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According to the online dictionary, there isn’t any such thing.  It does define “blog” as on online journal but that’s the extent of it.  However, just like the other blogs, I’m having an anniversary of my online journal.  In other words, I’m having a BLOGIVERSARY!

Unlike the other blogs, I’m not having any big giveaway.  First of all, I don’t think there are very many people that actually read my blog.  Secondly, I don’t have anything extra special that I think anyone would want.  So, it’s just my own little party.

I can hardly believe that I have been writing this little blog for a year now.  Well, technically, a year yesterday.  No, not really, I began this journey on February 29, 2008.   That’s when I had more than a year left to work before I retired.  As of today, there are 199 days left.  Of course, now that the economy has gone down the toilet and real estate is languishing on the market, I may not be able to retire in September.  If I don’t get my Maine condo sold, I will not be able to stop getting a nice, regular paycheck.  So, if you are reading this, I could use a little prayer or positive energy or whatever else you have up your sleeve to get my condo sold.

A year ago my granddaughter had not yet been born.  I had no idea that I would love this little girl so much.  She lives in MA so I don’t get to see her as much as I would like but her dad is pretty good about sharing photos and videos on YouTube.  She was born May 24 and is now 9 months old.  She has the biggest, bluest eyes; her name is Ella.

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In addition to Ella, here are a few other items of interest that have taken place during the past year…

I bought myself a new Janome MC6600P machine.  It has a larger throat space for quilting and I have been able to do more advanced free-motion quilting.  I wouldn’t consider myself a great free-motion quilter yet but I’m getting more adventurous.

I visited Williamsburg and VA for the very first time.

I made my first “inchies” for a swap on MQResource.

I entered two quilts in the Maine Quilt Show and received 2 red ribbons.

I was a “celebrity” in the local Let’s Dance With the Stars competition/fund raiser.  I dressed as Marilyn Monroe and my partner, Peter and I danced to “I Wanna Be Loved By You”, sung by Marilyn Monroe.  We came in fourth place but we had a great time.

I have a new sewing room at Bills.

The first African/American president was elected.

Bill and I traveled to Bar Harbor a couple of times, spent time at the beach, went bike riding, worked in the gardens and all the regular things we enjoy doing, along with shoveling snow and complaining about the winter weather, which we don’t enjoy.  I did some sewing and finished a few projects but still don’t get to spend as much time at the machine as I would really like.  All in all I don’t think my life has changed that much over the past year (which is a good thing, really) but it’s a new blog year so we’ll see what there is to report this time next year.  (Hopefully I’ll be writing from warm, sunny FL.)

On a totally different note, Bill and I went to Cambridge last night for the Cambridge Firefighter’s Ball.  It was the 121st time the ball was held to commemorate firefighters who had served 25 years, those who had retired during the past year and remember those who had passed away.  Bill received a 25 year pin along with a beautiful plaque.  It was sparsely attended, compared to other years, and there is talk that this may be the last one.  I think that would be really sad.

Bill receiving 25 year pin and plaque

Bill receiving 25 year pin and plaque

All dressed up and lookin' good

All dressed up and lookin' good

The venue was very nice and the food was exceptionally good.  The music was acceptable, although it all sounded the same by the end of the night, lots of heavy bass and there were only 4 “slow” songs during the course of the evening.  We left the party about 11:00 but stayed overnight and drove home this morning so that I could get to work by 5:00.

More snow tonight…10″-14″ with the peak of the storm around 8 in the morning.  I have two appointments scheduled in Portland tomorrow but it looks like they will be rescheduled.  It will be a good day to stay home and clean closets and SEW.

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Wow, I have been watching the number of visits to my blog creep slowly toward 1000.  I looked a couple of days ago and it was in the range of 980+/- and since it hasn’t been climbing very quickly I didn’t think to check it yesterday or earlier today.  Lo and behold, it is now at 1012!  There are only a few comments but it’s hard for me to believe that it has been viewed over 100o times in nearly a year.

Actually, my blogiversary date is 2/29…only 2 more days (if there were 29 days in February this year).  So, do I consider the 28th of February or the 1st of March as my blogiversary date?  I think I’ll go with 2/28 since at least that is the same month.  I’m note sure I will have an opportunity to post tomorrow as I have a very busy day; however, I will post on Sunday with some reflection on the past year.

I was able to do a little sewing on the FM quilt.  All of the large blocks are assembled and the three rows are assembled with two of those pinned together.  I should get back to the machine early next week and get all the rows together.

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