Thursday, March 3, 2011

Simply Celebrating!

According to my blogger homepage, this is my 200th post.

I’ll let you in on a little secret: I was watching it approach, and I specifically manipulated this post to fall on a Thursday because this little blog of mine is this week’s simple pleasure.

It seemed only appropriate to share it at my favorite blog party since I celebrated my  100th Post at the very First Simple Pleasures Party back on July 21st. 

I brought my sister.
We fed cows.

Yet, you have graciously let me come back nearly every week since then even though my simple pleasures are always a bit long on the verbal and short on the visual. Thanks.

I’m not even rightly sure why I blog. I have no peculiar gift to share with the world. I’m a marginal cook and a big box decorator. My crafting ability is limited to Gorilla Glue and Mod Podge, and if you’ve ever stopped by on a Wednesday, you know that around here, it takes a village to set a table.

And yet on the day after Christmas in 2009,
I felt the need to get up and start blogging.

About nothing.
Or maybe, it’s about everything.

Becase on two hundred days since then, God has taught me that life isn’t nearly as much about the wow as it is about the now. Maybe that’s my one peculiar calling, to yak out the ordinary.

In Bible-speak, I’m one holding up the  “Behold!” sign.

And for reasons which boggle the mind, some of you actually stick around to listen.  And though I thank you all, and a I truly do, I hope you'll indulge me for a few words directed at a those without whom this simple pleasure of mine would be impossible.  You see, while most people have families, I have a cast of characters.  I dwell among blog fodder.

Like the Duchess, who gets all the blame for raising me.

And The Sister, who by the way is still 50… and I’m still not.

 And her two daughters, The Newlywed Niece and the Professional Princess.

And my own daughters, The Practical One and Miss Whimsywhom I love and in whom I am well pleased.   They had the courage to fly from the nest (oh please don’t fly too far…) and leave this Mama Bird in need of a hobby.  And so, I blog.

And the Man of the House, who is the only family member who has never read here. He gets all the yakking he can stand in the flesh, and besides... I don’t want to give him the big head.

I thank them all.

But mostly, I just thank my God who hands out gifts as He sees fit.
Who saw fit to give me the gift of gab.
Who meets me in the narrow places and taps me on the shoulder to point out the funny stuff.

And gives me the words upon my wheels.

Blogging is this week's simple pleasure.

Sharing this with friends gathered at
for the Simple Pleasures party.


gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

I'm so thankful for all the wonderful reasons you blog. Thanks to the coeds for flying the coop, the duchess for her part, and all of the other colorful characters you yak about. Most of all you are such fun, absolutely delightful! Thanks for 200 posts that make this one of my favorite joyous pleasures to read every time you post!

Hugs from your biggest Idaho!

Sharon Kirby said...

Snaps and jazz hands!!!

I can't tell you how much fuller my life is because you are in it. You have brought me so much to ponder, so much to laugh at - so much joy. And yes, you have brought me God - God in the now - God in the ordinary things of life.

You have made your family feel like my own - (oh dear) - and I have enjoyed every moment of your sharing about them.

God has given you so many gifts - and they just shine out here in Blog Land!

Love you and GOD BLESS!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Can I just stand and Applaud??? Can you hear me clapping! Thank you for sharing, I have been so blessed and inspired. I think God gave you the gift of yakking for us all to enjoy and you do it so well. So I am standing applauding!!!

Angel said...

Fantastic post and a great way to celebrate your 200th (gasp) post! Congrats and keep on blogging!

Ann said...

I too thank your "cast of Characters" including God for giving you the gift of "pen" and gab.
On more than one occasion dear Debbie, you've had me on the floor laughing OR oohing and ahhing over your table settings, OR agreeing with you or taking another look at God's simple pleasures that surround us.
Thank for all of it. Keep on "wokking" .... : D


Evelyn S. said...

I LOVE your names for the people in your lives...and I love to read your posts. I'm glad you started blogging. That's pretty a pretty impressive fireworks display. ;-) Beautiful black, white and red table bordered by real cows, too!

Denise said...

Three cheers for Words on Wheels (WOW...get it?) I do so look forward to each and every post and I'm honored to be part of your cast of characters. (I guess character is the operative word?) So proud you showcase just a bit of your writing and story telling talent for the rest of us. Keep up the great posts and I hope I can celebrate #300 too!

Maybe by then you'll be 50, too! (of course then I'll be 51...)

Sue said...

One of my simple pleasures is reading your blog.

Thanks and congratulations on 200!


D said...

Congrats on your 200th post. I love your table.
I enjoy blogging, too. Such fun to share with others about what we like. :)

MDB said...

do I get no credit for inspiring you with the idea?? *tear*

Debbie said...

Addendum to blogland:

The Practical One, whom I love and in whom I am well pleased, inspired me with the idea of blogging.


Now, will you promise not to fly too far from the nest? *tear*

Chatty Crone said...

Well, all I can say is I enjoy your blog and I enjoy your comments.

Congrats on your 200th post - and blogs ae a simple pleasure - I like that.


Sonja said...

SEE??... this blog says PERFECTLY why I love to come here!!!

..."About nothing.
Or maybe, it’s about everything.

Because on two hundred days since then, God has taught me that life isn’t nearly as much about the wow as it is about the now. Maybe that’s my one peculiar calling, to yak out the ordinary.

In Bible-speak, I’m one holding up the “Behold!” sign...."

LOVE, just LOVE you and this blog and HIS gift of words to you on these pages! Here's to the next 100!!!


Canadagirl said...

Congratulations on your 100th post! I am so glad I have met you and I love your gift of gab. [0= I have so enjoy all your adventures and you do have a flair of the table kind for sure.

Blessings and ((HUGS))
In Him<><

FrouFrouBritches said...

Oh, I am so glad that The Practical One gave you this idea. Congrats on the 200th post. WOO HOO! Wanna know a secret? Your blog is one of MY simple pleasures too. XOXO

Kathleen said...

I love people with the gift of the gab. Sadly I don't have it but I like to be with people who do. I love your photo with the real cows in the background, very clever! Congrats on your 200th post.

Dianne said...

Dear, dear friend, I personally am so glad you started blogging--you have made me laugh out loud more times than I can recount and in this world we all need a daily dose of laughter--

I always connect with you on what you think is funny, sarcastic, or whatever--I know I'm old--I just lived it a few years before you--ha!

Your statement about the "jewel in the crown" yesterday in my comments made me cry--I had honestly NEVER thought of being the jewel in anyone's crown"--I cannot tell you how that touched my heart.

Thank you, Debbie, for being you, --I would not want you any other way and congrats on your 200th post.


At The Picket Fence said...

200 posts! Wow! Debbie, your gifts go so far beyond gabbing and tablescaping (even though I am sure those cows greatly appreciated it!) are gracious, warm, loving, an encourager and a real, honest-to-goodness writer. You paint pictures with words so your posts don't need to always be filled with actual photos! And you share God's truth in a way that I know pleases Him. Never in your face and yet ALWAYS without reservation. You have been such a blessing to me and so many others so I say, please keep those wheels turning my friend! Can you hear the tune to "Proud Mary" in the background? :-)

sarah said...

Debbie...I'm so thankful I 'stumbled' across you blog in wich you yak out the ordinary. You take the ordinary and turn it into something so fun. As we say in Jewish...Matzel Tov on your 200th

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

So glad you're here Debbie! Always enjoy stopping by to see the latest adventure! Congrats on 200:@)

Gayle said...

You, my friend, are a true bright spot in the blogging world. I love reading about your life and your loves. I do hope you hang around a long, long time.

Mave said...

That was lovely to read. I am seeing more and more that it is the simple things that are so rich in meaning. What a gift of being able to share!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

May this only be the begining! Here's to 200 more!

Jen said...

Seriously? You say you have marginal talents? Did I read that right? You have the talent to bless people, to make them laugh, to fill them with hope and joy, in both the ordinary and extraordinary.

The Decorative Dreamer said...

I second all these posts! I too am so glad you are here and blogging and yakking and all that! I've enjoyed your posts and continue to enjoy getting to know you more and more! I too am looking forward to the next 200! :))

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Debbie, you are sooooo wrong. You DO have the BEST gift to share, and I'm thankful that you share your gifts with the rest of us. You always make me smile and usually make me laugh out loud. You always show me the humorous side AND the faithful side of living an ordinary life (which is what all of us live, but most without your insight and gift of seeing humor in things). Congratulations on your 200th post, and thank you for all of the gifts you share through your blog. laurie

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Congratulations, the reason we keep coming back is because you have a way with words, Interesting that the man of the house has never read your blog, no one in my family reads my blog. I have my own little world here and I love it, I don't really know why, but I do?! It is an odd thing, but I love this blog world and I am so glad you are a part of it!


Sue said...

Congratulations Debbie, I am one of many that was glad you started blogging. I have always come and left with my spirit so lifted, you are gifted with the ability to take any circumstance and make it into the most beautiful hand painted portrait. I am so glad and thankful to know you.

Crickit said...

Congrats on 200!! I'm so happy for you! Even though I am a new follower... let me just say that you really are an inspiration. So glad that God blessed you with the gift of gab! Thanks for visiting my blog- I really appreciate your comments! :)

Amy Kinser said...

You are an amazing lady and I am so happy to listen to "all" your words.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your 200th post. Thanks for stopping by and sipping the daisy tea. ;)

Love those pictures. Fun table. Blessings!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Debbie! Congrats on 200! You have great deal to contribute and I am ALWAYS entertained by my visits to you, seeing your creativity, hearing about your cast of characters and reading all your simple words on wheels of wisdom! Keep going for many more! Linda

Trish @ Lily-Rose Cottage said...

And we all thank God for YOU!!!
Debbie, I look forward to Thursdays for a variety of reasons and one them is definitely, visiting here.
Your blog is wonderful!
Just like you!
Happy 200th :-)
May there be many more!!
bless you..Trish

Ms.Daisy said...

I came across your blog when you were decorating the co-eds dorm rooms and I was so taken with your creativity (sister and Duchess too!) that I just had to keep coming back to see what else you all were up to. I am so glad I did. I feel a connection to you my young friend and I can't wait to see what else you have in store for us. Congratulations on your 200th and here's to many many more fun filled blogs!

Hugs to you,

Honey at 2805 said...

Congrats on 200 post - it seems so far away. Keep you the great work. I so enjoy reading your posts.

hip-chick said...

What a perfect simple pleasure. Congrats on your 100th post.

Joan said...

Well, I'm glad you are blogging. You bring smiles and laughter to many.

Congratulations on your 200th post. Keep them coming!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Congratulations! I enjoyed reading this...all of your reasons for blogging, just super! And the tablesetting with the cows looking on is sensational.

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Debbie, I just read straight back to your chocolate mint and hootie hoo post. God certainly gave you the knack for yak. The images of your street lined with pear trees through all the seasons are glorious. Thanks for sharing. Best wishes, Tammy

Dayle said...

Dear Debbie, you are a treasure among bloggers. Just know that. You make me laugh and cry and sometimes hold my sides because I really did laugh that hard. For example, right now I'm still shaking a little from reading about it taking a village to set a table around your place. :) Thanks so much for being you, and as for you thinking you don't have much talent, hogwash! You're dripping in talents, my dear.

Kelli said...

I can not wait to get my autographed copy of the BOOK!! Celebrating with you!! Never stop! Your gift blesses me!!

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Well I am thankful that you decided to share your gifts with us...I'm thankful that I found your blog, cause I like to laugh out loud !

Barb said...

Hi Debbie,
I look forward to reading your comments each week here at Dayles.You always brighten my day.
Congrats on reaching 200.
God Bless
Barb from Australia

Shanae Branham said...

Congratulations! I'm glad I could celebrate with you! Receiving 44 comments on your wonderful achievement should help you feel successful! Remember, there are blessings all around us...the important this is looking for them.

bj said...

Beautiful post. I have found that it IS the simple pleasures that often times means the very most.
hugs, bj

Jennie said...

Your blog is my simple pleasure too! Keep 'em coming, lady!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Happy 200th -- it's always a pleasure to visit with you and your cast of characters!

Lynn Richards said...

I LOVE your words. They are kind, wise, gentle, funny, thoughtful, thought-provoking and bring good things into an other wise weary world.
Happy 200, my friend. I can't wait to read 200 more.

Michelle DeRusha@Graceful said...

I love that blogging tunes you into the now, rather than just the wow. Nicely said!

And congrats on your 200th blog post -- that is a major milestone!

Carol said...

Your blog is a gift from God to those of us who read it! Your sense of humor, your heart for God, your inspiring family and wonderful family relationships are such an encouragement and delight to read!
Thank YOU!


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