Wednesday, 2 January 2019

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 500

Happy New Year! And welcome to the 500th edition of What's On Your Workdesk. 500. That's a big fat roundy number and a lovely way to start another year, don't you think? I know LLJ does, it suits her statistician tendencies.  I planned it you know, ten years ago, even before we’d met. *cough*
My word though, 500 posts about my unchanging, untidy workdesk. 500 times I've made excuses and you've rolled your eyes and said 'yeah yeah'. 500 once weekly opportunities to call in and make a friend. And something I am really quite proud about - vey few rules and total flexibility, no membership and minimal advertising. I wanted it originally to be just for fun and I think it still is.
And there’s more this week. Beautiful, colourful, scent-full flowers from Jan to mark this big fat roundy 500. The lady who delivered them asked me if I would explain the card, apparently the florist was a bit worried that she’d copied out the messsage wrongly as it didn’t seem to make any sense to her. I opened it, grinned, and then watched the shutters closing in her eyes as I tried to briefly explain. Weird how some people don’t get it, huh. Truly lovely aren’t they, and totally unexpected. So as always, thanks for joining in. After all, without other desks it would have been a very short lived thing!




44 comments:

Helen said...

what a gorgeous bunch of flowers! wish I'd thought of something to mark the occasion. Thank you, beautiful lady, for starting - and indeed, keeping this going - this weekly get-together, through rain, shine and other less pleasant things. Your desk is way too tidy, hope you get time to mess it up soon! Happy WOYWW Helen

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Happy 500th, dear friend. It's a truly big number and a BIG accomplishment and it was all YOU and a bunch of us voyeurs and enablers. Deskers, too!

glitterandglue said...

Morning Julia - and I wish you a very special new year. May this be a year of fun, health and good things. Congratulations on 500 editions - 500 weeks of sorting us all out as we link in incorrectly - 500 weeks of telling all about our desks. You done well, girl.! Those are the most lovely flowers - what a beautiful thought of Jan's.
Take care, dear girl. God bless.
Margaret #3

craftyani said...

Congratulations Julia, know how hard it is to keep something like this going week in week out. Just feel I know so many of you wish I could meet up, maybe the crop one year who knows. The flowers are beautiful well done Jan. See your desk has had a makeover specially for the occasion. Haha. Please keep going for another 500 and have a great week. Ani

Neet said...

Congratulations Julia on reaching the big 500. Thanks for all the friendships I have made along the way whilst I have been joining in with you. Here's to the next ten years and the big 1000 although I doubt I will be celebrating with you then but do hope some of my younger friends are.
Love the flowers from LLJ, what a wonderful friendship there is there with you two.
Happy 500
Hugs, Neet 4 xxxxx

Robyn said...

gorgeous flowers! tidy desk! New Year! heres to 500 more! Robyn 6

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I KNEW the florist would be scratching her head over the message!! Yay, mission accomplished 😁😁 Gorgeous colourful flowers for someone who is bold and bright herself. Congrats on the milestone mate!!
Hugs, LLJ 7 xxx

Lynn Holland said...

A big clapping of hands here Julia and an amazing milestone. You’ve created a wonderful community here both online and in the real world. One day I may get to meet some of you myself. Well done and thanks.
Lynn x

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

BIG Congrats Julia on getting to 500, a pat on the back achievement. I bet you are grinning from ear to ear. A beautiful bouquet from Jan and a facial expression I can recall regarding the explanation of woyww, it's hard to make that penny drop with some people.
I hope you will frame that picture of your desk and hang it proudly on the wall hee hee.. Happy New Year and *500* here's to the next Happy 500 WOYWWs :)) Tracey #9

Annie said...

Congratulations my friend....it’s really is an achievement. I’m really sorry I’ve been missing in action for the last few weeks.....needs must and just know you will understand. I start back to work today too....still feeling a little fragile but I will get there.
Hugs,
Annie x

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

What a brilliant achievement, O Julia, Queen 👑 of Deskland, this is my 8th anniversary on WOYWW as I joined in first Wednesday of 2011! Am so impressed that you’ve managed the ginormous half a millennium!
And how typically kind and thoughtful of Lunch Lady Jan, that you were sent those beautiful flowers 💐 !!
So grateful for the crop this or actually last year, it certainly looks large as a highlight!!
Am totally impressed at the clean and tidy desk, would that I can say the same for me, I’ve been away and just home at 7pm so scheduled post before I left on day before New Year’s Eve.
Couldn’t miss this one.
Happy celebratory hugs amd prayers for a healthy 2019! Don’t think it’s sunk into my brain yet that it’s 2019!
Love Shaz in Oz.x #10

Sarah Brennan said...

Morning and congratulations on the mile stone. I am so looking forward to meeting up with everyone for the 10th anniversary crop! Here's to the next 500. The flowers from Jan are lovely! Happy WOYWW Sarah #12

Angela Radford said...

Gorgeous Julia! both you and the flowers. You must be thrilled to get this far but what surprised me the most was that tidy desk. Looking forward to another year of creativity with the gang. Happy New Year, Angela x16x

Shaz Brooks said...

Hi Julia, and the most huge congratulations on getting to 500. You don't look a day over 430! Rofl. :) Awesome flowers off Jan, lolling at you explaining the message, all I can say is those that aren't a part of it don't know what they're missing. So many thank you's for all the friendships we've made because you had this idea, and for all the meetings at all the crops. Long may it run.
Love the super clear desk- betting, like mine it won't last- ooh and I have that X-Cut guillotine as well, aren't they great? Love and hugs, Shaz #5 XxX

Christine said...

I could say 'Congratulations!' Wow! 500! Wonderful! Well done!
But I am thrown by the empty desk.......

I feel I ought to come round with my 'pile' and fill up all that empty space but then I know that by the week's end ...... you will be back in your seat.... ruling the craftiness and woywwiness ..... 'Thank you Julia for so much over these years' seems such a small thing to say when you have done so much for so many..... thank you for being there.
Thank you
Christine #17

Anne said...

Hello Julia. Couldn't miss this one! Congratulations. Love, love , love the flowers. Anne X #18

Morti said...

Oh wow! 500 eh?

I’ve been so remiss in not joining in at all last year - maybe this should be my New Year’s resolution and get back to blogging...

Happy New Year, my lovely!

Marit said...

Dear Julia, I am not blogging today so I won't put my name in the list, but I wanted to stop by to congratulate you on 500!!!!! An I wish you all the best for this New Year, let's go for it and make it fabulous! Big hug from Holland, Marit

Caro said...

Wow! 500! How cool. Your desk is looking ultra tidy and I love the flowers that mark the occassion...excellent and beautiful. Have a very happy New Year. God Bless, Caro x (#20)

Sue said...

Hi Julia, Many congratulations on the 500th WOYWW.

I am so glad I joined in, way back in either year two or three. It's great seeing the deskers work areas and often getting inspiration for storage, crafting projects and the like.

Well done Jan on the beautiful flowers.

I'm so glad I am a 'Desker'.

Happy 500th WOYWW
Sue #15

pearshapedcrafting said...

This is so worth celebrating - this IS an achievement - what a great job you have done providing this link to create friendships around the World! Huuuuge Congratulations lovely lady! Hugs, Chris xx 21

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Congratulations ! 500 is a Milestone and I have loved every minute of the adventure you have created. I love the friends I've made and the great world of blogland. Sending you Love and big HUGS>

AliWade said...

Happy 500th WOYWW. Beautiful flowers. I am sure that I am not the only one who is now annoyed that I didn't realise the special day and mark it by sending something handcrafted. You may get something in the post later this week! Ali x #22

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

I bet you didn't imagine in your wildest dreams that there would be a #500 when you first started WOYWW, Julia! The big question is, will there be a #1000? Could easily happen! I've asked Google "what will be the date 500 weeks from now?" and it came back with the answer "Wednesday, 2 August 2028" That sounds about right, doesn't it? Now, I'll have to stick around just to find out LOL! I had an image of a clean and tidy desk just like yours in my head, but sadly, it still remains only an image. Happy New Year and here's to another 500 WOYWWs! zsuzsa #19 xx

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

ps. what a lovely gesture from Jan and LOL at the delivery lady's reaction!

jan spencer said...

Happy 500th WOYWW Julia, Well done,

Gorgeous flowers too, very kind of LLJ, I think you can sit down tonight and pour yourself your favorite tipple, and mine, to celebrate.

I was shocked by the clean desk too, is this going to last!!!!

Happy 500th WOYWW

Jan S No 25

Twiglet said...

Well done on 500 editions of our WOYWW madness. I am not surprised the florist didn't understand - you have to be in it to appreciate it's warmth and lovely friendship. Bring on the next 500! Happy New Year - see you in June. xx Jo

Shoshi said...

I had to laugh at your opening remarks, Julia, and then your description of the delivery lady's confusion lol lol!! Gorgeous flowers. A very happy New Year and 500th edition of WOYWW to you, and many, many thanks for the friendships and hours of enjoyment you have provided through WOYWW. I didn't sign in earlier today because I completely forgot... I had uploaded my post in the small hours and then got busy with other stuff after I got up! Oh well, better late than never...

Happy 500th,
Shoshi #27

Stacy Sheldon said...

Happy 500th. week of sharing Julia :) those are gorgeous blooms too :) and I am grinning because, your desk is so clean and tidy.
(mine was last week, and I forgot to shoot it oops)
~Stacy #27

Elizabeth said...

Hi Julia - 500! Wonderful! And how clear is your desk for the occasion. Don't suppose it will stay that way for long. The flowers are gorgeous - I can almost smell them from here. I'm not going to say here's to another 500 - that could be something of a stretch - but here's to the 10th year celebrations in June. Hugs, Elizabeth x #29

Kimberly at ArtJoyStuff said...

Congratulations!!! 500 is an amazing milestone! Thanks so much for the opportunity to share my mess and to visit so many other talented ladies. Wishing you a beautiful and blessed 2019, hugs, Kim

Dorlene Durham said...

Such a nice clear desk and beautiful flowers! Happy 500th post! Dorlene #31

Lindart said...

Lovely way to start the new year with a clean and tidy desk! Maybe mine will look like that next week! Beautiful flowers to celebrate a a great milestone! 500 WOYWW posts is awesome! I hope we are all still here posting for the 600th! Lindart #32

Heather Marshall said...

Hi Julia, a big congratulations on reaching the big 500 with your wonderful blog! Those flowers are absolutely beautiful - lovely blooms to a lovely lady from another lovely lady! And as for your desk - wow, so very tidy! The only time mine is so tidy is when the grandchildren come for sleepovers. I'm looking forward to meeting you in June at the Crop, fingers crossed I can make it. Have a lovely week Heather x #33

SumBunneh said...

500!!! Wow what an achievement... and yes.. it is still really fun.. even after all this time. I love that I can dabble in and out and always feel welcome when I return again.

I actually am worried about how naked your desk is!! Wow, I wasn't expecting that!

Lovely flowers though :)

Sumbunneh hugs,
Erika #35

Kim said...

Beautiful flowers! Happy #500! That is an amazing achievement! And I see your desk is clean and ready for the new year's creativity as well. Thank you again for keeping this show running! Have a great week.
-K #34

StampinCarol said...

Thank you for such a wonderful weekly get-together for 500 weeks!!! Such lovely flowers from Jan!! And I almost fainted when I seen your desk! LOL! Blessing for 2019!
Carol N #24

Annie Claxton said...

HI Julia, Happy New Year!! That really is a HUGE number :o) I'm back after a few weeks preoccupied with Other Stuff and I don't even recognise your desk, it's way too tidy - who are you and what have you done with our Julia?! :o)
Annie #37

Kelly said...

Beautiful posies, Miss Julia! Now that neat desk has to GO! LOL I made up for you this week. Trust me LOL Happy New Year!

Cardarian said...

Congrats Julia! You are a star! Happy new year! All the best for 2019!
Love and hugs,
Cardarian

Debbie Rock said...

Thank you for bringing so many wonderful friends into my life all due to your inspiration 500 weeks ago for the WOYWW phenomenon. Much love and huge CONGRATULATIONS! xXx

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

I've done some digging - out of curiosity! - and found what may have been the first ever WOYWW! http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com/2009/06/whats-on-your-workdesk.html If in fact this was the first ever deskshare on Wednesday 10th of June - then the 500th would be this coming Wednesday 9th of January! https://planetcalc.com/7741/ Not that it matters but it's possible that a number was accidentally skipped somewhere along the way - so the real 500th might just be coming up!

Carola Bartz said...

How fun that this is still growing strong! On to the next 500!

Cardarian said...

Hi Julia!
I have now 2 buddies on the weight loosing journey! It is a struggle but we will make it! I hope that by JUne I will have my operation too - well at least one of them! I think my card making can not compare with yours! I do want to get into scrapbooking as I would like to make some memories for my daughter so I am hoping for a few tips from you! 😊
Have a lovely 2019!
Love and hugs,
CARDARIAN