Monday, 21 August 2006

JUST ONE PEBBLE !

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

         

36 comments:

sybilsybil45 said...

Thanks again Jen, for the lovely start to the day. Thank you also to the many others who write their journals. I hav'nt yet got into doing a journal..you are all so talented...  Happy Birthday to all AOL journalists !!

lindaggeorge said...

And a Happy Birthday from me. I've just checked and it was actually my anniversary yesterday. I started mine as a way of recording what I did with my life, as I seemed to spend so much time being busy but could never quite fully remember what I'd been busy at.

I did do a weekly entry but the last couple of months I've hardly done any and I really miss it, so I will make an effort to get back into J Land on a regular basis,

Keep up tht good work Jan.

Linda.

http://journals.aol.co.uk/lindaggeorge/GeorgeMansions/

sdrogerson said...

lovely entry
see you at 11¬!

jlocorriere05 said...

Happy birthday to us all! It's been a fun year on the journals hasn't it and as you say everybody is so helpful when we start off then we in turn get our chance to help others with our new found knowledge! It's a lovely community we have here, it's been great getting to know you. The year's gone by so fast! Have a lovely day, Jeannette xx  

cacklinrosie101 said...

Happy Birthday to J-Land!  LOL..Jan, I started the same way, lurking and reading the journals on the sidebars.  Amazing, isn't it, how fast friends can be made here all over the world.  Loved your entry.  Here's to many more years...xx  Chris

wldconnie said...

I have been writing my journal for 3 years now and was once nominated for Queen of the UK blogs by J-land! I started mine because I was stuck to a chair for 4 months when I broke my hip. It really did save me from going mad! I find it has been very therapeutic and I have also made lots of friends here and in US. When I first started I had more US friends than English ones but this has changed over the years. Thank you for mentioning me and for all your help and advice particularly when mum died. I do count you as a true friend. You know more about me than most people do!!LOL! Love Conniex

edwardssoapy said...

Happy 3rd Birthday everyone! I used to read Jeanette's journal and many others on her side bar and wonder how you all could write so much... I decided I had to do something! I started on April 11th 2006, 5 and a half months ago now... and I'm hooked! I'm amazed how many good friends I've made through blogging and I'm very proud to call you my "Online Aunty" Jan.  Thanks for all your help, support, love and advice... you're amazing!

Leigh :-)
http://journals.aol.co.uk/edwardssoapy/LeighsWorld/"

oddb0dkins said...

Nice entry Jan. I can only agree with you, the journal community is something rather special, so friendly and welcoming. It's a priviledge to know you all. B. x

ukgal36 said...

Great entry.. you know Iam one of the newcomers myself.... Happy Anniversary/Birthday to J land.. 3 years and getting stronger every day... I am know it has made a postitive impact on my life....
Lyn

jeanno43 said...

Ah lovely entry and thank you so very much for mentioning me.  Yes, I am happy to have helped quite a few, sadly no new ones seem to be coming up these days.  But remember, I and others may have encouraged you to start, but the journal is all your own and what a great job you have made of it.

http://journals.aol.co.uk/jeanno43/JeannettesJottings/

jckfrstross said...

what a great entry:)

Deb

viviansullinwank said...

Wonderful entry, Jan. I enjoyed reading about how you got started in J-Land. I really enjoyed the ending paragraph...it actually made me cry. J-Land is a wonderful place and I'm happy to be a part of it!

Vivian

aniracj said...

Lovely entry Jan. I have been very bad lately not putting entries in but I am so fed up with my pc at the moment, all I seem to do is try to put an entry on and it goes 'crash' with a resounding thud! I will be entry-ing soon though.....perhaps tomorrow if pc allows me!!

sugarsweet056 said...

Dropping in to say HB J-Land!!!
Hope you have a good week! ;)
Hugs, Sugar
http://journals.aol.com/sugarsweet056/SUGARSLIFE/

pharmolo said...

Lovely entry Jan, indeed a familiar story how people get involved with this.
And of course: happy anniversary and many more years happy blogging!

labdancer51 said...

Lovely entry Jan,

I always know that your entries have wit and humour running through them.  In fact I nearly always smile more than once while reading them.  I`m very pleased Jeannette encouraged you to start your journal just as she did me.  We have certainly got to know a lot of people since we started. :o)

Sandra xxxx

xxroxymamaxx said...

What a great entry Jan!  I just love love it.  Happy birthday J-Land!  Hugs and GBU, Shelly

adlessor said...

Well said Jan.    I think a lot of us lurked around a bit before chucked  a stone in.   I'm happy to have done so too.   See you tonight at our gala party.        Dawn

ally123130585918 said...

Lovely entry Jan ~ Like you I started my blog through Jeannette being on the main page ~ don't think I would ever have found them anywhere else ~ and you are so right we have many on line friends ~ who we talk to nearly every day ~ Ally

siennastarr said...

My but the stones they do ripple, don't they!?  Amazing!

Beautiful entry, Jan.. :)

Hugs,
Jackie

jmoqueen said...

I'm blushing at the mention ;-)  bless you xx  It's such a lovely entry - what a day for me to return on the journals 3 year anniversary - couldn't have timed that better could I??  LOL

stevietwain said...

Jan, we love you hun!! Great entry!!

Lv Stevie
xxx

irisclyde said...

Happy Birthday indeed! I'm just realising how many people are part of this community and that I must read more journals!
http://journals.aol.co.uk/irisclyde/LaDolceVita

plieck30 said...

Its been an honor to meet you. I don't even remember how that happened. I think I was attracted to your name Serendipity. Probably saw you in Ally's side bar and don't remember how I met her either but what does it matter we are in the here and now. Paula

faircolleen said...

I love knowing you Jan.When I first read your journal you kept mentioning going to "The court"?For ages I thought you were a magistrate!! I did! LOL.I love your writing style and content of your journal and you are so kind and caring and understanding.You will never know how your comments on my journal mean to me.

lindachapmanuk said...

That was a lovely entry Jan, I always chuckle at and appreciate your comments and you, Ally and Jeanette have stayed with me the whole time,its lovely, thanks. Linda xx
http://journals.aol.co.uk/lindachapmanuk/metamorphing

lindachapmanuk said...

your pic has just downloaded, look at you sitting there all posh! great legs too! Linda xx

kaydeejay5449 said...

I enjoyed your entry today!  I LOVE the picture of you in your '40's attire.  You look lovely, my dear.  I agree about the ripple effect of journaling.  You just never know when you write about something how it may impact another's life.  I'm so glad I found you, thru Jeannette at Jeannette's Jotting's I'm sure.  She introduced me to most of my British friends.  What lovely ladies you all are!
Kathy

astra1547 said...

hi Jan...

That is such a beautiful entry and so well written, as always of course...I could'nt remember all the names for my entry...my brain froze like my computer...lol. have a good week and take care!

Astra!

sazzylilsmartazz said...

What a beautiful entry!!!!! I enjoyed reading this and love the title of the entry as well; so very poetic!!! Terrific picture!
Dianna

danielle89061 said...

That was a really beautiful entry Jan. And its all so true as well, after only 2 weeks here I'm hooked! I really do love your journal, and I just want to thank you for all your kindness and of course for getting me my readers! You've been really helpful
Danielle xx

http://journals.aol.co.uk/danielle89061/daniellesdiary

wrigleyrachey said...

It is just dawnbreak here, and so peaceful, so catching up on journals. What a wonderful entry Jan, and you have made many friends on here, we all feel the same about you. Lovely entry and as always, beautiful graphics which suit the words'
Rach xxxx

lurkynat said...

Dear jan,
what a beautiful entry! thank you for inspiring us so much! love,natalie
http://journals.aol.com/Lurkynat/Interface/

lurkynat said...

dear Jan,
wahta great entry!
Congratulations on yuor succes!
Please alwasy be our friend here!
love,natalie
http://journals.aol.com/Lurkynat/Interface

buggieboo1 said...

was surfing around and saw your journal link in another journal!
happy belated b-day in j-land!
Love the word "serendipity"  !!!!

Sharon

nedmoh said...

Hi Jan ,what a super entry today,I am so proud of what you have achieved in your journal success, you deserve it all. You have made many friends  and I know the journals have enriched your life since retiring.Well done  from your biggest fan!!!
Love you .......Jeanxx