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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Isn't it amazing....

DISCLAIMER - I probably should warn you that today's blog is not all happy happy - So please be advised - if you are looking for happy happy you might NOT want to read the following!


You know - I had great reservations when I started this blog.... What would I say? What could I possible share? Why would anyone even want to read what I had to write? But I did it (thanks from the huge huge push from my friend Chris).... and it has become very therapeutic in a way.

I am totally SHOCKED that I have over 200 readers a day coming to my site to see what I had to say! I LOVE the fact that so many people are so nice and caring. I think it is amazing that I have people who are willing to give me their thoughts and insights on my files. It is a huge help that when I have designers block - there are so many people that are willing to help me with idea's for future files. It is unbelievable the friends I have made from my blog, the people I have been able to help learn how to use their cutter. I love that I have even helped people purchase their first cutter! As a matter of fact - not only do I LOVE these things - I am VERY VERY VERY thankful for them!!!

Now don't get me wrong - keeping a blog has it down moments as well!!! For example it is a huge time theft. It really does take a large amount of my time each day to sit here and type up an entry - and then if it is a day where I am offering a free download - well that takes a ton more time as I have to upload each file, create the terms of each file and then post the links here so my readers can get them. And then if I don't post for whatever reason - my in box fills up with comments of "Where are you? Are you OK? Is anything wrong?" (And that isn't a bad thing, it is just what happens!!)

Then you add to the fact that some readers feel like they "KNOW" me... let me rest assured this blog does NOT reflect my whole life. I am very careful about what I post on here and what I do not. Being a military wife I am very well aware of OPSEC and I follow it daily - not only to protect my husband but to protect my own safety.

So when I get a comment in the comment sections like this (from an Anonymous poster):

"You have a beautiful home, you have a partner to share your life with - and share a sunrise, great view or even to hug you when you are down... get a life kid, some people don't even know where their next crust of bread will come from - and you complain that your birthday and christmas presents haven't turned up yet! You suck today little miss prissy - you are losing sight of your faith"

I think it is pretty sad that you judge me! It is even sadder that you feel the need to call me school yard names!! You don't know me. You don't know what I am dealing with on a minute by minute, hour by hour or day by day! Do you have to deal daily with the knowledge that one of your parents is terminally ill? Do YOU live everyday worried about the health of your family members? Or better yet - have you ever got up frantic in the middle of the night because you forgot to leave the front porch light on and heaven forbid the US ARMY needs to find your house to tell you your husband was killed in combat? Have you ever been scared to turn into your subdivision because you are scared that they may already be waiting in your driveway? Have you sat by side your best friend while they lowered the coffin of her husband in the ground because the US Army DID come knocking on HER door?

This is MY space - I share what I want to share when I want to share it.... if you are so insulted by my thoughts, feelings, or the things I share - go somewhere else! If you are soooo concerned with those who don't know where they are going to get their next meal from - maybe you should be volunteering your time helping them instead of reading someone else blog and criticizing and calling them names. No one ever said you HAD to read my blog!!

(WHEEW! Sorry - I really just needed to get that off my chest!!!)

NOW - for everyone else that does read my blog (and hopefully you are still reading) - THANK YOU!!!! Really I mean that from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for your support, thank you for your wonderful comments! I want you to know that I really do try very very very hard not to be a Debbie Downer (DD)! I have been to blogs that when I read them they just bring me down. They make me sad or they depress me. And I never want to intentionally do that to my readers. But I do want to make this blog as real as I can... I have had comments in the past about how I am always so funny, so cheerful so happy - don't I ever have a bad day? And the answer is yes! Yes I do!!! And yesterday was one of them.

I am choosing to take this comment from the ever so brave ANONYMOUS poster and say - you have the right to say what you want to say - to feel and think what you want to feel! (Make sure you thank a Service Member for that!)

As for me.... I am going to FOCUS on the good in the world - the nice comments and the wonderful friends I have made due to this blog!!!!

Until Next Time!


P.S - In the future I am going to try to "FOCUS" on making this blog a useful, helpful, friendly, cheerful. Hence, I encourage you to please make comments (I LOVE READING YOUR COMMENTS), but if they are not nice or friendly - or if you feel a need to be negative or call me or others names - unless you leave YOUR name the comment will not be published. Thanks!


Anonymous,  January 9, 2008 at 11:01 AM  

YOU GO GIRL!!!! I love your response to 'anonymous'. All of us have multiple sides to our lives and I am glad you choose to share some of yours with us. I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog (almost daily) and find it always brings a smile to me. Even today, although I know 'anonymous' probably was a bit annoying I am glad you chose to go full steam ahead and realize that - thank goodness - there are only a few rotten apples out there.... Thank You to ALL Soldiers and their families for stepping up and protecting our freedoms.

Robin January 9, 2008 at 11:05 AM  

OMGosh! I can not believe someone would leave a comment like that for you, and anonymously at that, which says it all for that person. I so enjoy coming everyday and ready your blog Lori, even if I don't leave a comment every time. And nobody has a perfect life and we all have our bad days, we are entitled to that in life. So please do not let this person bring you down, cause like you said this is YOUR space, and I for one love it. {{{{{HUGS}}}}}

Anonymous,  January 9, 2008 at 11:33 AM  

Lori, I love to read your blog because it is REAL. Anonymous has no guts, and sounds like their purpose in life is to criticise others. Unfortunately the world is made up of too many like that. However the majority of human beings do NOT think that way, thank goodnes! I love your blog, try to read it daily and will continue to do so. Keep up the great work and ignore the ignorant people of the world. They are not worth your thought process. *hugs* Helena48

Anonymous,  January 9, 2008 at 11:54 AM  

I am continually amazed by you! You have the courage to share your life with countless, unknown people on the web, to share your creativity and shopping 'finds!' and all this while supporting your family and friends. You invite us in to share your experiences...your joys at getting a cutter file 'just right', the lows at receiving bad news from close friends...all while you are under the umbrella of your husband and your service(both of you) to our country.
Thank you!
Tara aka demona_cat

Anonymous,  January 9, 2008 at 12:59 PM  

Good For You!!This is YOUR BLOG not there's--you can post what ever you wish--no one ask them to read it did they so girlfiend you keep on doing what you do so best and they are only one fish in the sea...I for one love the site...and THANK YOUR DEAR HUBBY FOR ALL HE HAD DONE AND IS DOING FOR MY (OUR)COUNTRY.. i OWE HIM ALOT......and so does alot of other people....iI could tell him this a billion times and it would never be enough!!!!!! and you know what this person must have a very shallow mind to do such a thing. but then they are not worth the time of day!!!! So now with that being said....have a fantastic day!!!!!!!!!
Diane aka grandmastoy

Anonymous,  January 9, 2008 at 1:09 PM  

Don't let someone else rain on your parade. This is your blog and you should be able to vent if you feel the need. If someone doesn't like it....LOG OFF! Simple as that. I really enjoy reading your blog. Even though I don't know you, I feel like I do and consider you a friend. Keep up the good work.

Dana Shores

Joyce January 9, 2008 at 2:25 PM  

wow! that was some vent, I hope you feel better now and that that anonymous worm crawls back into the hole they came from.

My family has always served in the military and even though we don't have anyone at risk this time, that might change tomorrow. I salute all persons of every, race, creed, color, and sex (and their families too) that serve our country so that the rest of us can read what we want, when we want.

Joyce H

Anonymous,  January 9, 2008 at 2:38 PM  

Oh my gosh! Unfortunately I can believe someone would post a comment like that but I have to say reading through it brought tears to my eyes. I visit your blog every day and don't often leave a comment but want you to know how much I look forward to seeing what you have posted. This is your blog, post whatever you want and if someone doesn't like it they can go elsewhere. If it offends them so much why are they reading it. Keep doing what you do Lori.

Anonymous,  January 9, 2008 at 2:58 PM  

Lori, you know I think you totally ROCK and I always will. Everyone has a down day once in a while, some of us more than others. One of the things I love about you is the fact that you are who you are and if people don't like that, it's their loss! I appreciate the parts of your life that you are willing to share with others here on your blog. Keep it up!

scrappinmama January 9, 2008 at 4:34 PM  

I am so sorry that this happened to you. I really enjoy your blog and look forward to your posts daily. Keep up the good work! 99.99% of us enjoy your posts and are tickled to death that you take the time to share a little part of yourself with us. Keep up the good work and know there are MANY of us out here that appreciate you!

Unknown January 9, 2008 at 5:48 PM  

Lori, great come back! I rarely comment but this was just too much. I love reading your blog and I have nothing but admiration for you and your hubby. I can't begin to know what you must go through everytime he is deployed. I don't know how you and other service wives have the courage to do it but I'm so thankful you do. This is your blog and you are entitled to say anything you feel like, cheerful or otherwise! keep up the great work.Hugs,
in Martinez,CA

Anonymous,  January 9, 2008 at 7:01 PM  

Um, just want to say that Big Dave is sitting here with me, yep..sometimes he blog stalks with me (who'da thunk it?) and he says to tell you that come back is wonderfully worded and makes much sense. How bout that? You got the thumbs up from the Davester! :) I hate that someone did that to you...there's no need to be hateful, it's like they come into YOUR house and say mean stuff to you when people leave bad comments on a person's blog. Bad taste we say! Love ya girl!

Jenn January 9, 2008 at 8:29 PM  

Lori, this is YOUR corner of the internet and you can say what you want. There's no rule that you have to be happy, and if you want to whine that your present isn't there, go for it! Yes, there are many who are worse off - but sometimes we're allowed to complain about trivial things, in between all the serious real life stuff. Try not to let ANONYMOUS bother you and know you have lots of friends out here in cyberspace! (And hug your wonderful dh for me - tell him thanks for all he does!)

Heather Huggins January 9, 2008 at 10:57 PM  

WOW!! You Go Girl!!! I love coming here and reading a little about your day and seeing what you've come up with. And I like that you throw in the everyday stuff too!! It's suppose to be about you and your thoughts. So keep up the good work and I'll see you tomorrow!! :)

Lori McDonald January 9, 2008 at 11:13 PM  

Awwww shucks you guys!! You totally make this blog thing soooo worth it!!!!

I promise tomorrow will be more uplifting and a ton more fun (I have a new product review for you all!!! YUMMY!!!!)

Thanks - really.... thanks - I appreciate all the positive feed back!!!

Whooo Hoooo - and even Big Dave gave the Thumbs up!!!! Owwww - it don't get any better than that!!!

Luv ya all!!!!


Anonymous,  January 10, 2008 at 11:27 AM  

OK I read this yesterday and I almost posted a comment .. then something stopped me .. you know that thing that says .. SURELY PEOPLE SHOULD THINK BEFORE THEY TALK OR TYPE! After reading your post and then the comments I thought .. well maybe people will think before typing something MEAN and unnecessary .. I mean after all .. it is YOUR PAGE if you want to write about brushing your teeth everyday noone forces us to come and read about it we do it because we choose to and because from reading your blog we feel like we get to see a snapshot of someone elses life or maybe make a new friend and share in things that interest us .. But last night as I was laying in bed I just kept thinking .. WHY .... WHY DO people think they can say whatever they think without regard for someone elses feelings .. sorry someone was mean to you .. because after all this is YOUR page and you should be able to say whatever you like! I for one enjoy reading your opinions, seeing your crafts and just in general like reading your blog! Don't let one person influence your blog ... make it your own!


Isabelle January 10, 2008 at 8:54 PM  

Maybe you should remove the option for anonymous to leave a comment. Anyway, it's YOUR blog and you should be able to write whatever you want.

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