Monday, April 29, 2013

A Contributing Editor


Last Fall, while discussing the details over the feature on our guest house, I was asked to join Country Living magazine as a contributing editor. 

This was of course a complete surprise, and I was sure I was being mistaken for someone else. 

When I told Mike this news, he responded with lots of congratulations, and then asked, "what does a contributing editor do?" 

I said that I didn't know exactly, but it sounded very important! 

Needless to say, I was quite honored to be asked as I've been a passionate Country Living reader for many years. 

So far, I've been helping to develop story ideas and to find beautiful homes to feature on the pages of the magazine. It has been a great experience. I am continually reminded of the passion and spirit that so many people invest to make their homes and livelihoods truly beautiful and special, and also how their lives are enriched by the beauty that they create. 

There are so many wonderful details that fashion those warm and loving spaces. And that's ultimately what its all about isn't it -  
to endear those spaces so that we and our loved ones feel embraced by the homes that hold us? 

I look forward to sharing my experiences through this new endeavor!

122 comments :

  1. Trina
    Congrats me and my wife have been subscribers for years !!! I think countryliving is not a magazine but a way o life ! I've too my wife on several occasions that you should be some sort of editor in countryliving ! The magazine should be honored to have you on there team ! Keeps us updated kinda like a sneak peek of what u do as a contributing editor should be interesting ! Congrats from N.C

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  2. Wow. Congrats! That is wonderful. I don't know you, but I do know you're perfect for this opportunity. Best wishes! Linda R. (Phila burbs)

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  3. So exciting Trina,
    I think that position fits you perfectly. You are an example of beauty style and grace while keeping things simple and clean and natural and that's what the magazine is all about. I can't think of a better more beautiful person to seek out beauty in charm in homes across the country.
    xoxo
    Lisa

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  4. Congratulations, I love how you have put your home together with items from past (main bedroom bed, love the story) and present (ie afforable items from Target and not some far out reach designer items) so it wonderful they have selected you. Your home is beautiful and thoughtful. Looking forward to seeing the new house too.

    Lisa, London

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  5. Congratulations! That's VERY cool. I think it's a perfect fit for you.

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  6. Congratulations Trina!! The magazine is so lucky to have you on their team. Can't wait to read of your new adventures.
    xxojoan

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  7. How exciting for you!! Congratulations Trina.Wishing you the Best!
    Hugs, Gee

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  8. Fantastic, Trina. So very happy for you. May your new endeavour bring you great joy! I look forward to seeing what you come up with for CL.
    PS Any publication that features a Boston Terrier on the cover has my vote!

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  9. That sounds lovely and with your eye for detail I am sure you are the right person for the job. Good luck for your new career!

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  10. not surprised at all. you have a wonderful eye and lovely style. all my best wishes on your new, fun venture...donna

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  11. Congratulations Trina! -this is such a great news!

    As we financially struggle as a young family, I was wondering if I should even be spending so much time and energy trying to decorate and create our home.

    But reading this post reminded me the importance of the beauty we create in our lives.

    I'm so glad Country Living chose you for the position, for we can all benefit from your deep understanding of what it means to create a beautiful home.

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  12. WOW ... a very hearty CONGRATS!!!! And to think the initial reason you started this blog has come to this opportunity...SO cool...kinda gives me chills!!! You are SO talented ... perfect fit! I can't wait to see your name in CL!!

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  13. Trina,
    Congratulations. Well deserved. You of course are a natural fit and as always love what you create.
    pve

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  14. Anon, It's under Catherine Burke. Trina is an abbreviation of Catherine. Best, Trina

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  15. Great news. Shift has begun.

    Hope other mags have begun too.

    Marketing companies also.

    What?

    Hire incredible bloggers.

    Already adore Country Living, now even more !

    Remember House & Garden from the 80's? Would love to get THAT back again.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

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  16. Congratulations! That's wonderful news!

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  17. You are PERFECT for this job! So excited for you. I can't wait to see your next house even though every time I look at one of your blog posts I can't imagine you finding another home/land area that could be better than this one you have worked so hard on.

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  18. Congratulations Trina!! You are so very talented and have a lovely "eye" for design. I can totally see why they asked you to be a contributing editor!

    Warmly,

    Julia

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  19. Congratulations, Trina! From the first time I laid eyes on your blog, I've thought you and Mike had a style that embodied the Country Living aesthetic. How appropriate, then, that you are now a Contributing Editor. Well done Country Living, and well done you!

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  20. Congratulations! You will be fabulous in this position!

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  21. Congratulations! You certainly have a decorating point of view and that always makes the best editors. I can't help but notice that Country Living (all magazines and newspapers, in fact)feature their text justified left as it is easier on the reader. Good to note!

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  22. Trina, this is so special...always a favorite magazine of mine as well1 i am certain after following the gorgeous work you have done, that you will be a fabulous "contributor". I think hubs should take you for a congratulatory dinner!

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  23. I'm not surprised. I heard a different voice, more Catherine, less Trina, in the magazine, someone who knows the feel of each kind of window pane.

    I think it's more common to make someone a contributing editor if they're a colleague who's moving away, or if they're already a very well-known figure. They wanted your voice. This is a HUGE HUGE HUGE BIG DEAL. So happy for you. YAY!!!!!!!

    Take good care,

    Em

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  24. Wow...congratulations! I'm sure that you'll do beautifully.:)

    Rita

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  25. Congratulations! I am glad you are able to turn a passion into a job... And congratulations to CL for having found you!!! Great eye, you both
    Giovanna

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  26. Trina, I can't think of a better job for you, congratulations. And what a wonderful contributor you will be, they are lucky to have your wonderful insight and style.

    Kat

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  27. Congratulations Trina! How exciting! (Now I know who I can send some house pics to in a couple weeks!) So happy for you!

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  28. Congratulations! How very exciting! You have such great vision, I'm sure it will be a perfect fit! I have been a subscriber to Country Living since I was a young girl. Back then, my best friend and I would spend all of our allowance money purchasing decor magazines so that we could cut them up and create our "dream home" and "dream life." Like, Pinterest before there was Pinterest. It was (and is) my childhood dream to be in the magazine someday! My husband and I just purchased an old home that we are restoring. Someday... ;)

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  29. Congrats! It DOES sound important! :) I have to say, I think I'd like to quote you on several things you wrote in this post alone!! Such powerful words....your name is going to be in a book some day...just watch. ;)

    O Happy Day,
    Gail

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  30. WOW!!! This is exciting news!! I am so happy for you Trina! Congratulations and I look forward to what you bring to this great magazine!! xo Lisa

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  31. That is just fabulous news! Country Living is by far my favorite magazine...it has the perfect mix of decor, featured stories, recipes and gorgeous photos....lucky Country Living to have someone with your talents work for them!

    Catt in Kentucky

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  32. Trina - any news on the big move? We sold a home in So. California almost 5 years ago - it has been featured on several home/garden tours and we put our heart and soul into that home....it was sad to leave it but our move across the U.S. to KY has been a fabulous experience for us - Kentucky is gorgeous and such great people. I know your move will be an adventure - tht is how we looked at it - an adventure and it has been! Best of luck and love to you.

    Catt in Kentucky

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  33. Congratulations, i bought that magazine on a recent trip to USA, I was really enjoying it, but put it in the seat pocket on the plane as i was so tired (flying back to australia), then i got off the plane and forgot it - i was kicking myself!

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  34. Congratulations! I've been a reader of Country Living from the first issue, way back when. In fact, for many years I saved every issue.

    This sounds like a wonderful opportunity for you.

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  35. Congratulations, Trina. What a compliment to be approached by the magazine! You'll do a great job, I know. I'm a subscriber to Country Living, so I'll keep my eye out for your work. Enjoy your new position there!
    Claudia

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  36. Congratulations! How wonderful and exciting!

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  37. Congratulations! I've read and enjoyed Country Living for years and always look forward to your blog posts. How exciting for you and your family!
    NancyO.

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  38. Congratulations!! Wonderful news and I am so excited for you. :) ~Liz

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  39. Congratulations! "Contributing Editor" sounds so fancy!

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  40. Congratulaions! I love CL magazine.

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  41. Congratulations! And I say they know exactly what they are doing, as you are quite valuable, and are very lucky to have snapped you up. I too have loved Country Living for decades, and know that their continued success is because of the team behind the scenes, and you are now part of that. Have fun with this new adventure. :) donna

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  42. Congratulations, Trina!! Country Living is lucky to have you!

    Kerry

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  43. Congratulations! They are lucky to have you. :)
    sharon

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  44. OMG... I am so HAPPY for YOU & your family. I loved reading your blog...with the simplest wording and beautiful settings you always captured my attention. Yee-haw for Country Living... which I have been a fan for many years...& you will be a Shining Star!
    All my best :)

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  45. Congratulations, Trina! That is wonderful news... what an amazing addition you will be.

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  46. PS Just to be clear, I also enjoy the Trina voice, I just felt the Catherine voice sounded maybe a bit more authoritative and professional, verus more cosy or homey, the way I think we're probably all a little different in different situations...Catherine probably wouldn't do a retrospective of her home for publication in which she pretends she and her husband are prospective buyers, seeing the house in its restored state as if for the first time, complete with little photo cutouts of the happy couple, but I thought that was truly darling. And who knows, maybe she would! That would be her contributing-editorial perogative.

    Take care, Em

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  47. Hi Trina,

    Your news is so exciting! I love your style!Now you will be a part of my favorite American design publication.
    Your lovely home is the most favorite of mine to date. It is also admired here in Canada.
    My very best wishes to you!
    Country Living is lucky to have you. When you live your life with passion and talent it is certainly noticed.
    Celebrate this new beginning, you deserve it!!!

    Warmly,

    Alexandra

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  48. Congrats! What an amazing achievement! Best of luck to you! Can't wait to hear more about it!

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  49. so excited for you! country living is very lucky to have you on their staff!

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  50. Congratulations and best wishes on your move! I have been following for a year and love your presentation AND your style. Your own photos are just as good as the magazine's, by the way!

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  51. Congratulations, indeed, Trina! So happy that this opportunuty has come your way. What a thrill and I wish you great success. Looking forward to seeing your features. All the best - Patty/BC

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  52. Congratulations....not a real surprise...you have done a lot with them already and they love your style, hope it ends up being 'truly' fun for you and your family,
    Corinne
    It is a good question you ask about what a making a 'home' not just styling a house really is......

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  53. Maybe you can incorporate some antique style back into Country Living. I rather miss the way it used to be. Remember those articles by Jo Northup (I think that was how her name was spelled). Oh, I loved reading the stories of how she spent her days. I sure miss articles like that. Maybe your writing will bring some of that charm back to Country Living.
    Congratulations and good luck on your new venture!

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  54. Spot on my dear! Your home is spectacular in a very quiet kind of way. Beautiful yet demure which is so much more engaging to me than in your face decor. I have truly enjoyed the journey of the reno. You have an exquisite eye and I would love to see Country Living offer more of that in
    the future. So bring it on! And hearty congratulations Trina!


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  55. Congratulations!! What an honor and I'm sure you will be a great asset to them!

    Judy

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  56. Congratulations! So glad I just renewed my subscription!
    Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

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  57. You definitely have a magic touch... your blog is total eye candy. This is wonderful news, and I am excited to see where you go from here! (Goes off to buy latest CL magazine)...

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  58. Congratulations for this well deserved position. I've been a subscriber to Country Living for more years that I can remember. It is one of my favorites, and you are a perfect fit with their style.

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  59. Congratulations, Trina! I'm so excited for you and I know you will do such a great job!

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  60. Kudos! I've read Country Living since the beginning. It has really evolved over time. Your aesthetic will be perfect! Can't wait to see what you find!
    Fantastic news!
    xoxo, Chris

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  61. Well, Ms. Editor....They couldn't have found a better fit!!

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  62. Congratulations! CL is one of my favourite magazines. I finally got a subscription this year. J

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  63. congratulations!!! What a wonderful opportunity, you have a wonderful eye for simple details and I think you make a perfect choice for Country Living, they are lucky to have you.

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  64. Could you ever have imagined when you first set out on this adventure that others would be so smitten by your beautiful home and the photos you have so generously shared with us...
    Congrats on this new chapter in your life.
    Susan

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  65. Congratulations, what a wonderful opportunity.

    Liz

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  66. Smartest thing Country Living has done in years! xo

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  67. Congratulations Trina...they couldn't have found a more wonderful 'VIP' for this position...so fantastic!
    xo J~

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  68. I have been a CL reader since its first copy! You are a wonderful addition!

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  69. Wow! What a dream! Congratulations, I look forward to seeing more from you!
    ~Angela DeMuro
    www.angelademuro.com

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  70. Love this blog! Love Country living Magazine, we are going to try to get to the CL fair in Columbus Ohio! I cant wait to read more!

    ~ Steph
    farmchicsophisticate.blogspot.com

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  71. i'm absolutely delighted for you, country living is by far my favorite magazine and you'll be a superb addition! congratulations!!!

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  72. So happy for you! I just love the twists and turns that life hands us. You are a perfect fit for that magazine! They are lucky to have you.

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  73. So happy for you! I just love the twists and turns that life hands us. You are a perfect fit for that magazine. They are lucky to have you on board!

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  74. A HUGE congratulations, Trina!

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  75. Hi Trina,
    I am in Australia and have followed your blog for about 12 months now. You are one of my favourite blogs to follow! Congratulations you on your new job. Their gain our loss....I am missing your blog updates already!!!
    Libby

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  76. You must be in the midst of your move! Good luck!

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  77. I am so happy that I did not miss this very exciting post, Trina!

    This is fantastic news!!!
    Congratulations! Will be thrilled
    to read your upcoming stories.
    What an honor!

    Alison :)

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  79. I can't imagine anyone better suited to the task!

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  80. Trina - I know you are busy, busy with your move and new job but oh, how I miss reading your entries and seeing your decorating style. I hope you will come back to posting...

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  81. Congrats! I thoroughly enjoy your blog and consider Country Living one of my design bibles. From Designing44.blogspot.com

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  82. OK MRS TRINA YOU NEED TO JUMP IN AND TELL ALL OF US YOUR OK OK lol ! Hope you and your family is all good

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  83. I loved seeing your comments on Joan's barn room today. I miss your posts, but hope you are doing well and will be back soon with your new ventures.

    Catherine W.

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  84. Congratulations, Trina!! I'm so excited and happy for you!! I do hope this means that you'll also continue your beautiful blog that so many of us have come to love! I can't wait to see the new life you and Mike are creating for your family.
    I can't wait to see you in Country Living.

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  85. Oh my word! I'm so excited about this blog. I have a 100+ year old farmhouse that was renovated before we purchased it, but I love curating it to be a cozy charming farmhouse. Now I have a new go-to site.
    Thanks!

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  86. Wow...how exciting. I'm an avid reader, so I can't wait to hear all about it!! Well deserved, Trina!!

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  87. ...trina i have been meaning to tell you to draw your precious babies handprints in the back of their closets before you leave...my handprint remained in the back of the closet of my "growing up room" for years after we moved...as an adult...i went back to the house before it was torn down and there was my hand!...what a sweet thrill...blessings laney

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  88. ............so missing the regular updates! hope all is going well with the great move.

    Lisa, London

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  89. Trina:
    Are you ever going to come back with the blog?

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  90. Keep checking back to see if you have posted any updates. Please let us know how things are progressing when you get a chance.

    Thanks -

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  91. Let's make it 100 comments! I miss your blog! :(

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  92. Trina- best of luck in your new role.....what a lovely thing to happen for you xx

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  93. Hi Trina,
    What an honor, congrats!! Much deserved position! You'll have tons of fun creating.

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  94. Would love to get an update, even something very brief! I check back all the time!

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  95. I'm glad I'm not the only one checking daily lol !! Your blog is just different than the rest I guess that's why we're begging for u to come back

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  96. I am thrilled for you, Trina. They couldn't have made a better choice!!

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  97. Really miss your postings...I too check in all the time. Your blog is one of the best!!

    Karyn

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  98. When will you start blogging again?

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  99. Hi I have been following your blog for a while now and suddenly there is not more content? Last post was on the 29th of April when you got your new job. Are you still blogging?
    Libby

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  100. Congratulations! I just found your blog through Birch & Bird and have added you to my blog list. I was wondering if you'd consider adding me to yours?

    Thank you and have a great night!

    Becky

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  101. I keep checking!!!Mickey

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  102. I am adding my name to the sad and worried list.....hope all is well, and PLEASE COME BACK SOONEST!!!!

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  103. We miss you so. Please tell us how you're doing!

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  104. We miss you so! Please tell us how you are doing!!

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  105. Please come back! Miss your blog! Hope all is well.

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  106. Well, add me to the list of people who miss your posts. Hope everything is well!

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  107. I am inspired by you! I love the pictures of your farmhouse. You have superb taste! Have a great weekend.
    xo Nancy

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  108. Put me on the list too! My morning coffee just
    doesn't taste as good with out your blog!!
    Betsy

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  109. I"m very excited for you, Trina!
    You'll be a great addition to their team.

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  110. I, too, check back all the time to see if you have a new blog post. I miss them. Your photography and writing are wonderful and your blog is one of the BEST!! Please come back, we miss you. Hope all is well with your new job.

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  111. Maybe we can start a " bring back Trina " support group !!! Or a million blogger march to bring her back lol !!!

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  112. Trina,

    I'm missing you deeply! Your photos and your writing skills... Please come back!!! Johane

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  113. Well everyone is so sweet but I'm to the point of feeling gripey! I check in every day but getting too frustrated and very tired of the mag pic. Certainly hope all is well and you've just gotten too busy for us.

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