My Second Life… Part Two

I suppose it was natural, this restless feeling. I’d been searching through family photos, compiling a genealogy of my father’s family all summer long and as much as I continued to enjoy working on my mighty Irish epic, other stories needed to be told.

I shuffled outside my  site, one that had grown more comfortable with each passing day. Look, I thought with joy, another follower, another comment! With each post, Down the Mountain Road took on life.

Darkness quickly enveloped me, but I wasn’t afraid; I’d already explored this process. Setting up a site was easy, it was bringing others to read that would be difficult. I chose this space with care, set up the theme to reflect a simpler time. These stories were personal – they’d reflect my family’s history in rural Vermont.

I shifted boxes around to form walls and moved in an old sideboard to hold some mismatched tea cups.  A large hooked rug – one worn from generations of use – would add comfort and cover the concrete floor. I brought in chairs – as many as could fit- in hopes that others would feel comfortable and would want to sit down and stay a while.

Then I got to work writing Letters to Rosa.

Each post flew from my keyboard, each one was published without fear. These were my stories, I lived them; I had to trust that they would be received in the spirit they were told –  sad at times and funny, but always with honesty to honor my family’s memories.

Imagine my delight when people started dropping by. A quick nod, a simple like, maybe a comment or two; I started noticing Rosa was attracting regulars and smiled. With each visitor, the space began to glow. A lovely comment touched me and added color – like a beautiful vignette I could hang on my wall. Another follower, one who would come back often, and I noticed a new mug sitting on the sideboard- ah, Teresa from bellybuttonblues had settled in! Each time I checked, I found mementos from other bloggers – a warm blanket from Liz at, a knitted shawl from Paulineknits in Ireland; a beeswax candle from Lynne at freepennypress and a cozy armchair from Eunice at livin and lovin.

Others would come and for each one, I’d cherish the visit. Denise at justasIam added a beautiful lamp and Ashi Akira, a wonderful Japanese poet, brought a stack of delightful verse.

Every one of you have added something special to Rosa – you’ve taken a place in an abandoned warehouse and helped me create a home and for that I am grateful.

So, please, pull up a chair – or add one of your own. Leave a comment, a quick “hello”. I’ll cherish the time we have, I promise.

And thanks for stopping by.


(I’d like to invite you to visit letters to Rosa – simply click on the lovely sepia photo on the sidebar. I’d love to hear from you!)

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8 thoughts on “My Second Life… Part Two

  1. I could visualize all the “added” touches. 🙂 Nice job!

  2. Teresa Cleveland Wendel

    I love how you furnished that cozy little room. I’m glad I’m a mug. I hope it’s filled with double bergamot earl grey tea.
    I think I’m following this blog, but for some reason it hasn’t been appearing in my Reader, so now that I know you’re here, I’ll drop by often for that steaming mug of tea. Keep the kettle on!

    • Well, see, you aren’t just any old mug – you’ve got a different one for each day, all with some clever zinger emblazoned upon it! Something along the lines of “Cats drool, dogs rule” or some such… as to the kettle – it’s always on for you, my dear friend.

  3. free penny press

    It was when I started reading your “Letters to Rosa” I began thinking about my family, and the stories I too could share. I have not posted many but you inspire me to remember more and share more.
    I’ll take some lemon tea please 🙂

    • I hope you do share those stories – I’m sure they will be amazing, poignant, powerful and bittersweet, Lynne! Please do…

      As to tea – there’s always an assortment available – I prefer my Irish breakfast with a dab o’cream and a pinch of sugar! Thanks for visiting.

  4. me

    great finish and invite to the other blog!

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