Sunday, August 29, 2010

Seeing Susan

I've said it before: one of the best things about blogging is the people I meet. Susan, for example.

I started reading Stony River blog by accident. Ever browse blogs by using the "next blog" button on top of the blog page? I was doing that one winter night and stumbled on Susan's blog. I was fascinated by a blog written by someone in Ireland who was a writer but kept goats and lived far out in the country. And who wrote well and was so funny. I kept returning to read the next adventure in her life, usually some droll story of an ordinary life event made memorable by the words she chose to describe it.

Then one day I saw a photo posted that looked surprisingly like...West Virginia? How could that be when she was in Ireland? As it turned out, she was in West Virginia for a visit and bought a house here for a summer place. Last summer Susan and her family stayed all summer in their new/old house and came to my house for a visit. That was fun, and I looked forward to seeing them all again this year.

In May, Susan and her children moved permanently to their West Virginia home. I thought surely we'd get together soon after, but as my weekend lined up I realized that there was no open weekend from late April until now. It's been a busy summer! But yesterday we made the trip to visit, and boy did we have fun--from shrimp kabobs for lunch to a trip to Grafton...

Downtown Grafton on a quiet Saturday afternoon

A neat gargoyle high up on the old bank building

to visit the 1-2-3 Coffee House (run by yet another WV blogger friend).

The new addition is almost complete. There's an outside patio at the upper level and...

inside is pretty cool too.

We wanted to see the B&O train station museum but sadly it was closed; from the sign on the door it sounds like they need volunteers to help keep it open.

Back at Susan's house we had s'mores before we said a sad good-bye. But we had lots of conversation and laughter and enjoyed the little ones' antics and had another chance to meet and talk with her oldest daughter who will leave soon for college. F is a grandson-of-my-heart, and A is always unexpected and so funny.

It was a good day. And proof that friends we make online can be as close as those we make in other ways.


Angela said...

That's sounds like you two had a great time! What a small world we live in after all!

Have a Great Week!

Granny Sue said...

Isn't it, though? I completely expect that one day you and I will run into each other too :)

Brighid said...

So glad Susan got some time with you, it can be nothing but good.
Some day I hope to meet some of the wonderful people I've met in blog land.

Granny Sue said...

Brighid, let me know if you're ever in WV--it would be a pleasure to meet you.

And time with Susan--always good!

Nessa said...

What a lovely recap of your visit. I drove through WV briefly when driving cross country. It's very pretty there.

Susan at Stony River said...

Your pictures turned out beautifully! I'm so glad we finally could catch up again (so far I've only remembered five things I wanted to talk to you about and forgot to bring up LOL) -- and just wait 'til I tell you what Fergus said on our walk that night. I'm still buried under stacks of paperwork and to-do lists but hope to be back online more often soon, so hope to be keeping up with you better on-and-offline soon.

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