KathySue and Barb. I am so jealous, I wish I was there with you also. And you are right about Doug, what a wonderfaul man to go along with all your craziness, LOL!...Christine

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  24. What wonderful pictures & great fun! I think it's safe to say that we are ALL jealous that y'all got to meet & party in person.

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  25. Oh my goodness, I just knew you would have a wonderful time! Kathysue and Doug are wonderful sweet people---and I think they are Southerners at heart. I love the Inn where you stayed. I can't wait to see more pictures! Love, Paula Bee

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  26. I would so love to meet some blogger friends someday. It looks like you had a great time...love the shower shot!

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  27. Hi Debbie, these are just the sweetest pictures! Thank you for sharing with us.

    Barb

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  28. I'm so glad you had such a good time, Debbie! These were great pics of y'all, and the place looks like a lot of fun! Loved reading this happy post!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  29. Oh WOW. How wonderful to meet fellow bloggers. You ladies looked like you werwe having such a great time. The place you met is so charming and I chuckled at the shower curtain photo. lol.

    I can almost hear the southern accents.

    Thank you all for sharing!

    Deb

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  30. Oh what a great name for a blog. Now I know I'm not the only one with addictions like this. Love it! Stop by and say "hi" soon and enjoy your visit and stay a while there's so much to see.

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  31. Oh Debbie...what a fun girlie get- together...and bless Doug's sweet, patient heart for all the wonderful photos. I love the photos of the B&B you stayed in...
    I did notice something was missing though....ME! LOL...Blogging is so rewarding, isn't it? Hugs, ;-) Bo

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  32. Debbie...you met two of my favorite bloggers! What fun to see pics of all you guys together!!! Hey, Kathysue and Barb...come on down to Hotlanta and party on another porch! :-) Loved all the pics! Susan

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  33. How fun. I want to party with you gals. It would be so fun to meet some of the blogging friends. Glad to hear you have done it. The B&B looks so lovely. I would love to stay there sometime. A girl can dream.

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  34. Debbie - I almost choked up looking at these pics, b/c it brought back so many memories and I didn't want our time to end. I can't thank each of you enough for being the great women you are. I wish everyone here could have the same opportunity that I had.
    I am surprised that poor Inn survived our trip. These pics are a wonderful collection, and I will cherish them always. What a great story you told! Thx for sharing....Barb
    That shower scene makes me laugh every time.

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  35. I am jealous too! You all do look like old friends! I love pic in shower, on the porch. I dying to know what you were looking at in one of the photo's! What fun! I ran away a few weeks ago, for over 3 hours, no one knew where I was, I did not take a phone, had very little money, I road the back roads with the radio on, stopped by an seen my old buddies, who have a farm with goats, min. horses and sheep and tons of flowers! My Doc says to run away again! Cross your fingers, hubby is thinking about buying my daughter van. She wants a new car. Then I can really run away anytime I like! Might even head out to GA. lol

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  36. Debbie, it looks like ya'll had such a perfect time...it is amazing how many wonderful ladies we 'meet' in this bloggie world!
    Asheville is beautiful and not too far from me~
    Thanks so much for sharing with us..always fun to see faces with names and messages!
    Hugs,
    Lynn

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  37. Isn't meeting blog friends the best?? I am so happy for all of you! Looks like so much fun...I would have loved to be there with you!

    Love,
    Sue

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