Six years ago, on December 20, 2007, the first Marmelade Gypsy post went live and my life changed more than a little.
Before getting all long and sappy, I want to say "thank you" for being there. Some of you have been with me the whole ride, some are more recent. Some comment, some don't. You all matter to me and I consider you my friends. Real friends.
Blogging was like stepping into a new world where I could travel to exotic and romantic places and share the travels we have taken; learn new recipes, get ideas on home decorating, discover creative art techniques, learn about books and movies and make new friends.
I would meet these friends over lunch, on vacation and at art workshops.We would share stories of our families and when we met, it would be like connecting with old friends.
I have learned from you, traded with you and have been able to share the great joys, sadness, challenges and beauty of my life with you.
This blog was named for my dear Marmelade Gypsy, my sweet orange cat-boy whose photo you have seen for so many years at the top of these posts and in the sidebar. You walked with me through my grief when we said goodbye to Gypsy and the support and love you sent was overwhelming.
One of the things I realized when I started this post is that I haven't updated my blog sidebar for a very long time. So, my new year's plan is a new look -- beginning with the blog roll, so perhaps you will discover some of the wonderful bloggers I have.
Sometimes there are a thousand ideas running through my head to blog on; sometimes I feel at a loss. But then I just start writing or looking at my photos and the cloud lifts. I wish I could pull everything out of the hat so easily! Thanks for being along for the ride.