Tuesday, March 24, 2015


I was informed the other night (very gently, mind you) that my blog has gotten somewhat boring lately. :) I readily agreed. I'm kind of bored with it, and I guess it shows. I sorta feel like it's become "same ol' same ol'" in some respects. I mean, how many times can you go through the same events, year after year, and keep them interesting?

Writing blog posts takes time... time I'd rather spend sewing. So do I give up blogging to have more time for other things? Maybe. But not yet. I still have to think about it.

Maybe it's just the time of year. This right now is about the most dreary time of year ever. The snow has all melted but it's left everything just a blah tan/brown. Not much new life out there yet.

BUT... it's coming! On the way back from shooting yesterday's squirrel, I noticed these pretty leaf buds on the maple trees. They're so tiny... yet so colorful! Just look and see what I mean:

I especially like this next one. Have you ever looked closely enough to notice all those teensy spears?

Against a blue sky, they look especially lovely.

Just so you know, my tulips are making good progress, too. The color's coming.

So who knows what will happen with the ol' blog. Maybe there'll be new life here, too, eventually. Or maybe not. Any input or suggestions for possible future posts would be appreciated. Or feel free to tell me to give it up 'cause it ain't worth the time to look at anymore. ;)


annie dee said...

I'm not bored. I don't mind the infrequent frequency. I couldn't stand not hearing about your "boring" life and seeing your "boring" photography. And the kittens!! Thank you for what you have done and, I hope, continue to do. Re-group. Be positive. Take a break if you need. But please don't stop entirely.

Grandma G said...

Thanks, Annie Dee, my ever-faithful follower! I so appreciate your kind words! Don't worry... if I quit blogging, I'd still keep you updated via email. :)

Geneviève Thiffault said...

It is your blog, your personal hobby and more importantly, your time. You have to take the decision that will make you feel better.

BUT, I really hope you will keep posting! I do not personaly know you, but your blog always feels like if was visiting a friend. I love watching nature and animals in my personal life and I like stitching, so what you post is not boring at all to me!

I don't mind if the posts are more scarce, I really enjoy reading them anyway. I like seeing your sewing projects, Courtney's projects and the cats (can cats pictures can ever be boring? impossible!). If you ever feel like sharing ideas for a beginner sewer or tips and tricks your learned along the way, that could be very interesting!

By the way, I can't wait to see some leafs on the trees around here too. It is my first spring in this house and there is a magnolia in the front yard. The flower buds (or leaf? I don't even know?!) are there since last fall! I clearly am no botanist haha

Grandma G said...

Thank you, Genevieve! It's good to hear that there are a couple of people who care, anyway. ;) I was hoping for a little more response, but maybe it doesn't matter to others whether I post or not, and so I feel more inclined to quit. I guess bloggers are the only ones who realize how much comments mean to bloggers. But I also realize that not everyone has the time to leave a comment, and comments on most blogs are fewer and farther between these days. Kinda sad, really.

Thanks also for the sewing tips idea. I'll consider that.

I agree... cat pics can never be boring. I've taken many more than I've posted, but I don't want to overload non-cat-lovers. ;)

Mrs. Ries said...

Alright, you've dragged me out of the shadows to leave a comment. Once upon a time I ran across How About Orange, and I read it every day. I often read the comments and was always amused by the back and forth between you and Jessica. I found your blog from hers (probably one of those pattern reviews that you did and she linked to) and started reading your's everyday as well. It was very sad to see How About Orange end, but I've still been stopping by here every day to see what you've been up to. I especially love to see what you've been sewing.
You are the reason I now own two of Erin Erikson's patterns (even though I haven't had a chance to do anything with them- maybe spring break or summer vacation. I teach high school math) and the reason I started visiting Ikatbag on a regular basis as well. In fact, I was just wondering which creature(s) you will make when testing the Menagerie pattern.
Although I have never left a comment (and I don't really have a good reason why), I do enjoy reading about whatever you have posted for the day. your granddaughter and my youngest son are close in age and it makes me smile to see the projects she makes (especially the ones she designs herself!).
It would be sad to see you go if you choose not to keep up with your blog, but I also understand that time is limited and we should always try to use our time in ways with the most benefit. When you no longer feel that you benefit from the blog, it is rightfully time to let it go.
No matter what you choose to do, thank you for what you have shared thus far. I have thoroughly enjoyed it!


Berrie said...

Same as Mrs Ries, I used to read How about Orange everyday and was really sad to see it go (though I follow Jess on Instagram now for my dose of origami, cute ribbons, macro shots and more)
I particularly liked the comment section and always enjoy your posts, I understand it is time consuming and don't always leave comments but would miss your blog if you decided to quit...

Sarah Keeling said...

My phone makes it hard work to post comments, so I don't even bother trying most of the time. I use Feedly to read blogs. I have a lot that I follow and when I work shifts I can have a backlog of up to about 4 days. I've only just seen this post.

Do what you need to do. But I like your blog, enough to "follow" when I already have looooads to read. I'm not even a cat person but I have enjoyed your posts over the last few months.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I've been trying to comment and every time I start I have been interrupted. So now I'm not stopping till I hit send. :) Like some of the other comments, I truly believe you should do what you need and want to do.

However,I do want you to know that I look forward to checking your blog. I love seeing your posts and your photos as they make me feel more connected to my old home and people I care about. Not to mention, your nature photos are simply beautiful and who doesn't want to see natures beauty?

Spring has sprung and perhaps with it, new inspiration. Enjoy it doing what makes you feel happy.


Anonymous said...

If it pleases you, it pleases me to see everything you post! It's my connection to rural Minnesota. I'm a farm girl at heart so it always makes me happy after a day in the city to see the sights of the country. I also like seeing your completed sewing projects. Hopefully I'll make a bag someday soon!


Grandma G said...

Thank you, ladies! I appreciate your encouragement. Special thanks to those who've made the effort for these first-time comments. It's nice to know you're out there viewing the blog... and that maybe you'd even miss it if it were gone. :)

Jenny... just for the record, math was my favorite subject. :) And I'm wondering, too, which Menagerie creature to make first! So many choices... and then the fabric choices - yikes! LOL

Gwen and Audrey... guess who said the blog was getting boring?! ;) No names here, please.

Anonymous said...

As is often the case, I agree with my sisters on this issue. I look at your blog every week and it makes me feel closer to home.
If it makes you happy, continue! It sure makes me happy to see your photos.


Grandma G said...

Thanks, Kristin! :)

Blue said...

My vote is that you keep posting, at whatever rate is good for you! I grew up in Eastern Colorado and Western Kansas, but I live in Denver now and I miss seeing things like barn cats and fields full of crops, so I like to see your pictures.
I also like the sewing features. I still plan to start sewing non-necessities and all because of you! (Like most everyone else, I started at How About Orange and migrated when Jessica quit blogging.) Thank you. :)

Grandma G said...

Thanks for your input, Blue! Glad to have you here. Have fun with your sewing!