Monday, August 29, 2011

See Ya 'Round


Hello readers.  I am just dropping in to let you know that I'll be extending my blog break indefinitely.

First, I want to say that all is well. I just need to shift my focus away from blogging for the time being.

This year has been one of the better ones for us financially, thanks largely to that big out-of-town project Shane's been working on.  We're very thankful Shane's been working steadily, but again, largely because of that job, this has also been one of the most chaotic years we've experienced.  Some days it feels like all I can do to keep up with the all changes.  I need some serious down-time to figure out where I am amidst the confusion and where I want to be in terms of family, projects and goals.

Also, after writing posts for the past four years (my first here was on September 10, 2007), I feel as if I've accomplished most of what I was trying to accomplish and have written most of what I wanted to write regarding debt reduction, frugality, and cooking.  I just don't have much else to say.

As the focus of our home life moves slightly away from debt reduction and "bottom-line" frugality, and moves more toward homesteading, green living, simple living and healthier food choices, I may find that I do have more to say.  Whether I say anything...and whether I say it here or somewhere else on the Web...remains to be seen.

I refer to my own posts here often, especially for recipes, and I hope others do, too.  For that reason, I am leaving Real Life Living online.  Meanwhile, I'll still be in touch with you on your blogs and on Facebook.  If we aren't "friends" yet, feel free to send me a request.


17 comments:

SonyaAnn said...

I understand why you are doing this, it just makes me a little sad. You are one of my good friends. I have always considered you not as a "cyber" friend but a real one. You are so down to earth and have helped me more times than you will ever know. I refer to your blog for a pick me up, a recipe and a smile. The kind words/encouragement/smart ass comments that you have left on my blog have made an impression on me. I felt as if I had you in my corner when I had very few.
Thank you!

Mark said...

And now I'm glad that you "Friended" me on Facebook.
Take care of yourself.
Your Friend, m.

Cathy said...

Annie, I can definitely understand when and appreciate that you know the time is right to move on. I love all the changes you have made and the direction you are going.

You were one of the first bloggers I followed when I started my blog. I have enjoyed your posts over the years and learned a lot. I especially love that you started a garden when you weren't sure you could. That is my goal still and I always think of you when I think of a garden.

Good luck!

Miranda said...

I totally understand Annie! I will miss reading your posts and hope you won't be a stranger. Take care of yourself.

Dmarie said...

definitely understand, but I confess that I will look forward to seeing if your homesteading and other new ventures lead to future posts. thanks, Annie!!

Corinnea said...

Take care and have fun figuring out this next phase! Life is such a puzzle no?

McVal said...

Good luck to whatever you decide to do! And thanks for leaving your posts up! I stop in from time to time to look up recipes.

Alea Milham said...

I understand, but am already coming up with titles in my mind for your next blog. :) Thank you for leaving your posts up. I refer back to them for recipes and inspiration. I look forward to continuing our friendship on fb and in person next time I get back to KC.

Nelly said...

I understand your feeling. I have also been blogging for the last 5 years. I started blogging to make some quick money. I was going through debt problems that time. I couldn't afford to do a full time job. I was able to make a decent amount of money through affiliate marketing. Unlike you, my love for blogging has not diminished. Rather, I am addicted to it. But, some of my friends are already losing their interests in blogging.

Sheila said...

Annie,
I'm sorry to see you go but I totally understand. I refer to your blog for recipes and inspiration too. Thank you for being one of the first followers of my little blog. You made me feel so welcome to the world of blogging. I'm off to look for you on facebook. Take care.

Brandi @ Frugal Farmhouse said...

It is hard to put things in priority sometimes... I give you lots of credit for knowing when to back away. I love reading your blog and look forward to your return!

Frances said...

Good luck in your endeavors and thanks for leaving your posts up. I can just go and start reading from the beginning!

Jill said...

I'm a bit behind on reading blogs...so sorry to hear you will not be blogging...but I understand. If you change your mind...we'll be waiting! Best wishes to you!

Blessings,
Jill

Dmarie said...

Annie, here's the yogurt recipe I used: Just 42 ounces of room temperature organic whole milk mixed thoroughly with 6 ounces of room temperature plain whole milk yogurt...no cooking involved for the thickness suitable for smoothies!

hope this finds you well!!

Dr. Alice said...

I keep hoping you'll change your mind... anything you feel moved to post about homesteading and gardening I'd be eager to read! Hope all is well.

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

Gosh I miss you. At least there is FB.
Patti

Financial Independence said...

Thanks a lot. We just recently met with your blog but I am finding a lot of good ideas for my way to financial independence.

Thanks a lot for all those four years of hard and consistent work. Hope you will come back one day.