A few things have happened on social media recently which have concerned me and rather than lose another night’s sleep over them, I think it best to openly address those issues here.
A few days ago, I happened to come across all four of our kitties on top of our formal dining table all at the same time. It was so unusual to have all four of them together that I grabbed my phone, snapped the photo and posted it to Facebook. I was just so tickled to get the photo of them all in one place, it didn’t occur to me some folks would not take kindly to this. This led to several FB “friends” openly shaming me — which I do not appreciate in the least.
First of all, allow me to set the record straight. That particular dining table is not a table where we normally eat; it is used only for special occasions, for game playing, or Thanksgiving dinner. And the table cloth on the table is washed regularly (several times a week) and is for the purpose of protecting our solid oak, Amish-made dining table from scratches and wear. There’s also a custom table pad underneath it — or any table cloth at all times. We have another room with a different table where we eat our meals and although I don’t owe anyone an explanation, we don’t allow the cats on that table. Plus, anyone who is a true friend or who knows me personally knows I’m a complete neat freak and keep an immaculate home free from dirt, dust, and clutter. This shaming, on my post where I was sharing the love and joy of four kitties who are our family members, upset me to the point where I finally deleted the post. In hindsight, I should have simply and quietly unfriended the people who did the shaming.
I also posted an honest review of Janome’s Continental M7 sewing machine the other day. Most folks were kind and wrote lovely comments but there were a few who questioned my motives or inferred I might have an ulterior motive. I would like to set the record straight. I am not actually a Janome employee. Yes, I do represent them as their National Spokesperson for which I am sincerely and humbly honored. This title is something I cherish and work very hard to ensure I continually represent the company with dignity and honor. I want them to be as proud of me as I am of them and all they stand for. They did not ask me to write and post the review of this sewing machine nor was I compensated monetarily for writing it. My integrity is exceedingly important to me. I will never endorse or promote anything I do not truly believe in. In this day and age, a man or woman’s word may not seem to be worth as much as it once was. But that’s not how I was raised and that’s not who I am. My word is everything to me and I stand by everything I do, say or write. Always. Every word I wrote in my review is genuinely how I feel for this sewing machine. And I believe anyone who spends any amount of time sewing on an M7 would agree with me. Period.
These two incidences have caused me to step back and evaluate. Normally, I can let things roll off me like water off a duck’s back. I don’t engage in slander or pot-stirring, or putting anyone or anything down on social media. EVER. But this time? I feel the need to stand up and speak out about these two recent events. I will continue to post things which bring me joy in hopes of sharing a smile, a giggle, or inspiration with you. Those things include my family, our pets, quilts, sunsets, and flowers. If you don’t agree, simply scroll on by or unfriend me. But to post shaming comments? They are not welcome.
Thank you for your understanding.