Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Oh What a Day...

Sounds like a song...no that was Oh what a night...I must be showing my age. Well, this was quite a day. Not only is today my Very First Blogiversary...it is the day that I told my customers that I am retiring. The shop will close on August 22.
First I want to thank all of you who read my blog and comment how much I enjoy hearing from you. You all have become a very special part of my life. I have made some wonderful friends here in blogland and am very thankful each day. So as many before me have done...I am going to have a prize package for a lucky winner of my Comment drawing...leave a comment between now and Friday evening and I will have my trusty assistant Andy draw a name out of the hat. I look forward to another fun year of blogging and now that I won't be working any more and will have time to sew, sew, sew....I'll have lots more to blog about.
We knew that we were making the right decision about closing the shop and spending retirement together...even though Andy will still be doing his consulting work, and traveling...it was confirmed this evening when I got an e-mail from a gal whose husband had recently retired and went to play golf, had a massive heart attack on the golf course and died right there. She wrote to me and said that this was the best decision I could make...spend time with them while you have them...you just never know what will happen. That just confirmed it. I'm looking forward to spending time with Andy and I'm looking forward to spending LOTS of time in my sewing room...so ladies, you'll be hearing lots more from me.
Again, thank you for a wonderful year. You've taught me more than you'll ever know...here's to another year.
Send in those comments...

31 comments:

Tracey said...

Congratulations on your pending retirement! Also, happy blogiversary!!

Elaine Adair said...

Congratulations on your retirement - hope it is all you want it to be!

Angie said...

Oh Carol, I'm so very happy for your retirement...but a bit sad about the shop closing since I just found it! :> But I don't blame you a bit...life is way to short...just go for it!! And how lucky you are to be one of those couples that still like each other at retirement age!! ROFL

Carolyn said...

Retiring to spend time with the love of your life? Sounds like everyone wins! Enjoy your last month at the shop and definitely enjoy your retirement!

Su Bee said...

Good for you! You're absolutely right - a career is not real life, and the time we get isn't getting longer. Coongratulations!

Linda_J said...

I bet Andy will be happy to have you home since he was at loose ends while you were away--as you said, more so since he retired from full time work. More time to travel and see that cutie grandson too!

Vicki W said...

Congratulations on your retirement and your blogiversary! Just don't retire from bloging!

sharon said...

YOU GO GIRL!!!! WOO HOO You did it!!!! Now let the fun begin. And by the way...........enter me into your contest please. :-) starsandscraps@aol.com

DubiQuilts - Debbi said...

Happy Blogiversary!!

Congratulations on your retirement! You will enjoy your time quilting, being with Andy and just not having to hear the alarm clock in the mornings.

Connie W said...

Best wishes for the future. And may God bless you both as you begin the next chapter of your life with retirement.

Libby said...

Wow - it is a day for the books, for sure. Congratulations on your bloggiversary . . . that year really goes fast, doesn't it? Enjoy your retirement - what fun to spend your time doing things together and just drinking in life . . . particularly that little grandson *s*

Leigh said...

Congratulations on your bloggiversary. I imagine retiring will be bitter sweet, but once you get the hang of it there'll be no looking back,lol.

Deb said...

congradulations.
my mom and step father are retired and have a ball being with each other every day. Have fun
deb

gwen said...

Happy blog anniversary and congratulations on your retirement. If you are like my mum, you won´t have much more time to relax (quilt groups, garden, gran-children, renovating, etc...)How come that so many pensionners have such a busy schedule?! Still I wish you lot of good time with your DH. Take care.

maggie said...

Congrats on your retirement. It's a wonderful time of life and I'm sure you will enjoy but expect to be very busy. Most days I say "how did I manage to get all this done when I was working."
Enjoy and keep on sharing with us in your blog. Maggie

Darlene said...

I'm really excited for you and Andy! You will have alot of together time and yet you'll be able to enjoy spending time with you! You know my DH retired a little over a year ago and this is the primary reason I am self employed. I have a very flexible schedule and can "go" with a little notice.

Sometimes, it's too much together time - I crave "alone time" but he gives me my space, too.

Laurie Ann said...

Happy blogiversary and retirement!

Melzie said...

happy blogday! enjoy your retirement :) xoxo melzie

Wendy said...

Congrats on the retirement! So sad to have the store close but such is life things change and we all move on. You'll have a great time sewing and blogging whenever you like.

joyce said...

Congratulations on your blogaversary and your retirement. I speak from experience when I say retirement is probably the best time of your life.

Cheryl said...

Wishing you a Happy blog anniversary and congratulations on your retirement! I'm disabled and my DH is due to retire in 2 years, but already we are having so much fun planning and talking about how our lives will change. You've made a good choice and although I'm sure your customers will miss you dearly, it's time for YOU!!! Best wishes!

kjquilts said...

Congratulations on your blog anniversary! I love your posts and have been reading your blog for several months now.

Kairle said...

Wow! Big news!!! I wish you and DH many years of happy retirement.

Congrats on your blogiversary!

Nan said...

How wonderful you are retiring! My husband always says it is the quality and not the quantity of your life that matters. I certainly think you have made the correct choice - now you have time for yourself AND your man. Nothing better than that!
Congrats again on the Blogiversary!

Jeanne said...

Congratulations on your retirement! It sounds like you are ready and anxious to spend more time sewing. Enjoy the freedom.

Jeanne said...

And congratulations on your first blog anniversary!!!

Deb Sews Quilts said...

Congratulations on retiring! You have lots of fun ahead of you...a wonderful husband, grandbaby and quilting just because you want to! Enjoy!!!!!!

Judy said...

Congrats on one year! and on deciding to retire although having all that fabric at your fingertips is tempting. Good to spend time while you have it!

the charity quilt looks fabulous! and the blocks look even better in person! Thanks!

Susan said...

I know your customers will miss you. Too bad someone couldn't buy the store and keep it open - but you'll have plenty of supplies left, I suspect. =)

That's exactly why Paul and I retired early. Guy across the street waited, they had all kinds of plans, and he found out almost immediately that he was ill. He died about 6 months into retirement and was sick the whole time.

Patti said...

I seem to be late with my "happy blog-anniversary" for almost everyone! I'm so far behind I have over 3500 posts to read. I think there are at least 20-25 new posts on your blog alone since I last had time to read.

So here I am - wishing you another such successful year blogging, and offering my toast to you my internet quilty friend. You always say such nice things about my posts. Hearing that you are closing the shop was such a surprise - you seemed to be so wrapped up in it - but very understandable. The older we get the more we realize the importance of spending time with the most important people in our lives. May you have many, many years ahead of you to enjoy each others company.

And of course we'll be looking forward to hearing more from you now, and seeing more of your quilting!

Dawn said...

I so agree! Enjoy your time!