Blogging Friends

I can’t tell you how much I enjoy blogging.  When our daughter Kayla first told me about blogs and suggested I write one, I thought she was goofy for thinking I’d like to do it but then after reading blogs for a bit and enjoying them I thought I’d jump in too.  I’m kind of a goof ball sometimes..if fact a lot of the time.  Anyway, here’s the note I first wrote to Kayla asking her to work her magic and set up a blog for me.

Hello Kayla darling….how are you?  I hope your day went absolutely splendid and I thought your hair do was spectacular.  I think you are the cream of the crop-and you had no body odor what so ever today and your future children will be unbelievably wonderful (that last part is actually true-biased opinion, but true)….is that enough gush so that now I can ask for a favor ???

Can you just throw me up a blog??  I just want to start putzing with it and posting-not necessarily publishing.  It doesn’t need to be cute.  …so honey bun, sugar plum….honey uney umpkin…I know you are complete busy but PLEASE!!!   It would be the best present ever and it gets you out of any birthday present obligation…  Honestly just a blank site that has an address would be great.   
I really can’t beg anymore….I’ve pulled out all the stops…You can even have the self stripping yarn (remember the $25 stuff) that’s under my bed that I forgot to give you for you birthday….

I’ll be on my cell phone tonight at play practice if you have questions….Love you-unconditionally…. MOM

Shortly after that note, I had a blog…that was June of 2009.  It’s been a long time blogging and sharing my life.  I started out blogging 4 or some times a week.  I remember thinking how can I ever think of so many things to say…then it clicked.  I started writing daily and now, two posts a day.

I had always been interested in writing.  My whole life I’d wanted to write a journal but I just never did it.  Blogging threw the switch and got me to writing that journal..(at least that’s how I look at the blog).

The thing that I never realized was that blogging would lead me to meeting (virtually and for real) so many people.  I never knew that I would have so many friends that I’ve never met, so many friends that care about the same things I care about, so many friends that have similar values.  That has been eye opening for me.

The other day a blog reader, Ila’s husband, was going to be in the area and Ila sent a note and said she had something for me and would be around….Kayla stopped and met him only to find a box of goodies Ila had sent.  She’s so sweet and thoughtful….Goodies for all…rulers for Hubby, snacks for the kiddos, vintage goodies and snacks and spices for me.


Kayla snapped up this vintage towel from the linens.  She’s a Family Consumer Science teacher and loves all things kitchen-y especially fruit and veggie things.

My friend Connie found fireman fabric and gifted it to me.  I am sure it will make it into something for Kalissa’s baby to come (who currently is being called Leo).

I’ve had a couple blog readers who have recently sent money to help with the postage costs of the charity quilting project too.  It’s so appreciated.

As much as I love the gifts, what I love most is finding friends.

Never did I dream that six years ago when the blog started that I’d be surrounded by so many great people.  I simply can’t say how honored I am to know that you take time out of your day to fit me into it.  I say this all the time and it’s SO true-  I only wish I could know you, your likes and preferences, your life story, your opinions, you medical history and thoughts- like you know mine.  I am always at such a loss when I meet people who read the blog.  I feel like the person knows me, my family and my quirks yet I know nothing about them.

Hosting the retreat last year was so fun for Kelli and I.  We got to put names with faces..we got to know a little about a few more of you.  That was special for us.

We’ve come a long way in six years.  I hope we go a lot further in the next six.  Thanks for being here with me.

17 thoughts on “Blogging Friends”

  1. Thank you for blogging! It wouldn’t be much fun to blog if no one read it but your blog is so cheerful and upbeat I look forward to it…..twice a day! Even when you had serious things to write about such as your cancer you have always been positive. That attitude makes you a pleasure to “know”. I’m so glad I found your blog. Even though I couldn’t make it to your retreat last summer I hope to really meet you and Kelli one day.

  2. I enjoy reading anything you write about. Your kids, your hubby, your dog, your life. Actually coming to retreat was a treat and really impressed me with you, your family, Iowa and the people of Iowa. Cannot remember if I told you about a Japanese quilter with a similar blog. She quilts, works as a crossing guard, has kids about the same age (but living in the States).

  3. Even though I don’t blog I’m a faithful reader. You always have something interesting to say whether is funny or sad. Now, I’ve been waiting to read, for some time now, that you have started to rug hook. I know you bought all the stuff quite awhile ago, so, will be seeing a rug soon?

  4. I really enjoy reading your blog. I feel like we know you and your family! We’ve been through weddings, quilts, your ‘new’ house, the daycare and your illness. You are a good writer. Gracie was how I found you, but your content keeps me a subscriber!

  5. It was such a joy to meet you last summer, you are just like you write. Now when I read your blog I can hear your voice in my head narrating it to me. You have been such an inspiration to me in trying so many things especially back when you were doing the “Try it on Tuesday” link up. So glad you started blogging and kept with it. Here’s to many more years , I know I’ll be reading for sure.

  6. I’m on the East coast and I’m not a quilter. I actually found your blog through something Kayla wrote somewhere. I skip the quilting posts but enjoy your country life posts. Thanks for sharing. Hoping you write for many years to come.

  7. Debra Hageman

    Jo, you’re the most dedicated blogger I know!! There are several that I like to follow, but find that they get fewer and fewer every year….One that I really enjoyed, hasn’t blogged in 2 years!! I love that you are so committed to it. Thanks for putting in writing what I feel, more often than not :) How’s that for vintage :) Deb

  8. After I found your blog I went back to the beginning and read each post. It is enjoyable! And you get a lot done each day! I miss the farm photos and posts but love it overall! It is one of only three I check daily!

  9. I really enjoy reading your blog daily. Just wish I could get as much done as you do and I don’t have a job anymore (retired). I always look forward to what you are quilting, what you are cooking, what the day care kiddos are up to and your family as well. It is so enjoyable, written from the heart, including the good and the not so good. Best wishes to you and yours as you get ready for the birth of this grandchild. Your life will never be the same again. Grandbabies are the greatest gift you will ever receive.

  10. Thanks for blogging. I always look forward to reading your posts. Love all your quilts and I am also following on my Bonnie UFO. String X blocks are coming along, except I am making them O blocks for a modern wedding ring. I need to finish a queen size for a wedding gift in September.

  11. I don’t remember how I found your blog, but am very glad I did.
    You certainly have a knack for putting thought into words and I enjoy the quilts, cooking, book reviews that you post about. Working on Celtic Solstice now because of your Wednesday posts and determined to get it done.

  12. Jo I’m so glad that I found your blog, through Patchwork Times ~ you truly inspire me. I enjoy everything that you share so much and hope that we get to met in person someday!

  13. i’m hoping that you and Bonnie Hunter do another retreat – I’d sign up right away. Would be fun to meet you both in person. Have followed you both on your blogs for a long time and read them pretty much every day. We have tea together most mornings. I’m a farm wife also – we raise beef cattle.

  14. No, you had me scared at the name of this blog, I was afraid that you were going to say that you were going to quit bogging! WHEW!! I started following you during the remodeling of your current (and hopefully Forever) home. I guess it’s like following the construction of making a quilt almost from the ground up. After the restoration of your new home I continued to follow you for your wisdom of piecing, sandwhiching & quilting a quilt as well as being introduced to Bonnie Hunter and her blogging adventures. Also as you know I grew up in Iowa so that added to my infatuation with you and your family. I can’t thank you enough for all that you have taught me and the things you will teach me in the future. I don’t think I will ever get enough of you and Kelli’s help and instructions with all things Quilty. I have a box to fill with scraps to go with your String Quilts especially your Pinapple blocks, I just need to make myself fill it & I have a rather large cut of fabric that I’m sure you can use for a backing for a donation quilt or 2. Sorry for my rambling but I’m sew happy this blog wasn’t what I had thought it was about.
    Jeri (an Iowa corn fed girl who ended up a Southern woman)

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