Monday, September 16, 2013

A Huge Surprise!!!

I couldn't wait until tomorrow to post about my day today.  It's just been too exciting!


First, it wasn't raining!  So I went on a long bike ride.

I came home and was finishing up a blog post.


Then I noticed that I had a phone message.

A very exciting and unexpected phone message.

It involved meeting someone for lunch.


I jumped into the shower (although I thought seriously about skipping the shower, but I had gone bike riding and even my husband wrinkled his nose at that idea.)

I drove to the designated lunch place with my car windows open to dry my hair.

I had to hurry because she was waiting for me at a bar and I didn't know what to expect!  (Just kidding my friend!)


And then I met one of my heroes!




I had lunch with a truly wonderful person - and I think you all know her - I met Darnell!!!

She's as sweet in real life as I would have guessed from her blog and from commenting back and forth!

If you are one of the few who haven't discovered her blog - you need to head over.  She has a way with words that will make you chuckle through every post.  She has an outlook on life that is truly charming and an attitude to which I aspire.  She wrote recently about some truly terrible back problems that she was dealing with but she had me laughing all the way through the post - her view on life is remarkable!! You also quickly get to know about Mister and the twinks, the playhouse, Hitler the hummingbird and damselflies!  Every trip to her blog is an adventure.  She told me today that she had always wanted Erma Bombeck's job and I think she measures up quite well.  

(And she's a pretty darn good cardmaker too!!)

Funny thing - neither of us remembers why we started blogging, but neither of us would ever quit because we so love this caring and supportive community.

I'm not sure she will ever visit me again because I am on week 2 of a nasty cold (not contagious??) and I talked and laughed so much, I coughed almost constantly.  I'm sure it wasn't a pleasant lunch for her!  (I'm so sorry, Darnell, please forgive me - but I really couldn't say no to lunch!)

She was visiting her friend, Cheryl, who is not a cardmaker but was gracious enough to listen to our chatter!  Thank you, Cheryl, for sharing some time with Darnell!

29 comments:

Jen W. said...

Ooooh I'm so jealous of both of you for getting to meet each other! How awesome! And I'm glad you're okay, Kim, because I've been thinking of you will all the scary Colorado footage on TV. Glad you are safe and well!

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

Wow! What a great day! You guys look great together - like old friends! Another reminder of what a great blogosphere we have!

Happy Dance said...

Oh! Lucky you!! Getting together with Darnell must be even better than relaxing in a giant martini glass full of chocolate mousse!! Good for you!! Sounds like it was delightful. Great photo, and thanks for sharing your wonderful time together. Bev

Kara said...

Awesome!! So glad you had such a wonderful time!!

Lisa said...

Sounds like a very special day Kim...coughing and all!! CUTE photo of the two of you, so happy you were able to get together!!

Shannon J said...

Whaaat??!! You got to meet Darnell!! You are SOOOO lucky!!! And she got to meet you too???!!!! She is SOOOO lucky too!!! What a lovely lunch you must have had...coughing and all!!

Darnell J Knauss said...

I looked at my blog comments from Cheryl's computer and saw your post pop up in my blog roll! My heaven's, Kims, I am blushing right down to my gray roots!

You most certainly did NOT hog the conversation nor cough the whole time, silly! It was a wonderful back-and-forth and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you better! And hey, look at darn cute we are!!

Cheryl says hello! Thank you so much for dropping everything and driving in to meet us and thank you again for all the love! You, too, are just as I imagined you'd be from your wonderful blog!!

I'll be back in a couple of days and check back then. I hope your cold goes completely away SOON! Hugs, Darnell

Jill Norwood said...

Oh what fun and what a sweet picture! So happy you got to meet! What a great day for all of you!Sept 18th.

The news of the flooding is devastating! I lived through a horrible flood once and have never forgotten it! I am glad you are safe and I am praying for those that are missing and for all of the aid workers too!

Melissa said...

Okay...green with envy here. How wonderful to get to meet Darnell in person!!! Lucky duck. :)
Hope you are feeling better soon and thanks for sharing the photos of Colorado with us! It's always nice to hear things from someone's perspective other than the media! :)

Hannelie said...

How lucky can you get!
Mentioned only yesterday to Ardyth how awesome it would be to meet up with the blogging buddies!

Kim Heggins said...

Oh this is just too sweet! I would say that I am soooooo jealous but I get the pleasure of meeting up with Darnell pretty often, but I am still a bit jealous, she got to meet you! So exciting and fun to sit and chat crafting with someone so talented as you are! Hope you are feeling better real soon.

JD/ Jill said...

I looked at the photo that popped up on your blog and my first thought was "That looks like Darnell!" and golly, it is!!! Wow! You two ladies are so fortunate to have met each other. I love to look at both your creative blogs. Thanks so much for sharing!

Wanda Cullen said...

I will have to check out Darnell's blog as she sounds like a delightful personality! I have been blessed with meeting up with fellow stampers that I never met before and it's amazing how you just feel like old time friends and there is NO lack of conversation with sharing the papercrafting hobby! Thanks for sharing!

cm said...

Two of the most amazing people in this loving community meeting: what a blessing! I can only imagine how your chatter energized the entire restaurant! The joy in your photo is infectious - I'm still smiling over how beautiful a pair you are, both inside and out! Wow, just wow!!
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Elena said...

Thank you so much for sharing this story, Kim! How great to meet Darnell in real life! I am going to check her blog. :)

Lesley said...

How awesome!!! Sounds like a great time, even with the coughing *wink*! Feel better, Kim!
Hugs,
Lesley

shirley-bee said...

Ooh, fabulous, and what a lovely surprise for you! Would love to have been there with the two of you, even at the risk of catching a cold!

Chrissie said...

I would have so loved to join in the fun with you guys, I really hope that I can meet up with some of my blogging buddies on the other side of the pond sometime... that would be terrific! Who knows, it could happen!
Fingers crossed!
Chrissie x

Suze Bain said...

Okay, so who's going to organise a blogging buddies convention! Lol! What a great lunch date! xx

Stephanie said...

What a lovely post Kim It's so wonderful to meet up with blogging buddies isn't it?!! Fabulous photo - you both look great :) Thank you so much for your amazing cards using the Blooming Marvellous stamp set, I love them both and think you are wonderful! xxx

Jen said...

How lucky you are to have got to meet each other in real life! You both look wonderful!!

Linda Callahan said...

So cool! It is great fun to meet a blogging friend for real!

Tracey McNeely said...

Oh yes I am officially jealous Kim! What a fantastic surprise!

mypapercraftworld said...

Oh wow ... or rather OH WOW! You both got to meet each other ... how totally awesome! What a splendid photo ... it's so obvious you're having so much fun together! Such an amazing surprise! Anita :)

Marybeth said...

Oh that sounds like so much fun for both of you. What a sweet happy picture of both of you. What a fun day ...bike ride then lunch with a card maker and its Darnell ! Sorry about your cough...don't you hate that!

Deepti said...

It sounds so much fun to meet your blog friends. Love the photo, you both look so cute :)

But, I must say I found ur bike riding more fun... something I would always desire but sadly with my height (Tini tiny), I can't fulfill this desire LOL

alexandra s.m. said...

What a great post!
Love Darnell and so happy you Guys could meet IRL ;)
Greetings from Chicago~

Bobby said...

Oh, what fun! I'm sure glad she had your number and you were home when she called.

Carole said...

Well Darnell sent me... to say hi...we can see her sweet smile on so many sites she's promoted and joined. Nice story line Kim thanks for sharing the visit with our blogging guru. Be well Carole