2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Prepared / unprepared !!

Tomato plantThe Houston TV news announced–shortly after 5:00 PM–freezing temperature tonight for Livingston. We’ve had no previous forecast of that dip in temperatures. I felt compelled to go out in forty-one degree cold and move perennial plants under the shelter. It didn’t take long… but I got thoroughly chilled. The tomato plant came into the trailer.Need to do laundry

I’ve experienced a relapse, health wise, and spent the day wrapped in a blanket, in my easy chair. I need to do laundry!! It is near the door, ready for a trip to the laundry room in the nearby RV Park.

Portable washer

Agitator of portable washerA friend provided a “trailer size” washing machine (Christmas present). It is a quality item that will be used at a later date.

Expressing one’s self ?!

“Better to write for yourself and have no public than to write for the public and have no self.” ~ Cyril Connolly

From the Internet, here are two responses to that quote:

Sometimes … writing is a journey…and an author composes ‘works’ with the same motives a carpenter builds his constructions with.
Art plays it’s part in all things … and written words are no different, other than they sometimes have a ‘ life’ all their own.
Time and truth and intimacy have made artists of authors who wrote for the simple pleasure of composition and declaration of concepts or ideology’s…
A ‘writing’ that out-lives its composer becomes a heritage, maybe even a society, or a culture, an environment, or an age….
I hope an aspiring writer would write because he loves to do so.

Asker’s rating & comment

5 out of 5

This answer really spoke to me. I believe writing is an art and its great to be able to reach the public with your craft but I think if one does something solely for public adulation then something is lost along the journey. I write because I love it and not for money or fame or any other reason.

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I heard the quote on a TV program, quickly jotted it down, then searched the Internet for details.  ~~ I write blog messages for my pleasure. Truthfully, I only have one faithful follower. ~~ It is my hope and prayer that–eventually–grandchildren and great-grandchildren will wish to “get acquainted”… and read the messages prepared by Grandma.

Expressing one’s self ?!

Gotcha !!

Burr cold ladyOld Man Winter is probably getting a big laugh. “Gotcha!!” The last couple of days have been cold–with lots of rain. My propane is depleted; my trailer has been COLD!! Fortunately, I have lots of bedding so my bed is the warmest place in my home. ~~ A holiday weekend is NOT an ideal time to run out of propane!!

Gratefully, I have a portable electric heater (near my computer, ha) but inadequate for my trailer home. Fifty-eight degrees indoors; forty degrees outside–7:30 AM.

Time and temperaturePostscript, 1:00 PM: “Maintenance” came and switched propane tanks. Two of my three tanks were empty!! Fearing there might be a leak, “maintenance” called for a service worker from a propane company to run a test. “No leaks.” That’s good news but that information cost $40.00. ~~ FYI: Because the third tank is almost empty, I’m still running the electric heater. It is sixty-six degrees inside my trailer and forty-eight degrees outdoors. I’m wearing a sweatshirt–and a hat!!


Redneck joke with a positive message

Received as an email Christmas greeting. I’ve edited it slightly.


We have enjoyed the redneck jokes for years. It’s time to take a reflective look at the core beliefs of a culture that values home, family, country and God. If I had to stand before a dozen terrorists who threaten my life, I’d choose a half-dozen or so rednecks to back me up. Tire irons, squirrel guns and grit — that’s what rednecks are made of.

You might be a redneck if:
It never occurred to you to
be offended by the phrase, ‘One nation, under God..’

You might be a redneck if:
You’ve never protested about seeing the
10 Commandments posted in public places.

You might be a redneck if:
You still say ‘ Christmas’
instead of ‘Winter Festival.’

You might be a redneck if:
You bow your head
when someone prays.

You might be a redneck if:
You stand and place your hand over your
heart when they play the National Anthem.

You might be a redneck if:
You treat our armed forces veterans
with great respect, and always have.

You might be a redneck if:
You’ve never burned an
American flag, nor intend to.

You might be a redneck if:
You know what you believe and you aren’t
afraid to say so, no matter who is listening.

You might be a redneck if:
You respect your elders and
raised your kids to do the same.
Some of you are so old you don’t
have elders to respect.

You might be a redneck if:
You’d give your last
dollar to a friend.

You might be a redneck if:
You believe in God & Jesus and
believe that others have the right
to believe in which ever God
they believe in as long as their
God does not tell them to kill anyone
who does not believe the same
as they do!!!!!

God Bless the USA !

Map of USA

Planning for the future…

…more yard work?!

Stick figure with PLAN blocksA conventional vegetable/container garden is on my “to do” list for next Spring. However, I just read something fascinating from Natural News. If possible, I’ll pursue Mike’s suggestion for Food Rising Grow Systems Security.

Sprinkling rainAnother dark gray, gloomy day!! Very foggy in the early morning. Surprisingly (ten o’clock), the outdoor temperature is sixty-two degrees–with ninety-nine percent humidity!! I really looked forward to raking leaves to beautify my yard. “Projects” beckon so that must be a good sign that I’m on the mend?!

Taking care of “today” !!

The leaves were calling me to action. The thermometer said it was warm; the windy weather was a contradiction!! I accomplished “some” but much more to do another day. I’m already eager for Spring so I can begin planting.

Time and temperature

Pile of leaves

Windy weather

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Question: Should I add another row of paving blocks on the right side of the patio?? Right now, it’s tempting. Later, more blocks coming toward the pile of raked leaves. (Much later?!) Remember, I have that pesky mole–or family of moles–that I must compensate for.

Yard work !!

The temperature was a pleasant 64 degrees as I worked in the yard this afternoon. I had planned to go to a 2 o’clock Christmas social in the RV Park–but the sunshine was so inviting. I swept the patio, and hosed the patio and sidewalk. I reworked the tarp shelter for my perennial plants. We haven’t had freezing temperatures–and none in the immediate future–but I’m compelled to make the shelter a bit more secure and appear a lot less wind-blown. I filled the bird feeders, too, and hung garden flags celebrating the season. Perhaps tomorrow I’ll rake leaves on the ground?! I’m really tired but feel refreshed from sunshine and fresh air.

Garden flags

Nativity flag