Thursday, December 31, 2015


This blog post marks a milestone for Melanged #1000! Who knew on Aug. 30, 2010 when I began blogging here about my life and adventures in France that I'd still be at it 1000 posts later. It all began with a big 'YES!' and led to that first winter house sitting for Laury. That 'yes' led to another the following year as I began living in France full time. It's affirming to realize that there have been at least 1000 things about my life that I felt were interesting enough to share. There have actually been many, many more. I feel the abundance.

But Melanged Magic isn't my first blog, you know. I began my blogging career here at Musings from Red Bell Farm. If you click on the link, you'll see the post that brought me from Iowa to France. Other posts will show you what happened between spring of 2011 and fall of that year when I made the big leap to becoming an ex-pat. Musings began on Christmas Day 2007 and 445 blog posts later, it went on hiatus as I began life full time here. And during that time I also kept two other, short-lived blogs: Dona Nobis Pacem, a spirituality blog of 160 posts and Red Bell Reads, a blog about books and music that only lasted for 17 posts before fading into history. 622 additional blog posts! Add that to 1000 on Melanged Magic and even I'm impressed. No wonder I'm not so enthusiastic about trying to blog every day now.

That being said, Melanged Magic continues. Life is interesting and full of adventures. You'll continue to read about them here. In the meantime, I'd like to wish you a joyous end to 2015 and a hopeful, auspicious beginning to 2016!


  1. Excellent, Evelyn! Such accomplishments! I hope you have a great 2016!

  2. Congratulations on 1000 posts! And Happy New Year!