Saturday, September 21, 2013

Saying Goodbye

(Good grief, not US..we are FAR too messed up to leave here)


  For those who don't know, I hold Lillie and Ian, from At Ian and Lillie's Place ( sadly now a private blog) responsible for well EVERYTHING..LOL.  I reached out to Lillie before I started blogging.  Mostly by leaving comments on her blog.  She was always ( and still is) so sweet.  I began to blog as a journal before I even mentioned ttwd to my husband.  I was so nervous, I didn't even have the courage to tell Lillie I was blogging.  She found me .  Anyway, behind the scenes starting last October, she and Ian generously answered my questions.  They encouraged.  Once Barney decided to become the leader of our home, they offered advice in a way that was not condescending nor was it written in an absolute manner. (Even if Mr. Mammoth Hand McSpanky Pants can't remember ALL of the conversations!  sheesh).



This has continued for almost a year now. I think at times  Ian might have wanted to ditch me on some abandoned Prairie Road, but to his credit he hasn't.  Why am I telling you all of this?  Because this weekend, Ian and Lillie have made the decision to step away from blogging.  Don't get me wrong I support their decision, but I am selfishly sad.  I know that we are friends and that is not going to change.  I also know that 'exposing' friendships outside of blogs is sometimes frowned upon, but I am making no apologizes for it- and well honestly you'd have to live under a rock for you to not know how  crazy I am about these two.

 This couple, who we found through blogging, has been a great support and resource to many of us.  I honestly do not know where Barney and I would have been with ttwd without them that first month! and okay, well every month since! 

I know that those of you who subscribe to their private blog, often don't get updates ( hence the notification under my header) so I wanted to make sure that at least those who read my blog and theirs have a chance to say good bye.

Thank you Ian and Lillie for being so patient with a number of us.- for your insight and encouragement., for your kind words, and letting us take a glimpse into your Adventure with ttwd.  You may be leaving us, but you have definitely left your mark here. Make no mistake about that!



27 comments:

  1. I never got to read their blog ..glad they helped you so much :) and others..

    I didn't know you weren't supposed to meet people on blogs in real life :). lol I have :)

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    1. I'm sorry you didn't have the opportunity to read their blog. Lillie is an excellent writer!

      As for the last part, me too....but rumour on the street is....

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  2. O and that was not fair when I saw Goodbye my heart sank..I thought you were leaving..glad you aren't

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    1. Oh sorry, that was not my intent, that is why I put the disclaimer at the top. I figured it would show up in everyone's dashboard synopsis and know it wasn't ME leaving. I am too co-dependant to leave blog land!

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  3. Sigh... I have no room to grump about my sfam closing her blog. I am the quintessential blogger who almost never blogs a new post. But, well, dang it all.

    Big selfish hugs, Willie.

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    1. We shall harass her to email us snippets. Perhaps as gifts. You know, Thankgiving, Christmas....

      Yes, let us selfishly pout together and throw a pity party. After all it *IS* all about us isn't it?

      Hugging back my friend...hugging back

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  4. Well..well...well.. you know we LOVE you Willie!
    Thanks for the lovely send off, my dear.
    Make way for the new, we say and out with old....
    Life is ever changing and you never know who you might
    chance to meet on a prairie road...
    love and hugs ALWAYS
    Ian and Lillie

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    1. Love you more...( how is that for sickening!!!)

      Seriously, reading send off makes my heart sink.

      I will miss seeing your comments here ( although I like how you weaned me off this summer! So considerate of you) We did have so much blogging fun together didn't we? I'll never forget the first time Ian left a comment on a post of mine, and I was terrified to open it! LOL. My favourite interchange might be the Candy store post. Or maybe on your blog the Newly Red Game!

      Off to think about Ian's sexy feet now! and how Cod Fishing changed the world, oh and how to escape a bear attack. All the while not coaching my husband in baseball! Still trying to get the image of Ian running after coyotes with his treasured 'implement' hanging out in his moccasins !

      love you ALWAYS too. Even that Spanky Cowboy of yours
      willie

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  5. Don't scare me like that, Willie! First Ward & June, now Lillie & Ian. Plus several who have gone private. It's sad. I'm a long time lurker, in my second year of lurking and I have my favorite bloggers who all seem to be slowly going away. I am so saddened by all this, but very happy that you are staying with us.

    Lynn

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    1. I know blog land has suffered a huge loss this weekend Lynn. Lillie is such a fantastic writer. Often I felt like I was in the room with them...awkward! LOL.

      I have noticed my blog roll is slowly becoming obsolete too. So many have come and gone since I started blogging. Many who I will never forget. I hate growing up!

      Thank you Lynn for your kind words.

      willie

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  6. Oh NO! I am sad and stunned...and well, I feel like pouting. I don't want them to go!

    I can really relate to a lot of their dynamic. I have learned from them also :)

    I do understand though. I have thought many times of stepping away. They will be greatly missed. I will remember some of her most unforgettably hilarious posts. Thanks for letting me know, Wilma.

    Goodbye Ian and Lillie. Stay in touch somehow, ok?

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    1. I have had a pit in my stomach since finding out Stormy. I enjoyed reading about their escapades, but I enjoyed even more their insight through comments on my blog.

      I can understand how and why people walk away. It just doesn't make it any easier to take when you are invested in them. I hope for our sake you continue to blog. I do believe yours was the first one I ever commented on. But if the day comes that you decide to leave, I hope you will let us know.

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  7. I was sad that they went private and sad again when I saw this. I'm glad you are still here!!!

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    1. It was sad when they had to go private. This is even more crushing. As for us, we are FAR too messed up to 'go it alone' . No worries in us disappearing any time soon!

      Thanks for your comment!

      willie

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  8. Hi Willie,

    What a lovely send-off! You are such a sweetie. I haven't had much of a chance to read and comment on blogs this weekend and had to come straight here when I saw the title. Thank you for letting us know.

    I am selfishly sad to hear that Ian and Lillie are stepping away from blogland. They have been such a wonderful source of support and encouragement to me also. Not to mention the fact that I have learnt so much from reading their blog. They have given me such food for thought in my own ttwd adventure. Thank you Ian and Lillie. You will most definitely be missed by blogland.

    Love and Hugs to you all
    Roz

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    1. Hey Roz.

      Not sure about the sweetie comment,(clearly we need to talk more often you are forgetting). I think we can all have a selfish party and cry into our wine in the name of Lillie! Dramatic much? Meh, I am who I am!

      Hey, I just remembered some of my posts aren't going to make much sense without Lillie's to reference. SHEEESH! They are just messing EVERYTHING up those two!

      I will miss reading about their Little Farm on the Prairie, but I will be forever grateful to them for sharing. Sharing their experiences, and their time. People like Ian and Lillie are not easily forgotten that is for certain...and well lets be honest, they ain't getting away from ME that easily. I have a stalker 101 course under my belt after all!

      Hugs across the miles to you too Roz.

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  9. Lillie and Ian are great people. I am also selfishly sad to see them go. I wish I had found them sooner than I did. They will be missed.

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    1. I can honestly say, that they truly are great people, and my life is better for knowing them. Their life, for knowing me? more interesting perhaps???? To me it feels like the first book of my blogging life has ended, and I don't want to say good bye to the introductory characters yet.

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  10. Lillie's kindness and introspective written words will be missed! She and her Ian made a difference to many. I too will always be more than grateful!

    Hugs to you Willie,

    <3 Katie

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    1. Typical Lillie, I don't think she realizes what an impact she has really made. Perhaps now she will begin to believe it.

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  11. I am so sad to hear this. She will be missed, missed, missed. Thanks for the post letting everyone know. I'm glad we got to say goodbye.

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    1. Oh Zoe, I have a pit in my stomach every time I read someone's comment either here or on their blog. I will miss reading her comments out and about, as well as her blog. I am very grateful that she decided to officially say goodbye. I think some bloggers underestimate how much they mean to others when they just pull up stakes with no warning

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  12. I have been away from reading for awhile, thanks for letting us know. I am very sad too, since I enjoyed their humor and honesty.
    Thanks for letting us know!

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    1. I have noticed that you have been away. I hope things are alright in your corner of the world Minelle. I am trying to repeat that saying, " Don't be sorry its over, be happy it happened in the first place" but is it a bit altered....to ..." THIS SUCKS!"

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  13. Gggggrrrrrrrr....

    I just had to come back and growl. I don't like this, not one little bit, and I won't pretend I do. I think we should go harass Mick. It's all his fault Lillie started and continued with dd and blogging. (Is this an evil plot? Bwahahaha!)

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  14. Yeah...I'm not going up against Mick...and then we end up with this whole domino affect. I mean Lillie blogged because of Mick...Me because of Lillie...and a few because of me...and so on and so on...Actually grab your pitch fork, and I'll light the torches...LETS GET HIM!

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