Monday, January 31, 2011

happy blogiversary to me

Six years ago today I put up my first post to this blog.  Because I have spent the day visiting my husband in the hospital instead of doing something creative, I have nothing to blog about.  He fell over the weekend, looks like the loser in a prizefight, and will be going to rehab when he leaves the hospital. That's the whole story in a nutshell.

When I started blogging, I swore I would only write art-related posts. But then I discovered that it was difficult to separate life and art and that for me, it was not realistic.  There are some who do it and have consistently thoughtful, interesting, art-focused blogs I love to read.  Elizabeth Barton and Terry Jarrard-Dimond are the two who come to my mind without even having to think.

Then there are the legions of blogs I read where I feel I really know the writers and whose posts alternate between art-related and what's going on in their lives or on their minds apart from art.  Terry Grant, Gerrie Congdon, Del Thomas, and Eva-Marie Nerling come to mind immediately, but there are many others I subscribe to and read as regularly as possible...sometimes playing catch-up.


I have been lucky enough to meet a number of the people whose blogs I read and it felt like meeting old friends.  That's the amazing thing about this whole blogging thing.  And even without having yet met in person, strong friendships develop with certain people.  I suspect we all have experienced this.

So I will not feel guilty about blogging about nothing; about posting recipes and pictures of food or snow - or of my flooded basement or messy rooms.  And I will not feel guilty about obnoxiously posting pictures of the almost one year old Miss Emma.


Time to make another cup of tea for the throat that is sore from talking to all of our children in the past two days.  So I will leave you with this link back to where it all began...
http://studio78notes.blogspot.com/2005_01_01_archive.html

Posted with love and thanks for being there.  Don't forget to leave a comment. Your comments are always gifts.

32 comments:

Jamie Fingal said...

Happy blog anniversary Rayna. I have always enjoyed reading your blog! Thank you for sharing your life with us.

Connie Rose said...

Happy anniversary, Rayna! I always enjoy reading your blog regardless of what you write about. I feel like part of your extended family! xox

Eva said...

Very sorry to hear about the misfortune that happened to your DH. And automatically, a misfortune to our husbands is ours! I wish both of you a very good and swift recreation. Give him my hug -- and I'm being very careful not to stir a bruise!

Gerrie said...

Sorry to hear about the fall. Hope he will heal quickly. I know this must just add to your angst. I am sending you some big hugs. I have my6th anniversary later this week. I value my friendship with you very much!!

quilthexle said...

Happy blogiversary - and I'll keep my fingers crossed for a speedy recovery of your husband!! I like to read your blog BECAUSE of the mixture - maybe that makes me a curious person, but I love the glimpses of other artist's personal life ;-))

Marianne said...

Bon rétablissement à votre mari et toutes mes pensées amicales pour les jours à venir.
J'aime votre blog dans sa totalité et j'espère que vous continuerez longtemps

Marlis said...

sorry to hear about the fall and wishing your husband a speedy recovery!

happy blogiversary to you rayna! i always enjoy reading your blog and i'm glad you don't write only about art. i can't separate life from art either. life influences art and art influences life.

Maggie said...

Like others have expressed already.. Happy blog anniversary. Please do not change the way you blog.... we love it!
Hope your husband improves steadily and your worries decrease.
Best wishes
Maggie

Del said...

It must be REALLY hard to deal with a husband in the horsepital with the terrible weather you are having. I hope he is back home soon. I agree with those who precede me, don't change what you put in your blog. And, especially, don't leave out Miss Emma. I love seeing grandgirl pictues since I have none of my own to share. Above all, take care of you - horspitals have germs!

geni said...

Wish your DH recovers soon...
Please don't change the way you blog!
Happy blog-o-versary!

sandra wyman said...

Hope your husband is better soon.
Happy blogaversary - and please continue as you are - I always enjoy reading your blog!

martha said...

Hi Rayna~Happy writing. I also enjoy getting to know the writers and creatives that I meet in the blogoverse. I like that we all have personalities.
I hope your sweetie is ok.

queenopearls said...

Always a delight to read your blog Rayna. Thank you!!
Give your husband my best. I send tons of healing vibes and white light.
~Christina

Colleen Kole said...

Oh no. A fall is not good but rehab will help him recover. And give you a short rest. Happy anniversary on your blog! Thanks for sharing so much with us-all of you not just part of you!

elle said...

Sorry about your hubby, Rayna. Life is a mix of things just like blogging. Happy anniversary.

Mostly Turquoise said...

Rayna,

Congratulations and many, many thanks for your 6 yrs of blogging! It is always a treat to visit your blog, even if you write about 'nothing', it mostly feels like visiting a friend, just hopping in and having a little chat (without immediate response of course).
Not to forget about the fabrics and shawls (!!) you create, I am a longtime admirer of your art.
Hope that Marty will recover soon and you won't be too busy with the patient.
Here's to you, Rayna!
Regina, SXM

tiedyejudy said...

Bummer about Marty! Hope he heals quickly. And I LOOOVVVVVVVE your writings! I started reading your blog in '07, I think, and have been inspired, tickled and entertained by it all! If you weren't so artistic you would still be an interesting read... as the saying goes, you have a way with words! Keep talking, okay?

Vivika said...

Happy blog day to you... I am glad you let us all know that you are a living, breathing person with an imperfect human side, as well as an a artistic, creative individual. You know we love you up here in Snowford, I mean Guilford! V

thesewinggeek said...

Happy Blog Day to you! I have just started following your blog so I do not know you as well as others but I agree it is hard to separate your life into distinct categories. What goes on in your life affects it and what your art is.
I hope your husband gets the help he needs in rehab. And I love the pictures of your grandbaby. Way to cute!

Printmaking by the Ocean said...

Happy Blogiversary, Rayna! Have loved reading your blog, and keeping in touch with you and your art that way. Hope Marty will make a speedy and easy recovery!

patty a. said...

Congratulations on six years! Hope your husband recovers quickly!

Marni Goldshlag said...

Rayna - Happy blogiversary! And so sorry to hear about Marty's fall. I hope he recovers very quickly.

Susan Ettl said...

Rayna,
I am so sorry to hear about Marty's fall. We love all your posts. That is why we read it faithfully. Much love dear friend, Susan

Karen M said...

Happy Blogaversary. How could you help but post Emma's picture? She's captivating. Best wishes for your husbands quick recovery.

Sherryl said...

Happy blogiversary Rayna. I love reading your blogs. I hope Marty makes a speedy recovery. The weather has not been your friend lately, so please drive carefully.

Beverly said...

Happy anniversary, Rayna. I'm so happy to have met you, both through your blog and in person. I hope Marty recovers quickly- taking a fall is serious business at our age. And Miss Emma just keeps getting cuter and cuter!

GerryART said...

I am sorry to hear about your hubby's mishap.
Last year we really had a great rehab center that made ALL the difference in the world.
On my way to check your first post. :^)

Hugs with Positive Thoughts for you and Hubby,
Gerry

Terry Jarrard-Dimond said...

Congratulations Rayna! Six years is a big accomplishment. Your lively and fun nature is evident in your writing and I always enjoy seeing what you have been up to in your studio. Here's to another 6!

Kathy said...

As I told you when we met in person, your blog was one of the bright spots in a very dark part of my life and I am always grateful to be in your blogosphere.

Terry said...

Happy Blogiversary! Thanks for the nice mention and I can happily return the compliment. Your writing is so personal that when I finally met you it truly was like being with an old friend. Blogs come and go. Yours is one I would dearly miss if you ever quit writing.

Hope Marty is doing better. Poor guy.

Mary Beth Frezon said...

Happy blogoversary! I enjoy knowing about the people who make work I admire so write-on!

Hope your DH gets better quickly.

Natalya Aikens said...

happy blogoversary! and here's to speedy healing!