A Little Anniversary


Three years ago tomorrow (March 16, 2010) I did my first post on this blog.  Wow, THREE YEARS!

I started this blog because I found myself writing long emails to friends and family with pictures attached of goings on around the farm or our travels. Then I realized that it would be easier to simply put all that stuff into a blog for everyone to see. Easy…  Well, not really.

Learning the world of starting a blog:  getting a domain, host server, platform, theme….it was mind numbing. For a week, I learned from different websites about starting a blog and how it’s done. Then I plunged in and got everything up and running in a couple days. It was scary but fun.

Then I learned how to take better pictures, how to work them in photoshop. When I started the blog, I used a camera with lower pixels, and then graduated to a better camera with higher pixels. I got interested in video and started shooting vids with a still image camera but when I wanted a better quality video, I bought a video camera. I learned how to edit videos with video editing software and how to upload videos onto youtube and my blog.  I’m well on my way to geekdom!

Recently I overcame another challenge. Not happy with the slow speeds and downtime my blog was experiencing over the last few months, I had my blog transferred to another server at a different company. It scared me a lot at first to do this. What if something went wrong, what if my blog crashed and burned, or got lost in cyberworld never to be seen again?????  Oh the angst!  But the transition, it took about a week, went relatively smoothly, and now my blog loads quicker than it ever has and has had no downtime. Yay!  So happy about that!


And today I made a change that I’ve wanted since I started this blog. I’ve never been happy with the typeface of my theme – so blocky and institutional and impersonal- but I couldn’t figure out how to change it.  Then today I pulled up the theme’s main screen and there it was right in front of me – the option to change the typeface. All I had to do was type in the name of the new typeface and click SAVE and VIOLA!  A new friendly cheerful typeface!  Yay!!!!


So there you go… Three years of learning, growing, changing…. of fun…of meeting new people!

You!  Thank you so much for your comments, for cheering me on, for celebrating with me in the good times, and condoling with me in the bad.

This blog is for you – Thank you for sticking with me for the last 3 years and I hope you’ll be with me for many years to come!



Cattle, corn, wheat, beans, mud, snow, ice, and drought. Plenty of fresh air and quiet. Our life is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, but never boring.

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28 Responses

  1. Teresa says:

    It’s been a great voyage! Hard to believe it’s been three years.

  2. Glenda says:

    Congratulations friend! The learning curve has been a great one, I know. I’ll always be here to cheer you on! God bless!

  3. Kathy Swiger says:


  4. Linda says:

    Congrats…to the best friend I could ever ask for. We always have fun when together. I remember the day you told me you were going to do this. Glad you did and it worked well for you. Love you, LS

  5. Alica says:

    Congratulations Suzanne! I don’t remember when I “found” you, but I do remember that it was through Teresa’s blog. So glad I did!!

  6. Teddi K says:

    Congratulations on 3 years of blogging. I enjoy your blog and especially the things Kitty writes. Be sure to tell her!

  7. Kathy S. says:

    Congrats on 3 years! You have come a long way. I love the new typeface and, as always, I love the content of your blog. I have learned so much and seen so much of the midwest through you. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!

  8. Alica says:

    …and for the record…your blog loads waaaaaaay faster for me now! 🙂

  9. Amy C. says:

    3 years of great writing, information, entertainment, and JOY! I enjoy every post!!!

    I also love the new typeface! It makes it seem more like a personal note!☺

  10. Dianna says:

    Congrats on the anniversary, and I love the new look!

  11. Patty H says:

    Congratulations on your 3rd Anniversary. I wish I could change my looks as easy as you changed your blogs looks. It is very nice. Y’All enjoy your day tomorrow.

  12. JMart says:

    Congratulations on your blog anniversary….I’m so glad you stuck with it through those early stages…it is worth the effort!! the new typeface caught my attention right away.

  13. Lainie says:

    Congratulations, Susan! I have enjoyed following along. I love seeing my native state through your eyes! Keep writing and taking pics.

  14. lisa says:

    Happy Anniversary!!! I really love the new typeface!!

  15. Carol says:

    Happy third anniversary! I look forward to reading your posts! Hope the sun is shining…as it is in middle TN. 2

  16. Carol says:

    We love you in New England, Suzanne! Time flies when you are having fun, and I have had lots of fun following your adventures. I enjoy all your posts, thank you for opening your heart to strangers, and letting us feel like friends! Happy Anniversary and many more!! Love the new face lift, the blog looks very polished!

  17. Elizabeth says:

    Happy Anniversary! I love your blog, your recipes, photos and Kitty. Thank you so much for sharing. I grew up in the country, but now live in the suburbs so thanks to you, I get to pretend to live vicariously through your window! You’ve been a breath of fresh (country!) air and I can’t thank you enough!

  18. Glyndalyn says:

    Congratulations! Like the blog.

  19. Vivian says:

    Happy Anniversary!! I enjoy reading your blog and appreciate all your hard work on it. I hope there will be many more anniversaries. Thanks so much. Best wishes to you, Harland and Kitty.

  20. Jann-Marie says:

    Your blog is a burst of sunlight in an often too dark world.
    Thank you, Suzanne.

  21. Lynda says:

    Happy 3rd blogversary! Looking forward to many more. Always enjoy your entries.
    Lynda in Michigan.

  22. Suzanne M. says:

    Happy anniversary. I don’t remember how I first found your blog or when, but I’ve enjoyed it ever since. Can’t go wrong when you start out with such a great name (Suzanne), right? Keep up the great work!

    Suzanne in south Louisiana

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