Thank you all for your comments, thoughts, and prayers for me and my family. It means a great deal to me to hear your kind words.
Last night after I posted, I read all of the blogs on my "list" and was comforted by many of those I read. It's odd, but there were several that dealt with some of the issues I've been dealing with--aging parents and their health, family memories, and one gal even talked about memories of her father who had passed away some years back. It almost felt like these bloggers were talking directly to me! Okay, lest you begin to worry that I'm becoming delusional, no, I'm not hearing voices in my head--yet! LOL! But I realize that although we quilting bloggers are truly a diverse group, with wide ranging experiences, and from different parts of the world, there remain common bonds that run between us. And I think many of us--those who quilt and blog--are in the same age group and have experienced or are experiencing similar life events. It just amazes me sometimes that all these women who have never met in person can reach out and touch each other's lives. I've belonged to an online quilt group for several years, so this idea isn't a new concept for me, but it continues to surprise and delight me each time a connection is made.
At a recent quilt club meeting, I mentioned blogging, and several women said that after spending their work day in front of the computer, going home and getting back on the computer is the last thing they want to do. While I can understand that, at the same time I think about what a rich experience they're missing--opportunities for friendships and the exchange of ideas that will never take place. So, my blogland friends, I want you to know that I appreciate each one of you--those who read my blog and take something from it for their own lives, those who read my blog and leave comments for me, and those whose blogs I read and am encouraged, motivated, amused, and touched by. Thank you!