Travels with Dogs, When Blogging Buddies Meet, Driving Toward Irene, and Happy Feet

Some of you have expressed concern as we wend our way east toward Irene, so I will start there. During the drive yesterday from Lexington, KY to Hazelton, WV the only indication of the deluge ahead were wispy clouds across the sky. We even had a gorgeous sunset.

Sunset begins.

Irene only stopped by to say “Hello” as I sat in the car with the dogs while Nathan checked us into the hotel. Suddenly the rain poured down like someone had overturned a bucket and the trees started to whip. I was glad we weren’t still driving, but the convenient timing really only led to a struggle getting Lizzy out of the car. She doesn’t do storms. We are going to hang around here until check out (about noon) in the hopes that we will drive behind the storm, rather than into it. We are only heading to Douglassville, PA today, so hopefully that won’t be too bad. I suspect our worse day of driving will be tomorrow, depending on if roads have been shut down or if there is any flooding on our route. I hope all of my friends witnessing this storm are safe.

Enough about Irene. I had the honor and privilege of meeting and spending the day with one of my favorite bloggers and her partner on Friday. Kathy, of Reinventing the Event Horizon, and her partner Sara are every bit as wonderful, talented and intelligent as you would imagine from reading Kathy’s posts. We had a delightful day talking, laughing, sharing stories, seeing their house which is full of fabulous finds from around the world, as well as spectacular designs and creations by Kathy herself. I even got to see her current work in process, that is going to be magnificent and look perfect in their lovely home. I met their dogs as well, and absolutely fell in love with Ralph.

Our meeting at Third Street Stuff. We are pointing at an important saying for both of us.

Live creatively or die.

Sarah and Kathy in front of fabulous gates painted by Kathy.

Sarah and Kathy inside Sara's lovely garden. That's Lizzy's face, too.

They took us on a tour of one of the horse tracks (Keeneland) and a drive out to Medway where we ate ice cream and I helped convince Kathy to sell some of her fabulous Christmas ornaments in a shop that sold beautiful art by local artists. (Sorry if I pressured you there Kathy–I’m good at marketing others, not myself.)

Sarah, Kathy and I have a horse race.

A fabulous couple!

Future jockey?

Everyone needed ice cream

There was an error, so Nathan got two. 🙂

During all these adventures, we drove around with our dogs, as we couldn’t leave them at the hotel. Kathy and Lizzy bonded beautifully. As our final stop of the day, before we left them to have dinner with old friends, they took us to a dog park and we let the dogs explore for a while.

Three happy friends.

All in all, a truly delightful day.

I have to admit, I was really nervous about meeting Kathy. I am shy and self-conscious, always worried that I am going to say or do something stupid. But I enjoyed every moment of our conversation and feel like I made some wonderful new friends. I hope they felt the same, and look forward to Kathy’s post about our adventures sometime this week.

Our day did not end with Kathy and Sara. We had dinner with another Lisa, a friend of Nathan’s since high school and a soul sister of mine since the day Nathan introduced us. Her daughter is only a couple of months older than Sarah, and they too were almost instantly like sisters when they first met last Christmas. So, Sarah ended up sleeping over (we couldn’t all stay with them this time because of busy schedules and roof issues), and Lisa convinced me that before we headed back onto the road I should treat myself to my first ever pedicure.

Three more happy friends.

Happy feet!

19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. k8edid
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 08:47:39

    Lord, what fun….I hope to meet some blogging buddies at some point. Love the pictures. Stay safe.


  2. Kathryn McCullough
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 09:03:13

    Guess what, Lisa–

    I just finished drafting my post, and though I have some revising to do, will schedule it to go live on Monday morning.

    Goodness, it was fun, wasn’t it?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We absolutley loved each of you. I’m shy too, Lisa, but didn’t feel that way around you at all. This friendship was meant to be, my dear!

    And I’m so glad you got pedicures! Perfect ending to a Lexington visit. Stay safe and hug the family for both Sara and me. We love you———————-



  3. Aligaeta
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 10:11:36

    I am glad to hear you stayed behind the storm, met with blogging friends, and old friends, too. And that you even treated yourself to a pedicure. Now having the toes to move forward with confidence on your final step of the journey, may it also be as bright and cheerful.


  4. nrhatch
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 12:38:05

    Enjoy the journey!


  5. Julia Munroe Martin
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 16:59:48

    So glad the trip is going well! What a fun stop! I’m also shy about meeting friends I’ve met through blogging & tweeting, so I understand your apprehension–your great experience gives me courage!


  6. amblerangel
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 20:41:30

    Fun day and I love Kathy`s new hair…Love the pics!


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  8. Teresita Abad Doebley
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 07:53:47

    What a happy ending post after that bit about Irene. (Glad everyone fared well with Her!) So meeting your blogger friend–wow! I’m a little shy too and don’t know if I would have ever done that. It seems your journey to Mass. is already on the upswing!


  9. Christine Grote
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 10:24:50

    Glad to see your adventure is turning towards happy.


  10. Sandi Ormsby
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 17:29:42

    I’m glad you stopped before the rain. FUN PHOTOS…so glad you got to meet up with fellow bloggers. That’s always nice. I actually met another blogger pal not too long ago and I need to still post that!

    Safe travels on the rest of your trip!
    Lake Forest, CA
    ** Monday’s weigh in- down 14lbs in 3 weeks! Wahoo!


  11. LittleMissVix
    Aug 30, 2011 @ 04:48:09

    Glad you’re escaping the storm, stay safe! Looks like a fun blogger meet up!


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