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! 😀