Half-Year Review

Normally I am not a stat checker, but since those little monkeys were so hard at work, I thought I should take a peek and share a few things with you.

Top post: Be Careful  The only reason I am mentioning this is because there has been a cow (moose) and a calf spotted around our place (about a 1.5 miles in all directions). We are all wondering, and hoping, that it is the same one.

Second in line was The Deer Out Here. The  compliments I received  were humbling. More importantly, I was astonished to see how such a simple picture could evoke such warm feelings of nostalgia in my viewers. Thank you all for sharing them with me. Of course I cannot let this post go without recognizing the sweet conversation I had with Belinda that day. It led to her witty and very clever comment : “Say… no dear.. There is no deer!” It was the first time in this blogging journey that I was able to shove my phone into my hubby’s face and exclaim “Burn! From Australia!” I scored a point for myself on the invisible board in the air and danced around like a mad woman. Needless to say, the moment was absolutely priceless and one that I will treasure for some time. And don’t worry, hubby has a good sense of humour, so he was laughing too.

My favorite post: Shades of  Gray. I must have taken close to 300 pictures that week, trying to find the perfect monochrome picture. In reality, I didn’t have to travel farther than my backyard to snap that photo. The feathers you see there are from my own, home grown flock.

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tough little bastards

You may think, after seeing this picture, that this is a form of animal cruelty. It is -12 C here. I assure  you that they have an insulated shed to live in, outfitted with a very warm heat lamp. There are piles  of straw around the yard.  But they hate to be confined. Why they insist on laying on top of the snow is a mystery to me.

So here I am, six months into this gig and still loving it. My interest/ eagerness to invest into this blog can really only be contributed to all of you. I love reading your posts. I love the insights into your lives, the stories you have written, the things I have learned; the recipes I have tried and the music you have introduced me to. All of it.

Sincerely, thank you all for being so damn interesting that I have trouble putting down my phone. 🙂

Happy Holidays!!

 

 

just a quick doodle for you with the artflo app :)
just a quick doodle for you with the artflo app 🙂

Just needed to take a moment to say…

Wherever you are, I sincerely hope your tummies are full and that you find peace and comfort during this holiday season. Wishing each and every one of you nothing but the very best in all that life has to offer.

From my family, to yours

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

xoxoxoxo

Please excuse my absence…

…but my internet connection has been a little wonky this last week. I keep watching those little blue circles, waiting for your posts to load, and they are actually beginning to make me nauseous! It doesn’t take much time to pass before I start to contemplate doing thisEyes

because I actually think it would be less painful! You have to understand that I am not a very patient person! So before I do something completely irrational like this

Computer fist

I thought I should just leave the blogosphere alone. I promise to be back to my commenting/posting/ reading savvy as soon as this problem is rectified. I hope you are all enjoying your weekend! Happy Sunday!

* A very special thank you to the artistic and articulate Del Nolan for collaborating and providing the artwork depicted here. Please take a minute to read more from this lovely author! You can find his site here*

 

Blog Identity

I keep thinking that this blog should have an identity, a focus. Something to help fill in the gaps between Wednesday’s photo challenge and Tuesday’s tune.

Maybe my followers would like to know what to expect when they come here.

Maybe I should pick a weekly theme and run with it for awhile…

The truth is, that would never work for me.

My thoughts and interests vary from day to day, hour to hour. Last night, I was watching you tube videos on how to debone a deer. Sometime this week, I will be learning how to mount the horns. Tomorrow, I will be watching videos on how to use the new ultrasound machine at work.

In essence, this blog is an extension of me. And in order for it to survive, it will have to flow the way I flow – up, down and all around; not consistent in any way, shape or form.

Pay It Forward

Need to lighten the mood after yesterday…this is a good one…take a minute to watch the video! I need to go find some kleenex…

Facilitating Magical Futures

Would you be willing to risk your life?…

Would you be willing to risk your horse’s life?…

…to lead more than 100 horses to safety, including pregnant mares and foals, knowing that you and your horse would have to swim part of the way? Knowing that all previous attempts have failed and that 19 horses have died already?

Would you?

(my apologies to those who have already seen this video, but it is so moving that I feel it should get another airing – photo: Peter DeJong / Wyoming News)

Day 10 of the #FeelingGratefulChallenge for Horse Lovers

A post appeared on a Friesian horse forum, asking if any one was willing to undertake the rescue of more than 100 horses that are stranded on an island in Holland due to flooding in very bad weather.  It was urgent, the horses had been stuck for a few days and were…

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Happy Birthday Flem!!

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Dear Fellow Bloggers,

Today is Flem’s birthday! I think we can all remember what it felt like to be a new blogger, nervous and anxious for acknowledgement? How about we try to make Flem’s birthday extra special by liking/commenting/following and showing her what a lovely, supportive community she has entered?

SHARE THE LOVE!!

Dear Flem,

Welcome and Happy Birthday! Instead of buying you some crap, I just took a picture instead! Hope it makes you smile!

xoxox

See you shortly!

And So I Weep

I keep thinking

 tragic events

should not overtake my soul

with such shock, pain and disbelief

any history book would support my claim

it is part of our heritage

passed down through the generations

the desire to obliterate

eradicate

innocent souls

to dominate

to gain control

to strike fear into the living

for complacency

perhaps to perpetuate the violent cycle

for the “justified” retaliation that will ensue

And so I weep

for fallen soldiers

legions of armies

for the families

for the people

devastated by  horrific events

I feel their screams of pain

their tears tear at my heart

burdened with their grief,

I weep

lest we forget

our “civil”izations were built upon rivers of blood

bodies thrown into pits

discarded

like litter

Lest we forget our history

of the darkness that follows our footsteps forward

plant poppies in Remembrance

seeds of love

understanding

acceptance

cooperation

unity

FORGIVENESS!

 

Lest we forget

where we have been

and what we yearn to become

Until then,

peace will be a fallacy

In solemn remembrance

for everyone who has been lost,

or has lost,

anyone or anything

at the hands of another

my heart bleeds for all of you

And so I weep…

Happy Halloween!

the pumpkin we carved
the pumpkin we carved

I was hoping my daughter would sleep through her sugar crash last night long enough to post this…

Sometimes…

…sometimes I just want to write. I do not want to care about content or saying things that actually have any meaning. I do not want to care that it is Sunday morning here and not Saturday and it is no longer Halloween. If I had to adhere to time restraints, I may not ever post anything…

I think I have been suffering from TMI with all of the blogging tips that have been floating around here lately. I began to have daymares about speaking to all of my followers. Public speaking is one thing – there is usually an educational aspect to it and if I am passionate about a subject, I can pull it off. Here… a little different since I have to rely on my own imagination…

The one thing I have come to realize is that, in actuality, I am a very private person. And writing, for me, is an extremely intimate thing. I am connecting with that voice that is otherwise silenced by my need to do’s, should do’s and should have done’s.

The other aspect is time. There really is so much that I want to say but I am having trouble carving out those minutes I need to put them somewhere…

There you have it. A little ramble, just me overcoming some obstacles of time, content, and communication. Happy Sunday!!

 

 

 

Join Automattic’s Worldwide WP 5k 2015

Ahhh! I should have reblogged this when I found it on Friday but I was on my app. (Why did they remove that option??) It is not too late to join!!

Never A Dull Bling

I’m up for this challenge!!  Who else in the running, walking, wogging community is up for it?!

Automatticians, members of the WordPress community, and bloggers around the world come together for our annual run.

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