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Saying Good-Buy to New England

06/21/2016
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Saying Good-bye to New England

I grew up in New England.  I moved back for eleven years, and recently I moved away again.  I started this blog to share my adventures in the northeastern US, but alas, I didn’t have many fun adventures.

I moved 5 times, and dealt with a lot of unexpected difficulties during my time in the north.  I only stayed as long as I did to see my son graduate from high school.

The truth was that I was too poor to do much of anything while I lived in New Hampshire.  I could hike – which is free – but I had no friends living near me.  My daughter and I used to hike, but then she got sick.  (She is better now.)  She also works a regular, full-time job, like many people, and was busy on her days off.  I don’t like to hike alone.

Picking blueberries along Gregg Lake was also one of my yearly traditions.  I moved too soon to enjoy that this year.

I work from home, so my hours are flexible, but there was little reason to take time off.  I would have loved to vacation on a lake each summer and have the kids join me.  We did that once in the 11 years and it was wonderful.

I love New England, but it has become a place for the wealthy to live.  Or at least the ones who are wealthier than me.  I certainly enjoyed my summer gardening and the fresh, clean air that is always available.  But I did not appreciate the unpredictable winters and heating oil bills.  Taking care of a house all by myself had become quite a chore as well.

When things are not working, they must change.  So I made the change.  I no longer live in my beloved northeast, so writing a blog about the area makes little sense.  Now it’s time to get back to living life instead of watching everyone else live it.

My focus will now be on my Florida blog: Seashells by Millhill.  Pop on over there if you care to read more of my posts.

Trying New Things

01/28/2016
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It’s All at Our Fingertips

I now have an iPhone.  It’s pretty easy to use since I’ve had a Mac desktop computer for a year now.  I’m not exactly young, and all this technology stuff will always feel foreign to me, I’m afraid.  If you are over 50 you know what I mean.

Although I work online, and can understand the online world much better than I did a few years ago, it will never feel exactly right to me.

As a young person I would have loved to have all this access to information.  I appreciate it now too, but back when I was a kid, if our parents, siblings, friends, books, or television didn’t explain it, we simple didn’t know it.  Whatever ‘it’ was.  Now everything is just a search away.

Because of my need to work, and the fact that I sort of stumbled into my online job, I have had to learn how to promote and interact online.  I tweet, use Pinterest and have a FaceBook store page.  And I love being able to earn a living from my home office.

And now I am on Instagram.  It’s one of the reasons I wanted to upgrade from my old flip phone.  I wanted the ability to take photos at any time, which I can do with my new phone, and share them. Read more…

Snow Covering

01/09/2016

Snow covering the icy ground this morning.

Time to Try New Blogging Techniques

01/04/2016
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Making Time to Blog

There comes a time when I say to myself; either do it or don’t.  Decide already and move on!  It’s been that way with blogging for a while now for me.  My online business keeps me very busy, and since it’s my bread and butter, I am disciplined and do it every day.  I even work weekends, so I have no problem with the design part of my business.  That is because I enjoy it, mostly.  I never run out of ideas for designs to try on various products I sell.  But that is the easy part of my business.  Promotion is a big part, and that means writing, as in blogging.

Often I will enjoy writing.  When an idea is born and takes flight, I can write and write.  Too bad most of those ideas come in the middle of the night when I know I will forget them by morning.  However, I now have a new iPhone, and as I’m learning how to take advantage of it’s apps, I see that I can “speak” a message.  How about telling my phone, using the notes app, about my great ideas?  No pen and paper and lights on in the night required.  Just my groggy voice speaking my idea into the phone.  (I knew I needed an iPhone!)

After reading The Daily Post article on blogging “Three Thoughts on Sustainable Blogging Resolutions” I was inspired to make some changes in my attitude about blogging.  It doesn’t’ matter that I don’t plan to do exactly what the writer suggested, reading the article was enough to make me realize that I need to do something productive.  And as it goes with my design work, the end product will probably be a lot different than I visualize in the beginning.  My new attitude is positive!

My excuses for not blogging range from no time, to no inspiration.  I don’t write because I feel like it will fall flat.  What is the point of writing something that is horribly boring and dull.  Who wants to read that?  So here is my solution.  Although I realize that a good, long post is what helps in the rankings, not every post needs to be a masterpiece (according to my scale).  I love photos, and when the weather is good I tend to take a lot of photos myself.  It’s easy and fun to share photos, whether they are my own or borrowed from a public domain site, like Pixabay.  A short post with a nice photo can fill in the gaps between my big stories.

So there you have it.  These are just a couple of new ideas I plan to follow going forward.  This is not my only blog, so I will have to do it times 5, but I am hopeful that the days to follow will bring better posts.  And with that, I will be a more focused blogger.

2015 in review

01/02/2016

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 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 9,500 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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