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The Best of 2008

I would like to wish a heart-felt, Happy New Year to all of my blogging friends — each and every one of them. Here is list of most of the blogs on my Google Reader.  I left those few off that haven’t updated in eons, but I hold on to just in case.  If I missed you, I promise it was inadvertent.  Drop me a line and let me know.

  • Authorblog Photographer & Author extraordinaire.
  • Betty’s NewsThe light and love of Dr. John’s life — and a Wordzzle-Wrangler, too!
  • Bazza’s Back! Intermittently Occasionally Bazza pops in to let us know what he’s up to, voice an opinion, show off his kids, or just be obnoxious — but it’s always good!
  • Brooke’s Musings My Dear, adorable, niece. She posts intermittently when she has something on her mind she just has to share.
  • Capsun’s Corner A native Hawaiian who loves his home state and shares it (and dishes political hash) passionately.
  • The Chrysalis Stage Nessa: a beautiful internet butterfly, not as flighty as she might seem. Get to know her.
  • Controlled Chaos This photo blog is updated randomly, but the images are worth waiting for!
  • Cozy Reader Jane: sharing her love for God and her family with humor and style.
  • Crazy Cath’s Reflections On haiatus — I know not for how long. Cath?
  • Crows & Daisies A daily dose of photo and verse, served together deliciously.
  • Dr. John’s Fortress The blog that has it all, humor, passion (for God, family & life in general), memes, short stories, photographs, and a daily episode of life in Pigeon Falls, the little village in Dr. John’s basement where there is nothing usual about “life as usual”.
  • Fish Eye A photograph a day (usually) where one is often challenged to view things in a non-traditional way.
  • Gattina Keyhole Pictures The photographs of a lady who has time to travel and enjoy it; and — when she’s not traveling — over interesting and intriguing offerings.
  • GEL’s Emerald Eyes This Green Eyed Girl is new to my blogroll. She shares her art and her poetry with whimsy and gusto!
  • Glimpses Intangible Sporadically updated, here you will find poetic gems and exhortations to participate in life rather than watch it pass by.
  • Heaven in Belgium Jientje — she cooks, she takes photographs, she crafts, she blogs — and she makes it all look easy!
  • Holly’s Never Ever Land I so miss Holly! She has wandered off and left me without my daily dose of side-splitting, oh -my-sides-hurt laughter.
  • Insanity Prevails The Incomparable Melli. She lives life with so much joy it splashes out of her blog and infects everyone who reads it.
  • I Was Born2Cree8 HEre you will get glimpses of one woman’s life in her private zoo full of beloved and treasured pets. She also shares spiritual insights, weather reports, and photographs.
  • Jamie Dawn’s Mindless Blather Jamie cannot be described. She must be experienced. Prepare yourself to laugh out loud.
  • Jule’s Stones Jules chronicles her faith walk with candor and humility, telling us what she has learned living her life with uncompromising faith.
  • Kaleidoscope The name says it all. Here you will get random scenes from Cindy’s life. Some written, some visual — all worth reading.
  • Kat’s random thoughts Kat’s thoughts have grown so very random of late, I fear someone might pull the plug ….
  • Lew’s Pics 365 Days in photographs — and today he posted 366 …..
  • Lisa Bolton Arts Now here is talent! Go look. This lady turns egg shells into art!
  • Little Elijah The cutest toddler in Australia.
  • Maremagnum This globetrotting lady posts pics and tales of her travels.
  • The Mattress Police He thinks he’s funny. He could be right. You decide. And for sure check out his weekly caption contest!
  • Neenz, From the Mind of Slow to update. Mind is either very, very busy — or empty?  ;)  Neenz?
  • New Kid on the Blog Alastair — the fab tattooed, pierced, motorcycle-riding, English Vicar.
  • Nicole Wilker – blogging about her family, and a certain elephant we all love.
  • The Old Fart’s Blog The life of a Canadian bus driver one trip at a time — with nuggets of humor, insight and/or wisdom sprinkled in here and there.
  • Present Tense Everyday a new photo from Andrew — who sometimes ventures beyond Van Buren, Arkansas to take them.
  • Random Thoughts of a Single Mom Random and infrequent. When she’s too busy to post, this mom shares faith songs and/or poems.
  • Reba’s Run A sweet and savvy Rottweiler who is often confused by human customs.
  • Round The Bend The talent evident in this blog is incredible. The lady writes well, takes outstanding photographs and shares articulate and moving local history posts. She gardens, she crafts — and she’s a young, beautiful, doting grandma.
  • Serenity Days Amber — she came to blogging in search of serenity and hasn’t found it yet, but for the most part she’s having fun along the way!
  • Scabiosa Trenta usually photos, occasionally prose, on rare occasions personal thoughts, and — when she’s truly inspired — a mixture of two or more.
  • Cath’s Cradle Hasn’t been rockin’ much lately.
  • This Old Farm Shelly isn’t blogging as frequently as she used to, but her posts still share beautiful scenery, and beautiful thoughts from a beautiful heart.
  • Thoughts of A Father Work has taken Robert away from us. I wait for his occasional posts and glimpses of his outstanding photography.
  • Truth is Freedom Prose, poetry and politics — not necessary in that order.
  • Views From Raven’s Nest some days Raven shares her photo views. Other days she shares her political views. Always she shares a passion for peace and justice.
  • Waking Ambrose Here a growly dog dishes out misogynistic humor a la Ambrose Bierce, and charmingly updates it for the 21st century. Interestingly enough, the Dawg’s admirers are mostly female ….
  • Watch My Aerogrow A garden on your kitchen counter. What will they think of next?

Of course I am certain that you all know that as far as I am concerned the very best of 2008 was my own, wonderful OC — who makes my heart sing (though he’s just as happy when my mouth doesn’t.)


  1. For the last day of the year you did a lot of work ! put in all these links !! Hope you don’t think now that you have done enough for this year ! We have a lot of blogfriends in commun !
    Today is the 1st day of the new year and I just feel the same. My cats too !

  2. Awwwwwww… you are just TOO good! I hope no one comes to visit me from you posting such wonderful words about me! I’m not in my mOst JOYful of moods these days… But I’m trying!

    Happy New Year Dear… I love you!

  3. Happy New Year, my friend!!!
    I hope 2009 brings you good health, love and happyness and lots and lots of bloggy friendship!
    Thanks for the linky love!

  4. Happy New Year Quilly! Wishing you all the best in 2009. Thanks for the linky love…what a cool idea to kick off the year.

  5. Happy New Year Quilly, all the best for you and OC is wished for 2009. What a wonderful thing you have done, by linking your friends.

    Blessings to you both

  6. I’m blushing.
    Thanks for the mention but more than that – thanks for the friendship!
    A very Happy New Year to you and OC! May many, many blessings come your way.

  7. Brooke — thank you — and I know you’re looking forward to a much happier New Year than the one just passed.

    Raven — Happy New Year to you, too!

    Gattina — my friends were worth the work it took making this post. If I remember, I plan to do this again next year.

    Bazza — I didn’t want you to have to work at it too hard … 😉

    Melli — I am sorry you’re not feeling up to your usual radiance, but I am thinking, like Molly Brown, you’re a hard lady to keep down.

    Amber — Happy New Year to you, too!

    Jientje — you could send chocolate in trade ….

    Juliana — and I wish the same for you!

    Shelly — I actually took the idea as presented by a couple of other people and made it my own.

    Bill — what a wonderful thing it is to have friends to link!

    Dr. John — you’ve been on my friendship list since 2006 and I have no wish to take you off!

    Lisa — — Happy New Year to you, too!

    Carletta — it was either be your friend or be really, really jealous, and being jealous just takes too much energy. 😉

  8. A most wonderful post, Quilly!! I’m not surprised you have so many friends, you are such a great person. Happy New Year to you too. 2009 will be a fabulous year!!

  9. Excuse me, but misogyny is but a subset of misanthropy. Just like a woman to limit a plan.

  10. Alice — I waited 10 years for my OC.

    Reba — no cookies! I want to extend my horizons, not my waist!

    Doug — grrrr. I knew I should go to your site and look. That’s what I get for being lazy! And Happy New Year to you, too.

  11. How very nice of you! I’m resurrecting my blogroll and adding new ones. That’s how I saw this post. Interesting that I knew I’d seen your name before because we both visit a couple of the same blogs before I actually became a regular here.

    Happiest of New Years, to you and OC!

  12. how sweet!!! i just love comin’ here! thank you, quilly! and all the very best new year wishes to you, too! (i got attacked by a large project pile, not the least of which was clean-my-entire-house-bottom-to-top. but i am back. at least at half-mast. until i get these stories finished. 🙂 )

  13. Awe thank you so much for the mention and kind words.
    I love to our visits. I always smile when I see you have left me a comment.

  14. Goes to show how out of touch I have been – I missed this (thanks to a late night Technoratic trawl it came up as a link on my page)

    Thanks for the mention Quilly – I love coming to your blog, and feel honoured that you should mention mine! I’ve only got the one piercing, btw, just my ear, nothing kinky, honest 🙂

    see you soon!

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