Welcome Home Kat, and Thank You Friends

welcome home


Hi Everyone,
I hope you are doing well, I am doing good, I am watching a great game of baseball between the Red Sox's and the Kansas City! Pete is an early riser and I am a night owl and Scott is in his room as he is so often now that he is a teenage, I am glad when he gets hungry so I I can see and talk to him!! I wanted to take the time to say Welcome Home to my friend Kat from http://candlesandcrafts.blogspot.com/ who is also the Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director at http://www.angelsezine.com/ the ezine I write weekly as Dolly Loving, my mothers nickname was Dolly. Kat invited me to write there and I am so happy she did, I love the ezine it inspires me and helps me to grow as a writer. I met Kat through my blog and luckily she lives a couple of towns over, one day I had the pleasure of hanging out with her and she is a riot, I felt like I knew her all my life. Kat I am glad you took a well deserved vacation in Ohio, you work tirelessly for all the writers and make the ezine what it is today. On top of that Kat you are one the few true friends I have ever had and I thank you for that, so welcome back and I look forward to catching up with you. As I started writing this to you Kat it also got me thinking about the other true friends I have been blessed with in my life. As the years have passed, now I know I am showing my age LOL! I have one hand full of true friends and I want to take the time to say THANK YOU! These past couple of years has also taught me gratitude in a way I never knew it before. You a true friends in my book because even when I was not at my best through some difficult times and may have lashed out without meaning to, you still forgave me and stayed my friend. You don't know what that meant to me and I believe you have all helped me to stay strong when I wanted to just not deal with the grief anymore and hide away. So here is a shout out to you! Hope I don't get to mushy

Donna, I met Donna at work, you are excellent with the disabled and they are lucky to have you. I think you are what they call the salt of the earth. I will never forget how much you supported me by listening, and letting me cry and offering help throughout all those loses. One thing sticks out in my mind Donna, when Christa was giving birth a few days early so their baby could meet her dying grandmother Wendy, you said to me "I can't imagine what you are going through, if you even need me to food shop for you, let me know." No one had ever offered that to me even the friends at the time I thought were there for me and later realized they were not. With all you have on your plate, taking care of your daughter and her busy schedule, working full time it is something I will never forget, and I forget a lot. Donna I think your compassion for me came from the fact that we both lost our parents in similar ways. Both of our Father's left us without a chance to say goodbye. Every time I hear Bob Seager I think of the two of you. Our mothers had to suffer through a long illness and how hard it must of been for you and your family to lose her at the age of 52? sorry if I got that wrong but I know it was around there. Yet throughout the day at work, we always had a good laugh, I miss that it was the best medicine to help me heal, Thanks again :)

Shirley you are an inspirational person who I met at work and like Donna you did all the same things for me. Shirley even though you probably could retire you are the youngest person at heart and you continue to devote your time working with the disabled. Shirley you have insights to their needs that many don't see. They are also so lucky to have you in their lives. The most fun I have with you Shirley is talking about our grandchildren. Your grandson Oliver is so handsome and Even though your daughter is currently living out of state some day we are going to get them together and when they are older maybe we will send them to the alter together LOL! Christa and I loved bringing Briana by to visit with you and everyone at TLC, you were so loving to her and I will never forget that. I am sorry I have not caught up with you yet for coffee, I promise I will. I have been spoiled being out of work, not that I like that, but with Scott being on vacation some mornings I sleep until 8am and don't think I can get to McDonald's in time to meet you, but I am working on that, or I will give you a call to find another time to meet. You and Donna and everyone at TLC are in my thoughts everyday. Thank you for always being supportive and a true friend :)

SoulMerlin from http://soulmerlin.typepad.com/reflections/ I was lucky enough to met you through my blog and even though you live in England I feel I know you as if you lived here next door. You are truly one of the most inspirational and great writers I have ever met. When I read your stories of your journeys for example to like to Stonehenge, you write so well I feel like I am there. You always comment on my blog and it touches my heart more than you'll know. I appreciate that you keep me posted on your blog as well. You were also so supportive of me the past two year and I want you to know I will never forget that. I will be in touch soon. Hope all is well with you :)

Bing of http://pinklady-bing.blogspot.com/ I also met you online and you also live half way across the world, yet you have helped me so much with my grief by reading your story. You continue to share your journey from losing your husband James to finding yourself again. You help and inspire so many people with your honesty and strength. I am so glad our paths crossed. You have helped me in more ways than you know, thanks for always taking the time to be a true friend :)

Wow, I have been typing for about two hours now, but it is something I really wanted to do, Thanks for visiting my blog,
Take Care,
Janet :)


  1. Janet,

    You my dear are the reason it is easy to be your friend. You offer so much, and I think sometimes others don't see it. Know that I do!

    You are a very talented writer and I am glad to have you over at Angels Weekly...for all you do, again, I can't thank you enough!

    And for the wonderful "welcome home", gosh, you have me all teared up over here.

    You are the BEST!
    Love ya,

  2. Hi Kat,
    I totally understand you crying, I cried as I wrote it, but did not mean to make you do that as well LOL! Throughout my life I settled for what I thought were true friends, then I met you and people like Donna and Shirley and realized I never really did have what is called a true friend, like I said your forgiveness when I assumed something in a stupid way, you stayed my friend, I have never had that before, I just must have been around the wrong people???
    Take Care,
    Janet :)

  3. JANET, i am so touched by your post. Thank you for all those kind words. Like you, I never expected to find real friends here in the blogosphere. I only wanted to write and release whatever "demons" I had within.

    And then I met you and KAT. Things were never the same again. You two motivated and inspired me with your comments. Just when I thought nobody out there was reading any of the crap I was writing.

    Look at how my blog has evolved. I credit that to you and Kat. Thank you so much, friend. Thank you very, very much.

    Much love and blessings,

    Bing =)

  4. Wow Janet ~ I'm really touched. I'm going on holiday in a few minutes. I'm driving over to pick up Liz and we're going to Lindisfarne for three days - Lindisfarne is an island just off-coast on the north east shore of England (Northumberland) There is a lot of ancient history attached to it and I've never been there before. I'll take my laptop and wi-fi dongle with me, but I may have difficulty in leaving comments....still I'm back next Monday.

    I've made a new home page design (my first entirely on my own) I'd love you to have a look at it...just click on my name at the top of this comment. I've put the link there.