The Chicago Files: Four Year Blogiversary!!!!

So here I am, back to taking pictures of beautiful, blue Lake Michigan.  Last night over the lake was a sight to be seen! The moon was shining so brightly, and its beams caused a section of the waves below to become illuminated.  Each time a wave crested and crashed onto the shore, the water appeared as if it were neon white; you know, similar to a firefly’s glowing light.

In case you are wondering why no pics of this magical display of nature, I tried to capture it but my camera decided not to cooperate.  Having said that, I received a lovely new camera for Christmas which I will be testing out very soon!  I think the moon’s beams have no chance not to be captured now!

Oh, I’ve already written two paragraphs without mentioning anything about the title of this post! The fine folks at WordPress are brilliant at providing bloggers with milestone reminders; for me, this means a message that my blog is now four years old! Wow, it’s hard for me to believe it, as the time has virtually flown by in a New York Minute (or more appropriately, a “Chicago Minute”! – I think I just made that up)!

Some of you have been with me from the very beginning; others have recently found their way to my humble little page.  To all of you, no matter if you are a first-time visitor, or know my blog well, I would like to thank you.  Thank you so much for the comments you make, for the likes you leave, and for the energy you bring to my blog.

When I started my blog I honestly had no idea what it would be like, whether anyone would even stop by, and if they did, would they find what I posted something they enjoyed to read?  I think my blog has changed quite considerably since my first year of posting.  I look back at those early days and like some of what I wrote, and feel the opposite about other stuff.  At the beginning of my blogging adventure I tried to include a lot of, “Did you know this about Chicago” content.  For example, did you know that one of the first ‘automatic’ car wash stations was created right here in Chicago? Since I am a Canadian living in this large, American city, I was literally learning about it at the same time I was sharing it with you!  Now my posts have morphed into a lot of photos around the area (and of my travels), people I have met, and my opinion about these meetings, and an emphasis on kindness and compassion.  Since the sunrises here over Lake Michigan are spectacular, I absolutely love sharing them with you.

So here’s to you, my dear readers, for stopping by and embracing the content of The Chicago Files.  From the bottom of my heart, you have enriched my writing and made me feel so much gratitude for joining me on this Chicago journey.  Thank you.

  54 comments for “The Chicago Files: Four Year Blogiversary!!!!

  1. January 6, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    Congrats on the blogiversary! I love catching your posts—particularly those Lake Michigan shots!

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    • January 6, 2018 at 4:02 pm

      Why thank you, Susie! I really appreciate it a lot! I’ll keep posting those Lake Michigan pics! With a new camera, I’m ready! Cher xo

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  2. January 6, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    Timmies and Timbits for everyone!!!! ☕️

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  3. January 6, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    This is so amazing, elegance, speaks by itself with your creative post!!!

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    • January 6, 2018 at 4:03 pm

      Ah, blessings to you, dear Mihran! Thank you so much for your lovely and kind words! Cher xo


  4. January 6, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    Congrats!!! I’m looking forward to 4 more years.

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    • January 6, 2018 at 4:06 pm

      Ah, bless! Thank you so much my dear! Truly grateful for your lovely words! Cher xo


  5. January 6, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    Congratulations on staying with it for four years–well done.

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  6. koolaidmoms
    January 6, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Congratulations on your 4 year bloggiversary!

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    • January 6, 2018 at 4:17 pm

      Why thank you so much my dear! I really appreciate it! Cher xo

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  7. January 6, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    A happy 4 year blogiversary to you Cher. Keep smiling and writing.

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  8. January 6, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    I love your sunrises and Chicago moments and look forward to many more!

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    • January 6, 2018 at 4:57 pm

      Why thank you so much, Hilary! I am always grateful for your kind words!! Cher xo

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  9. January 6, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    Happy New Year! Don’t forget to call the Chicago Chamber of Commerce this year !!

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    • January 6, 2018 at 5:25 pm

      *LOL* You are very thoughtful, kind sir! Thank you so much and I’ll let you know how it goes! Cher xo P.S. If you happen to know someone there……. *LOL*


  10. January 6, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    Ha ha . Of hand I can’t think of anyone, but I’ll store the thought in my mind. And who knows, strange things do happen.

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    • January 6, 2018 at 5:38 pm

      Hahaha well I certainly don’t expect it, I just thought I’d say it in case of the, “you never know” that can happen! And as you said, “Strange things do happen!” But the sentiment is more than enough! Thank you so much for enjoying my photos! With a new camera at the ready, I am hoping they are going to get a lot better! Cher xo


      • January 6, 2018 at 5:44 pm

        Just looked this up for you, but I do not know her : Amanda Clemons
        Director, Marketing
        Phone: (312) 494 6742
        Amanda develops, tracks and reports on the marketing efforts of the Chamber to ensure information is accessible and a true resource to our members. She is a proud University of Michigan alum (Go Blue!) and has work experience with corporate, retail, and Chamber marketing. Recently new to Chicago, Amanda enjoys trying new restaurants with her husband and walking her border collie around the city. She loves spending her free time baking in the kitchen, playing piano, boating and traveling to new places.

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      • January 6, 2018 at 5:47 pm

        Ah Don, thank so kindly for this information! I shall send Ms. Clemons a little email to introduce myself! She likes boating, so I’m sure she will love Lake Michigan! Thanks again, Don (U of Michigan fan I see)! 😉 Cher xo


  11. January 6, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    Congrats and blog on!

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  12. January 6, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    Congrats on four years, nice! I may have been with you since nearly the beginning? Not sure. I’m curious about the new camera of course Cher. Do tell! O love your description of the waves the moonlight, such details! I hope we Americans have treated you well Cher. My brief experience living in Ontario several years ago was great. Love that photo, great contrasts between blues to white. Be well!! 🇨🇦🇺🇸

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    • January 6, 2018 at 6:49 pm

      Bless you, John! I think you have and I want to thank you so much for that! Oh my camera is a Sony 5100 (certainly not as fancy as your cameras, John)! 😉 Why thank you! That is really how the moon’s beams looked on the water last night! It was spectacular, and I hope I can catch some good pics with this new camera! Most Americans have been great, thanks! I know I gave you honorary Canadian status, John! And it is well deserved my friend! Yes, I like the contrasts of blues and white as well! Thank you, John! Cher xo

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      • January 7, 2018 at 11:34 am

        Oh nice camera! Add a tripod to steady it for your photos, sweet. ❤️

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      • January 7, 2018 at 12:41 pm

        That’s a great idea, John! I will get one! Thank you for the suggestion! Cher xo


  13. January 6, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    Happy anniversary of your blog!!

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  14. January 6, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    Cher, congrats — well done! 🙂

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    • January 6, 2018 at 9:09 pm

      Thank you so much, Brett! Cher xo


  15. MK
    January 6, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    I’m glad you decided to create your blog. I don’t stop in religiously, but when I do it’s so often an uplifting visit.

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    • January 6, 2018 at 9:36 pm

      Why thank you so much, MK! That is really nice of you to say! And you know you are always welcome anytime!! Cher xo

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  16. January 7, 2018 at 5:32 am

    Have enjoyed reading your fine posts for so many reasons these past years.
    Looking forward to many more of them! congratulations!!!

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    • January 7, 2018 at 12:41 pm

      Thank you, dear Eddie! Truly that is music to my ears! Blessings, Cher xo

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  17. January 7, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    Happy Blogiversary dear Cher!!! What a milestone and so glad I could be here!!! Cheers, my dear and to many, many more years!!! All the best, always!!! Big hugs, Donna xoxox

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    • January 7, 2018 at 12:43 pm

      Ah, my dear friend; thank you so much! You have been such an incredible support to me and my blog. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Big hugs and blessings, Cher xo


  18. January 7, 2018 at 2:13 pm

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    • January 7, 2018 at 2:38 pm

      Ah, bless you, my dear friend! How thoughtful of you, Tracy! Thank you so much! Big hugs, Cher xo

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  19. January 8, 2018 at 8:02 am

    Congrats on your blogiversary!!! I always enjoy your posts from the Windy City! Hope to hear more details about your new camera soon!

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    • January 8, 2018 at 8:12 am

      Why thank you so much, John! Muchly appreciated! Oh yes, I shall definitely write about it soon (and of course, pics!) Cher xo


  20. January 8, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    Congratulations. This is one of my must visit sites. Regards Thom.

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    • January 8, 2018 at 12:27 pm

      Why thank you so much Thom! Ah, that is so kind of you to say! I really appreciate it a lot! Thank you, Thom! Cher xo

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  21. January 8, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    Congrats on 4 years 🙂 I think you’ve expressed what we have all felt over time. I just post what I want and if someone comes to read it then that’s a bonus! You’re one of my ‘regulars’ so I should thank you too 🙂 Keep up the good work and I shall certainly keep visiting.

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    • January 8, 2018 at 5:27 pm

      Why thank you so much! Yes, I truly do the same! Ah, bless! Right back at you as one of your ‘regulars’ too! Thank you my friend! Cher xo

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  22. January 8, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    How wonderful, Cher! Congrats! So happy to know you 🙂

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    • January 12, 2018 at 6:22 pm

      Thank you so much, dear Christy!!! It is such a wonderful thing to be included with this incredible group of women (and I’m writing to one as I type this!!) Cher xo


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