Saturday, June 20, 2009

Odds and Ends and Happy Blog-iversary

It doesn't seem possible that it could be a year since I started posting, but it is! So much has happened during this year. I was reminded of the Skunk Incident yesterday (http://round-rock-morning-glories.blogspot.com/2008/08/dogs-skunks-nothing-good.html ). The dogs and I were outside and we all smelled a skunk at the same time. We lifted our noses and sniffed. We turned and looked at one another as if to say, "Oh no! Not again!"



Remember my picture of the cactus lobe developing a couple of weeks ago? This is that same lobe! Look at the little baby needles. They look like rubber nibs, but soon they will be lethal needles.
The heat has settled in to stay. Most of the blooms have faded for awhile, but the cosmos doesn't seem to be fazed one bit.



"Alright men, huddle round. If we band together, we can take out every squash, melon, and tomato plant in this garden--maybe the world! Wa-ha-ha-ha (my version of an evil laugh)" I have never seen squash bugs congregated together like this. Needless to say, they were killed in action soon after this picture was taken. Nobody touches my tomatoes and lives...unless it is the Tomato Thief that I posted about last year http://round-rock-morning-glories.blogspot.com/2008/06/wanted-tomato-thief.html .


I am sure some of you can relate, but there have been many times this past year when I have felt I just did not have the time to devote to a blog. I have contemplated closing it down because of the time I devote to it. But, I have made so many friends that I never would have had the pleasure to have met had I not begun posting last June. I do feel that we are friends just as surely as if we had met somewhere. I think about Beckie every time I see a dragonfly. I think about Monica every time I hear a frog! ;-) I can hear her now trying to analyze that one! I think about Cheryl every time I see a bee or an insect that I can't identify. I think about Shy Songbird , or Marnie from Lilacs and Roses when I see a bird I am not sure of. I think of Debbie in CA and Cielo when I see something beautiful that makes me stop and appreciate it. I think of Wendy for thoughtful introspection, and I think of Nola every time I smell the 4 O'clock she sent the seeds of last fall. The list goes on and on! I feel like my life is better for having known you and that keeps me blogging even when life gets so hectic it takes me away from my computer for days. Forgive me if I am not always timely in reading or leaving comments on your blogs. Forgive me if I didn't list your name. You can see all the many people that I follow on my blog roll. That's a lot!!! Thank you for being a part of my life, and here's hoping we will all be blogging and getting to know one another even better in the years to come!


30 comments:

ShySongbird said...

Many, many congratulations and happy returns on your Blog-iversary.

I enjoy visiting you so much and it has been such a pleasure getting to know you, I have opened your blog in another window so that I can write my comment while listening to your John Denver 'Today' track, it brings tears to my eyes every time, I don't know why, I suppose I'm just too sensitive!

I do know what you mean about the amount of time blogging takes and nearly every day I say 'perhaps I should stop and devote more time to the housework etc' :( but like you I have found such pleasure in the wonderful people I have encountered that it makes it so worthwhile and I really do think of you as a friend.

I have more tears now, of laughter this time, after reading of your skunk encounter! I'm sure it wasn't funny at the time for any of you but it certainly is to read!! and the tomato thief incident is too!

Thank you for a lovely blog and I look forward to reading and commenting on many more posts in the future.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Dear Shy Songbird,

I have a feeling we are very much alike--a bit too sensitive at times. At least that is what I was told a lot as I was growing up. I have come to realize it is part of who I am, and I do believe that we all have our own special gifts and talents.

Thank you for all your kind words, and I do hope that we will be friends for a very long time.

beckie said...

I could have written this post- at least the last part of it. I think we all must feel like we just can't go on posting at times. Life gets in the way as I have said many times. But like you, I feel I have so many friends and just can't give them up. So I post when I can and try to catch up on reading all the great blogs out there.

Thank you for thinking of me-I think of you when I see or smell a skunk. Now don't take that the wrong way! :)

Congratulations on your year Blogiverary. It has been a pleasure getting to know you. (Oh and may you have many more!)

Marie said...

Congratulations!

I agree. Nothing can replace the friends made blogging.

Sharing success and failure in our lives brings us closer together. I have learned so much from friends' blogs and shared a little part of their lives. It's a good feeling.

I wish you many more years blogging with your friends.

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

I've often felt as you--I don't post nearly as often as many other bloggers, and it takes me about three hours to put together a post (downloading and editing photos takes the longest)... I often feel as though it's unpaid work! (Especially since I've spent the last 23 years earning my living as a writer.) But I feel as you, that I've met (and not met!) so many nice people through blogging, I'd hate to give it up. I'll never post more often than I do (just whenever the mood strikes)... and I'm glad others feel as I do!

Cheryl said...

Happy blog-iversary......and no....we thank you for being a very precious part of our blogging community.
I always love your comments because they have meaning and I can often relate to what you have said.....
Life is busy for us all.....you must not worry about leaving comments and keeping up....the wonderful thing about our little bit of blogging heaven, is that everyone understands because we all feel the same......

Thank you for your friendship......

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Beckie,

I laughed so hard when I read you think of me when you smell a skunk--a dubious honor at best! ;-) Guess all that expensive perfume has not paid off. All kidding aside, it is a good feeling to know we are able to all come together through gardening--or just blogging and make a connection.

Susie said...

Congrats to you on your blog anniversary. At times I too have felt like throwing in the towel but I would miss everyone much.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Marie,

I am so glad to count you as a friend. I "met" you while we moderated Doug's Gardening Forum, and reading your blog gave me the "bug" to begin my own!

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Monica,

Wow! I am so surprised (pleasantly) to find that you feel the pressures too! Because you are a writer, I always felt (and your blogs seem) it was effortless for you. I always look forward to your wise comments filled with a sense of humor.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Cheryl,

Thanks so much. As I have said before, it's nice to know others feel the same way. I fell in love with your photography from the moment I found your blog, and felt I had found a kindred spirit in the way you feel about the earth and all the living creatures around you (excluding the naughty bunnies, of course).

Rose said...

Happy Blogaversary, Morning Glories! I can only echo what you and others have said about often feeling I am spending too much time here, but the many friends I've made, like you, make it worthwhile--I certainly wouldn't want to give them up!

It's funny you mentioned the skunk first--I just let the dogs out and immediately smelled a skunk. As soon as they had done their "business" I hurried them back inside. I remember your story of the skunk; I'm not up to giving tomato juice baths tonight:)

Roses and Lilacs said...

Congratulations on your first year!

I understand how you feel. I wish I had more time to blog. Like you I feel very close to you and the others I've met here and can't bear to give it up. We share a lot of the same joys and disappointments so there is a bond between us all.
Marnie

Annie in Austin said...

Happy Blogiversary, Morning Glories - enjoy the connections as they happen, blog when you feel like it, but go kill the bad bugs first. We can wait - the veggies must be rescued first ;-]

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Dreams and Decor said...

HAPPY BLOG-IVERSARY!!! I'm so glad you decided to keep blogging. I'm enjoying your blog very much! Your beautiful flowers & your sweet pets make me smile! Patti

Nola @ the Alamo said...

Happy blogiversary! I'm so glad you've kept blogging; sometimes I get overwhelmed and don't have the time or energy, so there are lapses in my blogging. I think that's part of the fun, though, blogging without obligation! Post when and if you feel like it; ditto with reading!
I do the very same thing, thinking of all my blogging friends as I go about my humdrum life; I love it, I never feel alone!
Here's wishing you years and years of happy blogging, dear friend!

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Dear Susie,

Thanks so much for all your sweet comments. It's nice to know we are all in the same boat! LOl!

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Marnie,

I think that is the biggest surprised I have had with blogging, has been the connection with so many people. We all have so much in common, and we also appreciate our differences.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Annie,

Rest assured--ding dong the bugs are dead! And more have appeared in their place! Yikes! I've never seen them this bad.

Wendy said...

Wowie!! Happy blogiversary!! Time flies, doesn't it??
I can totally relate. I have thought to close down my blog sometimes too. But I don't. All of you are dear friends, and I'd miss you all. Blogging has helped me to heal. To see myself in a different light. This blogging group is so supportive. I sometimes have a hard time believing we can be so close and we don't really "know" each other!

I'm glad you are still here. I enjoy your blog. I think "real life" should get in the way sometimes. After all, we need to interact with others outside bloggerville.

Your garden looks great. Hope you have a good summer.
Hugs

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Dear Wendy,

You are so right. "Real" life should get in the way. You always put things in perspective. I am so glad I posted this blog, because it has made me see that we are all dealing with the same pressures and problems with balancing our lives. Blogging is therapeutic isn't it? It's just that it seems to take on a life of it's own, and becomes so much more than just a journal.

I am glad that you have kept blogging too. I hope we have many more years to come staying in touch.

Bob said...

Congratulations on a year. It seems there are several that havn't made it very long. When I see Morning Glories I always wonder, does Morning Glories in Round Rock have that kind? Of course it's the same when I see Society Garlic or a Rock Rose as well. I'm glad you decided to stick with it. I'm always reading even when I don't post.

fairegarden said...

Hi Jenny, a very happy, if late blogaversary to you. It has been a delight getting to know you and your garden this past year. We all do have those feelings of just not having enough time to keep at the blogging thing, and all need to put that into perspective. It should never feel like you HAVE to post or visit or comment, and sometimes we have to step back away from it. But there are so many wonderful people out there in the blogdom that really care about you and what your write. Even if you need a break, they will be waiting for you when you return with open hearts arms. :-)
Frances

Debbie in CA : ) said...

Happy Blog-iversary, dear friend. I think of you each time I see a Morning Glory -- and wish so hard that I could manage to keep them coming back in my gardens. I've gardened in two very different zones her in CA and I have failed to keep morning glories in either. Hrmph! I shall simply be content to come to you and enjoy your abundance of glories.

(Your sweet, sweet mention of me in your post brought tears to my eyes. Friends are the most beautiful thing I have found here in this bloggy world. Thank you for being here with an open doorway to match your open heart.)

XO ~~ Debbie

Kristine said...

congrats to you for your year! my question is why do you have morningglories, don't they get out of control there? we used to pull and pull them to keep them from smothering our gardens in east tennessee! and in upstate new york they get out of hand!

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Hi Bob! Thanks for the good wishes. I always enjoy finding out what is going on at Draco too.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Frances, thank you for all your sweet comments. When I found your blog, it was like a guilty pleasure. I used to live in TN eons ago. My first baby was born there. I loved the country, and even though I have never been able to get back, visiting your blog is like going back for me.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Debbie, I have so enjoyed getting to know you. Isn't it wonderful how we have been able to connect through "bloggy land"? I look forward to getting to know you even better. Better luck next year with those morning glories--you have such a green thumb, they have to grow! They just a little encouragement.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Hi Kristine! Thanks for stopping by and the good wishes. I bet Morning Glories do take over in your climate. They tend to get baked here, but still I have to pull errant baby glories out of beds where I don't want them. Even so, I just get a good feeling when I look out in the garden, and those glories are just a riot of color climbing up to the sky!

Sue said...

Happy blog-iversary. I know what you mean about the time it takes to keep up with posting and reading others' blogs. I have told myself I need to take a break for a couple weeks, but so far, haven't been able to pull myself away. It makes me wonder if I would have a cleaner house if I just quit, but, like you, I think of bloggers, or posts I've read while gardening.

I like being able to "talk" when I want, and "listen" when I'm ready to. Plus, I can "go home" when I'm ready, and not have anyone "outlive their welcome" at "my house" like sometimes happens in real life.