Thank You

When I started writing this blog in 2009, I had no expectations for it. I just wanted to write, and to do something with all of the photos I took, really. My friend blogged, and another friend had sent me a link to Attic24 (I think so that I would stop asking her to make me a crochet blanket!) and I just wanted to have a blog too! I remember getting my first comment and was giddy that someone had actually read it and felt moved to comment. We were living in our first flat together at the time and I remember going into the tiny little kitchen to tell Andy that someone had actually commented on my actual blog.

I’ve mentioned before that one of the biggest and most significant ways in which blogging has changed me is that I used to be a very bored person who didn’t do or achieve anything: I would look forward to the weekend and thus not being at work, but the weekends were so boring I found myself looking forward to going back to work again the next day because at least there was something to do! A vicious cycle. Since having a blog, I have always wanted to do things to make sure I have things to write about! I am a far better and more contented person today than before I wrote a blog and I think I would probably still be miserable if I’d never started one.

I certainly didn’t expect to receive the amount of love, care and friendship that you guys send my way. It’s incredible. I still find it quite mind boggling that people actually even read my blog, let alone feel moved to offer to send me things they have seen that they think I would like, or to offer such kindness as to buy me a countertop oven. I’m humbled by your words and intentions, and I wish that I had a more eloquent way of expressing my gratitude than by just writing “thank you”. Even my father in law telephoned me last night to say how amazing my blog readers are!

I really mean it though: Thank you. Thank you for your offers of help, and suggestions for solutions and your support and your recipes. I will definitely by trying the recipes! Thank you for sending me emails too. I feel horrible for not being able to reply to emails and comments as much as I would like to. Thank you for the suggestion that I should put up a paypal button so you can buy me a coffee and a bun, it’s not really something I’m comfortable with doing: I certainly don’t expect money or payment from you for reading my blog but I appreciate the sentiment behind it. (Also please stop encouraging me to eat buns! I have very low willpower for Chelsea buns as it is, without you lot financing it!)

Please don’t worry about me or feel sorry for me because we don’t have an oven at the moment. We are saving up to do all the work we need to do, and we’re muddling along ok at the moment. I had been feeling really miserable about things, which is unlike me, but I think perhaps we had been feeling poorly in an underlying way for longer than I thought. Since our illnesses have all cleared up (nothing awful really, mainly cold/flu like things with some stressful days and nights of TTB having a stupidly high fever and then we all got coughs, but enough to make you miserable) we have all felt a lot better. And hey, it’s just a challenge and an opportunity to learn to cook new and different things without an oven, yes? Not a problem, challenges I can do. We will get there!

:-) xxx

27 thoughts on “Thank You

  1. Julie says:

    This reminded me that I forgot to comment on your oven post. We were without an oven for several months (the repair man kept coming and ‘mending it’ and then we would end up calling him out again when he didn’t succeed) and it was definitely a challenge cooking for my daughter who is a little bit fussy and some of the few things she eats are pizza and chicken nuggets. We ate a lot of pasta and kept returning to the same meals over and over but I can’t remember what – it was very boring!! Not really much help but I just wanted to let you know I know how frustrating it is.

  2. Julie says:

    This reminded me that I forgot to comment on your oven post. We were without an oven for several months (the repair man kept coming and \’mending it\’ and then we would end up calling him out again when he didn\’t succeed) and it was definitely a challenge cooking for my daughter who is a little bit fussy and some of the few things she eats are pizza and chicken nuggets. We ate a lot of pasta and kept returning to the same meals over and over but I can\’t remember what – it was very boring!! Not really much help but I just wanted to let you know I know how frustrating it is.

  3. carol partridge says:

    Ah, it really came through in your ” oven blog ” that you were feeling low. It was really kind of the person who gave you the offer of a counter-top oven too. Just to read that must have cheered you up. Things will look up soon….they always do.Keep your chin up, Heather. What has little man been up to lately ? I love the way his hair curls around on the crown, and hasn’t he got a lot.

  4. Jane says:

    I really enjoy reading your blog. Love to hear what you’ve been doing, seeing your photos of where you live and hearing about your every day life. But its good to hear you feel more up beat :)

  5. One-oh-four says:

    Well, “thank you” for writing your blog! You have a lovely way with words, and write on such a wide variety of topics, that your blog never fails to entertain, inspire, and delight me every time I read it. I hope you are finding ways to be creative with the cooking situation – been there, done that, for a couple of months when we had our kitchen ripped out when the kids were tiny. We ate a lot of “curry and rice” or “pasta and sauce” cooked in the microwave in the dining room – and then washed up in the bathroom sink upstairs! Looking forward to hearing what you get up to as the weather improves…..:) xx

  6. Lara says:

    I meant to comment on your last post. I’m glad you’re feeling happier. I think most of us homeowners know what a struggle owning a house is. It feels like any time you fix something, another problems crops up.

    When we bought our house almost 6 years ago (when the market was booming), it was a bit of a shambles. 3 of the 4 cooker rings were broken, the oven didn’t work – it had no door! – and the sink was made of plastic and had a hole in it which the tap fell into. People can see our kitchen from the front of our house so we cringed at them being able to see the awful kitchen. It took us 4 years to be able to fix it. We cooked everything in the slow cooker and ate lots of salads. Now that we have a new bathroom and kitchen and made the house a home we have sold it! We are moving to a new home with the same kitchen from 1990 that we had here. Time to start saving all over again!

  7. Mel says:

    I don’t usually post on blogs but I felt moved to post here as I just want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to you for sharing your life I love reading your blog and I have even made one of your baby blankets for a new arrival due in my family soon. Thank you again for sharing a bit of you XX

  8. Mel says:

    I don\’t usually post on blogs but I felt moved to post here as I just want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to you for sharing your life I love reading your blog and I have even made one of your baby blankets for a new arrival due in my family soon. Thank you again for sharing a bit of you XX

  9. Sometimes the biggest gift is knowing that you’re not on your own – and that works whether you read or write the blog. Sometimes your words can reach out to someone at just the right moment and that person wants to give you something back; buying you a cup of coffee is how they can express that so it’s worth thinking about, even if you’re not comfortable with it right now. Thank you for writing. It’s always lovely to peep through a window onto someone else’s world xx

  10. Shirley says:

    Heather, I do not normally post on blogs either but….you have a friend and follower in Washington State, USA. I connected to your blog thru Attic 24 and my quest to learn about crochet. I’m older than you but am learning so much about crochet from you! Trust me, someday you will look back at your current challenges with fondness…best days! Shirley

  11. Shirley says:

    Heather, I do not normally post on blogs either but….you have a friend and follower in Washington State, USA. I connected to your blog thru Attic 24 and my quest to learn about crochet. I\’m older than you but am learning so much about crochet from you! Trust me, someday you will look back at your current challenges with fondness…best days! Shirley

  12. Zorana says:

    Thank you so much for your beautiful blog, for your patterns, for the life you are sharing with us. Yours is one of the blogs I find really enjoyable and inspiring. Take care; bad things will pass and good things will be remembered. Lots of love from Bosnia

  13. Emmy says:

    Thank YOU Heather, for your lovely, sweet, simple blog. It is really a delight and makes me smile :) every time I read your posts.

    Blessing and hugs going your way!

  14. Claire says:

    I’m another one who doesn’t normally post on blogs…….but I just wanted to say what a lovely post this was. How nice of you to say thankyou to US when it should be us saying thankyou to YOU! I love reading your blog and really appreciate all the time you put into it. Keep up the good work! x

  15. Gillian McM says:

    DON’T FEEL HORRIBLE! You give me so much pleasure and happiness! Who needs emails when we have your lovely blog? xxxxx

  16. I do enjoy reading your blog too and have been reading for some while – your blog is unpretentious and honest. I hope you manage to get your oven sorted soon xx

  17. Writing is catharsis. I write for a living as a freelancer, so sometimes, the last thing I want to do is write for my blog – hence the sporadic nature of the posts. But you are right – just getting something down onto the screen can make it all seem better. And having lovely people (strangers, even) tell you it is all going to be all right can make it all more worthwhile.

    you have inspired me to be a little more open in my blog and to stop focusing on crochet only – there is only so much crochet one person can write about…

  18. Nicola says:

    Hi Heather

    Like others before me I also don’t generally comment on blogs but the humility with which you wrote the above blog touched something in me. I was led to your door through Attic 24 and have been a long time admirer of your crochet and general attitude.

    I love reading about you and your Mum and wanted to let you know that one of the best life lessons my Mum taught me was to know when to be gracious and simply say “thank you”….. as you have so beautifully done.

    SO….. I think a “Buy me a G&T/coffee/bun/whatever” button is probably in order as people clearly feel moved enough and connected enough to you to want to do that.

    I am a long way away in Sydney (clinging to the last days of summer and ocean pool swims!!) and secretly pining for wet weather days to stay in and crochet. If I met you somewhere…… believe me I would be buying you that drink or that coffee and saying “thank YOU”.

    I’m part of an Australia crochet Facebook group and those women are incredible – they’ve found houses for women escaping domestic violence, found legal advice for others, given expert medical advice when needed and of course hours and hours worth of crocher advice and inspiration.

    SO…… if soneone is telling you they want to buy you a coffee, maybe it’s time to just say “thank you””.

    xx

  19. Alison says:

    Hello Heather, I have spent time reading all the comments and I agree with so much that has been said, take heart, you are not alone, you have inspired so many people and many have commented that have never done so before. What an achievement. Keep going.

  20. Thank you for blogging! I don’t comment very often (I think this may only be my second time) but I read your posts and love looking at what you’re crocheting. Blogging has been giving me inspiration to do things for myself and for my kids as well. I’m even considering starting a homeschool blog for the same reason; to motivate myself to do more for my kids and be more organized. It’s easy to hide away when no one is watching, but I don’t want that! I hope you can get your oven fixed soon. :)

  21. Hello,
    I have been nipping in and out of you blogs for a little while now, enjoying what you are chatting about, and especially looking at your wonderful photography. The one blog that made me smile the most was your THANK YOU one. I have just started to write a blog myself, and leaving messages (just got the hang of the leaving comments thing… took me a while!) I know exactly how you felt in those when you only had a few comments, that it was all a bit exciting to think some one had visited you and bothered to read what you were chatting about! I practically leap about when a comment comes thru, kiss the air and make a big too-doo about it… oh it make you feel soooOOoooo special!
    You certainly have a way with the camera, your photographs are truly wonderful, what ever you snap always comes out great… keep it up, don’t stop!!!
    I have a little list of things that I want to share, some are not exceptional, but may make some one out there smile, laugh, or take note of…
    Best wishes, Jay x

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