Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Five Hundred

My friends and I went out to dinner on Monday night and I left my camera at the restaurant. The staff put it aside for me to pick up when I'm in town tomorrow. Without my camera I had to dig around in my archives to find a photo to represent the five hundred. What's the five hundred?

This is my 500th post. I was very surprised when I realized that milestone was approaching. Where did the time go? How much water has passed under the bridge? Will I ever run out of things to say? I doubt it because I love to talk and in this house it's always something.

I want to thank each and every one of you for being along for the ride. I've been assured that spring will eventually arrive, the snow will melt and I'll be able to take you on some interesting field trips.

There's a possibility of attending the World's Largest Catsup Bottle Festival in southern Illinois and Steamboat Days in Burlington, Iowa. If I make a trip to Arkansas we can go mining for diamonds. The last time I was there it was so stinking hot I thought I'd die right there in the greenish volcanic soil. And no, I didn't find as much as a diamond chip for all my sweaty efforts. I did meet two women who travel all over the U.S. digging and hunting for gems. They'd been hunting sapphires out west somewhere. There are so many fun and interesting people in this world. We all need to get out and meet them!

Speaking of meeting interesting people, one of the field trips will be up to Wisconsin's dairy country to meet up with Heidi, the Milk Man's Wife. You can come along too.

In honor of my 500th post I'll be giving away one of my Farmer's Wife Aprons. Sorry, no pictures of the apron until I retrieve my camera from the restaurant. Leave a comment and I'll put your name in the running.


dara Ickes said...

Wow - 500. I don't know how long I've been reading you, but your stories always remind me of the places where I grew up. Thanks for giving everyone such great stories.

Anonymous said...

I lurve your aprons! Am a bonified apron-holic. I'll take one... no photo required since I've seen your lovely handi-work before.

Great post today and congrats on the big 500... and they said it would never last *giggles.

The Blue Ridge Gal

Heidi said...

Man - I just hit 100 and thought I was doing GREAT! LOL I cant wait for summer to get here - schnitzel is coming in July and WHAT FUN it's going to be to have you both visiting this summer.

As for the Apron, SIGN ME UP BABY!

btw, it SNOWED again last night...
*hangs head*

shortoldlady said...

Happy 500th!! Looking forward to many more.

Large Order of Fryes said...

Love your blog and the stories you tell. Not to mention the great pics you share. Congrats on 500!!

chocolatechic said...

I heart your blog.

I'd love to have one of your aprons.

Susan said...

Suzanne--I love your aprons! Put me on the list. I am so looking forward to going to visit the Milk Man's wife. Wish our trips would coincide. I know you'll love Wisconsin in the Spring (if it ever arrives)

Anonymous said...


Congrats on 500!! Love your humor!


Kitty said...

Hi Suzanne,
I've been reading your blog for a while and enjoy your posts while I'm having my morning cup of tea. 500! Cheers! I look forward to 500 more. I especially love the Way Back Machine--brings back memories of similar times in my family.
Sign me up for an official Farmer's Wife apron! It would get much use around my kitchen. Happy 500 Day!

Patricia said...

Many congrats to you, my friend....500 posts !! WOW !!

Keep on postin hon, we LOVE you !!

Mim said...

Congrats on the 500! I have seen that catsup bottle many times. My boys are always enamored with it. My youngest is a "he likes ketchup on his ketchup" kind of guy. And since the giant bottle is the brand we use they just think it's great.

LydaBabes Going Ons!!!! said...

That is great and am glad your posting. I love all your writes....I lived near the big ketchup bottle when young and my grandparents would haul their tomatoes to the factory to make ketchup. Brooks was the best back then.....still a shining beakon for Collinsville.
Please keep writing and I'll keep reading....your talented.....but being an Illinoiser how else can you be.......

belladella said...

Congrats! 500 is awesome! I enjoy your blog so very much. Count me in for an apron!

Lisa said...

Congratulations on 500! That's very impressive :)

I am looking forward to the road trips....they should be interesting. Who knew there was a catsup bottle festival?!?

Harper said...

Congrats on 500!

I've enjoyed every word, picture, moment of your blog since I found you. It's a great escape from this very interesting and intense world we live in.

Wishing you love and laughter always.


Girl from the country said...

We love aprons in Texas and we even put them on the men! Keep up the good writing and may there be many more years! Thanks for all the good stories.

Dandelionmom said...

congrats! I love your acheivement even more since it gives me a shot at one of those aprons! cool beans!

Amber said...

I love aprons...I just always forget them when I am cookin'! lol congrats on your 500th post! thats super cool!

bv said...

congrats...i, for one, am so glad that you like to talk and have a lively home. goes great with my first cup of coffee. keep it up, you touch many!
bv... with figures crossed hoping to win a apron!

Meadowlark said...

I wish I had a MIL like yours. Mine? Um, not "quite" as nice as yours. :(

Perhaps a new apron will cheer me up.

Anonymous said...

happy 500th! love you blog and your pictures. hope you get that camera back real soon. i hate being without mine!


1inCollege1inDiapers said...

Congrats on 500!!! I found you around 400. Hope there are many, many more 500s in you.

Aprons, I love Aprons.

Becky said...

Congrats on the 500 posts! I really look forward to reading each and every one! Becky

BittersweetPunkin said...

500 posts? Wow...I am mighty impressed...keep 'em coming Sister!

Happy April Fools Day !

Iva said...

Congratulations on your 500th! Your site is always an enjoyable one to visit. Thanks so much for sharing.

Liz in PA said...

SUZANNE~ You are amazing!
You have the gift of words...and friendship! And above all, you always have such interesting places to show me!
I do not travel, so I pretend I am the little mouse in your pocket!

Carry on and the Post Count will be long lived!

Liz in PA

lifeinredshoes said...

I'm not sure I want an apron made by by a criminal! Put me in the running!
Congrats, you are an inspiration.

Vanessa said...

Congratulations on 500!

Cottage Rose said...

Hey Suzanne; Wow congratulations 500th post.. What a mile stone, I wonder if I will make it to that many. hmmmmmm yep, I just might... I can't wait to see all of your adventure's this spring and summer...


Anonymous said...

Love your blog and read it everyday! Thanks for a chance in your giveaway.

Deborah in Michigan

Birdi said...

I just found your blog on google reader...i can't wait to sit and read 499 posts.

Piecefulafternoon said...

Congrats on 500 - and each one is so interesting - I'm glad you are here so often.

Paula B. - GemStateMom said...

An apron like you demonstrated in the tutorial last summer? The series of posts that inspired me so much that I determined to get right on the project and make my own? Yeah, right. I had such good intentions, but life intervened. It is on my to-do list.

Oh please, add my name to the hat just in case I don't get that far down my list in 2009. :)

Kelly said...

Congrats on 500! I would absolutely LOVE one of your aprons! I read your blog on my Google Reader and delight in your Monday Morning Meetings! Happy 500!!!

martina said...

You said that you and MMW were going to the Norske Nook on your field trip. Are you taking orders for Norske Nook lefse? It sounds fabulous.
Yes, I'd love one of your aprons. It is always a good idea to look stylish while creating gourmet meals, or baking a frozen pizza.

Suzanne said...

Dara - I'm so glad that my stories can take you back to that time. I've got a very strange story for you tomorrow.

Di - I love aprons too. If you don't win you can go back into my archives and find out how to make one. They're not hard.

Heidi - 3:46 a.m.? Omigosh, you're killing me. I had to think about the fact that schnitzel was coming in July. I thought there was some kind of German Gypsy Wagon that was going cross country frying up schnitzels!! But you mean SCHNITZEL.... as in Schnitzel and the Trout....I love them. Your name is in the pot for the apron. Don't feel so bad, it's supposed to snow here tomorrow.

Short Old Lady - Hey, I got accused of being short yesterday when I posted the picture of me with the band. I'm not short....they're tall and they're wearing high heeled boots.

Fryes - That so much. It's for people like you that I write and snap photos.

Chocolatechic - Seriously.....I'm in love, LOVE with your baking skills. I want to move in to your garage and eat your castoffs.

Susan - Look everyone! Schnitzel is here. I'm debating whether to delay my trip until July or make TWO trips. That would mean two visits to Norske Nook for pie!

Kathy - Seriously, you think I"m humorous? My family would have a big laugh at that.

Kitty - You are officially signed up for the drawing. I'm glad that people like the Way Back Machine. I just thought it would be good to take a look back every Sunday. I love old photos. I make up stories about them.

Patricia - thanks. Here's the deal, you keep on reading and I'll keep on writing.

Mim - There you are. Would you believe I've never tasted Brooks catsup? I'm going to look for it next time I'm in the store.

LydaBabes - Your grandparents took their tomatoes to that factory? How cool is that? What memories.

Bella Della - Your name is on the list for the apron. Good luck.

Lisa - There are so many festivals you wouldn't believe it. I have a whole list on the wall in my office here. How about the Flatlander Festival in Goodland, Kansas?

Harper - You are correct. It is an escape and you've aptly described the fact that most of the world is intense. I truly believe that is one of the reasons the Farmer and I love rural. Intense is held at bay.

Girl from the Country - YES...I lived in Texas for awhile and I love men in aprons and BOOTS. I've gotten to love Texas style barbecue and that's saying alot from a person who is loyal to southern barbecue.

DandelionMom- you are on my growing list. Drawing will be soon.

Amber - Would you believe I often forget to put an apron on? What's up with that?

BV - Keep those fingers crossed. I can just see you in a colorful apron.

Meadowlark - MIL??? We won't go there today. HA.

Cindy - I always carry my camera everywhere. I got into that habit when I started publishing my photoblog 4 years ago.

1 in College - You need an apron with your busy family. I'll enter your name.

Becky - Thanks. I appreciate the fact that you take time out of your busy day to visit.

Punkin - Don't be impressed. It easy when you're an incessant talker like me.

Iva - My intention was to create a safe place to land every day.

Liz - You don't travel? No worries! I'll gladly do it for you. I'm just glad you're along for the ride.

Red Shoes - If you win I'll make sure it's a red apron.

Vanessa - Thanks so much for commenting and entering the contest.

Alaura - Keep talking and you'll get there in no time.

Deborah - You're entered to win. Wishing you luck.

Birdi - Wooo... that's gonna take awhile.

Pieceful - I'm glad you find it interesting. My family would probably be shocked!

Paula - Yes, it's the same apron. Don't worry, I've got tons and tons of unfinished projects.

Kelly - Google Reader is a very good thing. I use Bloglines and I love how it shows me which blogs have been updated.

Thanks everyone for commenting, participating and most of all reading my daily entries. WIthout you I'd be talking to myself and that would not be a good thing.

Mary said...

I love your blog. I go into withdrawal if I can't be on line to check it every day. I will have to check out the biggest catsup bottle.

Thanks for such a fun blog.

Vee said...

Congrats on your 500th! You know what? I may be making aprons myself, but I'm down to two...just two! I'd love to have another even as I'm realizing how selfish I am. S.e.l.f.i.s.h. very!

Amanda said...

Happy 500th! I enjoy reading your blog. Here's to many more posts!

Stephanie S. said...

Oh I do love aprons! I bake a lot and get a good dusting of flour now and again. Just recently found your blog and really enjoy it. And I really think you should write that book! Stephanie S.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your 500th, what an achievement! As the old saying goes "Time flies when you're having fun" and i guess you have had lots of
I certainly enjoy coming to see what you have been up to & being apart of your life and always enjoy your trips..
So i sure hope you are around for a long time yet..
luv Ann.xx

Louise said...

Congratulations! 500 is impressive! This is definitely a blog worth having 500 posts. Here's to 1000 more!

Jill said...

Mazel Tov on your 500th post! I can't believe I slept through it. :)

I'm sending along my best wishes and congratulations - and looking forward to the next 500 more!