Sunday, June 1

Six Years of Blogging!!

Last night I was trying to fall asleep and, oh, so many thoughts were rumbling through my head. And one of them was the thought that I needed to make sure to post today about my dad and when I started blogging. I can hardly believe that it has been six years since I started this blog! If you go here...... My*FirstBlogPost! ..... you will find this photo of my dad, Melvin and my thoughts on my first day of blogging. Following my dad's passing, I needed to find purpose. I had seen other blogs and wished I could do one, too. My son, Devlin, encouraged me that it wasn't that difficult and gave me the help I needed and he was wasn't that difficult! I took the "blogging leap" on Memorial Day in 2008. And here it is, just a few days after Memorial Day, 2014. The time flies so fast!

My dad, Melvin Linn, (2007) covered with the hand-stitched quilt 
that we named "The Puzzle Quilt" because 
we couldn't figure out how it was assembled. 

The "Puzzle quilt" is a favorite one that my dad bought at an auction in Dayton, Iowa. One of these days, I will share a tutorial on the quilt. My dad enjoyed going to auctions and garage sales to buy quilts, fabrics, and "pretties" for my mom, me, and my sister, Judy. And he'd buy car parts and tools for my brother, Doug, and for himself, too. And, of course, he bought treasures for the grandkids! He just loved seeing others smile. And I loved seeing my dad smile when he'd make others smile! He would have enjoyed this quilting blogging journey that I've been on. He would likely have read it as thoroughly as he did the daily newspaper. I still miss my dad. Always will. He was a really nice fella! My son, Devlin, wrote a lovely tribute to my dad and some of you may have read it, but if not, please go here and read his words about my dad, his grandpa. We were all lucky to have such a great dad, grandpa and great-grandpa!!
During this past year, my mother's health has declined. There have been lots of trips home to Iowa. I had some health challenges, too. I did a lot of volunteering at my church, at the library. I needed to share my talents. Life just plain got busy. Sometimes, I didn't have time to blog but other times, I just didn't feel like blogging, too tired and my thoughts just couldn't come together very well. But my "blogging energy" has returned and I see more regular blog posts in my future. Just want to say thank you to everyone who has stopped by to read my blog these past years. Thanks for your kind comments ....... in six years of comments, I can only think of a couple of negative ones that I received. Thanks for checking in to see if I was posting, and if I went without posting for several days, many of you sent me messages of care and concern. I am greatly appreciative of every reader and every comment. Very, very appreciative!!!  Some of you may remember that I used to do a lot of giveaways and that, too, sort of "fell by the wayside". I'm thinking that maybe there will be a giveaway on my blog very soon....just might happen around the 4th of July. Stay tuned. Have an awesome Monday!


Bonnie said...

What a lovely tribute to your dad. I still have both my parents and it has been a hard thing to see their health decline over the past few year. So grateful for eternal families!

I was also the winner of one of your give-aways several years ago. Thank you for your generosity. I have always enjoyed reading your posts.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I'm so glad you started your blog....I've so enjoyed the journey with you.

Mary Ann said...

I really enjoy reading your blog. Looking forward to more blog posts. My dad died in Feb 2007 and can't believe he has been gone for 7 years. Time just slips away so quickly each and every day. My mom died in 2011....I miss both of them. I smile with all the wonderful memories of my dad and mom.

Janice said...

I've enjoyed reading your blog for several years now, and I too have been the very happy winner of one of your giveaways. We just celebrated my dads 89th birthday last week. It makes you worry how much time is left to spend with him. My mom passed away, very suddenly, and unexpectedly, 3 years ago. My dad misses her every day and has no doubt that they will be together again when the time comes. Hope things improve with your mom and that your health is on the mend.

Needled Mom said...

Congratulations on your six years, Sandi. It is fun to look back at all that has happened during that time. We must have started about the same time.

The tribute to your dad was lovely. I know how tough it is to blog when your mind is elsewhere. It is so tough to watch your parents fail.

I'll look forward to seeing more posts from you.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

My daddy is the one who taught me how to work a sewing machine. He always wanted me to learn how to sew, like his mother, that only sewed on a treadle. After I lost my daddy, I got started collecting treadles, then vintage machines, all because of him and his mother.

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