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Friday, April 14, 2017

Good Friday



For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
~John 3:16~

Hello dear friends!  Just an update on how my seeds that I started earlier this month are doing.  Here's a picture:
As you can see, they are all growing into beautiful tall plants.  Does it pay to start your own?  Well,  since I save most of my seeds, the only ones I needed to buy were for celery, cauliflower, broccoli and onions for a grand total of less than $16.  And as you can see, I have over 200 beautiful plants growing here.  How many garden plants can you buy for $16?  And what varieties are available?  So yes, it is well worth the effort to start your own plants, even if it means you have to live with an extra table crowding your space. :)


On another note, as you may have noticed, I haven't been about as much as I used to be.  I'm trying to cut back on the time I spend on the computer.  I hope you will understand if I do not comment as often on your blogs  as I did before.  Doesn't mean I don't still appreciate your writing!  I intend to write only once a month from here on out.  Hopefully, the posts will be more interesting and filled with information on thrift for you that way.  So I hope to see you here on May 1st, Lord willing and the creek don't rise!  May you all have a joy-filled and blessed Resurrection  Day!

Hugs
Jane


84 comments:

  1. Hi Jane! Happy Easter to you! I was thinking of how there is more time to spend on the computer/blogs in the winter. I know you are going to be very busy soon planting those plants! Plus you are always busy canning, etc. Your plants look beautiful and healthy! hugs, Andrea

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    1. Hello Andrea! Yes, I spend entirely too much time on the computer in Winter, when the time could be put to better uses. Going through a creative stage right now. Ever since Ran doctored me with the right combination of vitamins, I have so much more energy. If this is how normal people feel every day, life is indeed good! Are you having family for Easter?

      HUgs
      Jane

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    2. Hi! yes it certainly makes a difference when you feel well. You are probably doing a whirlwind of activity now. Just my youngest is home from college and we are visiting my sister here. I'm just trying to encourage my kids to travel here when it is a bit warmer so we can do more. Hugs, Andrea

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    3. Hope you have a nice time with your daughter, Andrea!

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  2. So glad you are feeling better! Your plants look great too! Will look forward to your post on May 1st.
    Have a blessed Easter!
    Kathy

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    1. Thanks Kathy! Hope Sunday is a wonderful one for you, also!

      Hugs
      Jane

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  3. Hi,
    Hope your Easter is wonderful. Glad your energy has returned. Life is good. Looking forward to your monthly update.

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    1. I hope the same for you Sheila! Hope you are enjoying Spring too!

      Hugs
      Jane

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  4. To see those tiny seeds grow into plants is so satisfying, and to know we will reap all the goodies later on, wonderful. Have a joyous Easter, rest, relax, and have famliy time together. Hugs from NZ.

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    1. It is exactly like witnessing a miracle, Jean! In spite of all the news of the day, life here, is good. Hope you enjoy your Easter Sunday and every day!

      Hugs
      Jane

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  5. Happy Easter Jane, Your plants looks so good, I know you will be filling your time with gardening!

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    1. Happy Easter to you too, Vickie! Beautiful day today, isn't it?

      Hugs
      Jane

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  6. Happy Easter, Jane. Glad to hear you are feeling better. Your plants look great! $16 won't buy you many plants over here! I can tell you that, since I've been looking! Hope your days will be filled with much joy and good health.

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    1. Thank you Bless, And happy Sri Lankan New Years! May it be a prosperous one for you.

      Hugs
      Jane

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  7. It's always a bright spot to see that you've posted. Your plants look healthy and happy. We planted corn this evening, and have plans to plant some other things this weekend. Happy Easter, Jane!

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    1. How nice, Laurie! We planted onions today. This Spring is being pretty pokey, but hopefully that means it will be a mild Summer. Hope you have a wonderful Easter!

      Hugs
      Jane

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  8. Joan of Crystalview CottageApril 14, 2017 at 5:22 PM

    Wishing you and your family a blessed Easter!! Happy Gardening also!!

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    1. Hello Joan! How are things on the other side of the state? Read we're supposed to have 70 degree weather tomorrow. At last! PLanted onions today and noticed some asparagus starting to emerge, so the garden is on it's way! Hope you have a lovely Easter!

      Hugs
      Jane

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  9. I think many of us feel that being 'online' soaks up time we should spend in other ways. On the other hand, when favorite bloggers fade away or go to social media I miss the posts.
    Spring and summer are busy times for those of us who live in the country or get into serious gardening. Maybe in the fall you'll have more time for blogging.

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    1. You never know, Sharon. I'm hoping that less time at the computer will make for more interesting posts, lately I've had a serious case of writer's block. Hopefully, you never will! LOve reading about your nature observations. I've said it before and I'll say it again, you are my favorite nature writer. Happy Resurrection Day!

      Hugs
      Jane

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  10. Well done on the baby plants. Working on starting a new garden. Lots of sod to dig up, but it is flat land. Thankfully there is a house being built next door so the workers dumped some loose soil on the garden. What a blessing!
    He is Risen!
    Blessings,
    Leslie

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    1. He is Risen, indeed! Amen! It's a lot of work to start a new plot, but so worth the effort of getting all that sod removed,Leslie. We have to make another plot this year, pretty soon our little slightly-less-than-a- 1/2 acre plot of land will be all garden. Joyous Resurrection Day!

      Hugs
      Jane

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  11. Happy Easter Jane.

    I am hoping to start growing some plants from seed this year. At the moment I have some volunteer lettuce plants growing and I am watching their progress with interest.

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    1. Hello Sherri! Happy Easter! One of life's greatest pleasures is nurturing a little seedling into a thriving producing plant. If that isn't the definition of a miracle, I don't know what is!

      Hugs
      Jane

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  12. Happy Easter Jane , your seedlings are looking mighty fine. Pleased you are feeling better and have lots more energy. I am picking up now, but doctor said that it could take up to a month!

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    1. Give yourself time, Sharon. I tell you, after feeling bad for so long, just feeling normal feels miraculous. Now I see how others manage to accomplish so much during the day. Have you been able to get out on your scooter? Hope you are enjoying your Easter!

      Hugs
      Jane

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  13. happy Easter Jane! Hope y'all have a blessed day. I'm just thrilled with my little baby seedlings this spring, they are all about 6 inches high now and ready to go out into the "big world" and into the "real garden". Hard to do...I'm an overprotective seed mommy, ha ha ha LOL But it's time....

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    1. Ha! You do feel rather motherly toward those little plants don't you, Debbi? Hope you enjoy them as much as big plants. At least they don't go through a moody teenage year! Happy Easter!

      Hugs
      Jane

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  14. Happy Easter Jane. Yes do relax and only write when you feel like sharing. Just don't stop blogging.....please. I have never honestly found Any of your post boring. On any of your blogs I have known. It is totally your blog and when you write you write and when you don't.....well, you don't! I am just happy to see a post and know you are ok. Then I read them and enjoy them and
    get inspired. Yes..you tend to do that to me! I am a bit worried though. If you get so much done when you are worn out.... how much can you do now that you are A-ok? LOL Super Jane!!!!
    J/Jody

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    1. Hi Jody! My intention all along was to just write a monthly post so, but I got carried away. Ha! I've learned my lesson on quitting blogging, so I will never say never again. Hope you are enjoying this fine Sunday!

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      Jane

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  15. Happy Easter, Jane! I understand the desire to push away from the computer as the world warms up--there are so many other things that need one's attention. It will be good to spend more time outside than inside once again.
    But whenever you care to post, I will always grab a cup of coffee and come here to savor your words (you are a terrific writer!) and the ensuing conversation from your readership.
    Hugs, Sue

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    1. Awww! Thank you Sue! Hopefully as it warms up, I'll have something to write about. Winter is a very long season here. I would like to post a question and just have the readers respond to it, they all are such wonderful thoughtful people, I think it would be interesting just to read the comments. We really are like a community here. Hope you are having a peaceful Easter Sunday!

      HUgs
      Jane

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  16. Your little plants are looking great! I can't wait until I am in a position to grow my own starts again. For now, I've got a few things direct-seeded into the garden and a few are up. That's a relief, since it started pouring rain right after I got them in and I was concerned they had rotted. I did plant 6 cabbages and 6 broccolis from the farm store, along with some little onion plants.

    Now, I'm hoping for a break in the weather so it will dry out enough to weed!
    Have a great week.

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    1. I'm hoping it will dry out here, too, Becky. Need to get my cauliflower and broccoli in. Planted a plot of onions, but that's about it. We are having a typical Michigan Spring, temperatures in the high 40s and low 50s, so it's too early for most things. Seeing all you and other bloggers are doing is really making me antsy to start! Happy gardening!

      HUgs
      Jane

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  17. Summer gets kind of crazy, so I can totally understand cutting back to once a month.
    Hope you had a wonderful Easter.

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    1. Hoping the same for you! Can't wait to see what you sew next. You're inspiring me to sew more. Thank you!

      Hugs
      Jane

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  18. YOur plants are looking so healthy! I still need to get with it and get my seeds planted here too. Hopefully now that things have settled down I can get to that.

    I do understand about not posting as much. As the weather gets warmer, I tend to spend more time outside and less time on the computer. Life also seems to get busier with our family this time of year and a lot of my time is joyfully spent with the grandkids! ;) Be blessed my friend!

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    1. You have a lot on your plate at the moment, Debbie. Glad some of it is happy things. Can't wait to read that baby Steven has arrived.

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      Jane

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  19. Dear Jane,

    Your little green babies are getting ready for the garden! The ones we started in our little hoophouse and getting quite big, as well. I would love to take them with us when we move, instead of selling them! We are having to be patient waiting to move, until Ken finds a job in the area (we were not aware of that rule before, and had planned on his staying here until he could transfer!). Onward and upward!

    Love,

    Marqueta

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    1. Praying that it all works out, Marqueta. You've been so patient waiting for your farm. Can't wait for the day I can send you some New Dawn roses to plant in your permanent home! I know that "if wishes were horses, all men would ride", but I truly wish that you will soon be writing a post telling us that you have moved and your farm is all you ever dreamed.

      HUgs
      Jane

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  20. Hi Jane! Your tomato plants look wonderful. I can't wait for real tomatoes. It's soooo tempting to just buy a big two foot high plant to hurry the process, but that would just kill the joy of raising them wouldn't it.

    We went on a lil trip, then I was sick, sick, sick by the time we got home, but I'm fine now. That usually happens when we go places. I should prolly just stay home.
    Have a great week.
    Toni

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    1. Hi Toni! Glad you are feeling better. That's the story of my life. Always get sick when I travel, plus no place is as good as I imagined it. Travel brochures make every place look like Shangri La. Ha! In spite of the sickness I hope you had a good time!

      Hugs
      Jane

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  21. Hello Jane! Just wanted to pop over and let you know there has been a Lester (the unofficial stray office cat) visit. He stopped by for a free meal. Hopefully Big Boy is fairing just as well.
    Hugs, Jen

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  22. Hi Jen! Hope you are doing well. THat's good news about Lester. Big Boy has recovered from his gimpy leg and Hissy has been chasing off the Persian lately, which is good because the neighbor informed me that she had kittens and I don't need any more kittens (the neighbor is taking care of them). Hope you had a pleasant Easter.

    Hugs
    Jane

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  23. I totally understand but I totally will miss you, although you did say you would still be around. I understand because I know exactly how you will be carrying on with your daily life and I'm sure you will be more busy with grandchildren in the future. I also know that I have craved the simplicity of life living life as life, and not using the internet! I'm sure I will eventually quit (as I am a true addict to blogging...always quitting..ha..) Plus if anything happens in our country the last thing you want to do is blog as we can't ignore our country's financial debt and moral decay! Always a prayer out to you! Hugs, Andrea

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  24. Hi Jane - I've only been reading a short time but wanted to let you know that I really enjoy reading your blog and will miss your posts. I do understand that it must be upsetting to put yourself and your life out to the world and receive hurtful criticism. I don't understand why someone would do that and I'm sorry that it has upset you. Take care and - who knows? - maybe you will check back in with us someday and let everyone know how you are.

    Debra

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  25. A wise woman recently replied to me, "Life is a journey."
    I am so thankful I was able to read and learn from yours for a while.
    Thank you, Jen

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  26. Oh, I will miss you and your warm posts, Jane. I feel I've just been getting to "know" you, but understand how hurtful it would be to get snarky comments. Life is always about change. Perhaps it will bring you around this way again... if we're lucky. Hugs and many good wishes to you!

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  27. Hi Jane! Your blog is the best I've ever read, and I feel, just like you, that my readers are my friends, but I understand and respect your decision to stop posting. You will be sorely missed because you're a jewel of a blogger and one of the kindest I've known, and I wish you the absolute best in all your endeavors. :)
    Hugs from Tenn.,
    Toni
    p.s. Feel free to change your mind at any time. ;)

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  28. Oh, Jane, I had been looking forward to reading your latest post, but it wasn't what I was hoping to read! I'm so sorry to hear that you have decided to stop blogging, but I do understand. May you and your family be blessed as you move forward. Take care.

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  29. Nowhere on your last post to leave a few words. I have so enjoyed your posts, the news of your life, how you managed, and all else, particularly the knitting and cooking. But I understand, and can only say " Thank you from my heart , I hope your days will be filled with happiness, laughter and love, sunshine and smiles " and although I will miss you, have been enriched by meeting you and learning so much. Hugs and love to you and yours, as you prepare for the spring garden, the warmer days, and time to smell the roses and rosemary. XXXX

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  30. That's too bad you are giving up blogging. We will miss you. Unfortunately, criticism is part and parcel of the internet today. People hide behind their computers and blast away. Some people take it with a grain of salt, and others say why put up with this? I will just have to peruse your archives from time to time. I hope you will keep your blog up for that purpose. Good luck as you return to the simple life!

    Isabella in Minneapolis

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  31. Sorry to hear you won't be blogging any more. Sad that hurtful people have upset you. I know how you feel as I take any hurtful comments about me to heart. We can't help our feelings! All the very best for the future. May it be a happy one.

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  32. Sorry to hear you won't be blogging any more. Sad that hurtful people have upset you. I know how you feel as I take any hurtful comments about me to heart. We can't help our feelings! All the very best for the future. May it be a happy one.

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  33. Sorry to hear you are going to stop blogging, I understand, I sometimes feel that the internet is the one jarring element in living a simple life. Your blog has inspired me in my journey, it is your sensitivity that makes your writing so wonderful, so thank you with all my heart. Many blessings for you and your family as you take time to fill your days with the joys of simple living.
    Sharon

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  34. Dear Jane, I'm sorry you've been hurt by those comments. There really are such miserable people around. I've loved your blog and have been heartened and warmed by it some days and learned from it on others. I've taken quite a few steps back myself in the past few months and I'm feeling much better for it. Take care, love. I hope I don't lose contact with you. xx

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  35. Jane it makes sense to let blogging go if you feel it is the right time to do so. And of course you asked for guidance and received answers that indicated it is time to let it go. There is a time and season for everything. Please remember that I and many others value you and your blog and I would like to thank you for everything that you have shared. I will miss you.

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  36. Dear Jane ~ Selfishly, I'm heartbroken that you're saying goodbye. Reading your blog is visiting with a dear friend...I love your wisdom and humor and I'll miss you more than you can ever imagine. Enjoy your life, dear girl. And know what a difference you've made in this world. Mindy

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  37. I will miss your sweet posts, Jane, but I truly understand. ❤

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  38. How about Instagram? It seems to be very popular today for little snippets of life.

    Isabella in Minneapolis

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  39. Oh, I'm sad to hear you won't be writing your blog any longer. I only discovered it last fall and have enjoyed and been inspired by your words and your way of living. I wish I hadn't been so late to the party!
    I completely understand your need to move on though and wish you well. I hope your old posts will be available to read - I'm still catching up!
    Mimi

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  40. I am sorry to hear you will no longer be writing your blog. I am a very private person and don't like attention. I am a "lurker" but I wish you the very best and hope you and your family will be happy. I will miss your wisdom. God Bless

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  41. Oh, how I will miss your writing, Jane! You have a singular talent for helping your readers to remember that the real magic is in the everyday and ordinary.
    I can understand not wanting to deal with the cranks and grumps of the world. And I can understand that life beckons you away from the computer. Like Mimi, I only wish I hadn't been so late to the party!

    I do hope that maybe someday you will feel like writing again. Perhaps on a closed, invitation-only blog, where one needn't be needlessly accosted by the Negative Nellies of the world.

    I wish you and Ran and Jamie and your family all the very best in the world. Your blog has absolutely brightened and enriched my world, and I sincerely thank you for allowing me to share your time, thoughts, and talents.
    Warmest hugs, Sue

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  42. I too must say how sorry I am to hear you won't be blogging anymore. I have loved following your days and weeks and getting to know you a bit through. You have enforced my goals to live frugally and joyfully. May your days with out blogging be filled with joy but if you ever decide to write again I'd love that too :) Thanks Jane. Nannie

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  43. I have enjoyed your blog from the first time I stumbled upon it. Thank you so much for all you have shared with your readers. I am sorry you will no longer be sharing blog posts. I certainly understand your reasons for your decision. I was raised to not say anything if I could not say something nice and I still try to practice that today. I wish you and your family al the best and hope you have a wonderful summer!

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  44. I will miss you terribly Jane. You have made a wonderful difference in my life. I truly understand the why of stopping the blog, I would feel the same way. Thank you for all you have given to the blog. You have done enough. Enjoy the peace of Christ. Jlynn

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  45. Debbie in the U.P.May 2, 2017 at 4:37 AM

    I've enjoyed dropping into the old Stempel boardinghouse. If ever I get to your neighborhood, I'll keep an eye out for you so I can give you a big hug!
    Take care!
    Debbie

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  46. I will be sad to not read your posts but I am also really sensitive and so I know where you are coming from. I closed my blog down because of the worry about unpleasantness that seems to prolific on the internet. Have a happy life - I admire you and will keep you in my thoughts as I carry on a similar path to you. xxx

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  47. I too will miss your posts greatly, and am only sorry not to have discovered your blog sooner. The internet is an amazing tool, it has been amazing to have shared your life journey through it, but I do understand how very negative it can also be.
    I send yourself and your family my very best wishes for the future. It has been a privilege to have met you.
    Lesley

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  48. Oh Jane! I totally understand you, but I am so happy I got to 'meet' you :-) You ARE an inspiration!

    Please do not close your blog, leave it for us to enjoy! Remember the 20 dollar challenge?

    All the best,
    Miriam

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  49. Hi Jane, I could not figure out how to comment on your newest blog post, so I am going to do so here my friend. Perhaps you turned the comments off and I can understand that. I just wanted to let you know how much your friendship and support have meant to me. YOu have challenged me to think and grow and to come to terms with certain situations in my life and be able to actually move on so that I would not be subjected to even more abuse and pain. Thank you for that...it was the push I needed after having endured so much abuse for 32 years by certain people (you know the back story so I will leave it at that). I do hope that we can stay in touch and that you find the peace and happiness that you are longer for my friend. I'd love it if you would stop in every now and then at my blog and let me know how you are doing. Even though we have never met "in person", you have become a very important and special friend in my life and I just want you to know how much I appreciate and care about you. Be blessed! ~Debbie

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    1. That should say longing for not longer for...sorry about that. ;)

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  50. I see that I'm not the only one to figure out how to get through ha ha. You know I love reading your blog and somehow I think I want to do this too. I do truly understand and will have to think about it some more. IT's been so good to catch up with you again. Maybe you still could come to my blog and leave a comment? I hope so!

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  51. As a loyal lurker I will miss your blog.... the best to you and your family, Cathy in Illinois

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  52. Oh Jane, I am so sorry. I have loved visiting with you this past year. You and your blog have been a blessing to me, and I thank you for your encouraging and informative posts. In a world that seems to have gone mad, I have enjoyed catching up with you each week, and I will miss you. Sending hugs to you.

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  53. Joan of Crystalview CottageMay 2, 2017 at 7:09 PM

    Hi Jane, I have been feeling such loss after reading about your decision not to blog anymore. I am so happy that I found you and have so enjoyed reading about your life. I am sending prayers and best wishes to you and your family. Thank you.

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  54. I will miss hearing from you Jane. Some people can be so hurtful. I don't know why they don't just stay silent and not blurt out every awful thought they feel. I am sorry you are left with your feeling hurt so easily. It is not you. They must hate themselves to be like that. Yet you get the result of their anger. As you know you are loved and admired by many. Not just here but tons also where you live I am sure. By God even more. Remember that. I wish you could keep the blog up so we can scroll through it still but that is your choice not ours. I am glad I accidentally found this new blog while it was still up. I enjoyed every minute of visiting with you. J/Jody

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  55. Dear Jane - Thank you for all you have shared! And all your hard work putting your blog together and posting. I am relatively new to your blog and have enjoyed it very much. I am sorry to hear you will not be blogging anymore but wish you and your family the very best in the future. Blessings!

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  56. Hi :) I am also relatively new to your blog and have been enjoying it immensely! It's such a shame people have nothing better to do w/their lives then tear others down, maybe the energy could be better spent getting a life of their own. Anyhoo, I appreciate all you have done and am starting at the beginning of your blog. Looking forward to learning from you. Many Blessings!!

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  57. Jane, I love your blog. Still, there are seasons of life for everything. If you feel that blogging is not in your "season" right now, then it shouldn't be. If you every feel like starting up again, go for it. (And let me know you did, so I can read!)

    It looks like Ran got the garden tilled really well. I'm excited for you. Yea! Only the small portion Rob tilled up a while back is done on mine. The early stuff is in, has come up, but it has been raining like crazy. One day I did hoe, last week, but that's the only time it was dry enough. Then, yesterday and today, we got really warm (for us) weather and we feel like we are going to die:) It is starting to dry out. But, he had to work today, and had a procedure on his back yesterday that stops him from taking advantage of these 2 days of good weather. Tomorrow, the temps are supposed to plunge 20 degrees and rain again. So, it goes. I know it will dry out and I will till, plant and hoe. Seasons. They come and go.

    I know it's hard, but "hoeing" out the negativity is the best way, in whatever fashion works best for you. Maybe a time of concentrating on your home, family, garden, crafts and handiwork---whatever makes you happy is what you need right now. I'm sure your family will be blessed by your love and care. Hang in there! You are a special person.

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  58. I am sorry to hear that you are letting go or your Blog, mainly because I just found it via Sheila. I am even more sorry to hear that you or any Blogger would receive "snarky" comments. It makes me so sad to think that a person would take the time to be cruel to anyone. I have enjoyed reading through your old posts. I grew up in rural Maine in the early 60's and we lived very much like you do today. I think it made me the strong person I am today. I wish you every happiness.

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  59. You should do what is right for you and I will respect that but gosh darn it I will miss you! I love your blog and learned quite a bit here. I cannot even IMAGINE WHAT IN THE WORLD people would find to COMPLAIN ABOUT about this nice nice blog!!?? I mean really??--what is wrong with people

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  60. Well, since I cannot comment on your very last post, I will comment here. I cried when I read your last post because I have enjoyed ALL of them so much. I read every one of your back posts. I thoroughly understand why you feel the need to move on. I had an abusive childhood, too, from my mother. Any negative comment to this day I take personally. It's not something I can help; it's just in my makeup. But, as you said, His eye is on the sparrow so I know He watches me. I pray that the rest of your entire life is filled to the brim with love, laughter, happiness and peace. I will pray for you each time I think of you. Each of your posts helped me in some way. Thank you for that. Much love, Cate <>< P.S. If you ever want to chat, you have my email address.

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    1. Hello Cate! I'm not sure that I do have your email address but here's mine: janezempel@yahoo.com. A while ago my computer crashed and I had to start all over again from scratch. Lost my email address book and all my bookmarks. We abused have to stick together. Yesterday I was having a conversation with a friend and she was asking me if I was ever going to talk to my sisters again. When I said no, she tried to compare it to a family feud her mother had with her uncle about some furniture. They never talked to each other for 20 years but eventually reunited. She simply couldn't understand that a tiff about furniture is not the same as being abused. And that there might be a reason why it is better to forgive but stay distant. Anyhow, sorry you had to go through it. It certainly changes a person's perspective on life and especially on trusting others. That is why I am so honored that you trusted me enough to confide in me.

      Extra large hugs for being brave!

      Jane

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