Yesterday the sun was shining outside and shining bright inside my heart as well! My hubby and I went to Mars to finally meet a blogger friend of mine, that I met online 2 years ago, Jodi from http://thecreativelifeinbetween.wordpress.com//
When we pulled into her driveway I recognized the house from the pictures on her blog. I couldn’t believe that we were finally here and within seconds I was going to meet Jodi in person. The door was opened and I was enveloped in a big, long hug. It was a wonderful, crazy feeling of hugging someone for the very first time, but yet feeling like you had “hugged” so many times before. After Jodi, her husband Marty was there to welcome us, and I was pulled into another hug. I was met with the words, “I feel like I know you already, with all I have heard about you!” Heart was warmed again, though I did have to say that I hoped it was good things that he had heard!
We were ushered into their cozy living room with the fireplace blazing and a comfy couch in front of it. Had the pleasure of meeting Charlie, their wonderful dog who was so very friendly! We chatted over coffee and Jodi’s mouth watering delicious cinnamon chip cookies.
Marty and Jodi took us on a tour of Pittsburgh, after first stopping downtown to see their spaceship and Jodi giving Brad and I a Mars t-shirts. Now we could prove to people that we really did go to Mars 🙂
The weather was beautiful for a walk around Pittsburgh. We went for a scenic ride up the incline in a cable car. Laughter and good natured teasing was part of the day of course. Jodi took note of my height, or lack of it, as we were standing on the steps waiting to go up the Incline. Marty pointed out how he and Jodi may live in Mars, but that he knew of a couple towns in my neck of woods that had unique names as well. 🙂
While in line for the cable car we met 2 guys that had come the whole way from Germany to take in a Pittsburgh Steelers game!! It was fun talking to them. One of the guys was 6foot 4! Yes, I may have felt extra small around him.
Jodi and Marty took us to a unique styled restaurant that had delicious food. We all enjoyed our meals and I had succulent shrimp. Marty and I realized that we both had a taste for Scrapple, when talking about different foods. Jodi and Brad did not agree with us about how good Scrapple was, but that is their loss! We did all agree on Apple Dumplings and Whoopie pies!
The beautiful day ended with a lovely walk in the woods behind their house. Charlie got to come with us and he was very excited about that. Is that a red or orange leaf Jodi, or could it be a flag? 🙂
Too soon, it was time to head back to the real world and leave Mars behind. We headed home with smiles on our faces and memories in our hearts, that we won’t forget. Cherishing the moments with friends is one of the best things in life indeed!
As we headed home I turned to my husband and told him how now we needed to go visit another blogging friend. Hmmm.. who should it be?
I will post pictures later from the day. This morning my camera wasn’t working at downloading the pictures. Sorry!