Monday, April 6, 2009

Spring? and An Anniversary of Sorts

Star of Bethlehem
Ornithogalum umbellatum
Lily family (Liliaceae)
I show the above photo as a reminder to me that Spring was here, if only temporarily. The temperatures are supposed to drop below freezing tonight, and the lovely flower, a photo of which was taken in my back yard two days ago, may be brown mush tomorrow. Only the passage of the night will show if the the weatherman is correct. We've had strong winds today, but until around 6 p.m. there was a lot of sunshine. Then the clouds moved in. Both clouds and wind are to go away overnight, allowing the cold front to drop in here and do its dastardly deed. Our church children will probably have a chilly Easter Egg hunt on Sunday, too. This weather is supposed to hang around for a while.

If I've calculated correctly, today is my one-year blogging anniversary. Also, if correct, I've posted 177 times (this one included), giving me a somewhat dismal record of posting on only 48% of the intervening 365 days. Ah, well. The other 52% of the days were spent doing something else: reading other folks blogs, reading books, working at church, taking care of dogs, cats, and grandchildren (not necessarily in that order), and leading a quite ordinary life.

When I started blogging, my main intention was to record some of my remembrances while I still had the memory to do so. I've done a bit of that, yes, but much of what I want to record is as of yet unwritten. Some of my dredged up memories are a bit hard to deal with, and I'm not sure they will ever be recorded, at least in a blog.

I've participated in theme posting to some extent, although I've let some of that go by the wayside of late. I've become very much interested in photography this past year, have acquired a new digital camera and some nice lenses, and am taking a lot of pleasure in trying to improve my skills in that area. I've learned a lot, in theory at least, from some excellent photographer/bloggers (too many to mention here, but they are listed in my side bar) and it gives me great enjoyment to read their blogs and look their photos. Thanks to you all!

One of the greatest pleasures of being a member of the blog community, however, is the contact I've made with other bloggers around the world: England, Europe, South America, Australia, Japan, India, Africa, and many, many places in the United States. Thanks to the Internet, it's a small world, after all.

Off now, to get a blanket for the bed. I may have some hot cocoa before I turn in, too. Surely, real Spring can't be too far away.


Snap said...

I'm sure glad you're blogging. It is nice to be in touch with a friend from the past! Love the photo ... picture taking is habit forming! Yippeeee!


Betsy from Tennessee said...

Congrats, Pat, on your blogging anniversary!!!!! It's not how many you post... It's posting such good ones that counts!!!!!

I post one a day --and that's all I can do. Some people post several times a day. I've just got too many other interests.

But--like you, I have grown by blogging. I've met so many wonderful people from all over.. AND--I've learned alot more about birding and photography...

We had snow all day long (flurries but no accumulations YET). I hate it. It's April --and I'm ready for spring to STAY.

Have a great evening and stay warm.

Hilary said...

Happy Blogiversary, Pat. I remember when you started and can't believe it's already one year. Looking forward to many more. :)

Countrygirl said...

Happy Anniversary, I am so glad that you are blogging!

Jeannelle said...

Oh, a noteworthy milestone indeed! Congratulations on your blog's one year anniversary!

I do hope the freezing in your area will not be as bad as feared. What is going on with the weather, anyway?! Its all mixed up.

Your Star of Bethlehem is very lovely. God bless you during this Holy Week, Pat.

rhymeswithplague said...

Happy Blogiversary or Blogaversary or whatever it is, Pat! As so many of our southern friends say, "You done good!"

My mind is organized in a strange way, I suppose, but since your blog starts with "a" it's always the first one I check each morning, then richie's blog, etc., although I depart the alphabetical approach soon afterward.

You have helped start a many of my days....

Ditto Jeannelle's last paragraph.

Arkansas Patti said...

Happy Blogiversary Pat. Bet that year went fast. I am new here but enjoy reading you blog. Keep er coming.
The nasty weather you described has kept my company house bound. Hoping for a good day today. Hope your plant survives. Mine are tucked into blankets.

TSannie said...

How wonderful! A year of blogging. Hope to see you around for a long tome to come.

Denise said...

What a lovely photograph. I'm glad you were able to take a photograph of it before your expected freeze. Congratulations on your one year anniversary. We must have started at around the same time as I had mine yesterday. I enjoyed reading your post very much. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

richies said...

I was quite shocked to find that you had a life outside of blogging. :)

We did not get the freeze that was forecast. The low at my house was 33 degrees.

An Arkies Musings

Rose said...

I have got to read a few of you memories and look forward to more...isn't blogging great!

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Happy belated blogging anniversary. And I understand what you mean about some memories being too intense for blogging. Post only as you feel comfortable.