Friday, February 26, 2010

I Quietly Shuttered My Blog . . .

And then . . .


YOU DID WHAT?!?!?

But, I have lots more to post on your blog!
I haven't done my tutorial for claymation,
I haven't played my piano . . .

AAAAAAAAAhhhhhhh!



And then . . .


My comment box and email basket
began to overflow
with the most precious words of encouragement . . . 



 And then . . .


I began to overflow . . .




And then . . .


I thought about the wonderful analogies you sweet readers expressed to me:

Blogging is a gift we give of one's self

Blogging has yielded a neighborhood for us to share life within

Blogging made us neighbors
(and neighbors do so miss neighbors who pack up and move)

Blogging has become SO MUCH MORE than a virtual exercise

Blogging matters

And on and on the list goes . . .


I knew it all once upon a time, but dark clouds of late had pushed all those thoughts from sight.

But then I closed my eyes and felt it . . .


The best and most beautiful things in the world
cannot be seen or even touched -
they must be felt with the heart.

Helen Keller




  . . . and the clouds receded.

* * * * *

So dear friends, I shall be away for a time wherein I shall discard a very "logical" decision to quit blogging in favor of a heartfelt promise to hold teatimes here at Wisteria Cottage whenever the spirit moves me.  In between the pourings out, I shall supervise the building of a new greenhouse and the planning of a MUCH BIGGER GARDEN -- this alone should provide endless subject matter for blogging.  I shall also be fitting in a delightful visit to my sister in North Carolina next week for some RandR and a much needed stockpile of endorphins (if you can hear laughing . . . it's us).  Did I mention that I will be finishing my prayer garden, and learning to make cheese, and  . . . ?

Most of all I wish to give you all a hug (the REAL kind) as I fling wide the shutters of this wonder-filled little spot wherein I keep something very special:  FRIENDS!  I love you all so much . . . and I have only actually "met" a one or two.  Amazing!  I think a bloggy get together truly is in order some day, but until then we will meet here for tea on occasion and it will be WONDERFUL.  (And off she goes with a grin on her face and a dance step at her feet . . . truly blessed with something more valuable than a bit of extra time in each day.)

p.s.
Touché Karen Deborah . . . you win.  I started blogging at your request to see what we are up to, and yes it captured that spirit of being neighbors again.  When Chris in Alaska mentioned that she blogged to give her mom a glimpse of belonging she also encouraged me to think who might need the same from me.  I immediately thought of you and the tears flowed -- it was like moving all over again!!!  (A childhood of steady moves has made it an Achilles Heel for me -- I loathe moving!!)  I could not leave you on that couch in front of the tv.  I would rather you come here via blogger express and laugh at the chickens and the kids and all the rest.  

You dear readers have ALL showered me with the "pick me up" I needed to conquer the perfectionist publisher in me  (forgive me, it used to be my livelihood) and toss aside the schedules in favor of a bit of whimsy on occasion.

I'll be away for a time, but I shall return now and again with the kettle bubbling and the stories brimming as I share tales of life among the wisteria and the roses. 

XO!

21 comments:

Tricia said...

You have made my day, dear friend! I will look forward to hearing from yuo again. Enjoy your visit with your sister. :)

imbeingheldhostage said...

The best thing about blogging is building connections and releasing a little stress-- if posting every day becomes a chore, you just shouldn't do it. The best thing about the friendships here is that they're a lot like real life ones where no one judges you for slipping out of the room to go play with your kids for a while.
Enjoy, dance and sing-- and then come out to give us a heads up occasionally :-)

Linda said...

I'm always glad to hear about the adventures of Wisteria and Roses! Blog when you can, and when you feel like it. My door is open...as long as the internet works!

Flea said...

My bad. I didn't think you really meant it when you said you were shuttering up for good. :) You have too much to share with the outside world. Too much to carry that can't be carried alone. Too much joy to keep to yourself.

I'm SOOOO glad you're going to visit your sister!

Kayla Allen said...

YAAAAAAAYYYYYYYHOOOOOOOOOOOO
WHOOPWhoop holler holler!
I win! We all win! You win and give Rachel the helm for awhile! A ho,e school project. Of course you know you may have a claymation header when you next appear but it's all FUN! Don't forget that I am coming In June we have to talk about when is the best time to visit with you and whoever comes to the party! the 4th is the wedding in SC.
I am excited, I am happy, I can't turn cartwheels cuz of crutches but I am doing them in my head!!

Karen Deborah said...

whoops that comment was from Karen Deborah, Kayla is sharing her computer with me and I didn't realize she was signed in.

Kat said...

YAY!!!!!!! AND WOOHOO!!!!!!

I am so glad you have decided to stay. And yes, only post when the mood strikes. It should not be a burden. But we are so GLAD that you will still be here. :)
Your blog is such a breath of fresh air. :)
Welcome back! :)

jojo said...

;p

Karen Deborah said...

I just had to come by and read it again. Rachel your face looked just like mine---WHAT???

So how about a claymation header? Chickens laying eggs or something like that....

I'm just plain happy that you won't leave me to rot.
*smiles*

kylie said...

whats going on with you, debbie?

i'm getting the idea you think too much :)
blog when it's fun and dont when it's not, it really is that simple.

yu dont have to write wonderfully (though you will because it is part of you)
you dont have to always be happy
you dont have to talk about anything special

take care
k

Britt-Arnhild said...

I'm wishing you al well whatever you decide to do. With love.

Anonymous said...

kylie, you nailed Debbie rite between the eyes, "i'm getting the idea you think too much". She is hard wired that way. Gary

dawn said...

I'm glad you're not away for good. This blog is always such a treat to visit. Enjoy your time away, and I'll look forward to your return.

kylie said...

gary,
wow! my first ever response from a significant other :)

Amy said...

Hallelujah!! I am immediately going to call my 75 year old friend to tell her you are still here. She was so disappointed on learning you were leaving. You see~ she just got a computer~ she just has met you~and well~she adores you. Thank you for staying and brightening her day and mine. Bless you.

Laura ~Peach~ said...

a week late several dollars shorter... i am glad you are just taking a break I do that some times... You make me smile and offer a peace that sometimes is hard to find here.
Love ya bloggy sister :)

Full of Grace said...

My heart is full and I am so thankful that you are not gone forever- Thank you for your email address- I will be writing you a lengthy email soon :)

Kathy said...

I hope you and your sister are laughing yourselves silly. I miss my sisters in Michigan.

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

Since I've been sick I haven't caught up on my favorite blogs. Good thing others made you stay!

A friend of mine e-mailed me recently to tell me she was thinking of quitting blogging. Her "real" life was very busy and she had snarky comments.

I know she has the same widget thingy on her blog I have, which shows where people live who have visited her blog... and with hers it is fully red from all parts of the world.

I have come to realize that we not only make friends through blogging but there are many who quietly read to "know they are not alone". :)

She decided to keep on blogging, glad you are, too. :)

Grandma Tillie's Bakery said...

I am looking forward to your infrequent posts so we can catch up!

farmlady said...

Glad you came to your senses. What were you thinking? No blogging!! Honestly..., what Winter does to some people. Do I have to come up there and slap, (sorry, I meant SNAP) you out of it.
SPRING IS HERE, SWEETIE