22 August 2016

Open Windows, Frustration, and Anniversary Giveaway

Well, I don't know how long it will last, but FINALLY the extreme heat and humidity have broken - so much so that *all* of the windows are open, and it's glorious!  Breathing is possible, you can walk around and not be soaked in sweat, and being outside is actually enjoyable.  I'm guessing it won't last too long, so I'm trying to soak in every second and really enjoy it.

I had a comp day that had to be taken before the 25th, so I took today as that day so I would have a long weekend.  One of the things I wanted to do was download and edit photos from my camera of the projects I finished during the Olympics (yes, that is plural - projects - it's like I don't even know who I am anymore!).  Downloading was no big deal, but editing got to be so frustrating, I just gave up for now.  My new laptop does not have Photoshop on it, and the program it has is beyond annoying.  I tried to download Photoshop a couple of weeks ago, but it didn't work.  I may ask The Tim to give it a shop, as he is much more tech-worthy than I am.  It shouldn't take more than 10 tries just to crop a photo.  Grr ...

So instead, I'm going to write this post.

Saturday, August 20 was the ten-year anniversary of this blog - 10 YEARS!  I was surprised, because though I knew I'd been doing it for a while, ten years seems like a loooonnnng time. :-)  I would have written this part of the post on Saturday, but I decided to wait until after I wrote about Sunday being the date of my father's 100th birthday - I wanted him to have a weekend post all his own. 

BUT - here we are today, and it's time to celebrate not just blogging here for 10 years, but having wonderful blog friends who actually read and comment.  It makes me so happy, and is often what makes me feel like I'm not all by myself all the time.  Granted, I would probably keep going even if no one bothered, because I enjoy writing and I enjoy being here.  But having all of you here with me, and getting to visit your blogs, is just something I enjoy more than I can say.  Thank you!

To celebrate, I've decided to do a giveaway.  The giveaway package will contain the following:

1. A knitting-related item.
2. A reading-related item.
3. A food-related item.
4. A Philadelphia-related item (please note: not a cheesesteak!)
5. A surprise.
and, if you have pets, please let me know how many and of what ilk, because if you do, there will also be:
 #6. A pet-related item(s).

Everyone has a chance to win here.  Any comment left on this post ONLY, between now and midnight EST this coming Saturday, August 27, 2016, will give the commenter an entry.   I'll choose a name at random, and announce the winner next Sunday, August 28, 2016.

Good luck, and thanks for sticking around - whether for all ten years, or just today!


Anonymous said...

Happy Blog-o-versary!!! Ten years! WOW! Way to go.

Well, you know I have a kitty --- just one! LOL

Hope your nice "cooler" weather lasts for awhile. I LOVE having the windows open.

MIchelle B. said...

Congratulations on 10 years! That's a lot of words! We are enjoying some nicer weather here in central Pennsylvania also and opened all of our windows today too. We have one cat, Smudge, two dogs, Nessie and Stormy, and (if you count fish tanks) five fish. Only one fish has an official name, Goldiezilla. The others are one, two, three and four.

Kim in Oregon said...

Yay for nicer weather! Yay for blogaversery! Yay for long weekend! Yay for you!

Yay for pets! I have two dogs and two cats and a bird and two alpacas!

Bonny said...

Congratulations on ten years! That is an accomplishment worth celebrating, and thank you from one of your readers for giving so much of yourself through your writing. I'm glad you had a comp day to enjoy this weather we so deserve. I think some heat and humidity may be creeping back at the end of the week, but for now, let's throw the windows wide open and enjoy!

WendyKnits said...

A very happy blog-i-versary to you! Ten years . . . wow!

Kitty Loki joins me in wishing you well!

Sandra said...

Readers of your blog are so happy you have hit this milestone! My two rescue kittens just turned one year old. Very sick when we adopted them, we are grateful they are now happy and healthy.

sprite said...

My three cats and I wish you a very happy blogiversary! Congratulations! A decade is a huge amount of time!

Araignee said...

Yay for open windows!!!! I am still going to complain about the humidity here but at least it's not a blast furnace out there anymore.

Congrats on your blogiversary!

andrea said...

happy blogiversary! i always read, but rarely comment, but i love what you share and miss spending sundays knitting and laughing with you

AsKatKnits said...

Windows are open here too and it is such a welcome change! Happy Blogiversary!! That is an incredible milestone! XOXO

Vera said...

Happy Blog-O-Versary. 10 years is a long time!! So glad for the shift in the weather. Windows wide open and this morning it was in the 50's on my patio - 50's!!! Yay for a taste of Fall. Tyg, our rescue kitty, sends his best wishes as well.

The Well Fed Wheel said...

Congrats on 10 years of blogging and congrats to your dad for his 100th birthday!!!

Wanderingcatstudio said...

We;ve been able to open the windows the past couple of days too and it's soooooooooo nice. The cats love it.

For quick, easy photo editing, try pixlr.com - there's a download, but there's a web app too if you don't want to download - it's very much like photoshop - so perfect for cropping and quick edits. I call it photoshop lite.

Carol said...

Ten years is a long time! I enjoy reading your posts. It's very low humidity today here in Baltimore. I have windows open too.

Nance said...

Congratulations on Ten Years! I'm glad I just joined the party, via comments you have begun leaving over at the Dept. It's a little eerie how much we have in common.

I recently picked up knitting again to help ease some arthritis, so I am kind of Starting Over with an old hobby. It's slow, but rewarding.

My two rescue cats and I are also enjoying this break in the weather. Open windows, cool night air...what's not to like?

Again, Happy Tenth Anniversary! I'm glad to be aboard.

Whatzitknitz said...

Congrats on ten years!!!!
I have been enjoying reading your blog for the last two years now.
I was able to putz around in my garden today and yesterday. It is still a bit warm here but the humidity is down.
This is the first year my husband has said that he is looking forward to winter. I just hope he remembers before he complains about 10* below temps and the four foot snowdrifts in the drive ; )

elns said...

Congratulations on the blog anniversary! I always enjoy coming to "hear" about what's going with you. The knitting and the book reviews were definitely a draw, but we like you too! I hope the blog continues to give you as much joy.

But do tell, what is this you speak of? Finished projects?

Lynn said...

Windows open, it sounds lovely!!! I have to wait a few months before I get to do that. Anyway what a cool thing to do for your blogiversary. TEN YEARS!!! Great job!! I've got 4 kitties so if I'm fortunate to win, this info will be useful. Here's to 10 more!!

Unknown said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful milestone! I love reading your blog and appreciate the effort it takes! I don't have a pet but my dear granddaughter has a dog and a cat who are dearly loved! Keep writing and thanks so much!

Linda said...

Congrats on your blogaversary! I need to see how long I've been doing mine!
It has been a bit cooler here in the mornings, so leaving the windows open for a bit. But then the humidity crops back in - and I shut the house up again!
I've even managed to get out for my walks again! Spending the rest of the time inside - knitting and reading and watching re-runs of Gilmore Girls...

Linda in VA

Mereknits said...

Happy Blogaversary, I don't even know when mine is, isn't that pathetic! Count me in on the giveaway! I think I deserve the win as it is horrible here with the heat and humidity!

kathy b said...

Happy BLogaversary

Im in for the contest !Wheeeee!