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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of three. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and will have been married for 57 years this February.

Sunday, March 6, 2016


I finally finished printing all my blog posts from 2010 to 2015 with comments. It took a lot of ink and a lot of time but at least it's done. I have a small section that are missing the comments as I had no way to retrieve the comments as they were erased purposely from my emails a long time ago. Had I known I could have used them as link to print my deleted blog posts, I would not have erased them of course, but it is what it is... I haven't calculated how much I spent on ink and paper and I really don't care.

I've reprinted those posts that I first printed without comments as I feel that the comments were so important to me. The joy I felt at reading all those comments through the years from my friends in good times and in bad and appreciating all the support they have given me, made it an easy decision for me to print the comments. It has convinced me that I should keep on blogging.

The comments that we receive from friends are really the catalyst that keeps us blogging and it's a sharing that goes beyond borders and continents, religion and race. My blogger friends are a diverse group of individuals  with a diversity of interest who are most generous with their positive and encouraging comments and they are also loyal and helpful.

When I first started blogging, I posted every day. I would comment back and forth with my followers who commented but as my followers increased it became almost impossible to comment back as I didn't had enough time.

I gained a tiny bit more experience with printing my own blog. It would have been nice having them in book form but I think they would have been very pricy with comments. I know 25 binders is a lot but they are printed on one side of the page only. I really enjoyed reading a lot of comments from my dear friend Kim of Millie's Mat who was one of my earlier followers shortly after I started blogging. We were both commenting with a lot of humour even way back then and we still do.

I post less often now because of lack of spare time but I hope I'll be able to keep it up.

On a sadder note, I just got back from my niece Lise's funeral in Bathurst and I was gone for three days. I went by bus because of the storm and it took double the time to travel by bus  than when I go by car. To save money, they go the long route instead of doing two separate trips.

 Lise was only 34 and died after a lengthy illness. She was always positive and looked on the brighter side of things. She was given a year and a half to live but she only lived for one short year after diagnosis. It was a bitter sweet event as I hadn't seen my family since my mom passed away in 2009. Thank you to all of you who emailed me with your condolences. I'm sorry I never had a chance to post to let you know I would be away from the computer before I left. It was pretty hectic for me to get ready and as soon as I got the word of when the funeral would be.  You wouldn't believe how much snow there was in Bathurst after the storm. Some places got freezing rain and the north of the province got snow and wind.

Thanks for your visit. I so appreciate your comments.


  1. i'm sorry for the loss of your niece. she was young, indeed.

    i miss my old days of blogging when i had more time for posting, visiting, commenting. it is hard to keep up, even with one post a week.

  2. Oh Julia, I'm so sorry to here about the loss of your young niece. I can't imagine what it must have been like to be on that bus for so long knowing your destination. You are amazing!

    Speaking of amazing, just look at those binders! You are most certainly a devoted blogger:) I'm not sure I would have had the energy nor patience to do the same. Kudos to you! What treasures you now have:)

    Thanks for sharing, Julia...

  3. I'm so sorry to hear about the funeral. Such a loss, she was my age which is a scary thought. I hope that the funeral was a fitting tribute to her though!
    You should be proud of your dedication to blogging. I love looking back at comments, you are right, they are such an encouragement! You always leave very thoughtful comments so I am glad to hear you receive them back! It is always so nice to look back on memories too!! I must go back and read your blog archive at some point.
    Hope all us ok elsewhere in your life!xxx

  4. How sad that someone so young is gone. Please accept my condolences and prayers.

    Julia, I've hoped for several years to have my blog made into a book. After checking several websites that offer this service, I decided I could not afford it.
    So thanks to you, I started to print it on my own. It probably will cost a small fortune but done over time I think it will be well worth it.
    The pictures will at least be with the proper part of the text.
    So far I've finished the first half of the first year. Lots more to go.

    Thank you so much for the inspiration to tackle this big project.

    Your notebooks look great. There are a lot of them, but think how nice it will be to go back through them and remember.

  5. Your blog is a joy to read! And so very worth the effort to print out and keep! Who knows how long all this info will remain "on the internet".... and now you have your memories safely stored in your home! :-)
    I'm very sorry for your loss... 34 is too soon for a life to end. Hugs!

  6. I make backups of my posts from time to time but I'm guessing it doesn't capture the comments. I still have all the ones that came to my email.
    I need to test that just to make sure.
    Sorry to hear about your niece.

  7. It was a pleasure to see you even though it was for a very short time .Too bad it had to be in these circumstances.
    We will try and go visit this summer,if I can get some time off from work.

  8. It was nice that you got to see your family but am so sorry for the situation which caused it. That is way too early to be taken.

    Glad to hear you will continue blogging ~ it has given me friends who I enjoy but have never met.

  9. I am so thrilled that you accomplished that. I imagine it is very interesting to go back to the beginning and read all of the comments from back then. I am glad that we met like we did. I can always count on you and your sweet wisdom and the kick in the seat of the pants when I need it. :) That is what good friends are for. I think that is why I love blogging, meeting people in this life I wouldn't have ever met in this life. I am so sorry for your niece Julia. She is the same age as Kessie, and it really got to me when you said what you were going to be doing. I am glad you got to be with your family. I bet you were tired when you got home from the bus ride.
    Have a lovely Monday,

  10. So sorry for your loss..much too young. Hugs to you. I've enjoyed your blog and I'm amazed at how wonderful the folks here in blog land are. Congrats on finishing your books. That's a lot of work but it's so fun to go back and read the posts. Good job!

  11. What a brilliant idea! I wouldn't mind doing something similar in the future!

  12. What a brilliant idea! I wouldn't mind doing something similar in the future!

  13. So sorry to hear about your niece - always such a sad thing...... You've accomplished a great thing by printing off your blog posts - wish I was ambitious to do the same thing...... Love your blog

  14. Hello,
    I was planning to e mail you today to check on you. Then I saw a post from you. :-)
    I am happy you printed your blog posts. You have given me inspiration to print mine. :-)
    I am praying for your family as you say good bye to Lise.
    Sending prayers,

  15. I'm so sorry about your niece, that is so young. A masssive job, printing all your posts and comments.

  16. Its just looks like a library!! very nice... keep writing..
    I'm so sorry about your niece.. she is too young to die..

  17. I'm so sorry for your loss, JB.
    Your blog post line up looks great! What a lot of good thinking and remembering.
    Take care, friend.

  18. Oh, sweet Julia I am so sorry about the loss of your dear niece. Great job on printing out and putting into binders your blog posts. They look very nice. Hugs sweet friend.

  19. Please accept my sympathy at the passing of your niece. It is always difficult at times like these, particularly with one as young as Lise. I say you did a very fine job with your blog posts!! Yes, do it your way, and it will turn out best! - xo Nellie

  20. Oh i am really sorry for your loss dear ,i can relate to your pain as i lost my both parents within one year recently ,it is hard to bear loosing someone so close to heart.May god bless you and her family with strength and courage to bear this pain

  21. I am so sorry for your loss, and for the sad reunion of family. My heart goes out to you and yours, my friend. Hugs.
    I need to do that with my blog, or something. I have fears of losing it all. XO

  22. You never cease to amaze me, Julia! What a task! I'm lucky if I get around to posting a few words these days, never mind printing them all out! Sarah

  23. I hit Publish before letting you know I am so sorry for your loss. It's good that you got to spend some time with your family. I hope spring is on its way to you. Sarah

  24. Julia I am so sorry about your loss of your niece. Too young and her poor parents. Going by bus must have been an ordeal. Life is so challenging I will keep your family in my prayers. Hugs cheri