Thursday, August 12, 2010


You may have noticed that this blog has been more quiet than usual this week. That's because it is with a heavy heart that I write this final post of the year. I know this may come as a surprise to my ever faithful visitors; it is to me also. However, I have given it much thought and I feel this is best.

I have every intention of blogging once again but I'm afraid it won't be until January 2011. With the exception of the Picnic Game, I haven't been happy with my postings the last couple of months. I'm sure you as readers were getting a bit tired of my references to previous posts. I know I was. I'd like to do a new blog design and possibly get a dedicated url. I have tons of notes and cookbooks that must be tended to in order for me to stay up to date on all the wonderful foodies celebrations that occur throughout the year.

On a personal note, I'm leaving for Idaho this Saturday and will be there for an undetermined amount of time. Marion is doing better and she has arranged to have someone come and stay with her while I am gone.

I'm not very good at good-byes... Thank you all. You have been just wonderful guests and I truly appreciate all of your support and encouragement. Thank you so much, "see" you here in January, Louise. (I'll be dropping by your places whenever time allows:)

Take Time
Take time to live; it is the secret of success.
Take time to think; it is the source of power.
Take time to play; it is the secret of youth.
Take time to read; it is the foundation of knowledge.
Take time for friendship; it is the source of happiness.
Take time for God; it is life's only lasting investment.
(from an old cookbook)

from where I stand:)


  1. Enjoy life, and just let us know if you do set up shop next year under a new "name" so I can drop you in my reader!

    Glad to hear both you and Marion are okay. Enjoy your time away!

  2. Well this is heartbreaking, but I am glad it is not permanent. I look forward to January! Enjoy your time with the grandkids!

  3. Have a good time in Idaho, Louise. Mabe after some time without blogging you will find new inspiration and new ideas. Of course I hope you will come back next year.

  4. I'm a fairly new reader of your blog and I have thoroughly enjoyed it! I'm lucky because I can go back and read all those great posts from the past while you're away. Good luck with all of your endeavors and I'll be looking forward to your return!

  5. Cheering you on, but I'll miss you... we'll all miss you.

    I love your blog, and I look forward to every posting. No guilt. Sorry.

    You have been such an inspiration to me!

    Have a safe trip, and we'll see you in January! That seems so far off.

  6. Stay in touch and please send an updated site link! Idaho sounds wonderful.

  7. Take good care, Louise.... Hope to see you again in January 2011! Hugs!

  8. Enjoy your time away for we will be waiting for all the great things you think to write about when you return. I hope you take a huge notebook with you to jot down your ideas. Looking forward to January.

  9. We will miss you, but thanks for letting us know what is going on. Have a nice long visit with your family!

  10. So sorry to hear this, Louise. Although I didn't always post comments, I loved what you did with cookbooks and their history. Like the others, I hope that you find inspiration and peace in Idaho and come back in January with a quiver full of delectable posts!


  11. I hope you'll have a great trip to Idaho and enjoy your sabbatical. Your cheerful celebrations have been widely appreciated!


  12. You "guys" are simply terrific! Thank you so much for all your well wishes. My mind is already racing with all kinds of goodies to bring with me in January!!!

  13. Time off is good for the soul Louise. I'll miss stopping by, but will look forward to your return. Enjoy your break and visit with your family.

  14. Cheers, and have a wonderful time in Idaho. I know I'll miss your posts but can appreciate that sometimes its a stuggle to come up with ideas that feel fresh, and we're probably our toughest critics. Please let us know what your new blog will be called, I am sure it will be full of wonderful new and exciting information.

  15. Dear Louise,
    You will indeed be missed, but it sounds as if you're doing something you really need to do. So, in light of that, I will try to be patient until your return. Your blog is indeed wonderful, and your spirit has always shone through in your joyous writing. Please let us know if you do end up making a new blog altogether, Louise! I would hate to miss it. Take care of yourself.
    Jane :)

  16. Oh Louise...I'll really miss you...but change is good and I already look forward to your new blog. Enjoy your time at Idaho and "see" you soon. Please take care of yourself.

  17. OOooooh,..What a pity but you will be surely missed,..!!!

    Enjoy life to the fullest!!

    Enjoy your lovely life & good luck with it all!

  18. I'm going to miss you so much, Louise! But you need the time, so take it!
    I hope we see you in the new year!

  19. oh dear I have finally got here again to catch up only to find you have gone - hope you are doing well and I will look forward to your return as I enjoy reading all your days, weeks, months of celebrations - and as a newer reader to the blog I don't get sick of the references to old posts - it just helps me catch up on what I have missed!

  20. I'm always slow to catch up with the blogs , and am just seeing this! But I understand and feel you. You put so much work and effort into each posts, its mind boggling. So I understand in order to keep up the love of your pasion, you have to sometimes step back. Dont be a stranger my friend.

  21. I will look forward to your return and for sure we will gonna miss you. Always take care.

  22. What??? We have to wait six months for the next post :-(

    Anyway... take care, enjoy life...and come back soon !

  23. Oh, you'll be missed! Best of luck!

  24. oh, louise!!! i will miss you and your posts! <3 i will wait for january 2011. please take care and i wish you the best in everything.


  25. I'm sad you're leaving. I hope you keep coming to the Pond.

  26. I am disappointed that you had to make this decision but I am also glad you made what was the best for you.

    I will be looking forward to your return with smiles and success.

    You are a light to all of us and I am sure, I speak for everyone when I say, we back you in your decision and are glad you are so wise.

  27. Hope everything is alright with you and take care. Hope to see you back in blog action soon.

  28. Thanks for the sweet birthday wishes!

  29. You are so wise! It is best for you I am sure, although I will be missing your enlightening and witty posts. See you in january, all rejuvenated! :)

  30. Thank you for your kind words on my blog! I'm sorry I found you just in time for you to be taking a sabbatical, but I'm looking forward to looking back over your old posts. Take care!


Through this wide opened gate,
none came too early,
none returned too late.

Thanks for dropping in...Louise