Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Wednesday witterings . . .

I was trying to remember yesterday how long I have been blogging.  I have been doing this in one way or another for a very long time now.  I think since about 2003'ish.  I started off on Micro-soft, I think it was called My Space, and then I hopped over to AOL Journals, where I stayed for quite a while (and made a LOT of friends) and then I ended up on Blogger.  In between times I tried out other platforms like WordPress, but in all honesty, I kept coming back to Blogger because to me, it was the easiest to use.  Or in other words, the most user-friendly.  Oh, and it was free, which was really important to me because I didn't then, and don't have now,  much money to play with.  Free is good. 

When I first started writing it was because I saw it as a form of communicating with family, but in a fun way, a way of keeping them up to date with the things that were going on in my life.  It became so much more than that however.  In fact, for the most part, my family wasn't, and isn't interested in reading my blog, fair enough . . .  but it wasn't long before I discovered that other people were, and that there were other people out there doing the same thing that I was.  Really interesting people. People I made connections with and loved reading back.  That was the best thing about blogging, those connections I made with other people.  It is like a huge network of Penpals, except that the communication is pretty much instant, or at least as often as the others choose to post, comment, etc. 

Totally irrelevant photo, but I like it.

This two way communication is probably the thing I love most about blogging, and I can that I have never really met anyone via this medium that I didn't like.  Well, for the most part anyways.  I can remember being HUGELY excited the first time I got a comment.  Someone wanted to read what I was writing???  Seriously??? That was enormous and a real confidence booster, and here I am fifteen years later still being hugely excited about comments.  And I try to respond to each and every one.  I didn't at first, but then I realised how happy I was when someone responded to my comments, and I decided that if someone was going to take the time to leave a comment, then I needed to take the time to respond, and so now I do, or at least I try to at any rate.  It's not too difficult because I don't really get a lot of comments, and that's okay.  I think I would go nuts trying to respond to hundreds.  This does take up a lot of time sometimes, especially when I add in my facebook page for the food blog.  I do get tons of comments there, and I respond to each of them.  I can remember when Ariana was living with us, she thought I was nuts . . .  but I think it is just common courtesy.

That means though, that I don't always have a lot of time to visit other blogs, which kind of bums me out sometimes because that is one of the things I have always really loved about blogging, the meeting of new people, but I have my favourites and I visit them often and I try to comment as much as I can! 

I guess I had been blogging for a few years, and was still trying to find my niche when I stumbled onto this book by Margaret Mason, and so . . .  I bought it.  Turns out she was wrong, lots of people cared about what I had for lunch . . .  and breakfast, and dinner for that matter!!  It didn't take long for me to discover that when I wrote about what I was cooking and eating, even more people were interested in what I had to say, so . . . .  for years and years and years, I combined the two things . . .  my daily thoughts with my daily eats.  After a while though, I wanted to separate the two and I decided to write a food blog.  The English Kitchen wasn't the first one.  Marie Eats Britain was the first one, but then I decided to create The English Kitchen and I got rid of the first one and stuck with the latter.  I've been doing that one for about 10 years or so now and I love it.  Its had several transformations, but I am pretty happy with where its at now. 

This blog has had several transformations also.  It began as A Year From Oak Cottage and was hugely popular as that, but once I left the Manor, and was no longer living in the cottage I decided to switch it to this, and this incarnation is where I have stayed.   This is home.  This, to me, is like sitting down with a good friend and just chatting about whatever comes up.  

And I am still amazed that anyone comes to
read this prattle at all, but I am
also very grateful that
they do.

We get to hang out together.  You is my "crew."  I love you, I really do.  You are all an important part of my life, integral really.  I'm not sure how long I will do this . . .  this penning down of my daily thoughts and eats.  I suppose for as long as I have the breath and the will and the desire in me to do so.   But one day it will stop, and that thought kind of makes me sad in a way, and I find myself wondering . . . will any of the words I have penned live on?  Or will they eventually disappear too, and when I think about that, I panic a tiny bit, because there is still a huge part of me that hopes that one day my kids will want to know my thoughts, or my grandkids . . . . and if this disappears, then there is nothing tangible left . . .  and then I think to myself, I shoulda put it into a book, but its kind of late now.  

Every once in a while I visit my old friend Angie's blog, Can You All Hear Me At the Back.  Angie left us all very unexpectedly 7 years ago now.  I was devastated when she passed away.  She was one of my blogging friends who had been on the AOL Journals with me, and who I discovered in my early days, a brilliant writer, and a great inspiration to me. We became friends in real life. I still miss her. I think most days we texted each other at least a dozen times.  I go back and re-read her page every now and then, and I am saddened when I see that the comments section has been taken over by  businesses and degenerates trying to sell everything from dresses to porn to Russian brides.  Sad, really sad . . .  

I think to myself, I want my words to live on, but I don't want that, so maybe I need to verse one of my relatives in the whys and wherefores of my blog and tell them that when I reach my final demise, which could be sooner than later (you never know), to close up the comments on my blog (s) . . .  to help maintain my dignity and standards as it were.  I would never want to be associated with anything dirty or corrupt like that.  

More randomness  . . . 

So really . . .  why does any of us do this?  Because we love it.  Because we love stringing words together, and we love communicating with others.  Because we like sharing our life's experience. Because deep inside of each blogger is a writer screaming to get out, and this is the quickest way to achieve that . . .  to my opinion, the BEST way to do that. I don't do it for money, because in all truth . . . I have probably spent more money on blogging than I have ever made.  (I spent £13.99 on that book for one thing, and it turns out she was wrong.)  I do it because I have this inner voice that demands to be heard read.  And it doesn't really matter to me if one person reads them, or if a bazillion people read my words . . .  they are words I need to write, and so I do.  Write, and write and . . .  write.  And sometimes people read, and that thrills me and fills my heart with gratitude that they do, but even if they didn't, I would still do it, because I guess deep down, I am still that little 8 year old girl plodding away on a "dial and spell" tin typerwiter with a dream of one day becoming a writer.  

so not random 

Update on Todd -  The hives are pretty much GONE, except for a few that were clinging to his wrists and ankles as of last night.  We are so ♥grateful♥ for your prayers and happy thoughts and benedryl.  Whew!  I felt so sorry for him that second night when he was just one HUGE blister from his head to his toes, armpits and all.  I wanted to do something, anything that would help him, but there wasn't much I could do.  I hope he never has to go through that again.  It was pretty miserable for him, to say the least. Sorry for not updating you sooner.  I was updating in comments, but not everyone reads the comments!  My mistake! 

We had a lovely time with the Missionaries yesterday.  We had one from Calgary here and one from Ghana on splits.  I did a Shepherd's pie and I created a fabulously tasty casserole, but didn't get photos of it, but went down a real treat.  Here is what I did, and you are going to laugh because it is so simple and was so delicious.  I mixed together a can of Stag Chili, with some cooked macaroni, a tin of chopped tomatoes, a TBS of mild chili powder, half a can of milk and a whack of cheddar that I had cut into chunks, poured it into a casserole dish and slathered it with cracker crumbs and more cheese and baked it and IT WAS INCREDIBLY EDIBLY GOOD!!  I will have to do it again some day and take pictures next time.  They loved it, and we loved having them.

They are running a weekly Book of Mormon study group at the church one night a week now and so we are going to go. Its tonight.  As you know I love to read the BOM, and I love getting other people's thoughts and inspiration on it.  And with that I will leave you with a thought for today  . . . 

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Make your life a masterpiece,
imagine no limitations on
what you can be, have or do.
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Today's Reading - Alma 5:53-6:8   
Question - What are the things that Alma asks the people to do in this section? What blessings does he promise?  

ThoughtsAbout these very verses, President Eyring has said, "It will comfort us when we must wait in distress for the Savior’s promised relief that He knows, from experience, how to heal and help us. The Book of Mormon gives us the certain assurance of His power to comfort. And faith in that power will give us patience as we pray and work and wait for help. *He could have known how to succor us simply by revelation, but He chose to learn by His own personal experience*". This is from his amazing talk 'Adversity'. He also says to us, "The Lord always suits the relief to the person in need to best strengthen and purify him or her. Often it will come in the inspiration to do what might seem especially hard for the person who needs help himself". Jesus Christ knows what is best. He knows what we need. He has been there. I find this so comforting.  I was recently thinking about death and it came to me . . . Jesus has already done that, been there, experienced that.  I am sure that the human side of Him was every bit afraid as we are when faced with that which will one day come to each of us.  I can do it because He has already done it, and I don't need to be as afraid because He can comfort me through that experience.  There is NOTHING we can experience that He doesn't know about already.

Tomorrow's Reading (Day 148) -   Alma 7:14-27 
Question - What does it mean to 'make his paths straight'? How do you think we can do that now, in these last days? 


In the kitchen today  . . .  Roly Poly Rhubarb Pudding with custard.  YUM! 

Have a wonderful Wednesday.  We are out to visit Doreen this morning and then I get to talk to my mom this afternoon!  Yay!  Don't forget!

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  1. Sometimes I see Blogging coming to an end..I see all the comments on IG of popular to the blog and hardly any comments.
    Is IG taking over because it's quick?
    A lot ogn IG is into growing and growing and growing and they post about this.
    No desire for that here.
    A business business..$$$$$

    It's a conundrum..some say IG is losing popularity..I don't see that.
    So many bloggers I knew and liked have left blogging ..
    I love the look of Wordpress blogs..Have not the desire to learn it.
    I just started following a lovely girl on IG..she was a constant poster(Is that the word?)In fact we had 2 DM's I think because I had loved how she used empty SP cans as vases..she has been absent..abruptly:( I left a answer..
    it's been since Easter:(

    1. I know a lot of people make a lot of money. It is a popularity contest. I am not into that. It is something I enjoy and is as simple as that. When I stop enjoying it I guess I will stop doing it. It’s scary when someone we are attVhed to just disappears. One of the down sides of the internet. We get attached to people who can just go away with no wRning. 😕 xoxo

  2. Like you I've been blogging for many years now and I cannot imagine a day without it. I too have met wonderful people from all parts of the world and love getting comments, but originally started just to keep in touch with family. So glad to hear Todd is better. Those hives can be miserable. Your dinner sounds good and also easy to make. I make something similar whenever I have leftover chili except for the cheese and bread crumbs. I'll have to try that next time. It's a rainy morning here but am hoping it clears out soon. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

    1. I have always loved your blog Pam! It is a ray of sunshine and positivity! Hope your day is going well! Xoxo

  3. My dear friend, I really loved your writings on this one. I liked that you wrote about your blogging and how you started, changed and etc. You are such a great writer and I love reading your thoughts. I still think you could write a novel, children's stories or whatever you wanted. I think you have such unique and wonderful gifts to share. You are one very talented woman.
    I started blogging in 2010 and found your blog through Lura not long after that. I have loved having you as a blogging friend. I have learned so much from you. I am amazed at how you keep up writing on a daily basis. I wish I had time to write more. I started mine as a missionary and family blog.
    Just to help you feel better, my children don't read my blog at all either. I find that kind of strange. I even had a family blog and I don't think they read that either. They barely look at my facebook posts. I think they had too much Mother growing up or something like that. Some of my other firends say the same thing, their children don't read what they write.
    I too worry a bit about what would happen to my blog if I wasn't here. I have friends that publish theirs into books, but I can't really can't afford to do that.
    I did love your thoughts as always on The Book of Mormon. It is comforting to know that the Savior is there for us and has experienced everything that we go through. He does know how to bless us.
    I am so happy that Todd is doing better. I hope you can figure out what caused it.
    Sending loving thoughts and big hugs your way!

    1. Like you, I could never afford to publish my blog as a book, and when I think of it, it would be a whole encyclopedia. HAHA I have written so much. I know myself, how I love to go back and read pioneer journals, and there is a part of me that hopes that others will some day down the road want to read these. Thanks so much for your friendship, love, hugs and prayers. THey mean the world to me LeAnn! xoxo PS - I only get this done each day because I get up at 5 am!


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