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Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Yes, it's me.... Thisisme!

Many of you might be surprised to see me here today.  I see the last blog post I wrote was on the 14th June, 2014.  Gosh, it seems much longer ago than that!  I said then that I was saying goodbye to blogging, having written regularly over a four year period.

Fortunately, I have been able to keep in touch with a lot of my blogging friends via Facebook, and it has been lovely to keep in touch with you all.  I don't know, I was just gazing out of the window, watching the mists rising from the fields, and I suddenly thought that it might be rather nice to just write a few words once again.

I realise that most of my Followers will have disappeared into the ether by now, but here goes anyway!

The big thing for me, is that I visited America last year, going to the wonderful State of Wisconsin, where I met up with a dear friend that I had met on-line. So, at 67, I visited the USA for the first time.  My friend then came to England in April, and I was able to show her the lovely area in which I live.  I absolutely loved America, and the people were so welcoming and super-friendly to me.

The good news is, that I am returning in three weeks time! We were due to do a road trip to New England, but, unfortunately, my friend broke her wrist, so long drives are out of the question at the moment. So! We are going to visit the lakes in Michigan instead, as well as returning to the beautiful Door County, which I completely fell in love with. 

Eli and Ruby are growing away now and return to school this week. Eli is in the Juniors now and Ruby will be going into year 1 now, after her foundation year.  

The big news is that Eleanor, who will be 18 in December, will be starting at Madrid University next week.  Obviously, we are all very proud of her. She will be doing her Degree in Business Studies, and then her Masters in International Relations.  I know that she will absolutely love the experience, as she is such an outgoing young lady, who brings joy to all those around her. 

Well, I am just dipping my toes into the water here, to see if anyone is still out there, so, if you are, "hallo" and I might write the occasional post from here on in. 

Best wishes, as always, from Thisisme. 


Claudia Moser said...

I have missed you around, but as you say keeping in touch via FB helps! Welcome back!

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Hello and welcome back ..😊

Your grandchildren are certainly growing up, such amazing children . Good luck to them both as they return to school . Eleanor is going to have such an amazing experience. .hard work too , I know , but what an opportunity. .good luck to her too.

As for you? Wow another trip to the USA..woohoo. .have a fabulous time and I look forward to seeing the photos. .

I have let my blog slide a bit bit with Al the other stuff going on, it is not top priority. On the other hand it does take my mind off things. .will do a post soon. Xx

thisisme said...

Thank you so much for that welcome, Claudia and Anne, two of my 'oldest' bloggy friends!

Bouncin Barb said...

Always a pleasure to hear from you no matter where my awesome friend !!

Retired English Teacher said...

What a joy it is to see your blog post today! Welcome back. While I've kept up with you on Facebook, I've missed your blog.

Your grandchildren are growing so fast. It is amazing to watch the passage of time through our grands.

Have a wonderful trip. I look forward to hearing all about it.


Knitty said...

Yay! Don't just dip your toes in here, jump in at least to your knees!

I'm happy to hear you found the US welcoming. I am in SE Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. If you will be anywhere near the area and have time, let me know and I will meet you if at all possible.

How lovely your grandchildren are, and I can feel your pride and joy in them in your words. My grandson starts kindergarten next week (boo hoo for me!) but his little sister (4 months) has a lot to say...if only I understood her babblings and spit bubble speech!

Life is grand, and so are you!

Glenda Manus said...

So glad to see your blog post. There's only so much you can post on Facebooks, but blogging truly gives us a chance to catch up! I've dipped my toes a little lately in the blogging world, but like you, I'm much too busy to do it as often as I did before! I'm so envious of your Michigan friends! I certainly wish you could extend your stay in the US long enough to come to the beautiful and magnificent South! Our mountains here in the Carolinas are truly awesome in the Fall of the year.

thisisme said...

This welcome has been more than I could have hoped for ! Thank you, BB, Sally, Knitty and Glenda (twin). I guess I had forgotten just how supportive the blogging community is! 😊

Sush said...

Had to make it an official welcome, FB, is great, but BLOGGING is where we met! So pleased for you that you are making a return trip, like Glenda, I'm hoping we can entice you to the Carolinas! Congrats again to Ms Eleanor! She is truly amazing...and Elliot and Ruby are so dear.

thisisme said...

Awww, thanks dear Sush... Lovely to get an official welcome from you as well! I do feel that I must make an effort to get down to your neck of the woods!

Eva Marie O'Brien said...

Hi Diane,
It's very nice reading your post, I know we stay updated on fb always enjoy your motivational posts and to see you and your family's updates.
Enjoy the rest of your week and happy to hear you'll go on a new journey out west again.

thisisme said...

Thank you Eva and I appreciate you popping over to leave a comment! 😊

Pearson Report said...

Welcome back, Diane.

What a treat seeing your blog up at the top of my blog roll. It's how I know when a blogger I follow has posted something new. I confess I did a double take when I saw Southhamdarling near the top.

As I am not on Facebook it sure is good catching up with you via this post. I look forward to the occasional one, when time permits you to do so.

The family photos are beautiful, your grandchildren are growing up quickly - how time flies.
I send this your way with hugs and happy thoughts. Jenny xxoo

BECKY said...

You look fabulous, dahhhhling! I'm so happy to see you here in blogland. I keep saying I'll get back into it more, and I'm doing a little better than before.... :)

thisisme said...

Thank you Jenny and Becky. Good to see all the old faces here!

flowers on my table said...

Oh how lovely to see you again Diane. You and your family are looking fabulous. Congratulations to Eleanor! What about you jet-setting off to America with your on-line friend, well good for you, I think that is wonderful.
Many thanks for your visit to my blog, it is hard to do everything, but you're right in saying that we shouldn't feel pressured, just do it because we feel the urge. I am very glad you felt the urge today. Big, big hugs to you. Linda xx

thisisme said...

Thank you for your lovely comment, Linda. It's been a long time!