Sunday, January 25, 2015

Grow Your Blog

Hello, I'm Zenda, and welcome to my blog!  I'm joining lots of other bloggers for the "Grow Your Blog" party hosted by Vicki at 2 Bags Full.  Please click on the picture at the sidebar to visit her site to view others who are participating in this exciting event.
Let me share a little bit about myself.  I'm a retired teacher (primary and reading), a wife to Wonderful Hubby and mom of two college age kids, Precious Daughter and Favorite Son.  While working, I spent most of my time nurturing my family, assisting my elderly parents and helping my students improve their reading skills.  There was very little time for ME things and that was fine.  Now that my life is a bit slower, I'm taking some time to do things just for me.  I love crafting (anything that strikes my fancy ... and that I think I can finish!), quilting, crocheting, cooking, gardening, traveling and photographing it all!  Here is what I wrote when I began the blogging journey almost 2 years ago and it's still my main reason for blogging:
 
I've learned lots of things in my life.  As a young person, I learned how to take care of myself, drive a car, and build friendships.  During my career years, I learned how to teach young children to read, raise a family, and (relatively recently) how to cook!  While helping my elderly parents, I learned where all the doctors' offices were, the difference between assisted living and nursing home care, and how Alzheimer's Disease is harder on the family than on the patient. 

Now, as I'm getting ready to retire, I realize there are still lots more things to learn.  Things I've always wondered about but never had time to learn.  Like photography....just for fun....home decorating, and gardening (both vegetable and flowers).  I also am looking forward to reading what I want to, not what I have to.  And what exciting new places my wonderful hubby and I can visit and learn about?!

Another thing I've wanted to learn about for awhile is how to set up a photo blog.  This way, I can hold myself accountable for learning these new things and more.  I'd like to invite you check in on my new 'education' from time to time and see how I'm doing.  Your gentle comments would be appreciated! 

Let the next chapters begin!
 
Here are few of my passions.
        
    
                          
 
 I hope you'll stay awhile and peruse my site, we may have a few things in common!  I'm so excited to be a part of this Blog Hop and get to meet tons of other bloggers!! Thanks so much, Vicki, for hosting this event!! 
                 
 
 
 




24 comments:

Sylvia said...

Hi Zenda, thanks for visiting my blog by way of Grow Your Blog. Your comments were kind and sweet, I'm looking forward to getting to know you better. My daughter is a Parapro teacher for special needs 1st graders,she loves ministering to their needs.
Have a wonderful Sunday and please stop by again. I am following you.

Cherie said...

Hello. I am new to the Grow your blog party. It has been a great way to meet fellow crafters. I hope you can spare a glance at my blog and I intend to have a really good browse through yours.

Stitchin At Home said...

Hello what a lovely introduction. You have a lovely blog and projects.On behalf of Vicki thanks for joining 'Grow Your Blog'.

Nancy said...

Hi ...I am so glad that we have already met and having fun with our Photo 365 project. I really enjoyed reading and learning more about you....

Jennifer Pearson Vanier said...

So pleased to meet you! thank you for visiting my blog too! Lovely pictures and projects.

Anonymous said...

Hello Zenda, I to am visiting from the grow your blog party. I enjoy reading and visiting your blog! I do hope you stop by my blog Julie's Lifestyle for my giveaway I am having. Yay to blog friends.
Julie at Julie's Lifestyle

Kim said...

So happy you visited me way down here because that enabled me to visit your lovely blog. How could one not follow a blog entitled 'She's Lady of the Manor'!! Love it!! So lovely to read a li'l about your life and the 'pretties' you fashion. I have a sneaky suspicion that I am going to love following you and seeing what you up to with each post!

Monique Elisabeth said...

Hi Zenda,
your blog is wonderful and the things you make look so wonderful. I love a lot of things you like to do very much too.
I hope you'll have a wonderful start of the new week.

Lisa Comperry said...

I had fun browsing thru your blog! Beautiful projects! You have a new follower :-) Have a wonderful week!

Maggie said...

Zenda, Hi!
Lovely to meet you as I hop my way around Vicki's GYB.
Being one of her volunteer helpers is getting me out and about meeting new bloggers whilst sitting by a log fire well away from the cold and rainy January weather in Normandy, France. Bliss!
Will be following and getting to know you better from now on.
a bientot
Maggie

Sue Kosec said...

You throw a great party. Thank you for inviting me!

So that you know, I've become a Follower and when time permits, I'll be back to see what other beautiful things were made by your hands!

What this party is all about is to GROW your blog and I'm hoping to do the same. When you get to Section One, check out A Country Chic Retreat and SuZeQ Creations, my personal blog, in Section Fifteen I'd love for you to follow and subscribe to.

Happy crafting!
SuZeQ

My Garden Diaries said...

Zenda!!! I am so glad you are joining in on this party!! I have done it the last 2 years....such a great way to meet other bloggers! Have fun hopping!!!! Nicole xoxo

trishie said...

Hello Zenda, so good to read more about you. Blogging too taught me a lot of things - photography, communication, gardening and home decoration just to name a few. Look forward to see more of your beautiful craft projects soon

Catherine said...

Hello Zenda,
I am visiting via GYB 2015 from the UK. I hope that retirement gives you some time for yourself- I thought it would but I seem busier than ever! Still I've learnt to quilt, started crochet again after so many years and much besides.
I love your goals and have followed via Bloglovin. Have a successful party!

barbara woods said...

Hi, I am a quilter from Ga. Over from Vickis blog and now following you

Patrica said...

We have a lot of the same retirement goals and like you I'm forging ahead. I WILL improve my photography this year and so I'm very interested in your 365 challenge. Maybe we can keep each other on track. Following from the GYB party.Patrica @ Dogwood Lane Rambles

Sheryl S. said...

Hello Zenda. I'm visiting via the GYB hop. Pleased to read your interesting blog and pretty projects.

Creations By Cindy said...

Zenda, I love your blog and always enjoy visiting! Hope you have a blessed day. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Magpie's Mumblings said...

You blog for many of the same reasons as I do. I had to be dragged into it but now I am so very happy that I'm part of this world. Thank you for inviting us over for a visit!

Karin G said...

I enjoyed touring your blog, I totally agree that you learn all life long and I'm going to follow you in your future adventures

Pamela said...

Your blog name caught my eye when I saw your comment on another Grow Your Blog entry. Have you ever seen the British comedy To The Manor Born? It's an old one but very funny. I love your reason for blogging and look forward to reading more of your posts.

Tammy said...

I am part of the GYB group .. i love photography and stitching and art .. your blog looks like you enjoy life and sharing .. sadly I'm very familiar with how alzheimer's affects families. I lost my mother to this just a year ago. terrible way to go in my opinion. Hope you'll pop over and visit my world. :)

Wilma said...

Hello, I'm visiting from the GYBP.
You have an interesting blog.
I enjoyed reading your posts. Will be following you. I hope you will visit me at my place.
Blessings to you, Zenda !

Wilma. Shabby Royale.

Hexe im Hollerbusch said...

You have a beautiful blog here. I like the decoration of your tabels very much and looking forward to read your future posts!