A Trip Down Memory Lane

Why do you blog? There have been a few blogs that I read who lately have vowed to stop blogging due to lack of comments or change the direction of their blogging due to not wanting to cause others to stray from this or that.

I blog for ME! I blog about my day to day life and it is what it is. I love reading comments left by my blog readers. But, if for some reason — I never receive another comment, I will continue to blog. I will not change the way I blog in order to get more readers and comments. I don’t write to please others. I write for ME. I try to be sensitive to others and not write things that might cause hurt feelings but no way am I going to write just to please or impress someone else. I don’t think I have that in me anyway.

I don’t write to convince anyone to believe the way I believe or do the things I do. My belief is that if I’m constantly having to write about what I think, what I believe, how I live my life, then something is missing. I’ve always felt that people who know me, whether personally or via my blog, can basically tell what kind of person I am by the way I live my life — not by the way I SAY I live my life. I could tell you every day what a wonderful housekeeper I am but that would be a total lie! I am not a great housekeeper and it doesn’t bother me one bit. My house isn’t filthy – it’s cluttered. I could tell you that I’m a great cook but I think you see by the recipes I post and by the pictures of the food I share, that I’m a good cook. If that doesn’t convince you — look at us! 🙂 See what I’m saying? I live my life based on the way I think life should be lived and I don’t see the need to constantly be telling people how I live my life. You see it! I am an example of how I think life should be lived. No one else has to live their life based on how I think life should be lived and that’s fine! The world would be a boring place if we all lived our lives the exact same way.

I think it’s totally absurd to think that by showing pictures of my stash, someone is going to go out and run up credit card debt in order to have a stash that equals mine! I think it’s equally absurd to think that showing pictures of my home will cause someone to be unhappy with their own circumstances because their house is not as big as my house. I’ve lived in mobile homes, in apartments, in smaller houses, in larger houses. I find it pretty shallow of anyone to think any more or less of anyone (including themselves) based on the size of a house!

Back to the reason for blogging – I love to write (I also love to talk in case anyone hasn’t noticed). I am pretty easily entertained but I love going back to some of my older blog posts and reading what was going on in my life a year or so ago. I tend to forget little things and find pleasure in reading what I was thinking or doing over the years. Today I went back to some of my older posts and enjoyed visiting with my recent history.

I read comments left in 2005 and 2006 from readers who probably no longer read my blog. Does it bother me? No! There were blogs I used to love and because either they changed or my preferences changed, I no longer read those blogs. No harm done – blogging is something I do for fun. I owe no one anything and no one owes me anything.

Some of the highlights down Memory Lane via my older blog posts:

This purple and yellow quilt is from a Buggy Barn pattern that I did in probably early 2004 when I was teaching this class for Daviess County Community Education. Teaching those classes is where I met my dear friend, Becky. This quilt was later a gift to Chad’s homeroom teacher, Mrs. Whitmer. We were so lucky to have Mrs. Whitmer as a mentor to Chad.

At other places in my blog, I find lots of pictures of quilts I’ve made for Chad’s teachers. I enjoy seeing the old pictures and remembering the names of those teachers we loved and appreciated.

I came across this green quilt with the bright stars that I made for my friend, Vicky. She is the most generous person I know and several years ago, she sent me a packet of about 80 fat quarters. I surprised her by making this quilt for her, using some of those fat quarters. She lives near the Road to California quilt show so in 2005, we entered the quilt in the show and it was accepted. I had forgotten how pretty the quilt was but I remember how sweet Vicky is.

I found my entry about a Deputy Sheriff in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana who was seriously injured in the line of duty just before Hurricane Rita hit there. During the process of rushing him to a hospital in a safe area, his very pregnant wife went into labor. I read about their story on a web page from a Lake Charles law firm. The wife worked for the law firm and they had set up a web page to try to keep their employees informed. The employees had scattered across the country fleeing the hurricane. I made a quilt for the baby and the mom. The baby’s quilt is a panel with borders added, but cute nonetheless.


My very first QOV from early 2005.


A quilt I designed while in Vermont in 2004 – a quilt I never made and had almost forgotten about but I would like to make it one day. The log cabins represented the little community of rental log cabins where we stayed. The pinwheels represented the hot, windy evenings we sat out on our porch. The trees represented well . . all the green that we saw in Vermont. The roads were just horrible — narrow, some dirt, winding roads and hence the snail’s trail border.


There’s the story about the children in the dentist office whose mom had died and I made quilts for those children.

There are pictures of bridges I hated and a beautiful wallhanging made by my friend, Eve. The wallhanging was supposed to help me cross bridges!

There are pictures of my tiny little kitchen at the house we had in town in Owensboro. The house now has a new owner and I hope she’s enjoying it as much as I did.

So, I will continue to blog. My blog may take on different tones or go in a different direction depending on what’s happening in my life but that’s exactly what my blog is — a diary of my life — not here to impress anyone, not here to corrupt anyone, not here to change the way anyone else lives their life.

Hopefully those of you who read it will take it for what it’s worth and continue to enjoy the blog and quilters will find inspiration and cooks will find recipes to try.

I appreciate all of you who read my blog and leave your comments.

Comments

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    Yvonne says

    I really enjoyed your post. I’ve been reading yours for awhile, along with a few others. I just started blogging…what I like about it is that I’ve been meeting some pretty wonderful people.

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    Marianne says

    I enjoy reading your posts, too. I have bookmarked a few blogs and yours is one. I like your down-to-earth style and stories about daily life.

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    deputyswife says

    Yea Judy! I admit, sometimes I wish I had a little more comments. Then again, I wouldn’t change how I write or what I write about. I do wish I had more quilty posts. (and quilty time!) But what I do post, I am usually happy with it.

    I have always loved your blog (though I am not very good about commenting myself). I think when you first posted the purple and yellow quilt is when I started reading your blog.

    I had never read the dentist’s story either. That was weird she had the same name as you. I am sure those kids will treasure those quilts.

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    Lindah says

    Judy, yours is one of my favorite blogs. I always miss it when you are away from it for awhile. Not only do I enjoy your quilting and cooking suggestions, as someone else has said, I like your down-to-earth way of looking at things and life in general. I don’t blog, but I do journal, and like you, I enjoy going back over it and catching up with myself again. PLUS, refreshing my memory as I get older. smile Thanks for your contribution to the blogging world and to my life.

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    KnittySue says

    DITTO! and BTW I love your blog and visit everyday, sometimes twice a day..we have a lot in common and visiting you is like having coffee with a great neighbor. Just be you..you who makes the quilts I love to see and the recipes I try. It would be a sad day if you stopped writing in your journal.
    Alway a fan…KnittySue (old SueG from AAQ site)

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    mereth says

    I agree that we have to blog for our own enjoyment. It’s no good if we have to censor what we write or apologise for what we think. I would still blog no matter what, just as a record of what I’m doing.
    And I always like reading your posts, even if the cooking entries seriously tempt me off my diet. See, I’m blaming you for my lack of will-power!!

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    Chookyblue says

    I blog about what I want to blog about……. not what others may want to me blog about….I keep track of yours not always commenting and sometimes I get behind as you post often but that just means I may read several at once……I would like to have a go at your hour quilts but just haven’t been organised enough……blog what you want people will either like it or not……….take care……

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    Mary says

    My blog is my journal and I do write it for me but I try think about what I write and the tone of my posts. It’s not that I need people to like me or like what I’m saying but I know that things come across differently in writing than they do in a face to face setting.

    I made several posts recently when I was very frustrated with my quilting that generated some negative emails and I did wish I’d been clearer. I thought about what bothered me and it’s not that someone had a negative response to what I said but that they missed the entire point of the post which meant I hadn’t expressed myself very well.

    Like you, I also enjoy going back and reading previous posts. It’s funny but I also made that Buggy Barn quilt in red and gold but I appliqued my stars rather than piecing them.

    I’ll keep blogging regardless of who reads it or the number of comments.

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    Calidore says

    Well said Judy. Write for yourself cause in the end it’s you that has to be happy with it. Personally I love your blog. You have prompted me to get back into sane quilting (and use up that endless stash…grin) and I’m rediscovering the joy of it all, so thank you for that. As for the down to earth stuff – love it. It’s what makes you – you. Keep up the good work.

    Catherine
    http:[email protected]

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    Karen (Misiz C) says

    Amen! Thank you for verbalizing your thoughts about blogs…. they echo mine completely. Although comments can be fun….I will continue to maintain my journaling style, comments or no. I don’t even have a counter on my blog so I have no idea if many people visit but that really is ok cause I’m comfortable with who I am and why I’m doing this. When I started blogging, I didn’t know what to think or expect but have found it to be the journal I had always wanted to keep…. it’s just in a slightly different format than I envisioned. Thanks for the tour down your memory lane too! =)

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    YankeeQuilter says

    Amen…my blog is more of a journal for myseld but I do also enjoy hearing from other quilters around the world. I also know a lot of folks read my blog (including family!) that don’t comment…that is Ok with me!

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    loulee1 says

    Thank you Judy, I’m new to blogging and found you at about the time I started to write. What you have written here has made me realise that although I would like more visitors and comments, it’s true that it’s the writing that is most important.
    I love reading what you write and very much enjoyed your trip down memory lane. I very much admire your quilts and one day maybe I’ll be joining you on one of your hour quilts.
    Take Care.

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    Lizzy says

    I really enjoy your blog. I don’t comment a lot. And sometimes I just scan through blogs to look at pictures of quilts. I enjoy blogging about my quilting because I don’t have any friends that sew or quilt. And I like looking back at quilts I’ve finnished. When I do read blogs I like how people write about the other parts of the US they live in or other countries. I love your hour a day quilts. I did the first one and hope to do more.

    Thanks for blogging Judy!!!

    Lizzy

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    Annie says

    I also blog for me – it’s a diary of my quilting which, in turn reflects what is going on in my life. I enjoy comments because I like to hear what others have to say…..a way of keeping me grounded. But I am not bothered if no one comments either. Your blog is just great and keep on blogging……..

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    Bren says

    I agree with every word you said Judy. I too love the comments I get, but not for numbers. I like the relationships I have been able to form. I feel like your blog is a good representation of who you are, so you have accomplished the perfect blog. My blog is for me too, and for my grandson who can go back and read about his day at grandma’s house.
    I LOVED the post on the kids at the dentist office!

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    zizzybob says

    I rarely comment on blogs or message boards. I made a comment once on a very popular message board and was kicked off, forbidden to post, blamed for stuff I didn’t do and was banned from a retreat. All because my opinion wasn’t popular. So, although I do not respond to your blogs, be it know that I do appreciate your blog, (and Mary, Bonnie, Vicki, Vicki, Debbie and a few others). I read them all daily and have gotten so much out of them.
    Thank you all!
    Barbar B
    Ft Lauderdale FL

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    Carol says

    Judy, you have hit the nail on the head…it’s my blog and I’m not apologizing for who I am. I am who I am 🙂 I love blogging and I enjoy so many wonderful gals that I would never have met without it.

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    quiltkeemosabe says

    I have enjoyed your blog for a long time but have never commented. But you’re one of my regulars. Have lately been thinking about blogging myself and wondering what I would write about. This post will give me lots to think about. Thank you!

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    Mrs. Goodneedle says

    Great post, great quilts… but best of all, great words of wisdom. Our lives, and hence our blogs, are what they are! Thanks for sharing yours.

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    Ms. Jan says

    I agree with you Judy–I blog for me because I’d never journal if I didn’t do it online and it is fun to go back and see the older posts. I’d like to have more comments, but, like you, it won’t change what I do. Thanks for a thought provoking post.

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    Vicky says

    I agree, Judy. I don’t get as many comments as others, but I sure enjoy reading the comments and the friendships that have formed as a result of blogging. I was accused once of “bragging” about stash size, and that really got to me. I didn’t think I was bragging, but, rather, sharing my stash/purchase dilemna. Oh, well…

    Hey, you need to come on out and spend some time with our green quilt! It’s my very favorite one, and especially so because it was made by you! I remember being so scared and lonely in my new world of one. Then your box arrived with this beautiful quilt, and my heart was happy for the first time in months. And I slept for the first time in weeks snuggled up in it! Thank you again and again!

    I’ve been going back and reading my older blogs, too. It’s real important for me to write things down when I remember them. Important for me! This is my journal – not every blog is interesting or exciting or funny. But that’s how my life is.

    Do you know I have coffee with you every morning? Keep on writing about you and your life! It’s real, and that’s what makes it so interesting!

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    QuiltMom says

    Judy
    I love your blog- it is interesting and funny and reflects your ideas and opinions. I don’t blog myself- I am not sure that I have the time during the school year as I am a kindergarten teacher but I love to quilt and have enjoyed reading the quilter’s blogs. Writing is a process that often allows me to sort out my thoughts and helps me process what it is that I am thinking. Perhaps it is the same for you. Thanks for sharing yourself with the rest of the blog world. It is a gift that you share with us all.
    Regards from a Western Canadian quilter,
    Anna

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    Jacki B says

    Judy, I am not sure how to respond to a blog……I have enjoyed your writing about life and quilts IMMENSELY!!!!!!! Love when you share pictures, too. Such a personal touch! Keep it up!

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    Leanne says

    Judy, what an inspiring post! I love checking in each day to see if you have posted and wish I could be as vigalent with my posting. I agree, a blog is an online journal, a record of our experiences and a memoir of our feelings as we travel through life. We blog because share these times with others who care to read not because we think we are better than anyone else or because we have a ‘noteworthy’ existence. I cant tell you how much I love seeing and reading how others live through reading others blogs. Keep up the great posts.

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    Jeanne says

    I know just exactly what got you thinking about this: I’m trying to gather my thoughts about it, too 🙂 Anyway, everybody’s different …
    Meanwhile, I very much enjoy reading your blog!
    Hugs ~ Jeanne

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    Hanne says

    I also blog for me 🙂
    I like to put text and photos together. Quilt list life is not the same.

    I do enjoy your blog and it is among the ones I check first.
    I like your style Judy 🙂

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    Mariah says

    Well said, well said. That’s exactly why I blog! I don’t have much readership, but I don’t care. I blog for me…for my own enjoyment. I like to chronicle what’s going on to some degree. Sometimes weeks go by and I don’t write at all, sometimes I write more than once a day. It’s an outlet for me, and if others find it and enjoy it, fine. If not, fine! I’ve thought sometimes about quitting it altogether because there is so much out there that is interesting and better written than I am capable of, but I decided to keep it up because I enjoy it! I do enjoy the few comments I receive, but that’s not why I do it. Thanks for yours…you just being “you” is refreshing even though I don’t know you! 🙂

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    Evelyn aka Starfishy says

    I always had a hard time “journaling”, but blogging is so much fun! Plus, I like sharing part of my life and quilting with other people. I print out my blog and keep it in a 3 ring binder. In addition to my blog, I also write more personal pages and these pages include many family photos – we have lots of kids in the family and I don’t post photos of them (just my own boy!). This way Little Boy will have something very special down the road. So, I do blog for myself and my son, but the blogging community does help keep me motivated!!!

    Also, when I am far from home and in a country where I don’t speak the language, I really enjoy reading everyone’s blog! When I am home and I very busy so don’t have as much time to devote to it, but I still try to keep sort-ov up-to-date.

    I really enjoy your blog!!! Keep going at it.

    Cheers!

    Evelyn

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    Moorea says

    Judy,
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts
    on blogging. I have just started
    blogging this year myself, and your
    attitude is just what I needed!
    No one really gives instructions on how to so it, I feel like I am just winging it. Thanks for some direction.