1. Hi Christie – happy 5th Blogaversary!! You did well to start the process by paying someone to get you up and running – I remember jumping in completely green and learning as I went – Google was my best friend for a loooonnnng time! It’s lovely that we’re both still blogging away and I entered your competition – because I do 90% of it already – so win/win!
    I’m about to celebrate 6 years of blogging at the end of November and about 900 posts! It’s certainly been a wonderful journey and (although I’ve slowed down a bit) one I intend to continue on with into the future – nice to know that you’ll be on the journey with me xx

    • Thank you Leanne. I’ve loved being on this journey with you. You were one of the first people I connected with when I started blogging. Your encouragement and example has meant a lot to me. Thanks for entering the contest, but even more, thank you for the continual support…commenting, sharing, teaching…along the way.

  2. Hawkes Larry

    A big CONGRATS my dear! Although I’m not a blogger, I am the proud husband of a blogger!
    This is just one of you many talents, and although I might not say it, I’m always impressed of the determination and leg work you out into in everything that you do!
    Here’s to many more blogs in your future.🥂🥂

    • Thank you for the kind words, Pat. The first drawing I ever did, I wrote down the names on little strips of paper, and pulled the winner out of a bowl! The next time I took note of what program another blogger used and gave it a whirl. It’s called Giveaway Tools. It’s free and easy to use. This journey is a learning process, if nothing else. I’ve so enjoyed sharing the journey with you.

  3. Happy 5th! Fifth anniversary gifts are meant to be wood and I chose a shot of the loveliest tree ever for you but guess what – I cannot post it here so please, Christie, just imagine it, okay! 🙂

    My turn:
    1. Yes I am a blogger, I began in April 2014 to document a protracted recovery process, mostly for the amusement of all my friends in the dialysis unit.
    2. The best prize I ever won was my wedding cake. It happened at a bridal show, a luxurious cake was far beyond our meagre budget, but Mum prodded me to enter and I won. Not only was it spectacularly beautiful (and huge) it was decorated with daisies which are my flower – I wore them in my hair (please don’t judge) I carried them, the church was positively festooned with them and they were the centrepieces on our supper tables. It was as if it was meant to be. Best winnings ever!
    3. On my mind today is my sister-in-law, Brenda, and health care in remote communities. Although Ontario’s Ministry of Health proclaims that everyone has access to the same level of care, it simply isn’t true of Northern Ontario communities. This is poor Brenda’s second stay in hospital this month, they seem no closer to a diagnosis, the doc in charge of her care is uncommunicative and Brenda cannot have visitors because of the fresh uptick in positive COVID cases. It’s more than a soul should have to bear and I’d do absolutely anything to help her – including taking her place.

    (Bet you’re sorry you asked now hey Christie?)

    But I am grateful because yesterday I enjoyed a magnificent day out hiking in the spectacularly beautiful Ganaraska Forest. I am grateful because Cam and I are well and happy. I am grateful for my blogging friends who inspire me endlessly.

    Happy Anniversary, Christie, and I hope the joy you bring to others returns to you tenfold! xx

    • Thank you, Pamela, for going to the effort to find the appropriate anniversary gift type and then the perfect photo. I’m picturing it now! Thanks also for answering all of my questions. I really do love getting to know my fellow bloggers. Your wedding sounds lovely and how wonderful to win the wedding cake of your dreams. I’m sending love and healing to your sister-in-law. May she be well-supported and surrounded by love. And finally, your hike does sound spectacular. Wishing you continued health and inspiration. Take care and enjoy!

  4. Congrats, Christie! I read somewhere that the typical lifespan of a new blog is just 18 months. I’m so glad that you are one of those who keeps their blog going.

    I started seven years ago, mostly to have a platform for my writing. Little did I know that I would meet so many great friends along the way.

    The best thing I won? Actually two things: 1) a night at a downtown hotel, which included a carriage ride and dinner for two, and 2) a set of Bose noise-cancelling headphones (best thing ever to take on a long flight).

    • Thank you Janis! I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t thought about letting the blog go a couple of times over the last five years, but I love the creative outlet and the wonderful connections I have made with people all over the world. Like you, that was a surprised for me. What great prizes you have won. You are a lucky lady! I won a three-night stay at a resort at the entrance to Zions Canyon. We had planned to use it this fall. Then COVID. I guess we have something to look forward to next year!

  5. Congratulations Christie. I’m S glad you started blogging as I love popping in to catch up with you. That was a good decision you made to hire an expert to set up your blog. I wish I had done that. There were many headaches during the setup

    • Thank you Jennifer. I was completely lost…technically speaking…in the beginning. I’m not sure I wouldn’t have gotten it off the ground without help. I’m glad you were able to work past the headaches of setup. Otherwise, I probably would never have met you. Have a wonderful day!

  6. Cindy

    Congratulations Christie! I’ve loved your blog and always look forward to reading it. (It feels longer to me. 😊)

  7. Hi Christie, it’s always a joy to read your posts and congratulations on 5 years of blogging. It’s amazing the number of friends we make through our blogging isn’t it? Wishing you many more years of blogging and fun times ahead.

  8. Wow, congratulations on your Blogiversary, Christie! I have learned a great deal from you. I was not aware there is a “BlogAid.” I do find I am always a work in progress. I had my two year Blogiversary this August. I am still excited to read and write everyday. I look forward to many more years of reading your blog. Oh, ya, and the best thing I won……..A New Year’s Baby 39 years ago.

    • Thank you for those kind words Erica. I’m so glad we both decided to blog; otherwise, I probably never would have met you. I do enjoy your blog and appreciate your thoughtful comments on others. I did not know you had a New Year’s baby. How fun! Thanks for joining the celebration. Good luck in the drawing!

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