The First Post Challenge

My dear friend Erika, from her blog, Author Erika Kind, has asked me to take part in this challenge by sharing my first blog post.

This actually is a great idea because it shows how we have evolved with our blogs over time. I had no idea where I was headed with my blog when I started writing last year. All I knew was that it was called Silver Threading and would deal with my journey into retirement.

I actually thought I would talk about gardening in the beginning. Look how far I have evolved since then. Now, I am writing my first novel! I belong to a fabulous community of writers that I enjoy each day. Life is good!

Here are the rules:

  • Copy-paste, link, pingback or whatever way you want to, your first post.
  • State what type of post that was.ย E.G. Introduction, Story, Poem
  • Explain why that was your first post.
  • Nominate 5 other bloggers.ย Five because I know the pain of opening a lot of tabs at once.

Here are my 5 nominees:

Melissa Barker Simpson

Randoms by a Random

Daily Echo

Book Chat

Legends of Windemere

I titled my first post, “Welcome,” and it was published on March 26, 2014.

Happy Spring to everyone, even though it does not seem to be spring yet in many parts of the United States. Here in Pensacola, Florida it has been a cold, rough winter. We had many cloudy, damp, cold days with winds coming out of the north, instead of the warm tropical winds from the south. I was able to grow a winter garden though and that was a fun attempt. My cabbages, broccoli, and kale grew quite well in the protection of my shed and neighbor’s fence.

Here is a picture of my grandchildren with the last of the cabbages. Gardening in this part of the Gulf Coast is a challenge in the summer. I hope to share some of my tricks and mistakes along the way so others and can enjoy the peace of gardening in Northwest Florida. Please follow my gardening saga and share your tips and tricks that you may find helpful to the rest of us struggling gardeners out there. Along the way, I want to share my other interests such as crocheting, jewelry making, and reading, crafting, baking, and weight loss and exercise tips. Join me in my journey into retirement as I silver thread my way to a more fulfilling lifestyle.


It is only proper for me to say thanks for joining me on my fabulous journey. I couldn’t have done it without all of you!

And, if you don’t want to take part in the challenge that works for me too! Let’s have a glass of wine instead!




  1. Colleen, you already started the Chardonnay Challenge!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ It is so interesting indeed to see where you started and how quickly your blog developed into a clear different direction. You are so right: Life is good!


  2. What a great idea Colleen. I love how your blogging path has turned so many corners over the time since that very first post.

    Once I am back online properly, with access to proper broadband and my desktop, I’ll dig up my first post and repost it (spelling and grammar mistakes included!)


    1. Oh, Hugh! I have missed you so much! How did your move go? Are you living in Wales now? Fill me on. I am so glad to see you. Yes, please do a post about your first post. I did enjoy that one as it was fun to see how I had evolved. Take care, and talk with you soon. ๐Ÿ™‚ โค


      1. Hi Colleen. I’ve missed you as well. In fact I’ve missed you all so much.

        The move went well but we are still without a phone landline and an internet connection in the house. It should be sorted out soon. In the meantime I am using an iPad (as the desktop won’t connect to the mobile wifi unit we had to purchase so we could access our emails). We have a holiday home here in Wales and our main home is still in Hove. We are travelling back to Hove on the weekend, so I’ll be fully back on line then. The mobile wifi unit is both very slow and does not always work so my time on the internet is still very limited. I’m grabbing time on here as and when the mobile wifi unit allows!

        Hope all is well with Ron, you, and the girls?

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        1. We are well. It has been hot and miserable. I am working on my book and blogging. So glad you are settling in. I can’t keep one house clean let alone two. LOL! The dogs have been I’ll, but we have them healing and feeling better. Take care. I miss you tons. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’–


    1. Thank you, Olga. I am feeling blessed with all the support and learning that goes on around our blog world. It is amazing how the journey causes our brains to expand and learn. I love it and am glad you are here! โค


  3. I’ll share a glass of wine with you ๐Ÿ˜€ And raise a toast to all you’ve achieved and all you’ve yet to achieve. Your blog is such a joyous place to visit, so it’s wonderful to see its beginnings. Thanks for sharing, Colleen. If I may, I going to enjoy our wine and skip this particular challenge. It’s a nightmare week for me this week, and I want to save my posting energy for Writer’s Quote Wednesday! โค

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      1. Most definitely! Reading your post was very timely for me because I’ve been thinking a lot about my blog and what I want to do with it as I move forward. ๐Ÿ™‚

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