Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Trying To Come To A Decision

Hello, Dear Ones! I can't believe I haven't blogged in two months! I have been so busy and have to admit I've enjoyed my long blog break and have almost decided to say goodbye to Note Songs blog. I've been blogging for a very long time since June of 2008. Can you believe it? I appreciate all of you who have followed along with me on my little blog. I have never wanted to set the world on fire or become a famous blogger or do it yourselfer, but just to put a little smile on your face occasionally. I am not into having ads or all of those annoying pop ups on my blog. I guess I really don't have a certain 'theme' for my blog as I'm always all over the place with my posts and you if you follow much you know I go crazy on my crafts and the stop a while and then start something else. You know how I love my family, like you all do, and love showing you my grandbabies. So, I'm praying about what to do for now but since you've all been so sweet and some of you have emailed and asked about me I certainly didn't want to leave you all hanging. Just know how I love blogland although so much has changed from when I started, but life, or blogging goes on.

I'll fill you in on a lot that has been happening around here. The weather was perfect on Easter afternoon to fly a kite with our babies!
 We had our little bunch over for Easter lunch after church! There is our little miracle Carter. She is strong and healthy and how we praise God for her and she loves her grandma! :)
 It's really hard to get a snap of my little Campie as he is always on the move! He is such a little comedian and keeps us laughing most of the time. He loves his grandma too!
 The babies taking a ride in Sybbie with Mr. Precious. He is doing wonderfully. Most of his doctors have said they don't need to see him anymore, just the endocrinologist for his thyroid. Praising God! He is back to running his four miles every other day and is now on the Elder board at our church. Thank you all again for your prayers for him.

Our little man flying the kite with big sister running up in the background.
 I have been stitching. And stitching. And stitching! I can't top. This was Easter on the dining room buffet.
 Here's just a quick cute little stitch for spring.
 Another one.
This is a more detailed stitch from Prairie Schooler Designs. I just love this style. You can see when I mounted my piece on some foam board, I just left in the pins as the heads looked a little like colored eggs. Yes, I'm so talented like that! :)
Then one more positive decision...
We're getting a new puppy in a couple of weeks! Can you believe it!! We're so excited. Meet little Willow Dawn (all of our girl dogs have had the middle name of Dawn as that is our daughter's middle name). She is a miniature Schnauzer and her coloring should be the salt and pepper look. We picked her out a week ago and she was only five weeks old so in a couple of weeks we'll see if she is ready to come home with us. I know our little Chloe Dawn, who is in heaven, would be happy for us. 

So there you have it. I'm still not sure if I'll continue blogging yet or if I'll just post occasionally. I just need to make the right decision for me at this stage of my life.  Just know how I love you all and you've made an impact on my life all through these years. 

You're all my sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

How Can I Be Sure 

 How can I be sure
In a world that's constantly changin'?
How can I be sure
Where I stand with you?

Whenever I
Whenever I am away from you
I wanna die
'cause you know I wanna stay with you

How do I know?
Maybe you're trying to use me
Flying too high can confuse me
Touch me but don't take me down

Whenever I
Whenever I am away from you
My alibi is tellin' people I don't care for you
Maybe I'm just hanging around
With my head up, upside down
It's a pity
I can't seem to find someone
Who's as pretty 'n' lovely as you

How can I be sure
I really, really, really, wanna kno-o-ow
I really, really, really, wanna kno-o-ow

(Oh oh oh ...)
How's the weather?
Weather or not, we're together
Together we'll see it much better
I love you, I love you forever
You know where I can be found

How can I be sure
In a world that's constantly changing?
How can I be sure?
I'll be sure with you.

~ sung by The Rascals


  1. You've been a busy lady, wow! Your little Willow Dawn and your grandbabies are so precious, you are very blessed. You post as you want to, don't follow a schedule, and your friends will be happy to hear from you. Take the pressure off!

  2. Hello Shelia! I have to admit I've had the same feelings. I feel like I should just back it down to a once in a while post. I hope you won't quite entirely but I do understand slowing down on the posts. It's always enjoyable to see your family. The grandkids are adorable and I know your heart is full now that you are so much closer to them. So glad George is doing so well. Our bodies do strange things to us every so often. Your new Willow Dawn puppy is adorable. I know you will be overjoyed to have her joing your family! Big hugs, Liz

  3. I always love seeing what you are up to, so just keep us posted occassionally.

  4. You must have been reading my mind. I almost sent you a FB note the other day and then the phone rang and I never got back to it. I was going to ask how things were because I know Mr. Precious had been dealing with health issues and of course there are always the other things that crop up! So it's very good to get your update, see your beautiful Grands, and admire your fabulous stitching. It's lovely and I can see you are immersed in it -- all good!

    I am selfish enough to hope you will keep blogging and visiting now and then, just to keep in touch. I've long said "We own the blogs, they don't own us" and when posting becomes an obligation as opposed to a pleasure, it is time to rethink. There is no rule about posting every day (frankly, keeping up with daily posters drives me nuts!) or every week. No rule about if it is one photo or something long and detailed. That's the joy of the blog. It's what we want it to be, how we want it and when we want it.

    I hope you come back now and then. FB never tells the story of all we are. But know that your are loved, cared about and missed -- whether you post another day in your life or not! Big hugs! (And Welcome Soon, Willow Dawn!)

  5. Shelia, so good to get an update! I understand about the posting. Please consider posting maybe once a month or even every other month...that way we can stay in touch. So glad to hear that your family are all doing well. And a new puppy! How lovely and exciting! Willow Dawn will be one BLESSED puppy, because I know that you all will shower her with so much love! Take care and great hearing from you :-)

  6. Shelia, I've had a lot of the same feelings as you about blogging. I have kept it up but only about once a week or less if that happens. Life is wonderful but so busy. I would miss you very much but praying that you will do the right thing for yourself. I'm so happy about Willow Dawn. I know it was hard to get another kitty at first, but Annie Belle has given me so much love I'm so happy she is in my life. George looks great and our God is so good to all of us. Sending you hugs and much love!

  7. I am in the same boat, Shelia. Things get crazy around here, too. I do love that blogging gives a 'living history' for my kids/grandkids and I have shared many precious memory making moments over the years (about them). I am sure you will make the right decision for yourself and your family. I know that time is the most precious commodity we have in our lives at these ages and I, like you, want to enjoy every moment of it.

    I hope you have a wonderful Spring and we will see you around when and as you feel inspired to post something. xo Diana

  8. Hello! I'm thinking this is a happy post:). I enjoy reading your blog, full of family, crafts and hobbies, your collection treasures, and your sense of humor. Do what is right for you, if this is the time to let go, just know your blog is a wonderful place to visit:). I'm so happy your husband and Carter is doing well:).
    Take care, Kathleen in Az

  9. I was so glad to see your post. I understand completely about blogging, but selfishly hope you will keep us updated now and then. Your stitching is wonderful. I should get back into it. But right now there are babies coming and I'm knitting up a storm. Such good news about your husband and little granddaughter. Thanks for all the pictures. I loved seeing them.

  10. Shelia, if you decide to blog once a year, I will still read it. Let your heart be your guide. It's great to see you and your family doing well.

  11. Its wonderful to know you are all doing so well and that you have so much to look forward to with the new addition. You must do what it right for you, but it will always be a joy to catch up with you. Take care.

  12. I have always enjoyed your posts so much...I do hope you decide to pop in whenever you can.. Your posts are so uplifting and inspiring!! I understand with such darlings to love on your time is more and more precious...so I pray you will find time to sort things out and find some time to post just whenever you can.

  13. I also started blogging in the summer of 2008, and you were kind enough to be my very first comment. Times in the blog world have changed; and as we get older, we change. Our priorities are different, our time allotment has slowed down. And, I for one, don't spend as much time and/or money on my house; so I don't have as much to blog about. I have come to the conclusion that it's O.K. to only blog once in awhile. I hope you will still check in on occasion to let us know what's new with you. I will miss my daily "Sheila" smile. Sally

  14. Hi Shelia,
    Things are looking good in your world and I'm so thankful that your dear one is on the mend. You have the sweetest little grandchildren and you look adorable in the bunny ears!
    I know what you mean about Blogging. It has changed so much since we "old timers" started our blogs. We were all part of a close little community and it was fun. Now, it's all about the ads, the memes and one blogger trying to outdo the other. I miss those days, but things change. As for me, I'm blogging much less and of course, it's due to family issues as well. Just know that we all love you and enjoy your blog. I know you will drop by when you can.

  15. Hi sweet Shelia! Have missed you and glad to see your post. It's so funny because yesterday I posted for the first time in almost a month. Don't know why, how or because of. I just couldn't get going. So, I totally understand.

    Your little ones are so cute. Your handwork is magnificent and am so glad hubby is doing so well. You are blessed.

    Keep us posted if only ever so often. Please don't quit.


  16. Hola Sheila, que alegría, que vuelvas...y sobre todo ver tanta felicidad y saber que tu esposo, nietos e hijos y tú esten bien...Gracias a Dios...eres muy especial y tienes una linda familia...desde que ingrese al tu blog trasmites eso mucha felicidad y esa sonrisa que a pesar de las contrariedades de la vida siempre está presente en tí... Eres muy especial y eso que solo virtuamente te he conocido...Un gran abrazo a la distancia y de corazón que alegría volver a leerte...

  17. Ah y el cachorro es hermoso...de seguro que va a ser muy feliz con ustedes...una gran compañía

  18. I have taken a long blog break too! I have to say it was hard get back to it. It was a great break and I made up my mind that I will blog when I feel the need with no schedule in mind. I do not care for the pop up ads all over Blogland, I only blog for fun not for $. I have to say that I have met very nice people all over and am so glad that I did. Take care and bat of luck in your decision making.

  19. So glad to know all is well with you! I know about taking blog breaks, as I have been on one for over a year. Love the stiching you have done! Your grands are just adorable!

  20. Shelia, please don't stop! I would really miss you and your sweet, uplifting posts. :)

  21. Dear Sheila,
    Great to find a post today and catch up. I can understand especially with all the nice weather ahead of us and your travels you no doubt will be doing with the awesome traveling accomodations you and Mr. Precious have to enjoy. Hoping you do even pop in monthly to share your sweet family, so refreshing to read a family so loving and growing. Awesome to hear Mr. Precious is doing much better. Enjoy the spring weather and those grandloves! Robin from NYC

  22. I would hate to see you stop....but totally understand if you need to. I think we should just all post when we want to---no pressure, it should BE FUN, NOT an obligation. I enjoy your posts so much, about your sweet grands and your life and when y'all go on trips, how you decorate your house and your table and anything else you want to talk about and share with us! I'm so excited about your brand new pup coming soon!!---oh she will be so special and so loved! Instagram is so fast and easy, hope you will still be on there but I do so enjoy your pretty blog too.

  23. I understand but I will miss your smiling face and sunny disposition. May God bless you always.

  24. Oh, so good to hear from you and to know how everyone is doing. New puppy, good idea!! Kids are adorable as usual..... Mr. Precious doing so well.... all good news!!

    Blogging should be fun not an obligation. I would miss you terribly but understand. I hardly blog at all but visit everyone, that's what I like best. You are one busy gal!!

  25. Shelia, you are loved!
    Sweetest puppy ever.
    Hope you'll reconsider continuing blogging and keep blogging. You are a sweetie yourself and I know I like reading your blog. Lots of puppy pics would be fun along with all that you share.
    Perhaps one single picture and a few words. This is a winning formula.
    Blessings always.
    God bless and all the best,

  26. So glad to hear that all is going so well for your lovely family and for you too! I understand the need to step away and evaluate things in your life. I have been doing that too and blogging less as well, but still occasionally. I hope to still hear from you sometimes, but understand too if the time is right for you to move on. Whatever you decide I wish you all the very best for the future and for your family too. I hope you have wonderful times with Willow, who is obviously a darling! Thank you for lots of fun blog posts! xx

  27. I understand your trying to decide whether to continue to blog or not. I have been blogging since 2007. Your grands are adorable and I am so happy that your husband is doing so well. And congrats on getting you new puppy!

  28. Dearest Sheila, Every stage of our lives has a different season.There's things I can do now that I couldn't do 10 years ago. There's a lot of things I done 10 years ago that I can't do now (LOL) But mainly all due to the different season's of my life. What I do know is that above all that my Lord and my family is the most important to me. My granny used to say, Baby, friends will come and go but your family will be there. And then she added with a chuckle....(even if you don't like some of them). Blog when you want too and when you have the time and when you feel like my friend. It's your blog. On another note...so glad to see that miracle grand doing so well and glad your sweet Mr. Precious is doing good. Those grandbabies are adorable Sheila. Love you lady and when you do post, I always enjoy. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  29. So happy to hear all of your good news and see your beautiful Easter! And honey . . . if you are getting a puppy, you'll be a busy new parent!!! Get ready for fun. If we don't hear from you a while, we'll know you're busy feeding, walking, cleaning the baby! Blessings to you and your adorable family, and I'm sure you'll find the perfect way to go!

  30. Shelia, I so enjoy visiting with you and see all your pretties you have been making. As a non-blogger, I can't imagine the time involved and you are a busy lady as it is. It is always a treat to see your post in my inbox. So happy Mr Precious is doing well and the new puppy is adorable (not to mention those sweet grands). If you choose to post from time to time, I would love it.

  31. So lovely to know that everything is better in your world! You may or may not know that I retired my blog a couple of months ago. So many of the commenters echoed my sentiments, and I have been at it since late 2007 or early 2008 -- I really don't remember. Now that I have turned my attention elsewhere I don't know when I had time to keep it up. I do use Instagram, and I see a lot of bloggers over there. I do correspond by email with some of the ones I became friendly with over the years, so even if you stop writing the blog, you can still keep up with your blog friends. I think many of us "first generation" bloggers pulled the plug, myself included, because we just don't like what blogging turned into: a many headed commercial monster that became a job in a shark eat shark world. At least for now, IG is still a good place. Hope to see you over there. I wish for God's continued blessings on you and your family.

  32. Sheila! So good to hear from you and catch up on the news of your husband's health. I am so happy to hear that he is doing so well. Your new puppy is precious! I would really miss your sweet blog posts, especially the ones about your dollhouse and mini-making. I hope you don't give it up, but with a new first grandson myself, I understand. Perhaps you could post every two weeks?

  33. Shelia, I completely understand - time just gets away from us. I don't post that often as I don't have that much to say. And like you I hate all those pop up adds on bloggers posts.

    I hope that once in a while you will let us know how your family is. I am so excited that you will be having a new puppy, your going to have so much fun.

    Take care of your beautiful family and God Bless you.


  34. I can relate to what you are feeling...I've been tossing around quitting. I'm not posting as much but try to post at least once a week. I don't know what's in the future...but I know blogging keeps me in contact with friends and gets me creative.. Do what's best for you...maybe don't feel pressure to blog on a schedule but when you want to...

  35. Dear Shelia, I understand where you are at this point from your beautiful heartfelt post about blogging. I'm in the same spot. This year I started my blog as a 10 year celebration looking back at past posts over the last 10 years and adding a few new posts now and then. Can't believe how fast 10 years has flown by. With my business and my hubbies being so busy now, I need to readjust my on line routine.
    Having IG has really helped me to stay connected with so many blog friends while cutting down on computer time. While I love everyone in blogland and made so many wonderful friends like you, it's come to a time for me to let some chains to the computer go!! We each have to do what works best for our lives and families. Look to your heart and do what's best for you. The friendships will always be here and you will always be loved my friend. Happy for you and the new puppy on the way. He is a cutie!!God bless you and those darling little ones and your dear precious family. So glad your sweetheart is doing better too.
    Enjoy the beautiful springtime and God Bless,

  36. So happy to see a post from you today Shelia. You have been busy! I'm thrilled that you are getting a new puppy. Feels like yesterday we picked up our Gracie, but she turned 4 in February. We just adore her.
    I would miss visiting with you if you decide not to blog anymore, but I understand that its been a long time for you.
    Also very happy to hear your Mr. Precious is just fine!
    Take care

  37. I am so happy you posted. I have missed you. I hope you continue to post even if it I'd only once a month. If you quit blogging, I will never hear from you again. Is't it funny how friendships develop and you never meet the person in life? I am glad things are going good for you and your family. Hugs to you my friend.

  38. Oh Shelia, I so understand. I've been away for a while from my blog, too. Hadn't posted in about a month and decided to do another I ♥ Shopping this weekend. I've just got too many things to do and have too many things going on around here and don't spend much time on the computer anymore. If I can't get a post ready in my 90 minute computer time for everything, including blogging...it doesn't get done. I see you post more frequently on Facebook and that's a good way to keep up with you. I don't even do that!! LOL!! I'm considering and praying about letting blogging go, too...or maybe only post once a week OR once a month. When I started this new blog, I was going to share what had happened with my husband and alzheimer's and then it seemed I was hesitating about doing that. Then God shut that door. The same goes for my weight loss and details. Oh well. I'm enjoying my time. The only outside activity I do is going to church every other week. I still haven't found a new church...so just trying out a bunch that are near me. Haven't felt where I should be yet. Just trusting God to steer me.


  39. HI Shelia, it is lovely to read your update on here and I understand your thoughts on blogging. I only blog once a week or so now and have been on Instagram which is so much easier. I guess I have better things to do with my time these days. I still take lots of photos though but can't seem to find the time to write a post or to visit everyone it seems. I'm so glad your husband is doing so well now and also sweet little Carter. How those two children have grown! I wish you well in whatever you decide. I've certainly enjoyed visiting your blog for many years now. Take care and God bless you and your family.

  40. Shelia darling, I am in the same situation--busy with life, getting a puppy, and grappling with my blog. I agree with everything you said. As another old timer from '08, I couldn't have guessed how much blogging would change. I almost think bloggers need a full time crew and must live next door to an inexpensive flower farm. I finally decided I would post when the spirit moved me. I am not comfortable with giving tips on decorating, and my cooking is just as "iffy." If I quit blogging, I'd miss you and my other friends so much--too much. Oh, I could write pages and pages about this. I hope you will post your adventures--including those with Willow Dawn! She's soooo cute! Love you, dear. xxoo

  41. Hi Shelia...I hope you stay ....love reading your posts and seeing your beautiful decorating and creative work...would really miss you...Please consider staying and sharing with us. God bless you and your family Renee xo

  42. Hi, Shelia, I do understand your thinking of closing your blog but unsure. I haven't blogged much since Mr. Sweet has been so ill...just have lost the heart for it.
    Why don't you just take a long break but don't delete your blog...any time you want to post again, you can. We all have put a lot into our blogs and to delete it all together would be a mistake...pls keep it and take a nice long rest from it.

  43. I understand what you're saying about blogging. I often wonder if I should continue and then I do. We've been away for almost two months on an adventure of a lifetime! Off with our home-away-from-home to see the world. Well, just part of it. I wasn't able to blog while I was gone because of inconsistent internet issues. I've kept up with you on Facebook and am so happy for you and Willow Dawn! She's a darling and I know Miss Chloe Dawn would be thrilled that you and Willow found each other.

  44. Aww you are missed and I do hope all is well with you and your family. Your new dog is so adorable and I wish you a lot of happiness with her. Take care and all the best.

  45. Having been gone for two months myself I hear you. I have missed out on a lot of what everyone has been up too, much of it not being so good. Was surprised to see you haven't been here. Life has been delivering some of use a bit much to deal with, at the same time I do hate to not be able to post every once in a while. Decision Decisions Lovely little dog.
    Take Care

  46. As someone who rarely adds to my own blog I could never say what you should do. Just know you will be missed but you have to do what is best for you. I think FB takes up too much of my time and it truly doesn't always make me happy. I think I am going to spend less time there and more time doing things that make me happy. Hope your new puppy is doing well at her new home. Your grandchildren look so happy and healthy. I have the same problem with Piper, she moves so fast I rarely get a good picture of her.

  47. Oh, Shelia, I've been going through much of the same "wondering," if I really want to continue blogging. I started blogging in 2010 and a very few bloggers had adSense. Everyone commented on everyone's blog posts back then, and there was such a personal connection. Things have definitely changed, and I truly hate all those popup ads. I used to post a couple of times a week, and now I'm into the "once-a-month-maybe" category. Like you, I enjoy posting about my family, crafts and sewing....just those things that occupy the mind and time of the retired. And, like you, I haven't made the decision to "pull the plug." Good luck to you, whatever you decide to do.

    It is such a blessing to see Carter all healthy again....that was such a scare for all of you. So nice to see Carter and Campie running and playing and just being children. It's also wonderful news that your hubby is doing so well. Oh my, little Willow Dawn is so precious, and I know she is going to bring so much love and happiness to your home.

    Take care, my friend; and good luck on whatever decision you make.
    Warm hugs,

  48. Sheila, what a wonderful blog you have. Almost a 10 year stretch! I had commented on a 2012 blog post, inquiring about your china cabinet. My late grandmother had the exact same one, and now I am tasked with the process of taking inventory on her assets. I even see it peeking out in the photo of your adorable Campie. If you could e-mail me at m155.m011y9153@gmail.com with information on your china cabinet, or reply to this comment, I will be ever so grateful. Thank you. You have a beautiful family and you decorate beautifully as well!

  49. No matter what you decide, I will still be your friend, dear one. I was worried and popped over to see if you had posted and I'm happy to read that all of you are doing okay.

    Much love,


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