Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday - Blog Friends

Today is the fourth time I've participated in Outdoor Wednesday and it has turned out to be my favorite blogging day! I just love visiting everyone's blog and seeing what they've posted to honor our great outdoors.

On my first OW I posted a photo of my Blue Heron buddy at the beach by my house and received wonderful responses. One in particular came from Kathy over at Emptynester, in which she stated that this would be the first year (in 11) that she would not be vacationing on St. George Island, Florida.

Well, in a follow-up post, I wrote that I would write her name in the sand at low tide as her promise that she would be back next year. Kathy responded with "We WILL be there next year as God is my witness." AND, she said this in her best Miss Scarlett voice, so I know it is true.

With that said, and as one not to go back on my word, I grabbed my camera a few days ago and headed to the beach. So this Outdoor Wednesday post is dedicated to Kathy, my new blogging friend, but it is also for everyone who has gently stepped into the lives of others through blogging.

Okay, Kathy the Gulf has claimed your name and is waiting for you to fulfill your promise to come back next year!

For my other blogging friends who read my OW posting last week, I want to thank you so much for your sweet words on the passing of my Aunt Tish, it just did my heart good. Don't you just love blogging? Connecting with others who share common interests, sharing snippets of our lives through photos, recipes, stories and such. I feel like we're neighbors talking over the fence or sharing a cup of coffee. I had to head out of town and didn't get to make many visits last Wednesday and I didn't get to participate in Foodie Friday, but I'm back and looking forward to stopping by your place to sit for a spell.

Happy Outdoor Wednesday Y'all! Now stop over to see Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer for links to other Outdoor Wednesday posts!

UPDATE: I've been surfing around the various OW postings today and ran across a blog I haven't visited before. I browsed around and found this bit of poetry on a posting from several weeks ago and have "borrowed" it to add to today's post, because it fits so well! Thanks to Regina @ Daily Living!

Alone I walked on the ocean strand,
A pearly shell was in my hand;
I stooped, and wrote upon the sand
My name, the year, the day.
As onward from the sport I passed,
One lingering look behind I cast,
A wave came rolling high and fast,
And washed my lines away.

—Hannah Flagg Gould
American poet
(1789 - 1865)

Reflections on Outdoor Wednesday

What a wonderful time I had yesterday surfing around the OW posts — stunning photos, mouth-watering recipes and great stories.

Then I came back to my post and read all the great comments left by all y'all and it just warmed my heart. What a great circle of bloggers I've found my way to, I wish you all knew just how much I enjoy reading and visiting with you.

I've added recipes to my files that I can't wait to try and I don't know about you, but it's much more fun trying new things from someone you "know" rather than just doing a search. It's as though you served it to me at your house and I said, "Oh, you must write down the recipe for me!"

I get lots of decorating and craft/project ideas from you also. I love anything beachy (of course) and anything shabby chic! How in the world was I lucky enough to come upon blogs that share these styles with me? Again, it's a lot more personal when I can tell someone that my friend Maya told me about those crazy expensive beach huts in Dorset and then showed me how another lady created an inexpensive one in her own backyard! Or, how Sue gave me the inspiration to redo my bookcases?

Then you find those blogs that make you think about your life in a different way, that lift your spirits when you are down, that make you laugh, that make you cry (in a good way), and those that just make you feel all good inside. There are so many of these and I want to share one with you today. After reading my post and the poem I found on Regina's blog, Rose Marie over at APOGEE Poet left a poem that she wrote for the occasion and it is so beautiful and I believe it captures the way many of us feel about our online friends in blogland:

Thank you for your visit to my tree
And I now come to sit by the sea
Sands to hold, sands to wash away
The coming and the passing of a day
And what you have in heart at the end
Is the joy and gratitude of a friend
'Tis a smile brought here now to bear
For a post of delight and loving care.

Thank you Rose Marie, you bring such beauty into my life with your poetry and art.

The wine was flowing around the Tiki Hut yesterday and I want both Sue and Carolyn to know that I look forward to the day when I can share a glass with each of them. Sue, I'm happy getting to know you also! Carolyn, my family's farm is in Coffee County, but I travel all over Georgia and the next time I'm going to be in Valdosta I'll let you know and take you up on your gracious invitation. I believe Valdosta is midway between Coffee and Grady counties.

Rain, I'm so glad you joined us this week and you can tag along anytime! For everyone else — thank you, thank you, thank you! Thank you for visiting, thank you for commenting and thank you for being such a great group of blogging friends!

And finally, for Kathy: I'm so happy you enjoyed my photos and glad to hear you will be able to visit the beach in Texas over the 4th. {{{hugs}}} back to you!

30 Thoughtful Comments:

bj said...

This is the sweeeetest thing, ever. I sure hope Kathy gets to go back there....
xo bj

Maya said...

Happy OW! You've seen my contribution already. I'm participating with the Backyard Beach Hut..., and what a lovely gesture to write her name in the sand.

Anonymous said...

You are a compassionate sweet soul and I am so happy that I am getting to know you. That wine invitation is standing and open.


Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

Beautiful post...

Sherrie said...

What a nice thing to do for a friend! Have a great day!!


Mary Bergfeld said...

A lovely post with an even more beautiful sentiment. Thank you for sharing it with us. Blessings...Mary

The Fajdich Times said...

Hi Rhonda,
How sweet of you to take that picture:) Just love all your beach pictures. Glad you enjoyed my Sshrimp recipe.

Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss said...

What a lovely post, Rhonda. So often the internet gets a bad rap for all the negative things like stalking/preditors, identity theft etc., but it has also given us the ability to connect with wonderful people we would not otherwise have the opportunity to get acquainted with. That can only benefit and enrich us all. :)

DeAnna said...

I so agree with shari, I am so glad to spend my summer with y''all and will not know what to do when school starts. How thoughtful of a post - truly touching. Thanks for sharing.

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

What a fabulous post. I love how the water claims how you beautifully wrote Kathy's name. Beautiful.


Anonymous said...

Hello Rhonda, It's a pleasure to stop by your blog. What a nice post for this outdoor Wednesday. I like it.
Thanks to share and thanks for your comments. :o)

stefanie said...

just beautiful!!!!

Anonymous said...

Awww! That's so sweet....Hope Kthy can go next week...Love the beach too! Miss sooo much...We use to go to Desin, Penscacola,Panama City every my childhood...My husband and I use to live in Pensacola. Now we goes to Gulfshores,Al and Orange Beach,Fl...But haven't been in 2 years. Talking about going in August...The beach is calling me...LOL Favorite place to go...Beaches. I know it has to be HOT there...stay cool and drink plenty of fluids.

Unknown said...

Wow! That beautiful poem fit your blog perfectly. I have made many friends blogging and love all the inspiration and ideas I get from them. I like your shell of the week - it could go on forever!

Ashley ~ said...

I love that you wrote Kathy's name in the sand, and the poem you borrowed just fit*! Priceless*
((Hugs)) _Ashley*

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Rhonda, that is so sweet! You are a good egg, lady...


Sheila :-)

Southerncook said...

Rhonda, This is such a sweet post for your blogging friend. I hope she gets back to St. George Island soon. I do not live too far from St. George Island and it has been rated as one of the top ten most beautiful beaches in the world. I grew up along the Gulf coast of FL and there is nothing like it.

Thank you for visiting my blog and you mentioned that your families farm is in GA. Ours is in Grady county. If you are ever that way let me know. My house is always open to fellow bloggers for a glass of wine too.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

Cute before and after ;).

Monica said...

Awww,you are such a sweet friend!
Writing in the sand is one of my favorite things to do at the beach!Thanks for sharing!

Kat said...

Rhonda, this is perhaps the sweetest thing anyone has ever done! I just love it! I can't believe that you took the time to do this for someone you've never met, but I know that you understand the way that the sea calls to us. So glad you enjoyed my OW post - those pictures are from several trips over the last few years. We will be getting to take a short trip to the Texas coast over the 4th, so we will get some "water time". But we will be back next year! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Lots of cyber hugs, Kathy

Lakeshore Cottage Living said...

I love this post and I love the poem at the end. The beach is such a place of renewal for me and I don't get to go very often if at all...bummer.

When I was little, my dad was in the army and we were in Panama for 3 years. We went to the beach all the time and had a boat with a cabin and would travel out to the islands with another family on the weekends. It was a time I will never forget. Thanks for bringing back that memory.

Thank you for the sweet comment you left on my blog as well. Your little mermaid is just darling.


Peg said...

Yikes! I hate to hear about your negative experience with Safari 4. I blog on my 5-yr-old laptop which is running Tiger, not Leopard, and Safari works great there. I haven't yet upgraded to v. 4 on my newer iMac with Leopard. I'll let you know how that goes. On the old laptop, Firefox is much slower, but about the same as Safari 3 on the newer iMac. If you want to go back to Safari 3, you can still get it at
Hope that helps!

Anonymous said...

Hi Rhonda!! I love the idea of Outdoor Wednesday, may I tag along?

Rose Marie Raccioppi said...

Thank you for your visit to my tree
And I now come to sit by the sea
Sands to hold, sands to wash away
The coming and the passing of a day
And what you have in heart at the end
Is the joy and gratitude of a friend
'Tis a smile brought here now to bear
For a post of delight and loving care.

Best always,

Rose Marie

Claudia said...

To be true your blog actually got me a lil teary eyed.

What a lovely thought...made me start thinking of other ways we could reach out like that.

YOu have my brain a thinking.

Thanks so much for sharing.


Anonymous said...

"I feel like we're neighbors talking over the fence or sharing a cup of coffee."

Your warmth and graciousness is like a welcome cup of coffee. I'm glad you dropped in today. Have an amazing rest of the week.

Regina said...

Hi Rhonda, it's lovely, yes
that's okay, what are blogging friends for.

Regina said...

Oh I forgot thank you so much for following my blog.

RobinfromCA said...

Hi Rhonda, thanks so much for stopping by yesterday. The next time you take a driving vacation down the coast of CA let me know!

This is my first visit to your blog (it's so hard to get to all of them on the list) and I'll surely be back. I love the personal nature of your writing and I love the beach! I agree with you the blogland is like having conversations with friends over the back fence - and when you mentioned the beach huts and bookcases I thought "Oh, I was there for that conversation!" And the poems are beautiful. I may need to "borrow" too. :-)

Happy Outdoor Wednesday,
Robin@Miscellaneous Thoughts

Neabear said...

Enjoyed your post. Also thanks for visiting me and becoming one of my followers. That is great. We fly into Tampa usually when going to Fort Myers to visit my son and family. Have done that 3 times now. Cheaper than flying into Fort Myers even though that is where they live. But I love the rental car setup at the Tampa Airport. So easy to pick up and easy to return. Easy come, easy go. LOL!

Have a great week.

I love the beach and everything that goes with it! I love the waves lapping at my feet. I love the feel of the sand between my toes. I love the roar of the Pacific and the gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. Let's talk about beaches around the world, bonfires, building sandcastles, swaying palm trees, flamingos, clambakes, sunrises and sunsets. If it's tropical, it fits this blog!


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