Wednesday, March 24, 2010

get a life

I have been blogging for about 3.5 years. In that time, I have received one comment that could possibly be considered ill spirited. You remember? And that one really made me giggle. Cause it simply stated the truth. My blog is full of headless photos and cookie shots.
However, I received an anonymous comment on yesterdays post. Simply stating... "get a life". Wow. Seriously? Get a life?! I feel like my blog, along with all the other knitting, crocheting, sewing, cooking, baking, crafty blogs, OOOZE of life. And in between all the mundane (yet life rewarding) tasks of the day, picking out the perfect button, or the perfect yarn, or a fantastic project, or the loveliest fabric, or a delicious recipe for my peeps, or meeting friends, or watching a beautiful sunset or capturing a moment, or choosing things that make my heart sing, well, those times fill in all the other moments of A LIFE! S0, to "ms. get a life", I can only hope that you will figure it out one day. You don't have to like what I do, but understanding how others interests and passions are what drive them is a life lesson I hope you learn. With so many enjoyable opportunities in this wonderful world, I hope you find something that makes you "get" life.
xx, Leslie

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pendie said...

How much more life can you pack into your current lifestyle?! Sounds to me like you're doing fine

mark your spot said...

My guess is ms. get a life is a bit envious of yours!

Julie said...

I love that you addressed it without getting petty, angry, and mean. So many other comments get just as mean when someone leaves something they don't like. You handled it with as much grace as you do your normal posts and you're a great example! We love your posts and that person can move along to other blogs they find more interesting.

melissa said...

Perfectly said ! Love your blog !

Tanya said...

Leslie,
You can't please everyone, wish that it were true, but alas there are sour souls out there so don't fret - I know it will bug you but your blog is brimming with life, Girlie, so keep doing what you do!

Tanya :)

seemommysew said...

It is amazing what people will take time to comment! The other day, someone decided to comment on a tutorial on my blog, "this doesn't really make sense; I thought I was a good sewer but I don't understand this at all" or something along those lines! All I could do was laugh! I know I'm not the best at explaining things, but I'm not selling a pattern! I agree with Mark Your Spot....envy!

Jennifer said...

Well said, you obviously have a great, full life, keep living it.

Chantal B said...

Don't bother with that kind of silly comments. Like you see, we are so many knitters reading your posts. And it's probably because of your great comments on your interesting life!

Frogdancer said...

I don't know.... I think both the anonymous comments are funny.
One for being true, the other for being mindless.

Kristyn said...

What is wrong with people? I will never understand why people can't live by the golden rule If you can't say something nice don't say anything at all.

marianne said...

I'm not sure if I've ever commented on your blog before, but I've been subscribed to it for some time now because of your beautiful photographs and the beautiful things you make. plus the name of your blog, a friend to knit with, just sounds so cozy and friendly. I knit while I'm at the computer, and it's always nice to see that I have something to read and look at from "a friend to knit with". anyway, I just had to reply to this. "get a life"? no, you have one, a beautiful and inspiring life that you have made/are making yourself. thank you for sharing some of it on this blog.

On A Hot Tin Roof said...

i like your blog. it oozes life! thanks for sharing. my mama always taught me "if you cant say anything nice then dont say anything at all!". i guess the anonymous poster hasnt learned that.

Jedimommy said...

You lead a beautiful life which you document with your amazing photography. I can never get my camera to work, and I have "knitting ADD", so I never finish a sweater project. I can't really bake well either, so I have to live vicariously through your blog. And you seem like a very sweet and positive person. You, my dear, have an awesome life.

Debbie said...

Picking out the perfect button is what life is all about! Enjoy yours!

joan said...

I enjoy your blog!

opportunityknits said...

keep smiling, Leslie :)

emily said...

i can think of very few people who seem to relish, cherish, delight in life more than you, my friend. xo.

Charlotte said...

I love your blog too, the name of it attracting me even more!
I would suggest the cruel comments are from someone who does not enjoy their crafts so much and just don't "get it" when finding the right bits and pieces to finish a lovingly made article, are so important to us!?

SD and EJ said...

I love and appreciate your blog. And I firmly believe it's the simple things (like choosing the right button) that make life good. :)

Maggie said...

hmm, poor her

Baa-Me Kniits said...

Nicely Said :-) Ms doesn't know how lucky we are!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Wow I just don't understand people. I LOVE reading my blogs, especially yours. I don't always comment but I savor my time to sit with my reader and catch up with the blogging community. You said it very well and I also think the commenter must be extremely jealous of your life! Ignore them because the people that love your posts FAR!! outweight any of the negative people.

Sally said...

I among your many friends are very blessed that you share your life with us.

You bring beauty to simple things and joy to my day

romy said...

That rude person was probably having a bad day and left the same comment on 50 blogs. So now there are 50 people wondering "what the heck?" In otherwords, It's probably not personal :)

Jessica said...

Obviously, they didn't get it. I feel sorry for them actually. Sometimes life is about buttons, sometimes life is about health care plans,sometimes it is about gardening, sometimes it is about death, sometimes it is about birth, sometimes politics and sometimes nothing. Taking each moment and savoring it for what it is sounds like having a life to me. I'm sorry that commenter doesn't understand that.

Kara said...

That really is too bad. I have been enjoying watching you have a life for a while, and I say keep it up.

Toby E. said...

Perfectly addressed with perfect words. Sometimes it's good to ignore and sometimes it's good to address. And your handling is fantastic. Most likely it was a self declaration put on someone else's blog! Keep doing what you do, you know I and so many others enjoy it every chance we get!

Frances said...

Well, I really think that there is something wonderful about having a Friend to Knit With. I found your site through another knitting friend, and have so enjoyed visiting here ... and making those mitts!

Best wishes.

cloth.paper.string said...

you're a superstar, leslie.

martha - caknitter said...

Well said, Leslie.
I wish you would print her IP address so some of us can see what kind of "life" she has.

Kenj said...

I honestly saw the same exact comment on Michael Ruhlman's blog today, so maybe Romy's right!

martha - caknitter said...

second comment...
I just had to check who left the rude comment, but of course, it's anonymous - coward.
Keep doing what you're doing Leslie because it's the reason I LOVE your blog.

Jen said...

Well said. You blog about what gives you life. It's your blog so you have that right! :) Hopefully that person can find what gives them life which will help them to see the joy in things. Do you ever wonder if those random comments are a joke from someone you know? I've wondered before only because my husband did that to me one time! Thanks for expressing yourself through your blog! I love it!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like Get a life was on the wrong blog...should have been at facebook...so they can tell when they are going to the grocery store or writing a check for the house payment. Honestly, facebook is like reading someones diary. At least you show us what you are doing and teach us, inspire us. They need to move on!!!
As for me I always love to check out what you are doing next. Keep up the good work.
Jan

Christina said...

It's funny, the internet, how when you talk about your life via the web it ceases to be real. If anything, you can get more of a glimpse into someone's life through their blog nowadays than anywhere else (unless you actually know the blogger personally). I think the person needs a cookie!

mary pat said...

I look forward to seeing what's new in your posts daily! You give my life a spark in the afternoon when I'm spent & need it. You've inspired me, helped me, touched me with your creativity and love of family. Thank you for finding beauty in everyday life. That's all we all can hope for because today, this moment, this life is only ours for such a brief time.

sweetaimee said...

your life is one full of beauty and talent and that person couldn't see that because as the saying goes it takes one to know one. :) I feel sorry for the person who couldn't recognise that :)

passingdowncrazy said...

Don't you feel sorry for a person who doesn't get a thrill out of doing something creative or enjoying a moment? What a boring life!!!

knithound brooklyn said...

Amazing response, Leslie. You nailed it.

mrspao said...

Funnily enough, my first thought was that they need to get a life as you obviously have a really interesting one. Some people are daft and need deleting!

camby said...

I love your blog! It's too bad one negative comment can have more impact than a hundred positive ones. Ms. get a life doesn't have to read your blog if she has so much to do, but I for one look forward to your new posts. I've made several of your cookie recipes and they were all big hits with my family. And as a novice knitter I have great admiration for your knitting. Keep blogging!

KnittingHawkeye said...

Your life seems full and satisfying. I honestly am envious of you at times. You're very talented in both knitting and baking. People are pathetic and jealous. I am scared of knitting sweaters, I'll admit that. Ignore the comment.

Mary said...

Hi Leslie,

I'm sure you read/hear this all the time, but it never hurts to to read it once more. Your blog is beautiful, and I'm so grateful that you choose to share parts of your life with us. It brings me joy to look at your pictures, projects, family, and friends, because you appear to approach all these things in your life with such care, love, generosity, and kindness. You and your blog are inspirations to me.

Momo said...

Your blog is great.
I think Ms. Get a life does not have a life himself, else he/she would not read something he does not like...

Mrs.Platypus said...

What a buttonless life that person must lead. Life is all about finding the joy in the small things that make us the most happy. A friend's laugh, the smile of a stranger, the first spring tulip, and a warm cookie, to name a few. And your blog shares your happy things with other people who enjoy seeing your happy things. So keep on keeping on.

Kristen said...

She forgot what mother said...if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it.

Sarah said...

And imagine how unfulfilling life must be if leaving a comment like that is a way to pass the time...

Mimi said...

Dear Leslie,

I am a mother and grandmother of 54 and every day I read your blog, just because it is FULL of life. The real life, the kind of life Ms. didn't get, unfortunately.
If Ms. thinks it is all so stupid, why is he or she reading the blog, perhaps Ms. misses something in the life????
Dear Ms, feel free to go elsewhere.
And please, don't forget to live the real life. We only get one.

Dear Leslie, keep on with your life, you feel like a daughter to me.
Mimi Belgium

My Love is..... said...

Ohhhhh BOO to ms get a life.... get off the blogroll if you odnt like what you see!! Your blog rocks life in its purist form.

A Peppermint Penguin said...

Delurking to say, I've been reading your blog for ages and you most certainly do have a life. A great one. Some people don't understand creativity or making and think it is all pointless ('you can just buy one', humpf) but they are the ones with no life in them!

I'm sure you don't need my approval, but keep on, I love what you do. Thanks for sharing.

Cheers,
AJ

Estella said...

Leslie, your blog shares a slice of your life and it is something we all enjoy be it from cookies to knitting to celebrating your children to picking out buttons. It is a FULL life. I'm sorry someone doesn't get the need to find the right button - I have the same problem sometimes as one sweater had 3 different sets on it.

Anonymous said...

I want to "get a life" just like yours! Mine isn't nearly as interesting or as much fun.

from a long-time reader but first-time commenter.

kim said...

Oh, Geez. Why are people so envious. It's sad that there are such unhappy people out there. I'm glad you took this for what it was, and I certainly hope it doesn't stop you for sharing your very full life with those of us who "get it" and enjoy it (life, that is).

Poshyarns said...

Leslie, I love your positive life, affirming response to that negativity. Yes, you are bursting with life, that's why we love coming here so much.

MadMad said...

Dude. I can't imagine what that reader thinks of MY life, cuz I wait around for you to live yours and tell me about it! I'm like that little trained mouse pushing the button for pellets, walking past my computer hitting refresh to see if you've posted yet. Well, actually, that IS pretty sad. I DO need a life. But not you, no way!
Just some buttons, already. I want to see that sweater!!!

Jane said...

I once had a good friend yell at me for wasting my time blogging, knitting and taking pictures. She was really mean about it. "Do something else with your time." she said. I can only clean, volunteer, drive kids around, clean, cook, do laundry, clean, garden, clean (did i mention the cleaning part) before I go crazy. This is my life and the part I really enjoy. leslie-you provide an outlet to so many whose days can be pretty crappy. Thanks for being there for us!

lucky knitter said...

Thanks for sharing pieces of your sweet life with us.

Mary

Anonymous said...

I see your life and love it. You paint such a lovely picture. You focus on the good, the sweet, and the simple pleasures in life. Now that, my friend, is a beautiful thing.

Bridget said...

Oh dear. You just have to feel sorry for this person - they obviously don't understand what life is all about. Life is about finding pleasure in the smallest things - and if you can't do that you're going to find life pretty dull, always waiting for 'life' to happen. Ignore it. Move on. We love you!

Barb T. said...

I only wish you'd post about your 'life' more frequently!!! I am relatively new to your blog and love it so much.
I don't understand why party poopers absolutely have to make their presence known; from me and everybody else here, go away party pooper!!!

RWL said...

Keep living your wonderful life. :)

lindy said...

Well said and Bravo! Finding joy in the everyday is a gift some people just don't get. (But, your loyal readers do!)

house on hill road said...

one of the things that i adore about you is that you have passions and interests that drive you. that makes for a very full life! and you are a wonderful friend, to boot. xo.

sherri said...

You breathe "life" into my day with every new post. Obviously the person who made the rude comment is neither a knitter nor a mother. I spent several hours searching for the perfect button for my recently completed sweater. It was so much fun. Motherhood, as you share it and describe in your lovely posts, is what gives us the greatest joy of our life. Thank you for sharing and keep up the posts. I love them.

Claudia said...

I just wanted you to know that your blog is the first I read when I see that it's up. I find inspiration in your knitting, and we have similar tastes as well as 12 year old daughters. I have planned a camping trip with my kids this summer to Assateague Island because of your post. And, I am sure my kids would thank you for your cookie recipes, so hold your head high and proceed with pride because there are alot of us out here who enjoy!!!

stitching under oaks said...

pish posh...she so doesn't know what she's saying...your blog is so inspirational. it ooozes life. thanks for taking the risk and sharing your snippets of life with all of us. your spirit and confidence are contagious! love you girl! and love your blog!

sk said...

Well said!
Whoever it was is just jealous of your awesome life!

SDQuilter said...

Yours is the first of the top three I check everyday of the hundreds of blogs that I have favorited. I always have time to check many. It is because of the life you share that I keep coming back. Buttons can be difficult. I am still trying to decide on the "just so right" buttons for a sweater I finished....ummmm....a while ago. Part of the fun is the audition.

kmdegroot said...

well said.
this is the first time i've commented, though i read regularly, and i want to thank you for reminding me that the life i'm leading as a crafty stay-at-home mom is indeed full of LIFE, even if others may not see or value what i'm doing. thank you:)

sometwin said...

Well Said!

Suzanne said...

I can only hope that was spam generated by some robot computer rather than a real person uttering mean things. You breathe life into everything you do and by virture of your blog, you breathe life into others' lives as well.

Thimbleanna said...

Ms. Life is obviously envious -- from where I sit, it looks like you live a beautiful life. I love your blog and hope it never changes!

Victoria Hassink said...

Maybe it had something to do with the search for the perfect button...a search I have had on many occasions! I love all the little "unimportant" tasks that can make up a day, and a life. The perfect button or just the right mix of fabric, or really sweet little tomatoes at dinner all those things give me pleasure.
I agree ms. "get a life" needs to maybe stop and smell the roses more often, and not return to your blog that she just doesn't "get".

Lovely B. said...

I have been following your blog for quite some time now and although I do not typically comment, I thoroughly enjoy each and every one of your posts. I especially love seeing photographs of your lovely knitted projects. Every time you finish another gorgeous hand-made sweater, you inspire me to challenge myself to take on more difficult patterns. You have a very rich life so keep it up and don't let this person get you down!

Boo's Mom said...

Not sure how much more life you could arrange! Sounds like someone else needs to get a life. Why anyone would leave a comment like that is beyond me! I enjoy the peeks your blog gives me of your life.

Marilyn said...

People that don't understand the meaning of life will never truly "get it." You do - in a wonderful way. Thanks for sharing a bit of yours with us.

Knitting Out Loud said...

Ignore it. Sounds like spam.

From All Stitched Up said...

I think Ms get a life needs to read your blog until she gets what life is all about. You are a great model of what life should be about. Write on!!!

Bridget said...

Ditto what you said!

ColorSlut said...

Darling - you have more of a life than a large majority of the people I know. Just pass it by. The comment was made by someone who has no idea!

Wendy said...

Isn't that the way it goes, there are always those people in life that can find the negative in anything.

I've been reading for as long as you have been blogging. I think caring for your family, creating a peaceful home, and capturing moments IS a great life! Your love for your family shines through in every photo! You have been an inspiration to me to pick up my camera more, and look for beauty in all places.

Thank you!

Amanda said...

I love your blog! I think you're doing great. How sad that some anonymous person needs to leave such a pitiful message. I always wonder what is wrong when people do or say things just to make others feel bad.

Anonymous said...

OH. MY. GOSH. I believe people who spend time making rude comments on other people's blogs need to "get a life." But of course, I am too polite to say so! ;) Leslie, huge thanks for your wonderful blog, with its fabulous pictures (headless and otherwise), thoughts and words; it is so inspiring! Kimberley

Missy knits said...

Wow is right. You keep doing what you are doing, Leslie. And thanks for letting us share in your life--I think you and your blog are simply wonderful!

Gayle said...

I for one like life even if it is mundane. Thanks for sharing...I do like the cookies, buttons and the fiber choices. As you can see by all these comments, there is safety in numbers. :)

Elinor said...

Just another voice to the choir - I love your life! And your blog. I think the commenter is just jealous. Remember, you can't win a war on the internet. Delete comment, ban anonymous comments, keep living your awesome life. :)

Kathleen said...

Our Friend, Thank you for sharing your life with us.

susie said...

I'm taking a knitting class, and I was so happy when I stumbled upon your blog - you have a beautiful life, and you've inspired me to keep on knitting (plus I love the cookie recipes). Keep up the good work.

Bethany said...

I love going to your blog. Love your life. Thanks for sharing, and I hope that you continue to do so.

iknitipurl said...

Leslie, let it slide off your back. You have a great life. Embrace it and don't ever worry about others say about you. You totally rock!

Trisha said...

I don't understand why someone takes the time to write something like that. I enjoy your blog so much. And I think you handled that comment in such a classy way.

Jan said...

You handled this situation with tact and confidence - I would expect nothing else. You are a ray of sunshine to so many. Keep it up, girl!

Sharon S said...

Bravo!!!!!

Tracy Fuller said...

Dear Leslie,
I first want to tell you that I have been quietly following your amazing blog for all of your 3.5 years, and until today, I have never posted a comment. That you received a "Get a life" comment, and subsequently described so eloquently the vivid, in-the-moment life you lead, which I must say, leaves most of us readers with our mouthes hanging open in awe of your very BEAUTIFUL life, finds me once again with my jaw open wide. Whoever it was that wrote that simply just doesn't GET it. This IS life, and yours is captured so beautifully by your photos and words. My sister, also named Lesli (no "e"), follow your blog in awe of all the creativity you possess. The speed in which you knit (holy cow!) such beautiful garments, your incredible artistic eye for photography, your love of your husband, children, parents, and sisters shines through to all who read "A Friend to Knit With". So please, keep writing about your beautiful life....because it is just that.

duni said...

well said- thank you. personally i enjoy these glimpses of your life. thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I love peeking in on your life! You make me remember to make cookies for my son and take more time with picking out buttons and really enjoy the little moments that make life worthwhile. Thank you for sharing what you do with us. I'm sorry for that person that she doesn't enjoy these things as well.

Cathy said...

I guess I need a life because your blog is one of the few I read anymore. And I don't just read it because I'm obsessed with knitting and your projects inspire me. I read it because your sweetness and good-natured attitude toward life inspire me too. :)

morewithles said...

well said! good for you for turning a potential negative into a great blog post!

Anonymous said...

Well said. I love reading your cookie recipes and seeing your knitting projects.

I'm gonna tell Mom! said...

For someone who is telling others how to live, s/he sures seems to be wasting time reading blogs s/he doesn't like!

I LOVE this blog.

kim

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with Julie!
I love your blog...and what may be mundane to one, is a joy to many others! I look forward to "catching up" with you during my lunch hour. While I LOVE my job (and life's work), I also love yarn, knitting, fabric, buttons, etc. & wish I had more time for it.
Love your blog!
Rene'

Cindy said...

I agree with everyone else! I really enjoy your blog - keep up the good work!

Kate (KnitsInClass) said...

People are weird, aren't they? (and chicken, too, since these type of comments are so often posted anonymously)

Susan said...

Well I personally really loved your blog, and enjoyed reading it. Get a life, well it looks like if you got any busier, you wouldn't have time to sleep. I really enjoyed your pictures the things you make and the atmosphere is just great. I will be back to visit to see what you are up to.
Susan
http://amazingcouponanddiscountdeals.blogspot.com

Flipfloppingmamma said...

REALLY?? I'm always amazed at the people who actually take the time to email a hateful comment. It's amazing!

Somebody sent me a comment the other day about a granola bar recipe and said 'there's did not look like mine at all and would never make it again'. Ok...that's fine. Is it MY fault your granola bar didn't look JUST like my picture??? Not everybody loves the granola bar like me so be it. But why take the time to spread hateful stuff?

Love your blog!!!

Gretchen said...

what a great, joyful life it is. Keep up the good work!

Cecilia said...

i love buttons, too . . .should have said so yesterday, eh?

and you must have a life, cause otherwise I wouldn't read your blog

i do think people who say things like that are most often envious, probably of your contentment with . . .your life!

:o)

eagillette said...

Um, you aren't forcing her to read your blog.... She doesn't have to! Obviously she needs a life if she reads something she isn't interested in and then comments on it.....

Anonymous said...

I get a lot of inspiration and just plain ole enjoyment out of checking your blog. I like seeing the results of your projects you share. I love your cookie recipes and my kids are pretty happy I try those out. =)

I sincerely hope you don't stop posting anytime soon. It has been a pleasure to share in your view of crafts and life.

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

You know, I don't understand people who read a knitting/crafting/baking/sewing blog and then disparage the person/blog they are reading! What's up with that?! Go read something else...it is their life they are "wasting". The rest of us LOVE your blog and read it with enthusiasm :0) Thanks!!!
Shanna in CA

Mandy said...

It is shocking sometimes how rude some people can be. Your response is wonderfully put. Reading your blog makes me wish that I can have a life like yours someday, and I admire how you see the beauty in the little things that get us through each day. You got it right, Ms. Anonymous clearly does not.

Larissa said...

I LOVE your life and I LOVE your blog and I LOVE how you see beauty in the little things. LIFE is all about seeing beauty in the little things - and you get it! Hugs to you.

karen said...

Oh yea..someone is jealous! Love your blog and have been following it for over a year. Pics, ideas and recipes..love it!

Anonymous said...

so sad and hurtful when an anonymous person posts a hateful and odd comment on someone's blog. I hope you are not discouraged by one person's strange comment.

Sarah Jane said...

argh. you have a beautiful life, at least from what i see- even without heads.

Linda said...

Well said, Leslie!!!! Those of us who find pleasure in the domestic arts most definitely have a life--a huge, rich, full life with the same ups and downs as everyone else. I couldn't imagine my life without the knitting, sewing, and baking. Those are some of the things that make it so much fun! And, by the way, we are molding kind, compassionate, independent human beings amonst all the domesticities, right? You better believe it!

Linda said...

Woops...I misspelled amongst. But you get the point!

Seanna Lea said...

I believe in the adage that if you cannot say something nice, say nothing at all. Of course, sometimes it isn't about saying something nice, but not knowing how to express a sentiment properly (usually condolenses, which I'm really bad with) that stops me from commenting. Either way, I would never try to hide my comments under an anonymous guise.

Annie said...

Fret not my Friend.
All about the life you "get" truly inspires mine.
Throughout our days, we never know who we might inspire.
You don't know me, and my family does not know you. But, believe me, their lives are greatly enhanced by your life. I get tremendous ideas from reading your blog. From decorating to crafts to cookies. I love your "headless" shots. So much, in fact, I sent one of my own, modeling your hat pattern, to my sisters to view.
Do not take offense to small minds who interject where not needed.
Just keep us reading. I'm sure I am not the only one who passes along bits of your life to others lives. And we're all the better.

Emily said...

I have been reading for several months and probably have only commented once or twice so this seems like a good opportunity to come out of the woodwork and say "I love your blog!!!" You have a great creative life, and thanks for sharing it with us! xo

Philigry said...

amen sister! and i bet it was a mystery person behind the comment, right? someone with no name, no identity. Someone who is so jealous they can not even see straight, i bet.
Well, I am so glad you share your life with all of us. You are so inspiring, the one blog that really got me to pick up those knitting needles and get going.
Love you, and yoiur beautiful blog!

Hilary said...

Well, I feel sorry for that person for being too closed minded to see that not everyone shares the same interests and the same joys. You *obviously* have a full and rich and rewarding life and it gives me great inspiration! It makes me sad when people feel the need to attack those who are different from them. Your response was *very* well put.

I'm also baffled sometimes by the etiquette (or lack thereof) people choose to exhibit online. Once, a few years ago, I posted to an online forum looking for advice on where to find a Bible Study in San Francisco. One person responded with the name of a church. Dozens of others responded with rude/sarcastic/belittling comments. I had said nothing even remotely contentious or offensive, just one simple question. Yet people felt the need to go out of their way to be rude, when in real life they probably would have held those snarky remarks to themselves. (To be fair, it was somewhat naive of me to expect otherwise in San Francisco). And the person who commented on your last post...she could have easily kept her negative thoughts to herself. In fact, it took much more effort to express them. And if you were face to face, I'd bet she wouldn't have said anything. So why is it "ok" to be rude through your keyboard but not your voice? Sad.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, I noticed that comment yesterday and was struck by it as well. Human nature makes us struggle with paying too much attention to one negative comment at the expense of 100's of kind words. I enjoy your blog. I remind myself daily that everyone is fighting a battle and it is not always evident what that battle is; at any rate, wouldn't you much rather be you than her? Thanks for sharing your days with us.

Ann

Tina said...

Sad to see so many judgmental and hurtful comments from the over 100 comments posted. Why is that?

As someone else mentioned, nobody knows what that person is dealing with in her life (of course, that person then went on to slam her, but her point was made, in a passive-aggressive way).

I wonder if the commenter meant that your post was a bit mundane and dry. And yes!, that is the wonderful part of our everyday life- parts are mundane. I personally enjoy a glimpse into people's lives- that's why I read blogs. But if you are dealing with LIFE and LIFE is big- job loss, health issues, children issues, marriage issues, etc., etc., reading someone's post about buttons can actually BE that final straw.

I personally prefer to view someone's motives with empathy and understanding rather than with disdain and dismissal. And I don't like the gang mentality of all the girls rallying around the Queen Bee and dissing the girl who dared to express a different view.

We wouldn't want our daughters to act this way, would we?

Connie said...

Well, I must need to get a life too because I find your blog so much fun to read and I, too, would search for the perfect button in my collection at home before going out and buying one. So please keep up the knitting, the baking and all the rest of your life and letting us all know about it.

P.S.
Great way to handle the sarcasm, too, without getting nasty.

Jux said...

This is so sad from Ms "get a life". And it's even worse when we realize that this "Ms g.a.l" trolls are mainly everywhere. Today I've just read a post from a wonderful woman, who has a great blog. And she was kind of reacting exactly against someone who sent some message on a "get a life" style.
Weird enough: the wonderful woman said she got a pretty scary number of "g.a.l" people sending bitter comments on her post about her anniversary - she and her husband completed 10 years together.

By far, her post was on of the sweetest and most loving and kind love declaration I had ever read.
Me and some other friends of her were really happy and delighted with such tenderness of her words.

It's really sad that people cannot see happiness from other people and they fell they MUST to do something in order of spoiling the joy around.

Darling, your "virtual livingroom, garden" is a pure lightness, tenderness and joy! Remember that most of us here love you and your words!
Always!

Hug and kiss!!!

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

Well, that wasn't very nice. Anonymous must be having a bad day.

Susan G. from Ellicott City said...

You have a wonderful life, Leslie, and I'm so thankful that you want to share it with the world. The individual who left such a comment on your blog may not realize how well they are demonstrating that their own life must not be going so well. Your blog is darling and one of my very favorites! Keep it up! Now let's see that finished Heron!!!!

Kristie said...

Oh my goodness Leslie! I love your blog and think it's so sad that someone would waste the time in their own life to write such a comment! Keep up the lovely posts that speak of life and love for all things wonderful!!

Jenni said...

Just want you to know that this is the one blog I look at after I check my hotmail and before I start working.

Helen said...

I love your blog and I think that you know how to live a brilliant life. I take inspiration from you and try not to take things for granted. Also reading blogs like yours helps others to appreciate the beauty in the small things.

sew nancy said...

picking about the perfect button was one of my favorite posts of yours. i think all of us crafty folk get that one.
why do people bother leaving comments like that

Crumbs and Quibbles said...

I write a blog and while it's not very well written and the pictures aren't photographed by a professional, I love it. My mother reads it for goodness sakes. My husband at first didn't get why I started a blog but now sees how much joy it brings me and now he too has grown to love it. I'm sorry you were the recipient of an unkind comment. I for one enjoy the fact that your every day adventures in cooking, knitting, button collecting, etc. brings a little bit of joy into my world too. Keep it up.

PghCathy said...

When I read that comment, I thought...how mean (& still think that.) You share your life so openly (well, except for heads!)& what a fun life you have. Glad you're not letting that 1 commenter ruin your day.

Erica said...

I don't even knit and I love your blog. You remind me that in the midst of it all, I need to do something I love that is refreshing. Plus, you knit some awesome sweaters! Thanks for sharing your busy, beautiful and tasty life!

Wooly Knits n Bits said...

I have been reading and enjoying your blog for some time now. I think a lot of us will be spurred to leave a comment this time. Life is full of little and grand moments. But living in the moment is what allows us to fully appreciate all moments. Even the small task of choosing a button can have it's beauty. Continue to feel it and share it with us. I will be here to read it!

Anonymous said...

I love that you allow us glimpses into your life--thank you so much for sharing your life with your readers.. I always enjoy your beautiful photos, your posts, and of course, your latest knits.

Jen Z. said...

You have a wonderful, vibrant, blog that is SO full of life. Whoever left that comment is a sad sack. Thank you for blogging - it brightens my life with every post.

Nichole said...

Ah, the "interweb". What a wonderful place for anonymous people to say whatever rolls off their fingertips. Wait, did that just roll off mine?

Your photos are beautiful, the cookies look delicious and inspire me to get in the kitchen more and the knitting is always of interest. Happy blogging and happy life!

Anonymous said...

I love your blog! It inspires my life ; )

seashoreknits said...

i just love MadMad's comment - hilarious- she nailed my feelings exactly!
luv u leslie :)
here's to life!!

HighlandGhillie said...

some people have no manners.

I love reading your blog, and find all your knitting projects very inspiring, not to mention the cookies...

Meggie said...

Well said, my dear! I don't anyone who "gets" life like you do.

Kat said...

What a strange person! Maybe they were having a bad day or maybe they are just naturally a mean person. I don't understand why people feel the need to leave rude comments. Its not like we are making them read our blogs. If they don't like them they should just stop reading. I personally love your blog and I think you have plenty of life! Keep up the fantastic blogging!

illahee said...

wow, some people just don't get it!

i don't comment on your blog often (this may be the second time, or maybe even the first!) but i do enjoy your blog. but that shouldn't matter! i hope you blog for you. and you definitely seem to have a life! :D

Anonymous said...

Hey~you have added so much joy SOOOOO many times to my life, just sharing your life with us! It was probably the same one who made the headless comment! Totally ignore and carry on as usual~PLEASE!!!!! Many, many hugs and well wishes~Jan

monique said...

I rarely comment but I woke up this morning still upset that someone would take the time to attempt to ruin your day. Please don't let that commenter effect your blog. It takes a lot of time and effort to produce a wonderful blog like yours and I visit yours for a smile and a "I should make cookies for my kids" or Ha! Leslie is also having button issues!" Life is truly about the little everyday things and you show us examples of how and when to stop and live those moments. That negative commenter is probably very unhappy and one has to feel sorry for him/her.

Sarah said...

Your life seems lovely, and you take great pictures! That person can't possibly be a knitter... :)

Peggy said...

I love what you said about how it's the little things that we enjoy that really make our lives more full. I completely agree with you.

Maile (My-lee) Ann said...

Ms "get a life" must not have one and is jealous...in my opinion. Also, if one does not have something good to say, perhaps he/she should say nothing at all. Please know that I look to you for inspiration. I think you do so many wonderful things that capture the essence of life. Thank you! :-)

Helen said...

Oh Leslie, you have a wonderful life, full of warmth, colour, humour, love, texture and joy and for those of us who love your blog (and there's lots of us who do) I thank you for sharing it with us. When someone feels motivated to leave a comment like that, rather than just moving on if it's not their cup of tea, then it's rather sad for them and smacks of envy. So keep it coming, you are my greatest source of cookie inspiration (I've tried loads of the recipes you've made and my family love them) and I love seeing your knits, for me you really are a friend to knit with (even from the other side of the world).
Best wishes
Helen

Renee said...

You're oozing it! Love your blog and snippets of life.
I'm enriched by A Friend to Knit With, thanks Leslie!!

TD wool design said...

yeah, she's missing the point.
keep on You! xx

KeanaLee said...

I totally missed this, I'll sum it up for you Leslie, "what a jealous asshole, who needs a life." I'll be petty for you!
Love you friend!
Just think 3 years ago I didn't know you but here you are in my life, we live in the same town, have the same aged children & meet for great conversation & wonderful knitting time! Your blog may seem stupid to some but because of it I have a great friend like you!

Heather said...

Awesome post. I think that for the most part, negative comments are probably a direct result of someone going through a really tough time. It is hard to see someone so negative.

amandajean said...

your blog is one of the most loveliest ones i've ever read. xo

3 M's said...

Wow- it never ceases to amaze me how people respond at times. And how one comment, like this one you are blogging about, can carry such a negative energy with it and pack such power.
I love your response and whole-heartedly agree with it. I have enjoyed your blog for a year now (though rarely comment) and also think it is quite full of life :)

Jennifer in North Pole, AK said...

Your blog is beautiful, enlightening and full of life! There is always going to be the one bad seed, and thankfully they are just a dud that won't see any growth until they let the sunshine of this blog and others like it shine on their life! Best of wishes to you and your family.

Celestial said...

Wonderfully said and a great perspective as well.

knittergal said...

I think ms/mr "get a life" is the one voted to most need a life. Life is short, embrace as much as you can and move on to something else if you're not happy, I say!

Anyway, it pretty apparent that yours is a well-lived life. Best wishes to you....kate : )

sarah / knot another hat said...

I'm always behind - but holy cow! You handled that better than I ever could have Ms Friend! I'm sure I speak for everyone else when I say that we are so grateful that you share your lovely life with all of us. Oy.

Loretta said...

I just wanted to say I love your blog. I love reading about your knitting projects, and esp. the cookie recipes. "Get a life" needs to do just that. PS. That oatmeal cookie recipe was AWESOME. I think I have made it about 5 times since you posted it. YOU ROCK!

Ana Salomé said...

I totally agree with you :)

charlie girl said...

I read your blog often, and I enjoy it! It truly is a befitting title, and your sharing brings others joy! Keep up your good work, and your sweater is beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Hi!

I don't think I've ever commented before, which is naughty because I pop over here all the time.

I adore your blog. I'm sorry some one was being such a jerk, but I love your refreshing attitude.

Keep up your beautiful work!

Annie XX

Taureta said...

Hi,

I've been lurking in your blog for some time, maybe the last two years without commenting in any post. But this "get a life" put me on my nerves.. I can't believe it!! I really like your blog, I check it on daily basis and I find it really nice and full of ideas... But I think your actitude was the best don't take into account those stupid comments and, please continue to share with us your LIFE. Thanks for it.

APA said...

Oh my goodness me. I'm so glad I stopped over here. It's interesting that the comment was made anonymously. We could speak about what drives people to negativity and to hide behind their emotions by aggressive behavior. However, I choose LIFE as I know you do! And it bears repeating...it is in the very simple tasks of the every day that we know an extraordinary presence here on this great Mother Earth. You've long had my admiration and respect for the love and creativity you share. But you've demonstrated even more and that is a humble and modest spirit. You've got soul and this is a good place, time after time.

Peace out! xoxo...Ana

la femme elisabeth said...

Amen!! Well said, Leslie I discovered your blog a little while ago and have been "haunting" you...you inspire me to knit more, to create more, to bake cookies more...and to love my family well. Hope you are able to shrug off that comment as one person's insanity and keep living your full life with joy.

Kristyn Knits said...

your response was nothing more than gracious, kind, and lady like. I would expect nothing less. YOU and your blog have inspired countless women (and probably some men too) to look to everyday life for inspiration and love. appreciating what we have, exercising our creative muscles, stepping out and sharing ourselves...I could go on and on. you're one friend i would want to knit with.

Sigurborg Johannsdottir said...

Hi
Beautiful picture - full of life ;o)
regards from Iceland

La Cabeza Grande said...

Your head and your heart are light and content. You have so much good in you and have shared it with us. Thank you, Leslie.

p.s. I understand the headless shots. I got my share of dings for it. Privacy or at least the last vestige of Internet privacy. I never gave it a second thought.

Anonymous said...

This is one of my FAVORITE blogs look forward to reading it and love seeing your new knits!!

Rainey Day Knitter said...

You 'get' life and share it with the rest of us who either get it too or are trying everyday. I really enjoy your blog and getting little glimpses into your life :D

JILB said...

Obviously whoever wrote "get a life" just doesn't "get it".... or see the beauty in simple things like buttons. I'm thinking her or his mother never had a button box or tin that they sifted through looking at all the colors and sparkle. Thanks Leslie for being you and sharing your thoughts and inspirations with the rest of us. :)

Beatriz said...

I really enjoy reading your blog, admirinig your beautiful photography, knitting projects, and how you bring everything together for very artistic posts. You didn't miss a beat when you addressed "ms. get a life" succintly and candidly. Enough said. And now on with the button choices!!

Anonymous said...

I have always Luved that your pics are headless!!! Sharing soo much beauty with us and ur awesome adventures, yet keeping your privacy!! Fantastic idea!!! Keep going girl~ You ROCK~~ sue

A Thrifty Mrs said...

I've only just found your blog but it is fantastic.
Last year I had to close my blog and start again after I had threats and vile comments - to the point that the police got involved.

You are better than the people who have to go anon to make comments. They are envious and bitter and it's obvious.

Hold your head high and let them get their own life.

michele said...

wow - i'm very late to this. i'm hardly on blogs these days - but can i say you have the most amazing, beautiful and inspiring life. so very full and generous! and i'm sorry someone was mean-spirited here.

Sheryl said...

I love the beauty and grace in your photos and your musings on LIFE. That's what it's all about. I'm inspired.

Lisa said...

Hey Doll! I don't really try to show it but I am one of THEE most judgmental people EVAR! And my judgmental opinion is that your blog OOOOZES. Funny how people can't just move on if they don't like headless people wearing sweaters, isn't it? I wouldn't be surprised if that person doesn't even own a sweater. And I'm certain no one ever hand knit them one. Nor will anyone ever. You just keep being the fabulous mother and knitter we all would love to be.

Kate said...

Your blog is bursting at the seams with life! Its beyond me how anyone could think otherwise.

the treat girl said...

I saw that comment and and my heart hurt....it was so unkind on soooo many different levels. I commend you for addressing ms. get a life.....and loooove that we are all living ours to the very fullest! Thank you so very much for taking the time to share yours with us.

Nora said...

My neighbour peered over my fence the other day and asked what I was doing. Upon being told that I was looking for inspiration [for Flickr] she replied "Don't you have anything better to do?"

Anonymous said...

Leslie, I have been reading your blog and enjoying all the photos and recipes for cookies probably since you started. I bought wooden plates like you. I knit but not the awesome sweaters that you knit your children or for yourself. You inspire me to be a better knitter. Your blog is inspiring with birthdays and beach trips. Sounds like " get a life" would not know one if they saw it....
Trina
Hawaii

Anonymous said...

I liked your boot picture so much, I decided to just show feet in different places for my FB pix. It really aggravated some people. Some people don't get the artistic aspect of it all. Oh well, I thought it was clever.

Anonymous said...

Knitting and buttons are joyous parts of life! I can't imagine living without them (obviously there many, many people who feel the same way!!)

Anonymous said...

pls don't stop putting pictures of your cookies in! it's where i get my cookie-inspiration because i am just too overwhelmed to browse all those recipe sites ... and i love you knitted stuff, too. found your blog via "house on hill road" last winter ... greetings from germany, corrie

Liz Provo said...

Ms. Get a life is Jealous, Jealous, Jealous.

I for one love to peep into your life. Keep up your good work!

Jude McIntyre said...

I LOVE your blog and I think it looks like you have a very full, lovely life. Thank you for giving me a pleasurable few moments reading on a regular basis.
Jude

kat said...

Your blog is FULL OF LIFE! (as my mom would say-sing, "jealousy".)

Needles And Ewe said...

Well said. I am inspired by creative people and I think everyone needs to find the joy in life--it's always there. I just don't understand why some people always look at the negative when the good is there too. Keep crafting!

kirbydog said...

I LOVE your life and love more that you share it! You are an inspiration to me. Keep up the awesome blog and your appreciation for the beauty in everyday life.

I love you! :)

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