You know that every once in a while I like to tell you a story, right? Well. Here is a story for you.
Mr. Social Media and I have lived here in this house for just over 14 years. Not long after our oldest was born, my mother moved to the area. She used to live about an hour and a half away and now she is only 10 minutes from us. It’s great to have her around. It often comes in handy for babysitting. Our kids love to spend the night with her on the weekends. And, well, it’s nice just to know she’s not far off. It’s not uncommon for me to pass her on the road while I’m heading off to pick the kids up from school or, you know, heading out to the grocery store.
But. My mother has a doppleganger.
Sometimes when I’m driving around town (that’s misleading – it’s a very, very, tiny town). Sometimes when I’m driving through town, I see my mother’s car. It’s a pretty common make and model so I often see a car like hers, and it turns out to actually be someone else. The windows are a little tinted making it hard to see the driver and I am driving, so I usually just glance down at the license plate to see if it’s really her. Or not. Oddly enough, there is another car in my town – identical to my mother’s – with a nearly identical license plate – and the woman who drives it? She looks an awful lot like my mom. Same hair color. Same hair cut. Very similar clothing. Their faces are not similar. But everything eles? wow.
So. A few weeks ago, as I pulled into the parking lot of my local grocery store (my 10 year old was with me) I saw that car. Which car? Well, we couldn’t tell. He and I actually discussed it for a couple of minutes. We couldn’t see the face of the of the person in the other car. We went back and forth.
“Yes, that’s Granny.”
“Wait. No. I don’t think that’s her.”
“Oh, wait. That IS her.”
Well, no, it wasn’t my mother and as this other woman, that I have seen so often, was about to walk right past us ( i will admit to lingering at the back of my car for no good reason) I introduced my self to her. I tried hard to come across as very normal and not at all weird. ”Hey! You don’t know me, but. . .”
Fast forward to yesterday. I got a comment here on the blog from another blogger who said we might be “neighbors” because we both live in the Hudson Valley. (I am purposely a little vague about my exact location). Well, I recognized the commenter as the woman from the parking lot!! And what’s more – she has pictures of her house on her blog and I recognized her house as well. We are neighbors!! She is just around the corner from me. And, in fact, up behind my house, my property TOUCHES her property! I could go and visit her – without walking on a road. You can visit her too.
She is Claudia. Mocking Bird Hill Cottage is her blog. Please, go on over and say hi to her from me. SO many of her readers have stopped in over here today. We have to return the favor! Her blog is beautiful and she writes about life in the country with her husband and her 2 dogs. She looks to be a fabulous crafter. . . I can’t wait to explore her blog a bit more – and maybe even get to know her in person! I can do that. ’Cause we’re neighbors!
Visit Claudia on Facebook, too! And like her page!
While you’re at it, visit ME on Facebook and like MY page!
IN OTHER NEWS. . .
I said on Facebook last night that I was very excited to learn that I had won a giveaway (FINALLY)!! I have entered quite a few of them. And I finally won! I entered with Altar’d Designs to win 4 boxes of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint for $1. . .and I WON!!
I am SO excited – I can’t even tell you!! I’ve entered so many giveaways for pretty things that I would love to have – but you KNOW how I feel about thigs being useful. I really like things that serve a purpose. And I plan to put the paint to good use ! I can’t wait to try it out and share with you!
PLEASE HELP ME PICK OUT THE COLORS!! What are your favorites??