Monday, October 22, 2012

Meet my other friends Monday

Monday's are so much easier to deal with when I have a little help from my friends. Since I think I've got the greatest friends on earth I want to share them with everyone. Monday's are dedicated to the best bloggers I know, my pals. You could be next.

This weeks friend is Sandie also known as Chatty Crone. I had seen Sandie's comments on other blogs I follow but wasn't familiar with her blog. One day I decided I needed to drop by and pay her a visit just to see what the Chatty Crone was all about. I am so glad I did. Sandie is one of the nicest people I've met in blog land. She's full of humor and inspiration. She makes me smile, she makes me laugh, she makes me think. Then just for variety she treats you to her grandson, her dog Disco and a few yummy recipes now and then. If you don't know her....well should.

1.How long have you been blogging and what made you start?
I’ve been blogging since September 2006. I started blogging for my grandson. I wanted a place he could go back to someday and learn who his grandma was. What she did and why she did certain things. And as a journal about his life with his grandma - to remember the things that we did together.

I then got side tracked and I think my blog has metamorphosed into something else as well. My blogging friends have become my extended family. So now I am doing it for me as well. Blogging makes me happy. I’ve found so many great people out there. The world of blogging and bloggers are great. I have a tiny nuclear family, but in blog land I have a huge family! And I truly feel close to them.

2. What is one piece of advice you’d give to new bloggers.

The one thing I wished I had done – was to have kind of a theme. For example crafts, thrifting, table scapes, baking, cooking – I would have some thing or some word to describe my blog – because I feel it is very random. Sometimes I can be all over the place, but then on second thought – that does kind of describe who I am. Now when I think back I would have changed my name to Chatty Crone – laugh and lift. I just saw that somewhere. I love to laugh and I love to try to uplift people. I think the two go together.

3. Do you have any hobbies or talents?
Well I guess it depends on what you count as hobbies and talents. I do have a love for friends and for praying for people. I love to read just about anything. My blog is my true hobby. I thrift a little. I take photos a little. I volunteer a little at school for my grandson. I’ve bake a little. I try new recipes a little. I cook a little. I do a little bit of everything – guess that is why my blog is random. Like I say I think that is me. I think I could also be Chatty Crones Little Thoughts. (LOL)

4. Of course you love all the blogs you visit but share a link to one of those and tell us why we should check it out.

That would be Susan from Writing Straight From the Heart – (please know that I really hate picking just one. It’s hard. There are a few I really, really love and that I’m close too.) I think Susan’s blog has a great theme and I think she does speak from her heart. It’s very colorful and bright. She’s sincere and upbeat. She dedicated and she’ll always answer you back.

5. What is one thing that totally makes your crazy?

 Not to be listened to – not to be respected. To not have MY OWN VOICE. I think that’s because I did not have a voice while growing up. Being heard is important to me!

6. Give one random thought. Gosh I could give a lot of random thoughts.

My favorite verse I like to meditate on is: Philippians 4:4-9
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.


  1. Nice to meet you Sandie...and what a handsome grandson you have!!

  2. Great interview! Nice to read about Sandie! It's true about blog buddies being a kind of family :)

  3. I follow Chatty and have for a couple of years, and agree about the handsome GS and also Disco. i like random blogs, random is great to me.

  4. Sandie ROCKS! Love her posts....

  5. She is indeed a delight to behold (most of the time).

  6. What a nice post this week. Well all of them have been, but I went over and checked out her breakfast for guests. Now I'm hungry.

    Have a terrific day Ann. My best to Duke. :)

  7. It's neat how many people blog to share stories about their family. I know that many bloggers can create to not forming a blog theme early on and then regretting it later. Even if you do get a good theme going from the beginning, it can be tough to know what will and won't be well received.

  8. I'm very familiar with Sandie and I love her! We stay in touch and I look forward to meeting her some day. :) Her randomness is Awesome, just like her!
    Your Monday friends post is fabulous!
    Have a great week!

  9. This is a great idea! We all love to meet new blog friends.
    Great interview so I need to meet Chatty Crone too!
    Best wishes

  10. Nice to meet Sandie! Her interview made me smile and I can tell what a lovely person she is!

  11. Love her #5 answer. I'm off to her blog.

  12. I feel so fortunate to be one of Chatty's followers. :)

  13. What a sweet reason to start a blog! bloggers really are like extended family. We're there through all of life's up and downs.

  14. It's always nice to meet a "new" blogger! Going there now....

    Nice to meet you Sandie!

  15. Well thanks for asking me to be the guest blogger. You have a lot of great friends and I am lucky to be one.

  16. Very nice post, Ann... Sandie(Chatty) is a friend of mine --and I always enjoy her blog....Thanks for sharing.

    Hope you have had a wonderful week.

  17. Thank you for the introduction! Great interview!

  18. Hello Ann! How wonderful you put Sandie (Chatty Chrone) in your spotlight.

    She is a delight and a true "sistah" in blogland.

    I was delighted (plus shocked to the socks and thrilled) that she mentioned my beloved blog, "Writing Straight from the Heart" which is three years old this month. (Having a giveaway soon!)

    Blogging has been a life-enhancing experience. So wonderful to know there are so many great people out there. Those we choose to follow tend to be kind of "soul mates," I think.

    Have a terrific Tuesday! Susan

  19. I love meeting your friends! I'm off to visit this one now!

  20. Sounds like a neat person. I'm off to check it out.


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