Greetings! Welcome to A Sawyer’s Daughter — my initial foray into The Land of Blog.

I am a sawyer’s daughter, the eldest of six girls. Dad owned and operated a sawmill for fifty years. Mom’s dad was also a sawmill man and both of these men loved what they did! Growing up I was always cognizant of the fact that no one else at school grew up with stacks of logs and sawdust piles as their own personal playground.

A bit of a late bloomer I quit my job at the tender age of 34 to go to college. I met my husband, Bill, in a programming class at our local community college and from there he and I both enjoyed non-traditional student status when we transferred to Iowa State University.

Originally married at the young age of eighteen (and then divorced two years later) I have a son from that union who teaches chemistry at a community college near St. Louis. Wesley thinks the world of Bill and it’s been gratifying over the years watching them bond, whether via acting silly together (Bill patiently and with good humor playing Pokemon with Wesley when that was a passion of young boys at the time) or whenever Bill serves as a buffer anytime the inevitable mother/son conflicts crop up every now and then.

Bill and I enjoy blues music, golf, target shooting, reading, photography, bicycling, wineries, hiking, ISU football and basketball and travel. After experiencing the joys and exhilaration of hiking in the Rocky Mountains a few years ago, I’d love a return trip there sometime where I hope to ‘bag’ us a 14er – that is, reaching the summit of some 14,000 foot peak. With so many places in the continental US to explore (and revisit!), traveling abroad – while appealing – may have to take a backseat for awhile until my husband retires. On that note, I myself just retired on March 15, 2017. So far I have no set routine and that’s just the way I like it!

I’ve been blogging now since June 2014 and don’t know that I can fully articulate just how positive it’s all been: Making new friends, soul mates and confidants. Being exposed to immensely talented writers and photographers from all over the world. Using my blog as a springboard for sharing my thoughts and ideas either via writing or photography or a marriage of the two. It’s been simply amazing.

And so I thank you for stopping by! Please drop a comment or two as I would love to get your feedback and to also learn more about YOU as well.



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  1. I nominated you to participate with me for the next 5 days (or later if need be) in the black and white photo challenge. Each day you nominate someone to join you in your photo challenge. I hope you don’t mind! I love your photos 🙂

    • Hmmm. I need to get crackin’ then, huh? 🙂

      I haven’t done much with black and white but I’ll give it a go. Just getting back home from the holidays and a houseful of Christmas to put away for another year! But I’m game!!!

      Thanks for the nomination and your kind words!

    • Now THAT’S how you increase traffic to your blog!

      Thanks for stopping by and I’ve already (started to) return the favor.

      BTW — one of my all-time favorite films? All That Jazz….

      The very best to you, young man!

  2. What a refreshing experience being in your blog is…and ah the humour (the comment above me 😀 and also in blogging 101 commons 😀 :D) ! So glad to find you…
    From this post I am having this feeling that you grew up in a romantic countryside…am I wrong ?
    Also, do visit my space sometime…I will be happy

    • Thank you for your many kind words. Yes — I will visit your blog as well. I like to make others happy. 🙂 Odd — I never thought about that before but who wouldn’t enjoy putting a smile on someone else’s face?!?!

      I grew up in ‘the country’, on a small acreage in the Midwest: north central Iowa in the US. Not really a farm although we did have a small barn and occasionally a few cows, pigs and chickens. Even a horse! But the primary thing was that my dad owned and operated a sawmill. Oh. And a small tree-lined creek ran along the east edge of our property and us six girls were forever exploring it in both the summer and winter months.

      I’m curious to see what Blogging 101 will require of us and maybe a little apprehensive. We shall see!

  3. Hi Julie 🙂
    I hope all is going well for you in the New Year!
    I’m so glad that I found your blog…your photos and posts are so engaging.
    There’s a blogging award called “The Versatile Blogger Award” and I’ve nominated you for it!
    Thanks for your wonderful blog…..I look forward to reading you soon!!

  4. G’day Julie, lovely to visit your blog. I’ve wandered over from Cee’s. I’m the eldest of six, too, but just the one sister among the boys. Creeks and trees make for a magical childhood and I was lucky to have both near to me most of my growing years!

    I flunked Blogging 101, got behind and never finished, but I did get to learn stuff I wouldn’t have otherwise. I almost signed up for Photo 101, but restrained myself. I’ll be back. 😀

    • Welcome Christine! A dredge ditch ran parallel to our property and the six of the girls were forever exploring there. Yes, we were lucky too to have so many opportunities to run and climb and use our imaginations!

      Blogging 101 is a lot of work! I missed Friday’s assignment. How long does this go?!?!? I never signed up for Photo 101 but rather just submitted photos after I first discovered it. It’s a great way to put your stuff out there!

      Thanks for stopping by. I’ll return the favor once I’ve woken up a little. Early Sunday morning and even though I got to bed late, it was just time to get out of bed!

  5. Hi Julie,
    That Picture of yours say a whole lot more about you, than all what you intended to write about yourself.
    Full of life and Very Natural 🙂
    Just Discovered your blog and thought I’d say a Hi….:)

    • Thank you! That was a fun photo taken on my 50th rthday. It was an unusually mild February day here in central Iowa where our winters are normally anything but mild and we decided to explore an area said to be thick with eagles that time of year. We didn’t find any eagles but had a great time discovering more about the Des Moines metro vicinity. It was a really great day! Thanks for stopping by!

      • A Landmark Birth Day…..Wishing you Many more to come, and May you Smile Happy….just as you did on your 50th birth day…whether or not you find what you looking for… exploring…life in the years ahead.Cheers Julie.

  6. Hey, Julie!
    Though I’ve seen some of your writing and photography before, however late, this I is the first time I’ve really looked into your blog at any length. Absolutely love the stuff about your childhood at the mill and your mom’s selling the home place.
    I’m looking for a publisher for my memoir. I’m also looking into starting my own blog . Keep that writing and
    those pictures coming! Linda

    • Hey there, yourself! Thanks for your comment. You have no idea how much that means to me. 🙂

      It’s lots of fun, for sure. I haven’t been writing as much as I did at first. I love the photography and – right or wrong – people seem more willing to respond to visual posts rather than taking the time to read actual content.

      I try to take the time every so often to check out others’ blogs and make comments. Helps to keep the relationships strong out here in The Land of Blog! I’ve “met” some really cool people along the way.

      Anyway, thanks again! I truly appreciate it. 🙂

    • Greetings. Sorry for the delayed response. I somehow missed this one. Thank you for taking the time to comment! And for stopping by. 🙂 Greatly appreciated!

  7. I don’t recall whether I mentioned this anywhere above but my mother is one of 8 sisters, as well. How about that?!? Thanks for stopping by and taking time to comment. 🙂

  8. You started blogging when I moved from Los Angeles to a town that’s one street, but has many forest residences. Living in the forest without traffic (yay) and scouting out a new life – I know what you mean:) I went back to do graduate work when 36, and 30 years later, I still feel much like, and relate to student life:)
    Don’t be too impressed with the more experienced bloggers, we all have our strengths and weaknesses! Good to meet you Julie!

    • Nice to meet you too. Going to school as a non-traditional was incredible. Would not have traded it for a thing!

      I’ve been blogging since June 2014 and certainly learned a lot along the way AND met some pretty amazing people. So much talent both artistically via their photography as well as in how they spin the ‘written’ word. I’m often in awe and come away inspired and motivated!

      Sometimes I take a break. Not so much from blogging but just from social media altogether. It’s such a wonderful tool but not without it’s deficits and detractions.

      Thanks again for your kind words! I hope we get to know each other better going forward. 🙂

  9. So glad I stumbled on your blog. As the daughter of a lumberman, I too, grew up with an unconventional playground of lumber piles, equipment sheds, sawdust, and the smell… oh my, the smell of freshly cut lumber! And I, too, have a Wesley, but because I had children later, mine is only a teenager. Looking forward to reading more of your blog! – Suzanne

    • Wow. Kizmet!!

      Yes. And the smell of sawdust, jumping from the elevator into a huge sawdust pile, swinging out from tree branches before descending into that warm goodness. 🙂

      And a Wesley, too, eh? Another commonality.

      You just made my day. Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Your blog title drew me in! I am the child of a sawmill man, and all the men on dad’s side of the family worked at the mill at one time or another. They had the “sawmill” salute – missing finger tips! That was a very old school problem. 😉

    You probably understand why the smell of sawdust and wood are like Old Spice to me.

    Take care!

  11. Hi Julie,
    I am interested in using one of your photos from Rocky Mountain National Park on an educational exhibit (img_3964 lily lake). We’d be happy to give you a photo credit! If you reply here or to my email below, I would be most grateful! Thank you! Michelle.

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