A very Happy Birthday,to AOL ,and the journals that have now been going for three years .......Thankyou Donna for this and all the other lovely graphics you have made and indeed explained how to use ,my journal would have been a dull place with out you and Chris ,Dianna Angela and Shelly,and I'm sure there are others too,. I am so grateful to you all for your talent.
I have been part of this community now for one year ! less ten days ! .....I had used a computer at work ,as little as Icould get away with ,I was a more hands on person ,the less time I spent on it the more time I could spend with my residents at the Residential scheme for the elderly where I worked until I retired two years ago in October,we had a computer but we hadnt gone on line until April last year ,I enjoyed emailing my friends ....began surfing ,and there I found Jeannette and her jottings ,HANDS UP all those who started out this way !I would imagine the number is very impressive .....well I started lurking ,starting with the people on Jeannettes side bar then commenting (sound familiar ?)and all the time emails going backwards and forwards between Jeannette and I,(Jeannette was always announcing new journals encouraging us to visit and make the new comer welcome ) I also struck up a friendship with Sandra,who also encouraged me,to write my own journal ,so on September the first last year I made my debue,and the rest as they say is history ....and boy have I met some super people ,I have spoken to my dear friend Jeannette (travels) many times,she has been a great help ,virtually compiling a manual ,with the stuff she has sent me to print off and refer to .we plan to meet up ,I did meet Joan (anirajc)at her daughters wedding ,this year ,I speak with Ally ,Freda and Sandra on the phone too ,and email ,and instant message many of you,Jules has always been there for me too ...leading me on to the highlight of my journaling success ,I was selected in May to be AOL UK'S silver surfer for a week ,what an honour ,and I am even now on the blogs page as one of ten blogs ....I have made so many special friends I have named a few ,even dear Connie when she first aproached me by IM (I ignore ones Idont know)emailed me ,yet another friend..... the list goes on Stuart always there to help up there in Scotland with Guido ,Caff, Joan Ainsley ,theres Sara ,in MK , Jayne and her Mum further south with Jen, Debbie.and Rachel who kindly sent me a copy of her Dads book ,theres Sylvia ,Denise , Jo , Astra dear Colleen and Claudia ..........Barry ,Steve Leigh and John whos not that old ,oh I have so many names ,but you know who you are ,and I havent even touched on all the dear people 'across the pond '......We call that ocean ,that devides us 'The pond' and you know what happens when you throw a stone into the water ,it ripples and widens...so I say to anyone contemplating starting a journal ...go on chuck your stone in !,and watch how far the rippels go,.........
MANY HAPPY RETURNS EVERY ONE ,WITH LOVE FROM
Thank you dear SARA FOR THIS SIGGY XXX