The First Post of the Tenth Year of Blogging

Today is the ninth year anniversary of blogging. The start of year ten. Yikes!

Almost every day. Sometimes every 36 hours instead of 24. The times when there was no internet access, the hard drive crashed, the time I fried the computer with a glass of beer, traveling or feeling unwell. Many days I found a way, made a way to get a photo posted, somehow.

A friend gave me this Campbell Pottery (of Crawford County Pennsylvania) vase with a little brass frog to hold the flower stems. It’s a beautiful work of art. Thanks Debbie.

Being part of the blogging community and getting to know fellow bloggers around the world is the best. We share thoughts, ideas and images that inspire and we encourage one another to keep on blogging.

Thank you readers, commenters, guest bloggers and those who click the “like” button and those who visit anonymously.

Jet Trails and Kite Tails, Gallery of Lines

LINES. Cheri Lucas Rowlands challenged WordPress bloggers to find lines through their lens. Here is my gallery of lines. Jet trails and kite tails.  Sculpture, railroad tracks, smokestacks and jello layers.

Pittsburgh Skyscraper

Pittsburgh Skyscraper Reflection

Fireworks Friday Night

Steve and went down to the North Side Friday night. The Pirates game had started at 7:00 but we went to dinner at Atria’s watching the game against St. Louis Cardinals on the TV and then we walked around, did some serious people watching and checked the score on my phone. St, Louis won the game 4-3.IMG_0784.JPG

 

 

IMG_0822.JPGIMG_0829.JPGA couple of dedicated Pirates fans who let me take a photo of them sporting their Pirates Parrot Hats.

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The Barges on the Allegheny River from where the fireworks were launched.

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HIDDEN

WordPress has  taken a week off from the Weekly Photo Challenge but fellow blogger Cee Neuner has created a Just A Fun Challenge- Hidden

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if you’ve been following me since June 2010 you’ve seen my grandkids hiding under the Japanese Maple in their front yard.

July 4th Celebration

Good to be alive at sixty-five.

Happy Medicare card to me.  I can get that free bus pass now.

My sister and I are in Columbus OH on the big birthday eve after our family gatherings and driving over 1700 miles.

Laura and James hosting a July 4th birthday celebration for me tomorrow.

Here’s a photo collage with some of my favorite things- my family, pignoli, fireworks, coffee ice cream, raspberries, Zeke’s coffee, reading books,  teapots, knitting and sock monkeys. Oh yes, a few shots of me throughout the years.

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Groundhog Day Compendium

Through the years on the blog.Happy Groundhog’s Day.

Groundhog’s Day first celebration in Punxsutawney was in 1886.

Snippets from previous Groundhog’s Day Posts. If you want more pics or details, click on underlined links.

Let’s see if there is a clear day with a shadow or an early Spring for 2017.

History of Groundhog’s Day– from Stormfax

“If Candlemas Day is bright and clear,
There’ll be two winters in the year.”

 

Groundhog Day Filmed in Woodstock Illinois

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Punxsutawney Phil Declares 6 More Weeks of Winter

Shout out to  Kyle Kline on the bass

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And yes  we were there  Me. Laura and my sister Mary

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Groundhog Sports Black and Gold Beads

 

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Flat Ruthie and the Groundhog

 

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Michael on left and Jack on the right with Baby Groundhog (a family puppet)

 

Groundhog’s Eve Sunset

 

Groundhog BrewSkumps Groundhog

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Groundhog Day Movie Capture Pittsburgh SkylineThe Pittsburgh Skyline before all the neon signs on the buildings

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Readability and a New Look

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Readability of text on background is a factor to consider when creating content in a blog post.  I’ve been using the same theme with the white text on the black for a few years, liking the way the photos looked surrounded by black. I never found them hard to read but then I was the author.

These days blog readers frequently check  phone screens, not a giant desktop display.

Today I heard from artist Carol Skinger  after she had visited the blog via FB to check out the macarons.  She included an article Why Light Text on Dark is a Bad Idea

After thinking about her message,  I went to “try on” different WordPress themes and even got some great tips from the support team at WP when I couldn’t see the good old “Like” buttons or the “Subscribe” button or even the “Follow Blog” at the bottom right of the page.  This theme is called SNAPS.

Thanks Carol for taking time to write.  This theme works well on all sizes of devices!

I think it’s a clean look.  I wish I could get the palest of gray as the background but when I tried to change it the text looked dark red.  Will do some more experimenting.

Hopefully one that won’t tire your eyes as you read.  I hope to find a header image that screams Pittsburgh, as I miss my  Pittsburgh Light Up Night skyline view of the city header.  This one is Jack and Michael on the North Side on the way to the Children’s Museum, running to Ned Kahn’s Cloud Arbor sculpture  

Thanks Mar, for the Ott Lite I’m using on the Kindle.

Notice -“Booming Stats” on Abandoned Blog Today

Five years ago I tried to create a recipe blog from my grandmother’s wooden recipe box and my mother’s recipe cards. I’d forgotten all about it until today when I got a notice from WordPress. Try this link to the blog   A friend wrote she had trouble

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Throwback Recipes Blog

I didn’t stick with this blog for very long.

There were SIX followers. Throwback seemed as if the recipes weren’t really relevant nowadays.

It stopped seeming like such a cool idea.

But today I got a notice “Your stats are BOOMING!”  On the Throwback Recipes blog.  Rhubarb Cake recipe and the home page

And 65 hits (that’s booming after zero) are from El Salvador, 2 are from United States and 1 from Australia. And in just ONE hour.

So thought I would share about my abandoned blog that got rediscovered today.

Did you ever start a blog and abandon it?

It’s always nice to receive those notices from WordPress.

Here is the Chocolate Pound Cake recipe my mother made

 

 

 

 

Seven Years Ago I Started the Blog

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  1. “Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!
                 You registered on WordPress.com 7 years ago.
    Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.”

Seven years flew by.  Thanks for remembering WordPress.

And thank you to all of you who stop by to look, read, hit the like button and or leave a comment.

IMG_2957My friend Joan’s garden.  Hollyhocks remind me of my Grandmother Hendricks