It’s finally happening!

I have spent the last five years reading all your fun stories about meeting up with blogging pals. I had resigned myself to never meeting any of you, simply because I’m in the UK and you are mostly in the US or Canada.  I doubt that Mo and I will ever travel that far. Mostly due to cost, but we also have other reasons that would prevent us from ever making a long journey and who would want to travel this far to meet up with us?

Well, it’s happening and I still can’t quite believe it.

It started something like this…..

“We are finally going to do our European holiday!  We are going to Paris”

Me: “Oh, how lovely for you”

“Who knows? We may get to see you. I have never fancied England, but Dave wants to go”

Me (Tongue in cheek): “It would be great to meet up with you”

Time passed and I didn’t expect it to go any further than that.  It was a nice thought, but I doubted it would happen.

Well, it is happening!  Kathy (The Junk Drawer) and Dave are coming to Yorkshire. Not just for a few hours, but for two days!

It seems fitting that hers was possibly the first blog post I ever commented on. It was 2nd March, 2008 and this is the comment. I was so polite back then.

first comment

In the last few weeks email after email have been flying back and forth and it is actually happening!  I can’t quite believe anyone would go to the lengths Kathy and Dave have gone to AND cutting two days off their holiday, just to meet up with us.

They get here the morning of 30th of this month. We are so excited! We can’t wait!  Watch out for some stories from those two days.

  • http://www.junkdrawerblog.com JunkDrawer

    I’m smiling ear to ear reading this! I can’t believe it either, Babs! And I love how you dug back to our first exchange on the blog. Wow, it has been a long time. I’m thrilled we got to speak on the phone at Christmas, but it will be even better to see you in person and give you a giant hug! About the pictures, you do know that when I go on these blogger jaunts, I must approve all pictures, right? You can’t just go taking them and posting them. I have all editorial approval. If you can’t promise me that, I’m not coming! Hee. Also, I will withhold Tastykakes and dark chocolate Reese’s.

    • http://beetle-blog.com/ babs (beetle)

      I wouldn’t dream of posting photos without your approval. I would feel exactly the same, so you’d better not post any of me :) We’ll probably take some video too. I can upload them to my Drop Box for you to download once you are home :)

      It’s getting so close now.

  • Kathy’s Husband

    Bloody Right. The Yanks are coming.

    • http://www.junkdrawerblog.com JunkDrawer

      That’s funny.

    • http://beetle-blog.com/ babs (beetle)

      And we can’t wait, Kathy’s husband ;)

  • http://mommamiameaculpa.com meleahrebeccah

    OMG! OMG! OMG!! I am soooooooo excited for ALL of you! This is going to be the best visit/vacation EVER!

    • http://beetle-blog.com/ babs (beetle)

      It is, IT IS! Mo says she hopes they aren’t disappointed with us.

      • http://mommamiameaculpa.com meleahrebeccah

        They are going to LOVE both of you!

        • http://www.junkdrawerblog.com JunkDrawer

          Why is it that we worry about blogger meet-ups? I remember having the same feeling when I met Ron, Meleah and Valerie. Always a little nervous, but it always turns out fine and we have a blast! Except if you’re bowling as part of your visit. If you bowl, and you haven’t bowled in 20 years, you will feel broken and sore for a week after. Babs, please, no bowling.

          • http://beetle-blog.com/ babs (beetle)

            Absolutely no bowling! I doubt I could lift the ball ;)

          • http://mommamiameaculpa.com meleahrebeccah

            AHHAhHAhHAhHAhAHha! Yes, NO bowling!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1209375425 Susan Shields Montgomery

    oooo! make sure to take Kathy to the Oven Door! and to Weds market! Have her talk to a Yorkshire farmer, LOL! (it’s another language, I swear!) My folks lived in Yorkshire (Knaresborough) for 10 years. Beautiful country, lovely people!

    • http://beetle-blog.com/ babs (beetle)

      We’d take them to Barnsley market if it was on the right day. They definitely speak another language ;)

  • http://thegoodthebadtheworse.blogspot.com Linda Medrano

    Babs, I adore Kathy! She’s a darling! So happy you and Mo will get to meet her! (Now, I really would love to meet you guys too and I’m turning a bit green with envy!)

    • http://beetle-blog.com/ babs (beetle)

      I wish it were possible to ALL meet up together. Could you imagine it?

      • http://thegoodthebadtheworse.blogspot.com Linda Medrano

        Yeah, but I’d sneak off in the corner to have a tall G & T with you and Mo!

    • http://www.junkdrawerblog.com JunkDrawer

      You’re a sweetheart, Linda! Hey, if we make it to the west coast, you never know…..

  • http://thinkspin.com/ Lauren

    2008. Wow. That’s a lot of years.

    Too cool about Kathy and her hubby visiting for several days. I’m so glad you’re going to meet one of the Pilgrims from across the pond.

    • http://beetle-blog.com/ babs (beetle)

      Time really flies by, so I’m glad to be meeting them before we are too old ;)

    • http://beetle-blog.com/ babs (beetle)

      Time really flies by, so I’m glad to be meeting them before we are too old ;)

  • http://www.weworkforcheese.com/ Nicky

    I’m so happy for you Babs, and now it’s our turn to be envious! Lucky Kathy, getting to meet you and Mo. I’m sure you all will have a wonderful time!

    • http://beetle-blog.com/ babs (beetle)

      I’m sure we will too. This is such a special event for us, we can’t wait :)

  • http://www.triloquist.net Ron

    Babs, from the moment I heard that Kathy and Dave were going to meet you and Mo, I’ve been jumping up and down like a like crazy person; so happy and excited for you ALL!

    “I can’t quite believe anyone would go to the lengths Kathy and Dave have gone to AND cutting two days off their holiday, just to meet up with us.”

    OMG…of course they would. I would too if I were coming to Europe as well!

    I would LOVE to come there with Kathy and Meleah,because can you imagine the FUN we would all have? Meeting up with fellow-bloggers is the BEST feeling in the world.

    I am so happy and excited for you ladies!!!!

    And perhaps one day, I’ll get to meet you and Mo too!

    X

    • http://beetle-blog.com/ babs (beetle)

      Wouldn’t that be something? All of us. We would not stop laughing and getting up to all sorts, like a bunch of kids ;)

      You must try and come to England one day. It would be FAAAABULOUS!

      • http://www.junkdrawerblog.com JunkDrawer

        I can confirm that Ron is just about the funnest person to be around. We’re hoping to meet up again this summer (with Meleah and Valerie). We’re lucky that we live relatively close to each other. No ocean between us!

        • http://beetle-blog.com/ babs (beetle)

          You are very fortunate that you can do this at fairly regular intervals.

        • http://www.triloquist.net Ron

          X ya, Kathy!

      • http://www.triloquist.net Ron

        Will do, Babs!

        Yes, FAAAAAAAAABULOUS!!!

        X

  • http://beetle-blog.com/ babs (beetle)

    I just hope I think about taking photos in my excitement :)

  • http://artofbeingconflicted.com Cheryl P.

    Babs, that is awesome. I am excited for you. I haven’t met any blogger friends in person, either but one is one my radar. She lives only 3 hours from my home…we just have to come up with a time.

    I hope you have great fun meeting Junk Drawer. I read her blog as well and she seems totally nice.

    • http://www.junkdrawerblog.com JunkDrawer

      I always considered meeting blogger friends to be the biggest fringe benefit to blogging. I hate to even call them “blogger friends” because they’re really friends, doesn’t matter where we met! I hope you get to meet your friend in person. It really adds a wonderful layer to the whole blogging thing.

    • http://beetle-blog.com/ babs (beetle)

      I didn’t think I ever would and I am so looking forward to it.

  • http://www.ladybanana.co.uk/ Lady Banana

    Wow! How exciting! Quite a few bloggers from far away I’d like to meet but doubt I ever will!

    • http://beetle-blog.com/ babs (beetle)

      Well, never say never! I wouldn’t have thought this would happen either :)

  • Jay of The Depp Effect

    Ooooh! How lovely!! I do love meeting up with bloggers and others I’ve met online. You meet some super people!

    • http://beetle-blog.com/ babs (beetle)

      We are so looking forward to it! We really didn’t think it would ever happen for us.

  • http://www.roses2rainbows.com/ Linda R.

    So happy you guys are getting together. It is such fun to meet up with one’s blogging buddies. I know you’ll have a fantastic time, and I do look forward to the stories!

    • http://beetle-blog.com/ babs (beetle)

      I’m sure it’ll be the highlight of our year!