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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

One Year Under My Belt!

It's my first blogaversary.  I started this silliness one year ago today!  Time sure flies when you are having fun.  I don't think more than one person read my first post, so I think I'll re-post it in celebration of the event.  At that time I had no idea where this blog would take me, and to be honest, I still don't.  But I've enjoyed the ride, and I hope some of you have, too.  Here's my first post:

Now It Begins


So I’m retired. What now? It’s been just a little over a month and I’ve read four books, made six jigsaw puzzles, baked a cake, baked brownies (and ate the better part of both!), watched Jay Leno, visited family upstate, and occasionally taken a nap midday—all those things I didn’t have time to do when I was working .


It’s a strange sensation rising in the morning with no set schedule and no pending agenda from my manager. I feel a little out of sorts; like something is missing. I should be heading out on appointments or filing sales reports or making customer calls. The phone is strangely quiet; I check for a dial tone. Yep, it’s working, but I’m not!


There’s a rising sense of panic in the pit of my stomach. Is this what I was so anticipating? Surely, the next 20 (more or less!) years will hold more excitement than looking for that missing puzzle piece, or deciding which recipe to try?

That's how it all started, folks.  A couple of paragraphs and I had one comment, from a blogger who called himslf "The American."  If you've never been to his blog, you should visit.  He doesn't post every day, but I started following him back then, and was fascinated by his story.  To pay him a visit click on this link:  Canadian Blend

This is his description of his story: 



"Blending four Americans and six Canadians

I am an American with three boys who are 12, 14, and 16. My wife is a Canadian with five children running in age from 7 to 14.


We are currently going through the steps necessary to allow the Canadian part of the family to immigrate to the United States. Considering the two countries are on pretty good speaking terms, there’s more waiting involved than you might imagine."


I have loved reading about this ongoing process over the past year,  and I think you might enjoy reading what he has to say, as well.  I think the perfect way to celebrate my First Year Anniversary of blogging is to share the blog of the my first commenter with you.  It's a romantic story of a couple who met on facebook, and fell in love.  When you go to his blog, if you click on "about", you'll be taken back to the beginning of his saga.

Carry on!
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26 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Happy anniversary! I am glad I found you. I want to be you when I grow up.

Bucksome said...

Happy anniversary; I'm not to far behind you (mid-July).

Like Kristina, I'm glad to have found you as well. I enjoy your writing.

Your first commenter's story is so interesting; good thing it wasn't someone boring!

P.S. I want to be you in 10 years!

Brian Miller said...

CONGRATULATIONS THATS AWESOME!

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

My "retirement" came forced by Hurricane Katrina, so totally unexpected, but I have fallen into enjoying it. And the blogging definitely gives me something to do that's for sure!

Happy Blogiversary!! I'll try to pop over and check out his blog when I have a bit more time.

ethelmaepotter! said...

Happy Blogoversary! This is one of my favorite places to visit...though I don't get to often enough. Oh, when I retire...!

Coffee Slut said...

Happy Blogaversary!!!

DJan said...

Happy Blogaversary, Eva. You have certainly given me a taste for your sense of humor, your take on life has a dash of the absurd, which always makes me smile. Congratulations on making it one year, with LOTS of followers, including me!

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Happy, happy blogaversary! Your blog is one that I always look forward to reading. Many, many more.

PS -- I hope you have a large chocolate blogaversary cake!

Moooooog35 said...

Happy Blogerversary!

I got you this comment.

You're welcome.

Steven Anthony said...

happy Anniversary.......I am so glad I found your blog, one of my favs

lakeviewer said...

Only a year? Gee, you are still a newbie.
So, how is retirement after one year? It took me four years to settle in.

Meeko Fabulous said...

Happy one year anniversary Eva! :)

Homemaker Man said...

Happy Blogoversary Eva! in case you didn't know it, you're awesome.

Canadian Blend said...

Happy Anniversary... (and thank you for the plug).

Writing Without Periods! said...

Great first post to honor 1 year anniversary. You have a wonderful blogging voice.
Mary

Pretty Things said...

Congratulations!

Blackberry Cottage said...

I loved reading your first post - gives me a better picture of your year long journey! Happy Anniversary and Best Wishes for many more posts!
Susan

Eva Gallant said...

Pretty: thank you so much!

Canadian: Thank you for still dropping by for visits, a whole year later!

Steven: You, too, were an early follower. Thanks so much for staying with me!

Eva Gallant said...

Bucksome: Thank you so much. And yes, Canadian Blend is an awesome person with an amazing story.

natalee said...

Happy anniversary my dear friend.. i love you so much.... for one year you have made me laugh and smile....I'm so glad I found you .....plus you are a wonderful friend....hugs!!! you are the best!!!!

The Lucy and Dick Show said...

Happy Blogaversary Eva! I'm glad you're back is better and you've been able to start posting again. I always look forward to reading you and always get a chuckle from what you write.
Had I found blogging when I've tried retirement, (all three times so far...) I might not have gone back to work again this last time. Good for you! Did you bake another cake for your anniversary?

Tgoette said...

Happy Blogaversary Eva! Much love and appreciation for your uplifting stories, photos and jokes! Your blog is always a wonderful read and should serve as a model for other blogs because you have it figured out, lady! Here's to more years of Wrestling With Retirement! Well done!

FabuLeslie said...

Love the first post. Gives me insight into how my dad and my aunt must feel... Thanks for sharing!

Unknown Mami said...

Congratulations! You are a fantastic blogger.

Janiece said...

Congrats on your 1 year mark...
I am looking forward to following you for another year.

The Retired One said...

Happy Blogaversary Sweetie...love that I found your blog and that I have enjoyed it ever since!!! I am sure you don't still feel like that regarding retirement do you??? I LOVE it.