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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.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016


Yes, I caught Blogitis... On April 14, I wrote this post and it has sat in draft until now....
This will be my last post and Of Petals and Wool will be no more. I seemed to have stalled as you must have noticed and I noticed other bloggers are posting less and less also,  I have lots to share but I don't feel like it when it comes time to post... so I think that I'm just too tired to continue blogging. I'm phasing out of some social media and I know everyone will do just fine without me. There's so many other things I want to try my hand at.

It's been a learning experience, interesting and wonderful but it's time to move on and I'm really thankful for your support and friendship.... I've been thinking about this for a quite a while and I finally made up my mine. I spend a lot of time visiting other blogs and emails everyday and just find it too time consuming. Life should not be spent in front of a computer as there's more to life but somehow it's easy to get sucked into this trap. I remember time before Facebook and how free I felt not going on Facebook anymore and now it's time to let go of  Blogger.  I didn't subscribed to Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter and I'm glad I didn't. Those hours all adds up day after days, year after year.
I've been raking the yard and tidying up. The gardens are waking up and are calling me. There are so many of them. The house needs cleaning, painting and my oven, oh my goodness, it really needs cleaning lol. Before Blogger, my oven usually was cleaned regularly before it got disgusting and the fridge too, lol... ... I have rugs to hook and meals to cook,  books to read and wine to brew...
I'm relearning handwriting analysis and find it fascinating. I started to learned it in the 80ies but business got in the way and I put it aside and forgot part of it.

So THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH for all your comments and encouragement through the years.
I wish you health, peace, contentment and success in all that you do.


  1. I will miss you so much. I know it is a very hard thing to come to terms with but I understand. We can just be email buddies, right?
    You I think are more to me than just someone I met though a blog. I know how very busy you are. Having a blog makes it seem like that voice is chattering all of the time when you don't do a post.
    I wish you all of the best. I am so thankful I was given this gift of having you in my life.
    Blessings in all that you do Julia. xxoo

  2. Oh no. Please say you will keep in touch.
    I do understand. You live such a busy life. I will miss your posts.
    Thank you for sharing your life with us. Hugs my sweet friend.

  3. Oh, Julia. This breaks my heart, but I understand. I do not like Facebook. I never got into Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. I prefer to read and write, but also have other most pertinent things, too. So, I hear you!
    Please keep in touch. You are very dear to me, HUGS!

  4. I wish you nothing but the best with your new adventures. Enjoy each and every moment.

  5. Will miss you but guess you'll get so much more accomplished in a day now. All those minutes add up to hours. Wishing you well and a hot cooked meal.

  6. I'll miss you but I certainly do understand. You're a very special lady, and I hope you enjoy all your new-found "free" time. Blessings to you!

  7. I will miss your posts but can understand your reasons. I post somewhat infrequently and teeter on closing completely but something keeps me here, it's a sort of diary I suppose. Good luck and blessing in all you do. the handwriting sounds very interesting (I would be very afraid to write to you though!!!) Betty x

  8. Oh Julia, I'm so sad that you will not be posting and I will truly miss you. You have been a wonderful blog friend and I hope that you will enjoy the time that it will give you. I think I must have your email address through replying to a comment or two so I hope this isn't totally goodbye. your reasons but I'm sad nonetheless. And who will be my mind-equivalent in What is it? I might have to email you them!!!

  9. I will truly miss you. I understand. It is hard to have so much time spent on social media.

    I have loved your sharing pictures of you calves and other livestock. I have loved you yard and hooking projects.
    I have loved your sweetness.

    Love you.

  10. Oh no, JB! Don't close your blog or delete it. I know you've printed it but just let it stay in the big cloud and every now and then you'll get a comment or two. There's no harm in that. I have loved getting to know you. You are such a good egg. I completely understand the time use dilemma. We want to love our lives, love our people and most of all allow the things we do to reflect our vision. I will miss your posts.

  11. So sadden to not be a part of your life anymore. I have truly loved reading your blog and spending at least a little time with you and your family. I haven't posted since Feb on my blog because we have been going thru some very hard times but I miss posting and being upbeat about life and what I am making. I'll be back there soon and will surely miss you! Blessings to you!

  12. I understand what you are saying, Julia, but I hope you will check email now and then! You never do know what might come your way.:-) I have had similar thoughts myself. I send you special hugs and blessings to all! xo Nellie

  13. sniff....sniff....I'm so sad! I've always enjoyed reading your blog posts and have learned a lot from you. That being said, I totally understand where you're coming from. Hope you'll leave your blog up so we can go back and see your older entries on occasion? Best wishes, my blog friend!!!!

  14. Dearest Julia,
    I am truly saddened by your news as I have loved getting to know you and reading your blog!! You are such a kind and amazing woman and I you will be missed! I know life can get sooooo busy and you already do so much, so making time for those special people and projects is certainly so important!
    I also hope you just leave your blog open, just in case you get the urge to share something!! We will still be here and listening!!!
    Take care my sweet friend, and God's very best to you!
    Warmest Hugs~

  15. oh, sweet lady, i completely understand. i've been considering it, too. to be honest, good fences is the only thing keeping me from taking an extended break. i will miss your warmth, though. i wish you many hours doing more productive, more 'living' things than sitting in front of a computer. :)

  16. Julia, I've been having some of the same thoughts lately. For me, blogging has become difficult because I feel as though I've said it all before, shown all the places of local interest and there isn't really anything new to tell.

    I will miss you!!! But...we have each other's email addresses and we can keep in touch from time to time if the spirit moves us.

    Life is too short to spend it sitting at a computer. Let's go LIVE it, Lady! Enjoy your family, enjoy your garden, enjoy your handcrafts.
    Bless you!

  17. are my hero. Your joyful words and many, many accomplishments are inspiring. Your beautiful family...your gardens...your rugs...your cows...thanks for sharing your world. I am at the same place with blogging. Too many things to do and only so many hours in the day in which to do them.
    Thank you for all the lovely comments you have left on MW over the years. I can't tell you how much your kind words have meant to me.
    Take care of yourself.
    Annie and I send you the biggest of hugs, my friend.

  18. Julia,
    I understand but I will miss you!!! We will all miss you. You are the hardest worker I know and I hope with the time you spend away from the computer you will more have to enjoy the things that are important to you. Your family, your gardens, your hooking, etc.
    Sending big hugs :)

  19. OH Julia how I will miss you! But I do understand I was without a computer for about a month and was using my phone and because it was hard to use I wasn't on it much. I read books cleaned closets and raked gardens.
    I wish you lots of fun and peace, I will think of your farm always.

  20. I totally get it. It makes me sad a little though. You still have email so please keep in touch from time to time. I've so enjoyed getting to know you better and I'd hate to lose that connection

  21. I understand but just know, you'll be missed! Take Care Julia and thanks for being such a great blogger friend!

  22. Hi, Julia. I haven't commented very often, but have enjoyed following your blog for years! I hear what you are saying about so much to do. That is especially true of you. I have never heard of a busier lady! I do hope you leave your blog up; it is a guaranteed source of inspirational n and cheerfulness. Thank you for the time and effort you put into sharing! You have earned the best, in my book!

  23. I will miss you to Julia!! Even tho i dont sit and read as much as i use too. Like you said so much life out there! Enjoy Julia!!

  24. I Love you sister. Go live life like there is no tomorrow.Smell the roses for me.Hoping to visit sometime this year.Who knows it might be a possibility.
    May God bless you more and more each day.HUGS

  25. I go through phases where I ask myself why, but then I keep writing. I totally understand because I don't rear fellow bloggers as much as I should but the time I do spend is considerable.
    I value our comments/conversations. Take care in your new life.

  26. Julia Oh my goodness! I completely understand your decision as life has to be lived the way WE choose and not the cyber world as marvelous as it is!! Wishing you much happiness and contentment as you carry on with your beautiful family and farm life! THANK YOU so very much for blogging these many years and sharing your knowledge and caring words with everyone! I am going to miss you dear friend!
    Blessings Always and Hugs!!
    Cathy G

  27. I'm sorry to hear this...but I totally get it! I have enjoyed "getting to know you" through your blog, fellow dairy farmer!! You will be very busy with family, farming, yardening, rug hooking, etc I'm sure. Thanks for all the sharing you've done through your blog and through comments and emails. Wishing you the best!

  28. Sweet Julia I am going to really miss you as I have very much enjoyed your blog and seeing all of your wonderful pictures. You are a very busy lady and I totally understand. I can't keep up with my 2 blogs and I am not nearly as busy as you are.

    Spring and summer are busy times for a lot of us and I have noticed over the years of blogging that there are not as many posting as often as at other times of the year. I have finally learned not to feel guilty if I don't post often or make it around to visit my friends blogs as often as I would like to. Blogging should be for enjoyment and not something we feel like we just have to do. There are times in our lives when we just don't have the time to post and visit blogs.

    Knowing you I know that you will never not be busy doing something and whatever you choose to do going forward I wish you the very best dear Julia. There is a lot of life to live and enjoy away from a computer.

    If you should ever decide to blog again I hope I will still be around and I find your blog or you find me. Love, hugs and blessings to you sweet friend. Maggie

  29. Hi Julia! Sorry to hear of your decision, but I can totally and completely understand your decision. Blogging takes quite a bit of time and (I don't post as much as I used to either) time can be best spent living in the present! :-) We will miss your posts with your family and stuff about the house and farm... Happy Living to You!!! :-)

  30. Julia, I'm sorry to hear that you won't be blogging any more but I totally understand. As you know, I don't blog much either. I always have things I want to put on my blog but never seem to have the time as Oren as I'd like. I will miss you. God bless you and your family. I wish you the best!


  31. Sweet Julia-- you will be missed but I totally understand. Sometimes I feel the same. I just don't have the time to post often- I do well to post twice a month and lately it's only been once.

    Let me tell you what I do love--- Instagram!! There is no learning curve- yiu just post your photos. No obligations. Just post photos and forget it. And- the super easy editing within the app makes your photos gorgeous. But you don't even have to edit them if you don't want to.

    You always share such lovely photos of your farm and your creations. Maybe later you will give IG a trial. I'd love to keep up with you there...

  32. I will miss you so much. Please stop by every now and then. Blogging is not just about writing posts, it's about making friends and I feel you have been one for me during this past difficult year. Take care.

  33. Hi Julia:)
    As been said by so many of your visitors, I get it too. I took off an entire year for numerous reasons and to be perfectly honest, aside from missing my blogging friends, I got so many things done and didn't feel guilty when I just sat and read a book or watched a tv show.

    I wish you a world of happiness Julia. I've often wondered how you've been able to keep up with everything on the home front and still post to you amazing blog.

    I hope you do keep your blog up though Julia. I know you have printed all your posts but you just never know when you may want to do a spur of the moment post.

    Whatever you decide, we are with you and wish you lots of new experiences. Handwriting analysis sounds soooo intriguing. Too bad people don't write as often as they use to:)

    Thank you dear Julia for all your encouraging words. You truly will be missed...

  34. Hi Julia,
    I understand your decision. I will miss you. I have enjoyed getting to know you and the friendship we made.

  35. I will miss you Julia! You can see I'm not posting as much and have also thought of retiring it. I use it as a journal but I'm finding it a bit repetitive on my part. I need a more interesting life I guess! Good luck in your future endeavors. You are such a hard working, amazing lady...take care!

  36. Oh no!! Well, I hope you will miss blogging and come back! Either way, you will be missed!

  37. Oh no!! Well, I hope you will miss blogging and come back! Either way, you will be missed!

  38. Oh Julia:/
    I will miss you so.
    Love and bests and prayers and all the good juju I can muster sent to your lovely place on the planet. You've been a dear friend:)
    I love and appreciate you and all of your encouragement.
    Much much joy and satisfaction to you, dearheart.
    You are a priceless one:)

  39. Oh Julia, You have a busy life but oh how I enjoyed hearing about it. When things were hard for my daughter reading about your life was so interesting to hear about. I treasured your words. Julia some people come into our lives for just awhile but you inspired me with your words and life experiences. Stayhealthy dear friend... Hugs cheri

  40. Everyone has expressed my feeling for your blog Julia. I always enjoyed your heartfelt, honest comments. Thank you for being a friend of cyber space & of my new province, you have kept me informed & inspired.
    They say you become the company you keep & I'm so glad to have known you for the time that was given.
    I'm not on Facebook for just the reason you've expressed. I've used my blog as a journal, it's so much easier than writing in my book & going to Black's photography & getting my photos to tape in-used as a visual recording of what was handmade by me.
    Wishing you my dearest blogging friend, health & happiness as you take a long drink of the real world.
    You have & will make a difference with everyone you come in contact with.
    I too did hand writing analyst, it was helpful in hiring employees. I did not like what it said about me via the 'e''s being closed. So I took up calligraphy & wrote that way for years. Now I print, like so many others. Interesting though, how you can change habits by changing your handwriting!
    Wishing you only the very best Julia.
    Have a wonderful summer as you 'Stop to smell the roses.'
    I'll always be thinking of you when I see something that reminds me of you, a dairy cow, Marilyn Monroe, rug hooking & so much more but every time, it will make me smile. You are a bright star, don't burn out!
    Tight hugs,

  41. This makes me sad and emotional BUT I am happy for you if this is what will bring you more time to focus on what you want to focus on. Please know that I am so thankful to have met you on here and your comments always filled me with joy due to their depth. You will be incredibly missed :)

  42. =( Okay. If you have to go... I can't tell you how sad that makes me, but you need to do what's best for you and your family. Be awesome and don't forget the cheese, eh?

  43. Hi Julia, drop by to wish you all the best and enjoy your life, gardening and family.

    It's true, blogging and blog visit take up a lot of time. Me too neglected all my hobbies, gardening and cleaning the kitchen.LOL

    God Blessed and take care.