Monday, June 23, 2008
five hundred, and counting!

Yup! This is my 500th post! Amazing to me to think that there have been that many things I wanted to write about since early November, 2005!
When I think back to when I began....Danny Miller of "Jew Eat Yet", and his lovely wife Kendall Hailey were the ones that encouraged me to start "a blog"....! I barely knew what a "blog" was, back then. And actually, I started my first blog around October 6th or 7th, 2005. (That was called "Old Lady Of The Hills") computer crashed and I was so new to it all, I didn't know how to get back into my "dashboard" so, I started all over again....And here it is, Five Hundred Posts Later as "Old Old Lady Of The Hills"! And why not? And considering that most of these 500 posts were pretty wordy and were filled with umpteen plus me, this 500 posts thingy is quite an accomplishment.
Blogging has had so very many wonderful things about it, for me. Life-Saving Things, really. Meeting so very many wonderful dear sweet bright people----some of whom have been my "commenter's" going back to that very first month---The three that come to mind are, dear wonderful Rachel, ("Sliding Through Life"), and the amazing Judy, ("Imagine"), and the fantastic Chickie ("Skittering Thoughts")....ALL of whom are on my Blogroll and ALL of whom still come and read my blog, (as I still read theirs,) and all, give me wonderful loving support. And there are so very many others....Craziequeen, that special rare CQ, from the United Kingdom--who has been such a loving supportive blog buddy, in every way, and the dear Wendy, ("WendyWings", from New Zealand, who I actually have met 'in person'---both early blog friends and still, very much dear and great friends. Sonia, in Brazil...another dear early blog buddy-friend---who is still a regular here, as am I over on her fascinating blog...I else would I ever get to see Brazil and the incredibly special beautiful place she lives, plus have the gift of her humanness; And Mar, dear dear Mar, in Spain, another early blog buddy, who is still a dear blog friend....And again, I get to not only see Spain, but The Alps, and France, and Germany, and Chile...! I tell you, this blogging thing is such a gift!Karin, over at "HeartSongs" who has this special child she refers to as 'Little Girl'....And, "Jane's Insane" formally known as Jane Loves Tarzan, a blog friend and a phone friend, too...Yellowrose, who was in Georgis and is now back in Texas, and Chatty, who is a dedicated teacher and loves her dogs with all her heart and who speaks her mind without reservations---refreshing and funny, too---all early blog buddies. And Crimson, who comes and goes and comes back again---my Montana buddy. And, Colleen, in Floyd, Virginia...another early Blog friend, who, it just so happens, is a very very talented writer of prose and poetry. And Annie of "One Thing I Hate About Today" who has always insisted she is not a writer, but writes magnificently....Oh My...there are so very many many more wonderful dear blog friends....Jamie Dawn, who's humor and heart shine out of every post and another blogger that I have actually met 'in person'....Deana, who gave me my first Blog Award and who is one of the brightest sweetest people you will ever know----who worships pets---Her dear dogs, her sweet cats, and her wonderful horses and her special Rooster---She is a fabulous photographer as well as a loving supportive wife to "Toonces", aka Martin.....and, Terri, another fabulous writer who lives on a magical Island called Cedar Key, Florida, and who sends me chocolates brought back from her beloved Paris because she knows I love love love, chocolates.....Panthergirl, another very early blog buddy...a bright interesting woman with strong convictions and much love in her heart...SRP, who is a devoted mother, and daughter and sister, who takes BEAUTIFUL pictures and has boundless energy for everything she does....Vancouver Voyeur now Dancing Madonna, an amazing young woman...and her dear sister Pat, who comes and visits though she doesn't have a blog, herself. And Suzann, who has taken us on her "Journey To A New Life" as she has gone through the grief at the loss of her dear husband....And, Dara, and Dak-Ind, and Dena, and Sara, and Joarad, and Linda from Australia, and Tan Lucy, and Lucy Stern, too. And dear dear Mamacita, and the ever wonderful Ribbitticus, and two more darling young women from the UK, Fizzy and Le laquet.And dear dear Bob-Kat, too, another lovely person from the UK, who created and gave me one of the most beautiful presents last Christmas----I am still overwhelmed with what she did.....And Charles, AKA "The Queer Chef", who lives in Norway but is from The Philippines....a delicious young man if ever there was one....And, Pat, aka Deslily, who is a ferocious reader and writer, too....And the delightful Tan Lucy, (I think I mentioned her already) and the very dear Pearl in Toronto, and Teena in Toronto, too. And Carli, who loves classic films & Shoeaddict who is a TV Junkie and writes wonderfully about it, And the two Diane's---Vogel and Standiford.....And Loving Annie and Twilite and Smiler.....I could go on and on and on, and will....So many of the above mentioned have been along on this blog-ride with me from early early on in that first year...Some others come to mind too...Carmi, from London, Ontario, for instance, that wonderful Carmi and of course, the one who brought us all together to begin with....the dear and special Michele and those amazing Meet & Greet Weekends....And dear Bud At Pinehurst, a fascinating man who lived in New York and worked at NBC for years and years, and with whom I share many memories of Manhattan, 'back in the day'; And Rick, "The Palm Springs Savant" who loves the Desert and writes about it and many other things, too....And someone I hope to meet fairly soon cause he comes up to L.A. quite often.Given my Health Issues, which have truly changed my life-as-I-knew-it in huge HUGE ways....Blogging has kept me involved in the world, and, miraculously, kept me meeting new people from ALL over the world, from day-one.....What A Great Great Gift! And this is still true. I meet new people because of this blog and because of all those bloggers I mentioned already---almost every day. There is Jammie J., the last of the 'I-met-her-in-person' bloggers as of this moment....a delightful young woman and her sweet husband Tony---living right here in Southern California....And dear Lucy....84 years old and so much fun, An "The Fat Lady" my anonymous visitor who won't reveal herself to me though she seems to know an awful lot about me and my life----I love a blogging mystery--lol!Over on my sidebar are many many more really special people...and there are some other special people who are not on my blogroll...Forgive me, dear dears....It is not is that I am old! (lol) Remember I will be 77 in just a few days and I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer, if I haven't mentioned you, please do forgive me....and also, I'm not done!I have met so many wonderful caring sweet and fun people through this amazing phenomenon we know as blogging. There is the beautiful Pat of "Past Imperfect"...a treasure of a woman, who inspires with the writing of her life story; Anne, who writes about her struggles and triumphs living with MS....a brave wonderful woman; And Shephard, another dear blogger I have met 'in person', who also inspires with his writing and his love of Musical Theatre---He is right Up My Alley....And Rain, who shares her deep thoughts about the beauty of nature and writes so wonderfully about the state of our Country and the problems we face.... And "Old Horsetail Snake", a man the gives you a laugh every time you visit him; And TorAa and Renny, both from Norway and both very interesting life-loving men---Again, I get to visit Norway, where I have never been, and what a gift that is....(Dear Tor just lost one of his sons quite might drop by and wish him well in this difficult time)And Dana, over at Awareness, who's writing is always provocative and stimulating and who's heart is so very big and open....And so very many other newer Blog Buddies: The ever delightful Scarlet from Florida, the fun-loving Geewits from Texas, and Randall, and John G., and more and more and more.....Each and every one of you are 'treasures' to me. And whether you comment or not, your visits mean the world to me. Now, let's hope there will be another 500+ posts and counting and let's also hope you will all be along for the ride....cause if my blog brings you pleasure or a laugh or even some tears....I am happy!

So, as they say in AA...'Keep Coming Back'......

More To Come....For Sure.....

5:25pm NOTE: Already, here are some dear people I neglected to include...Dear Lyn....a new friend from Mass. who always visits and often comments; Cyberkitten...Oh Dear CK.....from the UK...A darling sweet man who has very strong feelings about the U.S. and our Politics, and an early blog buddy, too; And Ex-Shammickite ad VioletSky, two newer Blog Buddies...both very interesting and dear people....And, there are no doubt more....Forgive me, please.....

And Shionge from Singapore...Oh, my. How could I havd left you out, my dear...Next time you come to Los Angeles, you better come on over to see me....!

Links to this post:


Blogger Bud
had this to say:

Congratulations Naomi, You are what blogging is all about and you have inspired me to keep going. Those of us who blog may be alone...but we are never lonely...just like AA. A great big hug to you!!! Bud

Monday, June 23, 2008 at 1:55:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Congratulations Naomi!! 500 posts and photos! Wow! That should be enough for a book! "My Life As A Blog" hehehe..

It's truly amazing how time flies and how we each look back and shake out heads saying things like, I never thought I'd still be doing this! hehe.. Like you I am thankful for "computer friends" and for the fact that for those of us who rarely get "out" to keep up with things besides having a television, that doesn't answer us back!

Here's too the next 500 Naomi!! Big *hugs*!

Monday, June 23, 2008 at 3:23:00 AM PDT 

Anonymous Marisa
had this to say:

500 - Congratulations to you Naomi,
your site has been educational and interesting from the day I stumbled upon it and I make sure I catch up everyweek to read your wonderful tales. Here's to another 500....and keep up the beautiful photography.

Monday, June 23, 2008 at 4:59:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Congrats and here's to 500 more!


Monday, June 23, 2008 at 5:06:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

WOW 500!!!!!! And all on one blog! Congratulations, dear Naomi.

And Happy Birthday this week, I believe. Can't wait to read your birthday post (with pix I am sure). Speaking of posts, check the one that comes to your house somewhere around Thursday or Friday.

Again, congratulations on your blog count and your birthday.

Love, Anne

Monday, June 23, 2008 at 5:39:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Naomi, I have read all 500 of your posts and I treasure them and you! Thanks for the mention (I am proud to be there). Those of us who read your posts hope there will be 5,000 more of them still to read!

Monday, June 23, 2008 at 5:54:00 AM PDT 

Anonymous Anonymous
had this to say:

Good morn. Naomi, thank you for sharing your thoughts, and your friends, and your smiles, as well as your tears. Am so glad that Karen introduced you to me. You are a bright spot in my very mundane life:)

Monday, June 23, 2008 at 8:20:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

CONGRATULATIONS on your 500th post!

Happy Birthday in advance too!!!

Monday, June 23, 2008 at 9:58:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

500! Congratulations! I know you think we add so much to your life - but, sweetie, you add to my life and help make it special just by reading and knowing you! You are a delight!!!!!

Monday, June 23, 2008 at 10:23:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Thank you for the 500 blogs, the dedication to sticking to it and sharing your life, the beauty you see with everyone else. Your blog is always pleasing to visit and I usually come away with something to smile about. Your post here was a celebration not only of your blogging but all blogs. Thank you for including mine in it :)

Monday, June 23, 2008 at 11:16:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Congratulations Naomi. You are right, this blogging thing is great! I haven't managed to read all 500 of your posts because they are so wordy and full of pics and I don't want to miss anything. But such a delight to read. I am so glad I found you.

Monday, June 23, 2008 at 11:26:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

How can you possibly be celebrating 77 years on this earth in a few days, your outlook on life is so exuberant and youthful!
Your recent post is a lovely tribute to all the blogger friends you have made over the past few years. 500 posts... you deserve 500 Congratulations!
I've been away in England for the past 3 weeks on a wondereful vacation, so I haven't been able to catch up on everyone's blognews. So that's my task for today, as it's raining outside, and I really should be out there getting rid of the weeds that have sprouted while I was away!

Monday, June 23, 2008 at 11:52:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

you're so amazing, Naomi, how could we not keep coming back! you've touched all of us as well.

Monday, June 23, 2008 at 12:15:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Congratulations, my dear Naomi!
500 great posts and many beautiful photos... it's an amazing event! I agree with Deslily, that should be enough for a wonderful book!

This post is a lovely homage to all the blogger friends! Thank you so much for the mention and I am very proud for your compliments to me, too! I am so glad I meet you and I thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and wonderful life with us!

I am looking forward to the Anniversary Post!
Many hugs, my dear friend!

Monday, June 23, 2008 at 12:40:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Congratulations! You are an inspiration. If your blog means a lot to you- it means so much to those of us who stumbled upon your blog and became instantly addicted to your frequent insight.

Monday, June 23, 2008 at 12:54:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

500? 500?? 500?!


Wow! Congratulations Naomi (aka OOLoTHs) Terrific.

And a birthday this week - man, we'll all be over for the party. You have many reasons to celebrate.

Monday, June 23, 2008 at 3:34:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Many more posts to you!
Your stories are so wonderful and I'm sure you have many more surprises up your sleeve.

Monday, June 23, 2008 at 5:28:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Way to go Naomi :D Don't forget me too ya heheheheh....

I am amazed at your positive attitudes and the way you exudes the energy Naomi. Me wanna be just like you when I am 77 years and I am certainly looking forward to your next 500 posts :D

Monday, June 23, 2008 at 6:29:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Congratulations my friend. BIG FESTIVE HUGS!!!! You are one of my truly favorite people and I have never even met you in person, what does that say about blogging! I think we all see so quickly to each other's hearts and motives with blogging.
You have been a treasure to find and read...a gem in my life. I love coming here and Martin and I both are really really hoping that we too can make your "in person" list. I think that would be wonderful.

Thank you for the nice things you said about me, about us. You are too sweet for words. But it isn't just your kindness and charisma that keeps us all coming back, you are a very talented lady. Writing, have it all. The total package. You may have started out not knowing anything about blogging but you sure turned into one hell of a blogger!!!!!

Cheers to 500 more!

Monday, June 23, 2008 at 7:45:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Naomi, you are just too sweet for words! I am going to plan a business trip to LA just to see you! Congratulations on the 50's to another 500!


Monday, June 23, 2008 at 8:23:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Congrats on #500! Here's to 500 more!

Monday, June 23, 2008 at 9:20:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

CONGRATULATIONS! on 500 , I look forward to 500 more! I haven't been reading quite since the beginning but I have enjoyed many many of your terific posts...keep up the great work...You have entertained us all and I can't wait to see what's to come!

Monday, June 23, 2008 at 10:12:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Congratulations dear Naomi!!! Your blog is so wonderful and interesting. I wish I were so creative on mine! You do have a great talent for writing and sharing your interesting life and you take such wonderful pictures. After reading this post it makes me want to visit all your readers that I don't know!! They all seem very interesting too!

Congratulations again Naomi. I look forward to the next 500!!
Love and hugs!!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 6:48:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Congratulations on making 500, you do age well! xx

Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 11:16:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Congratulations on your 500! :-)

And it only seems yesterday I was recommending blogging to cyberkitten....

I'm so glad you enjoyed your birthday present......I hope you revisit it and enjoy it for many, many years to come.....


Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 1:04:00 PM PDT 

Anonymous Anonymous
had this to say:

Bravo to you, Naomi, on your 500th post.
However, I believe having all these people visit here is a true tribute to the wonderful, caring, compassionate and REAL person that YOU are! The proof is in the pudding, as they say.
I consider myself extremely fortunate to be called your "friend" and I'm so very glad our paths have crossed.
(and can expect some of that Parisian chocolate when I return in October!)
Much love and hugs to you,

Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 1:31:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Congrats dear blog friend and what a lovely post really proving my saying: 'Blogging Connecting People' Its an honour to be listed among your friends - a privilege!

It must be more than two years since we met. I think it was through my blog friend in Norway: Charles. It has been great visiting and reading since you share your daily life in a very readable way. You are a wise woman with a lot of life experience and you share about good old times as well as from your garden with birds and plants.

You are a role model in Blogsphere and I guess you remember my small contribution to you almost a year ago :-)

To make it short: Life is better with you in it Naomi! and you know you are welcome to visit me and Tor in Norway any time!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 3:22:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Wow! Thank you Naomi for all the warm and kind words shared...500! You certainly have some good and faithful friends. Cheerio.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 6:23:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

I found your blog a few months ago.

I always enjoy reading it, but, I don't always leave a comment.

But, this time I want to say: "Congratulations" on the 500 posts!!!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 7:43:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Naomi, I can't believe your blog is 500 posts old! You are, without a doubt, one of my biggest blessings of blogging. (try to say that fast 10 times!)
Your friends & their locations speak so truly of you. Even though you are limited in socializing physically, look at you! You're going all over the globe, woman!
Congratulations & here is to another 500 posts. :)

Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 9:47:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

My goodness... you read a lot of people's blogs. How on earth do you ever have the time to write on yours? And I think back to our visit, a treasure in my memory, for sure, and thank you for the time you took to meet with us! It was so much fun.

Your plant pictures and narrative about them were what attracted me to your blog. You are a jewel that just keeps shining brighter and brighter. :)


Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 9:59:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

It's been such a treat to read your posts and see your photos!

You're kind of like my "blog baby". I remember when you had the first blog and couldn't put pictures in a post and NOW you're doing videos!

I love you to pieces, Naomi!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 1:47:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Congratulations on the huge milestone Aunty Em. I am so happy we met via our blogs even if mine got vaporised and resurrected but was never quite the same again lol.

Sorry for the long absences but I am up to my eyeballs in learning lists of trivia.
Ask me for the names of bond girls and I am your girl.
I am going to be a contestant on a tv quiz show next week so freaking out and learning all sorts of rubbish lol.
Long may your blog continue, you have so many stories yet to be told and so many adventures yet to be written.
Love you thissssssssssssssssssss big !

Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 4:18:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Happy 500th post!!!!!
Blogging has been a great gift for you and for me too, also, as well.
What a joy it was to actually be one of the few blog buddies who had actually met with you face to face!
I will be seeing Rachel over the July 4th weekend, and it will be the second time I've met her face to face. I intend to HUG her really goooood!!!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 6:04:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

I still remember the very first comment I got from you "Old Lady of the Hill," and I liked you right off the bat! It was as if we had already been talking and just picked up where we left off. I've learned so much here and love to come and see the pretty pictures too.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 9:07:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Mazel Tov - 500 posts is a spectacular accomplishment and a blessing for those of us visit and read as you so generously share your life and your fantastic Hollywood and New York experiences. Naomi, you are a touchstone for me - hugs and hugs across the miles.

Thursday, June 26, 2008 at 6:33:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I'm so sorry I didn't get over here sooner to wish you a happy 500th post, but thank you for mentioning me and thank you for enriching my life and my knowledge with your wonderful posts. You are truly a beautiful blessing in the blogosphere and here's to the next 500 posts! :)

Thursday, June 26, 2008 at 5:26:00 PM PDT 

Anonymous Lyn M.
had this to say:

WOW...500 POSTS....What a grand tribute to all of us who have loved knowing you through all 500 miles we have travelled together ...congratulations dear sweet Naomi.

Thursday, June 26, 2008 at 7:55:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Congrats on 500 posts! Since I'm late getting here, it's more than that now. Don't recall now when I found your blog, but I continue to enjoy your words and photos though I don't make it here every day. Still taking care of lots of issues.

Thursday, June 26, 2008 at 11:42:00 PM PDT 

Blogger PI
had this to say:

Just keep on doing it please
I'm honoured to be mentioned in your special post.

Monday, June 30, 2008 at 3:26:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Oh wow. I'm mentioned in a blog post and my "somebody's giving you attention" siren didn't go off?

Congrats on the 500th post. Yeah, I'm commenting a lot. Comes from neglecting to visit for a while.

Speaking of classic films, if you have TCM, The Apartment is on at 4:15 today. And since that is absolutely my favorite movie, I kind of feel the need to shout it from the rooftops.

Sunday, July 6, 2008 at 5:27:00 AM PDT 

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