One mushy Monday Morning in February 2010, a kindergarten teacher mourned having to stay home from school because of snow. Maybe I should make an effort to start a blog she thought to herself. She grabbed a muffin and made herself sit down at the computer to muddle over making a start at compiling a blog.

A month passed and she began making new blogging friends. There was Tree at Mother of Pearl who "made me laugh with her marvelous sense of humor." said the teacher. "She even made an effort to give me an award but I was so new I didn't know what to do with it." But the teacher didn't stop marveling there.
With an a-mused smile, she continued "My community of blogging buddies continued to grow as I added Genny at My Cup To Yours who makes me laugh, meditate and sometimes even misty as she blogs about parenting and friendship. My Life As A Mom who blogs about Mommy's night out and month long events, Midday Escapades who blogs about building muscles, Messy Mommy who blogs about movie Mondays, Momma Drama who blogs about messy boo boos, Melissa from Living the Life of Riley  who met the Jonas Brothers,  Amy at Chapters Of Me  who blogs about being the best Mommy she can be, and Aging Mommy all make me laugh about their adventures in Mommyland."

"More time went by and I became attached to reading  Bernie's On My Own  and Anne at Choices because they make such sweet blogging  friends, Substitute Teacher's saga's musings on writing and substituting,  I've Become My Mother where Kelly muses on everything from her teenage daughter to her faith, and Debbie Doos blogging about everything from mudrooms to Mommyhood,  and Shell  who makes my eyes mist when she blogs about cancer snuffing out the life of a precious toddler."

"Now, I have stumbled upon the marvelous musings of Jenny Matlock who materializes into a school matron on Thursdays to make us all journey through the alphabet. And that, my  friend is the conclusion of my marvelous musings on my new adventures in blogging via Alphabet Thursday!" she said to me with a gleam in her eye. "Moreover, I suggest you not remain motionless and  make time to visit these many multi-faceted worthwhile blogging buds of mine." she said with moistened eyes. And with that, she skipped off to Mrs. Matlock to turn in her paper for a grade and to read Stir Fry Awesomeness  by Traci so she would know what to make for dinner that night!


  1. Aging Mommy // April 15, 2010 at 5:06 PM  

    Hi there - thank you so much for your kind words and mention in this post amongst such great company. I am honored! I am now going to check out the other blogs mentioned here!

  2. Debbie // April 15, 2010 at 5:40 PM  

    OMgoodness that was awesome You could write children's books with this kind of material!!~I am ever so happy to have met you as well, I enjoy reading your posts! And thanks for the lovely little muddle!~

  3. VKT // April 15, 2010 at 6:07 PM  

    I just call it like I see it Aging Mommy! You will enjoy visiting them though...I promise!

  4. VKT // April 15, 2010 at 6:08 PM  

    lol Debbie, I will muddle about your blog anytime dear lady...I love reading it!

  5. Andrea // April 15, 2010 at 6:58 PM  

    Cute post.
    Blessings, andrea

  6. Theresa Milstein // April 15, 2010 at 7:33 PM  

    i'M so glad you began blogging. i enjoy hearing about your classrooM, your philosophies, and your life. i aM also glad that you follow My blog. thanks for Mentioning it. clever post!

  7. VKT // April 15, 2010 at 8:15 PM  

    Thanks Andrea!

  8. VKT // April 15, 2010 at 8:15 PM  

    Thanks Theresa....I am glad to have you as a blogging buddy! I love reading your blog!

  9. Kathleen // April 15, 2010 at 8:23 PM  

    Hi VKT,
    I too, am a veteran teacher..33 yrs in the same school..a legend in my own mind..
    But you can add retired to my name..I always believe you should go while they are asking why is she going rather than, WHEN is she going?!
    I am enjoying is a wonderful gift. I am doing all the things I never had time to do! I have 4 little gkids, and that is a lot of fun!
    Thanks for visiting, hope you will come back. I will!

  10. Genny // April 15, 2010 at 8:37 PM  

    This is great! Loved it. And thanks so much for the mention and the kind words! I truly appreciate it. :)


  11. kim // April 15, 2010 at 8:39 PM  

    Such a cute story. My grandmother taught first grade in Greensboro, NC for thirty-five years.

  12. VKT // April 15, 2010 at 8:57 PM  

    Wow Kathleen,

    I guess I still just love my job so much that I don't want to leave. I get so attached to my little charges...sigh. Thanks for your comment.

  13. VKT // April 15, 2010 at 8:57 PM  

    Ah Genny,

    I love reading your blog!!!

  14. VKT // April 15, 2010 at 8:58 PM  

    Wow Kim,

    I am one year behind her. This is my 34th!

  15. Allie and Pattie // April 15, 2010 at 9:29 PM  

    I came over to thank you for your sweet comment and say hi from Chapel Hill!! I'm now off to browse your blog which looks like such fun- speaking as the mom of 6 who has spent a LOT of time in kindergarten classrooms! LOL
    xoxo Pattie

  16. VKT // April 15, 2010 at 9:34 PM  

    Thanks Pattie!

    I am fairly new to blogging but I am enjoying it immensely!

  17. Christy // April 15, 2010 at 9:37 PM  

    So many marvelous bloggy friends! will be checking them out!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  18. Terri and Bob // April 15, 2010 at 9:49 PM  


    (from an elementary principal!)

    Thank you for coming to see me!

  19. VKT // April 15, 2010 at 9:52 PM  

    Thanks to you as well Christy!

  20. VKT // April 15, 2010 at 9:53 PM  

    Thanks for your comment Terri!

  21. RNSANE // April 15, 2010 at 9:55 PM  

    I don't know what I would have done without blogging when, after 21 years as a forensic nurse for San Francisco ( and 45 years in nursing ), my job ended in massive budget cuts in Feb 2009. First of all, I wasn't ready to stop working and retire...I liked my work doing adult and child sexual abuse cases in this new specialty for nurses and I certainly wasn't prepared for the drop in my annual income of $90,000 a year. I am about to achieve one life long goal in that my first book of poetry will be out in about a month.

    Your post today was delightful. I look forward to visiting your blog!

  22. mbkatc230 // April 15, 2010 at 10:11 PM  

    Great choice for M. Isn't blogging amazing. If someone had told me that I would feel so close to people I'd never met, I would have thought they were nuts. And I laughed at your first award story, the same thing happened to me! Thanks for stopping by. I'll be honest, I'm not quite sure how I'm doing it all. I'll let you know if I ever stop spinning :) Kathy

  23. Debbie(single;complicated) // April 15, 2010 at 10:12 PM  

    this was TOO cute!!!

  24. mrs. c // April 15, 2010 at 10:23 PM  

    i love your blog, I love to read all the blogs of such great people that take their time to share their thoughts and dreams with us. Thanks for also sharing your classroom experiences because it is so nice to have a blogging friend that loves to teach as much as I do, isn't life grand!

  25. Tracie // April 15, 2010 at 10:27 PM  

    You're so talented! Thanks for linking me.

  26. VKT // April 15, 2010 at 10:28 PM  

    Risane...that is really exciting!!! Congratulations!

  27. VKT // April 15, 2010 at 10:29 PM  

    Thanks for your comment Kathy!!!!

  28. VKT // April 15, 2010 at 10:30 PM  

    Thanks Debbie....I hope you had a great day!

  29. VKT // April 15, 2010 at 10:30 PM  

    Thanks Mrs. C,

    It is really fun to make new teaching friends....I enjoy your blog too!

  30. VKT // April 15, 2010 at 10:31 PM  

    Thanks for keeping my family well fed I have never been known for my culinary skills......but I am tryingggggg

  31. Bernie // April 15, 2010 at 10:32 PM  

    What a wonderful way you have with words my is an honor to be mention with these lovely ladies and their blogs......:-) Hugs

  32. Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti // April 15, 2010 at 10:42 PM  

    I applaud your effort to highlight all the M's in this wonderful post! Very well done and I can appreicate all the time that took!

    Blogging has enriched my life and it's great mental exercise for my mid life (plus) brain ..more fun than doing crossword puzzles and so nice to meet nice people and make new friends :-)

  33. Mary Beth @ Live. Laugh. Make Something // April 15, 2010 at 11:18 PM  

    What a delightful post! Great story telling! Thanks so very much for your sweet comment on my mini cupcake pincushions. I really appreciate it! See you next week!

  34. Jo // April 16, 2010 at 12:00 AM  

    What a wonderful tribute to your blogging buddies! There is lots to explore and lots of interesting people to "meet" out here in the land of the blog! Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

  35. Prairiemaid // April 16, 2010 at 12:52 AM  

    Very nice post! Glad you linked up to Alphabe-Thursday. Jenny is fun!

    Also, appreciate you coming today. Drop by anytime!


  36. Serline // April 16, 2010 at 3:40 AM  

    Nice post! Happy Friday and happy weekend!

  37. Jennifer V. // April 16, 2010 at 5:44 AM  

    This is so fun! I love it. :)
    Have a great weekend!

  38. My name is PJ. // April 16, 2010 at 6:43 AM  

    How enjoyable to read a post that featured so many other blogs in it!
    Very clever!

  39. Jenny // April 16, 2010 at 10:00 AM  

    What a surprising and different post I find here on my little journey through Alphabe-Thursday's letter "M"!

    I'm so glad you found blogging. It seems like it makes you happy and that is really the important thing.

    Thank you for mentioning me. That made me smile!

    A+ AND extra recess.

    Ummm....'s not because she said nice things about's because ...ummm... just go to your seats. I'm the teacher here!


  40. Pondside // April 16, 2010 at 10:32 AM  

    Whew! That was a wild and fast ride around the letter M.
    Nice to know how you came to start your blog.

  41. VKT // April 16, 2010 at 10:56 AM  


    You are one precious lady!

  42. Mumsy // April 16, 2010 at 10:56 AM  

    An awesome post! I love the blogging world, and have met many great people!

    I like how you weave in other blogs in this post.

  43. VKT // April 16, 2010 at 10:57 AM  

    Thanks Pat!

    Delighted to meet you!

  44. VKT // April 16, 2010 at 10:57 AM  

    Looking forward to it Mary Beth. Have a wonderful week-end!

  45. VKT // April 16, 2010 at 10:57 AM  

    Looking forward to it Mary Beth. Have a wonderful week-end!

  46. VKT // April 16, 2010 at 10:59 AM  

    Aw Thanks Jo,

    It was a mental exercise trying to include as many as I could!

  47. VKT // April 16, 2010 at 11:00 AM  


    It is so much fun. I am glad I participated.

  48. VKT // April 16, 2010 at 11:01 AM  

    Thanks Serline,

    I hope you do the same!

  49. VKT // April 16, 2010 at 11:02 AM  

    I agree Jennifer. I had a blast trying to think of incorporating as many as I could.

  50. VKT // April 16, 2010 at 11:03 AM  

    Thanks P.J.!

  51. VKT // April 16, 2010 at 11:04 AM  

    Aww thanks Teach,

    I am so glad you do this. I have enjoyed participating.

  52. VKT // April 16, 2010 at 11:05 AM  

    Did I make you dizzy Pondside? lol

  53. VKT // April 16, 2010 at 1:12 PM  

    Thanks so much Mumsy!!

  54. Double Wide Mom // April 16, 2010 at 5:29 PM  

    I'm your newest follower!!

  55. TexasEagle // April 16, 2010 at 6:17 PM  

    Thanks for your comments. My Friday got hijacked and I wasn't able to follow through on Follow Friday. But I finally made it and am following you now.


  56. Blissful Babe // April 16, 2010 at 7:07 PM  

    Thanks for stopping by! Love the M's!

    Have a Blissful weekend!

  57. Kiera // April 16, 2010 at 9:12 PM  

    what a great blog! i have three kids three and under, so i have a feeling this is perfect! thanks for stopping by, I'm following you now! so feel free to follow me too!

  58. Anonymous // April 16, 2010 at 9:57 PM  

    thank you for becoming a follower! :) i hope you return to my page often and give me some feed back.

    have a great weekend,
    take care

  59. SillyMama // April 16, 2010 at 10:21 PM  

    Happy Friday Follow! I saw your post and am now following you. Enjoy the day!

  60. Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) // April 16, 2010 at 10:59 PM  

    That is impressively creative! Loved it! :)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog - I'm following you now! ;) Have a great weekend! :)

  61. Sharon's New Life // April 16, 2010 at 11:21 PM  

    Thanks for checking out my blog and now I'm following yours!

  62. SquirrelQueen // April 16, 2010 at 11:31 PM  

    What a wonderful post for the letter M, it is so creative. Well done!

    Have a great weekend.

  63. glenda09 // April 16, 2010 at 11:50 PM  

    Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment! Kinder? Oh I sooo wanted to teach and if I did it for sure would have been either that or 1st grade. Have you thought of writing childrens books?
    I'm following you now!

  64. Kerri // April 16, 2010 at 11:51 PM  

    thanks for ur comment!! :) i am following ur blog and hope u will follow mine!

    happy friday!! have a great weekend!!

  65. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 12:21 AM  

    Thanks Double Wide Mom...following you back!

  66. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 12:23 AM  

    Thanks TexasEagle...following you back....have a great week-end!

  67. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 12:24 AM  

    Thanks Blissful Babe...following you back.

  68. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 12:27 AM  

    Thanks Kiera,

    I am following you back. I appreciate the follow!

  69. Emily // April 17, 2010 at 12:29 AM  

    How cute and creative! I loved it! :)

  70. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 12:29 AM  

    Thanks Silly Mama....following you back!

  71. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 12:29 AM  

    Thanks Stacey,

    I am looking forward to following you as well!

  72. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 12:30 AM  

    Thanks Sharon....following you back....look forward to getting to know you.

  73. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 12:31 AM  

    Thanks Squirrel Queen! I really appreciate your comment!

  74. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 12:32 AM  

    Thanks Glenda...looking forward to following you!

  75. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 12:32 AM  

    Thanks Kerri....I am following you back...have a wonderful week-end!

  76. MsBabyPlan // April 17, 2010 at 2:43 AM  

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Nice post, I am your new follower.

  77. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 2:44 AM  

    Thanks a bunch...following you back!

  78. Steph // April 17, 2010 at 3:27 AM  

    What a neat way to share your journey with blogging and introduce some special bloggers to visit. Glad it snowed that day.

  79. easternsparkle // April 17, 2010 at 4:19 AM  

    All those Ms - thank heaven for that snowy Monday morning!

  80. anka // April 17, 2010 at 6:52 AM  

    Lovely writing. Following you from Follow Friday.

  81. Scarlet of Moms Wear Your Tees. com // April 17, 2010 at 7:47 AM  

    You wrote on my wall that if I follow you, you will follow me. I have already been following you for some time. My pic is the blurry one with the long dark hair and white shirt Scarlet Paolicch

  82. Janel // April 17, 2010 at 8:01 AM  

    Thank you so much for stopping by

    I love your blog! Kindergarten was one of my favorite years in school and even after 30 years I remember everything about it!

    My daughter will be in K soon and I can't wait to see all the fun she has!

    I am definately a new follower!

  83. Mama Bird // April 17, 2010 at 8:16 AM  

    Love your story! Super creative. I am glad you popped by Mama Bird's Nest. I am following you and hope you'll come back for a visit. I am in NC too!!
    I have to share that I after 32 yrs I still want go back and visit my k teacher! She was my fav! Best year ever!

  84. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 8:26 AM  

    Thanks for visiting Steph. Have a great week-end!

  85. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 8:27 AM  

    Thanks for dropping by Eastern Sparkle. Have a great week-end!

  86. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 8:27 AM  

    I am following you back Janel...have a great week-end!

  87. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 8:28 AM  

    Mama Bird,

    I look forward to following you as well. Have a wonderful week-end.

  88. Gina F // April 17, 2010 at 8:46 AM  

    I loved reading about things that go on in your classroon and your life. "GREAT BLOG" Thanks for stopping by my blog and making a comment. Glad to be blog friends.


  89. Heather // April 17, 2010 at 8:57 AM  

    What a great post buddy!! I love reading it :) You're a wonderful blogger (and person!). So glad to have met you :)

  90. Dina // April 17, 2010 at 9:15 AM  

    thanks for coming by! i am following now and your blog interests me since my son starts kindergarten in august we are both excited!

  91. midwest mama // April 17, 2010 at 9:17 AM  

    I'm your newest follower;-) Thank you for visiting. And thank you for giving me some more blogs to check out.

  92. Mellisa // April 17, 2010 at 9:27 AM  

    Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog, I am so glad you did!! I am now a follower! I hope you stop back by and follow me.


  93. He & Me + 3 // April 17, 2010 at 9:32 AM  

    I'm following along to now. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I taught kindergarten before I had my kids. The best grade to teach. I love that age!
    Please pop back by my blog & stick around a while.

  94. GutsyWriter // April 17, 2010 at 9:32 AM  

    What a great ay to meet and be introduced to so many new bloggers. I love the "m" theme. If you only started in February 2010, you really have a booming blog.

  95. Show Me Mama // April 17, 2010 at 9:33 AM  

    Hi, It was great to see you visited my blog. I am your new follower and hope you return the favor you can follow me back at

  96. Stacey // April 17, 2010 at 10:41 AM  

    Okay - if you lived close I know we would be great friends!

  97. Marla // April 17, 2010 at 11:15 AM  

    Love it!

  98. Catherine // April 17, 2010 at 1:25 PM  

    I enjoyed your M post very much!
    Your students must love you :) .
    Catherine :)

  99. Frugal Vicki // April 17, 2010 at 1:34 PM  

    That is so cute! What a fun and creative idea!

  100. Viki // April 17, 2010 at 7:03 PM  

    Great M post. You really excelled with all your m's ;-)

  101. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 8:56 PM  

    Hi Gina! I am excited about following your blog.

  102. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 9:01 PM  

    Awwwww thanks Heather. I hope you are having a wonderful week-end. I will be over to leave a comment on yours as soon as I finish answering mine.

  103. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 9:03 PM  

    Thanks Dina....he is going to love Kindergarten. It is such a wonder year for the children.

  104. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 9:04 PM  

    Thanks Midwest looking forward to getting to know you through your blog!

  105. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 9:04 PM  

    I did indeed Melissa! Thanks a bunch!

  106. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 9:05 PM  

    I will be sure to do that He! Thanks for following mine!

  107. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 9:06 PM  


    I am just a rookie but it is fun learning!

  108. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 9:07 PM  

    I look forward to getting to know you Show Me Mama!

  109. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 9:08 PM  

    Lol....I agree Stacey dear)))))))))

  110. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 9:09 PM  

    Thanks Marla...I will be over to see you shortly. Hope you are having a terrific week-end!

  111. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 9:09 PM  

    Thanks Catherine! I sure love them!

  112. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 9:11 PM  

    Thanks Vicki....better watch out....we will be hitting V one of these

  113. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 9:12 PM  

    Thanks for stopping by Viki!

  114. Choices // April 17, 2010 at 11:28 PM  

    Thank you so much! I enjoy having you as a blogging buddy, too. I love reading your stories about teaching. This is the first chance I have had to respond because I just got back from my Uncle Murray's funeral in Canada.

  115. VKT // April 18, 2010 at 3:19 AM  

    Dear Anne,

    I completely understand. I sent prayers up for you dear lady and am glad you are back safe and sound. I was so sorry to hear of the death of your uncle.

  116. VKT // April 18, 2010 at 3:54 PM  


    I really appreciate the follow. Have a wonderful day today!

  117. jayayceeblog // April 19, 2010 at 2:44 PM  

    I've visited some of the blogs you mention, but will eventually get around to reading all of them. All I could think of reading your post was when my youngest daughter learned to read, she really enjoyed the letter M. She'd really exaggerate ... Muh, muh, muh, monkey! It was so cute!

  118. VKT // April 19, 2010 at 6:17 PM  

    That is so sweet Jayayceeblog! I just love little kids!

  119. Betty (picture circa 1951) // April 19, 2010 at 11:03 PM  

    I enjoyed your little story for Alphabe-Thursday. It's a good thing it snowed that day.

  120. Tree // April 19, 2010 at 11:39 PM  

    What a sweetheart you are! Thanks so much for mentioning little ole me in your lovely post. It was very eloquently written. I'm glad you find me amusing...most people just say corny! LOL Thanks for thinking of are a very dear lady. :)