That’s What Friends Are For

26 Feb

I mentioned last week that I’m writing several articles for my local newspaper. It’s going well so far and I’m having fun! I am certain that I’ll have all sorts of epiphanies to share with you about the whole process when I’m done.

In light of my creative juices being entirely taken up by journalism right now, I have asked my blogging friend Audrey if she was willing for me to re-blog one of her lovely posts and she was! I have mentioned Audrey and her blog, “Minnesota Prairie Roots” before, though it’s been awhile. Audrey is one of those amazing people who is able to blog daily. I can barely make my once-a-week deadline!

Audrey (r) and me, in her lovely backyard last summer.

Audrey (r) and me, in her lovely backyard last summer.

Audrey writes about life in Minnesota. Every post includes relevant and often very lovely photographs. She writes about daily life, about heart-warming people, about thought-provoking issues. She writes about quirky restaurants or stores she comes across, local places of interest, Minnesota authors, Minnesota news, Minnesota life. But don’t count her out just because she’s not writing about YOUR state or country, because everything Audrey writes is, at heart, about humanity. About things people will find interesting, humorous, and important.

I met Audrey “virtually” a year ago last fall, and since then she has become a lovely and knowledgable companion in my writing journey. She and her husband even welcomed me and my family into their own home last June and served us a delicious meal. Boo, our six year old, calls Audrey, “the lady with the great backyard.”

I call her my friend.

I picked a post of Audrey’s from last November. It’s about a museum in northern Minnesota…but, mostly, it’s about one man and his amazing dream…

So…please click on my next post and find her fantastic story!




21 Responses to “That’s What Friends Are For”

  1. Minnesota Prairie Roots February 26, 2013 at 7:29 am #

    Ah, Gretchen, you are so sweet. Thank you for the sweetest of words and for capturing so well the essence of my blog. I am honored to be featured on your blog and delighted to call you my friend.

    • Gretchen O'Donnell February 26, 2013 at 7:32 am #

      Oh, goodness, thank you for YOUR kind words! And thank you for being willing to be associated with me! Ha.

  2. Beth Ann February 26, 2013 at 7:59 am #

    What a sweet post about a really sweet lady who I have had the fortune of meeting in person, too. Looking forward to more time with her in the future and maybe even with you!!!! Wouldn’t that be fun??? A blogger get together —maybe in the spring when the weather finally gets better!!!

    • Gretchen O'Donnell February 26, 2013 at 8:03 am #

      Oh, my gosh, that would be fantastic! Do you read Treadlemusic? She’s a MN blogger and I’m sure would be a great person to meet as well! I’m liking this blogging world!

      • Beth Ann February 26, 2013 at 8:16 am #

        No—I don’t read her!!! I will check her out. What fun would it be to meet up??? Tons!!!! Let’s do it!

    • treadlemusic February 26, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

      Hey, include me in that Spring get-together!!!! What fun and, I’m sure, non-stop talking!?! LOL! Hugs, Doreen

  3. Minnesota Prairie Roots February 26, 2013 at 9:04 am #

    Hey, Gretchen and Beth Ann, I would love to do a blogger meet-up and would even be willing to host. Be sure to check out Jackie at Who Will Make Me Laugh. She lives in Rochester and is especially gifted in photography. Also, Doreen at Treadlemusic lives in Houston and I know she’d be “in” on a blogger gathering also. When the snow melts, let’s talk. I’d love to include families, too. Maybe a potluck, so Minnesotan, or grilling, or a combo of both.

    • Gretchen O'Donnell February 26, 2013 at 9:13 am #

      Ah, but would it be “hotdish” or “casseroles” that we bring? 🙂

    • treadlemusic February 26, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

      Ooops!! See above (looking down at toes). Really knew you wouldn’t forget me;-O

      • Gretchen O'Donnell February 28, 2013 at 6:37 am #


        • treadlemusic February 28, 2013 at 8:46 am #

          When Spring is sprung and the grass is rizz and the daffodils are blooming……we shall have to make THE PLAN!!!!!!! It’s always great to have something (as special as this) to look forward to!!!!

        • Gretchen O'Donnell February 28, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

          Yeah, I think it’s a great idea too!

        • treadlemusic February 28, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

          Love it!!!! Happy thoughts……

  4. cravesadventure February 26, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    The Blogging Community ROCKS!!! Happy Tuesday:)

    • Gretchen O'Donnell February 26, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

      🙂 I wish I had more hours in the day to prove that. I’m hour-deficient…

  5. hotlyspiced February 26, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    I follow Audrey too and I’m so amazed at how she is able to post every single day and the variety of the subject matter in her posts is incredible xx

    • Gretchen O'Donnell February 26, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

      Hey, I was JUST this second logging on to your blog! I agree – Audrey must have her eyes open all the time for interesting stories, musn’t she? Impressive, for sure.

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