Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Two years ago today

I posted my first post on this blog, along with this picture.

I have 'met' so many nice people through this blog - a few I have even had the pleasure of meeting in person.
A great many things have changed in my life since I made that first post. If you had told me those pillowcases would end up here

- okay, maybe they are a little hard to see in the picture, they are behind the shams that match the quilt/spread, and it really isn't the bed that I'm talking about - it is where the bed is. Two years ago I could not have imagined that I would be trying to sell my little yellow house and living in an apartment in Houston. Moving from a little town of just 13,000 to a big city is like moving to another planet. Thankfully, I don't have to get too far from 'home' to do what I need to do. I don't do Houston traffic - and I don't plan on ever doing it! If there is something we need that I can't get w/o getting into that mess then it will just have to wait until hubby can get us there. I can get to Wal-mart and the post office - I'm good!

Baby boy was still in college (just an hour from home) when I started this blog, now he has graduated and he and his bride are getting ready to move to Minnesota. Such a long way from home. I'm not sure exactly what the other two boys will do when we finally sell the house. (they are still living there until it sells - keeps the house occupied and keeps me from having to have a dog in an apartment with no doggie door!) I'm sure there will be many more changes in the months to come. It seems impossible that my 'kids' are all grown men at this point. I guess as a parent they are always your babies. I really, really can not believe that my oldest is just a couple of months away from thirty! How is that possible?

I know I haven't been a very good blogger lately - or a very good blog reader/commenter for that matter. Trying to live in two places at once is just more than my brain can process I guess. I truly appreciate those of you that check in to see when I make my oh-so-infrequent posts these days. Someday - eventually - hopefully - this unstructured life will get back on track and I hope to get back to a more regular schedule - and I hope some of you are still around by then!

So, a couple of weeks ago, I came across the instructions to make a grocery bag holder and since I didn't have one here I thought I would give it a try. While I was at it, I made two.

and to celebrate two years of blogging - and my upcoming birthday

I am going to give one of them away. My 'plan' is to draw a name from the comments between now and sometime on my b'day (which is Monday the 20th) I say that is the 'plan' because things are a little up in the air as far as our schedule for the next couple of weeks, but I won't draw a name before Monday and I will try my best to make sure to do it sometime before midnight on Monday. Assuming that I actually make another post between now and then, I will only draw from comments on THIS post. So, if you would like to be in the drawing, leave a comment. It isn't much but I wanted to do something to say thanks for stopping by. Please make sure I have a way to contact you when you leave a comment. If there is no link back or no email so I can contact you I'll have to leave your name out of the drawing, sorry.
Maren who commented on the last post - that chart is called Silent Sampler and is by Rosewood Manor. The copyright date is 2005 - I hope it is still available. It is stitching up nicely - when I am actually putting stitches in rather than taking them out!
Hope you all are having a wonderful week!


Karen said...

Congratulations on your two years of blogging AND for handling all the changes that have come into your life. I hope we can get together next week. Happy Birthday!!

All things beautiful said...

The years fly, don't they? :-) Congrats & Happy Birthday to you. I have been just as bad (if not worse) where my blog is concerned. I hope to get something posted this coming weekend as I've been working on a new quilt. Fingers (& toes) crossed!

Anonymous said...

I check all the time..when I first saw this post I was afraid you were going to say you were going to stop! I have always loved your blog. It is easy to understand why the upheaval in your life makes blogging different right now. I hope to go to the Houston show this October..maybe I will see you! :) Terry in Arlington

Michelle said...


You definitely have a lot on your plate right now.. hang in there and don't be hard on yourself!

Happy early birthday and I hope this year is a great one for you.


BS HONEY said...

Happy birthday, Tina.
You may not post as often as you would like; but we are always looking for one. So glad you found the time, or made the time to post today,
Yep, I would love to win the bag keeper. I'll keep reading, and hope to see my name listed as WINNER. Thank you for giving us this opportunity, this is fun.

Kari (GrannySkywalker) said...

Happy early Birthday! Your post kind of reminded me of ME! lol My oldest son is weeks away from being 29! Just can't believe I have a kid that old. lol And while I live just on the outskirts of Ft. Worth, I can barely make myself actually drive INTO Ft. Worth. That traffic just freaks me out. And there's absolutely NO WAY you'll catch me driving in Dallas. No sir. I leave all that kind of stuff up to my husband. He likes to pretend he's a Nascar driver and I just shut my eyes and hang on. LOL

Congratulations on making it to two years blogging! Keep it up - even if it's only an occasional post until you get good and settled. It's worth it!


annemarie said...

Tina - Your post made me smile - I do not do Houston traffic or freeways and I have lived here over 20 years. I stick to Walmart, Kroger and a nearby mall. Your son will love Minnesota - both my husband and I grew up there. Winters can be harsh but they are beautiful. Scenery is unbelievable - people are wonderful - I love Minnesota! They actually have seasons there - something Texas lacks - and no hurricanes! Love your sack holder.

Linda said...

Hi Tina, Happy 2nd bogiversary and wishes for many more. You were one of my very first blogging friends....even before I had my blog set up...a lot sure has happened in two years. Hang in there..goes times are coming your way. I always enjoy my visits and happy to see a new post.

Happy Birtday....enjoy your day...hugs, Linda

Irma's Rose Cottage said...

Hi Tina! Congrats on your 2yr blogiversary and a Happy Birthday also. I always enjoy coming to your blog to see when new items you have. Your stitching is so beautiful. I wish I could stitch as beautiful as you do.
Have a great weekend.

Hugs :)

Melody said...

Time does fly by. I can relate to the children becoming adults.

Congrats on your blogging anniversary.

Please enter my name in your drawing. The grocery bags are great!


Linda said...

Happy Birthday Tina! Enjoy your day...hope all your wishes come true...hugs, Linda

Mary Ivancicts said...

Wow 2 years! I just started mine a few months ago. Love the bag. Is is easy to make?

Nola said...

Happy blogiversary! I know what you mean, I've fallen behind, waaaaay behind. I'm doing good now to read and post once a week, sometimes it doesn't even happen that often.
Anyway, I'm glad you are blogging, and I'm glad I've actually met you face to face. No matter how much or how little I get to blog, my life is richer for it and for all the friends I've made along the way!
Hope you are holding up okay in that humid heat of the city!

Anonymous said...

Tina, Happy Birthday! This is my first visit to your blog.....I love it.....I am a new blogger, it is so much fun! I live in Texas too!!!!YEEHAW

Sassy J said...

Tina, Happy Birthday! This is my first visit to your blog.....I love it.....I am a new blogger, it is so much fun! I live in Texas too!!!!YEEHAW