Posts Tagged ‘Blogging’

My World: Is Full of Wonderful People

July 5, 2011

Betsy with Becky and Michael, Jackson, Tennessee. June 10, 2011.

This is my post for the My World meme.  It is hosted by Klaus, Ivar, Sandy, Wren, and Fishing Guy.  To learn more about our world or to join and share your part of the world, click HERE.

One of the nicest things about the trip that Betsy and I took last month was that we got to meet three good friends for the very first time.  On the very first day of our trip we met Becky of Thoughtfully Blended Hearts and her husband Michael for lunch.  They were both as charming and as friendly in person as they are in Becky’s blog.

Betsy and Vedarae, Amarillo, Texas. June 12, 2011.

On our way through Texas we met Cotton Lady, Vedarae, for lunch.  Vedarae doesn’t have a blog, although I’m confident she could write many fascinating and interesting posts.  Vedarae and Betsy have been e-mail buddies for quite some time, and it was a pleasure for me to meet and get to know her.

Betsy and Linda, Grand Junction, Colorado. June 24, 2011.

On our way to Rocky Mountain National Park we met Linda — Colorado Farm Life — and her husband, Terry, for lunch.  (Are you beginning to see a pattern here?).  Meeting them was truly like seeing old friends again.  Linda’s blog is full of insights into the joys — and trials — of farm life and both Betsy and I enjoy following her.  The time with the two of them went entirely too quickly, but we hope to meet them again either here in Tennessee or when we return to Colorado.

If you ever get the chance to meet a blog friend in person, I encourage you to do so.  I promise you won’t regret it.

I Got an Award

February 11, 2010

Fishing Guy granted me this award the other day.  He has a very interesting blog about life in northeastern Ohio and I encourage you to visit him.

One of the requirements for the award is that I tell you ten things that I love and which make me happy.

1.  My Beautiful Bride.
2.  All of our children and grandchildren, my parents, brother and sister.
3.  Growing roses.
4.  Searching for and visiting waterfalls.
5.  Music and my iPod.
6.  Hiking in the mountains.
7.  Reading a good book, especially one about history.
8.  Photography — taking and sharing pictures of the things we do.
9.  Visiting and being visited by my blogging friends.
10.  Cooking.

Janie at Janie & Steve’s Utah Trails gave me the same award for my photo blog, Photos by Senior Hiker.  Janie features wonderful pictures of the wide open spaces of Utah in her blog.

One thing I do NOT love is having to pick from among the many wonderful bloggers I visit on a regular basis and who visit me in return.  So I’m passing this award along to all of you.  Feel free to copy the badge and tell us ten things that you love and make you happy.

Skywatch Friday # 52 and Odds and Ends

July 10, 2009
Fairfield Sky.  June 20, 2009.

Fairfield Sky. June 20, 2009.

This is my post for Skywatch Friday, a meme for sharing views of the sky from all over the world.  Last week nearly 400 people shared their view of the sky.  To see more, or to join and share your own photos of the sky, click HERE.

If you don’t like Tennessee weather, wait a while — it will change.  This picture was taken from our front yard last week.  It was a day of clear blue skies, high fluffy white clouds and threatening rain clouds.  And that was just in the afternoon!


Fishing Guy and his wife.  July 9, 2009

Fishing Guy and his wife. July 9, 2009

One of the members of the Skywatch team is Fishing Guy.  Fishing Guy was one of the first bloggers I came across when I moved to Blogger.  Tom (Fishing Guy) lives in Kent, Ohio, which is not far from Cleveland, where i used to teach.

Tom and his wife spent a some time in Nashville earlier this week and stopped by Crossville on their way home.  Betsy and I met them for lunch at the Cracker Barrel in town and had a wonderful time getting to know each other.  It’s so wonderful to be able to meet in person people you’ve gotten to know through the blogsphere.

If you’re in Tennessee please let us know so we can meet you as well.



This young fan of Spongebob Squarepants is my grandson Sean.  Betsy and I are going to North Carolina for the weekend to see him and his father (my son Bob).  They are visiting the mountains and we’re going to meet them for some time together.  Betsy and I will be back Sunday.

Skywatch Friday 26 and an Anniversary

January 8, 2009
The moon in a blue sky at Fall Creek Falls State Park, Tennessee.  January 8, 2009.

The moon in a blue sky at Fall Creek Falls State Park, Tennessee. January 8, 2009.

Since Betsy and I enjoyed our trip to Ozone Falls so much on Wednesday, we decided to drive to Fall Creek Falls State Park yesterday.  That park is special to us and contains five waterfalls.  There was relatively little water the last time we were there and we wanted to see what effect the rains of the past two weeks had on them.

There was lots of water, and I’m sure I’ll share more about that in the future.  If you can’t wait, Betsy is better organized than I am and has posted some pictures on her blog.

Yesterday was an absolutely gorgeous day on the Plateau.  There wasn’t a cloud in the beautiful blue sky.  As we were driving around the Gorge Scenic Drive, we stopped at an overlook to enjoy the “Grand Canyon of Tennessee”.  As we went back to the car I noticed the moon in a beautiful sky framed by trees along the road.  You can click on the picture to get a bigger view.

Won’t you join the fun of Skywatch Friday?  You can join or view more pictures from around the world by clicking HERE or on the logo below.


On a different note I want to note that I started blogging two years ago today.  I started on a different site but  switched to this site in July, 2008, because of technical problems with the first site.  I have no regrets about making the change at all.

In my first post I wrote “Since U. S. News and World Report stated that one of the things a person could do to improve their life is to start a blog, and since I turn 65 in two months, I thought I would give it a try.”

In that first post I noted that we had had a little snow here in the Glade but that Betsy was wanting more.  I noted that the more it snowed, the happier Betsy became.  I guess some things never change!