For over a year now, I’ve played with the idea of having a more general blog than one focused solely on my small hometown. The original name, “Fairhope Supply Co.” was originally intended to be an on-line store, but when the writing side of my blog took off and my column was picked up by the local newspaper, the shop never happened, so I was forever having to explain that, “no, I’m not a store” (but it’s still in the back of my mind and I’m keeping the name!).
I thought and thought of a new name, and because of some new writing opportunities, I’ve decided to pretend to be like the big-girl writers and just use my own name. Not my maiden name, but my real married grown-up name, Leslie Anne Tarabella. Rhymes with my “real” first name – Cinderella.
Do you like the new “me” with a red pocketbook and newspaper? My sweetie pie created this avatar for me, and I’m worried that it looks like I’m getting ready to whack someone with the paper instead of write for it. (Notice the pearls?) The dress was made green to look like one of my favorite dresses of all times I wore for my first son’s baptism 19 years ago, and just finally donated it to charity last year, only to hyperventilate and rush down to Emmy’s the next day, to find it G-O-N-E!!! Tragic.
Agghhh! It can’t happen fast enough, but this part of the news will have to wait for another day.
I love writing for you and it makes me so happy to entertain and perhaps give you a few moments of distraction from this frustrating world. Your encouragement has made this growth possible, and although I’m Nervous-Nellie about what is yet to come, I hope you continue to follow along and watch the journey I take with this new endeavor.
It may be like a delicate, beautiful flower unfolding, or a horrible, tragic train wreck, but it will be worth watching either way.
And now . . . housekeeping.
There may be a few glitches and malfunctions over the next few days (weeks — months) but please don’t run away!
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Thanks to all of you (all y’all), and now . . . I’ll get busy!