JUST A FEW PHOTOS FROM AROUND THE PROPERTY THIS MORNING
Knowing inclement weather was heading our way today I had hoped for a foggy morning so I could hop into the Jeep & cruise around Congress with our new KC fog lights cutting the way through a real thick pea souper. Same lights Janna’s Cowboy installed us for us Sunday:))
Well no matter no fog cause we had to slide on down to Wickenburg for groceries so we took the new KC Foggers for a run anyway. A bit of sun in the sky when we left Congress but totally clouded over by the time we got back later. Saw a familiar yellow Jeep (Janna & Mike) with Montana plates in Safeway’s parking lot so left a Bayfield Bunch card under the wiper:))
NOT ENOUGH ROOM IN THE JEEP WHEN WE GO FOR GROCERIES & PHEEBS IS ALWAYS SO SAD SHE CAN’T GO:((
Recognized our latest blog follower in our Friend Connect box this morning. In fact we just met these folks a couple days ago at Blogger-Fest 2015. Welcome to Kevin & Ruth from Travel With Kevin & Ruth. Thanks for dropping by guys & I do have you folks on our sidebar now:))
THE SHADOW COWBOY PRESENTS…….OUR BACKYARD CAMPFIRE RING
Turned out to one of those days best for staying inside stretched out on my recliner with a warm blanket while aimlessly bouncing around TV channels with the remote. Every once & awhile one of these days comes along & it’s perfectly Okay. Need some R & R after all this past week’s activities.
<<< THIS IS OUR NEW OXYGENIC SHOWER HEAD MIKE INSTALLED IN THE RIG FOR US SUNDAY…IT CAN TILT FORWARD IF NEEDED
Stopped into the closing out sale of Wickenburg’s Alco store. Saw some 50% off pants that caught my fancy but of course with pants a fella always has to try them on to be sure of a proper fit. Don’tcha just hate that guys. Maybe it’s one of the reasons I never go shopping for pants. Just hate those broom closet size change rooms & all the struggling a feller has to do to even get turned around in there. By the time you bend down to tie take off your boots or untie your shoes your rear end has poked a hole in the side wall. Well I needn’t have worried this morning. Only ever been in a change room maybe half a dozen times in my life & was surprised to find myself in a space big enough to blow my nose & then some. Anyway I tried on a couple pairs of pants which didn’t come anywhere near fitting me so that was that. Kelly tried to talk me into a another store of pants but one change room a decade is enough for this guy. I’ll just have to flop myself around in my baggy blue jeans awhile longer.
ROOMIEST GOL DARN CHANGE ROOM I’VE EVER BEEN IN…COULD HAVE HAD ME A SQUARE DANCE IN HERE
This cloudy cool gray day has not left me with much to blog about so I thought it might be a good time to open my door just a tad further & invite you all in for another little look around into my world of blogging thoughts, ideas, opinions, & feelings.
A question I have sometimes been asked & a question I heard repeated again to all the daily Bloggers at Blogger-Fest is, ‘how do you manage to write a blog every single day?’ It is a question I ask myself as well sometimes. First, to be accurate, I haven’t blogged every day since I began blogging back in 2006 but I have blogged for most of them since those early years. My next thought is, how can that question be answered without me being repetitive again. My thoughts on this topic have appeared more than once in my posts over the years however with experience they have evolved somewhat since I first began. But let me try it again with a new & ever changing awareness about who I am & why do I feel the way I do about this whole blogging phenomena. In other words…………why am I a daily Blogger:))
Most important for me is the fact blogging is something I can do totally alone. No help from anyone, no human input but my own, no shared decisions, & no feedback while I’m putting it together unless I have to ask Kelly about something I can’t remember like a name or a place. I’ve never been a team player & that’s why solitary blogging has always appealed to me. I decide what to write, when to write it, & how to write it. Same goes for all my photos. Being able to do the whole process from start to finish alone is one of the key elements to my daily blog & why I enjoy it so much. I like the hours I spend by myself whether it be out looking for & taking photos, editing those photos, writing each blog, putting everything together, & finally publishing something hopefully with the end result of entertaining readers with something interesting. I love the daily challenge of creatively using my imagination to give myself a useful purpose, an enjoyable hobby if you will. And in my opinion an active imagination is definitely a huge asset when it comes to writing. I believe if one wants to put out a daily blog one really needs to enjoy what they are doing. No point in causing oneself stress if one does not enjoy what it is they are doing.
WE HAVE SOME NEW GRASS GROWING
Summertime in Bayfield will often find Pheebs & I out in the Jeep by ourselves prowling around southern Ontario’s country roads. Nobody riding along, just Pheebs & I as we cruise up this road & down that road, stop for a walk here, a hike there. Always the cameras at ready looking for photos to put in my blog each night. Always creatively thinking of things to write about. It’s a great mind exercise for me each & every day. An exercise much needed I may add. Always alone with my own thoughts enjoying nature’s sights & sounds around me. Just doing it in a way that works for me. In a way which makes blogging each day enjoyable. Well, that’s how it works on good days of course but realistically not all days are good days.
OUR BACK GATE LEADING TO OUR NEIGHBORS PROPERTY…SEE THE JOSHUA TREES
I’m subject to mood swings, most introverted people are. It just seems to come with the territory. If I allow myself to swing into a sullen mood it is my blog where that mood may very well manifest itself by the end of the day. For me when depression sets in it stifles any creative process & those are the days when I just want to push my chair back & turn away. Countless days I have started out with one single thought in mind. “I am not going to write a post today, I don’t want to, my interest is gone. I’m finished with all this blogging stuff…..period!! But I’m only fooling myself because often as not by the end of each day I have some thoughts to share, seen something interesting, taken a picture or two & before long the creativity, the interest, & the challenge begins to lift me out of that depression. Before I know it I am back at my keyboard working away on another post eager to share what I have seen & what I have thought about for the day. It may not always be an uplifting kind of post but at least I am helping myself by maybe writing & sharing something that just may touch another person out here. Just may help somebody else going through some down times as well. Somebody else who can identify with what I am writing about. Not every day is happy-happy just as not every day is not doom & gloom. I mainly dwell somewhere between those extremes first leaning one way then the other, occasionally touching the boundaries & my daily posts reflect those swings. I believe it is important to write about the good & the not so good as well. At the end of each day when I hit that ‘Publish’ button I just feel a little bit better knowing something I may have said or a link I may have included just might help somebody else out here besides myself.
For an introverted personality blogging is just about as good as it gets. I can sit here in the quiet comfort of my own home with nobody to interrupt my thoughts, nobody to interject theirs. No face to face people stress……….
WE’VE HAD A FEW NICE BACK YARD CAMPFIRES HERE
So tonight I am relaxed sitting here writing/talking to you folks who read my daily posts. I can talk to all you folks much easier this way & this is how it works for me. Everyday I can share a large part of my world with you & I enjoy doing it that way. In fact it is the only way I can do it. If I had to verbally talk to you face to face & tell you the things I tell you in this blog it would never happen. Too often if I try to convey my thoughts & feelings verbally to someone it just seems to come out all wrong. Too often I am cautious & will not tell you how I am really feeling. But here relaxed at my computer I can write freely & unimpeded. I am safe here by myself & I like that.
So there you have it, just a few relaxing thoughts rolling off my keyboard tonight. Maybe a little on the heavy side for some but I also know there are many others such as I out here. And I know that because I have talked & corresponded with them. It’s just that many aren’t in the same position I fortunately am to share their thoughts & feelings publicly. And I wouldn’t be in this position if it were not for you faithful readers……and I thank you all for that. In another post shortly I will share some of my ideas on how to keep up the pace of being a daily Blogger. Tonight’s point of view centered more on cerebral thoughts whereas next time I’ll focus more on the actual mechanics of writing a post plus when & how I do it each day. Hope I haven’t scared anybody away or put anybody to sleep & I’m going to try real hard to write a shorter post tomorrow night………promise:))
GROANER’S CORNER:(( I heard recently about a stay-at-home Mom. One evening she went to a PTA meeting and her husband and her oldest daughter got together and decided they would clean up the kitchen for her.
They put away all the food, wiped all the counters, washed all the pots and put them away, put the dishes in the dishwasher and ran it. They swept and mopped the floors and then sat down, awaiting her arrival. Two hours later she returned from the meeting, took off her coat, hung it up, walked through the kitchen into the den, grabbed the remote control, and began watching television. They followed her over to her chair and stood by her side. Finally she felt them looking over her shoulder and looked up at them and said, "What?"
Her husband said, "The kitchen."
"The kitchen. What?"
"The kitchen. We cleaned up the kitchen. Didn't you notice? It's sparkling clean. We cleaned it for you."
The woman replied, "Yes, I noticed. Thankless job, isn't it?"
- The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails -William Arthur Ward
- The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...AL.
- It is not so much having nothing to do as it is not having the interest to do something....AL.