Yesterday marked five years since I began to blog, and I couldn't connect to the internet to say so. No matter, as I sadly lost the camera last week in Florida, and gladly enjoyed dinner and some gallery crawling with my girls and another mom plus two last night. Almost bought a new painting, but held off for now, what with needing to replace the camera and waiting to hear from the accountant regarding my taxes.
Typepad says this is my 537th post. Averaged out, that would put me at one every three days or so, but since I became mom to two, I'm lucky to post every three weeks. Production has decreased as well, although there's a lot more quilting going on, as I'm sure you've noticed. And I'm OK with that. More interesting to me is how I've weathered five major life changes in this period ~ my father's death, a move, a job change, my mother's death, and the adoption of my second child ~ and shared them with you here. I have received kind words and encouragement in return, and not just from the couple dozen listed to the right whom I've met face to face. (That list excludes both the others encountered all too briefly at MS&W [four more weeks!] and those I correspond with but have yet to meet.)
I started this as a stitching blog and have only rarely strayed from the topic at hand ~ which I sometimes regret, as many of the online musings I've most enjoyed have little connection to fiber. I think partly I harbored some privacy concerns, while another side feared no one would care. Writing is also what I do for a living, so maybe I didn't need another outlet. When people who know me from my grad school days ask if I am still writing poems, I explain that my current role as solo parent to two youngsters leaves me with insufficient mental energy to ply that craft, but the creative energy remains and is channeled into making things with needles, yarn and fabric.
While I may not be living the life of my dreams, I love my life. Does anyone recall a sidebar listing this blog used to have, titled "Stitching Their Dreams into Reality"? I mention this now because one of those friends, Duncan Brantley, is having a moment in the spotlight on his path to his dream. (The only reason I removed that listing is that some folks didn't update their websites, and one went in a new direction, to grad school at RISD.) His film, Leatherheads, opened yesterday. Granted, the reviews are mixed, but George Clooney's its director and star! I haven't seen it yet, but I will. I think the only damper on Duncan's day is his Tar Heels performance right now against Kansas. Gotta go watch the game ~