1 Year hub-versary!

A beautiful perfect rose for the HUB TEAM
A beautiful perfect rose for the HUB TEAM

October 22nd 2007 a day in history... my history that is, a year ago I found my new home away from home. HUBPAGES. To give you the long tour (the short one is just too boring ...I've always wanted to be a writer, even when I was a kid.) Honestly how sad and boring of a sentence is that.

Okay let's get to the long drawn out version...

I can remember when I was 9 years old, at my birthday party, a friend of my Moms asked me "Susi what do you want to be when you grow up?" (I really hated to be called Susi, whoops, almost went off on a tangent again)

My answer to her was that I was going to be a writer and that I had just started to write a book. Astrid her daughter, a 'namby-pamby-prissy-10year-old-snoot' who was 'always-perfectly-clean-and-tidy-soon-to-become-my-arch-enemy' started to laugh "...well what's the title of your book? How to climb trees and dig for worms?" From that day on she was always a pain in the watoosy, teasing me (hold the presses here, quick---quick---where can I find a psychiatrist and a couch I need to talk this, this up till now suppressed memory over... Well what do you know, me being slightly loopy, okay okay majorly loopy, really wasn't my mother's fault? Isn't it always the mother's fault?) I knew it, it was that Astrid's fault. Honestly I ask you how many 10 year olds do you know that can walk around in pastel frilly dresses without getting even the tiniest schmutz onto themselves. (well, until I came around, with a nice soppy mudball that is... Do I need say more?)

There is one of my famous tangents again. To be able to write has always been that elusive dream. You know the kind of dream, the one 'when I have time..., when I retire..., when I have someone who can take care of me...' kind . There were a lot of rocky roads in front of me that kept me from being able to spend enough time with pen and paper, a failed abusive marriage was just one of them.

Having been able to raise my children to become fantastic upstanding adults was the only reason why I didn't begrudge the many hours spent fixing, patching and making other peoples clothes for more than thirty years. With just a little side step at returning to college in the late eighties to take Mechanical Engineering-Drafting and flunking miserably on the one last credit needed (Thermo-dynamic, the cursed). Then the surprise package, my third baby arrived, and instead of pretending to give a royal hoot at how the fridge or air-conditioner works I decided to give up on getting that last credit. I re-started my sewing business and stayed with it till just a couple of years ago. Then a total life altering thing occurred, the building that housed my tailor shop burned to the ground taking with it all I had. Having been under-insured and just being too tired to battle still more, killed the thoughts of reopening.

There you have it all in a nutshell, looking for work on-line I became totally infatuated with the Internet. My baby moving away to college had given me all the time in the world, day and night, to access all that knowledge stored inside my 'typewriter-with-a-screen' and no matter how much I read it never empties.

E-bay became my first on-line addiction. Surveys, however do not do a thing for me, even though I tried my best. Then the carrot of freelance writing jobs led me to... you guessed it... HUBPAGES.

A year later even though still not tech-savvy I have 80 hubs, surprisingly quite a few of them are showing up on the first pages of Google. I have been able to get some writing jobs which do bring in a very slow dribble of pennies each month.

But, (there is always a BUT) I can honestly say that my major love will always be Hubpages. The opportunity of making friends while being allowed to throw words together that some people actually read is just so awesome and totally humbling.

So that brings me around full circle. When I grow up I want to be a writer... I am working on a book. Guess what, it has parts about climbing trees and digging for worms in it. (...take that in your smoke and pipe it Astrid)

HUBPAGES
HUBPAGES
A-OKAY
A-OKAY

Thank you

A great big THANK YOU to the HUB TEAM for all the help they have given me over the past year. Without them and this simple way of setting up hubs I would still be sharpening my pencils. (I bet my kids would say that I would still be prepping the cave walls for my cave drawings)

And then a very huge enormeously humangeous THANK YOU to all of you who have read my hubs and boosted my ego.

List of Hubs by hub-groups

Books in review

Book of Books review THE BIBLE

Audio Books

For one more day by Mitch Albom The book review

Eco friendly

Making and using Compost

Baking soda: The Eco-friendly - budget wise - Jack of all trades

How to make an Eco-friendly shopping bag

How to live green

Everyday living

What do you say about writing hubs? Is this skill an art?

Snow-days!

Lighting forms

How I became an Internet junkie

Empty-nest Syndrome and the single Mom

Stay Home Mom-versus-the career Mom

Mom! I'm bored!

WHAT DOES THE WORLD NEED THE MOST?

Gardening

International Garden Party!

How to choose Apple trees!

Compatible Planting

Gardening: Winterizing the home garden

Halloween

To trick or treat????

101 Silly Halloween one liners for kids!

Health

Meditation: the benefits

Using 10 Common Foods as Medicine!

Sunlight good? Versus bad?

The war against warts

Herbal remedies

What's a good way to get more sleep beside sleeping pills

Hand on!

Easy to make at home Moisturizing cream!

Easy homemade anti-wrinkle lotion

My favorite recipes for herbal splashes

Herbal remedies for cold and flue

Herbal remedies for Baby and Mom

How to get over a hangover- best Herbal Hangover remedies

Hobbies

How to crochet a granny square throw part 1

How to crochet a granny square part 2

Tips for how to shorten jeans!

Save money: Reupholster your furniture yourself

How to's

How to preserve old photographs

How to secure your home when vacationing

How to shop for fresh groceries

How to study and retain data

How to work out percentages

How to vulcanize rubber

How to win an eBay auction

Humor

Humor? Idiosyncrasies!

Walk a mile in my paws!

Computer antivirus Protection

The many uses of hair

Humor---Plants:stool pigeons

Will you admit to being superstitious?

The yearly Christmas tree Safari

Poetry corner

Rude awakening

Haiku

The gift of giving-Christmas

The gift of giving & Mocha-walnut rum-ball recipe

The gift of giving #2 Walnut crescent shortbread

The gift of giving #3 Hungarian sugar cookies

The gift of giving #4 Hungarian double Decker cookies

The gift of giving #5 Austrian shortbread (world best)

The gift of giving #6 Budapest nut kugels

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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California

Congratulations on your forth anniversary. A little belated, but still October. Oh a good tangent can really get the blood roiling.


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

fits4life thank you for taking a look and for commenting. I think my second anniversary hub is funnier though as I do not try to bore you with childhood memories in that one.

http://hubpages.com/entertainment/My-Hot-Picture-G

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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fits4life 6 years ago from Richmond

This is a great hub because its funny, personable and I think just about everyone can relate to it. Thanks. You let me know that there is hope for me.


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

MyTube! Thank you for taking a look and for the great wishes. I'm not sure but as I was leaving this answer back to you, your comment disappeared.

Thank you also for becoming my fan.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Man-oh-man I should learn how to spell bottle


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Funride! I'm glad you're doing okay. Still more surgeries...? that sucks. I thought you were all done with that. I was thinking of you and had a toast for you a couple of weeks ago when I shared a botle of Portugese Port with a friend. take care zs


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funride 7 years ago from Portugal

I´m fine Zsuzsy, thanks. Even though my next surgeries will have to wait until I have vacations. My job has come right when I was needing it the most so I can only be thankfully about it. It´s true I haven´t been as present as before at HP but I never went away and I try to come here almost everyday ;)


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

C.W. I'm always glad when you come for a visit. Printing out hub number 80 and framing is a pretty good idea. Thanks

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Funride! How are you? The new job? I miss your wit and presence here in hubland. Thanks for visiting. Take care friend

regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Michelle! Thanks for coming by and for your kind comments. I just love Hubpages because of people like you.

Greetings from far away Canada

regards Zsuzsy


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Constant Walker 7 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

Congratulations, Zsuzsy. You should print out the hub you wrote closest to your one year anniversary, get a good frame for it and hang it close to your computer.


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funride 7 years ago from Portugal

This past year just flew like it was a single month but that´s easy to understand - it was passed with you (Zsuzsy) and all the other great hubbers I meet here. Thank you for your friendship and for your writings ;)

Have fun!


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi Zsuzsy Bee, Happy Hub-versary! LOL Isn't it great to know that the roads we take just lead us to where we are supposed to be? :) I'm glad to have crossed paths with you here in HubPages. Keep writing and sharing... Take care always...

--Michelle


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Thanks CGull for coming by and commenting.

regards Zsuzsy


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cgull8m 7 years ago from North Carolina

Happy 1st Year Anniversary Zsuzsy, Happy Hubbing for many, many, years. Cheers :)


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

MightyMom! Thanks for your oh so kind words. It's been an eye opener this past week when the Internet dish blew off in a wind storm. I was having mega withdrawal problems from the 'net. Even though I could have had a lot more uninterrupted writing time, it just wasn't happening. I'm hooked I guess.

Happy you visited regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Aya! Thank you so much for taking a look and for commenting.

kind regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Princessa! How are you? How is France? So glad you came for a visit. I loved my tailor shop but I'm also positive that I'm happier writing... we'll have to see how it works out

greetings to you and your gang from Canada regards Zsuzsy


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

Zsuzsy Bee -- you have a vocalary as colorful and whimsical as your avatar!

I'm so glad you reminded us all of your 1 year "HUBbirthday." This place is like an extended family and it's important to recognize each other's milestones, whether it's # of hubs published, income earned, or birthdays!

Happy, happy 1 year. Wishing you many, many more successful hubs and years. MM


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Aya Katz 7 years ago from The Ozarks

Zsuzsy Bee, Happy anniversary!


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Thank you Benson for taking a look and for commenting.

regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Earth Angel! I'm always happy when you pop in for a visit. Thanks so much for your kind words.

regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

SweetiePie! Thanks for your kind words. I just love hubpages. The only problem I find is that so many hubbers are lost on the way.

Glad you came for a visit regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Thanks C.S. The book is slow going because I have a tendency to go off here and there... By rights I'm writing two or three at the same time... but I'm in my absolute happiest when at it.

Thanks so much for commenting

Kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Princessa 7 years ago from France

You are such an awesome lady Zsuzsy, I love reading your stories.

Congratulations on your first year here. Me too I am happy I found HubPages; it has given me the opportunity not only to write about the things I enjoy, but it has also been a great place to meet interesting people who also share the "I want to be a writer" dream. Keep the hubs coming; and remember Cinderella: "Dreams come true"!


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Benson Yeung 7 years ago from Hong Kong

Congratulation.

Many happy returns.


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Earth Angel 7 years ago

Congratulation SzuszyBee!!

Can you believe it's been a whole year!! You go girl!! You are a delight to the HubPages community!!

Blessings always, Earth Angel!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

Happy hub anniversary to you! I have been here for almost two years now, but the first year I was not active on the site. Back in December of 2006 I was looking for a new job and came across Hubpages, so I wrote my first hub and some how forgot all about it. Then in March of 2007 I wrote another hub, but pretty much forgot about the site until December 2007! Once I started writing on the site regularly I could not stop, I became an addict for sure! Great hub and I must say your presence here on HubPages is a wonderful thing :).


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C.S.Alexis 7 years ago from NW Indiana

SzuszyBee,

Congratulations on your first year. I think of climbing trees as a way to reach new heights, and the worms can be a deep subject. Maybe it is over Astrid's head! Bless you and keep writing. C.S.

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