Thursday, July 30, 2009

A New Lifer!!

Hi Everybody! Remember me? I think this is the longest I've gone without a blog post. Lots of reasons- summer's been pretty busy. Work is progressing on our construction up north at Hasty Brook. Our two-story garage is on moving along. The septic system is in and has been inspected and the slab has been poured. The trusses are being ordered this week and materials will ship next week too. I received an email a few weeks ago from Richard from At the Water with suggestions and an amazing offer to help with the wiring of our new building. Last Friday Art and I took of for a drive to meet Richard at his lovely lake home to discuss the plans and get an idea of what we'll need.
My new life blogger is Richard of At the Water!!!!

What a nice fellow. Art, who can be a bit shy with new people said the meeting Richard was like meeting an old friend. Within minutes we were chatting like we'd known each other for years. Richard is a really interesting and multi talented man. His career history is amazing.
I've always said that the best part of blogging is the people I've gotten to know and the friendships I've formed. Richard is a perfect example. We got a tour of Richard's gardens and beautiful yard. We got to see the deck project he's been working so hard at. It's just so nice to actually see the views that I've seen through Richard's wonderful photos. I even snapped a few pictures of the young Orioles at the nectar feeder on his deck rail. We spent hours talking and laughing.
We even got to meet Richard's dog Jessy. I grew up with pug dogs and have a very special love for that breed so it was so nice to be able to spend time with this sweet old girl.
Isn't that a face to love?
Thank you Richard for letting me add you to my "Blogger Life List" and for your wonderful hospitality and friendship.
Somewhere along the way this month I lost the ability to download photos to my laptop. Not sure what the problem is, but I'm hoping this weekend Art, my "computer master" will try to figure it out. In the mean time I'll try to get some Hasty progress pix onto my little net-book so I can share the developments up there.
Sometime last year I put a little "Blogiversary date" button on my sidebar and then completely forgot about it. Last week I hit the three year mark on my blog. Here's what I said in my first post:
It's time to just jump in with both feet. I've stalled and fretted long enough. I decided to start a blog as a sort of electronic journal to record pictures, observations and thoughts of a piece of land we call Hasty Brook. We bought ten acres of wooded land in northern Minnesota in the spring of 2005. We justified it by calling it an investment/savings plan for the future. On the first trip up just to look at the property I was hooked! I'm not a photographer or writer by any stretch of the imagination, but I'd like to try to share what I see and feel when I'm at Hasty Brook.

I'm still taking photos (and I hope I've improved a bit), and I'm still writing of my love for that place. I have learned so much from you all about birds and life and friendships. I share parts of my life here at home, my travels, and my love for birds too but I think I've stayed pretty true to my intentions. The part of this whole blogging experience that's really caught my heart is you all who come here to read and maybe to comment. The friendships I've found here are extraordinary. The people I've been blessed to meet through this blog have enriched my life more than I can say.
Thank you for all of the kind words over these past three years. Thanks especially for the kindness and support during my tough times with the loss of my Mom and then my sister.
I wish I could meet you all!
Remember- there will aways be a place for you at Hasty Brook Assisted Living Community!


Richard said...

Jessy and I both thank you for the visit. I'm sure there will be a lot more then wiring I can help with.

KGMom said...

Nice to meet you, Richard--if you are a friend of Lynne's--well, you are a friend.
Lynne--don't forget, we want to see pics of the Hasty Brook building, in progress, finished, etc.

The Early Birder said...

Hi Lynne. Richard was one of the first to comment on my blog when I started & gave me inspiration to continue. He certainly is a talented man - just great that you could meet up.
I would love to meet you too & see Hasty Brook AND you know what I've said before..wishes do sometimes come true.
Stay well my friend. FAB

Susan Gets Native said... this Lynne? That woman who used to write a blog? Isn't she from Fargo, North Dakota?
It's been so long, I have forgotten.

You got to meet Richard? Neat-o!
And I want his dog.

Kathiesbirds said...

Lynne, I have missed your posts! So glad for the updates and so glad your met another lifer! Ha! Happy Blogaversary! We have all come a long way since we started! I think you were one of the first to comment on my blog!

Doug Taron from Gossamer Tapestry will be here for supper tomorrow night! I can't wait to see picutres of the progress at Hasty Brook. I am so happy for you and so happy that you have kept on blogging!

Deb said...

Lynne, I'm so glad you got to meet Richard! And I'm looking forward to dropping in for a visit at Hasty Brook to see the progress!

Leedra said...

Lynne, isn't it great when you get to meet the people we talk to daily or weekly on our blogs? Glad you were able to add another to your list. Nice to hear about the progress being made at Hasty Brook, will be watching for updates.

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Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Blogging is such an interesting experience.I'm glad you are still posting.aGood luck with the building project.

dAwN said...

Congrats on your Life Blogger! It really is wonderful meeting blogger friends..One of my fav things to do..
Hee will get a few lifers when we have our outing! :)

Congrats on your Blogaversary..
I really have only been reading blogs since the end of last year...adding one by one..I am glad I found your blog..and Happy to add you as one of my Bloggy friends!

Look forward to meeting you soon!

RuthieJ said...

Hi Lynne,
Congratulations on 3 years of blogging! It's been great being a part of your life -- through the good and the not-so-good. I look forward to progress reports on the Hasty Brook Assisted Living Community and especially look forward to seeing you on Aug. 15th when we will both be adding to our blogger life lists!

LauraHinNJ said...

Congrats Lynne!

Only 3 years?


It feels like a sweet lifetime, my friend.

Linda in Erie said...

Woohoo! The slab is poured and the septic is in. I can't believe how fast you guys are getting things done up there. I am looking forward to retiring at your retirement home up there at Hasty Brook :-)

It is so great to meet fellow bloggers and it really is like meeting someone you already know. Too bad we all don't live closer or we could have a good old fashioned house raising as I'm sure everyone would volunteer to help. That certainly is wonderful of Richard to help with the wiring.

I'm excited for you. It will be fun to follow your progress on your blog as your dreams come true.

Jayne said...

Happy Blogiversary Lynne! So neat that you got to meet Richard and that so much is already progressing up at Hasty Brook. Can't wait to see the photos!

Eve said...

Life is good but blogging makes it better Lynne! Glad to hear things are going well there at Hasty Brook! Love the "life" blogger analogy!!

troutbirder said...

Welcome back Lynne. This construction stuff is so exciting, yet tiring too. Decisions decisions!

Montanagirl said...

Welcome back! I've been missing your posts and comments on my blog! How nice for you to meet Richard! I really enjoy his blog, photos and sense of humor.

Carolyn H. said...

Lynne: I'm glad you're back and blogging again! We want to know how things are coming along at Hasty Brook, too!

Carolyn H.

Owlman said...

Welcome back and HAPPY anniversary. Sounds like the palace at Hasty Brook is coming along nicely ;-) It has been fun getting to know you via the web and email and I hope we’ll get the opportunity to meet in the near future. Keep up the good work Lynne!

Mel said...

Is nice to have you back!
Happy Bloggaversary!!! Good luck with Hasty Brook and all the plans. I know it will be great when it's all done :)

Beth said...

You once told me "A sometime friend made on a bird walk in Cape May feels like a forever friend now". That's you, dear Lynne. A forever friend brought into my life through this blog. Don't stop blogging - it brings joy to my life.


Ruth said...

Enjoy your summer,and happy blogaversary!

NCmountainwoman said...

Great post. I checked out Richard's blog and he is such a nice guy. So glad your paths have crossed.

Can't wait to see the progress on the building.

Pablo said...

Congratulations on reaching such an advanced age in the blogosphere.

When are you going to give us some pix of the cabin up north?

Mary C said...

Well, it was so nice to meet Richard and Jessy here on your blog. I'm so glad to hear there's actually some building going on at Hasty Brook. I sure hope you are getting some pix of the progress, Lynne.

Larry said...

Congratulations on your lifer! I'm glad he didn't fly away before you had a chance to gert the photo.That's a really nice-photo of the two of you.I'm glad yo are still at it after three years Lynne.I hope you continue your blog for many years to come.

NatureWoman said...

I love it when you meet someone you instantly bond with. You are so fortunate to have a new life friend!! I would love to meet you someday, IRL, Lynne!

jalynn01 said...

Hi Lynne, I've been missing you greatly.. hoping you'll post from day to day as I look and find nothing new. Glad that you were able to hook up and meet Richard..sounds like he can help you and Art with a few things at your little piece of heaven.. Congrats on your blogiversary. I checked that out, didn't know it existed.. I'll be watching for more progress reports and pix from you...

Tina said...

Congratulations, even tho they are a little belated. You've been blogging a long time (3 years...I'm impressed) and I always looking forward to seeing and reading your posts!! I'm definitely one of your blogger groopies and look forward to reading many many more!

Bird Girl said...

I'll say you've been busy, Lynne! But your life is beginning to get very exciting there at Hasty Brook! How nice to meet Richard and to have an extra helper!

LostRoses said...

Happy blogiversay, Lynne! I'm glad you mentioned it as it made me go check and see that I've just had my 3rd year also. Our blogs are the same age! I've certainly enjoyed yours and happy many more years blogging!