Happy Anniversary

Last Sunday we celebrated my birthday. It is also the day I retired ten years ago. It was during that first year of retirement that I started Coffee, exactly when I’m not sure but it was close to when I retired.

Coffee has gone through a variety of transitions: colors, formats, music genres, photos and so much more. It was unceremoniously dumped from Blogger, but, like the Phoenix, rose from the ashes and moved to WordPress. Some of you have been with me the whole time and some of you drop by every day. That makes all of you family.

I mentioned I would like guest commentators. I didn’t mention why. Now you know it is a celebration, a chance for the family to weigh in on just about anything except politics. Think about it. If I can find fodder for ten years worth of writing, you can give one day a try.

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26 Comments on “Happy Anniversary”

  1. sprite Says:

    Happy anniversary to you and to all of us! Thank you for doing what you do. We all enjoy it so much.

  2. im6 Says:

    Maybe I’m talking out of school and divulging something Kat doesn’t want the world to know (if that’s the case, Kat, feel free to delete this)…

    Did the rest of you know that Kat has HUNDREDS of visitors here each day? SEVERAL hundreds actually. (Unless she’s been lying to me 🙂 ). Seems there’s only a handful of us who can’t keep our opinions to ourselves, but Keep The Coffee Coming is SO MUCH MORE than we realize. It’s our safe haven on the web. A home away from home. A place we can come to relax and visit with friends. And Kat responds to every single post we make! And hundreds of other people see the things we write (Heaven help me, I can’t seem to keep my trap shut).

    I’d say Kat started a very successful venture when she retired from school and started her new “career” as journalist (she’s so much more than just a blogger). So congratulations, Miss Ryan, as your former students call you. You are a true inspiration and couldn’t have become a better friend (I figure I’ve been here for at least 9 of the 10 years). I don’t wear hats, but if I did, mine would be off to you!

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Happy Anniversary for retirement and for KTCC. I haven’t been here for 10 years but I’ve been here for awhile. A friend put me on to you after he moved to Texas. Maybe 6 or 7 years. Time flies and all that.
    At first I came for the music. Then I read the posts and the comments and began to look forward to seeing familiar names every day (except Wednesdays).
    Kat and I grew up in neighboring towns and have had a few similar experiences some of which I had forgotten about until I read her reminiscences. Thank you, Kat, for retrieving some of my forgotten things. 🙂
    I look forward to reading your blog for many more years.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Thanks for the Anniversary wishes. I know you’ve been here a while and time does fly because I remember our discussions about you retiring.

      The music acts as a lure sometimes, but I’m happy it led you here and to the posts and I’m especially thankful you comment every day. I always miss you if there is no Caryn posting.

      I was amazed to find out we grew up so close to one another and shared memories of similar places, now gone, and had similar adventures.

      I hope to writing for all those years to come!

  4. Happy Anniversary indeed, Miz Kat! Each one of your entries makes our morning, in addition to providing a vicarious experience of beloved Cape Cod for those of us marooned out here in California. Here’s to many more years of KTCC !

    • katry Says:

      Thanks countreeshard,

      I am always glad for the opportunity to write, and I love sharing stories of Cape Cod. Thanks for dropping by every morning.

      I’m with you there in wanting lots more years!

  5. olof1 Says:

    Happy anniversary!

    I can’t remember when I came here for the first time or how 🙂 Could it be that You had made a comment in Cat in the bag?

    I started blogging nine years ago I think and stopped with that one when I closed my garden center. Then I started a new one in Swedish but saw that rather many Americans read it using Google translation and I thought that they were worth more than that crappy translation so I started one ion English too. Suddenly the place I had y Swedish blog collapsed and never came back so then I only had my English one left 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      It could be as I was a fervent follower of Cat in the Bag. I found your blog when you commented on mine.

      We have both been at this a long time. I am glad you write in English as I have found the translations sometimes don’t make a whole lot of sense.

      I enjoy your pictures, especially in cities and towns as they are so different from houses here. I always envy your flowers!

      Lets hope we both keep this up for years and years!

  6. Hedley Says:

    I am not even sure when I shuffled across the threshold but I do remember that I was lured in by the charms of Judith Durham and The Seekers. My original incarnation was as Berbatov9, a rather fine fellow who abandoned my team for another. Lured I was and stuck around I have.

    I look forward to the familiar faces, and wonder of those who have gone especially Richard. I like Crocs, and Lennie and Bochum and weather reports and garbage runs and all the personal touches that make this part of my everyday

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I don’t remember when you found Coffee, but I think it’s been a long while. Berbatov9 is totally unfamiliar which is strange as I have a good memory.

      I too still miss Richard. I did everything I could to find him. I was sorry I didn’t have his daughter’s name so I could ask her.

      I do enjoy our every day together.

  7. Birgit Says:

    Late, but… Happy Anniversary! (I didn’t see this post when I left home.) Now familiar coffee readers have already written what I think about KTCC, so I just add a simple big THANK YOU!
    I found KTCC via a Star Maker Machinery link in early 2010, like Caryn first for the folk music, later I read your interesting word posts. They often made me think about my own childhood which was sometimes difficult and often I didn’t comment because it would have been too personal, but it was important for me to think about it. So another thanks for that.
    I also like to read the comments. Lately I noticed that for example weather news are much more personal since I read KTCC, forest fires in Sweden means Christer, rain flood and icy cold and more means Hedley, Cape/Boston news, severe Texan weather and so on.
    Btw, I miss Beto’s great poems on KTCC though I follow his blog. Beto, are you still here?
    To be honest I didn’t actually think that I could write a guest post but then I had an idea and started writing. I’m still not sure whether I will finish it. Thanks for giving us this special opportunity. Once is enough for a lifetime, I know why I will never start a word blog 😉
    Reading KTCC and listing to your music is a nice familiar tradition now, it usually starts my evenings at 6 pm or later.
    Thank you, Kat and KTCC family.

    • katry Says:

      I love this posting. I too look at the world and think of my Coffee friends. I feel as if you’re all my friends and neighbors and we live close to each other.

      I also miss Beto’s poems. Maybe I should elbow him (proverbially) and let him know he’s missed. Morpfy is another friend I miss. He posts some great recipes.

      I love when the comments become conversations. I sit back and listen and am always glad that you are all comfortable enough to chat knowing I’d never mind.

      I do hope you finish that guest posting.

      You are most welcome, and I thank you for being part of the family.

  8. minicapt Says:

    And then:


    • katry Says:

      I love the opening jokes and the great delivery. I admit to a few groans but just as many laughs. This would not have occurred to me-I’m glad it did to you-a unique anniversary celebration

  9. Coleen Burnett Says:

    Happy Anniversary! I do not remember how I stumbled across you, but I have enjoyed our conversations across this here internet thingy for lo these many (seven?) years…

    We have much in common…we are both of Gaelic descent and live near the ocean, which we dearly love. Baseball, too!

    And one of the things I love about this blog is that if I post something, you will answer, I think that is kinda special…not all blogs do that…

    Would post the Flintstones “Happy Anniversary” clip, but don’t know how…bet a nickel somebody else will!



    • katry Says:

      Thank you, Coleen

      It’s a pleasure having you in the family. I’m thinking of giving up on baseball and maybe start following curling. The Red Sox are the pits this year. I check in on the games, and they are always losing. They resemble the Sox of my childhood. I’m going to start wearing my Sox t-shirts inside out!

      We do have much in common, and your postings are always enjoyable to read!

      Waving back furiously!

  10. im6 Says:

    Here ya go, Coleen. Don’t spend that nickel all in one place.

    (never heard this before!)

    • katry Says:

      This is new to me as well. Coleen did well remembering it. Thanks for finding it though isn’t a surprise you did!

  11. Cuidado Says:

    Happy Anniversary, Kat. I have been following here for many years but only wrote a comment after at least two years of daily visiting. I don’t think you need guest posters because you do a great job yourself. If you need a day off now and then that’s a different story. Perhaps when I retire I could help you out but until then I would like to find the time to update my old blogs. I seem to have time only for Just Picture It.

    • katry Says:

      I sometimes have nothing running through my head so I struggle with the blank page, and I really am not fond of those days. When I don’t write, I miss it.

      Everyone writes such great comments and then there are the back and forth conversations so I figured I’d let everyone have a voice. It doesn’t seem to be gathering much momentum.

      I haven’t touch my Around and About for a while so that will be on my to do list. I have pictures from July and earlier.

      Thanks for hanging around so long.

  12. greg mpls Says:

    geez..always late for the party! happy anniversary! and many thanks for all you do!

  13. Jay Bird Says:

    Well, happy (approximate) anniversary of Coffee! I go back to the Blogger days, 6-7 years ago. You were recommended by my daughter Kathleen when she was in grad. school at Berkeley. I thank her!

    No mystery why I connect with your blog… folk music, New England-ish, Catholic education, 50’s-60’s family life, Irish, Red Sox, writers both (in different genres). Your descriptions of life “back in the day” are so spot on, it’s like we were classmates, with Sister Mary Malevolent shaking her ruler at us! You are a fabulous writer! Your tales of a retirees life hit close to home as well. Isn’t retirement nice?

    And the Coffee Family is just so damn… nice!! Can’t think of a better description. There are so many angry people on the internet. Your crew is really mellow.

    Enjoy your retirement… I know I do (I’m 6 years out). Keep on with your wonderful music and musings… the proud, the few (or maybe NOT so few)… the Coffee Family!!

    • katry Says:

      Your daughter has the nicest name! Thank you for me.

      You could have grown up right around the corner from me, and I do remember that nun, ruler and all. Thanks for the compliment-you made my morning warm and sunny.

      I am so glad I have a memory which holds on to everything or I would have run out of stuff to write a long while back.

      Nice and mellow are great words. I do love my Coffee Family and think of all of you as friends. We haven’t met in the actual world but we know each other so well.

      Retirement is wonderful. I love waking up and having little to do. My days do have a rhythm about them but little structure. I like that.

      I agree: To the Coffee Family!!!!

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