July 19, 2021

Monday Morning Coffee


Good Monday morning! We are smack dab in the middle of summer, and although my heart belongs to fall, I am enjoying these long, cozy summer days. Our weather has alternated between hot and sunny and torrentially stormy and humid. I know many are dealing with much more severe weather, and I am praying for you all. 

In other news, you know how much of an advocate I am for this wonderful world of Blogging. In a few weeks, I will mark nine years of sharing my simple, cozy life here. Through the years and along the way, I have met many women from different places throughout the world who share my love of home and family. Some of these women became real-life friends. They were kind enough to travel so that our families could meet and spend time together. This past weekend was a wonderful example of the power of Blogging.

My dear, sweet, fun friend Danielle and her family drove way too many hours to visit and spend time here with us! They arrived Wednesday afternoon and left Sunday morning. In between, we went to a charming tearoom, played cards and trivia, watched movies, rode around the lake on the boat, took the kids tubing, sat on the deck and drank coffee, laughed, ate out, ate in, celebrated Danielle's upcoming birthday, and made plans for a return visit. My entire family enjoyed every single minute. And to think that had I not started sharing my thoughts on this little blog, Danielle and I would never have known that out there somewhere was a woman who loved family, home, coffee, cozy, and Disney as much as each one of us do.

Oh! And you know you have a lifelong friend when she comes and thinks nothing of the fact that you are celebrating Shark Week!

Today is laundry day. I have already picked up my groceries and put them away, so I am ahead of the game. I am making an easy and delicious garlic and lemon fish recipe tonight and will serve it with egg noodles, steamed vegetables, and a salad. After that, we will watch The Bachelorette, always a positive commentary on the youth of our world finding love by dating numerous people and choosing one in the span of six weeks to spend a lifetime with. 

Have a nice Monday, my friends.
Thanks for visiting!

Danielle has a beautiful blog HERE.

Billie Jo 


  1. What a fun visit with a blogging friend! I've met one blogging friend so far. I think blogging is one of the positive things that's come from the internet!

  2. Oh, how wonderful! That tea looks divine! <33

  3. So glad you got to meet up with Danielle! Bloggers are the nicest people. I am so glad to count you among my dear blogging friends. Hope you have a great week.

  4. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. I agree it is such a wonderful community.

  5. What wonderful times with your friend. I have lifelong friends that I wouldn’t have known without blogging. Enjoy your day dear friend. Hugs

  6. We love you all so much!!! We had the best time ever and miss you already!
    I am so thankful to blogging for bringing you and your amazing family into our lives! Can't wait to see you again! And I almost won shark week trivia! : )

  7. What a wonderful time spent with your blog friend. That's a sweet picture of you both. You did so many delightful things while she was here. The Tea Room sounds lovely with an assortment of Yummy foods. I have only met one friend through blogging. She lived in the same town and owned a vintage shop. I used to go in there and talk for awhile. And even though we don't come face to face with most of our blog friends, we feel the love and support and joy from them through the screen, don't we? That Shark Week dessert looks Yummy too.

    Have a beautiful week, Billie Jo.


  8. Oh my gosh. I love your shark week decorations!! So glad you and Danielle could get together.

  9. Hi Billie Jo~ I think it's wonderful that you have made such good friend through blogging, even better that you have met a few of them! What a pretty picture of the two of you. I have met just one of my blogging friends, she actually lives about 80 miles from me. She quit blogging, but will sometimes stop by to comment, she's a sweetheart.

    Again, always a cozy time at your house!

  10. I have met blogger friend that are in Oregon and one in Washington. I stayed with Betsy and Dennis when Phil went with me to Spokane. I'd not been there and we had fun times together and out just by ourselves as well. Years ago I met 3 ladies I used to write letters to. One in OH, PA and NM. Still in touch with 2 as one gone away to heaven. Good times with friends.

  11. Late catching up as I was gone for another family reunion that ran into part of this week. Love this so much! I have had the fortune to meet one of my blogging friends once as well. It sure makes the world feel smaller to share in these spaces. And to know we're not alone in this world with our mom lives, thoughts, feelings and things we love - well it's all so comforting. I'm so grateful I met you through here and love all you share. I'm so happy you 2 cuties had such a wonderful visit!

  12. That's so wonderful to read. I love these connections we make in the blogging world. X

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Thanks so much for saying hello!

Billie Jo