Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The 30 Day Challenge

My blogging has seemed a bit sporadic these days, 
so to try to jump start it, I'm trying this 30 day blog challenge.  
Basically it's a list of 30 topics to write on for the next, well, 30 days.  We'll see how it goes.  
My biggest challenge is to try to make as many of these random topics fit into a blog about Deltaville.  
So, starting March 1st, I'll be blogging using the following prompts:

Day 1: Introduce, recent picture of yourself, 15 interesting facts.
Day 2: Nicknames.
Day 3: Your first love.
Day 4: Your parents.
Day 5: What song inspires you.
Day 6: Pet peeves.
Day 7: What makes you happy.
Day 8: A place you’ve traveled to and where else you want to travel.
Day 9: A favorite picture of your best friend.
Day 10: Something you’re afraid of.
Day 11: A quote you love.
Day 12: Something you don’t leave the house without.
Day 13: Goals.
Day 14: A picture of you last year – how have you changed?
Day 15: Death row meal.
Day 16: Your opinion about your body and how comfortable you are with it.
Day 17: Put your iPod on shuffle, first 10 songs.
Day 18: Something you miss.
Day 19: Things you want to say to an ex.
Day 20: Something you wonder “What if…?” about.
Day 21: Something you’re proud of.
Day 22: What do you want your future to be like?
Day 23: Favorite Movies and TV Show.
Day 24: Something you’ve learned.
Day 25: Something you are looking forward to.
Day 26: Your Dream Wedding.
Day 27: Photo of your city .
Day 28: What stresses you out?
Day 29: Who is your hero?
Day 30: A picture of yourself this day and 5 good things that happened since you started the challenge.

I can't take credit for the idea or the topics.  
I found those through Pinterest 
(thank you to those Blisters who introduced me to that addictive little piece of the Internet) 
on this site:

So if anyone else needs a jump start, join me!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Platonic Love

I knew it the first of the summer,
I knew it the same at the end,
That you and your love were plighted,
But couldn’t you be my friend?
Couldn’t we sit in the twilight,
Couldn’t we walk on the shore
With only a pleasant friendship
To bind us, and nothing more?
There was not a word of folly
Spoken between us two,
Though we lingered oft in the garden
Till the roses were wet with dew.
We touched on a thousand subjects—
The moon and the worlds above,—
And our talk was tinctured with science,
And everything else, save love.
A wholly Platonic friendship
You said I had proven to you
Could bind a man and a woman
The whole long season through,
With never a thought of flirting,
Though both were in their youth
What would you have said, my lady,
If you had known the truth!
What would you have done, I wonder,
Had I gone on my knees to you
And told you my passionate story,
There in the dusk and the dew?
My burning, burdensome story,
Hidden and hushed so long—
My story of hopeless loving—
Say, would you have thought it wrong?
But I fought with my heart and conquered,
I hid my wound from sight;
You were going away in the morning,
And I said a calm good-night.
But now when I sit in the twilight,
Or when I walk by the sea
That friendship, quite Platonic,
Comes surging over me.
And a passionate longing fills me
For the roses, the dusk, the dew;
For the beautiful summer vanished,
For the moonlight walks—and you.
                       ~Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Simple Pleasures

It's been a while since I've posted, mostly because I have limited internet access at home right now and partly because I've been busy living life.  
And surprisingly, life has been good- even with the the obstacles that have been thrown in my way. 

So today, I'm sharing a simple pleasure: star gazing.
photo from this site http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star
Yesterday I started a fire. 
It was intentional, so no worries.  
I was working on burning some brush cleared from our fence line. 
I had the wheelbarrow there using it to cart a bale of hay and move some large logs around.
Once I had the fire going hot, I opted to sit down.
The wheelbarrow looked inviting sitting there full of hay, so I laid down.
I discovered a wheelbarrow full of hay is a very comfortable place.
It gives you the perfect angle to watch the sky (and the handles make a nice foot rest).
So I laid there in my wheelbarrow, warmed by the fire and watched the stars come out.
It reminded me of all the times I had watched the stars in Deltaville with the 
Milky Way pouring across the sky.
photo from http://science.howstuffworks.com/star.htm
Always quiet except for the usual calming night noises:
Katydids, sailboat rigging pinging in the breeze, boat ropes creaking.
The next meteor shower (The Lyrids on April 21st) you'll find me in my wheelbarrow.