Monday, 24 November 2014

Oh How I Miss You Blogfest …



My post of two years ago encompasses my thoughts and though there are new bloggers that I’d add to the list … I think we all know who each of us respects and enjoys visiting …




So to surprise her (Tina) up there ... this post will be short!: 
  
Nicholas Roerich: Guests from Overseas (1901)

Who does not miss, could not miss and who will not miss Tina Downey of Viking fame with her Blog “Life is Good” …




I posted about her here … such a dreadful sad loss to her family … and I know many of us miss her as we blog our way along … and come the A-Z in 2015 … it will be very strange without her.

The Sunshine Lad - Lenny


Whom I would miss if he did not blog occasionally, even once amonthjust to let us know he’s still around … that merry soul who is known as Lenny of Lenny’s World … Lenny blog on please!!!  He's my GrandBlogSon ... so named as he calls me his GrandBlogMom ... Sharon is his BlogMom!!


Lenny loves critters - I love Africa ...
not so keen on jigsaws - and this is one apparently!


A note re next week: 4th - 6th December … a reach out – Tina was involved in last year's, and one I know Lenny would support …

Emergency Food Drive -
December 4 - 6


Emergency Food during the festive seasons coming up … and then remembering each and every month thereafter … here are the details … 

Hosted by MJ Joachim and ..... the world .... that's us ... get the word out please ... anyone who does social media ... please tweet, FB et al ... thank you!!   


Here's to this great community ... 

Hilary Melton-Butcher
Positive Letters Inspirational Stories

68 comments:

Trisha F said...

I think Tina is the exact right choice for a blogger you (and so many people) miss. There will be milestones that are hard to handle knowing she's not around.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Happy Monday, Hilary! I wish I had known Tina. I was so touched by all the love and support she received. Unfortunately I didn't know of her until after she passed, but I somehow feel I did...

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Tina was respected and loved by so many bloggers...excellent choice. And a lovely tribute.

Dani said...

Tina is the best choice for this fest. She will be greatly missed by us all.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I think Tina will top many lists today.
Thanks for participating in our blogfest.

Theresa Milstein said...

I'm glad you wrote about Tina. Happy to see Lenny Lee mentioned too!

Out on the prairie said...

Sad to lose a good friend. I am working all week to fill our pantry, but it seems to go out faster than coming in. I bought three cases of Spam yesterday and the grocery lady was amused. I told her I was forming a turkey shape with it for my holiday. Too mean. I enjoy the group blogs and need to get back into a few.

Jo said...

Dear Tina, I certainly do miss her blog nice of you to list her today.

Matthew MacNish said...

You've pointed out some great bloggers! Love Lenny. Miss Tina. So sad.

Southpaw HR Sinclair said...

The loss is still so fresh.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

There are fewer flowers without Tina.

Karen Walker said...

Lovely choice, Hilary. I didn't get to know about Tina until after she passed. I would miss you!

Robyn Campbell said...

So glad Tina and precious Lenny were mentioned by you, Hil. YES. Will get the word out. Starting right now. Tweeting like a birdie. You make our world so much brighter. Thank you for twinkling mine. Hugs and loves. XOXOXOXO

Jay Noel said...

Tina is being mentioned today all over the blogosphere. Although I didn't know her very well, I did go back and visit her site after the announcement of her passing on Facebook.

She seemed like such an inspiration.

Manzanita said...

I did not know Tina but I can see her goodness through the writings of others.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Tina is sorely missed and A to Z will keep her memory alive for a long time. We're participating in some local food drives for the season.

A.L. Sonnichsen said...

What a lovely community of support and love. You guys are amazing! xo

Suzanne Furness said...

So lovely to see Tina remembered today by so many.

rosaria williams said...

Most inspirational, Hilary.

Julie Flanders said...

I'm sure Tina is somewhere smiling at your comment about the short post, Hilary. :) It's amazing what an impact she made on this community.
Glad to see MJ is hosting the food drive fest again, such a great idea.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

I did not know Tina, but she obviously touched a lot of people, and I know she is missed.

And I miss Lenny too!

Gattina said...

I didn't know Tina, but it is always sad when you loose a blog friend !

Margo Kelly said...

Great post - bloggers make more of an impact than they ever realize.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Everyone .. thanks so much for all your comments and thoughts re Tina and Lenny - appreciate your interest.

@ OOTP .. lost the brain over your Spam!! I quite liked spam .. but that was then .. however if you really are taking the micky out of Spam and having a Spam turkey - I think I'll stay over here!!

Cheers to one and all - Hilary

TALON said...

There are blogs I automatically go to...they provide solace or inspiration or take me out of my ordinary day... and my life would be less without them.

The internet has its ups and downs, but there are some amazing people out there and I wouldn't have had the opportunity to meet them otherwise.

Have a beautiful week, Hilary!

Hart Johnson said...

I miss Tina, too. And I love the idea that you have a grandblogson!

Paula Kaye said...

I did not know Tina....I think I missed a wonderful lady

beste barki said...

Hilary, I read your blog each time and believe that you are inspirational.... Yet I can not seem to get my comments to stick!!!

Andrew Leon said...

How far is it to Lenny's World? Do I need to buy a ticket?

NASHVILLECATS said...

Wonderful tribute to Tina, in fact a wonderful post throughout,

Yvonne.

Sherry Ellis said...

Tina is definitely missed. I think she was mentioned on quite of few of the blog hop posts.

Clarissa Draper said...

Those are great bloggers. I would miss it if Lenny didn't blog anymore too.

Fundy Blue said...

Tina has to have been a wonderful person because I have read many tributes to her. I wish I had discovered her and that she was still here to continue bringing joy to her family and friends. Have a happy week, Hilary!

Lynda R Young said...

Tina is greatly missed, a testament to a wonderful life.

Janie Junebug said...

I would miss YOU if you stopped blogging. I never knew Tina. I understand that you miss your friend. She seems to have been very well liked.

Love,
Janie

Marja said...

A wonderful tribute to a beloved blogger and some nice blogs to visit

Juliet Batten said...

It's amazing what a blog community you have built Hilary. I can imagine how you miss a well loved blogger.

Empty Nest Insider said...

This is a wonderful tribute to Tina. I love the special relationship you have with Lenny! The holiday food drive is such a great idea. I'm so glad to have met you through blogging, Hilary!

Julie

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ everyone ... thanks so much for all your supportive comments and thoughts - we do get to meet some amazing people via the internet and learn so much.

Tina - a much missed lady

Lenny - a special young man ... and I'm lucky with my blogging and emailing relationship with him - it's special.

Thanks so much for all your kind words ... cheers Hilary

Sue McPeak said...

A great cause especially at this time of the year. A special tribute to our friend Tina. We are all Thankful to have known her. She is missed!

Michelle Wallace said...

Tina was one-of-a-kind...a very special person.
So are you, Hilary.

Crystal Collier said...

I love this time of the year, and how generous everyone becomes. If only we could nurture that spirit all year round, eh?

Unleashing the Dreamworld

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Wonderful and inspiring tribute, Hilary. It's good to see their names listed. Tina is smiling down at us, I think.

Patsy said...

We really get to know people through their blogs, don't we? There are several I'd really miss if they stopped - yours being one of them.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

I didn't know Tina and am sorry. I would certainly miss you, Hilary, if you stopped blogging!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Sue - good to see you .. and all mentions are worthwhile .. so sad about Tina, Lenny is special and the FoodBanks are an essential at this time of year.

@ Michelle - thanks so much .. Tina was extraordinary and I think we're all realising more and more now.

@ Crystal - so true Crystal .. we need to engender these thoughts all the time and that might help many ...

@ Joylene - yes .. Tina and Lenny .. and so many others deserve mention .. but we'd go on for ever and upset someone who was missed off the list: so this time I kept it very short.

@ Patsy - it's fascinating how the character of the blogger flows out isn't it .. and appreciate you'd miss me: I 'ain't' going anywhere yet!

@ Monti - Tina was special and made so many lives happier - so sad. Gosh - thank you ...

Thanks to you all - cheers Hilary

T. Powell Coltrin said...

I would miss YOU!!!! Poor, Tina, not ready to leave yet, I'm sure.

Val Poore said...

I didn't know Tina either, Hilary, but judging by all the endorsements in these comments, she must have been wonderful. I am sorry I missed her. And Lenny seems like one to know too. A moving post, and one that shows me again what a wonderful blogland we live in. So many wonderful friendships have been built this way. Thank you so much!

Chatty Crone said...

I have never done the A-Z, but I have seen it of course. I am so sorry about Tina - I hate to hear about anyone dying - and she sounds like a great friend. Sandie

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Teresa - many thanks and Tina definitely wasn't ready to go ..

@ Val- Tina was amazing in her ability to connect with so many; while Lenny is a treasure to me and I'm privileged to know.

We do live in a wonderful blogland don't we ..

@ Sandie - the A-Z is fun - frantic, but fun! I know poor Tina's family ... so sad and she was an amazing friend.

Cheers and thanks so much for your comments - Hilary

Rhonda Albom said...

Miss Tina, don't know the others, and will have to check out Lenny's blog. And of course, we would all miss you, so glad you are still blogging.

Annalisa Crawford said...

Yes, a good choice. Tina will be missed for a long time to come.

Guilie Castillo said...

Tina, yes. I didn't have much contact with her outside of the 3 years I did the A-to-Z, but she touched me nonetheless. Yes, A-to-Z 2015 will be very, very weird. And thank you for introducing me to Lenny; I'm heading over to his blog to take a look :)

Thanks for your earlier visit to my blog, Hilary, and I'm so glad you liked the video. She's fantastic, isn't she?

Guilie @ Quiet Laughter

mail4rosey said...

It's nice that you mentioned Tina. It's so obvious she was a blogger who was well loved.

You've made me thing too...today's the day before Thanksgiving here, and the kids are off school. There is ZERO reason why we can't gather up a car load of food and take it to the shelter or food pantry.

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Al Diaz said...

I do miss Tina, although I knew her for a short time. She was such a remarkable and cheerful woman. Dragon Hugs!

David P. King said...

I had forgotten that this was happening, but it is surprising to see how many blogs have gone MIA and how just as many are still going strong, after visiting those who followed me long ago. It helps me appreciate where I am now. :)

Munir said...

I would miss your writing if you would have to stop. Knowing Lenny is great. Sharon is a great blogger too although lately she has not been writing much.
Have a happy thanksgiving. We did not know what thanksgiving was when we lived in England. If I did, I probably would celebrate then too. May god bless all.

TexWisGirl said...

we do build special relationships here in blogland, don't we? even if we never meet in person. :)

SuperLux said...

Touching tribute.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Mason Canyon said...

Hilary, those are two terrific bloggers. I don't comment as often as I should, but I would so miss you if you stopped blogging. I'm thankful for your friendship and all the great things I've learned through your fascinating posts.

Christine Rains said...

Lovely tribute. Cheers! Here's to an awesome community. :)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Thanks so much everyone - it's good to remember those who no longer blog, for whatever reason .. and those who seem to quietly fade away - understandable, I guess.

Guilie - the video was amazing ...

@ Rosey - glad you'll gather up the kids, a car load of food and take it to a local shelter or food pantry

Happy Thanks giving to one and all .. we can all be very grateful for our lives even if we're not actually celebrating Thanksgiving

Cheers to one and all - Hilary

Brian Miller said...

def miss tina as well...seeing her on alex's list as well made me smile and remember the story we wrote together back when she had like 2 readers...lol...

hope you have a lovely day!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Brian ... did you meet here way back when she had only two followers .. that's amazing - but she was brilliant and is sorely missed ...

Thanks - Hilary

J Lenni Dorner said...

Tina was great. Hope the food drive goes well. I'll go help spread the word.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Jenni - good to see you and thanks for spreading the word - we need to help those who live in our locality if we can ... Cheers Hilary

M. J. Joachim said...

Yes, we all miss Tina! But her spirit lives on! Thanks for sharing the Food Drive - only 2 more days and we blast the Internet to raise awareness about feeding the hungry! Thanks for all your support, energy and enthusiasm Hilary :) I'll copy this link in our Effectively Human Community on Google+ so members can pass it around.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi MJ .. I know Tina not being here doesn't seem quite real somehow .. so sad.

I'll be there tomorrow - still need to write the post - but so essential to help others ..

Thanks for setting the wheels turning MJ ... see you tomorrow .. cheers Hilary