Well, Hello There …

It’s been a while.

I’m still around, although my head and my brain hasn’t been.  It’s been an annus horribilis, to borrow a quote from Queen Elizabeth II from some years back.

Things have not been right with the world.  It’s not just the hectic, chaotic, missed deadlines frenzy that everyday life throws at us.  That, we somehow manage to handle, deal with it, move on.

It’s when we’re thrown for a loop that everything crashes.  It sounds so cliche, and until it happens to you, it’s just a phrase that you hear and read about, and sometimes dismiss.  But when you’re living in that loop that’s thrown at you, your world really crashes down on you.

There were no physical injuries, no, nothing as traumatic as that, and we’ve fixed and patched things up as best we could, and gone on with life.  But mentally, I’m not settled.  The constant worry that things will blow up again, the constant watchfulness, and things may have settled down into a routine again … But I’m not settled.

“This too shall pass”,  I remind myself regularly.  Things will get better, of course.  I’ll just settle myself down, and start writing again.

Hope you’re all having a good summer.

 

 

 

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What do I see when I look out my window?  Nose prints, usually.
There’s a weekly and sometimely cleaning, but of course, in a couple of days, it’s dirty again.
There’s four-legged creatures that use it as a sun-tanning bed …
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… to watch the scenery outside …
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… or perch on top of it to watch the confusing humans as they walk about.
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We watch the snows pile up during the snowstorms …
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And each year, I look forward to seeing this flaming tree blossom out in the front yard, and cover the window with red beauty.
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So nose prints on the glass is ok.  We enjoy looking out the window, anyway.

New Look and Shading

It’s that time again …

When I feel the need to change up everything … a fresh look, a different look … maybe the same look.  I’ve been trying out the free themes available on WordPress … There’s a log of food, weddings and business portfolios themes. Oh, there’s photography too, but since I’m not getting much done with that recently and nothing to showcase, I’m not even looking at those.  I have an idea of what I want, but I’m not seeing it so far.  By the time this post is up and posted, I would have decided on the new theme … maybe.

Here’s some new doodles.  I’ve always wanted to fill up a page with tangles, but my brain hasn’t come out of the box yet, and it’s still insisting on some sort of structure.  I’m trying again with flowers and flora, if I can get something going.

This is what I started a couple of weeks ago … I started a bit of shading and filling in the white space, thinking that I was ‘done’ with the drawing.

And this is now.  Not sure why I fill the need to completely cover the page.  Because I don’t have to, of course.  A little negative space here and there is perfectly acceptable, to bring out the patterns and the shading.

But no … I’m still adding little circles here and there.  Maybe I should start shading, so that I don’t over-shade … Does that make sense?

 

 

Time Flies …

And we’re already in the second month of the year …

Is it just me, or did the first month really fly by so fast?  What were we doing that we didn’t even notice the days fly by?  Were we really all in a hurry?  Did we really have so many things to do?

And I’m not really doing a good job with this on and off blogging either.  As usual, I wrote and published several posts, and all in my head. lol

The weather  – well, I’m sure you know all about the weather.  It’s been a crazy winter, but again I’m not complaining.  We’ve only had one snowstorm/blizzard, and it’s been mild a times.  We even went through three seasons over two days!  We started with fall to winter to spring …

 

Our sports schedule changed a bit, but it was still hectic.  There wasn’t much of soccer, so Tin picked up winter track to keep in shape … Well, that opened up a whole new world for us!  Tin found that he can keep up with the fast boys – we always knew he could run fast, as we would see on the soccer field every now and then.  But now he’s competing with a whole new set of athletes.  He’s not quite up at the nationals level, but that’s something he can work on, if he continues.  Now he’s looking to running the spring track … Which is about the same time that the new soccer season starts, so that means more travelling hours and less hours in a day for us …

We should enjoy it and make the most of it, we’re told … he’s a junior now and in a couple of years we won’t be running around as much … which brings me to the next chapter of my life journey – retirement.  But that’s for another post …

Good weekend, and stay safe and warm!

 

 

Nostalgia … By the Pool

A couple of years ago, my brother unearthed a treasure trove of old slides from our early years in Nigeria.  Impatient to see what they showed and not having slide projectors on hand, he somehow improvised with what he had to see what memories they would hold.

This is my favourite photo, taken by my father.

My brother  and I, sitting on an inner tube, sitting by the pool.

This was in our early years in Nigeria, and no doubt we were still adjusting to suddenly living in a foreign country, and the way of life, and staring at everything … Although being kids, I’m sure we behaved exactly the same as we always did and didn’t think twice that we were on a different continent.

This was taken a half century ago.  But each time I look at the photo, it just makes me happy .. and nostalgic for the way we were.

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On Blogging and Structure

So … last week I read the WP article on how to get more traffic to your blog.  Here’s an excerpt on a response from Scott Berkun about comments by bloggers on other blogs.

“Scott Berkun

April 12th, 2012 at 6:14 pm

We don’t have data on comment to readers. I suspect it would vary from blog to blog, as some content lends itself to comments and discussions more than others.

We do know the majority of posts are commentless. Of all posts, roughly:

77% have zero comments
20% have 1-5 comments
2% have 6-10 comments
1% have 10+ comments

This supports how powerful comments are to bloggers. They’re not as common as people assume. Writing and receiving them is significant.”

hmmm …. “77% have zero comments”? and  “They’re not as common as people assume.”

Really?  So I’m in the majority?  whew!!  Thought I was doing something wrong.  But then again, my blog was really just a way for me to gather my thoughts and collections in one place, with some creative writing, much like the written journal.  It was also a way to update friends and family on travels and projects.  But as with anything, there is that little “I wonder if anybody else out there is reading this” voice.  I know that at best, it will only get one or two hits for the day from the public at large.

I am quite surprised that this number was so high, actually.  I thought it was less than that, since all the blogs (both freshly-pressed and not) that I visit have tons of followers and comments.  And the ones that I visit is only a drop in the ocean of blogs out there, but apparently they’re all in the 1% category.  LOL !

So after much thought, I’m taking some advice from the article and making a little change, so that readers are not too confused with my unstructured mish-mash of posts on everything.  I’m separating the crafts and arts  posts to another blog, ColouringWithYarn, and leaving the rest on this.  I had already set up another one on tracing my roots and ancestry.   Except for the ancestry blog, I wanted to maintain only one other blog on my interests, rather than several, but it seems that several is the way to go.

It’s all good  … it’ll keep my mind busy.