How Blogging Has Enriched My Life

It is darn hard to make new friends when you relocate right before your sixtieth birthday.  We’ve been living in Virginia for nearly four years now, and though we have met many lovely people, we have not made any real friends, the kind you have over to dinner or go out to lunch with or just hang around with.  Then I started this blogging thing, and voila!  I’m finally making great friends. My husband, George, benefits from my blogging, too, because my new friends become his new friends. I don’t know if it’s that way in your house, but it seems through all our forty years of marriage, my husband has left it to me to come up with friends for us, whether it was through church or my job, or bringing them along with me from my childhood or college. Now it’s through blogging.

Last night we spent the evening with Big Al and his lovely wife, Patty.  It is the second or third time we’ve been with them, and we’re going to get together next weekend as well. We enjoy many of the same things, and George and I love the relationship Patty and Al have with each other because it is just like George’s and mine.  They even like to play word games and pulled one out last night called Bananagrams, a game we had never played before.  (Okay, maybe I shouldn’t  bring that up.  Sorry, Patty and Al.  Beginners luck.  There’s not a competitive bone in my body.  I swear.)

My other friend I’ve met through blogging is another Patti. She came over to lunch the other day, and we sat and talked for several hours. The time flew by. Patti is another one who shares our values and has the same loving relationship with her husband as I have with mine.   Our husbands have yet to meet, but we’re working on it.

Another wonderful thing about Patti is that she is so creative in all the ways I’m not, and she wants to teach me some of those ways. I have never been artistic, though I’ve always wanted to be. (I did help my husband make Crayola Halloween costumes one year with poster board and Magic Markers. Does that count?), so I intend on taking Patti up on her offer to help me try my hand at creating something visual artistic.  Oh, wait! I take that back. I’m visually artistic when it comes to something I care deeply about. Food. Here is how I presented lunch to Patti last week.

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About Coming East

I am a writer, wife, mother, and grandmother who thinks you're never too old until you're dead. My inspiration is Grandma Moses who became a successful artist in her late 70's. If I don't do something pretty soon, though, I'll have to find someone older for inspiration.
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38 Responses to How Blogging Has Enriched My Life

  1. pattisj says:

    And a lovely meal it was! I’ve seen Bananagrams in stores, but have never played. Sounds like fun!

  2. I finally got a minute to catch up (a little) with all of your blog posts I’ve missed. I know exactly what you mean about the friendship thing — my hubby let me lead the way on that in every location we’ve lived also and now that we’ve been back in our home state, we still struggle a little with finding really close friends. So yes, isn’t blogging the most wonderful way to connect with like minds and build friendships? Oh, and by the way, what was that you wrote about not being creative??? That lunch is definitely a creative work of art!! Beautiful! Why don’t I live in your neighborhood? 😉

    • Coming East says:

      I would love it if you lived in my neighborhood, Mama! As for wives being the friend finders, it seems to be that way with a lot of couples I know. I think women bond with each other much more easily than men bond with other men. Maybe women tend to be more social?

  3. Robin says:

    Bananagrams! Wonderful word game. I bought the double pack last year so we could have double the fun. That plate is a work of art! 🙂

  4. Amy says:

    Hi Chef Susan,
    It’s no surprise that you are making friends through blogging. Reading you post is like listening to a friend telling her story and thought, and it’s always brings me a cheerful and heartwarming feeling.
    BTW, I did a post about our beloved Riverwalk again (the third, maybe the fourth time, I know…) It’s for the urban theme, and got nice responses. Have a great week!

  5. Margie says:

    Wow- I wished I lived close enough to come for lunch!
    We discovered Bananagrams about 3 years ago, and it is one of our favourite family games. We often add a new rule – like one of the words has to be an animal, or all of the words have to be 4 letters or longer.

  6. sliceofshanghai says:

    Can we have lunch together? I love everything you have on that beautiful plate of yours!

  7. Wow, reading this too close to lunch time! The plating is beautiful. We, are also coming up on our 4th year anniversary of moving here. We have met some people, but none to take the place of our long standing Friday night friends in San Diego, where we would meet for dinner, coffee, movies, talking, walking… so understand this post… the next time we head up to VA Beach, I will definitely let you know. Anytime you are in Charleston… let me know, I may give up being anonymous… DAF

    • Also, I love banangrams… meant to say that earlier. It is a great game!

    • Coming East says:

      I didn’t know you live in Charleston, DAF. We’ve always wanted to go there. We might be meeting George’s brother and sister-in-law there sometime during the next year because it if about the hallway point for both of us. They live in Palm Beach, Florida.

      • Yep, we are just a bit south of you. Love Charleston, it is wonderful here. After three weeks of living here we felt more at home here than after 27+ years in San Diego. The past four years have flown by, just wish we had some of those friends from the west coast here.

      • Coming East says:

        We like Virginia Beach, DAF, but we loved San Antonio. Raised our three children there. But we love being near my brother and sister-in-law and their daughter and her husband, and now that we are finally developing friends, Virginia Beach is starting to feel like home.

  8. You can invite me for lunch any time… of course it will take me a while to get there! Beautiful luncheon plate!! As I was reading your post I kept hearing the dear, departed Fred Rogers singing “Won’t you be my neighbor…” I understand the “stranger in a strange land” feeling. Ten years ago this October, I retired from public education, packed my worldly possessions and moved to Maine with no friends or family in the area. I literally started life over. I also value the blogging connections, although you’d never know by how often I post lately. It sounds like life is evolving for you in VB. If you ever move back to the Boston area we could meet in the middle for lunch!! I’d love that!!

    • Coming East says:

      We still keep hoping we’ll win the lottery so we can move up to Boston, Carol. We’d buy a nice house in Cambridge, walk everywhere, and see our Bosotn kids all the time. And it would be a quick hop or a long one-day drive to visit our kids in Michigan. Isn’t it nice to dream..

  9. dorannrule says:

    Oh, I wish we lived nearby……

  10. I want that lunch! You have many talents. 🙂

  11. Al says:

    Thank you for the kinds words. Patty and I are blessed to find friends who are so comfortable to be around. Looking forward to next weekend and that expensive King Crab dinner you promised (or was it hamburgers?).

    As for the shellacking you and George gave us in Bananagrams, just remember, revenge is sweet.

    • Coming East says:

      Could be hamburgers and crab. Crab is my brother’s favorite thing, next to lobster, which we will NOT have! You should bring your games this weekend. My brother and sister-in-law love games.

  12. Oh…I would love to make it out to where you are! I would love to have lunch and visit with you for hours. Meanwhile, I’ll continue to search for your postings and exchange comments.
    This is a beautiful presentation for lunch! Very nice job.

  13. gaycarboys says:

    Yes I think it is the way it is in this house too. Friends from across the world, or in the next street, are possible. I love that we all write about things we care about, but that it’s not only that which keeps us all talking to each other. I was handing out How To Votes to for the Lord Mayor of Sydney today and I met a man who lives in social housing. He doesn’t have the net connected. I thought I was hearing things but he said he hasn’t the money for even a basic connection. It made me think.

    • Coming East says:

      Since we’ve been connected for so long now, it’s hard to imagine our lives without the Internet, GCB. Then when we come across someone who doesn’t have it, as you have, it pulls us up short. It makes their world so much smaller and we want to help them expand it. As for blogging, even though the likelihood of us meeting is very slim, I rather think we would be great friends if we lived near each other.

  14. Dianna says:

    Wow! Gorgeous presentation. I’m looking forward to meeting you soon. Patti and I have gotten together a couple of times for lunch and shopping. She’s a really sweet person.

    • Coming East says:

      Yes, she is such a genuine person, Dianna. I would love to meet you, too. I don’t drive very far, so Patti may have to be my wheels. I don’t think she minds, though, because our deal is she drives, I’ll cook. Good trade-off.

  15. Now that plate is not only artistic and 4 star worthy, it’s full of love.

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