So, what happens when you get delightful visitors all the way from New York for just a few mere hours?
When New York visits Oh Canada, you invite them over of course! And ham it up for the camera.
Miriam, from Hometalk is a work colleague and friend of mine. When I heard she was stepping into Vancouver, BC for ‘a moment’, well, that didn’t work as is for me! She had no idea how close I was from from the US border, so we made a short visit happen.
Turns out my two tuxedo kids were just as excited as I!
But goodness guys… did I clean before they came. And pressure washed and cleaned and gutted and gardened and cleaned some more. I don’t recognize the place. It’s fabulous.
During our visit we made some small talk on all things
pretend just to get in a shot of us blog business. Yup. BIG business talk going on here. Can you see the big pie in the sky ideas rising above our brainstorming heads?
“Ok, let’s try again. I closed my eyes the last time.”
“Look up next time! Your eyes were open but you were looking down.”
“Ok! Hurry up shutter, my teeth are drying out…”
Quality time in Oh Canada right here folks!
Edited to add: I did forget the part about Miriam gasping and pointing at everything in sight. It wasn’t so much that my home is outstanding or anything. It was about seeing the features you’ve only seen online, in real life for the first time.
I smiled the entire time, because I understood it. When I went to Miss Mustard Seed’s home a ways back, I felt the same way. It was like walking onto a well watched movie set in person. Pretty cool.
Anyone that comes here gets a quick lesson in building something. It appears to be somewhat mandatory. I wanted Miriam to take a little reclaimed wood toolbox home so we set about making that happen.
Let me put it this way. If you are a non builder coming in, your title changes going out. And you might even wear a plaid jacket while you do it. I have a selection to choose from.
SCREEECH. Me darting to their car…
“So… real quick? If you stand on that bridge over there, it would make a GREAT shot of you two! I know nothing’s in bloom, but I promise, it’ll be a cool shot!”
They’re probably still scratching their heads at my slam on the breaks method of planning. But whadda shot, huh?!
Chaim was the wise one and bypassed the tea part for coffee, and am I ever glad he did! It was the most amazing brew I’ve ever had to date.
High tea is basically bite sized things you may normally eat full size. It’s absolutely wonderful and special, especially in these surroundings of barnwood and chandeliers (see it HERE).
And then far too quickly, my friends had to continue their Canadian journey elsewhere.
I wasn’t quite ready for the fun to end, so I drove to a little park overlooking the river. It was drizzly out, but amazingly quiet and beautiful. And a perfect moment to reflect on a very fun day.
It’s so amazing how the connections we have online lead to real friendships. Remember the day when we’d say with a smirk ‘my online friends’ through conversation? Our online friendships are truly real, and I’m so grateful I had a moment to appreciate one.. make that two of mine. From New York!
There’s kind of a reason I’m making a big deal out of New York. I mean, other than the fact that someone I talk to all the time finally came for a real visit in my home!!
If you’ve ever had a deep travel kinda conversation with me, New York is indeed on my bucket list. I’ve read about it and watched it on the tube far too many times to not be curious. I really really REALLY want to experience it one day. When I was a kid, I was on the Canadian side overlooking the New York side. And it drove me crazy then.
So until I can get there one day, I can remember the wonderful visit I had with my friends from New York!