Monday, July 25, 2011

Yes, We are "real" people!!

Meet Debbie!
Debbie, I tried to steal your photo on your blog. Smart lady, it wouldn't copy.

Debbie is a beautiful and talented lady and I treasure her friendship. Debbie is the first of my wonderful blogger friends with whom I have met. She has so many skills and talents I only hope I can do justice.
So that I won't sound like her agent or biographer I will scatter her many ventures and adventures throughout.

During our conversations we discovered that she lived within fifteen miles of my daughter Kim. With that a plan was hatched. We would meet this July when I visited my daughter. She was sweet enough to drive to Kim's small town. We met at a little sandwich shop on the square called the BUZZ. My daughter Kim came along with me and Debbie's daughter Nicki was with her. We had a great time and felt like old friends.
Nicki, Debbie, me and Kim

Please excuse the quality of the photos. I didn't seem to have any good ones. I was passing the camera to anyone who walked by. Debbie, hopefully you got some good ones and can share them with us. I, however, am going to show you some of the goofy ones!
We couldn't get the open eyes thing going. On the previous shot my eyes were closed and Kim said "Mom open your eyes"
Debbie still has that beautiful smile and I am impersonating a prune. Did a pretty good job, huh!

Debbie opening some "Savannah" gifts!

This awesome lady is the Executive Director of Carbondale, Illinois Convention and Tourism Bureau.
She has been active in this industry for over thirty years.
Such a lovely pair
Would you believe this lady has more than, much more than, sixty-six set of dishes.  I am fainting about this time. Of course there are accessories and serving pieces that compliment each set. I am still on the floor. We won't discuss where she stores it all.
I love this lady. Being in her presence makes you smile.
Debbie has written numerous cookbooks. You can see
and purchase these on her blog. Here

She gifted these to me. I can't wait to try some of the recipes.
This book has some of the best local lore and history you would ever find about a region.
It is like reading a history book but eating between each chapter.
These are great seasonal books.

Debbie has owned and operated a restaurant and catering business. She is an event planner and has hosted many theme dinner parties. One featured "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" and another on "The Titanic".  I would have loved to be at either one of those galas.

The four of us enjoyed visiting and getting to know one another over iced tea.  All being southerners, we had a major discussion regarding "Iced Tea". The conclusion? In the south, there are only two types of iced tea. "Iced Tea" and "Unsweetened Iced Tea". The recent use of the term is NOT old south. "Sweet Iced Tea" is superfluous as "Iced Tea" is "Sweet Iced Tea " in the south. I am so glad I got that out. 

This discussion is and was absolutely a non event for anyone but us. However, we were in agreement, just saying!

I can't wait for our next visit. I hope we can have more time to discover her beloved Southern Illinois. I may even have a personal docent on the "Shawnee Hills Wine Tour".

Please hop over and visit this talented lady and browse her fun blog. I can guarantee, you will be inspired Here.

Debbie, I am so glad I got to meet and get "REAL" hugs from you and Nicki. I can't wait until next time!

I am linking to the following parties. Thanks for hosting.
Blue Monday
Metamorphosis Monday

Brag Monday

Motivate Me Monday

Masterpiece Monday

Amaze Me Monday


Natasha in Oz said...

Ginger, you are so lucky to have met another blogger, and what a lovely blogger she is! It looks like you both had a wonderful day. What fun!

Best wishes and happy week,

Jessa Irene said...

How fun! Great post, love the impersonation of a prune :). Will have to check out Debbie's blog, thanks for sharing her with us.

Ami w/AliLilly said...

WOW She seems wonderful!! You gals look great! :)

Alexandrea said...

YAY!! SO GLAD you are my new follower!! Thank you so much for your kind comments. I look forward to following YOUR blog as well!! Nice to meet you,

Alexandrea said...

OH MY GOODNESS!! And how FUN it would be to meet fellow bloggers in person. What a cute post!! :D

Barbara F. said...

I think it is so wonderful when bloggers get to meet. Sounds like everyone had a great time. xo,


Oh, Ginger, what a treat you've given us, your blogger friend! Wow, this is awesome!! Thanks for sharing this great event and I will soon visit Debby's blog and you girls look so happy and having fun! Have a great week. Hugs, FABBY

bj said...

Ya'll look like you are having so much fun. I'm so glad you could get together.
xo bj

Mariette said...

Dearest Ginger,

So glad you got to meet with Debbie! You have been on the road quite a lot and I'm glad all worked out well for you.
Welcome back home to Georgia and hope you stay well during the remainder of our southern summer weather.

Lots of love,

Mariette said...

What a lovely post, Ginger. How fortunate for you to have met in "real" life. Maybe one day I'll get to fly to the states and meet up too! And no, you DON'T look like a prune :)

Suzy xxx

Miss Char said...

Ginger, what a fun meeting, Debbie sounds like an energetic talented person. How fun to meet another blogger.

mississippi artist said...

It is always fun to meet fellow bloggers in person,because we already think of them as friends. I love cookbooks, so am off to check out your friends site.

Anonymous said...

My Savannah Granny, I enjoyed meeting Debbie,yalls photo's say everything,{GOOD TIME,was had by all}.I love cookbooks,thanks for sharing your travels,and meeting a blog-buddy is fantastic FUN! these smiles!
A kiss and a hug around the neck!

TalkingTourism said...

I love the photos! It was so good to meet you in person!

Shelia said...

Well, I typed a comment and it didn't seem to take! goes again. I'm so glad you got to visit your blogging friend and you gals look marvelous!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Isabelle Thornton said...

Oh exiting! Friendship is priceless!
I love cook book :)
Have a super day!

rnpurcell said...

Ginger, what great photos of your new friend. I am happy you two were able to meet and also have your daughter's with you. Loved the story.

Honey at 2805 said...

How fun you got to meet!

Thanks for joining my giveaway and becoming a follower! Let's hope I reach the 500 entries so that it will be increased to $100!

Hugs, Honey!

Sarah said...

Ginger, it such fun to actually meet a fellow blogger. Glad you two had a great time.

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Looks like you both had a great time. It is so wonderful to be able to meet other bloggers.

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
I know you both had a wonderful time!! So happy for you Ginger ~~~
XXOO Diane

Ivy and Elephants said...

Hi Ginger,
I just about choked on my "ice tea" as I read your post. Only another southerner gets the ice tea reference! LOL
Thanks for entering our give away.
Best of luck!

Babs said...

Ginger, What a great post. I enjoyed "meeting" Debbie through your post. It sounds like y'all had a ball. I love the reference to iced tea. :)
Thanks again,and I'm on my way to check out her blog.

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

How fun to meet a blogging friend! There are so many of you whom I would love to meet... What a fun day it seems you had!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

How fun! A great trip to visit family and also a great time to meet a fellow blogger :o) Your photos show a special memory that was made :o)

Blessings & Aloha!
Thank you for your sweet visit and sweet comment.

CAS said...

Pretty obvious ya'll were having a great time. How awesome that you also included your daughters. Yay, that last photo is perfect!
:) CAS

xinex said...

What a fun meeting, Ginger! You just introduced me to someone who has as much dishes as I have, lol. Now I gotta go see her...Christine

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

Isn't it fun to meet other bloggers in person! I've met a handful now, and it has been such a thrill. I love the way the blogosphere connects people we may not come to know otherwise. ;)

I'm glad you had such a good time, Ginger.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

Carol said...

How exciting! What a great day.

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