Hello, Goodbye

What’s left of the trees ๐Ÿ™

Today marks the final wordsxo video from the beach overlook. MEH (My Engineer Husband) and I have been trudging (okay, driving) out to the bridge once a weekโ€”usually Sunday morningโ€”rain or shine or wind or snow or whatever. It was a year-long project, started on February 13, 2011. I had planned to have next week be the last video, BUT today we arrived at our usual spot and the town had cut down the trees that we used as our backdrop frame of reference.

I saw that as a sign. Enough.

In honor of this being the last video, I decided to make a vlog. Hello! Iโ€™m not crazy about appearing on camera (especially January in Maine in the wind…challenging to be out there let alone look decent), but since MEH refused, I decided Iโ€™d take the bullet for the wordsxo team.ย 

I realize it’s almost impossible to hear what I’m saying so here’s the basic transcript: It’s the last video, it’s really super windy and cold, the trees were cut down, thank you Hallie Sawyer for planting the idea for my appearance, thank you to Sara Grambusch for being Sandbar’s biggest fan, goodbye videos.

Starting tomorrow, Iโ€™ll be blogging twice a week: Mondays and Thursdaysโ€”with no more vlogs or videos in the plans. But I will be writing about writing, editing, the writing life, and where I get my inspiration. You can also count on many more photographs and even a few more Maggie mysteries! So please stay tuned.
I hope you enjoyed the videosโ€”theyโ€™re all on youtube, here. Someday soon Iโ€™ll be writing a wrap-up blog about them. Have you ever made a change in course on your blog or in your life? How did it go?




  1. YAAAAAYYYY! When you tweeted about this post, I just KNEW what it was. I clapped my hands like a little kid at Christmas and ran to my computer!

    You are so adorable and sweet and thank you for making a cameo in your video. I’m sad to see them go but I think it was a great ending. So, so glad you gave us a chance to see your bright, glowing, beautiful face that goes along with your bright, glowing, beautiful spirit.

    Thank you! Mwah! You made my day!!!!


    (Sorry your last video was in frigid, gale force winds. I feel bad that you went through that so we could see you. Have a hot toddy on me!)

  2. Hallie, THANK YOU!! You are the sweetest; such kind words! And I’m so glad you enjoyed it. As for the hot toddy, MEH said: “What a good idea!” To which I said: “Wait a minute, WHO took the bullet???” ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. It seems as though it was fitting that mother nature made your first blog appearance a bit difficult (I mean the point was for us to experience nature … and this interactive way was one of the BEST to illustrate the weather conditions).

    I will miss your videos but am excited to see the new things you have in store! You’re a natural behind the camera (it totally reminded me of the reporters who stand in front of hurricanes, their hair flipping and flapping). You’re the best!

    I agree with Hallie: so fun to see your smiling, lovely face!

  4. It’s crazy out there! I hope you’re back inside with a nice cup of coffee! I loved the videos but I do think you’ve been doing them long enough that you deserve a break! I’m glad sandbar was out on the last day. I do love him. I even told my mom about sandbar. She’s reading The Bird Sisters (I gave it to her for Christmas) and she’s said there was a sandbar in there too, lol. It’s a phenomenon! I’m excited for you to blog more and hear about how your editing has been going ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a lovely rest of your Sunday..inside in the warmth!

  5. Melissa, Yep, that was exactly what I told MEH, that I felt like one of the reporters on the Weather Channel. Especially after the 10th take. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad you enjoyed it, and I hadn’t thought of the interactive illustration of the weather conditions… you are so right! Thank you Mother Nature, and thank you Melissa for your sweet compliment!

    Sara, Yes, back inside — thank goodness! It was pretty unpleasant out there. But you know what? Sandbar was so worth it ๐Ÿ˜‰ I am very glad to have introduced you to Sandbar, and will happily provide updates on how he’s doing! Hope you’re warm, too! (p.s. MEH’s making a fresh pot of coffee!!)

  6. OMG Julia, it’s so wonderful to see you and hear your voice! It gave me that kind of happiness you’d get when you open a video message from a friend you miss dearly.

    Thank you so much for sharing the videos each and every week; I admire your dedication and (MEH’s!) and have loved hearing the sound of the water hitting the shore and the wind, but most of all your voice ๐Ÿ™‚

    It’s funny that you made your first appearance today–I’ve been thinking that I’d like to do a vlog someday soon! Can’t say I’m surprised that we’re on similar pages once again!

    Enjoy the rest of your Sunday…I’m looking forward to reading more posts by you and seeing what you do next! HUGS

  7. Ahhh, Julia, I had tears in my eye watching that – bittersweet – so lovely to see your farewell and to have followed all of your vids for the last 4 months. I’ve enjoyed them so much and enjoyed today’s too. I think you’re right – the trees having been cut down (how sad) is a sign. Thank you for sharing these moments with us, especially to us over the ponders who have had chance to see a little piece of another world. And good luck with your future blog posts which I’m sure will be as fabulous as the previous ones.

  8. Natalia, You’re so sweet! Thank you so much for the lovely message! And, like you, I’m not remotely surprised we both thought of vlogging around the same time ๐Ÿ™‚ I am so looking forward to your vlog for the same reasons you enjoyed mine! HUGS back, xo Julia

    Abi, I’m so glad you enjoyed the farewell! So sweet of you. It’s been wonderful to share this beautiful corner of the world with everyone, and it’s nice to know that you and others have enjoyed it so much! I appreciate the support and encouragement for future blog posts as well!

  9. Wow. I got cold just watching you (and it’s warm and sunny here today). I’ll miss my weekly visits to Maine, but I’m excited about your new direction. It’s a shame about the trees being cut down, but that does seem like another sign it’s time for a change.

  10. Shary, Thanks so much for your weekly visits to Maine — I think you can count on at least some more Maine content on my blog! Meanwhile, hope you’ll tune back in for lots of post variety! Enjoy your sunny warm weather (I’m jealous, can you tell?) ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. What fun to actually SEE you, and to hear you speak (however faintly)! I KNEW you were not a boy in your basement pretending to be Julia! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ll miss your sandbar videos. But I do understand all good things must come to an end.

    My blog’s coming up on one year, so I guess it’s time to reassess too.
    It was a great year, Julia! Cheers!

  12. Ann says:

    Oh, Julia! It was great to see you and (barely) hear your voice….but *sigh* I’m sad to see the end of these videos. …all good things must come to an end, tho.

    It looked so DIFFERENT with the trees gone and I’d grown quite attached to the site. I guess the thought that keeps going through my head is this:

    A Lady ALWAYS knows when to leave a party….

    Thank you for inviting us into your little slice of paradise every week! Like all good parties, I’ll reminisce and “remember when”….

  13. Great valedictory post on this project; it was fun to watch them, ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ll be looking forward to your new posts, too, and thanks for the final shot of your winter wonderland!

  14. Erika Marks says:

    Oh, Julia–I know you didn’t make this final video for me, but you know that of all days, it was very special to see your beautiful smile today, my friend. We are all so grateful for these videos and your posts–and I can’t wait to see what’s ahead on your blog.

  15. Aww, it’s always sad to see trees cut down; the reasons never quite seem good enough, and so few places will replant the same amount of new trees to compensate.

    I hope you’ve enjoyed your years of videos! ๐Ÿ™‚


  16. Barb Riley says:

    WHEW! I got scared for a second and thought ‘hello, goodbye’ was an announcement that you were done with blogging altogether. (Did I already say, ‘WHEW?”) What a strange coincidence that the trees were gone. Definitely a sign.

    Like everyone else has said… it’s great to finally see you, my friend. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s so cool how we bloggers mostly get to know one another through our words, and so we form our own idea of what others might look, act, and sound like based on their writing voices, and then it’s like an extra sweet surprise when a friend puts up a vlog so we can get to know them that much better! I LOVED this final session of video postcards for that reason, but I will miss them,

    Good luck w/your new posting schedule. You know I’ll stay tuned. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Cynthia, Haha! Yes, all good things must come to an end, and so it is with Sandbar. Thanks for being a faithful follower of the videos; I so look forward to both of us having another successful blogging year! Can’t wait! p.s. Darn it, the cat’s out of the bag: I’m NOT Julius after all ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ann, So glad you enjoyed the video! I had grown attached to the site as well, so I was so disheartened to find the trees cut down! I LOVE that expression, and I agree, it’s the best way to live life — always leave with them wanting more…. words to live by! I look forward to inviting everyone to more great parties!

    Mahesh, I’m glad you enjoyed the valedictory post for the videos and the ongoing videos, too! Here’s to the end of the videos (and hopefully the end to winter weather soon, too!).

    Erika, What an incredibly kind and sweet comment, thank you! I am so happy to have met you through our Maine connection — and for that these videos will always be a little more special in my memory! Thank you so much, friend! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ashlee, I know… trees being cut down is always hard for me, too. And I so hope the town will be planting more trees to compensate (Maine has no lack of trees, but I still think right by the coast they were especially lovely!). I have very much enjoyed the year of videos, but I will also enjoy NO videos! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Barb, Sorry to scare you! (But I’m GLAD you were scared!) I’m so glad you enjoyed the video, you’ve been such a loyal fan of the videos and the blog — it is never the same when you don’t comment! And I definitely know know what you mean about us knowing one another through our words… I’d love to see and meet you as well! What a great reason to vlog that I never considered! Hope I don’t disappoint in future blogs!

  18. Julia, first, I am so impressed that you got outside – by the beahc, no less! – on what sounds like some very cold and windy days to make fun videos for us to watch. It was great seeing you on the video too. Thanks for taking one for the team and introducing yourself “in person”!

  19. Hi Jen! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the videos and especially this in-person introduction! It was fun, but I have to say it was incredibly uncomfortably cold! Still, that may be why I didn’t hesitate once I started making the video — I was too darn cold to be nervous!!

  20. You are just too adorable, Julia, and what a way to end your video series! I will miss seeing Maine, but I know you will still post plenty of breathtaking pictures. Thanks for letting us see your beautiful, kind face! XX

  21. Julia, I’ve been thinking all afternoon about your last question, so I had to come back and post. I’m making a change in my blogging life now. I used to feel pressure to write recipes on my blog, but that’s not what I really enjoy. I still try to write about my cooking process, but I don’t want that to be the only focus of my posts. So I’m refocusing and will be writing essays once a week (maybe twice if I’m feeling especially inspired) that have some kind of connection to food. I don’t know how readers will respond but already I’m having more fun writing my posts than I have in a while. Thanks for the opportunity to share.

  22. Jolina, I’m so glad you enjoyed this video (and the series, too!). I still promise to give plenty of glimpses of Maine! You are so sweet to say I have a beautiful and kind face — a lovely compliment! xo

    Jen, I’m so glad you came back to tell me! I know exactly what you mean about feeling the pressure — that’s how I was feeling with these videos! I felt like it was making me not wan to blog at all! I can’t wait to read your essays, and I’m sure your readers will love it! xo

  23. Wow, I didn’t realize how cold it was until seeing you IN the video! I can understand why you’re going on hiatus with that! I’ve loved the year-long look at Maine’s coast. And look forward to catching you twice a week now.

  24. Leah, I never thought of it until you left your comment — but seeing the coldness pain on my face must drive it home! I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed the year’s look at the Maine coast — I know you’ve been one of my most loyal viewers. Thank you for that, my friend!

  25. Patrick Ross says:

    Ah yes, wind, the bane of any videographer! On my cross-country road trip I shot a short film standing on top of a beach house in Cape May, New Jersey, on a windy day. I was holding a hand mic so you can understand me, but that wind still created a terrible whipping sound!

    I look forward to your Monday and Thursday posts on good subject areas! ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Patrick, The hand mic was exactly what I needed! But it was an improptu decision to make a vlog appearance… so no such luck! I think it added a bit of drama to the vlog — and that’s the story I’m sticking to! ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Jamie says:

    You are sooo cute. Dear goodness that must have been cold. We needed to see MEH! More MEH, More MEH. Maybe he could do a year of video’s from the local hardware store? Good for you. I’ll look for those Monday and Thursday posts. And hope you are somewhere warm.

  28. Jamie, Thank you for your compliment! Yes, we’re inside warm and dry (it’s now SNOWING… sigh). I’ve passed your hardware store video idea onto MEH, but I’m guessing that’s a non-starter — there’s more than one reason MEH loves to be the photographer. But he appreciates the mention ๐Ÿ™‚