Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Oh Boy, a Blog Meet!

There were only four of us, with three blogs represented, but it's a start, right? 

Redneck's oldest daughter will be a freshman at TAMU this fall and, she and her folks made the first of many trips out this way getting her set up and settled in for the fall semester.  Their trip happened to fall on one of Yeoldfurt's days off, so we met them for dinner yesterday at Boondock's in Somerville.   The guys both ordered the all-you-can-eat catfish and kept the waitress hopping.  Mrs Redneck went for the shrimp and I had my usual chicken fried steak.  She and I both ended up with to-go boxes which, for me, just means my lunch today will be extra enjoyable. 

We parted ways about 8:30 and headed home to feed the horses and bed down the chickens.  It was dark-thirty by the time we rolled into the driveway and Yeoldfurt headed down to the chicken coop while I went up to the house to start feeding horses.  The old adage about 'going to bed with the chickens' has some truth to it ...Yeoldfurt found the hens all gathered around the cedar tree outside the coop, having already bedded themselves down for the night.  Like sleepy-eyed toddlers, the four younger pullets trundled off to their private quarters at the back of the coop and promptly tucked themselves in their usual corner for the night.  But two of the three older hens had to be picked up and put in the coop.  They were roosting on some cinderblocks at the base of the tree only two feet or so from the coop.  But as far as they were concerned, they had roosted for the night and they weren't moving a feather on their own.  Like typical adolescents though, once wakened from their sleep, they were ravenous and went straight to the feeders. 

I finished with the horses just a few minutes after Yeoldfurt finished with the chickens.  We were done with chores and in the house by 9:45.   We both work the rest of the week and I start back on overtime, so it didn't take long for us to call it a night either. 

We had a good time yesterday, I'm glad we got the opportunity to meet these folks.  When you've been following someone's blog for a year or so, you start to feel like you know them.  You get to know their opinions and attitudes when you read their own posts and I think reading their comments gives you a glimpse of their character.  What a person chooses to post gives you an idea of what's important to them, what they think about from day to day.  But how they respond to what's said to them, especially in regard to one of their posts, gives you an idea about their character. My impression just from being a follower of Modern Day Redneck has been that they are a salt-of-the-earth family.  Now that I've met them, I know I was right.  It's too bad they live four hours away, but with their daughter just starting as a Freshman at TAMU this fall, I know they'll be down this way fairly often for at least the next four years.  I don't think you have too many friends.   And when you meet people for the first time and end up just talking for three hours, you can be pretty sure you have some common ground.

15 Comments:

Blogger The Orange Jeep Dad said...

Sounds like good times to me. Thanks for posting. Gives me something to read while I wait out this power outage at work :-/

Nothing more creepy than a hospital on backup generators...

July 13, 2011 at 5:15 AM  
Blogger HossBoss said...

It was a good time for us, OJD. I hope they enjoyed it as much as we did.

Hmmm, one thing more creepy than a hospital on backup generators would be a hospital withOUT backup generators! Hope your power is back on by now.

July 13, 2011 at 5:52 AM  
Blogger Izzy said...

I feel the same way, after following both your blog and MDR. My hubby and I, are actually thinking we may need to make a road trip from Orlando, to Texas just to meet some of you folks.

God Bless,
Izzy2184

July 13, 2011 at 7:55 AM  
Blogger Joycee said...

I find it amazing how we magically find each other in blogland! Just think of all the blogs out there...

July 13, 2011 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger Stephen said...

Very true, I've made some fine friends since I began my little adventure at blogging. Hope others feel the same about me.

July 13, 2011 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger HossBoss said...

@Izzy...
With the enthusiasm of Bob Barker, I say, "Come on DOWN!" or over or let's see, it would be slightly UP and OVER for you ...Florida to Texas. If you're ever in this neck of the woods, let us know and we'd love to meet you too!

@Joycee...
I know what you mean. Sliced bread was a wonderful thing but the worldwide web has truly impacted our lives in so many wonderful ways. When you and I were in grade school, maybe half of the adults in this country could even type without looking at the keys. Now it's hard to find a fourth grader that doesn't do a pretty good clip on a keyboard. Grandparents that lived more than a few miles away might have to wait weeks or even months for a few photographs or letters about their grandchildren. Now they have EMAIL ...instant gratification for Grandmas!

@Stephen...
I'm pretty sure they do, but I know what you mean. I put this post up last night after we got home from our Mini-Blog Meet and then ...honestly ...I worried and fretted a little that maybe WE had a great time but that the Redneck and his Missus might not feel the same. But he posted tonight after they got back home and it looks like it's all mutual. Now I can relax and just look forward to their next trip down this way.

: )

July 14, 2011 at 12:54 AM  
Blogger Modern Day Redneck said...

HossBoss-We chatted for three hours, what were you worried about? Your hubby and I could have talked for days. I enjoyed the history lesson and would like to continue our talk. I need to do some research first because he can blow me out of the water with all that he knows. I will give you advance notice the next time we are down. The 18th of next month will be just a drop and go and we will not have any time to stay but when we come down for the weekend, you are the first people were calling. I hope Izzy can make it one of these days as well.
Stephen, you were brought up in our conversations and it was mutual that the next time you are in Texas you need to call us.

Thanks again for the hospitality you and yours showed us and expectantly for your extended hand for my daughter.
If you ever need something I will right there.

July 14, 2011 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger HossBoss said...

I understand about the 18th, there will probably be a few drop and go trips over the next four years. But whenever you guys have the time, I sure hope we can get together. Give us a heads up if you can, but if you just call and say you're on your way, that's fine too.

Maybe next time we can have ya'll out to the house.

: )

July 14, 2011 at 7:26 PM  
Blogger Julie Harward said...

That is so wonderful...I would love to do that! Have fun with that little one coming for a visit! ;D

July 14, 2011 at 7:58 PM  
Blogger HossBoss said...

Thanks, Julie ...I know we will!

: )

July 14, 2011 at 11:07 PM  
Blogger Arsenius the Hermit said...

I know a number of the folks I met through blogs, and a get together somewhere mid way between where everyone lives is a good way to do it.

July 15, 2011 at 2:10 PM  
Blogger HossBoss said...

We've been fortunate to meet up with several of our blog friends in the last couple of years, Arsenius. Geography is the only challenge. The connectivity afforded us by the worldwide web is both a blessing and a curse. It gives us the opportunity to have 'conversations' with people we would otherwise never know. But because it stretches all over the world, sometimes a real life meet up is just not possible.

July 15, 2011 at 7:54 PM  
Blogger kx59 said...

Every now and then, it works the other way around. Belle and I met YeOldFurt at the blog shoot she organized and via that introduction found our way to your blog (and his, of course). One of these days in the not too distant future, we hope to make your acquaintance as well.

July 17, 2011 at 10:50 PM  
Blogger HossBoss said...

Yeoldfurt really had a good time at the shoot you guys organized ...I would have gone with him but already had a commitment that weekend. Looking forward to next time though!

: )

July 18, 2011 at 5:11 AM  
Blogger Kids and Canning Jars said...

My goodness. I have been out of town. Or I might have just invited myself.... I live only about 90 miles form you. Based on the whole Burton Camp and all. I love that you did this. The blogging world is amazing.
Melissa

July 20, 2011 at 9:15 AM  

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