Just a quick post, to assure all of you I’m still plugging away. There are some anniversaries I need to commemorate.
In the confusion of my hiatus, I managed to miss my one year anniversary of this bizarre experiment. On 10 September last year, I posted my “Greetings from John E.” entry. Since that time, I have managed 74 posts, gained over 5,000 views, and received almost 2,000 comments. The most impressive thing, though, is that I have 160 followers. Think about that. I figured I’d be lucky to score maybe 50, given my wide-sweeping comment-bombing I did, with only a handful being active. Yet even while on hiatus, I have continued to add followers – why, I have no earthly clue. But whether you knew me from comments I left on your blog, or you found me through my friends’ blog, or especially if you stumbled on me some other way, a very large “thank you” is in order. Whether you just read, of comment actively, I truly appreciate your presence.
We will shortly be marking our 6th year in this house. It’s been an … interesting time, plenty of ups and downs, and more than a little drama. And in a couple months, we’ll mark our 11th year living full time in Ohio. Also plenty of adventure. While I can’t say I love being in this state, I have to admit I’ve met some great people here. And to be “frank”, one particular individual (who shall remain nameless) has helped me get an “angle” on things.
And finally, though still a couple months off, we will also be celebrating one year with our newest cat acquisition, Stryper. Yes, that over-10-years-old, skinny, partially hairless, FIV-positive cat (who the vet gave 2 weeks to life, tops), is still alive, much healthier, and playing like a kitten a decade younger. I never thought I’d say this, but I’ve found inspiration in a cat. If he could forgive his maltreatment and work through his health problems to prove everybody wrong, well, I guess I can muddle through in his wake.
So there you have it. I promise more stories to come soon, including a post about our recently-passed Mastiff Sam, as well as more silliness from days passed. Once again, thanks for hanging in there with me. I guarantee there’s a lot more to come, so stay tuned!