Weekend in review–including time with a new friend!

Many of you commented that our weekend plans sounded a bit crowded. You were right. We did enjoy a very full array of interesting activities, but we ran out of time for the Bond movie. That’s been held over for next weekend. I rationalized the change in plans as preferable given opening weekend crowds.

But we did spend several hours in Downtown Los Angeles enjoying the new 12-acre Grand Park. It is special enough to warrant its own post, so I’ll see which of the several dozen photos I want to share! I have a very patient traveling companion–Jay never complains at my meandering.

But the weekend really kicked off Friday with meeting a special friend. I previously teased that I had lunch with a blogging buddy.

Some of you have already “met” Rosie. “Wondering Rose”  is a delightful blog I’ve been following for more than a year so I already knew that Rosie was going to be interesting and someone I would enjoy.

Rosie’s schedule doesn’t permit her to submit multiple weekly posts, but when she does share, there is depth and very rich context. She has shared intimately about her family, including some powerful early childhood memories from her life in South Africa. She loves poetry and frequently contributes works I otherwise would not know. Her stories come from “Wonderings, Wanderings, and meetings at my Museum cash register.”

I really took notice this past spring when she walked The Camino to Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain.  What an incredible thing to do!

I could highlight many things about what makes Rosie’s blog interesting, but how much better was it for me to spend time face-to-face!

Roseanne and I had been emailing for months, trying to coordinate our schedules, although she lives only a half hour’s distance. We had a tremendously complicated time trying to coordinate our schedules, but we finally pulled it off!

The minute Rosie walked in we laughed at how unusual it was to meet for the first time, yet immediately feel comfortable. After all, we aren’t strangers. In another era we would be termed “pen pals.” We quickly learned we are within months of being exactly the same age and have many similarities in tastes and points of view. Our perspectives on health and well-being, cultural and political contexts, family and  life are compatible to a degree that surprised us both.

I was also delighted to have a friend as eager as I to eat at Pasadena’s  Real Food Daily, an organic vegan restaurant popular in other Southern California locations but new to Pasadena. I was so happy to learn that we both enjoy a vegan meal–it’s not a first choice with some of my friends.

After a very leisurely lunch we took note that the weather was milder than predicted and quickly headed to the Huntington Library to take a quick peek at a new exhibit, “Just Cause: Voices of the American Civil War.” The Huntington holds a very extensive collection of manuscripts and printed materials  from the Civil War era.

On display are 80 letters, diaries and writings from Northerners and Southerners, including articles belonging to Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, George McClellan as well as soldiers, physicians and others.

We were awed by the number of exhibit articles and absorbed what we could in one visit. This exhibit is a complement to another current exhibit we weren’t able to yet see, “A Strange and Fearful Interest: Death, Mourning, and Memory in the American Civil War”, 150 works by famed war photographers, including Mathew Brady.  The American Civil War is a big topic. We will have to go back to take in the other exhibits.

Walt Whitman’s hospital notebook

During the Civil War, Walt Whitman spent three years caring for the wounded at a Washington hospital.

A Harper’s Weekly Cartoon

The Democratic Convention met in Chicago in late August 1864. The platform, written by the anti-war wing of the party, called for an immediate end to the war. This Thomas Nast cartoon criticizes the Democratic Party by imagining the result of ending the hostilities.

Joseph Warren Revere, wounding of Stonewall Jackson, ca. 1870

Joseph Warren Revere, Union officer and grandson of Paul Revere, witnessed the scene of Jackson’s wounding during his retreat after battle, and sketched the scene from memory.

It’s an exceptionally complete exhibit. I hope this whets the appetite to explore the Huntington. Rosie and I certainly enjoyed it!

I could tell you  many interesting things about Rosie, but I want you to discover more about her on your own. I certainly encourage you to visit over at her blog, and because I was so fascinated with her walk along the Camino, I’ve linked to the first post shared after her return. You can read about that HERE.

Well, a very full weekend is over! I typically use the week to put some time into planning the activities we might want to enjoy the NEXT weekend. But I think I need to slow down. I will be hosting Thanksgiving at our house…that requires a little planning and effort.

And apparently I am feeling a little subconscious stress about all that goes with end-of-the-year activity.

Last night I dreamed I had a calendar glitch and somehow I was “off by two days” and completely unprepared at Christmas.  I was in such a rush playing “catch up.”

I acknowledge it was a wonderful weekend, BUT…

I think I’ll go to work tomorrow to slow down and rest!

41 thoughts on “Weekend in review–including time with a new friend!

  1. How lovely for you to be able to catch up with another blogger. I’ve been doing a bit of that lately and it’s been very rewarding and enjoyable. When I started blogging I never expected I’d develop friendships out of it xx

    • It was very enjoyable meeting Rosie and she is the first blogging buddy I’ve met! I feel the same about blogging friendships being such a surprise. In fact, I’m sure if someone had tried to tell me how rewarding it is I would not have been very receptive! But I’m surprised all the time by how much I enjoy learning about other people and over time I feel quite sure they are friends! :-) Thank you so much for stopping by, Andrew.

    • I hope you have the opportunity sometime to visit with a fellow blogger, Bulldog. I think that anyone who spends time creating a story and sharing it regularly with others is going to be interesting. We are a full community! If you ever come to Southern California… :-)

  2. This is the true beauty of technology, the ability to meet and connect with people that we would otherwise never have the chance to meet. I think it is so wonderful that you met up with your blogging buddy! Sound like a great weekend!

    • I sometimes think back to how it really wasn’t all that long ago that we weren’t connected to the internet. So we didn’t have email either. And then here we are with blogs and talking to new friends all over the world! Thank you for enjoying my visit with Rosie, Eva! :-)

  3. How wonderful it must have been to connect with your blogging friend. I like your “pen pal” analogy, I had a pen pal when I was in Elementary School and those words always carry a “cache” for me. I will visit your friend’s blog, anyone that comes highly recommended by you is someone to meet. A couple we know walked the Camino.. it sounded quite challenging, your friend must have a lot of stamina!! xx Smidge

    • You would enjoy Rosie, Barb. She is someone with a lot of interests and a background that includes living in Canada! :-) I think that her walking the Camino was nothing short of amazing. She certainly inspires me!

  4. Meeting fellow bloggers face to face is just the best, Debra. :) I’ve done it three times now and have enjoyed every single occasion. The lovely thing is how different we all are and yet, because we already know each other through our blogs, the face to face conversation seems to flow as though we’re just picking up where we left off last time.

    • I recall times you’ve shared about visiting with a fellow blogger, Perpetua, and each time I was really fascinated. I was hopeful I would have the same opportunity. I really enjoyed my time with Rosie and find it just great that she lives close enough we can do it again. Part of our fun was talking about other bloggers we both know, too. It really was an easy visit. It speaks to the power of our words, I think, and the level of sharing that we do over time! :-)

  5. Dear Debra, thank you for introducing us to Rosie. I’ll visit her blog because the things you related truly intrigued me: poetry, walking the road to Compostela (which I read about in my sixth grade reader), and living in South Africa.

    I’d so love to sit down and have a vegan or vegetarian meal with you! One of my nieces hosts the annual Thanksgiving dinner at her home, but I need to plan what I’m going to take. Perhaps a squash dish with vegetarian stuffing.

    By the way, I ordered the artisan bread book you posted about several months ago. I’ll begin to bake bread again later this month when I get a couple of the tools the authors suggest. Also, I ordered the book from Amazon for a bread-baking friend in Minnesota and she’d been wanting it for years but couldn’t remember it’s title. So she says “thank you” to you just as I do. Peace.

  6. Aw shucks Debra muchas gracias for such a glowing description of me and my blog. You’re also the first blogging buddy I’ve met – henceforth you’ll be known as my #1 blogging buddy. It was such a thrilling experience to knock on the door of a perfect stranger and spend the next five hours yakking as if we’d known each other since childhood.

    How many people are coming over for your Thanksgiving meal? I hope you’re able to slow down today. If I were you I’d sit in your beautiful garden with a cup of tea and a book…

  7. Oh my goodness, what a perfect day! I LOVE vegan/organic restaurants – we only have one in our area, but we sure do enjoy it! We eat organic every day and go vegan a couple times a week. And that museum exhibit is right up my alley; history and archaeology are two of my big interests. You two look so happy – what a wonderful friendship was born of blogging!

  8. Yay! I’m so glad that you and Rosie hit it off and had such a FUN meet-up, complete with a vegan lunch. Yum!

    I’ve met up with 4 blogging buddies thus far (links on my Ta Da! page ~ http://nrhatch.wordpress.com/ta-da/). I hope to expand that list in the not-too-distant future to include you, Kate, Andra, Janna, etc., etc., etc.

    I’m glad that you postponed Bond . . . he’ll wait. And it will be less crowded in the theatre next weekend.

    Have fun with your Txsgiving planning. Looking forward to seeing your shots of Grand Park.

  9. Finally … I got the chance to read this post. Cheers to the mystery blogger being Rosie, plus it’s great that the two of you got along so well.

    Personally, I’ve only met one blogger — and yes, it was a good meeting as well.

    Thanks for sharing the scoop about the Civil War exhibit. Especially interesting because my wife and I were recently discussing how we think some desire a civil war today – especially given the election results serving as the springboard for secession talk by the loud minority.

    Nonetheless, great post … and Hi Rosie!

  10. How nice you met what I call a kindred spirit! Hope the friendship lasts for a long time. I met my mate online over 10 years ago, we clicked as we have similar interests and when we met face-to -face there were no surprises. My s/o and I have met three friends but from forums and we had an enjoyable time.

  11. What a great way to spend an afternoon, Debra! Meeting Rosie must have been a real delight,especially considering how hard it was to schedule your get-together. Exploring the Civil War exhibit together was a very special icing on that cake, too. I would much enjoy seeing that exhibit. That period of our history has always fascinated me. Coming upon your post today, Veterans Day, is especially poignant. Our memories are short. We tend to forget wars beyond the years of our Grandparents’ time. Those wars, though, are still important and their veterans’ contributions long-lasting. I cannot help but wonder what affect a Confederate victory would have had on the outcome of either World Wars that were to follow. Imagine that World.

    • I did enjoy the time with Rosie, John. Thank you. And the Civil War exhibit was really intense. Rosie and I were caught off-guard by the language in many of the broadsides and pamphlets had a tone that could have been contemporary. There is so much division in the U.S. and it was just a little uncomfortable. And that goes to your consideration of what we would be had there been a Confederate victory! I am concerned for us if we don’t stop the bickering and find ways to be more cooperative. THis morning I heard that some groups have started secession petitions. Wow!

  12. New friendships! It was wonderful to read about your day with Rosie from your point of view, Debra. You ladies seem like two peas in a pod and it’s so nice that you finally got your schedules coordinated and were able to have such a full day together.

    • Thank you, Barbara, for introducing yourself by way of Rosie. She is such an enjoyable person to know, and I find that blogging brings people together with similar interests with the circle just continuing to widen! We did spend quite a bit of time talking about how much we enjoy getting to know other people. I hope you’ll stop by again! :-) Debra

    • I am so glad you came by to introduce yourself. Rosie ad I talked about how much we enjoy our fellow bloggers, and to me it feels like the party just keeps getting larger! I will make a point of stopping by and saying hello again to you! :-)

  13. So happy to “meet” you by way of Rosie! I’m so happy for the two of you, and think it’s great that you both took the leap and met in person. As I commented on Rosie’s post, I met one of my blogging buddies and we have become good friends. It’s so wonderful to connect with someone who shares so many interests – virtually and in person!

  14. Isn’t it fun to meet a fellow blogger in person? I’m so happy that you and Rosie had such a nice time together, Debra.

    There is something so moving to me to witness the actual pages of writings of someone during a past era. I’ve seen some Civil War diaries and letters at an exhibit the Elmhurst Historical Museum put together of an historical family there, and witnessed many at the D-Day museum in New Orleans. Those had a particular impact on me. I did not know anyone who was in the Bataan March, but the town of Maywood that I grew up in lost many men in the Philippines and held an annual parade to honor them.

    • I did enjoy meeting with Rosie, Penny. A good part of our conversing centered around talking about how much we enjoy our other blogging friends. She and I “share” a few, but not many. The Civil War papers held by the Huntington Estate are really wonderful and they don’t put them on display very often. So this was special. I have never previously heard of anything quite like the parade you mentioned honoring the men lost during the Bataan March. That is one episode in WW II history I grew up knowing something about. Not out of any personal knowledge, but my dad was so horrified by that event that he often referenced it. I think a parade in recognition of the men who lost their lives is really amazing! That would be an incredible memory to have.

  15. I think it would be so much fun to meet a fellow blogger one of these days. It does seem as though so many of us “know” each other without ever having met. It sounds like you had a great weekend!

  16. What a wonderful way to connect with a blogging friend… My eyes lit up when I read that she had walked The Camino to Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain. Awesome! :-) Did you see the movie The Way? It’s worth a look. :-)

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