Wednesday, March 21, 2018

You Asked, I Answer (Blogging)

It’s time to get to the questions my blogging pals asked in this year’s Ask Me Anything invitation. If you haven’t participated and would like to, go here. For those that did participate, you rock. Thank you!

Okay, let’s get to it.


Terry asked:
How long have you been blogging?

I’ve been blogging since 2009. My first post went live on May 21st of that year. Since then I’ve published over 3,000 posts and had 1,253,739 page views. And counting. That may seem like a lot but it actually isn’t. There are blogs that get far more than that, especially for folks who do this for a living.

So it’s been a long time, Terry. I never would have imagined that years later I’d still be blogging but here I am.


2) Toni asked:
What inspired you to blog?

All the cool kids were doing it and I wanted in.

Actually, reading other blogs was my main inspiration. It was fun and interesting and a great way to connect with people. I enjoyed a variety of blogs so much that I decided at one point to start my own because, hey, I have something to say, too. And I’ve been yapping away since 2009.

Over the years I’ve met some amazing people from all over. Some have quit their online presence completely, some come and go, and some have been blogging steadily for years. The best of all are those who I’ve been ‘hanging out’ with for a very long time. We’ve traveled together, learned about one another and offered support when needed. I've even witnessed some of the younger ones grow up. It is very heartwarming.

And I never would have met all these wonderful people who are creative and supportive and entertaining and inspirational if not for blogging. People who make me laugh and think and sometimes even cry. So YAY to blogging!


LL Cool Joe asked:
Have you ever thought about closing your blog? I have several times and I just wondered if I'm alone in this or do other bloggers ever feel that way too.

Yes. And no. I’ve had moments where I feel like quitting but mostly I’ve thought about suspending it, especially during those periods where my motivation to post something – anything - is very low. The past few months have been that way.

I feel like I’m a little burnt out with my blog and I’ve barely been keeping it alive. I’ve run out of things to say and sometimes feel slightly overwhelmed by the prospect of putting together a post. I believe a lot of it comes from how insanely busy we were last year with our home’s cleanup and renovations. We exhausted ourselves and we’ve spent the winter licking our wounds. Plus, I’m not a fan of winter and my energy and motivation are low during that period anyway. Now that spring is here and we don’t have as much to do as last year, I’m hoping to pick up the pace.

So yes, I’ve thought about shutting down my blog. But do I have any intention on doing that? No. As long as my favourite bloggers are still around, I will keep this site live!

And that’s it for now. I’ll answer another bunch of questions next week.

Happy Wednesday to all!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, everyone! How was your weekend? Did you do anything special? Different? Exciting? Fun? We were supposed to go to my best friend's for dinner but plans were canceled because her father-in-law suffered a heart attack. Thankfully it was a minor one and he is being treated for it. Hopefully he'll get back home within a day or two. This is a reminder of how fragile and unpredictable life is. And to be mindful of every moment.

Now let's get to some funny stuff to add some joy to the day!

Have a good one!

Friday, March 16, 2018

This Week

Happy Friday, blogging friends. I hope life is treating you well. Here I am posting for a second time this week. Fi-na-lly. The funny thing is that I always have a gazillion things going on through my head that I want to share and then when the time to write a blog post rolls in, I draw a complete blank. I tell myself that I should jot down these ideas but I never do. So...I will just fly by the seat of my pants today.

First things first. Kitten Kazee, the newest addition to our family, is doing wonderfully. She is a bundle of energy, talks a lot, follows us everywhere and is as stubborn as they come. She gooses our other cat, Mocha, every chance she gets, but despite being an irritant to the older cat, they are getting along very well. I’d go so far as saying that Mocha even likes the little one. A little bit. Some days.

A bundle of trouble love.

This week we cleaned up our nest. Everything is dust free and shiny. Do I like cleaning? No. Would I hesitate to pay someone to do it if I won the lottery? No. Will I ever win the lottery? No. Because I never play. Therefore I’ll be doing the cleaning for a long time to come. Unless the most amazing man in the world wins the lottery. He plays occasionally and maybe he’ll get lucky, which means we both will. But I’m not holding my breath. Look at me all glass half empty and negative stuff like that there. *snort*

I recently treated myself to a beautiful set of coloured pencils. I couldn’t help myself; the temptation was too strong. And I blame thank blogging pal Rain for pushing me over the edge encouraging me to do so by sharing her beautiful purchases on her Instagram account. Now I have two sets of pencils. The cheap ones to scribble and practice with on cheap paper. And the higher quality ones to use on higher quality paper for when I’m feeling more artistically inclined. And speaking of art, here are some older drawings (because I’m really behind in sharing).

And here’s Kazee helping me photograph my artwork. Because she’s helpful like that.

Now here’s my pet peeve for the week...

You know what I cannot stand? Beauty commercials/ads. You know what I’m talking about. Those commercials/ads where they show some miracle product...anti age cream...anti wrinkle moisturizer...perfect skin mask...youth enhancing serum...blah, blah, blabbity blah. Why do these things annoy the living daylights out of me? Because the companies selling these products pile on six inches of makeup/foundation on the models/actors they hire and Photoshop the hell out of them. To the point where there isn’t a single line, wrinkle or pore visible on their faces. Not one. No one looks like that. No one. You seriously expect me to buy into the product you’ve sold your soul to peddle, Jennifer Aniston, when you don’t have a real face in these ridiculous ads/commercials? Do I have gullible written on my forehead?

End of rant.

Not too long ago, blogging friend John shared the song Una Paloma Blanca by George Baker. It had been years since I’d heard it and it took me way back in time. It’s an upbeat, catchy tune that makes me want to skip along a white sandy beach with it playing in the background. Ah, the beach, if only...sigh... Okay, enough with the pity party. I’m now sharing the tune with you. Enjoy.

And that’s all for now. Thanks for stopping by and have yourselves a wonderful weekend!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy new week, my friends. How was your weekend? How are you all doing? What's new in your part of the world? I'm still not in the mood to blog, so I haven't been. But that's okay. For now I'm enjoying visiting your sites and everything you have to share. Eventually I'll create some posts with before and after photos to show you the work we did on our home last year. And I'll even share some drawings and thoughts and opinions. And, of course, later this month I'll answer the questions you recently asked. So it's not like I have nothing to write about. I do. I'm just not motivated to do it. At some point I will be.

For now, I don't mind if I post just once a week to keep this blog alive and make you smile with some funny stuff. And speaking of which, here is this week's silliness...

Have a great day!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy new week, bloggers! How is everyone doing? Did you do anything special on the weekend?  We went out for dinner Saturday night, which was good and bad. Good because we enjoy getting out and bad because the restaurant was super busy and super noisy. We could barely hear each other, so it wasn't the most relaxing meal. Ah well, at least the food was good.

Hey, thanks to everyone that asked some questions on Friday for this year's Ask Me Anything post. They're all great, even the silly ones (and I won't name names or point fingers). I won't be getting to the answers until later this month, so if you want to participate, click here or click on the link on the sidebar -->

Now let's get to some funny stuff, which is why you're here...

Have a good one!