Our Journey...

Think we forgot to tell you a lil bit about what sort of vacay we're on! Last September of 2011, Dad retired. He and momzers got an RV and decided to plan a trip across the country, visiting national parks on the way to Maine (where's that?) for a family reunion. That's a long trip from northern California! Anyway, this blog is now a record of our travels across the good ole U.S. of A. and even Canada - plus all the things we get to do and see! We started our journey mid-March and hope to be back in NoCal by mid-October - yeah!

Monday, November 30, 2009

My First Blogaversary!

Today is my 1st Blogaversary! You can't really tell by my blog archive - the first blog crashed last Febrary, so I started this one up! I have my paws crossed that my aide doesn't touch any red buttons! I'm not sure if you can access this link, but it is the address to my first post. I had no header or any frills, but I sure started meeting a lot of friends.

Amber-Mae was my first commenter! When I started the new blog, my assistant figured out how to give this space a new look. I joined Twitter and Facebook too! More important, I joined DWB, which has brought an amazing sense of community to my blogging life. I found more new pals and read the daily news over there. I lost some dear friends this year too and miss Honey and Terra, as well as those blogging buddies who I'll meet one day over the Rainbow Bridge.

I want to send out thanks to so many friends who sent me love, support and gifts when I ate the G-L-O-V-E, and who have helped me at other times in other ways. Sweedy, Eduardo the Snuggle Puggle's mom (see her badge on my sidebar) designed the purple kong header and blog. I owe big thanks to her and please visit Eduardo, who is very ill. Mimi, Scout and Freyja also added big techie touches to this blog to help refine some of the messier aspects and I am so grateful!!! And as recently as last week, Ann from Zoolatry sent me this very pawesome holiday header, which motivated me to get the festivities started! Thank you Ann, Maggie and Zoey for this beautiful work, as well as for the lovely "Samantha is Golden."

So that's a lot of writing. I am so very grateful for my pals in (unbelieveably) the cyberworld. You all feel very real in my life - daily. Perhaps one of the pieces of the pie that fell into place as evidence of the validity of our friendships through blogging came with our visit to San Diego, where we met so many of our 'puter pals. As you all know, Val and the Boo Bears put on the Royal show for some western blogging buddies, as well as with the blogging community's good Italian friends. Having never laid eyes on one another, we all had a ball and shed copious tears when it was time to part. Thank you again Val - it was great to meet you, Joey, Kealani and Sue, Marco, Simona, Judy, Ben, Sangtar, Michelle, Kona, and so many others. I hope to revisit some day and meet so many more of you!

Here's a little slideshow of my adventures over the last year.


Scout 'n Freyja said...

My goodness, you're up early this morning! Just checking some of my favorite blogs and am I eFUR happy I did - you have some great photos - and, of course, the lovely Sammie!

The OP Pack said...

Congrats on your blogaversary. We are so glad to have met you and we love sharing in all of your wonderful adventures. Another great slideshow.

Woos, the OP Pack

Martha and Bailey said...

Happy Blogoversary!!!! For some reason we thought you guys had been blogging longer!
The slide show was amazing - all the pictures were great - we loved the reflections one - the one with you in the field of wild flowers and the one with you in your headscarf!
We really liked them all but there were some that made us smile even more!!!!
Well done and keep blogging.
love and kisses
Martha & Bailey xxxx

Piappies World said...

Hi Sammie,
Happy 1st Blogaversary!!! We are really happy that we have found you and have become friends. We love your photo show!
We look forward to more of your adventures and lovely posts. Weeeee

- Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Scrappy & Bullet

Dog By Nature said...

Happy Blogiversary (?!:) Sammie! It was so very nice to meet you in person and we love to read about all your adventures, especially the hikes. Love the photo collage too!


M, S & Kona

Kari in WeHo said...

Congrats! I have been looking into joining Dogs with Blogs but it says you have to have a recommendation from a current member :( but i am doing their holiday card exchange!

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Khongrats to my special Golden pal!

So many memories flashed bakhk to me during that pawesome slideshow -

If I had to paw one, I'd have to say it was woo and your dad's glove - that was WAY too skhary!

Here's to many many more blogaversaries!


The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

oh great job! those were some special and fantastic pictures!

Anya said...

Your blog is fantastic :-)

Homer said...

Yeah I remembered the Glove incident... that was scary!

We hope to see you in Milan, perhaps next year?


Gennasus said...

Fab slide show! Congrats on your Blogoversary - here's to the next year!!

Elizabeth said...

Who-hoo!!! Congrats on your Blogoversary!!!!

Elizabeth & Luna

Sam said...

Congrats on the one year! And I loooove the new layout :)

Sierra Rose said...

Sammie! Great post! We love you and send you bloggy congrats, but more so, are so very blessed to have you and your family in our lives. And, how amazing is it to have friends around the world that we can share pieces of our lives with! It's pretty unique and special.
Have fun at obedience today, hope to see you for walkies tomorrow or so.....

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Thor said...

Happy Blogoversary Sammie!
Pawsome slide show!
Love ya!

The Thundering Herd said...

Happy Blogaversary. The first year is the tough one!

and our word of the day is sillyza.

Ms. ~K said...

Wrooo wrooo!
Your doggie bloggie is one of our favorites...congrats!
Hugs and Rubs!

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

Happy Blogoversary!! We're so glad we met you here in blogland.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

caboval said...

Hi! Happy Blogoversary!!!! Its just amazing to be able to make new friendas through our blogs! I feel as though you guys are a part of our family! We absolutley just fell in love with you! We love being able to keep up with what you are doing and all of your acomplishments! We are hoping that you have the best Holiday season and you are forever in our hearts! Im already thinking about a reuinion for next year October maybe so mark your calendar!!! We love you so much and we hope you never forget us! Hugs Valerie Joey and Kealani

Lorenza said...

Happy Blogoversary, Sammie! And many many more to come!
I am very happy to be your friend!
I love the new look of your blog!
Kisses and hugs

Deborah said...

Congratulations on your anniversary! I'm glad to be a part of the bloggers world.
This was nice and I love your pictures!

Life With Dogs said...

Happy day! Congrats on reaching a major milestone - you have many ahead of you sweet Samantha!

Sue said...

Happy, happy blogiversary! We are so happy to have met you in real life too, and hope to get together again before too long!

Warmest wishes,
Sue & the gang

Tanuki Maxx said...

Happy blogaversary!

Looking forward to reading many more of your pawsome posts!!


SGR said...

Woof! Sammie. Happy Blog Anniversary. LOVE your new blog design ... mom is getting good. Lots of Golden Thanks to your Friendship. Woofs, Sugar

Dennis the Vizsla said...

One year down, many more to come!

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Sammie all dogs love pee-mail!! Happy Blogiversary!! We have not made our 1 year yet but will in Janurary. It is so wonderful to have so many friends come to see you everyday and not have to clean the house first!!!!!!!!!!!
Bambi and Happy send their love to you and so do I, Fern

YD, sometimes with Samantha and June said...

Happy Blogiversary Sammie! Sorry we missed it yesterday. We enjoy sniffing your blog.

Sam & June

Mango said...

Happy Bloggyversary! Isn't it a wonderful thing?


The Army of Four said...

Happy blogaversary, Sammie!!!!!! We're so glad we've gotten to know you!

Cocorue said...

Happy Happy Day and may you have many many more......
we looove your blog and your 'new look'

have a happy happy December along with us

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

We love the new look. Congrad's
That photoshow is so cool....

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Miley said...

Oooohhhh Samantha!!!! I can't believe my mom made me miss your blogaversary!!!! Congrats!!!! I am so glad to be your furiend, you have a pawsome blog and I wish you many more happy years!!! And speaking of your blog, it looks fabulous!!!! What a great slideshow, how nice to have that!!!! Have a wonderful weekend!!!

lotsa licks,


Happy blogaversary! I too have only blogged for a little over a year and uncovered many new friendships. Who knew... but it is a pleasure to have you part of my days.

Paco,Milo, Maya and mommy Simona said...

Happy happy happy Blogaversary!!!!!!!
Sorry for our delay!!!!!
We are so honored to have met you and we love sharing in all of your wonderful adventures....
we have been soooo lucky meeting you...you're such a wonderful people...you have a special place in our hearts.....
You're like our family now......
and you could count on us furever!!!!
Thanks for your friendship!!!!
You gave us special moments....
and filled our life with your love!!!

Maggie and Mitch said...

Happy blogoversary, Sammie! We love your new blog background! It's just beautiful!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch