Blogging 101…Day 13…Try (another) Blog Event

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Half and Half.”

For todays assignment I chose https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/ since the majority of my blog focuses on my photos of nature.

The picture I chose to share is one I took of 2 Egrets in the marsh early one morning. I feel their reflection fits the topic of “Half and Half.”

“The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.”
~J.M. Barrie, The Little White Bird ~     

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A Little Bit Of Nature…A Whole Lotta Calm

  
Since embarking on this little journey of Blogging 101 via Blogging University and its assignments, AND entertaining 2 young grandchildren, I haven’t ‘just blogged’ for the sake of blogging. Well, today is that day…to share a few photos of mine of my favorite place…the beauty surrounding this place I call home…and a few quotes to round it off with!

  

  

“No man is an island,” said John Donne. I feel we are all islands—in a common sea.”   ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea~

   

    
 
“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

  

“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.” ~Edward Abbey~

Blogging 101…Day 11….Make a Prompt Personal

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Shake it Up.”

It took me quite a few ‘Try Anothers’ for me to finally find a Prompt that ‘spoke’ to me.

My 12th Birthday would have been 1975…..That found me moving for the 5th or 6th time. I was always a loner, not one to have many friends because of constant moving around. So there was no party. We had moved to a small lake community, and our rental happened to be situated on a cove. My stepfather (the ‘flavor’ of the moment) gave me my first fishing pole. The marriage may not have lasted, but what he gave me was a love for the outdoors. I took to fishing like a fish to water (pun intended!!) That started my love affair with nature and my love for the water. Every opportunity found me at the lake, fishing like I knew what the hell I was doing. He may have given me the pole, the rest was up to me……I did ok, actually better than ok. I’ve caught my fair share of fish and always bait my own hooks!!

“As a child, one has that magical capacity to move among the many eras of the earth; to see the land as an animal does; to experience the sky from the perspective of a flower or a bee; to feel the earth quiver and breathe beneath us; to know a hundred different smells of mud and listen unselfconsciously to the soughing of the trees.” [Valerie Andrews A Passion for this Earth]

 That was probable the last time I did anything without worrying about getting it right or wrong..I just went with the flow. It was also when I knew I was ‘different’ from other kids. As I said, I was a loner…though it would take me well into my 40’s to embrace and be comfortable with the fact that I didn’t need or want a lot of friends. (oh the things I wish I could tell my 12 year old self).

I think I went over my 10 minutes………………..

Blogging 101…Day 9…Building on a comment

I received todays assignment last night, and I knew right away which comment I wanted to expand on…..

When I came across ONE FIFTY’s blog post titled Searching for My Grandfather in the Pages of his College Textbook I was immediately drawn to it.

https://wordpress.com/read/post/id/61170129/864

The reason is very simple. I love and miss my grandfather ever day. When he passed, I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to take something of his from his room. I chose his Bible. I keep it on my night stand. I place my hand on it every morning when I wake up, and every evening when I turn in, and tell him I love and miss him and grandmother. I know he’s with me always. It’s old and torn and has no binding left. So I keep it held together with a piece of twine. There is a bit of writing on the inside, though I have no idea who’s it is or if it pertains to my grandparents. Pressed between the pages was my grandmother’s corsage. His mass card is also between the pages. Sadly, there was no mass card for my grandmother.

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Monetarily, there is no value. But for me, it’s priceless. I hold my memories of him/them close.

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Blogging 101…..Days 7 & 8

Playing a bit of catch up here. For Day’s 7 assignment, I already had added a few widgets last week, so I opted for and  managed to add the Blogging 101 Badge to my side bar….after a few, ok more than a few tries!!! :)))) YAY!!! Day 8 we were to visit and comment on some of our neighbors blogs who we haven’t commented on before. I decided to hit up Freshly Pressed first. The first blog to stand out to me was a post titled “Searching for my grandfather in the pages of his college textbook” by ONE FIFTY. https://wordpress.com/read/post/id/61170129/864. The Title grabbed me as I was close to and miss my Grandfather so very much. Next up was the post titled ‘The colors we forgot we had’ by HOPE STATE STYLE. https://wordpress.com/read/post/id/12401925/5218. Beautiful photos to go along with an interesting blog about weaving and dyeing. I then headed over to  Recommended Pages and came across a blog post titled “Canyonlands View” by Pursuit of Life.http://pursuitoflife.net/2015/06/26/canyonlands-view/  Beautiful photographs! and last but certainly not least I came across a post on a blog called Cuteness Overload http://cutenessoverload.com/ and its exactly what the name implies…..over the top cuteness guaranteed to make you smile!!!!