August 6 was the 10 year anniversary of audioknits. Ten years, 1000 posts. A decade of memories, moments large, small, and often hum-drum.
In that time, our daughter and son graduated from high school and respectively from college and technical school. Our daughter married a fine young man. Our son got a good job in his field right out of school, which sent him back and forth to various job sites out west, and is now settled in Alaska. (Though I hope that is temporary.)
Several family members have had some significant health issues, which I don't often mention on the blog, but things are currently status quo. There was the loss of an uncle and two aunts, all missed and fondly remembered. Every pet we had 10 years ago is gone (cats Ruby, Cecil, and Cow, and dogs Charlotte and Onslow- you can see these old friends in the 'Menagerie' photo album on the sidebar), and so are some we acquired since (cat Cookie and one dozen chickens, including funny little Pip, #12.) We are currently a 3 cat family- Tuffy has been with us for a year, and kittens Billie and Gus for just over 3 weeks (and they already run the joint).
My husband and I have been involved in some community issues, including helping to develop a neighborhood water district (though nothing yet has come of it), and for several years monitoring the water quality of a local pond for URI. Following the Sandy Hook tragedy, I've become heavily involved in organizations to reduce gun violence, and have been learning so much about what it takes to make a difference rather than just sitting back and moaning and complaining.
I fell in love with day lilies and expanded a day lily garden. The vegetable garden has had several incarnations as well as fallow years, but this year it is gangbusters! I got into bicycling, though unfortunately have not done much at all this summer- which is probably why I keep losing and gaining the same 20 pounds. We survived a kitchen remodel.
Two constants have been reading (with audiobooks outnumbering print) and, of course, knitting. I love getting together with the knitting guild for these 20+ years, and the last several years I've also been able to knit with my quilting buddies.
Before blogging, I used to keep track of my projects with 35 mm photos and scrapbooks full of notes. When I started blogging, I shifted to the Typepad photo albums. With the advent of Ravelry (hurrah!) I gradually stopped using the photo album feature altogether and keep track of everything on Ravelry.
Ready for 10 years' worth of knitting stats? Most can be viewed on my Ravelry project page, though several at the bottom of the page are pre-blog projects.
43 baby items (mostly sweaters, but also hats, booties, bibs)
6 pairs mittens/fingerless gloves
5 pairs socks, plus 2 mateless
9 miscellaneous (table runners, tea cozies, wine bottle cozy, Brain Slug...)
There were additional projects that were either fully or partially completed, then frogged for whatever reason, some of which are also on the project page. No regrets!
I've mentioned before that one of the main reasons I continue blogging while others have abandoned it for Facebook or tweeting or other social media that doesn't interest me, is that it I can look back and recall pieces of my life. I don't advertise that I blog, so have few followers, but it gives me enjoyment. I believe I will hang in there for another 10 years.
Thanks for reading.