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I Want To Thank You…

With all the issues needing urgent attention in the past few weeks, I admit that my faith was wavering a bit in the department of “You Are Never Given More Than You Can Handle”. Especially given the irony that my upper body strength was plummeting…just one more piece of baggage to shoulder that I couldn’t even grab hold of. Not that all the life changes that are happening are bad, but all of them do require attention and persistence, like a litter full of hungry, wiggling puppies. You just can’t pick one or two to devote time to, and hope the rest will voluntarily enter suspended animation until you have the energy for them. So I admit to feeling run down and less-than-enthusiastic about even the simplest activities. Keeping with the hungry litter analogy, even snuggling in to get puppy kisses involves somehow getting down on the floor without crushing any puppies, and strategizing a way to get back up again…looking for the good in this recent batch of Life Stuff has been exhausting in itself.

Gratuitous puppy cuteness.

Gratuitous puppy cuteness. Bouncing = Happiness, although unstable surfaces can be a bit unsettling.

So I’d like to thank the strangers who have conspired with the universe in the past few days to make it So Darn Obvious That Life Is Good, that I haven’t even had to look twice to see the truth in that.

For example, there was the manager and technician at the local radiology center, who gave up precious time on Christmas weekend to work past business hours, and probably against policy. During an urgent-but-not-emergency procedure, the fire alarm went off. Although it was found to be a malfunction and not a danger, the department was still required to be evacuated. Unfortunately, the maintenance staff had already left for the holidays, and no one else had the code to shut off the sirens and flashing lights. After waiting outside for 30 minutes, the staff was officially free to go. I thought we’d never come back from that one before Christmas, but understanding my anxiety, the manager found ear plugs for us all, and the technician volunteered to sneak back in to finish the procedure in the dark. I can’t begin to describe how grateful I was to have one less unpleasant task looming over the holiday.

Thank you to Terry, a fellow WordPress blogger, whom I have never met, for sending me personal notes of encouragement just when I needed them the most. Despite, or maybe because of, all the changes going on in her world right now, she noticed that I have been a little less effervescent lately, and reached out to me. It’s nothing short of amazing to me that a total stranger would not only read what I have been writing, but also what I have been not writing, and wonder about it enough to ask.


My imaginary friend Terry, and her brother Al. This picture gives me the warm fuzzies. (photo courtesy of Terry1954)

And thank you, too, to Sue in Australia, who writes The Crafty Pioneer. Out of the blue, she nominated Beyond Back Creek for the Versatile Blogger Award. Is it too trite to say “I’m so honored”?  I love Sue’s blog, and all her adventures in crafting.   (I am especially tickled by her Yarn Bombing tale…I’d never heard of this before, but I admire the idea of guerilla art-making! It seems especially meaningful, given recent events, to rekindle the sentiment of ‘Make Love (or  more generally, Create Love), Not War”

Yarn bombed tree - Hampton Street

Yarn-Bombed Tree. I am in awe of the work involved.  And I have so many questions.  Do you take measurements of the tree and knit at home?  Or do you brazenly make this out in the open?  (photo courtesy of The Crafty Pioneer)

So, long way around, here is my acceptance of the Versatile Blogger nomination, wherein I am strong-armed (a funny word for me, lately) into sharing seven things about myself as one of the rules of the game.

  1. I have a 2-burner range and no dishwasher. My longest run of countertop is 18 inches.  Don’t let a lack of kitchen appliances get in the way of home cooking!
  2. I truly love people, their stories, their mannerisms, their customs.  But I am happiest spending an evening in peace with a cup of herbal tea to drink and an old English mystery to read.
  3. I don’t believe there is such a thing as Too Much Pizza.  Even gluten-free.
  4. I prefer well-mannered dogs to rambunctious puppies. (Odd, but true.)
  5. If there is a ‘next life’, I hope to come back as one of my own cats.
  6. I still haven’t decided what I want to be when I grow up.
  7. I prefer sunrise to sunset.

As part of paying it forward for the Versatile Blogger nomination, I would like to share the following blogs that have inspired me over the past year that I have been blogging.  There are many others that I admire and follow, but I have tried to pick some undiscovered writers that have not gotten a lot of recognition already.

Chesapeake Journal (this is the first blog I ever read, and I still look forward to reading Kathy’s view from across the Bay. {Waving at you from Annapolis}.)

Putney Farm (yeah, they may be Big Time. At least, they were featured on Freshly Pressed.  But the recipes are so relevant, and so do-able.  How could I resist the subtitle ‘Get some good food.  Cook it. Share with friends. Have a cocktail.’ )

Stefania Wine (yes, there are wineries on the East Coast.  But I actually know these people.  Paul and Stefania are wonderful human beings, and they make award-winning wines, the old fashioned way.  Yes, I mean stomping on grapes…)

Ian Rodger Photography (no matter what he takes a picture of, I find it soothing.  Something about his perspective makes me slow down and take a few deep breaths.  Ian…hint…post more often! The world needs more occasions for serenity.)

Things My Belly Likes (another gluten-free, food-adoring soul.  But so much more than just healthful recipes. Can there be too many gratuitous cute puppies in one post? No, I think not.)

this pretty much sums up my Christmas

“This pretty much sums up my Christmas” as per Cat (photo courtesy of Things My Belly Likes)

Outlaw Garden (the second blog I ever discovered.  Cristina, I found a kindred spirit in your adventures in front-yard gardening, despite the rules and regulations of the community association.  Sister, please keep writing about your subversive vegetable-growing deeds!)

There are so many more bloggers that have inspired me this year.  I sincerely promise to revisit this list and add to it.  But at this point, I suspect I am straining the tolerance of the most avid of readers.  (If you are anything like me, you are eager to move on to the food and libations portion of the evening.)  So, I raise a glass to toast my fellow bloggers, this writing community, and share my gratitude for your acceptance, and my wishes for a joyful New Year.






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