Friday, October 1, 2010

Postcards From The Ledge

While trying to decide what to do as a post for Debra's Vintage Friday Inspiration, it hit me what gets my motor running...Y'ALL! So many of my "real" friends don't understand why I blog. To say they don't get it is an understatement! They wonder how I can relate to cyber-friends...'cause after all...to their way of thinking...y'all exist only on a screen.

How do I explain to them that so many of y'all share a cup of coffee with me each morning or stay up late with me at night?

You're risk takers, stepping out of the boat and following your hearts which in turn, inspires me to move out of my comfort zone and try new things.

(All photos are from SweetT's blog party.)
How do I make them understand how clever, smart, talented and wonderful y'all are...tell me that? How about how y'all have stood by me through thick and thin...or listened to me ramble on and on about nothing...or put up with my Squirrel moments? How you inspire me with your creativity, make me laugh with your silliness and challenge me to reach for the stars. Tell me...how do I explain to them the prayers, laughter and tears we've shared?

Have I actually met some of you...proving you do exist and not just in my imagination? A big ol' yeah buddy would be my answer. Will I get to meet every last one of you...if I'm blessed...YES...but if not...you still hold a special place in my heart! You've reached out to this chubby, Texas lady and given me the gift of your friendship expecting nothing in return but a visit from me in my gimmee tee and sweats.
Through y'all I get to experience life in a whole new dimension...see things I will never get to see...visit places I can only dream of...taste exotic foods...and be young again.

Your words and photos inspire me to reach for the unreachable. Your art inspires me to look at the possibilities surrounding me. Your hearts inspire me to love unashamedly and to look for the beauty that lies beneath. Simply put...by each of you being special and unique, I become special and unique in your presence.
To be inspiring, one has to look for inspiration. I need look no further than my monitor and I can soar!

SQUIRREL ALERT!!!

A huge, big, special Happy Birthday to my Crazy Cajun who I cannot spend enough time with! Jodie is the perfect example of what can happen when the dream meets the reality. She is the epitome of everything I want to be when I grow up! How on earth would I have ever been so fortunate to have her as a "real" friend without blogging first? Thank you Blogspot!

I LOVE YOU BABY GIRL! BONNE FETE...LAISSEZ LES BON TEMPS ROULER!!!

34 comments:

Sue said...

I was so excited that Gloria sent me pictures of Theresa's blog party. Got it up on my Monday blog post. It was rather bittersweet for me. I loved seeing all the pictures, but SO wished I was there. Glad "y'all" had a good time!

Take care, Sue

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

Awwwww.
I had tears in my eyes while reading this post because your words are SO true and straight from the heart about ALL of our blogger friends.

We've shared births, death, weddings, divorce, holidays, birthdays, trips, and EVERYTHING in between with each other. Even though some are shared through a computer screen, we are connected by one thing...and that is FRIENDSHIP.

Thank you for singling me out in the midst of your fabulous blogger friends today...you've made my 4oth birthday so special :))))
Hell, you make EVERYDAY so special for me :)))

This was a beautiful post...but I hope you realize that WE ALL FEEL THE SAME WAY ABOUT YOU TOO!!!!!!!
I just love you girl~
(can't say it enough)

Prior said...

Love you! Lezlee

sissie said...

Gosh Sweetpea, you have touched my heart with your lovely post. I feel the same way and I think that your last sentence says it all....."we need look no further than the monitor, to soar!" Amen!

big hugs
Sissie

Tamarah said...

Oh Deb you're ADORABLE....I'm so VERY glad I've met you for real though in all honesty, you are NO different at all in the flesh as to how you appear here & that my Friend is VERY REAL....!

I'm off to wish Jodie a Happy Birthday....!

THANKS for making me smile....AGAIN....!

Cheers from Oz,
Tamarah :o)

Olive Cooper said...

I have decided that those dim though darling ones who do not "get" blogging just have no imagination at all and do not want to expand their horizons. When I tell people I write a blog they look at me funny as if I said porn or something. One day I might just say that instead! My daughter will die one thousand deaths of course so I better not. hugs♥olive

Theresa said...

Deb~ it's like you climbed inside my head and heart when you wrote this post. (did you? and are you still in there...) really, I know I couldn't have said it any better and I have yet to meet any of the wonderful people I have met while blogging but I have become friends with them none the less. I don't have anyone around here who 'gets' blogging but to be fair I didn't really get it when I first started lurking! I was just looking for inspiration and WOW did I find it. This life of blogging has given me a new lease on life. You, my friend are one of the girls I would love to meet one day, I'm sure my cheeks would hurt from laughing and smiling so much but it's a price I would be willing to pay! Theresa xoxo

Debra@Common Ground said...

I agree with all the other comments, you all are my "real" friends, whether or not we have met, we still know each other, love one another and pray for one another. I'm so glad to see some photos of the big event. I just have to get down there at some point. I'm trying to find ways to bribe my husband...not sure what will work! (?) I'm so glad you're joining in on VIF, you make my day, Girlfriend.
I'm sending you an email photo of my birthday gift to Anne. don't laugh too hard, ok?
xo,
Debra

sparkled*life said...

YOU are the one that inspires us how you can write about nothing yet say everything we say in our hearts all of the time. Reading your posts is like peeking inside of your heart and that is what I love about you! Thanks for being the person we all love and are so thankful to call our friend! Squirel moments and all ;P

Bonnie said...

I know Deb, a lot of my "real" friends and family just don't get blogging. Maybe one day I'll get to meet you at some antiquing show and we can talk some trash! Best to you and Cat Daddy.

B:)nnie

clustres said...

You say the nicest things and make me want to meet the people you talk about! Even though I haven't met you, I sorta feel like I have. You make me smile and for that, I am grateful!

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

I agree with this whole post more than you know.

In many ways, my blog friends are my "real" friends. Y'all "get me" far more than my local friends ever have...I'm so thankful for blogging, because it has made the world a much smaller, warmer place.

And I'm thankful for having the privilege of meeting and getting to know YOU. :-)

Hugs,
Anne

Tammy said...

I've only been a Blogger for about 4 months now...and I haven't had the " FUN " of meeting any of my blogger friends yet...but I do feel like I've gained a whole new family of friends that really get " it " ! It's so much fun! I hope that next year will bring opportunities for me to meet many of my bloggin' buddies!
Your post is great, Love the pics..everyone looks SO HAPPY!!
Thanks for sharing!
Tammy :-)

Ninny said...

Well, I was out blog-hopping this evening and followed the crumbs to your blog. I have no idea how I got here, but nonetheless, here I are. And I had such a good time!! I have christened you the "Trash Whisperer" because you know how to talk to the junker's soul!

Liz

bella said...

I'm pouting :(
Trying to figure out how can I get to Texas and meet my friend Debbie face to face? Is it okay to be Envious of all those beautiful ladies in the photos? ( oh yeah , envy is bad :(
I know! You and Cat Daddy need to head up North - you would love a Barn House flea or Farm Chicks.
xoxo
Sue

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Well... this is a first, you're going to make me cry! You said it all so well, Debbie. I think the friends that don't get it should start blogs, they'd be believers in no time.

Hey, about your wish at my blog, I'd be happy to give Tim a hug... well, maybe a hello since I don't know him yet. I do know his booth now (thanks for letting me know who it belonged to!). When I make it to that booth and I certainly will, I will tell him I'm a friend of yours, Debbie, which brings us back to the meaning of this post. Happy to know you, know you have my back and I certainly have yours!!!

A happy birthday wish to Jodie too.
xo~Tracie

vintagesusie & wings said...

You made me tear up, sweetea texas gal...You are so sweet & honest with your feelings & I feel EXACTLY the same!!!
This has been such a beautiful mind opening experience, blogging & then to get to texas to sit & laugh & hug & have joy with my bestest bloggy friends & to know now...we really are there for each other. Whether on a computer monitor or sittin round a table in a field...we've got each other's back & that means everything to me!!!
Love ya gal & the big cat daddy too!!!!
Hugs,
Susie

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Hey Deb, you said it so well, a lot of people I know doesn't get the blogging thing either, but their the one's missing out! I've meet so many wonderful people thru blogging, love your post!!! hugs~~~ Daphne

Nancy's Notes said...

Sweet Debbie, what a beautiful post and oh so true! Hugs to you!

Need to scoot, yikes, I should not be reading blogs, my list is way too long!

Nancy

A Cottage Muse said...

Good Morning! So happy to finally come by and say hello...I've heard (and seen) so much about you that I feel I know you a bit already! I am going to spend some time this weekend and catch up on your blog...can't wait!! Have a wonderful weekend!!

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Some of my very, very favorite friends have been met through blogging!

Gypsy Fish said...

So glad to have you as my new friend......had an absolute blast in Texas....you ladies sure do it up right...I could have sat and talked with you all night!
hugs and kisses
Beth

Glenda said...

Dear Instant Relative, I love this post and have missed my blogging world. But I have really missed you. If we never get to meet in person, I still consider you dear to me. Just in the short amount of time we have commented back and forth, I'm always so happy when I see a comment from you. I know your comments are going to be heartfelt, uplifting and funny as-all-get-out.
~G~
Bob the Builder and I do enjoy many things together! Wink!

Gypsy Brocante said...

Is this trash talk or "mush talk" ?! I LOVE your trash talk but your mush talk just melts my heart ... it was a moment I will never forget and treasure always having the chance to meet you and that sexy Cat daddy in person, when I saw you in person I felt a spark of excitement shoot thru me, unbelievable! ... I hope to do it over and over again ; )
A lovely post ... so, so true!
xoxo
Jill

DEBBIE BELL said...

Awww Deb! Such a lovely post! How do you take the words I feel..& write them in your lovely blog>??! I am not a talented artist (sooo wish I was..& sometimes I pretend too) & I dont have a blog..but I LOVE coming here..you always make me smile & feel good about myself..& I love ya like you was my next door neighbor! Its on my list...meet "Deb & Cat daddy" even though I feel like I already have:)
Hugs sweets!
Deb:) xoxo

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

Oh Debbie I think all us bloggers have friends that just don't get the blogging appeal. They don't even seem that interested in looking at it...but to tell you the truth I really rather they didn't sometimes.
I've been lucky to meet a couple just recently and it's really an incredible gift.
My husband laughs at me when I say "my friend" talking about blog friends saying that they're not really my friends....ha what does he know?

Love this post and makes me not feel so crazy!

xxx
Carole

The Green Pea said...

Debbie, I feel like I know you already. You have made me laugh so many times even lol when I am by myself. I've prayed for your family and was grateful when God always made things well. You are a real jewel to the blogland. Hope to meet you next time I visit Texas. Hugs, sandi

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Deb, you and CD are priceless!! I have had some of the best times of my life hanging out with the two of you and more laughs than I can count, but you coming out to the party was just the icing on the cake. Thanks for all that you've done and visiting with you was just so much fun. I love you two!!

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

The feelings are so mutual, Deb. I've just got to get back down there and see you in Texas again sometime... to hear your fabulous voice again and get one of your fabulous hugs again and see your amazing gathered treasures too!

Margo said...

You are so right Deb, many folks just don't get it but we do and we are all rowing in the same boat. That is why the shows are so great. You get to hang with folks who "get it" and that's the best part.
Margo

VINTAGE HOME lifestyle said...

What a wonderful post Deb. This blog world is just amazing how you can touch so many lives...everything from laughing with them to crying to inspiring.
So happy to know you...you are the best!!!
Cathleen

Beth Leintz said...

Your post just made me smile because that was exactly how I felt at the bloggers party- it was so great to be with people I'd gotten to know and be friends with online including LCG (Little Cajun Girl) Jodie and you and your Cat Daddy.

Vintage Home said...

OH my Debbie...This is a wonderful entry...those last expressed feelings are beautiful...maybe you should write poems....
Another similarity we have is ..you live in Texas...I went to Ft. Worth for a visit for a whole week to see my sister & her husband in seminary...fall 1971!
p.s. Thanks for participatiing in the guessing game!..It is Swaan...so close!

Pam @ Frippery said...

What a truly touching and true post. My friends do not get blogging either. They really do not know what they are missing. Although I love my close by friends, I have met true soul mates in blog world. People who understand me more than the friends I have had for years. I knew you were one back in those beginning blogging days and I am so blessed that my dream of meeting in person and giving you a big old hug or two or three came true! The blog world has given us the opportunity to "meet" and share with like minded souls who we truly connect with. You are a special one, my friend. Hugs, Pam