Wednesday, September 19, 2007

A New Day Dawns

Photo: Mosquito Mountain and Moxie Lake in the morning in the fall.

Hi Y'All, I'm easing my way back into the old routines with a new perspective and appreciation for everything and everyone. To paraphrase an old quote, 'an old friend dying concentrates the mind wonderfully', and the recent absence was primarily the result of my trying to absorb the reality of the sudden death of a number of longtime friends and colleagues in a very short span of time. The numbers matter not, but having felt as though I was being, in my own selfish thoughts, subjected to a daily series of body blows, I found myself, for one of the very few times in my life, unable to function properly. It was rather much like a fog had settled in my mind and was growing denser every day. Not a great description, but words are inadequate to describe the empty feeling I allowed to settle within my deepest being. I don't say this for sympathy, just to let you know a bit of the reason I left so abruptly. But, I'm happy to say, I'm pretty much back to being my absentminded, short attention span, and constantly contemplating the next meal, self of old. Although I do have a whole new determination not to waste any more of the time allotted me, and to daily remind all that I love and care for each and every one. Well, maybe some more than others, but I'm trying!!
As I write this at 0625, it's 36.5F\2.5C and the sun just woke up. Another great day of testing my new attitude and my recently regained eyesight. The fall quilt of colors is starting to appear and the pumpkin and apple harvests are in full swing. The place is ready for almost anything that may befall us, short of a major disaster. Other than the car being due for its yearly State Inspection, all is fairly well with the world as I know it. For some reason, even political discussions have taken on a newer, less demanding nature. Just throw the bums out!! All of them, every last elected official, whether deserved or not. A new broom sweeps clean, time to start over. Maybe, since most of us hold our moms in such high regard, we should turn the whole place over to the women. We've had our go and blew it in my view.
Well, enough of that, not going to let a beautiful, sunny day be ruined by anything. Life is too short and precious to waste. A short nap for energy, then off to explore and enjoy nature's gift of autumn. One of my four favorite seasons. Until next we meet here, take care and savor every minute as if it were your last.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Blogging Star/Blogging 'Vacation'

Hi Folks, Chris at Red Hog Diary bestowed an honor on me recently! Thank you Red Hog. Chris has presented me with the Blogging Star Award, which is "for bloggers who shine their light throughout the Blogosphere. Some do it with humor, others with creativity and others with their kind and thoughtful natures." Everyone knows more than a few of them so why not give them some recognition? Here's what to do if you receive this:
1) Proudly display the Blogging Star Award on your site along with a link to who gave it to you.
2) Mention that it originated at Skittle's Place so she can follow it's journey.
3) Pass it on to any 1 or 2 blogger(s) you think should have it.

This was hard for me, as I typically read about 30 personal blogs per day in addition to several political sites. After thinking it over for some time, and reading back posts on many of the sites, I settled on two personal blogs. The first is A Life Uncommon(Desiree) which has some of the best writing it's been my pleasure to read. The second is Salvageable(Ann) which is a very insightful and uplifting place to visit. Both of these folks have personal blogs that make my daily blog check so enjoyable. Desiree blogs less often than Ann, but it's so well composed that it's well worth the wait, and Ann is just a wonderful story teller and extremely caring woman. Thanks for the great posts ladies.

The second subject is a bit difficult to explain, so I'll simply tell you I'm taking a little vacation from the blog to get my mind 'back on track'. It doesn't involve anything serious, and not a health problem. I've just got a few things I need to sort out before I'll be able to conjure up any memories to post. Just too many things ganged up on my poor brain all at once. I'll be back as soon as I'm able to write as I feel I should, with as much thought and quality as possible. Thanks for visiting, and I hope you'll check in occasionally to see if I'm back. Thanks again for taking the time to read my posts, and for the kind comments from all. Until later, take care.