Maybe you're all waiting for the telling of silly stories (check with Susan) or fabulous bird pics (check with Lynne) or tips for identifying sparrows (check with KatDoc) or maybe just Delia's straight-forward way of saying things (which cracks me up because she's such a hoot in person!), but if you're looking for any of that tonight from me... well, I don't even know where to begin, but to say that it was a fabulous couple of days for this member of the flock.
I'm still amazed with how easily near strangers can come together and feel so comfortable with one another. I don't guess I should be anymore, but I am. Meeting other bloggers face to face makes me really aware of how much we tell of ourselves with the little things we share here. Anyway...
KatDoc was a life bird-blogger for me and, no surpise here, she was THE serious member of the flock. She had her moments, of course, but she made it obvious that the rest of us were just *social birders* out for a good time. KatDoc means business when it comes to adding birds to her life list. She was smiling here, on our boat trip around the back bays of Cape May yesterday, happy that she'd tallied a few new birds for her list.
These two, Susan and Delia, old friends of mine now. ;-) It feels really nice to say that. We first met at last year's Autumn Weekend and once since then. We only had a day with Delia this time; time for an owl prowl, birding in the rain (again!), breakfast at Uncle Bill's and a dinner with a whole gang of people that were in town for the weekend before she had to leave for home.
Susan and me. (Laugh.) I feel almost like we're opposite sides of the same coin, if that makes any sense. She often knows what I'm thinking and'll say it in that way that only Susan can. I love her for that and the way she can make me laugh until my belly hurts.
Meeting Lynne... well, I think I'd have recognized her as a friend at first sight even if I didn't *know* her from her blog. I couldn't resist hugging her any chance I got. ;-) Of course you all know it, but she is just the sweetest person in the world and funny in a quiet way that just tickled me. I think NJ was something of a culture shock for her and I'm just hoping that she won't be scarred for life.
I'm hoping that everyone's home safely by now and sorting through their own pics and memories. Really, I'm as anxious as you are to hear what stories need to be told first. I love stories.
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