Little ol’ me has 400 followers?! Yowza! Ok, granted, 50% of those are probably “spam” followers (ie not really “real” people) or people who have followed my blog in order to spread the word about their own, but hey, I will take what I can get.
I realise, in the scheme of things, 400 followers is not a big deal – not when other blogs have bazillions of followers – but it’s a big deal to me. Thank you all for taking the time to read, follow and comment – bless your little cotton socks 🙂
So, time to go all nostalgic and think back to some earlier posts. I think that’s what people do when they reach a blogging milestone, right? I started this blog in 2012, so lots has happened and I’ve done STUFF and experienced things (I suppose) that may be worth a re-look. Or not. Maybe I will look back and think “Geez! My life is boring! What have I been doing with my time???” Actually, I know that’s what I will do. But let us ignore that fact and carry on regardless. Onwards and upwards (or, in this case, backwards).
I wrote about my darling little guinea pig, Roderick, in several posts. He was such a light in my life and I was devastated when I lost him at the end of 2012, so much so that I nearly considered getting professional help in dealing with my grief.
I wrote a few posts listing random things about myself. Whilst you could argue that my blog is pretty random at the best of times, these posts (HERE, HERE and HERE) were specifically designed to outline weird things about me. Because there is nothing like sharing your innermost thoughts, issues and quirks with hundreds of strangers.
My bout with meningitis came up. A LOT. The subject rears its ugly head every now and then because it was such a life-changing and life-threatening event for me. It’s going to be with me always, not just because of the enduring health issues it caused, but because it made me look at life, and myself, differently. So, apologies in advance for it continuing to be a part of this blog, from time to time.
I made jewellery and cards and stuff! You know me, I tend to flit from one thing to another…cards one week, earrings the next. Baking (my favourite Cherry Ripe Brownies HERE), sewing and doodling. I like to think I am a Renaissance Soul rather than someone who just can’t make up their mind…
I was part of a design team at a local scrapbooking store for a little while and it really got me thinking outside the box, and enabled me to step away from my comfort zone in regards to colour and different styles of card-making. But I was kinda glad when it was over – I actually HATED having to use what someone else dictated. Bright pink florals? No thank you. Glittery ribbon and ugly embellishments? I think I will pass, if it’s all the same to you. It was kinda hard every month making designs with supplies I actually didn’t care for, a lot of the time. But a good and worthy experience, nevertheless.
I got my nose and ears pierced (HERE) and am so glad I did. I feel like me again – the meningitis took a lot away from me, so having my piercings re-done was a way of reclaiming some of that. Plus it was good to just be brave for once.
I underwent a breast reduction. BEST THING I EVER DID. Without question. There’s nothing else to say on that topic, other than I wish I had had the surgery YEARS ago. I did write a poem though 🙂
I wrote about my marriage breaking down and boy, did I write some boo-hooing posts. Apologies for those too. But it was tough and heartbreaking and honestly nearly broke me, more than my family and friends will ever know. But I got over it and moved on and can honestly say I am better off now. I bumped in to the ex-hubby a while ago which was awkward, but also very freeing and gave me some closure and perspective. One of those moments in life where you just kinda go “Oh. I’m actually ok.”
I talked about getting older and about my family. I went to lots of craft shows and did a lot of op-shopping . Ok, quite a bit of op-shopping.
Mostly, I just stumbled about through life. Which I guess is what most people do, when all is said and done. And I shall most likely continue to stumble, and screw up and make some stuff and bemoan my disorganisation and messiness. Because that’s just me. I hope you will stick with me through a lot more stumbling and mess, and maybe, just maybe, one of these days I will figure everything out.
Thank you for popping in – I appreciate you all x