Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Meeting Elizabeth and No Posts of the Week

Unfortunately, I've not had much chance to visit many blogs, this past week so once again, I'm going to put off posting the POTW until next time. I've only collected a few and I'd rather offer up a more complete selection when I have more time to put into it. Hopefully, that will be next week, but no promises.
Edited to add that I just realized that I'm one day early with this non-POTW. It usually comes out on Wednesday, but I'm not going to have any more for you by then, so I might as well keep this published until Thursday when I'll have a new blog post.

But let me tell you about who I met last Thursday.

Meeting another blogger is such a kick. Until this past week, I'd only ever met one before, and that was Deb from Talk at the Table. She lives just a few miles from me and came by for lunch one autumn day just over a year ago. She's every bit as lovely as you would guess from her wonderful blog.

Of course I know blogger Frank in real life but we met before either one of us were bloggers. Though truth be told, we did meet online while playing trivia in IRC (Internet Relay Chat). That's a long, evolving story and best saved for another time. Maybe. Probably.

Last Thursday, my son Alex, his girlfriend Veronica and I had the pleasure of meeting Elizabeth Grimes from Magical Moments, and her husband, Eddie. She was in Toronto to participate in a Musician's Mentorship Program with Canada's National Ballet School. We got in touch by email and made plans for the two of them to stop by for coffee.

They are the sweetest couple.

Elizabeth is bright and engaging, funny and warm. We chatted with ease about all sorts of things, including some of you! Eddie is kind-hearted and clever and probably has the best manners of anyone I've ever met. Canadians are supposed to be known for being polite but we Canucks have nothing over Eddie who probably stood up every time anyone walked in or out of the room, took a seat, left their seat or appeared to attempt any of the above. That man has good old-fashioned, gentlemanly manners. It is incredibly endearing.

And they're both cute as a button. See for yourself in the image below.



Elizabeth and Eddie
Elizabeth and Eddie Grimes.




Elizabeth and Hilary
Oh yeah, that's me with Elizabeth in this photo. Photo credit goes to Eddie Grimes.




Elizabeth CD
Elizabeth so kindly gave me a copy of her wonderful CD, Silk in the Sky which is due to be released this spring. All but one song was beautifully written by her. You can listen to some of these fine tracks over on her website.

You can read all about Elizabeth's first trip north of the border on her blog post "Thank You, Canada." Please stop by and leave her a comment if you have a moment.

Elizabeth and Eddie, if you ever find yourselves back in this neck of the woods, I hope you know that you both have a standing invitation to come for another visit. I'll be looking forward to it.

47 Perspectives:

Kerry said...

What fun! I have yet to meet another blogger.

Scott said...

What a great occasion and lovely photos of all of you.

Glo said...

So exciting to meet another blogger, especially such a pretty talented one (with a lovely polite husband ;))

I loved your previous post on textures as well. Texture is much more noticeable without the softness of greenery and colourful floweriness.

Terra said...

How fun to meet a blogger in person, and such a talented and pretty one too.

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Daniel said...

Gee whiz, I feel bad. We lived in close proximity and never visited. I guess we should do something about that this year... eh?

Glad you all had a nice visit and they were able to return home without being detained or worse. ;-)

Deborah said...

Just lovely :o)

LadyFi said...

Oh yes - she is both cute and talented!

Enjoy your week.

Elisabeth said...

I had the pleasure of meeting a fellow blogger recently, too, hilary and it was so special. It will stay with me forever. How lovely for you to meet this fellow blogger, whom I'm now off to visit for the first time. Thanks for the introduction.

Brian Miller said...

wow so very cool to meet another blogger...i have met a handful and there are many i would love to meet...cool on her cd as well...

Shammickite said...

How exciting for both you and Elizabeth. I haven't actually read her blog.... so many blogs out there to look at.... so I'll have to go over there to say hello!
I have met one blogger (and his wife) too... we had breakfast together at a hotel near the airport on their way from Labrador to Australia! a couple of years ago.
And as you and I are living in the same vicinity, although at different ends of the city, we may bump into one another one day!

Hilary said...

Yay, you posted a picture of YOU.......and I love it!!!!!!!

Gary's third pottery blog said...

YOU MET ELIZABETH and Eddie! Lucky you :)

Daryl Edelstein said...

Its always wonderful to meet another blogger - okay not always but 99.99% of the time it is ... I follow Elizabeth's blog, I dont always comment, but I pop in almost every day .. actually I believe you mentioned she'd taken pix of those pianos NYC had scattered about the city the last 2 summers ... anyway she's talented and lovely and I am glad you three got to meet in person!

the Bag Lady said...

How wonderful for you to have had the chance to meet Elizabeth and her husband.
And it's so nice to see you (and them)! Now I'll be sure to recognize you when you come to Alberta to visit your son! (Is he here yet?)

Elizabeth Grimes said...

This was so much fun to read! You really described Eddie to a tee!!! :) He'll get a kick out of it, I'm proud that he's my husband. Who knows, maybe I'll be back in Toronto in a few years looking for a job at the ballet school! If you ever find yourself down this way, be sure to let me know! I'll show you some of the best photo-ops, although you don't have trouble finding them yourself wherever you are. You even made my CD look good sitting on a table! Thanks for the post and for the links. I'm so happy we met. :)

DJan said...

How sweet! And you're right: the description of Elizabeth is "cute as a button," all right. I will go visit her, since she's new to me. And a picture of YOU as well. That's a real treat. Thanks for introducing me to a new blog. :-)

SueAnn said...

Oh what fun!! I am going to hop over and pay her a visit!
Thanks
Hugs
SueAnn

TexWisGirl said...

i love that you got to meet up with them. they are an adorably gorgeous couple! :)

Linda said...

I just have a warm fuzzy feeling after reading this post. Before I started blogging, this aspect of becoming friends with people I'd never met is something that hadn't occurred to me. But, after reading someone's blog for awhile, and learning about their families, their interests, and their senses of humor, that element of caring for each other grows. I still worry about and pray for dear Lori, and it's been eight months or more since she's posted anything. I'm so glad you and Elizabeth and Eddie were able to meet and get better acquainted and that you shared the visit with us.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

I love reading how other bloggers meet and find that they really enjoy each other's company. She is a doll, and talented, too. Love your picture, Hilary. You have a beautiful smile.

Indrani said...

I downloaded and saved your pic, hope you don't mind.;) Great shot of you.

CiCi said...

Well, this is a great post. Elizabeth has so much talent. She is not on iTunes but she probably will be soon. Then I will buy some of her music.
You all look fantastic in the photos.

messymimi said...

Meeting online friends in person can be one of the most rewarding things, can't it?

Mental P Mama said...

Wow! How wonderful to meet them...

Steve Gravano said...

That's awesome. I'd love to take a trip and visit visit some bloggers! Elizabeth is such a talented singer songwriter.

deb colarossi said...

Oh - what a treat to see you again! I can't believe how long ago our meeting was.

I am going to absolutely get to know Elizabeth , both her blog and music, thank you!

Nezzy said...

What a treat and you two are just too darn stinkin' cute.

I've only had the pleasure of meetin' one bloggie friend but hope to meet more.

God bless ya sweetie and have a fantastic day!!! :o)

Karen said...

How fun was that! Great time for photos. :)

yaya said...

Aren't they just the cutest couple! You look lovely too! I've never met another blogger and I think it would be great to finally get to meet face to face bloggers that I consider friends. I find myself saying: "I have this blogger friend"...and people always feel like that's not a "real" friend. Sort of like an imaginary friend I guess! Glad you had a fun day with them!

Wendy said...

How nice to meet a fellow blogger! Sounds like you hit it off well and had a good visit.
Great pics!

Red said...

Interesting how you get much more than a fellow blogger when you meet other bloggers. As with this couple there is so much more to them.
I shall look at Elizabeth's blog.

rosaria said...

How fun!
Great meeting your new in person friends.

Hilary said...

Thanks, everybody for stopping by to comment. I have been lax in getting to your own fine blogs but hope to pick up the slack again within the next few days. Thanks so much for your always-kind words.

I also see a few new faces visiting my last few posts. A fond welcome to all of you. I hope to return the visit shortly.

:)

Barbara Shallue said...

How fun and they are both cute as buttons. Loved seeing more of beautiful you, too!
I've only met one blogger friend in person so far, but will get the chance to meet another next month! Can't wait!

Pauline said...

How cool is that! I've only met one fellow blogger but like you and Frank, J and I knew each other long before either of us blogged. But it was writing that brought us together - she read my newspaper columns, I got to read one of her books.

Thanks for sharing the photos. It's such fun to put faces to names!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Always neat to meet someone new!

Barb said...

So much fun to meet someone you've known from the blogosphere! I'll pay her a visit.

spokalulu said...

How wonderful to meet other bloggers! I might have to leave my husband at home when I meet you someday. He always wanted to be a crotchety old man and now that he is retired...

Thanks for introducing them to us, and for pictures of all 3 of you! :)

Cloudia said...

Delightful! You look quite pleasant-



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Nancy said...

What a darling couple - and they have my maiden name!

Dave said...

Hi Hilary. I found Elizabeth to be very musically talented. Thanks for the link to her web site and blog - Dave

lime said...

so glad you got to meet another blog buddy. each time i've met one it has just been a wonderful experience!

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I so love meeting other bloggers, and she sounds perfectly delightful.

Anita said...

How nice for you and Elizabeth to meet each other! It's an encouragement for me when I get the opportunity to meet a blog friend. Who knows? It could be you! Especially since you extended the invite. :)

Nice keepsake pictures.

Michael Manning said...

Isn't that cool! I have met several bloggers on the road and they are awesome. We talked about other bloggers too--always in a good way.

christinemyoung said...

so fun to see a photo of you :) i met a blogger friend for the first time when I was in austin last week, it's so cool to connect in person. i did not realize you were in toronto, we've been trying to schedule a trip your way and now i'm more motivated, it would be so fun to walk & talk and take photos :)))

off to check out elizabeth's blog