Well, I spent yesterday cleaning the debris and branches from our yard. I drove out to try to do some shopping, only to find that we’re the only people in town with power. Store after store was dark and closed.
When I spotted a Target with cars in the parking lot, I pulled in. Turns out they were out of power, too, but were open anyway. I shopped in the dark, squinting to see price tags and find what I needed (they had the emergency lights on).
The refrigerated shelves were empty, and I overheard an employee saying, “Well, I just had to throw out $10,000 worth of food.” What a waste! I could’ve used some of it. We’re down to crackers, bread, and a half gallon of water at our house (okay, slight exaggeration).
So I returned home without all of the things on my shopping list that I had gone out for. But there was a package at my door. I love getting packages!
When I opened the box, these adorable acorn salt and pepper shakers were inside. Ms. Tee of Delightful Home had sent them to me as a thank-you for linking to her blog. Isn’t that sweet? That small act of thoughtfulness totally made my day. Thanks, Ms. Tee!
As I drove around our town and realized how bad the damage from yesterday’s storm was, I grew increasingly grateful for our good luck. We only lost a couple of trees.
There are still hundreds of thousands of people without power. It’s “the most massive power outage in Cincinnati history.”
This is all to say that, geez, I’m feeling really grateful today, so I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of my faithful readers, wonderful commenters, and amazing blog friends.
The counter on my blog passed the 600,000 mark this week. I’m not sure how that’s even possible! When I started this site on a whim in January, I was excited when 20 people showed up. So I just have to take a moment to say thanks for coming and hanging out with me here!
I’ve also been meaning to say thanks for some blog awards that have been passed my way recently, and now seems like a good time.
First of all, thanks to Jan over at Jan and Tom’s Place for this BFF Gold Card:
Nikki at The Scarlett Rose Garden passed the Smile Award along to me, and it made ME smile. Thanks, Nikki!
I know I’m forgetting some of your awards and I apologize! I should start keeping track of these things instead of relying on my memory. Let me know if I forgot your award and I’ll add it a.s.a.p.
Instead of trying to follow all the rules of each of these individual awards and pass them around, I created my own “I’m Hooked on Your Blog” Award. My husband Dave spent the last two hours designing it for me and now he’s late for work. (Thanks, Honey!)
I think he did a good job. Here it is!
I’m giving it out to 5 bloggers I really enjoy but haven’t had a chance to give an award to yet:
1. Kimba at A Soft Place to Land
2. Bella at Bella Casa (I swiped the cute “Thank You” sign above from Bella!)
3. Sandra at Canyon Wren Cottage
4. Amy at Living Locurto
5. Linda at Lime in the Coconut
Feel free to take this button and wear it proudly. Pass it along to five blogs you’re hooked on if you want, but I’m not going to put a lot of rules on it.
Thanks again for being such wonderful readers and blog friends! Now I’m off in search of stores that are open and have food and water to sell me. Wish me luck! -Julia 🙂