Sunday, December 4, 2016


See if you can GUESS where I was on
Here's a hint!
I have to tell you a bit of the back story.
Grab a cuppa coffee or your vodka drink of choice,
sit back and read.

Kris & I "met" online blogging and we 
"connected" on many levels,
love of home, love of family,
love of her handy-dandy husband, Terry,
love of all things pretty.

One day out of the clear blue 
I didn't recognize the number and debated
on whether to answer.
A voice that I didn't recognize said-
How would you like to come down here?

What went through my mind---
Hmmm...Axe murderer looking for a mark?
MANY other things went through my mind.
(Actually he offered to let me stay with them
but I didn't want to put that on Kris)

He wanted to surprise Kris with ME
for her 

As I walked into the house
~which, let me tell you, her pictures
do NOT do justice to her house-
you have to see it in person to
really appreciate it~
I came in through the back door
as Terry pretended he forgot his wallet
so he could drop me off...
I held a gift bag high up so it covered my face.
Kris was watching me-
and it took her just a few seconds
to realize that it was 
Nana Diana-a real person in real life time!
You can read her 'take' on it here.

We were like BFF's from the first moment on.
Okay- first off- my hair---
I had tried to neaten it up 
by pulling part of it
up and back...
yeah---well- you can see how well that worked out.
Terry said he recognized me in the parking lot by

Kris is even prettier in person than the picture shows!

First of all - the FOOD!
And did I mention her friends 
This one seemed to ZONE OUT 
right in the middle of
I won't name her because 
I don't want her family 
to put her in
THE HOME (yet).
The lady next to her (Sandy)
was wearing a blinking necklace all night.
Luckily, I am not seizure prone because
I sat next to her---

We partied in Terry's 
(much to his distress)
I won't mention that someone,
who shall remain nameless, thus, blameless,
might have broken one of his shelves off the wall.
Not that the party got wild, or anything,
you understand!

Kris had gifts & drawings-  
the gifts that were exchanged 
went to benefit a 
It was a wonderful night!

I am SO glad that I showed up in

All that was missing was the
Although Kris assures me that he 
does that at home when they are alone...
which sets THIS BOY a'howlin'....
And that's all I'm gonna say about THAT!

Thank you, Kris, for a wonderful,
wonderful party!

Guess what!
I am coming next year and bringing
with me!

You can blame Terry for this WHOLE MESS!~
your photo name


Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

How wonderful!! What a great surprise for Kris and it looks like so much fun!!

Susie said...

Diana, I am just peeing my pants from envy. LOL. I wish I could have seen Kris' face when she saw you. How sweet of Terry. I bet you did enjoy yourselves. I have to read Kris ' post too. I love when people I truly love get along. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

Diana, what a fabulous idea she has, creating that girlfriend party and contributing to charity at the same time! I went over to her blog to read about it, too. I think it was a hair-colour mutual attraction for you two! -Jenn

Chatty Crone said...

Oh my gosh you are a lucky duck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How wonderful. Looks like a treat time by all. And her house was beautiful like yours. I was so glad for once to see a beautiful picture of Y O U !

Wild Oak Designs said...

Glad you had fun....looks great

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Well, this is SO FUN! So wonderful that you two finally got together, and for the party, too!

Katie Clooney said...

OMG Diana!!! What a wonderful surprise. Looks like a beautiful party. You got to meet and made some new ones. I am going to have to plan a girlfriend party in Boston and you can surprise me! I'll give you the Mister's number.

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

The planets aligned and you two connected at last! I can't even imagine the fun y'all had...what a night! I love that Terry the Sneaky Fireman and Handy Dandy Maker of Cool Things was able to pull this off. And it's a good thing you love a good drive! This makes me very happy. :)
xoxo, T.

Junkchiccottage said...

OMG Girlfriend. I love you and loved this surprise. God I think you could have picked my jaw off the ground when you peeked around the gift bag. What a great night and what a super duper friend you are to drive down and wait for Uber driver Terry to pick you up in a parking lot of a hotel in your nightgown. LOL!!!!! Yep you are so coming next year and bringing your daughters to hang with me and mine. You are always welcome here. Next time you come down you are staying with me in that guest room and I promise I will give you turn down service and a chocolate on your pillow!!!! Love you girl. You made my night even more special.

Pam Kessler said...

No way!!! I am so jealous! Although if you're the kind of gal who gets that wild at a party that things get broken well then you may never get an invite down here :)

Launna said...

Diana... this sounded like you had a pile of fun... I laughed about the pole dancing. I am not sure what I would think about going to a strangers house... I am thrilled to hear it turned out so great and fun xox... (Yes, her house is beautiful) xox

Kim said...

I LOVE this story!!! I read Kris' post this morning and was giggling all the way through. You are the road trip queen and the bestest blog friend ever to surprise her...and I can only imagine the trouble you two could get into on a longer visit..all that blonde hair together...blondes do have more fun! ;)

Laurie said...

That sounded like fun!

Adam said...

I bet a few of the ladies were a bit disappointed that the only firemen there were inanimate.

looks like a fun party though

Pom Pom said...

Wow! How fun! Great connections are always encouraging! I'm a part of that white/blond hair club, too! I'm always looking at haircuts!

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Diana, what a wonderful surprise for your friend. I can just imagine that phone call! ♥

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Okay, I'm jealous that "The" Nana Diana and "The" Kris, got to meet each other for real!!! I saw and read her FB post and I can just imagine all the fun you girls had at the party. Glad that you got together!


Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

I am so glad that you got to go. I am praying that I can get to VA and then stop by Chicago on my way back to meet you and I will get you a room at the Hyatt (have lots of points), Kris and Jane and of course any other else in Chicago land.

That party looks amazing and I am so happy that you got to attend. It looks like such fun.

So glad that you liked my post - the park was a lot of fun and for such a wonderful cause.

Have a great week,

Hugs to you dear friend.

Cozy Little House said...

How wonderful that he did that! Nothing better than meeting blog friends.

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

How awesome and fun!!! Enjoyed every photo on both your sites :)

Karen said...

Sounds like a really great party!

Grammy Goodwill said...

Oh, what fun that must have been!

Connie said...

What a fun party, but I am afraid that I would have hung-up on the caller, before he finished his invitation. That would have been a shame . . . to miss out on all that fun, LOL.

Kathy said...

You are so funny. Only you would show up at a house you had never been to, for a party with someone you had never met, wearing pjs and holding lottery tickets and money. Oh my! I can't help but laugh. Thanks for all the pictures. It sounds like a lot of fun. I'm sure we'll be getting a post next year about your second time at this party.

Vee said...

What kind of husband does this?! A very special one I'm thinking. What kind of friend responds? Ditto! Kris is one blessed lady.

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Well at our age that sounds like a pretty wild party! Thanks for sharing it.

Attic Clutter said...

Oh wow what a beautiful house !!
Looks like lots of fun..hugs Diana..

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Wow that is so nice that you went to Kris's Christmas party and surprised her. How fun and glad you both met and had fun!! :)

Katie Mansfield said...

This is the best thing ever! How fun for you and for Kris. Certainly two of my favorite bloggers.

Cecilia Bramhall said...

What fun and what a great surprise for Kris! Sure wish I could party with y'all! Have a wonderful week!


How very fun for you and Kris! Sounds like you were a little party animal! LOL! knocking shelves off the wall...

Melanie said...

That is so cool that you and Kris got to meet in person! She only lived 15-20 minutes away from me before she moved, but we never did get to meet. Hope you had a great time at the party - it looks like everyone did!

Donna said...

That had to be the surprise of the century for Kris! So glad you got to go and sounds like you had a blast! xoxo

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Wow, what fun and y'all both have the same hair color!

Celestina Marie said...

Wow Diana what a special surprise for Kris. I know you girls had a great time. The pics are fantastic. A girlfriend party to remember!!
Thanks for sharing your photos and fun post.

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Oh what fun! Looks like it was a great get together! You do get around lady!

Ron said...

OMG!!!!!!!! I would LOVE it if you came here too!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE it and the surprise for Kris. She too is a genuine person like you. xoxo

Rose L said...

It sounds like you had a great time and I am am sure Kris did as well.

Donna said...

Wow, what fun, Diana! What a sweet hubby Kris has to think of surprising her with YOU! Looks like you all had a blast, I am so happy for you! You needed to get out and do something fun! Love the pics of you both. Sounds like it was a wild crowd, braking shelves and all:) You can crash our party any time! Just have to convince my hubby to do a little pole dancing, hahahaha:)

Debbie Harris said...

Wow!! What an awesome girl party! I bet you ladies had the time of your life and what a delightful surprise you must have been for Kris.
Her home is gorgeous, love the white.
Thank you for sharing your evening with us.

Have a wonderful week~

Blondie's Journal said...

How fun! Kris is a great gal and although I've never seen her new home, I did see her at her last home and we had a lovely time. So wish I could have been here, I'm 40 minutes away.

You look as beautiful in pictures as I've seen glimpses of. Love your smile.

Jane x

Kathleen Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home} said...

So glad you had a great meet and greet, Diana! I'd invite you here but I'm afraid I can't compete! Sounds like a wonderful evening. xo Kathleen

Jane@Bluebird1959 said...

Hi Diana! Talk about party crashing - I'd say you came in like a wrecking ball, lol. How FUN!!!! You two are the sweetest bloggers ever. Jane

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

So much fun! How neat that you got to surprise Kris like that! I bet her girlfriend parties are the best! The food looks delicious and I just know y'all had a great time together. :)

Carla from The River said...

I just love it. This blogging and making special friends. I just love it!!
I think Terry is so fun and talented. I love how Terry and Kris work together on the house projects. I think they should have their own TV show. :-)
Love ya, Diana, have a great week!

Missy George said...

What a great surprise for Kris and what fun for everyone else. Looks like a great party . Of course you were probably the life of the party. ... her home is gorgeous. Could you come here too? Trust me it would be pretty dull compared to that. Very cool. Thanks for sharing

Art @ Home said...

I love it! If some dashing Ragin' Cajun calls you from Alabama, will you come down here???? ;P I just read Kris's post, BTW.....

I am jealous! I wish I could have been there!!!!


Kimberley Seasideave said...

What an amazing surprise you were!! Loved reading this on Kris's blog and on amazing to meet up in real life - LOVE how life beings us together!
Hmm, Kris's blog didn't mention a shelf disaster...I've heard of hanging from the chandelier but never hanging from the shelf! ;)
Sounds like you had an amazing time!
Wishing you a wonderful rest of your week! Hugs, Kimberley

Tamara said...

What fun! sounds like a lovely, crazy time. I'm green with envy! lol What special treat to see the two of you together. Love your sense of humor Diana. Have a wonderful week.


White Lace and Promises said...

Wow! What a treat! So you live near each other? At least within driving distance. I have met a couple of bloggers and it was such a treat. One of my faves and I have tried to hook up several times when she's passed through TN and just missed each other. We found out that our kids graduated college together. It will happen. What fun!

Red Rose Alley said...

What a fun party! I bet your friend, Kris, was thrilled that you came, Diana. Her house is so pretty with a lot of white in her home décor. It really looks like a Christmas winter wonderland. The food looks great. That was so nice of her husband to pick you up, but even more nice that you attended the party. You are a dear friend to so many of us in blog land.

love, ~Sheri

Doreen@foxdenrd said...

It's so awesome that you said YES to Terry's request and seized the moment! So many women would have come up with a million excuses NOT to go. Instead, you took the time and made the effort and you were rewarded with an unforgettable night (and a cool blog post lol).


Red Rose Alley said...

I just went over to Kris' blog, and oh my gosh, I didn't realize that was YOU on the right! We finally get to see our Diana. You look lovely and have such a warm smile. :)

Deborah Montgomery said...

I'm glad to have met you recently! You sound like one funny and special lady. This post just had me laughing. What fun!

Karen@Southern Gal Meets Midwest said...

Looks like you gals really know how to party! So glad you were able to surprise Kris...What Fun!!

Karen Ann said...

What a great way to get together - gorgeous house, OMG!

Mountain Mama said...

What a wonderful surprise for both of you - what fun you must have had!!!! xoxo

Jill said...

Oh I love this post! How delightful and just look how big everyone's smiles are! :-) I was just thinking with all the beautiful white decor she couldn't possibly have pets!??!! LOL. Looks like a wonderful time by all. Love surprises!! Have a wonderful evening!


A Joyful Cottage said...

Haha. What a trip! I read Kris's story and now see that it is fully verified by your own post. Actually, you two look like you could be related. So glad you got to join in the fun. You deserve a good time. xo

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I think we are ALL jealous! And we'll ALL want you to come to our house for birthdays...from now on! heehee! What FUN! Hugs!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

What fun! It is perfect for your spontaneous spirit! So glad you were able to go and have a blast!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

I love that you surprised Kris and pulled off the best surprise in BlogLand!

Gypsy Heart said...

I love this! I saw Kris's post about it and I think it's awesome that you were able to attend. I know it must have been an awesome party with tons of laughs!


kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh my goodness, what fun for all of you, Diana!! I know you must already be looking forward to next year.