Thursday, May 05, 2011

Fifth Birthday Celebration

Today is the fifth birthday of Blogging, Near Philadelphia.  When I wrote my first post, back in 2006, I didn't know what I was in for.  I didn't know that I was finally becoming a writer.  I didn't know I would connect with an amazing community of quilters who blog.  I didn't anticipate running into Chez or Kim (talk about opposite ends of the spectrum!), both of whom have become virtual friends.  I never knew I would start a COW movement.   I didn't know that anyone at all would care to read what I was thinking or what I was making.

My first post, Having Fun With Intentionality, still holds meaning for me. Over these five years, I/we have had a lot of fun, and a good bit of it has been with intentionality.  To say that blogging has been a thoroughly satisfying experience would be an understatement.

Of course, for any birthday celebration there have to be presents.  I'm going to give one -- I just don't know what it is yet.  Leave a comment (and don't publicize this give-away, please -- I want it just to be for those of you who read regularly.  Or semi-regularly.  Or occasionally.) and on Saturday I'll draw a random number for the winner of the give-away.

Now, if you by chance would want to give me a present to celebrate my blog's birthday, I'd be delighted!  Here's what I'd like:  If you self-identify as a Cranky Old Woman or if you sympathize with COWs, please make a 9-1/2" unfinished quilt block with a cow appliqued, embroidered, or pieced on it, with a signature of some sort visible on the block (not in the seam allowance or on the back).  Or even a regular block pieced from cow fabric.  I want to make a COW quilt.  For me.  And I'd love for you to be part of it.  If you are interested in helping me out with this, let me know what kind of block or scraps I can send you in exchange.

And you don't have to make a block to enter the give-away.

On to Year Six!

54 comments:

Marilyn Kalinowski said...

I LOVE your blog, Nancy! May you continue to enjoy it for years to come.

howdidIgethere said...

Congrats on 5 years, Nancy!

Anya said...

Congratulations and keep blogging!

paula, the quilter said...

Well, dear Nancy, happy Blogiversary to you! I am closing in on my 7th in October. When I have the time, I'd like to make you a COW block since I am a C.O.W. at times. Any specific color? I'll use my own fabrics since I already have an idea *smile*!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on five years of blogging. I know that many of us are glad that you decided to start and continue blogging. Keep up the great work.
cindy cke49 at yahoo dot com

Dee said...

Congratulations on 5 years! I didn't even know what a blog was back then, but have found such a community since that time.

Linda said...

Happy 5th Blogaversary! Keep your posts and pics coming. I read you regularly.
Linda in Southern Illinois

Yuki said...

Hippy Birdy, to you!!

ttfn :) Yuki

LizA. said...

I love reading your blog as I can identify with mist of what you write about. Congrats on 5 years--here's to the next 5! I'll have to think on a COW block for you......

Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

Happy Blogday to you,

may your dreams all come true,

for five years we have read through

and adored all you do.

Many more years are wished for you and this lovely blog, Nancy near Philadelphia; I grew up in Spring City.

Micki said...

Happy Anniverary! I will try and get a hold of some cow fabric ...The quilt will be adorable, I am sure!
Micki

kutiequilter said...

Congratulations on your anniversary! I enjoy reading your blog!

Christine said...

Five years is an accomplishment. Congrats!

Jean Burke said...

Congrats on five years...wishing you many more. Count me in for the cow block - you'll give us specs - size, etc? Thanks....piece.....

Gari said...

I have been thinking since yesterday and I am beginning to have an idea for a COW block. But it will take me a little more time to get it to a complete idea and then a little while longer to get the idea onto fabric. Can you hold on till then?

anne bebbington said...

Happy Birthday Nancy x x x

Mary said...

I love reading your blog! Thanks for being such an open and sharing blogger.

Carol said...

happy blogaversary! and here's to another five years, and then another, and so on...

Sandy said...

Congratulations! Love reading your blog and especially love the COW organization. Having milked cows for over 40 years, I understand how you feel only from a different perspective. Happy anniversary!

Chookyblue...... said...

Happy blog birthday..........definitely a COW here too........would like to make a cow block but don't have any patterns and a bit pushed for time at the moment.........

Marge said...

Congratulations Nancy! I love reading your blog and am a regular reader. Thank you for your time and energy you put into sharing with blogland.
From one COW to another. Marge

Anonymous said...

I'm a little lost when I check in and don't see a new posting! I look forward to whatever new thing is on your mind.

Bobbi

Pat said...
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Pat said...

What a milestone! I have my cow block all planned. It will be a challenge for me to try something new and different. Your postings have a tendency to push us out of our comfort zones and down untraveled roads, and that's a good thing!

So, will you be posting a picture of yourselfin your blogday suit? Inquiring minds want to know.

Annemiek said...

Congrats! I love reading your blog and do hope you'll keep on blogging for many more years.
What size of cow block do you want and yes, do tell us what colours you'd like!

Linda said...

Love your blog and read it daily! I'll try to get a cow block together--I'm at a low ebb right now!! I have passed on the cow imagery to friends, however, and they love it!
Lurking Linda

Molly E - said...

Congratulatons, np Nancy!

Your blog is MY cup of coffee each morning! Thank you for enlighting my day.

Molly in Sacramento

piecemealquilts said...

Happy 5th birthday, Nancy! I'd love to help you with a cow block. I live in America's Dairyland (that would be Wisconsin to the rest of the world), so I know a bit about cows.

OT Quilter said...

Happy Blog-a-versary, Nancy! I enjoy your blog and never miss an entry thanks to Google Reader. I'll have to think about a COW block, although I certainly am one sometimes.
Keep on blogging!
From another Nancy who is a Former Philadelphian (but still a Phillies fan!)

Nancy said...

Well, I have only known you the past year..I do enjoy your posts...maybe I need to go back and read that first one.

Erin said...

Congrats on 5 years! I have been reading your blog regularly for about a year now (not even sure how I stumbled upon it - although I live very near Lancaster and I think your url piqued my interest!) I have too many interests to blog, but I do love reading them!

Deb Sews Quilts said...

I enjoy your blog. I read it regularly but have never commented. Please continue to write so that I can continue to read. :)

Anonymous said...

Nancy,
Love your blog and so glad you stepped out in to the Blogosphere. You so often articulate what I am thinking and cannot put in to works.
Blog on, GF!
Kathy B

Gretchen said...

Congratulations and happy 5 bloggy years!! I love your blog and I love that you speak your mind. Keep at it!!! You'll definitely be getting a Sweet Southern COW from me:)

Amy said...

Happy 5th birthday on Cinco de Mayo, Ole! I check in with you almost every day, and am moooved to make you a cow block! Keep 'em coming til long after the cows come home!

Donna said...

Happy 5th blogaversary! I've been reading your blog for a couple of months. I really enjoy it! Keep it up!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on five years and many more. I will be a part of your COW block as I want a part of me in your home. Your CA cuz

AnnieO said...

I read you regularly and have enjoyed your intentionality! Hope the next five years of blogging is as much fun. Even though I am not old, I can still be a COW!

quiltmom said...

Time does fly when you are having fun Nancy- Congratulations on posting for 5 years.
I meant to comment yesterday- I vaguely remember Kent State - I was in my teens when it happened. I remember it being such a shocking event.
It depends on when you need your COW block Nancy- I am starting the beginning of year end and life is getting a bit hectic. I have not appliqued much so it might not be a great block- I will see what I can do..
Have a great weekend and celebrate your many gifts- you are indeed a wonderful writer.
Warmest regards,
Anna

Tanya said...

Wow! You've got a lot of regular readers haven't you? Congratulations on your 5th birthday. I think I am behind you by a few months.

COWS cows. I'll have to think about this awhile...Have I ever had an interest in cows? This is stretching my creativity...

susanj said...

Congratulations on 5 years!!! I too am a 60 something wife, mother, grandmother, quilter and because of you.......more of a thinker.....keep it up.....Susan

Deb said...

Love your blog and I've been following for over a year now, happy anniversary! I fit the role of the cranky lady and do like cows - will have to see if I can find any cow material!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Nancy. I begin my day with you and through you have found Tanya, Kim from Sacramento, Lily Boot in Australia and Chez, all of whom I read faithfully. I originally found your blog from Bonnie Hunter's and became addicted. Keep up the good work and thank you.

Sue

QuiltingFitzy said...

Faithful COW to the core, lol. And as we say at our house, "Love you, love your show!"

Happy Blogiversary!

Financial Consultant Extraordinaire

Synthia said...

I'm so glad you started your blog. You're on my 'must read' list every day!

Lori said...

Wow! 5 years! You are a blogging oldy! LOL Congrats!!

Maureen said...

Congratulations! My family can attest to me being a COW - hee, hee! I'l think about a COW block - never thought of doing one before.

Exuberant Color said...

Congratulions on 5 years of great posts. I do my blog for myself as a diary of thoughts and happenings too, but I do love the visitors as well. I hope you continue for another 5 years (or longer!).

Laura in DE said...

Congratulations on sixty months! Doesn't it sound different stated that way? That's what you do so well Nancy; bringing a unique slant to all kinds of topics that help all of us look at the world from another perspective. I've converted my Mom into a COW, but will only admit to being a calf myself!

Judi said...

Many, many happy returns Nancy.

Firstly, of course I would LOVE a present - who wouldn't?

Secondly, I'd love to give YOU a present, or maybe two. I'll be very happy to make you a COW block for YOU - but I'd also like to bring something with me next week as an additional give-away for your celebration.

Susan said...

Congratulations on your anniversary, Nancy! I'm looking forward to more great posts in the years to come.

Helen said...

Happy bloggy birthday! Please keep the posts rolling - I always like reading them!

rondiquilts said...

I am definately a COW! Not sure of the age requirements but my attitude at times fits the bill of a COW. Thank you for sharing with us each day and Happy 5th Birthday. You cause me to think after reading your posts. I would love to make you a cow block, I already have one made just not the right size. Several posts back you mentioned wanting some cow blocks and I made one up but never heard you mention it again... I am going to try another one.
Rondi

Carol Sc said...

I've only just started reading your blog over the last couple of weeks --- but, I thoroughly enjoy it. May you continue to write!