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Monday, March 7, 2011

M.E. Monday, Blue Monday, and Bargain Book Bonanza:

For Smiling Sally's "Blue Monday", I wanted to show you some pictures of my kids when they were little.  My Mom, "Grandma Jody", started a tradition where when the grandkids were three, she took them down to get their pictures taken at Sears, framed them and hung them in her living room.  These are the ones that I had handy:


Nigel and Ethan


Kristin, Ethan and Grandma Jody are still in Guatemala on their medical mission trip, but will be coming home this week.  Nigel turns 21 on Friday and is doing excellent in his schooling, and Kari is my blessing girl who calls me everyday on her way home from work and fills me on what's up.  I love you all so much, little kids in blue!

It wasn't so long ago that I showed these photos in another post, after I redecorated the hutch after Christmas.  But I thought that you might like to see it again, or for many of you, for the first time.  It's cheerful and has some M.E. woven throughout.  Please click here to go over to Cherry Chick's  "I Love M.E. Monday!"  to see other neat Mary Engelbreit things.

I mixed up my ME stuff with my chickens!

This is the first week for Baja Greenwalt's Cozy Book Nook's linky party called Bargain Book Bonanza.  This is going to be a fun party, I do think!  All you do is show photos of your latest bargain book finds.  Lesa is the hostess, and you can join in or read all about it by clicking here!

I am using part of a post that I made last month on the vintage resource books that Kylie and I found at Second Tern bookstore in Sunriver.  You could overfill a paper grocery sack full of books for only $3.00!

When Kylie and I went to "Second Tern" in Sunriver a few weeks ago, I found these vintage dictionaries:

I also came home with this 1956 Hammond's Standard World Atlas:

I just want to vent a bit on here about linky parties.  They have kept me creative and have inspired many posts on Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy these past six months.  I have tried to be a polite participant, giving lots of shout outs and advertising for the blogs that are hosting them.  I link back to their posts and always leave a comment on the hosting blog when I sign up.  (You would be surprised how many people do not even thank the hostess.  There will be 200 linking posts and 31 comments.  I don't think that is very nice!)

On the other hand, there have been several linky parties that I have participated in for several months, and was never visited by or left a comment on by the hostess.  Many of these were smaller parties with only 15 or less weekly participants.  I left comments and tried to participate, but felt snubbed.  The other participants visited and commented, but not the hostess, so I have stopped participating and have removed their buttons from my side bar.

There are some with blogs with 4500 followers and 400 weekly links that I occasionally participate in.  I know that hostess cannot visit and comment everybody each week, but when I have commented or emailed on her other posts, she is gracious to pay me a visit soon after and say hello.  I appreciate her manners.  So do others, which is one reason why she has so many followers, I am sure.

It is true that when I link up in another blog's linky party that I am getting exposure, and will gain some new visitors to my blog which is wonderful and part of the reason why I do it.    However,  these days, I am looking for reciprocal relationships in all areas of my life. If somebody doesn't even read my blog once in a while, I'm not very interested in giving lots of free advertising to theirs.  I have many people on my sidebar just because when I first read their blog I was delighted, and didn't want to lose their address.  That is for my own convenience though.  I have become friends with many of you peeps on my sidebar, and that makes me happy, and it is nice to have you so easy to find.

Back to being reciprocal.  For instance, when somebody takes the time to leave me a comment, I go and visit their blog and leave them a comment too.  Some people reply to comments via email, and I think that is great.  That is what I consider being reciprocal.

So, while I am no longer participating in some of the parties that I have been, I sure do appreciate the hostesses of the ones that I am!  Thank you for taking the time you spend in organizing your parties and working so hard on them each week.  The others that I have taken off don't even read my blog, so they will never miss me...but I just wanted to have my say.  I am not interested in being a resource to folks who really don't care anything about me except for what I have to offer them.  In all areas of my life.

I feel like kind of a rebel.  First I removed my follower widget and now I am dropping out of linky parties.  Perhaps I am just cheating myself.  But, it is my blog, my time and my feelings, so I am just doing what feels right in order to take care of myself.  If you made it this far, thanks so much for listening, and I really do hope that you come back soon.

God bless,


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SmilingSally said...

I love the blues you showed. I have my grandchildren's pictures framed and hanging on my wall; I update the pictures every year. Thanks for sharing.

Happy Blue Monday, Kathy.

Donnie said...

What treasures you have in "all" your pictures. Beautiful Blue Monday Post.

Lesa said...

Hi Kathy! Thanks for linking to BBB!! Wow- $3 a bag! I love dictionaries and can get lost in reading them almost as much a novel.

Do you ever link up to Ruby Tuesday or Rednesday photo meme linky parties? You have so many lovely reds in this post that would be perfect for those memes.

Yes, I feel the same way about linky party etiquette. In fact, I had a conversation with E from Shredded Cheddar awhile back about this topic.

I'm always put off when the host doesn't acknowledge comments. The host should at least offer a general thanks to all the guests. One recent hostess stated she returned follows but she didn't-- not cool.

I've also been astounded by some linky party guests that don't seem to mingle. In a follower hop recently, I followed/commented on several blogs that appeared to share some of my interests-- the bloggers haven't returned the visit as far as I can tell or even thanked me in their own comment thread.

Enbrethiliel said...


I love your cupboard! It's very full of stuff--but not at all cluttered. And although there are so many different colours, they all go together beautifully. The whole set has an "everything in its place" look, and that's always pleasant and homey. =)

I found your blog through the Bargain Book Bonanza. Congratulations on the vintage haul! Your new books look great next to your candles. =)

By the way, I share your thoughts on reciprocal relationships in the blogosphere. I can understand someone being unable to respond to every last person, if he averages a hundred comments or party participants; but the blogs I return to again and again are those written by bloggers who were happy to engage me in their comboxes and to visit my own blog in turn.

PS--I had never heard of Mary Engelbreit before I visited your blog today!

Lesa said...

Duh-- I see you know about Rednesday since the badge in your sidebar. silly me!!!!

Kristi said...

I love the vintage dictionaries that you found. How fun!

The pictures of your children are so cute. I love looking at old photos. It brings back such great memories.

LV said...

Of all the many wonderful thing syou shared, I love the pictures of the children. I have a great compassion for children and old folks. Also, check our my Thursday VTT (3-10)post. You will see we have one thing in common.

Jingle Poetry said...

sweet smiles..
lovely blues.

Jingle said...

Happy Blue Monday.

Kim, USA said...

I see you love chickens you have so many pretty ones there. Thanks for sharing!
Blue Monday

chubskulit said...

Oh so beautiful!

My Blue Monday

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi Everybody,

Thank you! This is the first time that I have combined 3 different posts in one (I've used the same post to link to 2 blogs before though). I am glad that three or four different groups of people got to see linky parties that were new to them.

I appreciate all of your comments, and will now go off to visit you. :>)

liberal sprinkles said...

Kathy, I love so many things here, the old photos of your kids are a gem, so beautifully taken! I also love that red suitcase and those dictionaries and encyclopedia. WOW!!

Dena E's Blog said...

Hey Lady,,,what FUN your post is Girl!!! Thanks sooo much for stopping by my BLUE post today...
Prayers and Hugs Dena

DeLynne said...

I just love those dictionaries! Am I right in thinking you are missing volume 3? You'll have to keep bargain hunting! Good luck.

And no fear that Lesa will not mind her manners in the blogosphere. She and En are both very lady-like and well brought up!

Diann said...

Wow, lots of fun and cute treasures here!

Sarah said...

Fun post full of blue, red, and M. E. ~ what could be better! ~ sarah

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Wow! Great book finds! But you know what I'm here for, right? LOVE THE ME! Have you used that ME cookbook? I have gotten some of the best recipes out of that series of cookbooks. Your sweet hutch looks adorable with all those chickies and ME! :)

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