Monday, May 02, 2016

Anniversary Date

May 2, 2006, was the date of my very first blog post.

Ten years. What a ride it has been!

Sam was three months old. He's since been joined by Caroline, Nate, Eli, Aberdeen and Miles in the grandchild department. Several cats have gone and come. Two sons have married. Himself survived a scary heart attack and became even more beloved. Our neighbor was on the verge of turning eighty-five (and he's still going strong up for an evening out on the town from time to time). Our other neighbor has turned into a friend. My employment situation has changed a couple of times. I've completed dozens of quilts. Read a bazillion books. Traveled to marvelous places. Acquired new friends; shed some acquaintances. Visited countless blogs and even met some of the wonderful bloggers. And more.

I started a blog because

  • I like to write
  • I had time on my hands at work
  • I thought perhaps someday Sam (and any subsequent grandchildren) might want to know me better
  • I enjoyed reading and commenting on other blogs
  • I like the idea of a sort of journal
Hoping for another ten years, it's time for a small give-away. Leave a comment, please and I'll draw a name. Oh, and please don't publicize this give-away; it's just for The Regulars. Like you. If the winner is a quilter, the give-away is a fat quarter pack with a somewhat autumnal theme. If the winner isn't a quilter, then it is something else. I'll draw the name on Wednesday.


This would be post 2033, by the way. But who's counting?


36 comments:

Laura Hood said...

Happy, happy Anniversary! Don't know that I've 'read' you the entire last 10 years, but probably for at least eight. Am a sometime quilter who gets side tracked into garment sewing, but always enjoy your posts. Laura H

sharon said...

Congrats on 10 years, your travel, quilting and other points of view have entertained and taught me for most of your 10 years. Sharon

Sue SS said...

Well, Nancy, I have not been reading your blog for the whole ten years but I have been reading and enjoying your blog regularly for a long time. I think I began soon after the heart attack and about the time that Bonnie Hunter joined you in surprising a friend. In fact I believe I found you from Bonnie's blog. In addition, I have found many other wonderful blogs by using your list. Thanks for writing and for introducing me to so many new ideas. Oh yes, in addition to quilting, I love your politics.
Sue

Ray said...

10 years. Wow! I've been an on and off again reader, so I'm not sure I qualify as a regular. I do love your posts. You've given me quite a lot to think about over the years. Happy Anniversary!

suz said...

It's been fun following you over the years. I don't think I was here at the beginning, but I did go back to the beginning and read the entries to catch up. Watching your grandchildren grow has been a delight. Your quilts are always wonderful. You do great travel diaries. However, what I love best is that you speak your mind and what you have to say is thoughtful. Here's to another 10 years!

starsthatblaze said...

Thank you for sharing so much of your life with us. I appreciate especially your comments about your chaplaincy work and hope you continue blogging for many more years. I am a quilter with a wonderful husband, three children, and one grandchild.

Linda Schiffer said...

Congrats on your ten years. I found your blog from the Barn hop and just finished reading your last 25 posts. So much fun to vicariously share your recent trip. 🙂. I, too, have been blogging for ten years (since Feb '06). I enjoy the. Chance to get to know other quilters I would likely never meet

one line lane said...

Happy Anniversary! I started reading your blog when I had time on my hands at work and I was happy to see that you didn't shy away from talking about politics. I enjoy reading about your journeys through your quilting stash, and through life. Thank you for sharing your journal with us.

Brenda said...

I came through a link on Bonnie's blog, but I stayed because of your good writing, great quilts, and thoughtful insights. Congrats on 10 years!

Abby said...

Happy Anniversary! Amazing to think of all these life changes in just ten years. I learned about Bonnie Hunter through you and just heard her speak in April at my quilt guild.

Lori said...

Wow! 10 years, That really awesome!

stitchinpenny said...

I wish you more years. I have to get back to blogging, now i just read blogs I like. I have skipped so many by past favorites since they became sales platforms. I try not to be harsh, but I enjoy the newsy and and warm style blogs that show me real people doing what I love and loving things around them. You show me both.

quilt for fun said...

I've been reading your blog for at least five of the last ten years, and enjoy it so much. I love the way you share your life as well as your quilts. Congratulations on your 10th anniversary.

Dru said...

Happy Anniversary! I come to your blog through The Patchery Menagerie. I, also, live near Philadelphia, so I really enjoy reading your blog! May you blog for many more years!

Anonymous said...

Nancy, I remember your trepidation about blogging those 10 years ago. But I am so glad you decided to do it, I enjoy your writing very much!
Your NoCal friend,
Kathy Boehm

OT Quilter said...

Congratulations, Nancy. Your blog is the perfect combination of quilting and thinking and living. You inspire me in all three ways, and I'm so glad I found you. Keep on keepin' on.

Amy said...

YAY! Way to go, Nancy! I look forward to your posts, and hope for at least another 10 years! All the best!

AnnieO said...

You're a great writer and I've enjoyed reading your blog these last 7 years. I would have started reading your blog earlier if I had known there was such a thing as quilting blogs ! Congrats on all your joys and quilts and travel these past years. I'll look forward to reading about those to come!

Angela said...

I haven't been following for all that long but I sure enjoy reading your journal. Hopefully you get a chance to look back over the last ten years worth of posts sometime! Congrats on 2033, and I can't wait to see the next one.

Anne Simonot said...

I too have been reading your blog for a long time, if not ten years. As a Canadian, it's always interesting to read an American perspective. I love how you don't shy away from politics and your beliefs and opinions. Congrats on 10 years! I have one grandchild now, and hope that in ten years, like you I will have a few more. annesimonot@sasktel.net

Janet O. said...

I have thoroughly enjoyed the five years of your ten that I have been following you. Your wisdom and goodness is evident and your life observations are inspiring. The mug rug you made still sits by my computer and cradles my water mug daily!

Jean said...

Your blog is one of the few that I try not to miss. Happy Blogaverary!

jean
jlickun@aol.com

Barbara Anne said...

Congratulations on your maintaining a steadfastly interesting blog with amazing photos for 10 whole years! The milestones that have marked these 10 years in your life are nothing short of astonishing, too. How could you have imagined all of those events and the new lives that decorate your heart and days? I wasn't there for your early years but your blog has been a daily boon to me for the last several years. Keep it up!

Hugs!

Synthia said...

Happy Anniversary to you, my blogger friend. I find your blog so inspirational and often thought-provoking, and I'm so happy I found you. It's a comfort to hear that your are happy and plan to keep on writing. (big smile). Bless you for all the goodness in you.

Linda said...

I don't remember how long I've been reading your blog but I sent you a mad cow for your cow quilt way back when! Keep writing, I'll keep reading!
Lurking Linda

Barbara Anne said...

p.s. I'm back to add that your first post was excellent and a glimpse of the thoughtful insights you had then and now to share with us. :)

Thank you!!

Quilty said...

Congratulations, and happy blogiversary! As Linda, I don't remember since when I started following you, but I still enjoy it! Let's go for another 10 years!

Carol said...

I found your blog several years ago through another blog, and I'm not sure which one....maybe Finn? I arrived here because of your interest in quilting, but have stayed for so much more! Your trips are very enjoyable to read about. You and Himself visit such interesting places and the photos are great for letting us share a part of the adventure with you. Thanks for your keeping it up, and I'm looking forward to many more blog posts!

marge jansonius said...

Love your blog and read it daily. There are a few that I start my day with and yours is definitely on the top of the list. Thank you for sharing your travels, thoughts and quilts with us.

Marge

ramewelamb said...

As you know, I've enjoyed your blog for many years. Still living in my own home on the family sheep ranch in Petaluma CA... but... getting older and older. Only have two grandchildren to watch through college as all the rest have graduated. Now even have a darling great grandchild in Seattle. Hugs and Love... Edwina

Chookyblue...... said...

Omg....10 years where have they gone.. Think I have been reading here for most of those...... Congrats.... Always enjoy visiting.. Even the 'cow' posts....lol....
Bring on the next 10 years.....

Susan Reinhart said...

Nancy, I started reading your blog when my son was at Drexel. He has graduated and moved on and I'm still here. Congratulations on this 10th anniversary!

Susan

Carol C Thomas said...

So much happens in a ten year life journey.

Carol said...

Happy blogaversary! I've been reading your blog for years, but not 10 years. I really enjoy seeing and reading about your quilts, but the 'other' posts are extremely interesting. Like one of your previous posters, I'm Canadian and find your political posts unusually logical and rational compared to many others I've seen. I'm looking forward to another 10 ten blogging years.

Tanya said...

I'm just a few months behind you. It is amazing that I an blog for ten years as I was never much good at keeping a diary... Congratulations and hoping to read you for another 10 years!

Sandy Johnson said...

Love reading your thoughts and words of wisdom!Congratulations on giving us 1 years of wisdom!