Blogging, Friendship, Vancouver Island

Silent Sunday: Protection Island

Q: What happens when three bloggers (plus their spouses) get together? A: It’s anything but silent! Below are pics of Janis (Retirementally Challenged), Kathy (Smart Living 365), me and our husbands spending a delightful afternoon on Protection Island (officially part of Nanaimo, BC).

Stay tuned for when Janis, Kathy and I are joined by four other Vancouver Island Bloggers (Deb, Jude, Erica and Ann) this coming Monday. That will be anything but Mute Monday! You can be sure that at least one of us will write about it. See you then.

69 thoughts on “Silent Sunday: Protection Island”

    1. Hi, Bernie – Janis, Kathy, our husbands and myself are long-time friends. We have gotten together several times before and each couple has slept over at our place previously. Our husbands are just as bad as us for not coming up for air once they begin chatting. They get along very well and enjoy each others company (phew)! I can imagine how awkward it would be if they had little in common.

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      1. Janis, Kathy and I met each other through blogging but quickly became IRL friends (despite the fact that none of live close to each other — and they each live in California). Janis is the first blogger whom I ever followed. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  1. Awesome photos, Donna, and it looks like such a fun time! I love seeing all the smiles. I especially like the effect of the last photo with you in the reflection.

    I was already excited to see everyone and now I am extra excited. Two more sleeps. โค๏ธ

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  2. There must be something in the water that creates Midlife bloggers over there Donna. I can’t believe how many of you there are in a relatively small distance! So much fun for you all xx

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    1. Hi, Leanne – There really must be something in our water! ๐Ÿ˜€ There are numerous other Vancouver Island bloggers who I haven’t yet gotten to know IRL. For me, getting to know other bloggers so personally (including on Zoom) really takes blogging to a whole new level.

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  3. How great! I think it’s wonderful when bloggers do this. Looking forward to reading a post after your Monday gathering. I’d love to hear the spouses’ takes on their blogging partners.

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    1. Hi, Peter – Good point about the spouses. All of our spouses have met previously (most of them on many different occasions). Fortunately, they all get along amazingly well and have gotten into deep conversations together. At first, we thought it was a lucky fluke. But when you think about it, the super large blogging world allows like-minds/like-values to find each other — so the natural fit really does make sense. I greatly appreciate you stopping by.

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      1. To be sure we will meet up. I am only going to Alberta this time but next time for sure. We loved stopping at the Dingy Dock when we had our boat and often took guests there for a fun meal.

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  4. Eagerly looking forward to Monday! While I wait for that, would you spell Nanaimo phonetically for me? I have no idea how to pronounce it! So glad to see the border open. Joe

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    1. Hi, Joe – I’m delighted that the borders have started to open up as well–at least partly open. Canadians still can’t travel by car to the US, and once we can not all of our vaccines or vaccine combinations are recognized by the US, but I am confident that will all get sorted out so we can resume our overseas adventures! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks for asking about Nanaimo. It is derived from the First Nation’s word, ‘Sne-ny-mo’, meaning ‘big, strong tribe’). Here’s how it is pronounced. nuhยทnaiยทmow (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xw44TcCVwnQ).

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  5. So great to see blogger friends meeting up, Donna! Say hello for me! I’m so close but yet so far, especially this week as we prepare for a trip to Arizona next weekend for my step-daughter’s wedding! Mute Monday, LOL!

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  6. I’ll have to check your post later in the week Donna, I’ll be travelling tomorrow. Have fun! The photos are gorgeous – the last one of you as pretty as a picture! Don’t forget, if SA ever beckons, seas, mountains, hikes, bush, animals, good food etc etc ., then you’ve got a place to stay, husbands included – I’m thinking of Erica ..

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    1. Hi, Marty – I completely agree with you on cool sounding pub names. When this pub first opened in 1989, locals would row out in their dinghies and tie them to the pub itself, earning it the name โ€œDinghy Dock.โ€ How unique is that?!

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  7. Hi Donna – what a wonderful afternoon and fun day out with friendly blogging buddies – ideal. I’m so glad I spent that year out on VI – so at least have an appreciation of the area, landscape etc etc … and the fascinating approach to life locals over the century+ have put into British Columbia. Always great to view the blog posts – cheers (and see someone later today!) – Hilary

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  8. How wonderful to share time together with good friends and those who share the same hobby/passion. I read in the comments that you and the husbands are long time friends. all the better!

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    1. Hi, Sue – We did all meet through blogging, but I have known most of these bloggers for at least a few years now, and we have had numerous get-togethers, including our spouses, both here and in California. We no longer call ourselves ‘blogging buddies’ — simply friends! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  9. It works so well that all of you are friends. We struggle to find a couple that we both like. Ha. That sounds dreadful, huh? But PC never cares for the husbands of the few friends of mine we have tried to do things with. And of the guys on his ball team that we have palled around with, I like the wives of the players he likes least!! Ugh. We are hopeless. So I am very jealous of you and Kathy and Janis. Looks like you had a wonderful time together. Fun photos!! Looking forward to when you meet up with more of your blogging friends.

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    1. Hi, Leslie – Ironically, I first saw this comment when I was at an outdoor patio dinner with 12 of us — all bloggers & their spouses. (I wasn’t being antisocial, honest! Others were sharing airdrop photos at the time, and I don’t have airdrop). ๐Ÿ˜€ We all had a blast, and barely came up for air — spouses included. Your comment was a great reminder that it doesn’t always turn out this way.
      PS – Expect your blog and FB to begin to fill up with some photos from these events. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  10. Your blogger meet ups look wonderful. It is always bemusing for me to see how well one gets along irl with another blogger! Having met a few of them, they are such fabulous people. I can’t wait to hear what happens when more of you get together!

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    1. I’ve never met a blogger that I didn’t relate to IRL. I used to be mystified by this but it makes a lot of sense. Before you meet you already know tons of stuff about each other. And you wouldn’t be following each other (nor would you have agreed to meetup) unless there was already a solid connection! ๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. Exactly, Donna! All the initial ground work has been done and you skip to a deeper level of disclosure/friendship with a blogger that you have conversed with! Mind you, I have agreed to meet up with people I knew only from a few emails. I kind of use my sixth sense there to ascertain their trustworthiness.

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