Monday, December 28, 2009


No matter how many sunrises I witness from the back door, they're each different and spectacular.

Different and spectacular describes all the women I've met via this thing called blogging. And to be sure we're not discriminating, the men partnered up with these ladies are wonderful too.

Yesterday afternoon we had a small gathering of local bloggers: Big Hair Envy, Noe Noe Girl, Ann Marie and Ghostless.

Ghostless, who is newly-moved to Mathews but not quite in her home, is a wonderfully warm and charming lady with a flair for color, style and the ability to maneuver a horse trailer. Much like my mother, she adores animals so much that a 37-year-old parrot and a donkey are on her extensive list of pets.

All my life I've wanted a donkey. And pigs actually. Everyone got quite the chuckle when I proclaimed my love for donkeys.

When Ghostless finally cuts through all the red tape to move into her house, my hope is to be able to meet her horses, her donkey, her parrot, and her dogs. But especially her donkey. I love donkeys.

Stop laughing.

Big Hair Envy, who came with Cool Breeze, is kin to me. So help me, she's kin to me. Around these parts "so help me" is another way of saying, "Oh yes indeed, for sure." Each time we get together she and I step a little bit closer to figuring out a family tree--which may or may not be our own. But by golly we're mappin' somebody's family tree. So far we've got a connection from her family in West Point to a family in Cobbs Creek, so it's only a matter of three miles distance before we figure out once and for all we're blood kin to each other by way of Cobbs Creek. Or the internet. Or the Mattaponi River. Or Malbec.

Noe Noe Girl and Cee Dub are the most instantly-likeable, sincerely cheerful, and genuinely-loveable people ever put on the planet, and if you do not want to laugh, then you'd better steer clear of Noe Noe Girl. Today Noe Noe used one of my favorite forgotten expressions when she said that one of the 4,358 cheeses brought by Ann Marie was "off the hook." When you say it with attitude and soul, "off the hook" means "out of this world and possibly out of this galaxy." It was really good cheese. And Noe Noe Girl is off the hook.

Ann Marie and the Waterman came with their crystal-blue eyes and their wonderful Mathews stories. Ann Marie also came with a cheese plate to die for and a camera that required its own zip code. It was that big. The Waterman's impish smile and colorful quips were the perfect spice that was sprinkled atop the already-flavorful group.

The internet has an amazing ability to bring completely different yet equally wonderful people together who otherwise would never cross paths. And when these people come together, it's all good.

Very, very good.


Grandma J said...

You have to rub it in, don't you? I'm seething with jealousy. I love them all and I can't wait to see everyone again and meet Ghostless and her donkey.

Ann Marie said...


Mrs F with 4 said...

I think I want to move south..... and I adore donkeys - why wouldn't you?!

Mental P Mama said...

I couldn't agree with you more! I hope to meet Ghostless some day!

big hair envy said...

Thanks again for a wonderful day!! I have a little crush on AM's papparazzi camera:) You forgot to mention that CBMother specifically said that y'all are related to people of my maiden name.....;) Thank goodness for the brings long lost families together!!!

Daryl said...

Its the best ... I have only met one sour apple since I have been meeting other bloggers ... looking forward to meeting Ghostless AND her menagerie ... and of course seeing all of you'all again ... GAH I would have loved to see Re's camera AND tasted some of those Off The Hook cheeses ... and I think I am actually related to Big Head via the Malbec that runs through our veins...

ghostless said...

I want to meet all the remaining bloggers too. I understand there is a blogfest 2010. Hope to meet up with all of you there! I'll see if Tonic, my donkey can attend!

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Christmastime at it's best! Just when I think I have had too much fun...we do it again! Thank you CBW. You are truly a gift! You forgot Sweet Sam and his oysters fried to perfection!(Ann Marie now has competition). And that Bayman is one good(looking hunk)chef!

Cool Breeze said...

Ok, so why did you leave me out?

Tell your mom I said "How you doin'?" LOL!

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Cool Breeze - Just told Big Hair that I forgot your internet "handle" but have now officially added you in! Sorry about that. It as great seeing you.

And yes, Ghostless, there WILL be a Blog Fest 2010 next summer, probably in July, and as soon as I get my act together I'll start planning that event. Will put up info on this blog and the Blog Fest blog. You won't want to miss it.

No work today but have to go back tomorrow. I think I'm staying in pajamas all day long.

Happy Monday!

Meg @ Soup Is Not A Finger Food said...

See, that's how I already know I will love Ghostless the minute I meet her: her donkey is named Tonic! And I think that gin & tonic is positively off the hook!!

Glad you all had fun. I can practically picture it.

nativedevil said...

Sounds like a great time. I am hopefully headed to Mathews this weekend.

Anonymous said...

What a way to extend the holidays. Sounds like you had a great time. I am ready to put the date of blogfest 2010 in my calendar so I won't miss it this year! Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

I commented under you at Country Girl and saw you had lost a follower. So I'm going to start reading you over here.

Liked this post ; -) Off to check out the links and more of those gorgeous photos.

Nice to meet you.