Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Thank You

At the end of last year I signed up for a Pay It Forward exchange sponsored by Michelle in Poland ("Miszelkowy Schowek" blog on my sidebar) and then completely forgot about it.

Not long after Christmas I received a surprise package in the mail, which contained the delicate necklace above,

earrings to match,

a pair of black earrings,

a decoupaged box to put them in and

A decoupaged memo pad holder. All items are handmade by Michelle. The photos do not do justice to these beautiful items!
I was totally floored at the number of things she sent me. I absolutely did not expect such generosity when I signed up for this exchange. What a kind heart she has!
Thank you, thank you, Michelle. I will treasure them forever. (Please check out Michelle's blog by clicking the link on my sidebar to see all the other lovely items she creates.)
And thank you, thank you to all of you who showed me such sympathy over the death of my beloved dog Penny (post below). I was astounded to receive messages from so many people, some of whom I hadn't heard from in the longest time and didn't even know they still read my blog.
All of them - old friends, new friends, friends of friends, anonymous readers - embraced me with such tenderness, love, care and concern. As many stated in their comments, my pal Penny has, I know, crossed over the Rainbow Bridge and is happily running through the meadows on the other side.
It's been said before, but Blogland is such a generous, supportive, NICE place. I am happy to live here. I don't think I would like to be in My Space or Facebook. I've heard of people bullying each other on the Internet. I watched a news show the other night in which teenage girls beat up other teenagers and post the videos of beatings. I've learned, sadly, that such things are not uncommon.
I have also heard of bloggers being unkind to other bloggers with words, which can be just as painful as a physical beating. Fortunately, I have not encountered this problem so far. Well, there was one commenter who said that my post about masks was "the stupidest thing" she's ever heard of. But, I have comment approval, so her comment never saw the light of day. Ha!
All in all, however, I think Blogland is a place where people genuinely care about one another. I know I have felt the warmth of their arms around me in the past week. It has been a difficult time but you have helped ease me through it. Thank you.
PS - I will be writing a post about Penny - I just need a bit of distance right now.


gma said...

What lovely gifts you recieved from Michelle. Going to see her blog. She'll be the first blogger I've visited from Poland. YES! Bloggers are for the most part, wonderful and supportive. Like you for instance. You are kind and deserve every kindness.:-)

Kelli said...

What a sweet friend so send you such wonderful gifts. I am so sorry to hear about your beloved Penny...sending lots of (((hugs))).

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

I think of you daily and am glad to see a post- take time - it will never erase your beautiful memories (I still tear-up over Charlie and it's been 6 years) but you'll feel her love and guidance for the rest of YOUR days! :-)

Anonymous said...

How wonderful that you recieved these lovely things just when you most needed an emotional boost! I know from sad experience how often you must still look up and expect to see Penney trotting toward you, tail wagging. We'll all keep sending good thoughts and hugs your way.

Sheila said...

That's a lovely gift you've received.
Most bloggers are good, I've found them to be supportive and kind.
I hope you aren't too cold up the in ND, stay warm..

Anonymous said...

The jewelry is gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy that you like my gifts! You deserve the best (I'm not sure if this was a correct sentence in English, but you know what I mean :))