Saturday, November 12, 2011

Long time.....

gosh, it's been almost 2 months since my last entry. That is sooooo unlike me! But somehow I'm just not in the blogging mood anymore. There are a number of reasons for it, I guess.

1. real life busy.... as usual
2. I still miss JS. Yep, journalspace was real special. There was a lot more community feeling (here there is NONE). I've been trying the site "xanga", which has many of the JS features and more, but it's just not the same.... too big, lots of drama which even I, as a newbe there realise, and well, I just can't get that "home" feeling
3. I don't just write/blog for ME, if I did, I could write anywhere.... I write for the sharing, for the feedback, for the comments which I so enjoy getting. I write for the interaction between me and my friends across the globe, not just for family.
4. As most of you know, I did my darndest to keep the JS community together, helping others where I could,  doing layouts, giving advice, etc. I set up a static site, not as a blogging site but as a nostalgia site. On that site is a worked over list of members and their facebook names so that people can reconnect; I set up a list of JS authors with links to their available at Amazon;I added alist of couples who met on JS and are (as far as I know) still together. I asked via facebook and on the site itself feedback in form of corrections, additions, etc. What did I get? NOTHING! So why do I bother???

And then there is that other site that was set up by former JS'ers (I will mention no name, but most of you know which site I mean).  I am no longer able to read some of the entries.... I've been blocked by the one or other member and they are members that I NEVER said or did anything negative to! I sent messages to them, asking what was wrong, I sent friend requests..... and got absolutely NO response! And I'm off their friends list in facebook, too. And then I read comments from them in entries about me that make NO sense.... and it hurts!

Again.... why do I let it bother me? Why do I even CARE???

So, if I'm not around much.... I may stop all this internet interconnection completely, maybe read and comment at the one or other dear friend, but otherwise I'm curing myself of this addiction I think..... *sigh*

On a nicer note... my oldest granddaughter turned 8! Where has time flown?? We'bve been having an excellent fall, weatherwise (much better then the whole summer was) so she was able to have her party outdoors. Here are some pictures for your enjoyment (grandma's are permitted to brag, right?):

My daughter, Regina, holding one of two rabbits they now own...

My cat, Shila, has been having eye problems so I've been doing a number of visits to the vet... but it seems to be getting better.

Tamara opening her presents...

Her party was on the day before Halloween but Halloween is just now getting to be a big deal over hear so we didn't bother having the kids dress up.


and last but not least... all the girls:

It's Saturday morning but I have a work related class to teach this morning... with at least 40 people attending! (and Shila is hiding under the bed to avoid getting her eye drops... grrrrrrrr).


P.S. only 8 more months until retirement..... *grins*


  1. Hey Hey hey Dorrie ! Thankyou for your posting , and HAPPY SATURDAY ! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO 8 YEAR OLD TAMARA :)

    Me too, real life busy, sick alot, and doing this and that is time flying away! I have not got cards written to my Mom or Aunt and Uncle,but call them. Weeks just fly by.

    I'm sorry someone blocked you; remember it's not 'you' it's *them* whatever is the matter.
    I know of the places and I got out. I could see what they were/are.

    I do like it here in Blogger and miss our beloved JS Land too. But JS Land is gone.

    Members are 'here' and in Wordpress and I went to several of their blogs and read and commented. I don't know if they read mine or not.

    I love your family photos ! Please keep writing and sharing, Westy girl !!

    I love bunnies and they are sooo soft !
    Hope Shila feels better. Now you have a good rest of the weekend, Hugs!

  2. Hi Dorrie. I post photos on Facebook and my blogs and make comments on blogs but I don't write anymore. The inspiration for that stopped a long time ago. JS was a time in our online lives (and part of some JSers real lives) for a while but it isn't coming back. The other site of which you speak is the playground of a few hands full of former JSers and some new folk.

    I wish I was looking to retirement, but it will be 8 years, if I'm able to at all :-)

    Have a great weekend!

  3. Hi Dorrie. I feel exactly as you do about the demise of JS and the offerings available today. I've met some nice people here on Blogger, but it doesn't compare to the camadarie JS had. I'm not tech savvy enough to even look around for anything else, and didn't know you had other sites up. Sorry. I write for something to do, and I enjoy the comments I do get, but I really don't have the enthusiasm to surf more and try to keep up with dozens of others in the hopes they'll read me, too. I understand how you feel, but please don't stop all together.

    I've enjoyed watching your kids and grandkids grow up, and keeping up with your job, hobbies, etc. It's so different from what we here in the US experience daily. Please keep feeding me European architecture photos, and share your vacations to places I doubt I'll ever see in person.

    Retirement looms closer for me, too, but I'm afraid it won't be as comfortable as I once hoped for. Such is the state of the world.

    Later, Dorrie.... ;)


  4. I love you Dorrie dont ever forget that ok?

  5. thank you all for the comments... it's really motivating!! {{{hugs}}}

  6. You are still very much thought of. I appreciate all that you have done. I know you did some layouts for me and I was grateful. Yes! I heard that KCL was full of crap. But I could see that coming a mile away. I stayed away. Who knows? Journalspace may just return. It crashed for a reason. If we could get people to post their updates whereever they blog on the JS page on FB, that could help us all. I am enjoying blogging now that I know you can have a book made of your blogs. I will be closing my current blog to do this. I am just waiting for my new blog to be ready. Love you!

  7. Hiya Westy. Yup, JS did change some lives. I am off shortly for my 50th date with Miss Blogger Girl and we still have marriage as a goal.

    I still am in contact with a few JSers, some of whom I have now met in person. I speak on the phone to one or two frequently and always enjoy our interaction.

    My thoughts on KCL are probably well known to many and as said, best left unprinted. I hope you will keep on here, frequently, and am also delighted to see Sunny again after a long absence.


  8. Westy - I sure do miss Jayess and none of us have been able to find a home that is anywhere near as nice.
    We are refugees.
    I am happy that we still remain in touch. You are my friend and by virtue of this fact you will always be in my heart.

  9. Hey Dorrie
    Your efforts that you gave on JS and on the "other" site are no forgotten,undoubtedly, by many of us. I miss JS, too, but it's never coming back and there isn't any other blogging site that is like it. I haven't been to the other site in at least 6 months, I think,I don't miss it at all. The attitudes and the complete vulgarity coming from several members was enough to shoo me away permanently.
    Personally, I don't spend a lot of time writing blog entries so it really isn't a huge intrusion on my schedule to write at least one entry a day. But that's just me. I can see how the internet in general can become an addiction in itself and blotting out time that probably should be spent in other endeavors. In my case that would have to be church and all the projects I have going on around my house, not to mention work.
    If you ever DO find a site that is something like the old JS, please do post it!

  10. I would equate JS-experience to living a small town full of characters and beautiful people, and the appealing oddball whom everyone loves, even if they don't quite understand them. I miss it. I think I did my best writing/blogging while there & made some of my longest-lasting online-friends. And sadly, I think its cyber death has further proven that old adage that you can 'never go home again.'

    I applaud your valiant efforts, tho. I KNOW they come from a good & sincere place within your spirit.

    As always, your pictures of the keeeids are mad charming.

    Snatch JOY, my friend!


  11. The "other site" is the blog equivalent of a trailer park.