Sunday, February 9, 2020

A Look Back

It's my "blogiversay!"  This blog began nine years ago today when I was keeping Little Sister full time. Very small babies aren't very good company because they sleep a lot. A LOT. I needed something to do to keep my brain active. So I started a blog. A project I could work on during the baby's nap time. I enjoy writing and I discovered that I also loved the editing process that a blog requires. There are now over 1,000 blog entries here.

The blog has become a great place to house my recipes, too. It makes them easy to access when I'm at the grocery store. My friends and family can look up recipes easily with the index here. Sometimes the recipes here are THEIR recipes that they've let me share. A couple of times friends have told me, "I couldn't find my recipe for -----.  I was thankful it was here on your blog, or it would have been lost forever." Another friend told me that her son called her to get a favorite recipe. But she was on a trip and couldn't give it to him. Instead she told him, "Go look on the Grandmother Gig. I'm pretty sure it's there." And it was.

This spot in cyberspace is a tiny one, but I've made friends here. Online friends I may never meet. It's also a way to keep up with friends that I do know in the real world. Or rather, for them to keep up with me. And it's been my journal. So many family stories and memories that I would have forgotten except for the fact that they are documented here. If my handwriting were better I might have kept a paper journal. But my handwriting is dreadful. And I find a computer keyboard much more efficient.

How long will this blog last? I have no idea. But we just welcomed a new granddaughter last month. She deserves to be included here, so I hope to keep going for quite a while.

Looking back I see that I don't post as often as I did years ago. Times change. I've never done this blog to make money. So there are no annoying ads popping up all over the place. The down side is that the older format I still use has no "print" button for recipes. "Copy & paste" works fine. (Ask a grandchild to help if you still don't know how to do this.) I can live with that because I want to keep it simple.

So let me say thank you to the readers who visit here. Thank you to the readers who give me ideas. Thank you to the readers who share recipes. Let's keep meeting here!


In the spirit of looking back, here is my very first blog post from nine years ago today....

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

And It Begins

In my life I have been a daughter, a sister, a student, a home economist, a wife, a stay-at-home mom, a volunteer, and a musician. I bake, I knit, and I paint (well, I used to). I have taught people to play guitar. I've taught them to sew, to cook, to hang wallpaper, to cane a chair seat, and I've taught them how to start a music jam.  

I've led a horse judging team (state champs), a song circle, a Sunday School class, and a ukulele band. I've taken children to camp, fed teenagers by the hundreds, hiked to the top of Diamond Head, and helped move a herd of cows. I've tended to sick children (sometimes not mine) and cared for older folks. I've learned to use a smart phone and an iPad.  

I think it was all to get me ready to be a grandmother.


  1. Congratulations! I'm glad to have "met" you through blogging. Yes, that new granddaughter deserves some posts! Keep blogging.

  2. Please do keep going. I do enjoy your blog very much. I'm also a grandmother. Thank you for all that you share.

  3. Congratulations. I love the look back at your first post. I think being a grandmother is one of the most wonderful things in my world and I know you do too.

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