In the last couple of days, I have received some emails regarding my L-O-N-G neglected but probably not officially abandoned blog. It seems that Jo of Jo's Country Junction recently had a post on English paper piecing with reference to an English paper piecing journey that I shared over the years here. She wondered where I went and her darling readers took action to find out for themselves.
It has been nearly two full years since I published a post. Though when I signed in, I found that I had a post in draft mode from just about a year ago that I never quite finished. In my defense, my Smart Phone just got to be too dang smart and I quit using the computer almost completely. I soon found that blogging was not intuitive from a smart phone app. I struggled to size photos and get them in the right spot . . . . and I just gave up.
I know there are gals out there (like Jo) who continue to keep the blogging world alive. But I was charmed by Facebook with its opportunity to drop a quick line and a picture. Then along came Instagram - shiny, fast, new and those delightful ####'s are such fun to make up. Even though this blog is read around the world, I was able to keep anonymity by selecting a nom de plume for myself and nicknames to protect the innocence of family and friends that might not choose such renown. For a very long time, I kept (and to a certain degree I still do) those two worlds apart. Those in the blogging community really had no idea who I am. Those in my real world life often didn't know that I had a secret identity on the world wide web. I finally just found it too difficult to keep up in both worlds. And there you have it. But I didn't just sail off into the sunset.
So what have I been up to? Back in late 2012, Hubby had open-heart surgery to correct some defects he had had since birth. During the seven days he was hospitalized, we saw a LOT of sick people. Some like Hubby who had problems that had been with them all of their lives. And some that came as a result of lifestyle choices. We determined that we were quite fortunate that his problems could be addressed and repaired. Still we could not be smug that lifestyle choices were not the issue, we needed to make serious changes in diet and lifestyle so that we would not have to return to the cardiac wing.
On the advice of his surgeon and cardiologist, we started walking. The goal was to walk 3-4 times per day totaling an hour of walking until stamina was such that we could walk for one hour. The progress was fun to watch as we were able to go further and further in that hour and sometimes longer. We started signing up for races a 5k here or a 10k there. I joined the gym. A year later I quit the gym. I am NOT a gym person. But the walking continues. In 2015, I set a goal to complete a 5k, 10k and half marathon during the year. I did that and more . . . . and then ended up with plantar fasciitis which has made 2016 somewhat less successful, but I think I'm back on track.
|Leukemia Lymphoma Light The Night Charity Walk|
|Disneyland 10K - Old School Mouseketeers|
|Yellowstone - Old Faithful|
|Haunted Gingerbread Houses|
|Haunted Gingerbread Houses|
|Welcoming New Kids To The Family|
|For Loving Comfort During Chemotherapy and Bone Marrow Transplant|
|A Modern Quilt For A Modern Girl|
I did manage to pull off a couple that sang to my heart as well.
|Quilt Pal Block Exchange - Cheri Payne Design|
|A Penny Saved - Nancy Moore Design|
|Stash Busting Attempt - Nice Quilt, Still Too Much Fabric|