Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Look at the Time



"Well I say , I'll say a quick hello, but I am normally very chatty, so I'll try to keep it quick. I've been lurking around for months on end on DD sites, and I figured it was only fair to let others know who I am. Sort of."

So that was the start...one year ago today.  I sat in my basement, opened a blogger account and hit publish. 

Honestly I don't think I ever thought I would do a One Year post.  Even yesterday I said I wasn't going to.  There are so very many reasons why I thought I would never do one.  The first being that I didn't think I'd still be around.  Heck even last week I was wondering about that!

I am not going to recount ttwd in this post, as I started to blog before Barney even KNEW about Dd.  I know kinda bass ackwards....but do you expect anything different from me? 



I could write  about this community and the wonderful friends who I have met here, but that would go on forever.  I thought about mentioning all the people who have left either this world, blogland or just my blog...but that saddens me.  Just know that at the time, you words meant the world to me.  Cowgirl, Nikki, Quiet Sara, Jane Jetson, Sammi ....I wish we knew how you were all doing....trust me many, many more fall into that category. 

What I decided to do, (and some may see this as the easy way out) -highlight my favourite posts out of the 135 I have written.  Don't feel any pressure to read any of them.  I kind of wanted to do this for me too.  As always the comment section of the posts are usually the best!
 
Grand Opening Blog Land Candy Store ( Hands down this is my favourite post!  I had so much fun, even if it took me 2 weeks to construct.  Thank you everyone who participated in this!!)
 
I Need  ( This post garnered a LOT of comments both on and off the blog.  So much so I have added it to my Pages section below)

Hitting Rock Bottom ( This was a really turning point in our relationship.  We have had so many since, but nothing as emotional as this time.  We grew from this however difficult it was to live through.  Hey what doesn't kill us makes us stronger....right? )

Snakes and Ladders and Panning for Gold ( The two analogies that seem to sum it up best..)


This one is dear to my heart because it sums up the friendly banter ( in the comment section) that was and is blogland to me.  M3 in this has actually changed her blogger name to Hez for those who know her.  This was such a fun day!! They Speak to Me



 I will leave once again with a post that talks about how grateful I am to this community.  Anyone who has ever reached out in a comment, email, phone call, text...I cannot thank you enough.  Regardless of where we found ourselves today, friend, foe or indifferent...your words have given us strength to continue on.
 
The Hands of TTWD

and this thought...

72 comments:

  1. That’s quite a summary of the year! Thank you, in return, for all the insight you’ve shared about you and Barney’s life through your posts. Thanks for the comment on my wife’s blog and my new one too! Looking forward to getting to know some of the people in this DD blogoverse, you and Barney included.

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    1. Awww thanks for the sweet comment Foothills. Trust me you blink and you'll find yourself blogging a year later too. The support given back and forth here is so worth it. But the friendships are irreplaceable !

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  2. Hi Willma,
    Congrats on your 1 year blog anniversary. Wow, 135 posts, that's a lot to look back on. I think it would be so hard to pick out my favorites from that many posts. I hope you stick around for another year!
    Hugs,
    Kim

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    1. Hey Kim!
      Actually I didn't go through all my posts. These ones ( and a couple of other ones) have always stood out in my mind/heart.

      Thanks for the encouragement ! Time will tell...

      hugs back
      willie

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  3. Happy birthday and being one year old I have a ways to go for that day I hope I feel t he same way when my 1 year bday comes.

    Bob

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    1. Well I'd be lying it I said it was an easy road to one year Bob, but over all the experience has been great! I don't think Barney and I would have survived this adventure we embarked on almost a year ago if it wasn't for this blog and this community.

      willie

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  4. Happy blogiversary! You've had so many great posts since you started blogging it would be hard for me to pick just one. You've made me laugh. You've made me cry. You've made me think. Our little corner of blogland just wouldn't be the same without you so here's wishing you many more blogiversaries.

    Hugs,
    Dana

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    1. Dana that is so sweet of you to say ! I honestly don't know what else to say.

      Thank you!

      willie

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  5. Happy Blogiversary! Thanks for sharing with us. You have no idea how helpful that is to many of us. What would we do without you?! Here's to many more blogiversaries and a thousand more posts! Hugs

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    1. Thank you Queenie. Thank you for everything you have shared too. Some days when I would think, what's the point in writing about this, your email or someone else's would come in and spur me on again. You have no clue how much that truly has helped me over the past year!

      willie

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  6. Happy Anniversary! I'm loving your humor and I've not even had much chance to go back and read through your year. I'll have to do that this weekend. You'll be my next book for the week :)

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    1. Thanks again Coral! You are going to give me a big head ( granted I already have big 80seque hair) with all your kind words. Not sure how fast of a reader you are. My posts can be quite lengthy! Good luck getting out alive next week!

      willie

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  7. Yay! Congrats on one year! Things are much better now and I am actually back in blogland after being certain I wasn't going to be able to return! I have missed everyone so much and lurked around when I could. Hope to "see" you soon. I started another blog but I'm having to relearn how to do everything (short memory here.) Much love!!!

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    1. OH SARA!!!! This is the best present eva ! Email me with your new email!

      Much, much love too!
      willie

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  8. Happy 1 year anniversary! So many great posts, I wish you a wonderful second year.

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    1. Thank you Jennelle. Thanks for the compliment and the well wishes.

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  9. Wow! Congrats on a year!! I have only had a blog for a few weeks and a year seems so far away. I can't wait to read your 135 posts (I have read about 6....all great). My husband has told me for months now to read you blog. He says your blog is his favorite and so much of it is like us.

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    1. So much like you guys? Oh you poor,poor thing . Have you tried Glasses of Submission? ( ie WINE). Thank your husband for me. I think that is a first. I don't even think I'm Barney's favourite blog! LOL

      I will go and find your blog this evening!

      willie

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    2. lol...glasses of submission = martinis for me :).....he saw your reply to my comment before I did...lol

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  10. Willie, congratulations, happy first anniversary and thank you! I would not be blogging and have met all these wonderful people had it not been for your "encouragement" *wink* Seriously though, you are an extra special lady and I consider you to be a good friend!

    Blessings to you both,

    love,
    george

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    1. I like how you make it sound like I strong armed you into blogging. I call you ONE name...sheesh!

      I'm happy you are blogging too George. My life and many around you lives are better off because you are now in it!

      Love, willie

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  11. Well congratulations!!!!! That is quite the milestone!!
    Willie, I am ever so glad you're here. Your posts make me smile, laugh, cry and jump for joy. Your comments are always well said and welcome. You are an asset to his community. Hope you'll be sticking around for a good long while.
    Hugs

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    1. Wow...thanks for the Love Fest Sarah! I'm not sure I am worthy of all that, but seeing how you don't drink I will have to assume you weren't ''drunk dialing" LOL.

      hugs
      willie

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  12. Well, what can I say? Congratulations on one year of blogging!! It doesn't seem possible that we have been at this for that long....you know what they say....time flies when you are making trouble....or something like that ;)

    Here is hoping that one year is just scratching the surface....and we will all be here to celebrate many, many more.

    Love ya!

    ~Lucy

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    1. Who is this?

      Yeah, you know of all the people who commented that first day a year ago, only 2 of you are still blogging. Well at least I THINK you are still blogging...*ahem*

      And what is this making trouble business? You are confusing me with your OTHER friend. You've been MIA so long you forgot I am the Angel...

      Love ya too! Crazy woman

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  13. I loved your I Need post, it helped me to sit down and think about what it was that I needed in my relationship with the Duke. Congratulations on one year in blogland! :) I hope the next year a head is filled with many beautiful surprises for you. :)

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    1. That post was by far the fastest post I ever wrote. I sat down and it flew out of me.
      Thanks EsMay

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  14. Congrats!! I missed my blogging birthday...so typical of me.
    The blogging world is a wonderful place where we make cherished friends and learn about ourselves!

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    1. LOL Minelle! I really don't think it is a milestone, but it did fly by.

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  15. Hi Willie!

    Congratulations on a year. Now, you know I tend to have things remind of me of songs, so for this one that came to mind it was "I Will Survive" Okay so not the theme of the song, but some of the words are pretty fitting, especially these:

    Oh, no, not I, I will survive
    Oh, as long as I know how to love, I know I'll stay alive
    I've got all my life to live, I've got all my love to give
    And I'll survive, I will survive, hey, hey

    It took all the strength I had not to fall apart
    Kept trying hard to mend the pieces of my broken heart
    And I spent, oh, so many nights just feeling sorry for myself
    I used to cry but now I hold my head up high

    I think you and Barney have persevered in your love and done so well and I am glad to have been along for the ride!

    Cygnet

    And you see me, somebody new

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    1. You know Cygnet several years back there was something going around on the internet where an alien was dancing to this song, in full disco mode, and the disco ball fell and crushed him. That is what I think of every time I hear, or apparently read the lyrics to this song!

      Aside from that my hula hoping, Steve McGarrett loving buddy, I'm happy you have been along for the ride too!

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    2. Well, that's not good...dead aliens? Guess he didn't survive, huh? ;-)

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    3. http://youtu.be/ybXrrTX3LuI ( ya know if you LITERALLY have nothing better to do )

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  16. I remember commenting on a post before I 'met' you....that you were the President of the Newbie Club. I think you responded with something like.....Presidents can be impeached. LOL. I wish we could know how many people started blogging because of your encouragement? I am so happy you are my friend.

    Love ya
    Betsy;)

    Hey shouldn't we have had a wine:30 to celebrate? ;)

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    1. Ohhhhhhhhhh no I do NOT want to be held responsible for shipping out bloggers into the blogosphere!

      I consider it an honour to be your friend. Some of the friendships I have made in the past year have been the most incredible ones I have made in my ___ years...( what? I am NOT typing that number down...besides it will change soon anyway!) And well then there is my friendship with Lucy.

      WE are going to have that wine together...and more than just on a video chat with 'the puppies". After our respective diets and weight loss restrictions. And then...Margarita's poolside!!!

      Love ya too
      willie

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  17. Wow - what a year! I am so totally thankful for you and your place in our community. You definitely have a gift of making all of us newbies feel welcome right away. I so appreciate all that you share, all that you observe, your wacky sense of humor and especially all your wonderful metaphors. You are quite a special lady ♥

    hugs,
    Cali

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    1. Wow...Thanks Cali.
      I am really appreciative of how you reached out to me before you became a newbie. It is people who take a chance like you , and offer support out of the blue that makes blogland such a wonderful place to set up camp...even for a year!
      Thank for all your kind words
      willie

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  18. Oh sweet Willie congrats on 1 year! You are such a very wonderful part of this amazing community. And by the way, I can't imagine you have any foes. You are the best!

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    1. Oh Zoe, thank you...
      and LOL...everyone has foes. Well maybe not YOU! wink

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  19. Willie,
    Congratulations on the blog anniversary.
    Know that I miss Quiet Sara everyday.
    Meredith

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    1. Thanks...looks like we won't have to miss Quiet Sara anymore!

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  20. Happy Blogiversary Willie, how time flies when you are having fun... or dramas or spanking or arguments or sex or did I say fun. Glad you are in Blogland doling out advice and sympathy.
    lots of love Jan.xx

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    1. True Jan! I never knew I had so many bloody emotions before this past year !! Gosh I hope no one ever really took my advice, I mean clearly when you read my posts, I shouldn't be offering any!

      love
      willie

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  21. Morning Willie :)

    Congratulations on your first blogiversary! Has it only been a year? LoL. Just kidding :)

    Love this post, such a neat idea. I remember every one of those posts you highlighted. The Blogland Candy Store was amazing.

    I am so glad you decided to blog so that we were able to get to know each other. You have given me so much support, encouragement, advice and kicked my a** when I needed it. That's what I call a true friend. Thank you for being there for me.

    Thank you for sharing your journey with us. You are such a wonderful part of this community. You lift our spirits when needed, rally around those in need and provide such wonderful and sound advice. As Cali said, you are a very special lady.

    Love and hugs,
    Roz



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    1. Well if it isn't my coffee/tea buddy!
      I had SO much fun doing the Candy Store post. Perhaps the most fun was bugging Ian!! LOL..ahem..sorry.

      I kicked your ass? When did I do that? Man it has been a long year!
      I might not remember all the things you said I have done for you, but I do recognize a true friend when I see one. You and Rick have been there, okay well mostly you...LOL...when I needed it, which is basically a full time job~ good thing you share the load with others so you don't get burn out! It isn't an easy task considering we are what 16 hour apart in time? I appreciate your friendship more than I can properly express.

      Love
      willie

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  22. Lol I think I started blogging 2yrs ago maybe 3 lol I've never done a blog anniversary . I liked yours very right to the point :)

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    1. Oh well really, it isn't a big deal...I just had nothing else to post about this week....I suppose I could have come up with a ...I have something to tell you, IN TWO MONTHS post!!! grrrrrr Daisy!

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  23. Hi Willie, :)

    Many congratulations on your one year blogiversary!!! Time sure flies by, doesn't it?

    I loved your post! Very creative. I too enjoyed your candy store adventure. Very fun! Nice to look back on some of those.

    I agree what others have said. You introduce us to many new bloggers and give others the courage to blog themselves. If you know of bloggers in distress, you kindly round up the troops to help. All great stuff! :)

    The friendships made here in the land are wonderful beyond words! What a lucky find! Great post and congrats! :). Many hugs,

    <3 Katie

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    1. The Candy Store Post will most likely always be my favourite. It was so much fun!

      Thank you for your kind words
      willie

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  24. I LOVE that first picture...and Alice's quote. Both are so fitting Willie. Congratulations on one year and here's to many more filled with your honesty and humor and friendship for everyone who reads here.

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    1. Hey stranger! I love pic monkey. I can now make my own pictures and not always rely on Google ( although I still go there first) I have to confess I might need an intervention soon!

      Awww, thank you Tess!

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  25. i am certainly LATE to this party with all your many admirers ahead of me, but of course i have to comment. i'm so glad we've become friends and a day isn't complete unless we've shared stickers and cracked jokes. i know your circle is large, but i'm glad to be a part of it--even in a small way. :) congrats on hanging in there this year. i know! you deserve a pat or a smack on the bum. like a birthday spanking. i'll be sure to tell B. hugs and kisses friend, m.

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    1. So I was going to make a comment about how I wished in the time we have become friends that your keyboard shift key would have been fixed so you could use actual CAPITALS when commenting, but you did type in LATE. ( Baby steps Willie. Baby steps * wink * )

      I am so happy we have become friends too. In fact I am getting a LITTLE jealous of the Professor guy. He is stealing my girly daytime playtime lately. You did tell him I am not good at sharing right?...WAIT WHAT? What circle is LARGE? You better not be referring to my BUM!!!!

      Hugs and kisses too my silly friend!
      willie

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  26. Happy one year anniversary, with many more to come! :0) The Alice picture at the end and the saying is so very true. Thanks so much for sharing your experiences and your wonderful sense of humor.

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    1. Well hello again Irish Lucky! I loved the Alice picture too! When I saw it on Face Book and 'liked' it I kept thinking oh ( insert friend's name) you have NOooooooooooo idea how this is true in my case! LOL

      Thank you for your kind words Irish ! Here's hoping we will be celebrating yours next September!

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  27. I'm late! I'm late! For a very important date!

    First post, schmirst post. Pfft. I remember the anonymous gal dipping her toes in the blogland pond, commenting here and there as just plain old "C." It took me a few comments to sort you from another C who was commenting around that time. I consider that an accomplishment considering I was trying to remember which Sara(h) was who, too. ;-)

    Happy blogiversary, dear Willie. I'm so glad you came, you stayed, and you share so much of yourself with us. I can say with absolute certainty that your friendship has enriched my life over the past year and counting. Thank you, and many big hugs, just for being you.

    Irishey ♥

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    1. Nice....keeping with the Alice in Wonderland theme. ( of course that movie is trippy and actually scares me...well kinda like ttwd I guess)

      Ah yes, C <~ how incredibly creative of me ...NOT!!! I remember the feeling of fear a year ago, hitting publish. Even though I had been commenting for a while, 'what if no one found me? " I didn't do it for popularity sake, but man it was terrifying. Thank GOD you did find me. And I thank him regularly that we 'clicked' Irishey! I would further thank Him if he figured out a way that texting to the US wasn't so expensive! Oh well..LOL.

      You better keep on counting woman because like a bad penny ( what the heck is that anyway? ) I ain't going NO where! Well I mean even if I stop blogging...you aren't 'done' with me!

      love
      willie

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    2. Oh, dear. Alice in Wonderland scares you. Like ttwd. (Is it rude, that I sat here blinking in disbelief, until I starting laughing?) I completely understand! That scares ME. ;-)

      Bad penny... A fake coin, or one made with less ore than its corresponding face value. People tried to get rid of them, in payment, but they had a tendency to keep recirculating back to them. They stayed in circulation because nobody wanted to get caught with the bad penny that couldn't be melted down into its metal weight value. Of course, extremely honest people would not pay with bad pennies, most likely keeping them as evidence of their folly in accepting counterfeit coin and, I would imagine, because they could be melted down for some other use. Hence, in both cases, "sticking around like a bad penny."

      I also seem to recall reading that people were upset when the mints produced coins that were not solid copper (or nickel or silver), only representative of their face value and backed by that money-weight in precious metal.

      You do not qualify as a bad penny in quality and value. However, the tenacious tendency of a bad penny to stick around, or keep coming back - okay, I'll give you that. But, let's find a better metaphor for you! ;-)

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    3. Well you know ( or actually I guess you wouldn't) here in Canada we are phasing out the penny. The mint is no longer making them, as they are actually not cost effective. So at the cash they round up or down. We can still hand them to the cashiers, but you won't be getting any back. Kind of sad really.

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  28. I haven't got time to read 53 comments - I shouldn't be here at all, but should be stuck into my mile-high pile of ironing, but somehow Blogland sucked me back in!

    Glad you wrote this Wills, and glad it is so light-hearted. I just read Lillie's last post and have a lump the size of Everest in my stomach.

    We may be a bit like "laggy-bands" you and I, but all the stretching backwards and forwards covers a lot of ground, and at least when we finally stop wobbling, we are well qualified to say "Been there, done that."

    Happy Blogiversary!

    Ami

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    1. Been there, done that....designed the T-shirt ! Speaking of which, I happen to know you STILL have ironing to do !! Get on it woman!!!

      As for the Lillie post, even though I knew it was coming, I found it so incredibly heart wrenching to read. I told her that the other day I was cleaning out my photo folder on my computer and I came across so many pictures from past posts. A lot of them brought memories of comments she and Ian had made. I flood of emotions washed over me. For quite a few days I was in a deep 'funk' over it. Not because they will be able to shake me...LOL...but just the thought of how much fun we had getting to know each other via blog comments, and how that chapter in our life has ended. I don't do well with change...LOL ..so insert ttwd Willie...BRILLANT !

      Wait? What is a 'laggy-band" ? You British! It gives me a visual of saggy polyester pants! Blech. LOL

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  29. I was in a serious funk when you wrote this post but I remember that morning...long long ago...lol...and I popped back and read some of those old posts. Thanks for the smiles. It helped me last week.

    A year of anything in ttwd (writing, practicing, trying!) is a big deal. Very few get that far because honestly, it is stinking hard. Congrats Willie (and Barney too. :)

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    1. TTWD is BRUTAL often...LOL. The vulnerability that comes with it, the desire to be vulnerable, the questioning IF you are vulnerable...ARGH! Think, think, think. Feel, feel, feel. Walls down, walls up! Sheesh talk about a mental marathon. That is about the only exercise I have done! LOL.

      I am happy that I made you happy...How cheesy does that sound? We have had so much fun blogging , getting to know each other, poking each other. Blog wise it has also been quite the ride!

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  30. Congratulations on One Year! I just found your blog so I have many great post to catch up on. Here's to another year :)

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    1. Oh boy River, I was quite the gabby guts in the beginning, but to be honest I can look back and be quite proud of some of the things I wrote....until this summer....eeeeeeeeeeek The Summer of Suckiness...meh, it was life back then.

      Thanks for the congrats !

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  31. I know I'm super late to the party, but the fall funk has taken over big time around here. I just want to say that the best part of this year for me has been getting to know you and getting to call you my friend. Bucko would be lost without you singing his praises and I wouldn't be far behind. Thank you for sharing your adventure (notice how I didn't say journey? :D) with us.

    Love ya,
    TL and Bucko

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  32. Your friendship has indeed been one of the benefits of blogging TL !
    I am sorry to hear that you were in a funk. I thought *we* agreed that when you feel a funk coming on that you weren't going to disappear????? AHEM!!!!

    And as for Bucko...well I do what I can *wink*

    Thanks for your sweet words, not just here but over the past year too. Sorry I'm not very verbose this morning. I have a stupid cold!

    Love ya too!!!
    willie
    ( oh HI BUCKO!!)

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  33. You are the first person I connected here with in blogland...and though I haven't been around much lately know that I adore you.

    Elisa xo

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    1. Oh HI HI HI !!! I was LITERALLY just thinking of you today ( as I was mentally preparing my Love Our Lurkers post)! It is so wonderful to hear from me. You know where to find me outside of here if you want to catch up!

      Love
      willie

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    2. OMG!!! I am SUCH an idiot, It is so good to hear from ME? Sheesh...YOU...it is so good to hear from YOU! ( Good God ego much Willie?)

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