I’m sitting here in my recliner with Charlie, listening to the sound of distant thunder rumbling. I can’t believe all the storms we’ve gotten so far this year.
But I do so love hearing the thunder and rain, except for when it causes damage to some folks’ homes.
I haven’t had to go out the past few days, except for PT on Monday. Yesterday I had a bunch of over the counter items like Vitamin D, Women’s Vitamins, etc. that I needed.
Another Shipt Order:
So I ordered through Shipt at Target, as their prices are less for these type items than is the grocery store.
I have to keep children’s cough syrup on hand for Charlie, who often gets to coughing so at night. He seems to be hampered more by allergies right now than the problem with the collapsed trachea.
Luckily that health problem has calmed down with his three heart medications. My Charlie boy will be 13 in September. I’m am doing my best to keep him healthy and happy.
Ivy The Night Owl:
I think Ivy must stay up at night and sleep during the day. In the evening while I read, Charlie is always at the end of my bed. Ivy comes up on the right side of me and curls up beside me. But I can’t get her to sleep with us at night.
I think she’s into her mischief in the dark of night. Sometimes I hear her scrabbling about playing.
Here she is all sprawled out on the coffee table. Keep in mind that this table is 36 inches round. Ivy is a big girl.
She is sweet and curious and intelligent and my (big) little furry love.
Here she is watching me through the bedroom window screen as I do chores on the patio.
In The Garden:
My blue raised bed is almost out of hand. You can only see the tips of the hosta and lamb’s ear because the lemon balm and mint I cut way back a week ago has bounced back with a vengeance.
The pansies have made a comeback with their perky little pixie faces.
The white Shasta daisies are blooming nicely, as are the white cone flowers. The scabiosa is full of flowers over in the galvanized container bed.
And of course the petunias are blooming like crazy. I tend to the petunias a lot to make sure they bloom well. I deadhead and trim them back and they thank me profusely with gorgeous flowers.
I find that I like to “mother” them. I do a lot of pondering about life while I tend to things on the patio.
I truly enjoy all the little maintenance chores that make up a well-tended garden.
What I’m Reading:
I am reading a book about a woman who suddenly finds out she is supposed to be dead. Someone has put out a death notice on her. They have gone on Facebook and announced her demise.
But why would anyone wish Laura harm? She is a 50 year old divorced mom of a daughter just starting college. She has no enemies. That she knows of. But obviously someone feels great enmity toward her.
Book Description Via Netgalley:
Laura Swallow is dead.
A life cut tragically short, says the newspaper obituary.
But that’s a lie.
Estate agent Laura did not die in a car accident. She is alive and well.
At first, Laura thinks it’s a sick joke.
But multiple announcements of her death are followed by increasingly sinister real-life events. Already fragile, struggling to recover from a recent divorce, Laura is plunged into a living nightmare.
Who can she trust? Her new lover? Her clients and work colleagues? What about her ex-husband and his smug fiancée? Can Laura even rely on her best friends? And why is it that Laura’s present troubles are so tied up with her sister’s sudden death all those years ago?
But one thing Laura is sure of – someone out there wants her to suffer. Wants her gone.
Negatives Of Social Media:
With the advent of social media, you can be trolled by someone behind the scenes. Someone can, if they know how, manipulate your feed and alter what is real.
It is one of the truly negative things about putting our lives out into the ether, where it floats like a balloon far and wide beyond anything we can contain.
Personally I don’t put much out there. On Facebook I put my posts out most every day, but I don’t post separately on Facebook. I do nothing to try to get followers there or have even created a page for myself or this blog.
I have about four groups I am part of on FB, three of which are related to blogging. And that’s really my main interest in Facebook. I like to go to the groups to read because I always learn something. And I always enjoy learning.
I never got into Instagram, but I love Pinterest. That is the place to put all things pretty or interesting. For me it’s like a bookmark I can come back to when I have more time to dig into the depths.
Success For Today’s Blogger:
To be a truly successful blogger who wants to work with sponsors, it is mandatory to be a large social media presence. But I was never really interested in any of that.
Many bloggers say the opt-in forms are a very successful way to build up your email list. But I’ve never been able to bring myself to have pop-ups on my blog, which I think are a big nuisance.
I figure if someone wants to join my email list to have my posts sent to them, they will find an unobtrusive form at the end of my posts. So I don’t have a huge email list, and that’s just fine.
I’m not crazy about being pushy about such things. And I don’t want to try and sell you something. I write a blog, I post photos, and try to inform. I never evolved into the blogger-turned-entrepreneur tapping into the big money.
The Big Money In Blogging:
And believe me, there is big money out there. There are bloggers who make enough money to build new homes and go on exotic trips. They are real go-getters.
There are bloggers who make more in a month than I make in a year.
Oftentimes their husbands (if the blogger is a female) quit their jobs outside the home to work on the blog as well. Some bloggers have staff to help.
Every day in the blogging groups I see several looking for individuals who will post to social media for them, write posts, and take care of other blog business for them.
What Blogging Is To Me:
To me my blog is a personal journey. I get at least 3 emails a day with someone wanting to guest post here. But I just don’t want that. I am the writer here and these are my words.
I’ve never even put watermarks on my photos. It’s not like they’re Rembrants or anything. If you ever want to print out my photos, feel free to do so. I have no problem with that.
You can print my posts for all I care. If any information is useful to you, then I have done what I aimed to do.
As for the dreaded opt-in boxes, I know I hate it when these pesky boxes pop up when I’m trying to read a blog. In my opinion they are just a big unnecessary nuisance.
What do you think of blog pop-ups? If you aren’t certain what I’m talking about, it’s the boxes that pop up on blogs and ask you to subscribe, buy something, join their social media, etc.
Personally I find them obnoxious. But I find that most bloggers now have them, so I am obviously an island unto myself regarding this matter.