A Haven for Vee

Friday, July 17, 2009

Meeting HappyOne

She arrived with a comment on my blog on November 20, 2007 saying that she was going to try the mashed potato recipe and added this: I don't save my good china for special days anymore. Sometimes just an ordinary day is special. And that kind of thinking is what makes HappyOne such a delight. She takes joy in the simple things.

Back then she was writing a blog called Captain's Log. Today she writes Life is Good. Her husband Ken said that he was surprised, at first, by the popularity of a blog that is about the "ordinary" and went on to say that perhaps blogging is a way for us to know that we are all in this together. He's right, of course, and so we had some nice philosophical discussions about blogging, which I wished could've gone on longer. We even talked about many of you!

Despite Ken's assessment, I daresay that few of us walk six or seven miles every day or take pictures of fox, deer, geese or whatever wildlife happens to show up along the way; HappyOne does. And I love that I knew just what to take for her snack because she is dependable. Give the gal a dish of chocolate chip ice cream and a chocolate chip cookie and she's...you guessed it...happy! And she must know me pretty well also because she made me these yellow dishcloths. Thanks, HappyOne!

There they are!

We met at the Freedom House Cafe in Naples.

Yes, we ate, but forgot to take pictures. With all due apologies to the foodies out there, we decided to share our empty glasses.

Once we pinned Happyone down, we were able to play the Hokey Pokey.

How convenient that a dairy bar was right next door to the restaurant. Happyone couldn't have planned it better herself!
To quote the sign hanging above the mantel...We may have met as strangers, but such no longer be.

Happy Trails, Happyone and Ken. It was a blessing to meet you both. Enjoy a great time in Vacationland!

photos used by permission ツ


  1. What a wonderful meeting you all had. Blogging is its own unique gift.

    Have a great day, Vee.

    Becky K.

  2. How fun...to meet up with good friends for the first time...in person! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  3. Dear Vee,

    How wonderful that you got to meet and spend time with a blogging friend! Looks like you all enjoyed yourselves!


  4. What a loving tribute to a friend. Blogging hath blessings that one would never expect, at least not me. Each day I am renewed in some way and reminded how wonderful the simple things in life are. Blessings

  5. Don't you just love meeting blogging friends? I was kind of intimidated the first time I met one...what if she didn't like me or we had nothing to talk about???? Of course, if you can blog back and forth, you can always find something to talk about, though. I thoroughly enjoy meeting with them now and hope to meet many more in the future. Kat and I spent a bit of time talking about our fellow bloggers, too, when we recently met up. It's funny what a community we've become.

    Tell HappyOne I am TOTALLY diggin' her hair. And I'd like to know where the pictures of YOU are, missy? Did I miss them?

    Glad you enjoyed yourselves!! (Wish I could have had an ice cream with you, too!)


  6. What a fun day! The foodie in me wants to know what you had to eat..lol! Happy One sounds like she has a wonderful blog and one I've never had a chance to visit --blogs are like books, there are so many good ones and yet so little time to visit them all. I will visit her blog next.

    I hope to meet you and John someday, too, when we have a chance to be in your neck of the woods!

    Hugs, Pat

  7. What a great story! I love to hear how people met and became friends.

    "That's what it's all about" -Do the Hokey Pokey:)

  8. I don't know her blog but I can tell from you she is one special lady!

  9. I echo all the above! What a great thing to "meet" a person who is already a friend! C

  10. It is so wonderful to meet someone fresh and new who gels with us in some wonderful ways. She sounds simply delightful! Glad you enjoyed each other's company. xo Terri

  11. Lovely...

    And have I told you how special your new blog look is? If not, and I probably didn't, I tell you now.

    Aunt Amelia

  12. I so enjoyed reading this post about your meeting with HappyOne. It sounds like a great time was had by all and from reading her blog I know the ice cream shop next door was perfect planning. Pretty dishcloths she made for you and they look perfect in your house. Thanks for sharing with us.

  13. how fun to meet her and how beautiful the dishcloths!

  14. I'm just hoping that my blog partner "C" and I get to meet some of our blogging friends some day! What fun that would be! V.

  15. What a wonderful post you wrote about our meeting. Thank you for all the nice things you said.
    I am so glad I finally got to meet you.!! :-) I ate the last whoopie pie yesterday. They will be added to my favorite evening snack.
    Have a great day!!

  16. Wonderful post and pictures. Karen and Ken are great, and blogging friends are special friends!

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