2016 was a year of discovering more about myself in several different ways. My friend MH who was a nurse and later a psych analyst is a member of our Tuesday morning Bible Study and often we expand on topics to which she has great input. Before Christmas we talked about the hustle and bustle of shopping at malls, the crowds etc. and I said how much it negatively affected me. We went on with MH's help to examine if we were each an introvert or extrovert.
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It wasn't hard to realize why I feel how I do out in crowds vs sitting alone with a good book and a cup of tea. Yes, I'm quite happy by myself creating cards, reading or baking among other things.
Earlier in the year a gardening associate admitted she had lots of acquaintances but few people she would call an actual friend. I've thought about that statement many times and have concluded that also describes me. Blogging however introduces a different concept of friend, one who is more like a 'penpal' whom you can visit at your leisure and expand the visit via email. I've met a number of women I consider good friends through this method and when I look at who they are - why we're cut from the same cloth of being Christian women with the same family values and other aspects in common. Hmm, birds of a feather...
Blogging parties can also be a way to meet new people but I've found many linking are not interested in 'mingling' as is the true sense of a party. I'll leave this observation at that.
I mentioned the Journalling Bible I purchased in 2016 and I was waiting to use it for the daily Bible reading program started January 1. Two years ago I utilized the Old and New Testament plan and this year I'm using the chronological plan from Blue Letter Bible. The link is here.
Above is the inside cover with the colouring finished and I can attest that no two pencil crayon brands are alike. I have several artist brands and even the old standby Crayola that I use for my cards and they're perfect for the tissue paper thin pages. Highlighter can be seen on the page behind and some markers will bleed. Yikes, I'll figure it out and hope for any recommendations! One thing a fellow blogger suggested and I'm doing is highlighting any text to do with plants, gardening etc. with green.
My hands tend to shake a bit (maybe more so after morning coffee) which affects colouring within the lines in small places. I keep thinking that years from now when grandchildren or great grandchildren look at (and hopefully admire) this work of art that comments like "Holy smokes, Grandma sure wasn't very good at staying in the lines!" are not spoken aloud. 😁
I received lots of tea samples over the holiday from two card exchange groups and a gift that really surprised me. Don't get me wrong, I received many nice gifts of clothing, perfume etc. but as my daughter said, "this one will be foremost in your mind, won't it?" Having two girls, our first grandchild was a boy, and became the boy we never had. He's close to his grandpa in all 'guy things' but will still enjoy a cup of tea with his grandma. I have the book 'A Cup of Christmas Tea' and although it is about a young man and his great aunt, the story could serve as a relationship between a grandma and grandson too. It is gratifying to know that I have touched the heart of this young man with my love for tea and that he would find this perfect gift for me.
It's no surprise as most of us know that a smart phone can take stunning photos. Through the window, as close as I could get and then cropping, above is a red bellied woodpecker making a first appearance at one of my feeders.
The male and female cardinals are regular visitors and although at this time of year my Canon is usually set up on the tripod waiting for good photo opportunities, I've discovered just how amazing my phone is.
A cross stitched gift of flowers in a teacup and enhanced with Imikimi photo frames. They have delightful ones to choose from, it's free to sign up and brought to my attention by a beautiful red hat tea friend Rose, who uses them on her FB.
My journey continues in discovering more about myself and how I may change what I blog about. Nothing drastic, but a couple of bloggers have influenced me with their content and it will be fun to step outside of my comfort zone. For example Deborah at The Beautiful Matters started a discussion on whether or not to wear foundation. She doesn't always blog about makeup and such but it was an interesting topic and as I become an 'official' senior next month, I was interested in the responses.
How about you? Looking for new ways or ideas to spark your blogging mojo or are you comfortable with where you're at?
I'm closing this post with appreciation for the friends I've made since blogging and also to the casual acquaintances who drop in every so often to catch up and say hello. I wasn't on my computer a lot from before Christmas until now so I hope to drop by and do some catching up myself.
As always, take time for tea.