Milestones . . .

I can hardly believe that this is my 400th post.

And in another few weeks, I will have been writing this blog for exactly two years. Who would have thought I had so much to say?

Don’t answer that! 😉

For the first few months, I posted weekly, but before long, I began to post Monday through Friday, and have kept up that pace ever since.

In the beginning, I really struggled to find my blog “voice”. I worried that I sounded too much like a “professor”, or too formal. I wanted to use humor, but was afraid I’d sound silly. I wondered whether I should write on many different topics or stick to a theme? Back then, it quickly became apparent to me, that there was a learning curve to this blog stuff.

After I’d been writing for several months, a new commenter arrived on the scene. It was January 1, 2009. Her comment was very kind:

“Glad I found your blog. I am on my way to see your shop!! I LOVE cabs.”

Little did I know that this lady would be with me every day from that moment on. Each morning when I’d sign onto the blog, her comment was waiting. She became my barometer for measuring how I was doing with my posts. If she liked it, or she laughed, or she said the post touched her – then I knew I was making progress.

If you’ve been with me for a while, you know her too . . .

I’d like to dedicate this 400th post to Carol. 😀

Because she has been commenting on every post for 18 months, I fear that, on some level, I take her for granted. Of course, I do NOT mean to, but I’ve become spoiled. It’s like when you turn on the TV in the morning – you expect to see the Today Show. Well, when I sign into the blog each day – Carol’s comment is waiting. It has become part of the day!

Thank you, Dear Carol . . . for your friendship, advice, sense of humor, and very kind heart. I’ve told you before, but it was your consistent support during my earliest days of blogging, that helped me to push forward and have the confidence to keep at it. You’ve made an immeasurable contribution here. Love ya so much! 😀



Don’t Mention It

Some days, life is just the same old, same old . . .

You know – nothing exciting going on. It’s been that way here for the last few days. I’m not complaining at all. I actually like it when things are relatively calm. The problem is that “calm” sometimes means it’s tough to come up with a new blog post . . .

I decided not to mention that I went to the dentist on Friday and I could almost see the dollar signs in his eyes as he said the word “crown”.

I decided not to mention that I popped into a local bead store to buy a tool I needed and couldn’t resist buying a couple of strands of pretty beads – even though I have my own bead shop with lots of gorgeous beads!

I decided not to mention that I wasn’t in the mood to make dinner on Sunday night – so I picked up one of those rotisserie chickens at the deli counter of our supermarket. I hesitated because the last couple of times I bought one, it wasn’t very good. But this time, it was extra delicious! Maybe they had complaints?

I decided not to mention that we recently saw the movie, “It’s Complicated”. Did we like it? Well… it’s complicated. 😉 (In other words, wait until it’s on TV, for free.)

I decided not to mention that unless somebody invents a 28-hour day very soon, I am never going to get caught up on what I want to do, should do, and have to do!

I decided I *must* mention that I have the nicest, smartest, most interesting blog readers – anywhere!

It’s true. 😀