Sunday, January 3, 2010

3 January 1956 “Darling, the Baby is Crying”

woman with a baby These past few weeks have made me realize more and more how this new website is becoming more like a new baby. Now, I know there are plenty of mothers out there that would like to slap me across the face with a 2 a.m. feeding for making such a comparison, but it feels like it to me. To me, that is, as one who has never had to get up for a 2 a.m. feeding. But, I hope in this instance, you will allow me the comparison without too much fist waving.

I find I think about the thing all the time. When I wake up, it is, “Oh, my I have to try to get this content in. Oh, this would be good.” Or mostly, “Drat, how on earth will I get THAT to work”. But, up all hours thinking of it, working and soothing it, trying to calm it down when it goes haywire. Then, when you think you have just got it put down and relaxed you look down the road and realize how much MORE there is to do to get the darn thing to continue to grow.

I know I haven’t got to diaper it, nor pay for it’s college (though I might have to pay for its bandwidth in time). It is, to me: the childless time traveler whose head is always swimming with new recipes to try, cleaning products to make, dress designs to try and manage, that this extra element; this monster of a project has just sort of dropped itself heavy in my lap.

It probably started much like a baby with such silly sayings as, “Oh, darling, wouldn’t it just be cute if we had a widdle webbie site? I’t be so cooot and cwuddly.” and then BAM, there it is in all its unexpected need and my inability to understand half of what it wants from me.

But, much like a child, I am fond of it. I like to sneak downstairs when it is sleeping and peek at it and see if anyone has tried the chat window, or maybe some have signed into our group blog/forum. So, yes, like a child, in spite of itself, I love it. Now, I only hope, I can do justice to the things and teach it all it needs to know. There are so many elements I want to give it. A comprehensive understanding of art from before the war into the early 60’s. A complete outline of fashion with a nod to the ‘everyday woman’. Etiquette and when to dunk a doughnut or not! So much and I want it to behave for company of course. I don’t want its colors to stick its tongue out in blaring brashness, nor its words to be ill spoken or misused. Really, I want it to grow up and be a fine upstanding website I can be pride of that others are happy to have in their home. Certainly, a good goal for any young mother, right?

So, if you have indulged my metaphor this long, thank you. I do really get Goosebumps one moment thinking about the possibilities of the site and then complete terror in the fear of not knowing what I am doing. But, that is probably a normal feeling for a real mother as well. I do know like a child, it is helped in its growth by the community and I know this website/child shall be as well.

Already, on a quick chat, I came to the conclusion that it would be fun to do a book club on our site where we could all meet on EST. However, if that could not prove doable, since I will have an actual forum, we could discuss it on there.

And then there really is so much content that I need to just keep plugging away at and putting in. And ANY OF YOU who know or would like to share pertinent information, just email me and tell me and I shall put the info in on the appropriate page.

I also had a request from someone wishing to do my ‘Challenges’ along with me and I say, let’s do it! Any of you who would like to try my challenges or perhaps pose your own challenge for the year and would like the comradery 0f all of us to watch and share, email me and send jpegs of what you have done and it shall all go up on the challenges page and we can be awed and encourage one another for our jobs well done and our list’s being checked off. This is the month to make those yearly challenges ladies and then we shall all hold one another accountable and encourage us to ‘get to work’!

So, back to work for me. I think I am rather excited to indeed pile more on ‘my plate’ as it were. I have found 1955 taught me to challenge myself, reach the goal then rather sit back and bask in my accomplishments, get back up and do MORE. It does make for a fine and fulfilling life. And, if you have many things you are doing and trying, if you fail at some of them along the way, you haven’t time for a ‘pity party’ as you have far too many other things going to lose focus!

So, again, here is the link to the new website:

I am going to be up loading the three drawings I have done so far for that challenge today.

I am also going to (with hubby’s help) try and figure out this forum business.

And, we also want to make time for a trip to our favorite used bookstore. I once posted about it. Which reminds me, I need a search bar on my blog. Oh, I’d better get that to-do list back out again. See you on the website sometime ladies (and gentleman)


  1. Forum is now up, just click on link and away we go!

  2. I know what you mean about caring so much for your blog. It is your baby.

    Lately I've been spending so much time reading other people's blogs, commenting, following and updating my own, my husband says I'm neglecting my chores and such.

    Ally @

  3. I don’t hope you compare your website to a baby like my son, who had colic and cried 24 hours a day for a HALF year! Therefore, he is a lone child. But although very noisy at the beginning he has become a darling son that most people adore. I’m sure your “baby” will too.

    e-hugs from Denmark

  4. You've done/are doing a great job with your website. What hard work. Thank you!(Babies usually settle in to a routine and peace reigns eventually. After that, the initial shock of the 'early days' is a distant memory.)

    (An article dated Sat Jan 02, 2010, "A New Year At Home" by Lady Lydia of might make interesting reading for you and some of the gals.) Linda

  5. I was able to sign myself up to the new forum, but I can't post. A page comes up that says I need a password to get in and post/read posts. What is the password to get in?

  6. Well, PL I hope it is fixed and there should only be a password that you have made. as you sign up for the forum you create a name and password, if it asks for a password try that which you have made, though I think we made it so it doesnt' ask. If it does ask and you try it and it STILL DOESN"T work, let me know. We are ironing out all the links. So many homemaker words, ironing out, threads, and so on.

  7. Yes, it is working now. I think you were right when you said that I was probably trying to get on when you were working on it.

  8. I totally get the baby metaphor. I think you're lucky your little darling sleeps thru the night! He/she is just perfect. Congratutulations to you and your hubby.


  9. I, too, am not able to post. I did email 50sgal about this. I can read the current posts but just make my own...?

  10. I agree with blogging taking up a lot of time. For me it is a new experience but I have found that shorter and more often is better than longer and only once in a while. So that's going to be my way of trying to keep my blog alive. Have a great year!


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