Blog Party! You’re all invited!


I am going to host a virtual blog party today.  Yes.  The decision has just been made.  (I had another blog all written–a totally different blog–but woke up in a celebratory mood and, well, you know, celebratory moods always need parties!)

Why?  you ask.  Why are you havin’ a blog party, Kathy?  (You may be even asking this in a bleary-sort of way, especially if you just got out of bed.)

We’re having a party because–within the next few hours–this blog will have 100,000 hits.  The blog is fourteen months old now, which is kind of like a teenager or young adult, so we’ll call it a Coming of Age Party.  This is also the 333rd post, which is a Big One.  Just because it contains three three’s.  Blog magic, you know.

Please email for directions to our house.  There is not a lot of room to park cars in the driveway, because we recently received a new load of wood.  Job for spring:  splitting into firewood.  But we won’t talk about that today.  Today is for celebrating!

Load of wood--before it was unloaded in driveway

We’ll have cake…would you like angel food cake with chocolate whipped cream?  (That’s what our family always eats on birthdays.)  Do you want a dinner, too?  Yikes, that will be challenging with work and everything.  How ’bout a potluck?  Tell us what you plan to bring. 

What would you like to drink?  We have really good coffee and lots of tea.  Oh, yes, some wine and beer.   We don’t really have much hard liquor though.  Maybe a bottle of peppermint schnapps that has lingered in the top of the cupboard for maybe ten years.  You could mix it with hot chocolate if you want!  (Then we can get rid of the darn bottle…) I may have to buy more in town today, though, depending on who decides to come.  Please provide a drink order.

For those of you who want a drink out of the deck...brrrr.... You can pretend it's summer. 🙂

We can’t sit on the deck and celebrate because it’s too cold.  (OK, you can if you want to.  Wear your winter coats.)  We’ll gather in our little living room and chat.  We’ll wear name tags with the names of our blogs.  (No,no, no!  No name tags.  We’ll know who we are.  We’ll just know.  Name tags are far too impersonal.)

I will thank you all for supporting the blog…for becoming friends.  Then I will roll my eyes and tell you the Commenting Experiment is Over.  I am now responding to blog comments on the blog again.   Two days of email responses were enough. 

It was actually fun emailing & talking more intimately with others this weekend.  But I prefer the public approach.  It’s actually quicker–and now that I know who reads and who doesn’t–the responses can be adjusted.  Plus–here’s the biggee–I learned that it doesn’t matter if the original person comes back and reads or not.  The response isn’t always for the initial respondee!  It’s for EVERYONE!  I love how we keep learning things, don’t you?  (And thanks, Dawn, for your kind request this morning –you sealed the decision.) 

OK, let the celebration begin!  The countdown starts now…  Thank you again for coming to the party!  The blog and I are so grateful for you.  Every one of you!  Without you, it just wouldn’t be the same…

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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118 Responses to Blog Party! You’re all invited!

  1. Reggie says:

    Yayyy! BLOG PARTY!!!

    I’m coming too, Kathy! I shall bring my favourite freshly baked chocolate cake from Aunty Norma who supplies our friendly neighbourhood supermarket, as well as a melktert (because that’s a South African kind of cake that you just have to have tried at some time in your life). No liquor requests from me – as you know, a cuppa tea will do me nicely.

    As for dinner… hm… I can bring some roast chicken, and a huge dish of roast butternut, potatoes, sweet potatoes, zucchinis (baby marrows), onions (gotta have onions), and beetroot. Oh man, am I getting hungry.

    THIS’LL BE SO ROCKING AWESOME, KATHY!!!!! The UP will never be the same again!!! 😀

    • Kathy says:

      Oh Reggie! You are coming! I so hoped you would. 🙂 And LOOK AT ALL THE FOOD YOU’RE BRINGING! My mouth is watering already. Heck, I don’t even need to cook at all, do I? That cake sounds…oh, superb! You and I will have a cup of tea first, because no one else is here. (I may have a glass of wine later in the afternoon, though.) Oh! I keep reading the food you’re bringing. WONDERFUL! I can SMELL this all the way from South Africa!!

      • Reggie says:

        Nope, you don’t need to cook at all, Kathy. You just point us in the direction of the kitchen, and then sit back and relax, while we lay out all the cakes and biscuits and cupcakes and tarts, and all the pretty colourful cups and saucers for tea and coffee… I’ll ask hubby to bring ’round the roast goodies when he gets home from work (you’re right about the smell coming from the oven – it’s heavenly!). You’ll have plenty to do welcoming everyone and introducing them to each other.

        Ahhh… this’ll be suuuch fun. Wouldn’t it be fabulous to meet everyone face to face, shake hands, “Oh my gosh, is that YOU! I read your comments all the time!”

        Oh, and tell Barry not to worry if it gets really crowded, and more and more guests arrive – we’ll all help to clean up afterwards, so your home will be as neat as a pin before you wake up tomorrow morning.

  2. Elisa's Spot says:

    I will come right over as soon as the rain and thunder stop…I’m busy dancing in it and continuing with the regrouping here. I can like to avoid peoples, so, I might just peer in at the windows and sniff the wood.

    • Kathy says:

      Elisa, you could go in the basement by the woodstove. It’s cozy and much quieter down there. Or you could go in Christopher’s bedroom–it’s downstairs, too. You can even put wood in the woodstove when it gets too cold. I will bring you tea every hour. Oh, and you can take some books from the bookshelf and bring them downstairs. Does that sound good?

  3. Dearest Kathy! I love a party on Monday! Whoopeee! I have a cold today, so I will attend the party in my jammies- my favorite outfit.
    May I sit by the fire? I will bring my knitting, warm socks and just enjoy the smiles and conversation, sip tea.
    I have a batch of cookies in the freezer- my current specialty with pistachios, dried cherries and chocolate- I call them “Tri-State” Specials as California, Michigan and Pennsylvania are represented.
    Can’t wait!
    Love, S

    • Kathy says:

      Oh, Suzi, jammies will be wonderful! Yes to knitting and warm socks and tea. What kind of tea will you like? Oh I don’t suppose that matters…I have so many different kinds right now. But you know what? You won’t need warm socks! Our floor is really warm from the heat of the woodstove. You could even go barefoot with your jammies! As for the Tri-State specials…I would like one RIGHT NOW. (Am drinking coffee now…got so excited about the party I brewed coffee!)

  4. I’ll be there!!! 😉 Congrats on the upcoming milestone! Your counter is at 99,982 right now.
    Great fireworks shot, and the reflection in the wine glass is really cool.

    • Kathy says:

      Micheala, oh good! I am glad you are coming, too. Most of these are old photos–from my first blog–except (of course) for our new load of wood. I am glad you like the firework shot. I call it “Firework Art”. ha ha…see you later!

  5. janeofwisconsin says:

    I’m in! Dry red wine for me. I think I’ll bring a nice hot soup. Could be served from the deck, if you have a plug in for the crock pot out there (:-)) How about a creamy leek soup. I should be able to find them in the grocery, even thought they are out of season here. Hmmm.
    Your feeling of joy this morning is just what I felt when my feet hit the floor. I have had a dark winter and didn’t realize how life changing it was until this weekend and the old self returned. I have a list of things I want to get started on,hooray! I have the feeling of sitting on the edge of winter & spring. (as long as I don’t notice the thermometer across from me reading 17F) The sun is already brightly shining here. What a great day for a party. Let’s get it on!

    • Kathy says:

      Jane…dry red wine it shall be! (I shall get some in town later.) Yes, yes, we have a plug for the crockpot out on the deck. Creamy leek soup! Yes, please. I am glad you felt joy this morning, too. Maybe I picked up on your joy and decided to have a party? Happy feeling when the old self feels new again. A perfect day to celebrate!

  6. Sybil says:

    Kathy, how marvellous. I need to wash my hair and find some jeans without dirty knees (my idea of dressing up). Do I still need to bring food ? It looks like Reggie is bringing enough for us all. OK — I’ll bring scalloped potatoes and veggie meatballs. I’ll also bring some vanilla ice cream too. I’d like to see what it tastes like with a bit that peppermint Schnaps drizzled across the top.

    Thanks for the invite. See you soon.

    Sybil (Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia)

    • Kathy says:

      Sybil, oh it feels good to be responding to comments on the blog again! That feels like a party already! Love your idea of dressing up. Yes, it does look like Reggie has us covered…but, please, could we try your specialties as well? I am dying to taste a veggie meatball. Maybe even bring the recipe… Oh and am thrilled that someone will drizzle that Schnaps! YES! Welcome!

  7. Kathy says:

    **Oh no! A fine moment for the hits-counter to freeze! It says I’ve had ten new hits since I last checked…but it’s still frozen on 99,987. (Was hoping to hit 100,000 before work. Alas! lol!)

    • Reggie says:

      You’ve just crossed over onto 100,002!!!! YAYYYYYY!!!!

      Well done, KATHY!!! 😀

      [What’s the emoticon for ‘doing cartwheels of joy’?]

      • Kathy says:

        Lo and Behold! I do believe you’re right, Reggie! (I love how we all get excited for each other… It warms my heart so much to see a world in which we rejoice for each other.)

  8. Woo hoo!! Congrats!! 🙂

  9. Dawn says:

    I’ll bring cookies!

    • Kathy says:

      Yes, PLEASE, Dawn! I would like some with my coffee. Right now! I am so glad you could make it. You are one of my “oldest” blogging friends. No, that is a social faux pas. I mean: I have known you a long time in the blogging world! Am so happy to have known you…and your wonderful inspiring photography.

  10. Colleen says:

    A surprise party…. what a great way to begin the week. I can’t wait to see who comes and to toast this lovely blog’s 100,000th. Well done!!

    Hmmmmm….haven’t had breakfast yet so will maybe go light in anticipation of the fantastic food that is already beginning to pile up on your kitchen counter. It feels like a baking kind of day so will bring some fresh baked bread, whole grain and warm from the oven, and a BIG green salad with all of the fresh California veggies that I can get my hands on. And maybe a pot of salmon chowder with fresh herbs from our patio.

    Oh, must go…..have to get ready for a very special party 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Thank you, Colleen! It is a great pleasure that you are coming, too. It is indeed a surprise party–even for me! (I had no idea this would be happening today.) Such a pile-up of food! I can not wait to sample your bread and green salad and–oh, delight!–salmon chowder. With FRESH HERBS!

      I must go to work now…can’t wait to see what food is on the counter when I get home! Everyone…you make yourself at home while Work Happens. Get to know one another. I shall see you again soon!

    • Reggie says:

      Oooohhh! Fresh baked bread from the oven and a BIG green salad! Ahhh, what a divine spread of food everyone is bringing…

  11. I’ll bring a bottle of New York’s finest champagne from one of the Finger Lake wineries I’ll pass on my way to your house. You need some champagne for a celebration. It’s some sort of rule or law.

    Congrats as I see the view-o-meter has passed 100K. Wow, you only took 14 months! A tribute to your talents as a writer and photographer!

    • Kathy says:

      OK, I skipped out of work a LITTLE early! Thank goodness for flexible hours when you’re having a PARTY! Scott, Yes. Champagne would be in order! (Did you know my ancestors were from the Finger Lake area in NY?) Thank YOU for your support! One of the joys of blogging has been getting to know people like you… 🙂

  12. Shelly says:

    I’ll bring the Vodka for myself (drinking smart) and for others, the vodka is GREAT to mix in hot choclate :D. All you have to do is sit back and relax. We’ll take cake care of everything I mean you have a LOT of people ready to make dinner :). I’ll even teach you how to make a tofu and cheese sandwich it’s AMAZINGLY good and healthy, my cat eats tofu lol. If you want to email me sadly this is just wishful thinking because of where I live, it would be SO nice to meet you in person.

    • Kathy says:

      Hi Shelly! I am glad you are here! Goodness, if I drink all the wine and champagne AND vodka, I would NOT be drinking smart. LOL! As a matter of fact, I am going to only nibble for awhile. Although, yes please, your recipe for tofu and cheese sandwiches sounds enticing! Thank you for sharing…

  13. I just posted on gratitude at my blog, Kathy. And since tomorrow starts my birthday month, I am going to be partying all month at my blog and newsletter. So your party today is right on schedule for a warm up. I am going to snowshoe and see your woods for myself, then come sit on the deck with vodka laced hot cocoa, and enjoy the other brave readers who are sitting outside, perhaps enjoying sunset?
    Then, indoors by the fire, warming up, and savoring an amazing organic zinfandel I have a hankering for. It’s not your ordinary ZIN by any stretch. Then after we are warmed up, I want to share with you an incredible slaw I invented last night: carrot, beet, green pepper and blueberries, stirred with grapefruit white balsamic vinegar and blood orange olive oil. Oh my heavens. There is enough for everyone. Get ready to knock your socks off! (that’s why we can’t eat it on the deck.”

    • Colleen says:


    • Kathy says:

      Ms. Carla…another one of my “oldest” blogging friends…although I cannot keep saying it that way, because it’s not accurate. I LOVE knowing you. I love imagining your life in Maine. I LOVE your idea of snowshoeing. We all need some exercise! Unfortunately, we don’t have snowshoes to fit all. (Barry loaned out one of our pair to a friend the other week.) We have two pair. How about you & I go snowshoeing first, then we’ll return the snowshoes and others can go out two-by-two. Unless people bring extras. OK, I want some of that slaw. With blueberries? With blueberries! I WILL meet you one day. If not today…lol…and thank you for coming, Carla.

      • Oh, yes, Kathy, I know we’ll meet in person, your peninsula or mine? I’ll bring my snowshoes and my spare pair so we can go out four by four. And judging from the fire extinguisher I am now required to have at all my birthday parties, I may be getting on toward one of your oldest friends ;o) Boggles my mind.

        • Kathy says:

          Who knows upon which peninsula we shall eventually meet, Carla, but I’m pretty sure it’s gonna happen! Fire extinguisher at birthday parties! Ha ! Let’s go snowshoeing again today, OK?

  14. Val Erde says:

    Happyyyyyyyyyy bloggy party to youuuuuuuuuu
    Happyyyyyyyyyy bloggy party to youuuuuuuuuu
    Happyyyyyyyyyy bloggy party to youuuuuuuuuu
    Happyyyyyyyyyy bloggy party to Kathyandlakesuperiorspirrrrrrrrrrrrrritttttttttt
    Happyyyyyyyyyy bloggy party to youuuuuuuuuu!


    Glad you’re feeling on top of things! But wow – 100,000 hits. Now wonder you were having kittens (or other variety of small jumpy things) over the comments!

    • Kathy says:

      Val, now you can see the challenge! There are so many visitors to this blog that it can get CRAZY at times! (However, I love this kind of crazy. It’s fun, most of the time…) I love your song. I can hear us all singing it. What song shall we sing next??

  15. sonali says:

    Hi Kathy, I hope you have the most wonderful time! I’d definitely attend though. You’ll see me there! How if I can get some spicy indian dishes along?? 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Sonali, if we didn’t have some spicy Indian dishes, I would cry. Thank goodness you came! Please pass some more. I will try not to eat it all–to share with some other party-goers! 🙂

  16. Susan D says:

    What perfect timing! To come peek in at today’s blog, and find a full-fledged party going on!! Yeeehawww! Congratulations to you, Kathy Sue! And it’s so nice seeing all the happy faces here! Oh, good, you saved me some coffee – Yes, and lots of delectable foods from which to choose. I brought tomatoes and cukes in a vin/olive oil mix, and sourdough bread! This is just SO fun. Listen to all that chatter – such happiness!! On my way here, I spotted several blog party seekers … they’re looking for bears, wolves and early-budding pussy willows … so we’ll save some of the party fare for them. Singing Celebrate by Madonna … and just a’dancin… Thank you!!! And more congrats to YOU!

    • Kathy says:

      Susan D…I was just laughing…thinking what if a lot of people REALLY showed up? Barry would probably fall over!!I am glad you are having fun. Now I am suddenly wondering–who will like who? Who will hang out with who? Who is over in the corner having an animated conversation? Who is out snowshoeing? Who is the basement? Who is petting the dogs? Who is looking for wolves and bears? Who is helping split wood? lol! I am glad you are having fun. Gosh, so am I!

  17. Nicole Smith says:

    Congratulations on 100,000 hits! Wow, girl, that is awesome! A blog party is absolutely the right response. Brings back memories of some wild ones on Gaia.

    Looks like you already have lots of great food, so how about some more music? Vivaldi, perhaps, and seasonally appropriate to go with all that snow and firewood?

  18. Nicole Smith says:

    (You notice that there are even costumes in the video to morph the party a tad 🙂 )

    • Kathy says:

      You know what I like about this wonderful Vivaldi, Nicole? We can talk over it–it’s inspiring but not too over-powering. What a great selection! (I like the costumes too…reminds me of Phantom of the Opera, one of my favorite musicals.) I am so glad you could come, Nicole! Truly. My heart overfloweth because you–and others whom I’ve wanted to meet–have stopped by. Thank you with my whole heart and please pass some more of that sourdough bread!

  19. janeofwisconsin says:

    Popping in again, Fast Eddy & I have been walking along the road that leads to your home.(Oh did I forget I brought him along to ride shot gun on our trek north & he is well behaved…shouldn’t cause a fuss…no doubt will wander to the basement where it is quiet..I hope Elisa won’t mind having a 4 legged buddy hanging out?) He got antsy after the long ride. So we are now exploring, what a beautiful day to be outside. I will be ready to come in soon, hot chocolate sounds lovely!!

    • Kathy says:

      Jane, of course Fast Eddy is invited! Perhaps there will even be a dog party outside (for dogs who don’t want to hang in the basement.) It IS a beautiful day to be outside. The sun is even shining! Guess what? I even popped a bowl of popcorn. Mmmm…. a lovely treat with all you lovely people!

  20. Brenda Hardie says:

    😀 Wow! A party!! Yes indeed I’ll be there…just loaded up the van! It looks like many people are already there bringing loads of delicious food and beverages…even music! And a four-legged friend too! I’ll bring my Chloe if that’s alright…she’s an old girl now but so very sweet and has been so blue since we lost Sienna. It’ll do her good to romp around with new doggie friends and explore the woods! I intend to shake things up just a wee bit…:D I’d love to bring a very tasty green salad with feta cheese, green olives, apples and sunflower nuts drizzled with a secret Italian dressing…and I’ll bring my freshly baked French Countryside bread and my homemade spaghetti sauce (1 with meatballs, 1 with no meat 😀 ) both have a kick from the Thai peppers I grew last summer too. And of course I’ll bring the pasta too! So, maybe by the time I get there the party-goers will have burned off their earlier goodies while out snowshoeing your woods and will be ready when I serve the supper! And it should be ready for you and Barry when you get home from work! I’ll bring a few bottles of wine for everyone to sample from my good friend’s family vineyard here in MN! We will have a grand time celebrating! Kathy…it has been such a joy to read your blog! I can’t wait to meet you in person! Oh..Chloe is nudging at my leg…she’s ready to get on the road!! 😀 ps…Elsa…I am bringing a knitted shawl for you to wrap in while you relax downstairs…it has brought me comfort and security on many occasions and just helps me to feel calm and centered…I’d like you to have it tonight! 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Brenda, so glad you could make it! There is so much excitement here! Our little house in the woods has RARELY known such excitement! Usually it’s quieter than quiet here in the trees. Chloe is of course welcome. And so is your tasty salad. Apples! I would have never thought of adding that…gosh I am so hungry again that must go dig in for some more! (I came home from work a bit early. Didn’t tell anyone that a BLOG PARTY was enticing me home…lol!) I bet Elisa will appreciate that shawl. And anyone else can go downstairs if they’re overwhelmed by the party atmostphere…

      • Brenda Hardie says:

        Kathy…you will love the salad…I would never have thought that combination of ingredients would work but wow they are so yummy together! My dear friend Carole from Baltimore introduced me to the salad…she got the “recipe” from relatives in Italy! Hence the secret Italian dressing! Whew! It’s a good thing we’re traveling on blog time…can’t believe the time we’ve made getting from MN to your magical woods in the UP!! And quieter than quiet sounds like heaven to me! Congratulations on the 100,000+ hits on your blog Kathy!

        • Kathy says:

          Who would have thunk, Brenda? Not me! The secret Italian dressing sounds yummy. Wonder…should I ask for recipes as party gifts? lol! Thank you for your kindness.

  21. Robin says:

    Congratulations on your 100,000 hits! Seems like a great excuse for a party to me. 😀

    I’ll bring some vegetarian chili because I happened to have made a big pot of it today. It’s been simmering for a little while now and smells delicious. I serve chili the Cincinnati way (with pasta, onions, and cheese) so I’ll bring that stuff too.

    Tea sounds good to me. If you need extra, let me know. I have a whole cabinet filled with a variety of teas, from the caffeinated to the herbal. I just bought some lovely chamomile, the whole flowers, at a Middle Eastern shop. It’s a wonderful tea.

    • Kathy says:

      Hi Robin! Gosh it’s great to meet you “in person”. And that vegetarian chili looks LUSCIOUS! Mmm… I may just join you in a cup of that lovely chamomile. Look at those whole flowers! Let’s sit down over on the couch and get to know one another a little better…

  22. Congrats and I love the fact that this is your 333rd blog! Thanks for all you do and for the amazing photos. Looking forward to lots more.

    • Kathy says:

      Dear Ms. toltecpath, I am so happy that you are here, too. So happy to see you “in person” before this summer! Isn’t that a great number with which to celebrate? Thank you thank you thank you for your kind words and your existence!

  23. kiwidutch says:

    Most Excellent! Congratulations on your party, your exciting news and excellent blog!

    • Kathy says:

      kiwidutch, and here you traveled all the way from the Netherlands! So happy that you could come. It is such a fun day! Lovely to meet you all in person!

  24. Kathy says:

    Gosh, we’ve had 223 visitors wander through the house so far! (And that’s not counting dogs…) Not everyone is staying for the potluck. Some people have just decided to wander through and look at the woods and a whole group headed out on cross-country skis…don’t know where. Our friend, Janet, is dedicating a song to us here at 3 p.m. Thanks Janet!

  25. gigi says:

    I’ll come and bring nanaimo bars. I will hang out and take the dogs for a walk in the woods as that many people is a little scary to shy, quiet me. Your 100,000 hits makes me envious and I’m trying not to be. Wow, I can’t even imagine that many readers!

    • Kathy says:

      Gigi, the 100,000 hits is both positive and negative. Shhh…don’t tell the party-goers that. (It’s why I get comment heebie jeebies sometimes…) I also have a really quiet silent side that gets overwhelmed by the outgoing side, so maybe I will join you on that quiet walk through the woods. We don’t even have to talk. We can just listen to our snowshoes slapping on the melting snow. Thanks, gigi, for being a blog-friend…

    • Colleen says:

      Gigi, may I join you on your walk? Just for a while. I love the silence and peace in Kathy’s woods. And I’m SO looking forward to your nanaimo bars. They’re a favorite in our house…… which maybe isn’t a surprise as we lived in Naniamo (B.C.) for 30+ years. I’m thinking that yours are some of the nicest that I’ve ever had. What a treat!!

  26. Jeannie says:

    In Joy!¸.•°*”˜˜”*°•.ƸӜƷ~ Love,Jeannie

  27. nancy says:

    Hi Kathy with congratulation on all the hits and if you are having a party I’m coming I don’t know what I will bring but I will find something, see you there!

    • Kathy says:

      Hi Nancy! Hey, you’re one of the few locals that will be here! thank you for coming… I’ll bet you will bring…what do you usually bring for Book Club? Some sort of taco tip? Isn’t it fun to meet all these people from around the world? Do you think any of them will want to join Book Club? lol!

      • Elisa's Spot says:

        what is the book club reading? (sits down under beehive with taco salad)

        • Kathy says:

          Gosh I couldn’t locate your comment, Elisa! And I can’t mentally locate the name of the book we’re reading because…OK, here’s why. Whatever book was decided upon, I had already read it. Maybe “The Help”?? If Nancy comes back, she’ll know. I am smiling that you remember that we have a beehive. We actually have two. I am suspecting that you are under the beehive nearest the circular stairway down to the basement… for a quick get-away. Good taco salad, yes?

        • Elisa's Spot says:

          uh yup! If the party is over you should come with us to see I am number four, a movie that won’t let out till 12:30, what a bad mother to do such a thing! (the sky might fall in that they aren’t in bed by ten on a school night!)

          • Kathy says:

            You are not a bad mother at all, Elisa. I am sure the kids will survive a late school night! May I decline the invitation to go with you tonight? (Yawn…sleepy…soon to bed!) Enjoy your movie. And thank you for coming to the party.

  28. nancy says:

    we are always looking for fresh blood for book club so yea I hope one of your guests would like to join us. and I would like to do most anything except make wood 😦 .

    • Kathy says:

      Perhaps we shall get some New Book Club blood from this party! I hope so, Nancy. And no. You do not need to make wood! You only have to sign checks. lol…

  29. emaclean says:

    Maybe there should be a prize for #100,000. But alas, I see it is too late! You are WAY over now! Congratulations and I raise my virtual glass to you and this wonderful blog!


    • Kathy says:

      Erin, heaven knows when the appropriate moment arrived! I only know that my prize is readers like you…I am clinking glasses with you this instance. What may I offer you to eat?

  30. holessence says:

    Scoot over Kathy, this covered dish is HOT!

    What’s in it?! You mean to tell me you can’t smell what it is? You silly goose – it’s garlic mashed potatoes – perfect for this cold-weather type of celebration.

    Okay, now that I’ve set it down in your lovely kitchen, let me give you a great BIG bear hug for your 100,000+ hits. lawdy, Lawdy, LAWDY (the southern version of not taking the Lord’s name in vain), you DO know how to draw a crowd.! And post number 333, to boot! CONGRATULATIONS! I don’t have to tell you that Numerically Speaking 333 = 9 and 9 = The Path of the Humanitarian, or….. endings, which always means NEW BEGINNINGS!

    You go, girl! I’m so dang proud of you that I simply can’t see straight!

    • Kathy says:

      I am scoooooooting, Laurie! Certainly don’t want to get burned! Oh, my, we ALL smell it! Those lovely garlicky potatoes. We may all dig in–and it’s much too hot to sample just yet! I am delighted–nay, MORE than delighted–that you have realized the significance of 333. Leave it to you to know what the numbers mean! You have it, girlfriend. Endings AND New beginnings… I deeply bow to you. Namaste…and namaste again. Now sit down and eat! We don’t want anything to get cold, do we?

  31. P.j. grath says:

    CONGRATULATIONS, Kathy! This is certainly a cause for celebration. It’s also the first time I have not read ALL the comments on one of your posts, because there were just too many. And you’re going to reply to each one? You’re a brave girl!

    • Kathy says:

      laughing, Pamela. So much for my blog commentary bravado! ha ha. Yet, today, I am having fun. Must be the Party Spirit! I am glad you have stopped by. It wouldn’t be a party without you. Thank you! (I hope you brought something delicious with cherries in it. OK, anything you bring would be fabulous, I am sure!)

  32. Karma says:

    Holy moley! 71 comments already! My goodness. I expect you’ve reached your 100,000 by now. I normally like to read others’ comments on your blog, but I don’t have the time on a school night to read 70+, LOL! Best wishes for another 100,000 views!
    I hope that my adventures some day in the future will bring me to Michigan – after yesterday’s post and today’s, I’d really love to have a REAL cup of coffee or glass of wine with you and Gerry! 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Barry just came home from work, Karen, and I said, “Hey! Do you see all the people in the living room? We’re having a party! Would you like something to eat?” He looked around mournfully and said–“I would LOVE something to eat!” Gosh, don’t we wish even 1/10th of the food was here right now? As for the next 100,000 views…I am letting go of any expectation. this is as good as it gets! (Except for that real cup of coffee or wine with you both…)

  33. It has been so nice quietly weaving throughout the cabin, meeting new friends, and listening to all the great conversation and let’s not forget snacking on the great feast all about! This has been one of the most interesting blogging events I have encounter (started a year ago). Rubbing elbows with people from across the world and all such a caring group. Kathy, congratulations on 100K hits and to a fun start to the week!
    But the sun is beginning to set and Eddy and I must load up and head south, so we can be tucked in bed by midnight. Till we meet again….

    • Kathy says:

      Jane, yep…a few people have headed home already. It was a wonderful party, wasn’t it? I am glad to have hosted such a fun event where people from all over the world could mingle and get to know one another–and to eat such great food. thank you and Eddie for coming. Please come again!

  34. As big wet snowflakes defy our southwest coast understanding that we really get winter, I am happy to find that you are still partying strong over here Kathy. I have spent my day in the studio mixing and spreading paint. Even have a bit smeared on nose… not that you need any clues to know who I am.

    I have been away from blog visiting for awhile but thrilled to see you 100,247 hits! Congratulations. You have been one of my blogging inspirations for along while. Always providing something for me to shoot for. Creative Potager has just waltzed over its 30,000 mark and still trucking. Warm hugs and I am glad you offered that hot chocolate with the peppermint schnapps.


    • Kathy says:

      Terrill, thank you so much for coming–even amidst coastal snow flakes! We have been partying strong, but things are slowing down. Lots of folks have honked their horns as they left the driveway. I think we had a very good time. 🙂 Blogging has been such a gift for so many of us…I am so glad that your blog exists in the blogosphere, too. Let’s sit for awhile and sip that drink and you can tell me more about your painting…

  35. Gerry says:

    Congratulations, Kathy! The baby blog is all grown up. Here’s a nice little Late Harvest Riesling from Chateau Grand Traverse, and some whitefish pate from Sonny’s. Good grief that’s a huge load of wood. Can I play with the splitter?

    • Kathy says:

      Gerry, did I hear you properly? Did I hear you properly? You want to play with the splitter?? Oh, yes, my friend…you can play with the splitter. Not just yet, though. We have to wait ’til later in the spring. In the meantime, let’s share a glass of Riesling and some of that whitefish pate. What a heavenly day! thank you for coming.

  36. Dawn says:

    I will come….or was it this afternoon! 🙂 While I was working! 🙂

    Meanwhile…how many cords of wood will that truckload make? We are amazed you are going to split and chop all that! How many summers do you have to get that all chopped up? About 20 years? LOL!

    • Kathy says:

      Since it’s all virtual in Blog World, Dawn–you didn’t miss anything! It looks like the party can go on as long as we want. 🙂

      OK, wood-splitting question. That big truckload will last us two years. We’ll split it up slowly over the spring and early summer. The challenge with this particular load is that it’s all HARD maple. That means it’s probably harder to split than soft maple. How ’bout a splitting party later this spring? lol! Thanks for coming! You can drive up to Houghton & Hancock after the party and visit your old stomping grounds.

  37. Brenda Hardie says:

    Kathy…a quick question …about how long will that enormous load of wood last you up there in the northwoods? I have a dear friend in Missouri who heats his house with wood (lol..yeah I know…he doesn’t have a clue about “heating” a house when he lives way down in Jackson! lol) But I know he would be really interested…so please when you have time give me the scoop so I can tell him. Wow…I am still looking at your pictures and reading comments from your guests…what a wonderful time we had! I hope you enjoyed the company and good food and drink…what a blessing indeed to know so many people are here for you! Sweet dreams honey…oh look a falling star…quick..make a wish! 🙂 Thanks again for sharing your life with us for a bit!

    • Kathy says:

      Hi, Brenda. Good morning! It was fun to meet you in person yesterday. 🙂 OK, everybody takes a different amount of wood to heat their house depending on size of house, backup system, temperature at which one keeps the house. That load will give us about 2 years of heating. We keep our little house nice & toasty though–it’s in the 70’s most of the time. (The other night we didn’t stoke the fire and it was a ch-ch-chilly 60 degrees upon awakening.) The one thing you must advise your friend is to burn dry firewood. It needs to dry through at least one summer. Otherwise he will get creosote in his chimney and could burn down his house. Dry firewood is key. OK, see you around! Have a great day!

      • Brenda Hardie says:

        Good Morning Kathy! Thank you for the info! I know Rick lets the wood dry before burning it and he talks often of different types of wood, although at this moment I cannot remember which ones he prefers to burn…still waking up here…I feel like I’ve been to a party recently :D!! Anyway, thanks for the info…I am going to show him the picture of the truck with all that wood and let him know about how long it would last in the UP…he is talking about going to cut wood quite often but never as much as was on that truck!! He might fall over when he sees it! lol
        Have a beautiful day Kathy! Thanks so much for the hospitality yesterday!

  38. Colleen says:

    Kathy, big yawn and sleepy eyes. It’s time to say goodnight. What a great party this has been. Thank you, lovely hostess 🙂

  39. flandrumhill says:

    Kathy, I hope I’m not too late. Sybil told me about your party yesterday afternoon while we were having coffee with another blogger Lynne who was visiting from England. We bloggers do enjoy getting together, don’t we? Whether virtually or in person. Happy 100,000 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      One is NEVER too late for a blog party, Amy-Lynn. I am thrilled you could come! How about a cup of tea or coffee? Then perhaps we could walk down to the lake…I would like to show you the Eagle Pond. The snow isn’t too deep so we could hike down to the lake. You can tell me more about Nova Scotia and I will show you the old eagle’s nest. Let’s hurry and drink our tea and get going. Sun is out!

  40. wolfsrosebud says:

    Awhhh… I missed it!

    • Kathy says:

      No, no, wolfsrosebud! You can never miss a virtual blog party! Sometimes they go on for days as people stop by to visit. We have plenty of leftovers today…what would you like? Want to have a cup of tea or coffee and go walking with Amy-Lynn and myself?

  41. wolfsrosebud says:

    PS… I’m breaking 2,000 this week and have a little way to go to catch up to you. March is my Blog Anniversary month of one year!

    • Kathy says:

      2,000 sounds like a celebration to me! My “baby” blog has somewhere around 5,000…I doubt if it will EVER hit 100,000. It doesn’t care, though. It never cares too much about hits. Funny how some blogs care about hits and others don’t. lol! Happy Anniversary!

  42. Barbara Rodgers says:

    What a milestone, 100,000 hits! Congratulations, Kathy! I’ve never had chocolate whipped cream so I think I’ll try some. 🙂 Mentioned it to Tim and he says I should come with him to the package store – they have all kinds of whipped cream. Really??? Learned something new…

    I’m coming in with the stragglers, bringing a gluten-free cake, and will be happy to sit in a corner watching everyone! 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Thank you, Barbara. It feels like quite a milestone to me…and perhaps time for a slight change in direction or emphasis, too. We shall see. You know how we make chocolate whipped cream? We just buy cool whip and add a packet of hot chocolate, more or less. If you stir well it’s just as good as the store-bought variety.

      I love that there are still a few stragglers coming in! It’s quieter here today. Those of us who are still here can maybe get into a deeper conversation. (P.S. I am still smiling because in “real” life I am not much of a party person. Sometimes I can be outgoing…but I have also been known to wander away from the main party and gaze at the lake.)

  43. lynnekovan says:

    Can I come too?If I’d known I would have brought a bunch of snowdrops from England. There’s nothing to pick here yet. However I could wax lyrical about the snowstorm I drove in yesterday. I think there’s enough to eat!

    • Kathy says:

      Of course you’re invited! I would love to see some real snowdrops–just googled them to see a picture. When will they be blooming? (I guess when your snowstorms are over…) We have lots of leftovers today. Pull up a chair by the woodstove and let’s have a light supper…while we talk and get to know each other better.

  44. Carol says:

    Oh gosh! I missed it! But I’ll have a glass of red wine and toast you belatedly. What a wonderful tribute to you, to have over 100,000 hits! Congratulations! Maybe I should use one or two more exclamation points, what do you think?

    • Kathy says:

      Carol, I don’t think you can totally MISS a party in blog land! We’ll have our glass of red wine right now. Thanks for the toast. I shall toast you back, “To a wonderful year of blogging for all of us!” (See, I am using all your exclamation points and more, lol!)

  45. Kathy says:

    Congrats! Here’s to the next 100,000 but the writing and pictures are so awesome, it could be syndicated into millions one day…. YAY! Stopping off to bring a light for all that wood 🙂 Seriously, you bring us so much light and illumination with your writing. (the other K)

    • Kathy says:

      Kathy, you say such wonderful things! Thank you for your support, always. Now, how about a cup of coffee or tea and then let’s drive down by the lake and see if the ice is melting or forming. Bundle up, though, it’s cold this morning! (Guess what! We get to go to San Diego next week to visit our son. Please have some warm weather for us!) I do so appreciate you…

  46. Janine says:

    Thanks for the invite. I almost hate to comment because you have 108 already and 108 is a very magic number, but I here’s a toast to the next 108. Hurray for you! Great blogging.

    • Kathy says:

      Janine, I am so glad you could make it! What would you like to do today? I know…we could talk about Voice Dialogue…or maybe you could bring some of your pots and share them and we’ll talk about art and beauty. Or maybe we won’t talk much…we’ll just put on snowshoes and hike down the ravine and go toward the lake. There’s a possibility we won’t even need snowshoes because maybe the snow is frozen again. I am glad you could come! 🙂

  47. barb says:

    Kathy, Drats – I’m late coming, so I guess I’ll just supervise while you and Barry cut and stack that wood. I’ll have a nice glass of wine while I sit by the window watching you. Are there any leftovers?

    • Elisa's Spot says:

      I am making lasagna and tomato free lasagna and birthday cake for my son’s surprise birthday dinner. I’ll share.

      • Kathy says:

        Elisa–did I tell you? I SMELLED lasagna after reading this yesterday! Gosh, it made me hungry. Happy birthday to your son… thank you for sharing.

    • Kathy says:

      There are STILL leftovers! Our refrigerator(s)–we have an old one in the basement–are still STUFFED! Let’s forget the wood-splitting. I’ll join you in a glass of wine. 🙂

  48. bearyweather says:

    I am sorry I missed the party … looks like you had a fun celebration. It has been a very busy week … school all day and parent/teacher conferences at night, my batteries need recharging. If you have anything left over dripping with dark chocolate, could you box it up and send it my way? … it makes for great battery fuel ;0)

  49. Kathy says:

    you are not too late for a cyberspace party, bearyweather! like i said, there are plenty of leftovers! i think i see some dark chocolate at the back of the frig…ok, here’s some! it will help your batteries recharge. i promise. 🙂

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