My search for a community led me to a cadre of some amazing women (mostly). That is to say there were mostly women, all totally amazing. Many of those visited then are long gone now. Some others lie dormant but available for the random trips down bloggy lane.
One of the first regularly visited blogs belonged to The Lovely Elizabeth. The space she maintained then is long gone as are others she started in the years since. But, she still blogs and is still one of my favorite blog destinations.
Elizabeth, commented on one of my earliest posts:
Congratulations to your son and to you for helping him get to this point.
Maxine (Elizabeth's wife) also maintained a blog or two over the years now dormant but replaced by two others.
Shortly after meeting on the nets arrangements were being made to meet face-to-face and that meeting cemented in real life that which began in the virtual world. I have recently returned from my second trip to Houston visiting with the lovely lady bloggers, knitters (well, one knits) painters (of pictures and houses) all and things fabulous.
Elizabeth was my conduit to fantastic beer, kick-ass wine, insight and laughs galore.
Maxine is . . . in a word, AWESOME!
The brief respite from my day-to-day was precisely what the doctor would have ordered had she been consulted. It was most amazing plus I came home with a finely crafted knit blanket. (Repeat: Maxine is awesome.) Win. Win. Win.
I can't thank you ladies enough for being the marvelous ladies you are and helping me take those very important early steps in my journey. I can hardly wait for the next event that has us in the same place at the same time.
Thank you for a memorable weekend.