I spent a awesome 3 hours chatting this morning with one of my online friends and who comments on the blog, she is an amazing women, we connected online, moved it to a facebook friendship and now when we can find time we have a chat voice to voice, Her’s is full of life, its got a accent that makes me smile, and her wisdom is great but its her laugh that catches me each time.. its truly a beautiful laugh..
I have been blogging now for five years and when I started I went with farmgal and dear hubby and I never used photos that showed our faces and I was careful on what I wrote about where we lived and so forth..
5 years later, farmgal is a nickname that is so known that folks will come up to me at events and introduce themselves to me that way.. When I gave talks in the summer of 2015, my write up intro included that I was Farmgal, I think its going to stick around.
I remember being at a party and a now friend came in and when intro’s where being made and it got to me, she laughed and said, “that is Farmgal, love your blog” and I smiled and said, hi and its Val..
Over the years, I have driven hours to meet someone in the middle, lunch and have a plant swap, that friendship has bloomed, we chat on the phone, and we try and see each other once or twice a year, we do double dates out with our hubbies.
I have meet a few folks over the years that I did not click with in person the same way I did online (as an example, there was a gentleman who was a regular way at the beginning but when it got to the point that he was talking about coming and parking his bus at the farm) I knew that it was time to nip idea’s like that.
I have meet folks at events and they have turned into coffee visits and facebook friends, I have though the net meet the ladies that I now do my monthly ladies lunch..
So today, I lift my glass to my readers!
All of them, be it the new ones that are just getting to know me and the farm, be it those that have been with me from the very first few months(you know who you are, old timers) to those that I have only meet once or twice over the years but feel all more close to for having meet you in person, and to those that now see regular.
Thank you all for being here, life is full of blessings an challenges. The folks that have come into my life from my blog fall firmly into the blessings!