Wednesday, July 28, 2010

it takes two

Never did I ever imagine that I would host these terrific two last Sunday here in my home for an afternoon lunch. My ten year old daughter asked if Valerie and Alberto would mind to tango. Before we knew it, they were up and dancing away. It was a beautiful site to behold. I am especially in awe since Alberto had some pretty "big" surgery not too long ago. We know it takes two to tango through recovery to get back up on the dance floor of life.

Val had e-mailed me to let me know she would be in town, so we had the date set for weeks. I served a salade nicoise buffet style so my guests would be able to compose the salad according to their wishes. (I did forget the anchovies, oops!) My dear friend Kwana who happens to conveniently live down the lane was able to join in and I have the feeling that she and her delightlful husband were just as inspired as I to take tango lessons.

One of the most wonderful aspects of blogging is the community and the connections we make along the way. During our lunch, we watched the most wonderful summer rain pour down as if the skies were a bucket list all being turned upside down. I would like to thank my husband for opening his heart to my joy of blogging and to be a gracious host to my blog friends. Well, we both know it takes two to tango the incredible dance of life.

Open your hearts to the world of blogging and to connecting with others who have inspired you. If there is someone who inspires you, let them know by meeting for lunch or hosting a meeting. I know many of you probably might shy away from this sort of thing, but really, you will be glad you made the effort to connect.


Gretchen O. said...

Thanks for the thoughtful post. I am fairly new to the world of blogging and am amazed at the connections that those of you who have been doing it for a while have made. Sounds like a wonderful lunch, and I will try to live by your blogging example and reach out a little more.

Rebecca said...

Fun - Fun - FUN

A Perfect Gray said...

lovely post, Patricia...

Hill Country House Girl said...

How wonderful. I love the spirit of your lunch and to see those two tango must have been such a treat.I am not sure there is anything better than good food and drink around the table with friends.

Lisa Porter said...

I could not have said it better myself.
This blogging community is such a special "family" in itself. This summer we have said many prayers as we have both grieved and celebrate together "as a family."
You are so right, it is good to take some time and celebrate those who inspire us in so many different ways.

I look forward to meeting the lovely Renae of Renae Moore Designs as she passes through Lexington in October.
I also look forward to hopefully someday traveling across the pond to visit with Coty. Thank goodness for Skype as we have been planning & plotting!
But mainly Patricia, thank you for sharing your lovely afternoon at home with friends. Valerie and Alberto are a reminder of how romantic a long life together can be. My favorite memories are of dancing at home in the livingroom with my mother, my children and of course my husband.
Thank goodness for those who support and celebrate our blog "family."
I'm so happy that you came by, it's always so nice to hear from you!
xo Lisa

Millie said...

Your soiree looked truly wonderful Patricia. The guest line-up was too good, a wonderful group of fabulous women & their Darlings. Your comments about the fringe benefits of blogging are spot on - aren't we so lucky!
Millie ^_^

Susan McClaskey said...

Looks like you had a lovely afternoon! Thanks for sharing.

ArchitectDesign™ said...

what a lovely way to spend a day :-) Indeed, the connections we make here online seem to go straight to the heart!

Unknown said...

Oh, what fun!!! Connecting...well, that's what it's all about. So glad we've connected!!!! xo Elizabeth

Ina in Alaska said...

Lovely post, Patricia. I had seen Kwana's post on your lovely gathering and hopped over to get your point of view. I bet seeing those two tango was a lovely sight. What a romantic and exciting dance. How lucky you were all able to gather together for a delicious salad on a rainy summer day. Looked like a great time was had by all. (Pretty china!). xo

Formerly known as Frau said...

How fun and what a cute couple. I wish I could dance like that, it's so romantic! Sounds like a perfect afternoon!

Kwana said...

It really was a perfect afternoon. One that the DH and I are still talking about. I'm so glad that you talked about the beautiful shower Patricia. You have such a great take on things. Thanks.

Melissa @ Veranda Interiors said...

The blog world is an amazing thing. The people you meet in all reached of the world amazes me day after day. I look forward to meeting some fellow blogger friends on day!

JMW said...

That's so great that some of your blog friends live nearby. I'm afraid not many live too close to me, but I would love to have a gathering of some of my favorite gal blogger pals. Maybe I should plan a destination get-together at some point!

Visual Vamp said...

Well said my darling friend.
Alberto and I loved dancing for your daughter and the rest of you.
Lunch was spectacular, but the company was even better.
Thank you for coming out from behind the screen to meet us.
xo xo
Valorie (and Alberto)

PS to Lisa - You will adore Renae (and she you!)...

La Dolfina said...

Thank you for sharing this lovely get together with us! I agree whole-heartedly with the idea of making a virtual friendship physical, it brings us full circle. I'm always up for meeting my blog friends in person whenever possible. So glad you all had such a great time!!!

Valorie Hart said...

Thank you Patricia and Kwana.
What a first class pair of talented artists and gifted hostesses you are.

Look how proud of our visit we are, click here...
The Tango life


beyond exciting ! thank you for sharing with us

Stitchfork said...

What fun! And connections from blog-world have stepped out from behind the keyboards into real time. Bonus!

Kelley said...

The photo of the two dancing is really sweet.

Lauren said...

So true Patricia. Everyone looks great and it's such a fun experience!!


Purple Flowers said...

Even though I am taking a short summer break from blogging, I do agree the blogworld is wonderful when meeting genuine and generous people.

I smiled ear to ear when looking at the photo of the tango twosome. That must be a wonderful memory for all of you.

Unknown said...

So fun, I really loved this post (and how great that you live so close to Kwana!)

Acanthus and Acorn said...

It looks like a wonderful time and I bet seeing Valorie & Alberto tango was amazing! You look so relaxed and gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Such a blast! Loved this post!


Eddie & Jaithan

LindsB said...

What a treat to see them dance! Looks like a wonderful dinner party!

Dumbwit Tellher said...

I whole heartily agree. I loved this post and was excited to see you got to connect in person with the fabulous Val and Alberto. I have met three bloggers thus far and meeting them in person was very special. They were just as terrific in person as they were over the internet. We are all very blessed to be able to have this venue in which to bond and build relationships.

Cheers to you Patricia and thank you for sharing. xx

Simply Mel {Reverie} said...

Isn't blogging divine? Sounds like a wonderful evening of great people (and dance)!

Summer is running through my veins, and I find myself fribbling the days away (all in a good way). I'm going to enjoy this special time with my crumb as long as I can...


Privet and Holly said...

This is just
too sweet for
words! You are
soooo right, it
is worth to step
outside your "zone"
and connect with
other bloggers if
you get the chance.
I've done it twice
and have the oppor-
tunity to do it
again in a few weeks.
I love the metaphor
of taking two to
tango and the dance
of life. My blogging
has taxed my hubby's
patience a bit : )
but without him, there
would be no dance for
me. Thank you for being
such a lovely blogging
friend!!! xx Suzanne

Gramercy Home said...

great message. great idea.

annechovie said...

How fun! You all look great.

Diane Dorrans Saeks said...

PVE--I love to see so many happy people...and your lovely description of the rain and the tango...and having a friend who lives down the lane.

This is so charming.

Please ellucidate about your comment to Mrs B.

I am wonderfull mystified...algae? It is fascinating...and a wonderful comment. Please enlighten one of your admirers...
cheers, DIANE