So Yeah, Eight Years

Technically my eighth anniversary happened toward the end of February. But last week I was researching for a picture book and writing a short story, and time got away from me. The following occurrences didn’t help:
• My computer went crazy. (It’s old and cranky like me and probably needs replacing, because the keypad is difficult to manage now.)
• Someone hacked my Messenger account and started requesting money from people.
• Microsoft Word crashed and needed to be replaced.

What did help was a care package from Laura!

The mug rug as she described the following seems too pretty to set a mug on, especially the way I have been known to overfill mugs and spill liquid on surfaces. But I love it nevertheless.

There’s something about hot chocolate with cinnamon that makes me want to break out the castanets and shout Viva! I don’t own castanets, but I shouted, “Viva!” anyway. Hope the neighbors appreciated it.

And there’s something about a blog anniversary that makes me want to give stuff away. What better thing to give away than the gift of light?

“Okay, that’s totally random,” I hear you thinking. Yes. I can hear your thoughts. It’s a gift. Anyway, as the dark of winter slow eases its grip to make way for spring, some of us in colder climates need a little somethin’ somethin’ to help us in the gap. Even if you live in a warmer place, a little bit of light is still welcome, isn’t it? So, you choose . . .


sunflowers (for some reason, I couldn’t copy the image from Amazon, so please click on the link in sunflowers to see the lights),

or eufy by Anker, Lumi Stick-On Night Light (same deal as with the sunflowers).

Or if none of the above grabs you, let me know in the comments, and if your name is chosen, you can pick one you like from Amazon or Amazon UK and I’ll have it sent to you.

“But why light?” you ask. “And what does that have to do with your blogoversary?” Well, to answer your questions, I can’t help thinking of something Galadriel said in The Fellowship of the Ring.

She held up a small crystal phial: it glittered as she moved it, and rays of white light sprang from her hand. “In this phial,” she said, “is caught the light of Eärendil’s star, set amid the waters of my fountain. It will shine still brighter when night is about you. May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.” (423)

This is one of my favorite quotes from the book (though the image below is from the movie adaptation), because I know what light meant to the hobbits. They were often frightened and desperate. (And who hasn’t been in this pandemic? Light was s life saver.)

Light is a symbol for hope and revelation. Light pierces through darkness.

So that’s why.

Listen, I don’t have anything profound to say. I wish I did. Anniversary posts have a tendency to make you want to get your Winston Churchill on and impress the masses with a stirring speech. But for some reason, I wanted to come to you just as I am—no big speech, no clever rhetoric. Just the opportunity to bring a little light into your world.

So with this anniversary, I wish you light.

P.S. Comment below to choose which set of lights you prefer. Winner to be announced sometime next week.

Tolkien, J.R.R. The Fellowship of the Ring. New York: Random House, 1954. 423.

Product photo found at Amazon. Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins photo from Other photos by L. Marie.

34 thoughts on “So Yeah, Eight Years

  1. Eight years of blogging is a real achievement.
    Thank you for reminding me of the magic of Lord of the Rings. I have real sunflowers in my garden (sorry to brag) and we are in midsummer here, with lots of sunlight.

    • Thank you, Mariss! 😃 How wonderful to have sunflowers. At my old apartment complex, some giant sunflowers were planted. They had to be seven to eight feet tall! So huge!

  2. Congrats on the anniversary. The alpacas look cool. Although I never really got the appeal of lights. Might be due to growing up in a household that dreaded the electric bill to the point of ridiculousness.

  3. Congratulations on EIGHT years! We are sort of like sisters in that department. Yay!

    You are the most generous blogger I know, and the gift of light is super. I like the quote from The Fellowship of the Ring, so appropriate for the season. You may know that my Messenger account was hacked too, but changing passwords has seemed to help.

    Here’s to 8 more years of spreading joy, L. Marie! ((( )))

    • Thank you, Marian. 😊 After I read your anniversary post, I realized I hadn’t posted. 😃 I’m so sorry your account was hacked. A couple from church had the same thing happen to them. So sick of thieves!

  4. Wow, congrats! I remember when you first started blogging. Can’t believe it’s been eight years.

    I love your blog, Linda. It’s full of heart and truth and joy and humor. And humility. You bring your own light to the world. Thanks for that!

    • Thanks, Sharon! 😊 I remember talking with you about starting it. I am amazed it’s been eight years! I didn’t think I’d last eight months!

  5. What a surprise to see my mug rug as the ‘featured image’ for your post and as part of your 8 yr blogging anniversary celebration! I am honored.
    Yippee for 8 yrs of L.Marie’s joyful encouragement, down home wisdom and just plain fun (ie-remember Kitty? )
    You have certainly been a vessel for His Light to shine through. Isaiah 60:1
    hugs all around.
    (ps-please don’t include me in your celebratory give-away)

    • Thank you again, Laura! There has to be a Bible verse on timely gifts. Your care package was so timely. I’m grateful to be a vessel of light. And I love that verse you mentioned! ❤️

  6. I suppose you are speaking of your blogging anniversary, Linda . You say the all with a lot of humor .
    I started the bloging in 2001 until 2015 on Xanga ? Then I went on WordPress . So you imagine my brain is exhausted and so for my English language !!! 🙂
    Take care of you, Linda
    Love ❤

  7. Hi Miss L. I like it when you come just as you are. 😊 So sorry about the computer problems. I have no patience for that kind of stuff. My laptop has gone through about 4 chargers in three years, and now it’s not charging again. Another one on order. Working on my Surface for the time being.

    Congratulations on 8 years. Enjoy the nice sunshine while we have it.

    • Thank you, Lori! 😀 Yes, wasn’t it nice today??? Fifty degrees!! Spring is here! ❤️ And it is very welcome to stay!

  8. Congratulations on eight years of blogging! I’m sorry about your computer as well and hope it decides to behave soon. Do you have one of those compressed air blowers? Keyboards tend to catch a lot of dust. Those alpacas look like they would work well for my Lego town. I used to have a lovely strand of LED lights but it was accidentally pinched and cut when I rearranged my buildings.

  9. Happy Blogiversary, twin! I just turned eight too – do you feel as old as I do? 😉 Ugh, so sorry to hear you were hacked – such a pain! This internet thingy is great except when it isn’t…

  10. Happy Anniversary!
    Let there be LIGHT!

    And sorry to hear about all the recent misfortunes befalling you and your computer.

  11. Happy blogiversary! You’re an online bright star. My eighth blogiversary will arrive in August. I guess we’re blogging sisters.

    • Thank you, Nicki! We are! 😄 It’s interesting how many people started blogging the same year!
      And you’ll have to come on the blog to talk about your new novel!

  12. This is a beautiful post, Linda. Yes, light is a symbol of hope and revelation. Congratulations on eight years of blogging.

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