Friday, November 4, 2011

Indiana Love

It's been forever since I've posted and I have to tell you
that I have some wonderful friends and followers.
People that are emailing me and asking if I'm alive.
If I need antidepressants.
If I've fallen and can't get up.

I'm going to be honest.
This break was awesome!
I took a break from technology.
Or at least as much as possible.

I found more time to do other things.
I got out of the house.
Did you know that there are things going on out there?
There are.

I wanted to show you an amazing gift
I received in the mail yesterday.
I can barely write about it without crying.
Because I'm a huge baby.

Look and tell me what you see.

I see home.

Those of you that know me at all
know that I love and miss Indiana.
This time of year is especially difficult for me.
I live in Phoenix now.
We don't have changing leaves.
We barely have changing seasons.

I went to the mailbox yesterday,
brought in a large package.
Filled with leaves, acorns, and fossils.
And they smell like leaves too.

If you live anywhere near these things,
you are now thinking that I have completely lost my mind.
And I probably have.
But I am so darned happy!

Cheryl over at Whosyergirl (get it?  Hoosier girl)
sent me this package of autumn loveliness from Indiana.
She also sent me some of the cutest
handmade paper craft goodies.

I love each and every little thing.
Another thing she sent me was a magazine.

Cheryl is a published author.
She writes articles for this magazine from time to time.
In this particular edition,
she wrote about blogging.

And she even mentioned me in the article.
So I'm sort of famous now.
Which kind of explains why I've been on the down low.
In hiding.
In my big sunglasses.

I'm back in the blogging world.
I may not post as often
but I missed ya'll so much.



Ashley said...

Fall is my favorite time of year so I can imagine it would be quite depressing (at times) to live in a place where you never get true fall. So happy to see you back!

Kris said...

Oh my gosh....WELCOME back dear friend. YOU have been so missed!! ehat a dear sweet thing for Cheryl to do. I love those beautiful leaves!!! How do you suppose I can find that magazine to read her article?? I will have to ask her!!!
SO glad you posted. Missed your sweet face!!!

just call me jo said...

Whew! I'm so relieved. I have missed you so much! Please don't do that again. Blogging doesn't mean you can't do anything or everything else. Good heavens, woman. That was rough! Your friend in Indiana is wonderful. And now you're famous and all you probably won't want anything to do with those of us who are peons. Have a good weekend. So glad you're with us again.

Chatty Crone said...

Cheryl is a wonderful friend isn't see - sending you leaves - that is awesome.

Hope you feel good after your break.


Whosyergurl said...

Now I'm the one who is crying. I guess Hoosier girls are baby girls 'cause we cry. Oh well. That is what makes us real.
Love ya, Holly! xo, Cheryl

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Oh Holly welcome back and I am a bit misty eyed too reading your story of the leaves and fall goodies. Bloggers are so great. Glad to hear your voice again.

Genn said...

Oh Holly hip hip hooray!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SO happy to see your post.
So happy to know you are so happy.
What a sweet sweet gift of the leaves from home!
And the other gifts too, so nice.
And keep those big sunglasses on so you don't get harrassed by the people when you go out now. :)
Love ya Hol!!

A Vintage Green said...

Hi Holly - nice leaves et al from a really sweet friend. Good to read you again.
- Joy

Melynda said...

Nice! Glad your back, even if in limited amounts. I think i speak for everyone, we miss you!

Ann said...

Welcome back! What a neat idea to take a tech break ... not sure I'm up to that yet.

Debi@7Gates said...

Thank the Lord the skys are blue, the seas have parted and our Holly is back! Missed you girl and all your real stuff you write about. If all you needed was a box of fall leaves, I could have done that and then some. Joking aside, I really have missed hearing from you. So glad the break was good and much accomplished.

Mikalah said...

Welcome back! =) Glad your break was refreshing. What a sweet gift! We used to send my Aunt leaves when she lived in TX and FL. SHe loved it too!


An Indiana Autumn in a box. That had to be one of the sweetest things I have ever seen. Friends are the greatest. Cherish the moment. Watch out for the paparazzi, now that you're back to blogging. Fame has a price. Love your page. Take care.

Roeann/Lucy/whatever said...

National coverage. Or statewide. Now you'll be all uppity and get famous and be on Good Morning America and write a cookbook and have to go to autograph parties across the country and claw your way through 20,000 comments every day and...and..and..

My self image is going to have trouble with this. but I'll handle it, by golly. I will. :))

Anonymous said...

oh my gosh I thought you were never coming back,, I will now admitt something,, I was going to send you leaves,, I sent them to my friend that lives in Missippi once years ago when she had to move. I so glad this woman sent them,, I like her right away for that. Beautiful gifts,, just beautiful.I hope we see you more often,, I really missed you!

Anonymous said...

I missed you, too! But a break is nice for the soul.
And what a lovely friend to send you leaves and acorns and artful treasures. No wonder you were crying!
I'll be happy to see you blogging whenever you feel the urge....hoping that your urge is often!
Warm hugs girl,

tainted with a positive view said...

I can't even even imagine what that must have been like opening that box. I also miss Indiana - a great deal - and never make it back since I no longer have family there. But I do miss it an am proud to be a Hoosier.

Karen said...

Awww, that is one sweet lady there. I cannot imagine life without Autumn! The colors here have been especially vibrant this season. And just yesterday walking back from the mailbox, we'd had a heavy dew the nite before and the scent of the fallen leaves was just almost enough to make me cry~
Love that you are well.... and I missed you too:)

corners of my life said...

Such a sweet friend.
Welcome back!

Anonymous said...

Glad you're back - I missed your humour!

Chris said...

Hi Holly, welcome back dear lady. Hope things are going okay with you. Hugs, Chris

Anonymous said...

Completely understand! But glad to have you back :) I missed you!

Pat MacKenzie said...

Hey, welcome back. I've got several large black plastic bags of leaves just waiting for a new home - want them. Just let me finish raking them up! What a thoughtful friend you have. I'd miss the leaves too if I lived full time in a place that doesn't have them. Glad you're back.

lifeinredshoes said...

A box full of Fall isn't crazy in my book. I used to do the same for my much loved uncle that lived in Santa Barbara. I also used to mail him a box of Idaho potatoes, Jo can appreciate that :) He couldn't find russets in the markets near his home.
He had lived in Utah during his teen years and missed the simple things, like home canned peaches. When he would drive up for a visit I would always have a care package to send home with him. He would repay the favor with a bag of my favorite Trader Joes goodies.
You know, life really is about the little things, a box of leaves, a jar of peaches. Tender mercies, that's what we'll call them.
So glad you're back!

Amy said...

I live near these things and I completely understand how you would miss them and love a package that reminds you of home. I don't think I could live where the seasons don't change.

Anonymous said...

Born and raised in Indiana, I'm a HoosierGirl too. Now I live in Illinois but close enough to get back to Indiana when I wish.
I love the package that you received, and yes I get it! We love our seasons and the autumn leaves and such and I would really miss that if I lived in a different climate.
I enjoyed your post!

Kelly said...

Welcome back, I've missed you!

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

I once went to New England in the fall and brought home leaves in my suitcase! As a matter of fact - I brought home so many, I had to buy a second suitcase at a yard sale. (I also brought home rocks..yep, rocks) Hubby picked up the second suitcase when he picked me up at the airport and said "I thought you only took one? Boy, this is heavy! Whatcha got in" Anyway, I don't think you're crazy at all..well..maybe just a little, but that's why I like you so much. Besides, I've never known anyone famous..

deb said...

awwww soooo glad you are back, I have missed you!!!!! glad you are refreshed and ready to entertain us again!!! I need my laughs!!!!! welcome back!!!!

Linda said...

Welcome were soooo missed!!

connie said...

Since I was born in Maine and lived in New Hampshire for many years you KNOW those leaves are making me jealous! That was such a nice thing of her to do! Was good to see you the other nite.

Betsy said...

I'm SO glad that you're back and completely understand your reaction to the package you received. I do love the seasons here in Indiana (yes, even in January and February), and fall is my favorite time of year here.

That's so great that you were mentioned in the article. I really enjoy your blog--you make me laugh like no one else can!

Jessica Nunemaker from little Indiana said...

Ugh. You can take the leaves from our yard--but you'll have to rake them first! ;)

lifeinredshoes said...

Holly....HOLLY! Can you hear me now?
Baby come back, you can blame it all on me, I was wrong......... just like the song :)

Nowhere Man said...

Cool post. Nothing wrong with living life unplugged for a while.

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