Feb 17, 2016

Five years and three days ago

I started this blog.  And I forgot all about that.  How strange to go back over the years and read through the changes, the feelings, moods, strange times when I was all over the place and silly, reckless.  I'm feeling more settled.  I know the moods and uncomfortable lack of control were mainly menopause coupled with grief.  Today, it's the after effects of fried brain cells from too many years of intense heat and rage. Anyway, this was my first post...

Feb 14, 2011

Beginnings....

Well.   It's about time.  I could have started posting quite some time ago, but as with all my projects, put it off. I'm having the same problem with stitching.  For a number of reasons, some.....excuses.  Long ago, in the land of tight jawlines and balanced hormones, there were a number of wonderful needlework shops.  About a 30 minute drive, the best were set in old homes flaunting every count and color of linen you would want.  The worst was a sterile single building, smelling of smoke, with very few models, one unknowledgeable clerk, a vast number of charts in no order, and mostly Aida.  It was the last to close, over 22 years ago. Scarlet Letter's catalog became my only source and over the following years, I lost interest.  I never lost my love of samplers or the feel of the linen, and held on to my supplies.  About 12 years ago, I started spending a lot of time helping my elderly parents with house and yard chores.  Two years later, my claustrophobic Dad slowly suffocated for two weeks in a hospital and died, after a "specialist" failed to diagnose a pulmonary embolism after he suffered a bad fall.  I was so angry and hungry for vengeance that it consumed me.  The man that caused my Dad's horrific suffering and panic, was off the hook, because my parents' generation did not embrace today's litigious mentality.  It wasn't closed for me, and affected my ability to focus on projects.  From then on, taking care of Mom in my home kept me busy enough, and stressed enough, that stitching was more a frustration than a joy. Once she became bedridden, I wondered why I didn't stitch away while sitting with her.  But I never did.  Stress? Menopause was raging as were my moods.  When she passed, the suppressed grief and anger returned, in addition to grieving for my Mom.  That was 3 years ago and I think the grieving will never end, but I am beginning to feel like I could relax again.  I need to get my supplies in order so I can find what I need without getting snarky and causing a wave of hot flashes.  I plan on starting with small projects rather than picking up a large sampler, and am hoping that keeping a blog will give me a push.  Another benefit of stitching - losing weight!  If I am holding a piece of linen, I certainly can't allow my hands to get greasy from chocolate and treats that I consume every evening.  As for blogging - not sure it will always be about stitching until I get several projects going.  So here I go....starting again.....hoping you will join me in rediscovering my passion..... and hoping that passion is still there.  What if it isn't?  Stay tuned.....
 
I can say without doubt, that my expectation of the weight loss was highly over blown.
I can't come up with anything for a anniversary giveaway.  I only have one red box left (the prototype), gave away all the pears, the last little project, so I'll have to think about this.  Maybe by Friday I will have an idea.  I've done gift certificates before and that is the easiest and probably most useful offer.  I know international readers are reluctant to enter giveaways because they are kind enough to be concerned about the high shipping costs, but that wouldn't be the case with a GC.  Hmmm.   As I said five years ago, stay tuned!!
 
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36 comments:

Janet said...

I have enjoyed reading your blog for a few years now. But as Iwasn't in at the beginning I really enjoyed reading your repost of your first post. Congratulations on your blog anniversary. I also enjoy some occasional stitching.....Jan ...a fan and blog reader from Ontario, Canada :)

Jacqueline said...

Happy blog anniversary...I hope you continue for a long time to come.

Anonymous said...

Bless you Marly. You and your blog are priceless!!

Margaret said...

Happy blogiversary! Isn't it amazing how time flies? (That goes for this post and the last one too....)

Rugs and Pugs said...

Congrats on 5 years!!! Keep it up. You inspire us and make us laugh. Thanks for sharing your life with us.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Ms Peppercorn said...

Just a recent fan (I feel I need to apologize for some reason? that is my anxiety talking) but I love what you write so thank you for the time you devote to it.

Krissy B. said...

Marly, I can't imagine not reading your blog. I feel we have become dear...old friends and I always look forward to hearing from you. I've laughed, cried, and have been angry right along side you. I've prayed for you and your family(critters included)through the many ups and downs, I've cheered you on when you needed it and when you didn't. I have sat silent when you needed just to vent. The house projects have been fun and all that you create with thread & needle has been inspiring and got me stitching again. You are a cyber friend but do have a special place in my heart. We are all lucky to have you! Happy 5 year anniversary!! Krissy B.

Theresa said...

Happy blog anniversary. Enjoyed every single one. Loved seeing all the brats, and all your little friends that visit your yard. So glad Carole is ok . Sorry about the sad loss of your Dad that could not have been easy. Losing your Mom is not easy either. So glad you are my friend and I so look forward to reading about your life everyday. Thank you dear friend.

Glenda said...

Happy Anniversary! I have only been reading your blog for a couple of years. I was slow to catch on to reading blogs, the truth is I was/am computer illeterate. I do love to read your blog it always makes me smile. I do sometimes cringe with all that you do for family members. I wonder if they realize what a jewel you are to go way beyond the call of duty. I to am a chocoholic. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

Susan said...

Happy anniversary! I think we all have deep reasons for our blogs, and our blog activity ebbs and flows with the demands of our lives. I hope your blog brings you joy like it does for your readers.

Ele said...

Happy anniversary Marly! Love reading your blog: you always manage to make me smile. Thank you for the time you devote to this place!

Marilyn said...

Happy Blogaversary.
I love reading your blog and see the pics of the Brats. :)
Marilyn

Cathy B said...

Time does fly. I've been doing this blogging thing for over ten years now. Seems like I just started my blog yesterday. It is fun to go back and read the early posts. Many of the pieces I stitched ten years ago were given away. The friendships (in most cases) remain.

Keep on blogging Marly. I enjoy my daily visits with you.

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

This will always be one of my favorite stitching blogs! Thanks for the inspiration and the smiles.

Catherine said...

Congratulations on five years! How fun to go back and revisit your first post. Might have to go back and look at my long neglected blog ~ might inspire me to do an update post!

Vickie said...

You are an inspiration Marly. I have learned all kinds of things from your blog. ;) Happy Blogiversary!

Truus said...

Congratulations to your 5 year of blogging Marly!
I think we as your readers have to give you a present because you have something to celebrete.
Love your stories and your needlework.
Have a wonderful day
Greetings Truus from Holland

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

Well Marly, you have really had your share, more than fair, of grief.
I do not know what I would do if I didn't keep my hands busy. It seems to keep my mind from wandering to unhappy places and gives me joy to wake up for another day of "what will I work on today". I do need variety. Have been toying with the thoughts of hooking and knitting. WHAT???...more unfinished projects???
I am working on my 2nd 'Bucket List'. Get the picture?
I believe it keeps me sane...more or less.
Love your Blog and how you share your thoughts...keeps me going too.

EnJoY the day with Peace for all,
Barb

Lorene Frischknecht said...

Marly, I'm so happy you are coming out of your blue funk. My heart goes out to you as well as my prayers. I'm trusting your future endeavors will be very fruitful! Keep on truckin'! I am waiting to see what your next post will be!

Mary said...

Happy Anniversary, I love you blog along with your trials and tribulations. We can all identify with you. Marly, of course you know how I love your boxes...hoping for more years of blogging.

jan said...

I think your blog entries are a giveaway in themselves. I enjoy reading your posts because I identify with so much of what you say, and also because you frequently give me my "laugh out loud" moment of the day. Happy anniversary to you, Marly. ...jan

Maggee said...

Well, at least you started blogging to relieve some stress maybe... When I am stressed, like now, I tend to do nothing but fritter the time away! (I have a 15 year old granddaughter in the ER about to be admitted for unknown diagnosis, and her 17 year old sister was in the ER last night for probably Crohn's Disease--previously undiagnosed! Ugh!) Years of constant stress can definitely take a toll... I am glad you are stitching a bit now, and settling down a little! Hugs!

Bobbie Whittington said...

Happy blog Anniversary! I have enjoyed reading your blog for a couple of years. Some make me laugh out loud!!
I hope you continue blogging for a long time.
Happy stitching, Bobbie

bluetit said...

happy birthday to your blog and please stay yourself
kisses from france

Linda in Maryville, IL said...

Yes, yes, congratulations on your anniversary. I for one am glad you blog. When you post, I am here to read. Did not realize it was more than 5 years ago.
Happy posting, happy stitching!

Kay said...

Congratulations, five years is a huge achievement and you have brought such a lot of happiness to others too. x

Primitive Stars said...

Congrats Marly, I have always enjoyed my visits with you and your blog.Blessings Francine.

Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri Malinovich) said...

Happy five year anniversary, Marly! You've been through a lot - thanks for so honestly sharing your journey!

Diane P. said...

Happy anniversary, Marly! I so enjoy your blog. I'm a latecomer, so I appreciated reading your first post. Love your honest and your energy.

Cricket-bug Corner said...

Happy anniversary. I enjoy your blog as well - glad you kept at it all these years!

Karen said...

Congratulations on five years! I enjoy your blog and all your stitchy inspiration.

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Marly,
I have so enjoyed your blog and love seeing your beautiful projects!! You are truly talented, funny, and caring, and even when things are rough, you show your generous heart!!
Happy Blog anniversary and keep those posts coming!!
Warm Hugs~
Julie

Barb said...

I always enjoy your blog! You went through quite a bit. Thanks for being such a faithful blogger.

TheCrankyCrow said...

Happy, Happy, Blogiversary my sweet Marly!! Wow...5 years... Not sure when I started, but know it hasn't been 5 years LOL... and I can't even keep up with myself. So glad you reposted this post... Puts an even deeper shine on an already amazing patina.... Love ya girl.... Robin

StitchinByTheLake said...

I started my blog about 7 years ago Marly, after being sidelined with a TIA. Like you, mine has evolved from one thing to another as my mood fluctuated. It's interesting reading but only to me since I'm the only one who knows what my mind was thinking when I wrote some of that crazy stuff. :) blessings, marlene

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Marly. I'm a newbie to your blog.. I so enjoy reading it. It often makes me laugh out loud and brings me many smiles. I have learned a lot from reading.. How to get old grease stains out, O'Keeffe's (great stuff!). You so generously gave me your thoughts on and pictures of your soapstone sink and counters while I was gathering ideas for my kitchen redo. I thank you and wish all good things for you and yours. Happy Blogiaversary! Cheryl

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