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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Anne's Belated Blog Birthday!

The actual 2nd birthday of my blog was on June 22nd and as The Hubby was going through a bad patch, I was not in a celebratory mood. So today I've chosen to celebrate my blogs second birthday on a weekend when few people will be around, so as not to be much of a bother.


I have a rich fantasy life.

I debated on whether or not to even do a little celebration as it is so far past the actual date. But then I realized that it is unlikely that I will be around to mark a third anniversary and the decision was made to "do  a little something even if it's just for myself."

And as this is a Sunday and only 5 or 6 people will see this and there will be no notice of it, I can say that I will be leaving blogger eventually. This could happen by years end, or most likely early next year.  

There is nothing further that can be done to improve The Hubby's life. We are at the end of that road and therefor have no reason to remain here.  Financially there are some things that have to be worked out and when that happens, we will begin preparations for a move.  

But as there is still time yet, I want to continue to paint and have some fun here on blogger and to say Thank You to everyone who has visited my blog and made this a good experience for me over the last two years.



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  1. Have a happy belated blogoversary or whatever you want to call it. I'm sorry it's reached that point with your husband. You have nothing holding you back now at least. I hope the move goes well and doesn't take too long to put together. Even if it means you leaving here it would mean the both of you would be happier.

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    1. The Hubby was ready for them to say there's nothing more to do. He's so very tired of doctors, of surgeries and of pain. He can now focus on the things he can do and not waste time hoping for something that can't be.

      The move will be very good for all of us and is a very positive thing.

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  2. Happy Birthday to your blog Anne .
    Slainte!

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  3. Hmmm, first i wanted to goncrat you on your blog 2nth year, but reading the lines makes me a bit sad...
    Sorry my English isn't so good, but I loved your work and hope to see more.
    Of course i understand why you want to stop blogging, a shame for us, but it's your choice...
    So in this case, a big hug and thanks form my side!
    Keep strong my dear!

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    1. It will be some time yet. We've still got to get the finances straight and then there's getting this house ready to sell. Moving in the Winter would be hard so it will most likely be next year.

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    2. I agree, moving in the winter is hard. I am sorry things aren't well for your hubby. Thinking of you guys. Hugs.

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  4. Happy blogbirthday, you've created something very cool in a short amount of time. For the other, I hope you both can find & settle into something that helps, works & brings you happiness.

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    1. Thank you Ferret!

      There's no way we can stay in this place or this house. We'll need something that will be completely wheelchair accessible for the Hubby. One floor, open floor plan and with everything built at his level. I won't have him stuck confined to one room for the rest of his life.

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  5. You are an inspiration to us all Anne, whatever lies in front of you and the hubby will be met with courage, comparison and I'm sure some humour. God bless you both.

    Happy Birthday to the blog too!

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    1. I couldn´t have put it better.

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    2. We're ready for this and now that there will be no more surgeries we can get on with things. It will certainly take humour making this move as there is so very much to work out.

      Thank you Paul!

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    3. I wish I could help with the move.
      One Thing...please don´t give up Blogging, not entirely..I for one would miss your take on things.

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    4. It will be months before I leave and I'll see what I can do to fit a bit of blogging in once we get settled in a new place. I'm definitely not deleting the blog!

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  6. Happy (belated) blogday Anne :)

    I'm sorry to hear that things have got to that point for your hubby, but hope that you will keep up the blog anyway if only as a means of staying insane like us.

    Best wishes for both of you going forward.

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    1. He's so glad that part of things is over and he's been waiting for the doctors to stop trying. As soon as the finances are worked out, I'll drop everything and get us out of here as quickly as is humanly possible.

      After we get settled, and I have time, I may come back. One never knows!

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  7. Belated blog anniversary, Anne.
    Very sorry the struggles in your life will cause such changes. Prayers for you and your husband.
    When the time comes, you will be missed.

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    1. The move is a good thing as it will actually reduce the struggles somewhat. The town we are living in is a wretched place and leaving the memories of what has happened here behind is a positive thing.

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  8. Happy Bloggy thing

    I feel sad about your plans to leave, mostly for you and The Hubby, I hope however things work out you get the best out of whatever is in store for you and Hubby.

    Just don't go the whole hog and delete your blog, you never know if you will want to come back sometime.

    Also don't quit the painting, your very good and you get so much pleasure from it. If it comes down to cost I am sure you can cover the cost with selling on your work but if this does not work for you then talk to some of us I am sure we can keep your habit fed ;-)
    Ian

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    1. Things are going to be hideously tight for a little while yet, but I've enough lead on hand for a few months yet. But when the financial bit works out, money won't be a problem, only time will interfere. I can't imagine my life without painting. It has become part of who I am.

      I probably won't take my painted figures with me. I may sell some, but the rest I'll get rid of in a massive Give Away before I move!

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    2. I think you should take them with you,I always feel a bit of a wrench when I hand over figures I like. I think it's good when I do, when I hand them over with no ill feeling then I have not enjoyed painting them or did not do a good enough job.

      Ian

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    3. I agree with Ian - please don't delete this blog. If you should come back, we'll all be here. Meanwhile, happy blog birthday.

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  9. happy blogbirthday first!

    Second, sorry to hear about the struggles and having to move...I wish ya he best, but I hate to see some great looking painted figs disappearing from my blog watch list!

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    1. We've been waiting for this day for over two years now. The move is something very positive for us and we look forward to it with anticipation.

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    2. That is good to hear.

      Makes me feel a bit better about it for you :-)

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  10. And here's my belated congratulation to your blog anniversary. Normally this is a reason to rejoice and to celebrate, but the news are rather sad. I wish you and the Hubby all the best and like some commentators before I hope you keep on blogging. If not, I am one of many who will miss you. Thanks for all your great posts!

    God bless you both.

    Regards
    Bruno

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    1. Thank you Bruno!

      I may blog again one day when we get to where we're going and I do plan to stop in from time to time to visit you all. Moving takes so much time and energy and this one will be complicated, so I can't promise anything.

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  11. Congrats on the 2nd Blogday.

    More importantly. None of us have the words to properly express how we feel about you and your husband and the things you go through. But I hope you realise how much respect we all have for you both. If you want, need or desire to stop blogging you will be missed but if it is the right choice for you I for one will be very pleased for you.

    All the best, in my prays and thoughts. Clint

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    1. Thank you Clint. Not blogging will simply be a matter of having no time. There's just so much involved in a move and we'll have no help. The Hubby can't do much so it will be up to me and my daughter to take care of everything.

      I hope to have a more definite date by the end of October. A couple of things need ironing out yet and hopefully those won't take longer than that.

      We really are ready for this and would have done it a year ago if we'd been able.

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  12. Dear Anne, your blog can't exist for just 2 years! To me it feels like you are an institution within the blogging world which has existed since the dawn of time. Even so congrats.
    Regarding your other message: moving house in itself is a big change in ones lifestyle let alone anything health-related like your situation. While I totally understand that blogging and painting miniatures will rank low on your personal priority list in the foreseeable future, figure painting has gotten me through my life until now, the good- but also the rough patches! When you have a little time to yourself and sit down with a nice mini and slab some paint on you can pretend just for a short while you are totally in control of life and creation. I'm not giving up on you yet!

    All the best and if there's anything I can do let me know!

    Cheers Sander

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    1. I don't plan on quitting painting, but it will be set aside for a while. Possibly for several months. Painting has been a source of comfort to me and I'm so grateful that I found it here in the blogosphere.

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  13. Happy belated Blog birthday Anne! I do hope that you and hubby can find something to improve his lifestyle, if not just keep hanging on the both of you. All the best..

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    1. This house is just not suitable. He's pretty much confined to one room now and that's no way to live. Life can be better than this and when the money end gets straightened out we'll find much more happiness. It better happen or I'll be taking a warm bath with a razor blade:)

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    2. Don't be silly woman, prayers and wishing you some Irish luck for the future cailin!

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    3. I'm trying to be positive and hope this doesn't go tits up. The Spawn and I are beginning a room to room clear out so that if things happen fast, we're one step closer to beating a trail out of here!

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  14. Leaving you say? Damn, the cat will have no one to pick on at his bay. But life does come first indeed and sure back in Ireland much will take seed. If that is where you are going, and happy belated blog birthday too at your zoo.

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    1. We really hope to go home. There's one possible wrinkle to that and it's the IRS. It's complicated, but they've given themselves new powers that allow them to interfere with any foreign bank that deals with American citizens. There are American ex-pats around the world right now who are in dire straights. I can give up my dual citizenship, but The Hubby can't give up his US citizenship. We'll talk to a tax lawyer and see how bad things really are before we make a final decision.

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  15. Happy blog birthday Anne! I'm sorry things didn't work for your husband, but I do hope the new move brings back quality of life for you and him. I wouldn't delete your blog or hang up the brushes as you may find you still want to come back someday.

    Best Wishes
    Christopher

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    1. The move will greatly improve the quality of his life. I'm not going to delete my blog as I want to keep the option open to return. Even if it is after being gone for 6 months or so.

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  16. Happy bloggiversary, sorry there is so much upheaval for you though. I'm glad that your holding pattern is resolved and you and your husband can move on, that's a comfort of a sort.

    As for the blog, you will be missed but sometimes real life is more important. Stay in touch if you can and be well. And never give up painting, you're too talented.

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    1. I won't give up painting. I'm completely addicted thanks to you guys!

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  17. Happy Belated Blog Birthday!

    Good thing only five or six people saw this post. Now you can delete it and stop saying such silly things about quitting painting and blogging.

    And I'm very sorry to hear about your husband's health issues, though I can also understand on some level the sense of relief at knowing what can and can't be done. Hope you are able to move out of your wretched town ( and, really, I'm sorry you ended up in such an unwelcoming place. You should have come to Colorado. We would have made you feel like an Irish queen. )

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    1. I picked a Sunday for this as I hoped it would go unnoticed. I felt I needed to sort of warn people that the clock is ticking, but not too many people!

      If we can't move back home due to the silly IRS laws we'll be shopping for a new State.

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    2. we shall give you an asylym in Vojvodina, dear, if the going gets tough :)

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  18. Happy anniversary, Anne. It's good that you and your husband can move on to a better place that'll meet his needs. I hope the move goes well and that you find neighbors who welcome and love you both. Blogging and painting are always here to return to if you have to set them aside for a time.

    Personally, painting helps me keep my sanity. I hope that if you have to rest your brush, it'll be a brief rest.

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    1. He really has to be able to access every single part of the house from a wheelchair and to be able to get in and out of the house on his own. I was in a chair for a little over a year so I know about realistic dimensions and how low cabinets and countertops need to be.

      We both want to live in the country as it's what we've always been more used to. Now that we don't have to live so close to hospitals we can do that. Truly, I'm very excited about it all.

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  19. darling, if you leave blogger, promise you will visit Facebook at least from time to time? :(
    I'm keeping fingers crossed that you and hubs will manage to move over to Eire! Is that court case done or still fighting the battle?

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    1. I can't imagine not stopping in to visit people from time to time even though I won't have time to blog myself. The court case is finally done and it's just down to the financial settlement and our lawyer has the home field advantage on that one. We meet on October 14th to hammer things out and we are requesting that a wire transfer be made on that day before we sign squat. We may not get that though so there could be a 30-90 wait.

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    2. but basically ,the money is yours, right? Finally some good news, dear!

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  20. "Happy" bloganniversary ?
    sad new but I hope like many others here that life will be better for you and the Hubby.
    Can't say more: in those cases, I'm really bad for finding the good words to express how I'm feeling.

    I'm also very sad that Gal'Anne O'Driel" never reach your house, but it's my fault.
    All my thoughts are for you both.

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    1. On the day we move out of here we will be the happiest people on earth, so it's not a sad thing at all. I've got several months before all this happens and intend to make the most of it.

      I don't know what happened to the package. The mail here in America is atrocious as they've fired so many people to save money. The Royal Mail moves faster and better and that's saying a lot.

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  21. Am I number 5 or number 6? I lost count. That, in itself, is very disappointing, because I thought I could count to higher than 6. It looks like, though, that I don't have a good concept of how many it is.

    I don't have a lot of other words. It's been too recent that we went through the 18 months of my mother-in-law's death to want to say anything like "hope for the best" or "good luck." That's just not how those things go. I do hope that it is peaceful and you can find some joy. Which is difficult though not impossible.

    As for you leaving, I'm just going to pretend you didn't say that. You'll be back.

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    1. Now that we know he will be a paraplegic we can do things that will actually improve his life greatly. A good lightweight wheelchair will actually give him more freedom than he now has. A car with hand controls can be bought and he would like to go to college one day. He's much happier now than he was with all the false hopes and surgeries.

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  22. Happy belated blog Birthday Anne.

    Sorry to hear the sad news, I do hope you can achieve the move and make it comfortable for hubby. Take a break from blogger if you desire but please come back to us when you are ready as you have achieved a great deal in the time you have been blogging and it is an enjoyable blog.

    So I just wish you both the best for the future
    Regards
    Loki

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    1. The move is going to take an enormous amount of time as there are so many things to work out. I've moved enough to know how long that can take. I do know exactly what we need in a house and I can't compromise on any of it, so that will take time and cause delays. I'll be around for a least another 6 months I think.

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  23. Sorry to hear you're leaving the blogosphere, Anne. While we are all sad to see you taking your leave, family must come first.

    Here's hoping things improve for you and yours, and that your departure is only temporary in nature.

    Love your work! And thanks for all your supportive comments over the last months!

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    1. I'll make the move happen as fast as is humanly possible. We're travelling light this time and leaving behind everything but clothes, musical instruments and of course my lead pile and paints!

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  24. Happy blogoversary, Anne! Wishing you and your husband all the best in finding and moving to your dream home! May the next stage of your life be financially secure and fulfilling -- there's lots of life still to live and enjoy!

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  25. Best wishes,Anne, for you and your husband!
    I keep telling my wife and kids," It's the journey not the destiation!" My humour and optimist outlook drives my wie insane, and gives comfort. I also remind her that God does not burden us with more than we can handle.
    God must believe that you are a true bad @$$!
    I hope you find a new home where you and your husband can be happy and enjoy the view! Hopefully it'll be in a nice Irish countryside!

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  26. A belated Happy Birthday Anne! It continues to amaze me the size of the following and the wealth of positive vibes you have amassed in such a short time. Please don't make any firm plans for the blog (unless to continue!) as you never know how you will feel at some point in the future. We would sorely miss your talent, enthusiasm and unique style.

    Best wishes to your husband, yourself and your family. I hope everything goes well with the move and it enables you to do what you want with your time together.

    Cheers,
    Millsy

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  27. Mate, Bugger...At the end of the day you know whats best for yourself.

    Keep your chin up and best wishes for the blogabirthday.

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  28. Congratulations on the 'blogiversary'. Sorry to hear you may be giving it all up, the internet won't be the same without you...and as for trying to sneak the news into a quiet Sunday, silly girl, you and your blog are far too popular for that plan to work!

    I'm really sorry to hear about your husbands ill health but its good to see you're being positive about the move and the future. I get the feeling from what you have written that this is a chance for you to wrest some control of your lives back from the Doctors and Surgeons. Best of luck and (although we have never met outside the blogosphere) please accept my sincerest best wishes for you and your family for whatever happens over the coming months.

    Regards
    Lee

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  29. Hi Anne,

    congrats for your 2nd blog birthday!

    Anyway such things step back when real life hits hard. I'm really sorry to hear that you're planning to abandon your blogs but the reasons justify it absolutely. I whish you all the best for your search for a new home and keep my fingers crossed that the move will run well. Take your time to get everything in order and if you feel like continue blogging then I'll be happy to come back here.

    But however I'm looking forward to any post you'll write until the time of farewell comes.

    Cheers
    Stefan

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  30. Two great years of blogging there Anne and to many more

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  31. Happy belated blog birthday, and all the best with the things ahead. Not sure what else to say. But hopefully you still will paint even if you are not on blogger.

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  32. it will be a bit of a sad day when you leave us...but we have to know when our time is here too you know...hugs. happy blog bday...smiles.

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  33. A very happy, belated blog birthday to you, Anne. I'm happy you made it this far.

    I'd say I'm sorry for the news, but you've gotten enough of that and made it clear you can all head in a positive direction regardless. I wish you both the best of luck.

    I'll just have to enjoy you as much as I can, once you stop posting you'll be missed!

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  34. I'd say I'm sorry to hear you'll be going dark, but it doesn't sound quite like a final decision, so instead I'll wish you a Happy Blog Birthday and tell you I'll be looking forward to your return when you do go on hiatus. My best wishes your Better Half.

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  35. Happy belated blog birthday! We're sorry to hear about things with hubby, and that you may leave soon, but the great thing about the Blogger community is that even if you leave, everybody's still around. Whether it's e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, etc., you know where to find us, and we're always here if you want to say hello or need someone to chat with.

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  36. Belated blog b'day. Sorry to hear about this Anne. Don't give up, miracles happen.
    You are am inspiration and you made blogging enjoyable, friendly and wonderful.
    Would be a shame if you left but family comes first and break really helps a lot.
    hope everything clears up fine and move is smooth. All the best Anne.

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  37. Happy Blogoversary, Anne!

    I'm so sorry to hear the news about Hubby. Although, in a way, I'm glad he no longer has to endure any more surgeries. I hope there is a way you guys can get back to your home. If not, than I hope you can get to a beautiful place in the country where your gardens can flourish and you can paint in the sunshine.

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    1. I hope so too, and if I can't I'll have to find another State to live in that has a shorter Winter!

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  38. Instead of wishing you a Happy blogging Birthday I just want to wish you strength, patience and all the best for the future. Leaving everything and starting in a new place (even if accessible) is a hard task but will give so much more live energy and hopefully it all turns out positive.
    I'll cross my fingers and wish both of you a good time until and after your move.

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  39. Anne...I totally understand. Even if I don't like to hear you talking about not being around any more. I wish you a huge happy bloggiversary (and birthday too soon...) and wish you nothing but the best. Try to stop by my place tonight. The "Food for thought" portion is 100% for you. I saw it and I just had to use it!!

    xoxo

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  40. I'll read and enjoy your posts as long as they are here. Life is a strange journey, even in the best of times; and the times are what we make them.

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  41. Happy blog birthday! I enjoy your posts very much.

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  42. Congrats and happy birthday to your blog!

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  43. Have you seen this:
    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/coolminiornot/wrath-of-kings
    I think I may do this one at the $200 level. If I can figure out the money. It has one week left.

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  44. Happy Belated bday on the old blog here.. 2 yrs is quite a long time.. and as you can see from the outpouring of comments that you are quite loved here, and everyone is sending their wishes your way to make things as easy as possible! Wishing you all the best from this old Canuck from Turkey here..

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  45. I'm a little late getting here, but Happy Blogobirthday anyway. Wishing nothing but the best of times for you and your husband.
    Rod

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  46. Happy 2 years! ^_^ I have just added your blog to my list/roll of blogs to follow. Not much of a worthy b'day gift I know ... lol. Anyways, do check out my blog if you can as I would always appreciate help in my painting projects.

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  47. darling, I'm just popping by to wish you a happy B-day here as well! Have fun today if it's possible and let Spawn and hubs treat you like the queen of Eire today!

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  48. Happy Blog birthday. Sounds like you've made some decisions. Good luck.

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  49. Not sure how I missed this until now, but, on the one hand, congratulations, and on the other, the very best of luck, whatever you decide.

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