Monday, November 16, 2009

A Blogger First--A Double Post!

It's Blue Monday!

If you feel you would like to join in, just check out the BLUE MONDAY INSTRUCTIONS in my sidebar.

Please try to leave a comment for me and for all other participants. We'll all return the favor.

Have some fun!

I love my new location! I've discovered that I'm close to several blogging buddies. I recently got to meet one of my favorite bloggers IN PERSON!

I had lunch with Mrs. Magpie (Sheila) of The Quintessential Magpie. We each drove to a restaurant called Mimi's Cafe. I know it's hard to believe, but she's even better in person than she is on her blog.

*****Today is a First for Bloggers as we are both posting today about our lunch.*****

At the front entrance, I spotted this rooster lamp and just knew that I had to share this with Blogland.

Isn't he pretty? He could hold a bit of greenery tucked into the center of his back.

Mimi's Cafe is a charming place, filled with pretties meant to catch the eye.

Someone named "Princess" came in to eat. See the balloon crown?
Did you notice how they made it look as if there was a balcony? Notice all the blues: pictures, signs, tablecloths, clothing, even a United States flag.

So much to see.

Sheila suggested we title this picture, "Two Chicks at Lunch."

Mrs. Magpie came loaded down with gifts for me; just look at these goodies! I felt as if it were my birthday and Christmas all wrapped up into one day. She sure knows how to make a person feel special. Thank you, Sheila. (Whatever made her choose to give me so much blue?)

I love spider mums, and this brilliant yellow is such a good companion to the beautiful blue and white ginger jar. Blue Christmas napkins can be seen in the background. Mrs. Magpie brought them for me to use, "because you'll be in your new home by Christmas." She thought of everything!

Here's a close-up of the pattern on the napkins. Snow for Tampa!

The flowers made it home safe and sound. Look at this gorgeous ginger jar!

Look at this sparkly blue paperweight, with the impression of a flower. It's iridescent. The pencil is blue and white too. All of these items were packed in the little bag with the curling blue ribbon and blue tissue paper. (Sigh, I was in blue Heaven!)

Take a closer look at the stamp. It has a bit of blue in it. Mr. Magpie made it himself! It's a real U. S. postage stamp! Isn't he creative? It says, "Santa is coming. Have you been a good magpie?"

I tell you, I am still overwhelmed.

You ask, "What exactly does a magpie look like?" Here, I'll show you.

Happy Blue Monday!

Blue Monday Participants
1. Fifi Flowers
2. Charlotte
3. Sarah@Hyacinths for the Soul
4. Charlotte #2
5. Sheila
6. Ms. Sharlotte's....Southern Reflections
7. Karen @Elsie Eleanor Designs
8. peggy gatto
9. Greenearth
10. Sherri@lavenderfields
11. Claudie...Blue Cottage Monday
12. Carly's Photography
13. Elizabeth
14. John d'Sailor
15. Candy @ The Little Round Table
16. Linda
17. Rose - Korea
18. LaVoice
19. Mary@OnePerfectBite
20. Baba's Special babies
21. Hagemor-Norway
22. Hagemor-Norway-Fotosafari
23. Rinkly Rimes Australia
24. Lana G!
25. Annas Adornments
26. Judith, UK
27. Diann @ The Thrifty Groove-I have a "Blue" giveaway!
28. Eventyrhus-NORWAY
30. RobinfromCA
31. pam, Grey Like Snuffie
32. Hip chick
33. jeff. - Green Xebec
34. FickleInPInk, the dark side
35. cindy
36. Shirls Rose Cottage
37. Jeanne,backyard neighbor
39. LUNA
40. Katt...
41. Paula Grace Designs (Glass Artist Mesmerizes)
42. Black eyed Susan's kitchen
43. Coralie @ A Vintage Cottage Home
44. Christine
45. Erica [pedestal bowl and plate]
46. mizhelle
47. Tink *~*~*
48. Boulevard Int Design Blue in the Hickory Chair Showroom
49. Slee @ Paisley & Pretties
50. Knitty
51. ThriftyAnnabella
52. Jean Stockdale
53. Linnea at Awful Annie's
54. Yoli @ Apron Senorita
55. Maria Berg, Sweden
56. carolynUSA
57. charli and Me
58. chenoa
59. Joy~Books and Life
60. Myrna @ My Enchanted Home
61. AnnA
62. Ladynred
63. Carrie - Carola Nativity Gallery
64. charmine
65. Missy
66. Shy
67. ...Molly
68. Dhemz
69. Linda
70. Hannah - Zukan

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Fifi Flowers said...

WOW!!! I'm the first one to join your party today... FUN!!!
Happy Blue Monday!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Hi, Sally! Loved your post, LOL! I have mine up now, but you're probably in bed. ;-)

Happy Blue Monday...


Sheila :-)

Sarah said...

Yes, this Blue Monday post has me smiling! You two are going to have great fun meeting up for lunch more than once I suspect. Thanks for sharing all these terrific photos about your lunch. Love the rooster!!! Happy Blue Monday! ~ Sarah

Charlotte said...

It's so nice you got to have lunch with Sheila. Mimi's is my daughter's favorite restaurant. I like it too. They do decorate them "cute." Love that rooster lamp.
Happy Blue Monday. Hope you don't mind me doing two posts this time.

peggy gatto said...

Hope I did it right!
I am a blue and white girl!
Thought I needed to join in the wonderful challenge of yours!
Hops to take part every monday!
Let me know if I need to add more info!
Thanks !

Karen said...

Nice restaurant, good food, and a good friend...does it get any better than that? Looks like you had a wonderful time!

Happy Blue Monday!

Unknown said...

What a fun day you had with Sheila! Love her "picture"!

Greenearth said...

Loved your post. Great to discover Blue Mondays.

Sherri@lavenderfields said...

What a great post! How nice that yo and Sheila live so close that you an get together! What a fun lunch! I loved going to Mimi's when we were in Disneyland. I wonder if they still give you the big basket of bread with carrot cake in it??
What wonderful gifts she brought. And how appropriate they were! Glad you had a nice visit. Have a great Blue Monday and have a wonderful week! Sherri : )

claudie said...

Oh dear Sally, I was soooooo hoping to see a picture of Mrs. Magpie. Well the magpie bird is pretty, and I'm sure Sheila is also pretty, but darn-it all. She's a very kind soul, and a wonderful blogging friend. You were very fortunate to have spent time with her. Your gifts are lovely and blue. Those chicks are just the cutest ever!
BTW is that a little maple leaf at the bottom of your posts? Does it have anything to do with us being Canadians? I've been meaning to ask.
and... that rooster, is it really 7 ft. tall? I would spray paint it in a N.Y. minute lol
Happy Blue Monday Sally
Love Claudie

EJ said...

Wow, that's one of the many bliss you get with blogging isn't it. Meeting friends virtually and in person is fantastic!

MY Blue Monday Fun

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love your post and such beautiful photos. I've joined your for my first but hopefully not my last Blue Monday.

Chubskulit Rose said...

Looks like you both have a great time..

My Blue Monday contribution

Baba said...

Good morning Sally, What a wonderful time you and Sheila had at lunch..I love to meet blogging friends in person..our friendships we share with each other are so special..

Sheila out did herself with all of the great blue gifts..she is a warm and caring friend and the two of you will have plenty of good times together..hugs, Baba

Rinkly Rimes said...

What a wonderful meeting! It seems you are twin souls!

Unknown said...

This is the second time that I am playing "Blue Monday", but this time I'm posting on my jewellery blog, "Anna's Adornments" and letting Sara (aka "SaraKatt skriver/Sara Cat writes") have the day off.
The focus of Anna's post is "Blue tools". Blue is a colour that is often used for objects that are used on a daily basis. It's basic.


Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Hi Sally!

that is s great that you and Sheila were able to get together for a nice lunch! And the restaurant looked like the perfect place!

Barbara said...

Sally, What a wonderful time you and Shelia had. You are both very special ladies and I am honored to have you as followers and friends.


pam said...

I"m heading to a Mimi's Cafe in a few hours before heading to a book signing for another blogger, The Pioneer Woman. This blogging world is so fun...

aspiritofsimplicity said...

What a charming place to have lunch. I love all the photo's. If I wasn't so far away I would want to go there for lunch because you've made it look so pretty.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

What fabulous gifts from a fabulous lady! Looks like you had a wonderful time too, thanks for sharing Sally! Cindy

Cindy said...

She certainly was thoughtful with all her gifts! Thanks for sharing them with us. Very nice blues.
I love that rooster lamp too

Luna said...

Hallo Sally!
Yes. What a charming place to have lunch!
Haye a beautiful Blue Monday tooo!

jeanne said...

Good morning Sally. It's a glorious morning in the mountains this morning because I am finally feeling better.

I was delighted to see your post about your visit with Sheila. I LOVE Mimi's, as their food is sooo good. I like your photos of the decor too. Now for the good stuff. Lovely gifts from lovely Sheila. She is very thoughtful and I know you had fun opening all the blue treasures. The flowers, the gifts, and the time to meet a blogging friend. It is a good thing.

Hugs, Jranne

jeanne said...

Oops, 'Jeanne" How did that happen????

Paula Grace Designs said...

Sounds like a wonderful lunch! Blue Monday is one of my favorites! Thanks for hosting such a lovely party.

Katt said...

I am soo glad I found your blog!! I just LOVE it and what a Happy way to start my week!! Thanks a Bunch!!

Eileen said...

What a sweet post! I love hearing about blog friends meeting and forging an even closer relationship!
So nice to read both of your posts!

I'll have to join Blue Monday one of these Mondays! It always looks like so much fun when I visit Sheila and Carol!

Happy Blue Monday!
All the best to you,

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

How wonderful to meet dear blogging friends in person! Happy Blue Monday and thank you for this opportunity to share the BLUES! Hugs, Coralie

Blondie's Journal said...


Never have I seen so much blue in a Blue Monday post!! And all from that sweet Magpie. How I adore her and wish I could have been there or at least a fly on the wall!! ;-)

Mimi's looks like an absolutely wonderful place to go. I love restaurants with a lot of things to look at, not to mention covet!! And I love your new vase!!

So glad you have a new and wonderful neighbor!!


Darlene said...

I knew y'all were going to have a wonderful lunch together. How FUN to get to meet another blogging friend in person!!!! Those are some beautiful blue gifts you received.♥

Unknown said...

I LOVE Sheila and had to come over to meet the person who made her sooooo happy at lunch! I'm so glad I did.

xinex said...

You got so many pretties, Sally! Shelia is such a sweet and generous person. But the best part is meeting her in person. That is so wonderful and so exciting. I know you are both in FL and I wish I could meet both of you on one of my FL trips. Have a nice week!...Christine

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Lots and lots of pretty blues today, but your spider mums really made me happy. There is just something fun about those flowers.

storyteller at Small Reflections said...

How FUN! Looks like the two of you had a wonderful time ;-)
Hugs and blessings,

Erica (Irene) said...

What a fun day you must have had......and pretty gifts. Good food, great friend and nice restauarnt, what more could you ask for the day.
Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue monday.

Tink *~*~* said...

Oh, I love the ambiance at Mimi's Cafe - AND the menu! Glad you had a good time.

Tink *~*~*

Queen B. said...

How utterly wonderful.......xo

sara said...

how fun!!! it is so great when you actually get to meet a blogging friend in person!

Kristin@Bouelvard Interior Design said...

I think you have a future of Blue posts in the interior design world. Love lunching with the ladies.

Slee said...

looks like a good time was had by all. thanks for sharing, and happy blue monday!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What fun you two had! Thanks for sharing.


Knitty said...

That may be A magpie, but it isn't the REAL magpie...that bird isn't smiling or laughing!

How nice that you two have met and enjoyed such a wonderful time together. Thank you for sharing. :)

jeanne said...

Hi Sally, thank you for your comment about this old cold and also for fixing my link. And I thought I had figured it out???

I forgot that this is also cottage show off day and I added more to my post. Come back if you have time today.

Hugs, Jeanne

April said...

How neat that you and Sheila got to meet face to face! I bet you had such fun together! Just look at all those amazing gifts that came right from the heart!

Neabear said...

How fun to get together with Sheila!! That is so cool. There are Mimi's around here somewhere. I have been to one. Yummy. Interestinly, my Blue Monday is about a restaurant too.

Happy Blue Monday

p.s. Oh I was so hoping we were going to see a picture of Sheila.

Maria Berg said...

So you meet Sheila I want to meet her too!

It is good to have friend on the blog but it is better to have them in real life.
Lots of love for you, Maria Berg, MB

Apron Senorita said...

I'm so excited, this is my very first visit and participate to Blue Monday!!!

Yoli Kalkofen

LV said...

Thanks for letting me enjoy the visit with your friend and having lunch. That is a neat place, and you did very well with all the pictures. I understand those that have been in a hot air balloon that it is fun. I do not think I would be that brave. It is just fine for me to watch them.

Marice said...

looks like a fun-filled meet-up :) great photos!

Barbara H. said...

Looks like a great place! And what a fun meeting and what sweet gifts.

Julie Pishny said...

Thank you for sharing the "two chicks at lunch" with us all - what lovely gifties - love your blog xo Julie

Anonymous said...

Sally, loved this post. The restaurant looks just like my Mimi's, even the same chicken at the door. Looks like you had fun.

Kathy b

Anonymous said...

LOL First of all I just love the picture of Mrs. Magpie ♥ Oh what a fun day you must have had! The restaurant looks lovely. I can't even begin to imagine how wonderful it would be to meet Mrs. Magpie or you. Your gifts are beautiful. Thank you for sharing some of your wonderful day. What a treat!

xinex said...

Thanks, Sally for correcting it. I wonder what I did wrong. LOL! Sorry!...Christine

meandering pearl said...

Hi! that looks like such a wonderful time! & the paperweight is gorgeous!!! hooray for sheila! magnificent wishes happy blue monday!

joyh82 said...

Wow, I can't wait to check out all the other blue posts. So glad you got to meet up with a fellow blogger and have such an awesome time.

RobinfromCA said...

What wonderful gifts for such a fun visit! Mrs. Magpie is a sweetie! Love, love, love the sand dollar paperweight!

Mimi's Cafe is one of my favorite places to "do lunch" with friends. The French onion soup is to die for.

Happy Blue Monday!

tracy said...

Hello Sally
I've just been at Sheila's blog and seen your wonderful lunch together...very special indeed!
Ive seen "Blue Monday" around since Ive been blogging,I love reading over and viewing others folk's "blues"...One of these days I shall jump in all the fun.
Enjoyed your posting today

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

Looks like you both had a wonderful lunch ! I am so glad you had so much fun . I love the beautful blue gifts . 8~)

Together We Save said...

Hapyy blue monday!! Wonderful pictures!!

Historical sites with charmine said...

Wow!What a sweet lady!I love all the gifts you got,and the cafe is charming.Mr Magpie sure is creative.Happy blue monday.

Diane at Crafty Passions said...

I think that is so sweet, I love the gifts !! Very thoughtful and generous!!
Love the pictures !
Its always wonderful to meet a new friend,and a fellow blogger to boot how special!
Sweet way to start your week!!

Carrie said...

How wonderful to meet with other friends from blogland!

Carrie said...

How wonderful to meet with other friends from blogland!

Mary Bergfeld said...

Sally, it was just wonderful to hear what a good time the two of you shared together. It looks like you had a marvelous day. Blessings...Mary

Missy Wertz said...

Oh how wonderful! You got to meet Mrs Magpie! and y'all got to eat lunch together. And look at all the goodies. You will have to do a post of what y'all ate. I bet you had a great time!

Shy said...

I imagined what a fun day that was for both of you at Mimi's Cafe. Looks like you Ms sally and Ms. Sheila had a great lunch while enjoying taking pictures inside the cafe. Your post is awesome Ms. sally. I also wish to meet some bloggers friends one day.

Thanks for sharing, happy Blue Monday!

AnnA said...

Good evening, Sally!
I hope you had agreat bluey Monday!
I loved your gingerbar!
Have a nice week!/

Ms.Daisy said...

I am so happy you got to meet Sheila in person! What a treat to find a fellow blogger that close to you! Many years ago I lived in St. Petersburg and I loved it!
I'm enjoying all the blue pretties she gave you! Love the blue and white ginger jar!

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Sounds like you two had a great day. I haven't eaten at Mimi's --but have heard that they have the best blueberry muffins in the world--at least the biggest ones.

How 'bout a picture of the two of you together??? That's what I truly love about blogging ---seeing the PEOPLE. Seeing the 'things' is nice, but seeing people is BETTER.


dhemz said...

Hi Sally,
This is my first time to join your meme....Mine is up too!

very nice entry....lots of stuff to see...thanks for sharing! glad to be here!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

What a fun time you two had. YOur gifts are all gorgeous, and the restaurant looks wonderful. It's always so much fun to meet a fellow blogger. Hugs, Marty

Linda said...

Oh I love Mimi's Cafe!

What fun to be meeting a fellow blogging buddy. I've met two and now consider them cherished friends!

You were showered with wonderful gifts, how nice!

Happy Blue Monday!

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

what a nice treat, to met a friend and also dine at such a nice place. That rooster would have started my heart to beating all the blue she brought you.

Shirl said...

Hello Sally, Happy Blue Monday. How nice that you got to meet Sheila and what beautiful gifts she brought to you. That vase is just beautiful! Looks like a very cute cafe that you ate at also. Loved your PS post this week of a pink bumper.
Have a great week.
Shirls Rose Cottage

annies home said...

wonderful post beautiful decor

Salmagundi said...

Isn't it fun to meet other bloggers? Love all of the BLUE presents. Sally

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

It sounds like such a fun time, and what pretty gifts she brought you! Looks like such a great place to eat and enjoy another blogger's company. laurie

Lorie Shewbridge said...

What an adorable restaurant! And some terrific little gifts, I love the napkins, we could use them here in Celebration, FL.
Great photos.

Ladynred said...

What a wonderful time you had sharing with bloggers friends. love your photos.

Diers Eve said...

I see you had a great time. Glad for you!!!

Hugs from Chile, South America,

Killlashandra said...

I love the rooster! That is awesome lamp. :) I would totally have one in my house if I could. It would definitely go with the western decor.

Anonymous said...

OOPS! I did forget, didn't I? Oh, no! I'm sorry. Mary and Susan have their Mr. Linky up earlier in the evening and yours is not up until I've already taken my tiny self to bed!
Hope all is well.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Beverly said...

I'm so glad you had such a wonderful visit. Your gifts are so pretty, and I know they will give you a smile as you remember your time together. The temple jar will look fabulous in your new home.

Happy Blue Monday, Sally.

Mevely317 said...

Oooh!, I'm going to share this with my BFF in St. Pete. When they were out here last Fall, they pronounced Mimi's ribs the best they'd ever tasted ...But didn't think Florida had any Mimi's.

That's definitely my fav restaurant, but I can't seem to muster the nerve to try anything but the quiche.

BTW, "The Love Revolution" arrived last night ... I'm so eager to hunker down with it come Saturday!

Have a great week!


{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Hi Sally....

How wonderful....two such special ladies meeting! What fun....Yep...Sheila's tops, isn't she? I'm crazy about her....she's uplifted me and given me such great advice. :-) WERE in blue present heaven. What glorious gifts. I'm so happy you were so thrilled with them....I would be too!

Glad you two chickies had a chance to be together...

Lovies and Huggies,

bj said...

How wonderful to meet another blogger...I was dissapointed that ya'll didn't have a photo made together, tho. :O(
Your gifts are so so nice...and I love the place where you ate...
Thanks for sharing all this fun!!
xo bj

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Hello, I've just strolled by from Miss Shelia's neighborhood. What a lovely afternoon you two "chicks" had. That ginger jar is gorgeous, especially with the bright yellow mums. They compliment each other well...just like you and Miss Magpie.
Maybe next time we could get a pic peek of you two. Please come by for a visit...I adore making new friends.

Sweet wishes,

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I love Sheila! I'd love to meet her someday. It sounds like you had a wonderful time together!

Ms. Bake-it said...

Sounds like you had a fabulous time! Great gifts were exchanged! I love the ginger jar. I too am addicted to blue. You choose a great place to meet! I like Mimi's Grilled Veggie Ciabatta and the Balsamic chicken & Pistachio Salad (hold the chicken please!).

Thank you for sharing your luncheon with us!

~ Tracy

Dreams and Decor said...

What a fun lunch! Mimi's Cafe looks so charming! There's nothing like getting together with friends, even if this is the first time you've met in person! How special! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!Patti