Friday, March 12, 2010

Blogging Brings Rewards

Nana Royer

I never dreamed when I started this blog that I would make such wonderful new friends. I encourage any elder who might be lonely or bored to start their own blog. The blessings are many and surprising.

One day I opened my e-mail to find a letter from the lovely lady in the photo above telling me that she would be in Tucson and wondering if she could visit me. I, of course, was delighted. Nana lives in Florida and has a son and a step-son living in Tucson. While visiting them she took the time Friday to come spend some time with me. I enjoyed meeting her and chatting over coffee.

Nana had many interesting things to impart and she graciously let me ramble on. It's always wonderful to find someone who is so easy to talk to; someone who is an excellent conversationalist and a good listener. Nana is both and it made for a very enjoyable morning.

Nana does not write a blog, but she has a web site and her last entry about planting trees in Cuba is fascinating. I'm sure she won't mind if I post the link.

This is the second time I met someone in person through my blog. Some of you may recall that Rain and her husband came to see me twice. I also got a telephone call from a fellow blogger, Ugich Konitari, when she was in the U. S. She lives in India. I missed a telephone call from another blogger who was in Tucson for a very short time. A personal contact is quite exciting.

In addition to meeting friends in person, I have made some wonderful friends via e-mail. I can't begin to stress how this has enriched my solitary life. One dear friend sent me a wonderful bottle of wine from a winery in Napa. How lucky can one person get? I will not name her unless she gives me her permission because I don't want to get her in trouble with other bloggers who might be jealous. She knows who she is and I thank her.

When I broke my hip I got a call from Ronni Bennett (as well as a beautiful fruit and flower arrangement) and cards from many blogging friends. Nothing did more to lift my spirits that hearing from all of those wonderful friends.

I am so grateful to all of you who visit my blog and for your comments. I just want you to know how much it means to me. This post will be my heartfelt thanks to you all. It will also serve as a welcome to any of you who find your way to my city. Please know that the welcome mat is always out and the coffee pot is always on.
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20th Century Woman said...

One of these days, if we last long enough, Darlene, we will meet. I will get Jerry out in our new camper (new to us, that is) and we will come to Tuscon. It's wonderful how blog life takes over!

Rummuser said...

I too have made some great friends through blogs and some of them have been more than just blog friends. I am glad that you have such nice things happening to you and I hope that in one of your future posts, you will post about me too! Mi casa tu casa to you too!

Hattie said...

Darlene: As for you, blogging has led me to some wonderful new friendships We would never have been able to meet any other way.
It is such an enrichment for me, living as I do in this remote place.

One Woman's Journey said...

Darlene, what a wonder visit. I know I am thankful to you - you were one of the first to encourage my blogging - will be 2 years soon.
I have not met anyone in person as of yet - but the daily emails and comments surely lift my spirit.

Darlene said...

*2oth Century Woman - I am looking forward to seeing that camper pull into my driveway. Make it soon.

*Rummuser - Thank you for reciprocating. I think you live quite too far away for me to travel, but I do wish I could visit your casa. I do hope you will visit mine someday.

Darlene said...

*Hattie - Your remote place looks like Paradise. But if you crave big city life my door is always open. Please visit.

*One Woman's Journey - Ronni and I once discussed having a party of bloggers at a mutually accessible place. I thought Las Vegas might be a place everyone would enjoy visiting. Or how about Tucson? It's something to think about. What do all you guys think?

Joy Des Jardins said...

And...we're very lucky to have you, your words, wit, and warmth. I couldn't agree with you more. I feel very blessed to have met some wonderful friends in this little community of ours. So glad you had such a great time with Nana. She looks like a very nice person. Hugs, Joy

Nana Lorena said...

Darlene, it was such a pleasure to meet you, and what a nice acknowledgment of our visit. We returned home today after a very enjoyable visit in Tucson with everyone--no adverse incidents....all planes on time, no lost luggage! And now my son has a webcam set up on his computer so we can "visit" more regularly with the grandkids. I look forward to seeing you again the next time we're in your neck of the woods.

Darlene said...

*Joy Des Jardins - Blogging friends are the best !! Thank you for your kind words.

*Nana Lorena - The pleasure was all mine. I, too, am looking forward to a repeat visit.

Ugich Konitari said...


What fun ! You seem to be having a great time having so many bloggers visiting you! Of course , I couldnt get to Tucson on my visit last year, but who knows, I may just reach there one day. (I plan to come for the graduation stuff when my son completes his doctorate (at UC Berkeley), which is a couple of years away. Maybe you can plan a daughter visit then ! See, I've already got the plans all worked out...

In the meanwhile, I will look for a nice nine yard saree for you :-) ......

Darlene said...

*Ugich Konitari - You are living proof when I state that blogging friends are the best. It sounds like a plan; I will try to visit my daughter when you come for your son's graduation in two years. (Providing, of course, I am still able to totter to a plane.)

If I keep gaining weight it will take a 9 yard saree to cover me. :-)

Kay Dennison said...

We love you, Darlene!!!!! And yeah, if I get out there to visit Rain one day, the three of us will do lunch!!!!!

Darlene said...

*Kay Dennison - Wouldn't that be grand? I am looking forward to that happening.

Mildred Garfield said...

Loved your post. I feel the same way you do, blogging friends are the best.

You were a great help to me when I asked about "hip surgery."I'm having the surgery the first week in May)

Personal input is better than what a doctor "quickly fills you in.

I've had thoughts about getting together with fellow bloggers too. My idea is - Ellen DeGenerous should invite some elder bloggers on her TV show. Wouldn't that be exciting!!

Darlene said...

*Millie Garfield - I'm glad I could be of some help to you in making your hip surgery decision. I will be thinking of you in May and sending healing thoughts your way.

Yes, that would be fun to be on
Ellen's show. Does she broadcast from New York or California?

millie garfield said...


I think she does most of the shows from the west coast.

If she invited us to appear on her show I'm sure we would show up, as long as we were physically able to do so!!

She better hurry up.;-)