Sunday, April 10, 2011

Blogiversary

One year ago, I posted my first blog entry.  Here I am, 365 days and 720 posts later, living in Bloggerville with the rest of you lovely folks.  I wanted to repeat my first blog entry since almost none of you knew me back then.  
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Saturday, April 10, 2010
It's days like yesterday that make me feel like the most blessed person on the Earth.
Started out with a cool 40-something, then quickly warmed to a gorgeous, almost-perfect 75. Sunny, breezy. Simply gorgeous.

I was able to do stuff around the house - hung 6 out of 10 new mini-blinds upstairs - and managed to do it without major incident or injury.

Spent time outside weed eating around the house until the battery wore down on the weed eater (and my arms were tired too).

Tried to take a nap with 4 out of the 5 dogs - they slept but I didn't really. But I watched them and listened to them snore and snuffle.

Louise, one of the Catahoulas, made me laugh out loud. I was sitting on the deck this afternoon, enjoying a gin and tonic and hanging out with the dogs. The horses figured it was time to come up to the barn to be fed although I was stalling a bit yet. Louise runs towards the fence line, then realizes she needs to "surprise" Zim, my gelding, so switches to a sudden "casual" walk, moving off sideways like she wasn't really heading for Zim at all. Then sprints under the fence and barks ferociously at his heels like he never saw her coming.

Brushed my 28 yr old mare, Pearl. She's still so incredibly beautiful, she takes my breath away (I was watching her from the upstairs windows when I should have been attaching mini-blind brackets).

Got to "take a little off the top" for Tuxedo, the barn cat, too. He loves the shedding blade and weaves in and out of Pearl's legs and meows until I brush him too.

The clovers growing through the yard are so beautiful I have to stop and look at groups of them to admire them and make sure a 4-leafer isn't waiting for me to find it. The greens in the lawn, trees and shrubs are so stunning in the sunlight.

The wood duck pairs and the black-bellied whistler pairs fly in and out throughout the day to grab a bite under the bird feeder tree - if Thelma and BB are not standing guard, waiting for the squirrel they've trapped in the tree to foolishly make a run for it.

Marigold, at 12 1/2 yrs old, still makes me smile when she grabs a hoof and chews on it for a while. And Baron, as disgusting as it is, made me laugh when he hauled over an entire horse leg from the carcass somewhere in the pasture next door (of course I threw it in the pond).

These moments fill my heart and soul. I hope I made you smile, and I hope God blessed you too!
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Pearl, my old mare, died last May and we adopted Gem to keep Zim company. Marigold, our yellow lab, is 13 1/2 now and still hanging in there.  Tuxedo, the barn cat, is doing well.  The other 4 dogs continue to drag miscellaneous "parts" from neighboring pastures.  The wood ducks, black-bellied whistlers, and squirrels are still visiting daily.  And I still feel like the most blessed person on Earth...
Thanks for sharing your time with me...

56 comments:

Rural Revival said...

What a beautiful and lovely written post! I enjoy the daily views from your ranch, very much but it was really nice to read about your view from the heart. What a treat, thank you!

thesedaysofmine.com said...

Congratulations on you anniversary! You have been such an inspiration to me since I found your blog back in January. I'm amazed at the comments you get EVERYDAY.
Thanks for the advice you've given me. And thank you for visiting and leaving comments on my blog. I'm trying, but I'm nowhere near the readership that you have.
I keep hoping though!
Have a wonderful day; I, too, share your feeling that I'm so blessed!

Samantha said...

Glad to have found you, T! You appreciate your life..it's a pleasure to *be around* you*!

Here's to the next year! :)

Tiffany said...

Congratulations on you anniversary and like Samantha said, "Here's to next year". Hope you have a great day!

Tiffany

Melodie said...

Congratulations on 1 year of blogging! That is a lovely first post,no wonder your blog took off so well! Here's to many more years in blog land!

Bill S. said...

Sounds like you had a glorious day. Congrats. You probably went to sleep last night contented and happy.

wayside wanderer said...

Happy Bloggy Birthday! Here is to another year of writing, picturing taking and being thankful for all of God's good gifts.

Nancy said...

Funny how our blogs can change over the course of a year -- but still retain some of the most endearing qualities.

I'm so glad we became bloggy friends and get to share these lovely moments together.

Here's to another year... :)

Millie said...

Congratulations on your blogiversary! What a wonderful first post and all 719 that followed. We both truly enjoy visiting here.

Teresa and Millie

Tracy said...

Tex, that is a wonderful post...and Congratulations! It's amazing how time flies, isn't it? So are you happy with the direction your blog has taken? What would you change? ...just curious!
congrats!

Sandra said...

and I feel blessed to have read of your day of blessing. a wonderful story, thanks for sharing. every single thing you mentioned would have made my heart sing with joy. I will skip the hanging mini blinds. ha ha
congrats on your one year blogaversary.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

So sorry you lost your mare. We lost our 34 year old gelding J.R. when I was preggo w/ the twins. I still miss him.

Happy blogiversary! I love your blog and I'm so glad to be one of your followers.

Clint said...

Congratulations on your anniversary! I like it when you express yourself. Very nice.

Have a great Sunday!

Ms. ~K said...

Happy blogiversary! I'm so happy I found your blog!
~K

Sharon said...

Happy Blog-iversary!

I liked your first blog, of course, I am fairly sure I didn't know you then. How many comments did you get on that first blog?

Time does fly, when you're having fun, doesn't it?

Have a great day!

Trisha said...

Congrats on Blogiversary!!! I enjoyed your first post! Thanks for sharing it again :)

Feral Female said...

What a lovely post! Happy blogiversary!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

One year and 720 posts! Good grief. I've had my blog for three and a half years and have only 208 posts. Oh what a slacker I am. I best get with the program here. Oh this is going to haunt me for the rest of the day.

Congratulations on a wonderful accomplishment and entertaining blog.

Michaele said...

How neat! Glad to have read your first post and learned more about you. I just love it when people are aware of all they are blessed with. Here's to the next year.

Lois Evensen said...

Happy Blogiversary! :) There are so many nice people out here in blog land. It's nice to get to know you.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Congratulations.This life in Bloggerville is great.I am glad you are part of it.

Gorges Smythe said...

Congratulations on your blogaversity! You have an enjoyable read and interesting pictures. Keep up the good work and God bless you!

Kay's flowers said...

I'm so glad you shared that. What a lovely post. I was not following you then and just recently found you and am glad I did. Happy Blogaversary!

Rae said...

That was a beautifully worded post. I really enjoyed reading it. Congrats on the anniversary. I am impressed with the number of posts you have made in one year. I've been at blogging for two years and am still way behind you.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

What a great post, except for the leg thing I mean... Sounds like you're enjoying life-congrats:@)

don said...

A nice shot of these visitors. I like your narrative of your day. It's how we get to know each other better over the weeks and months. Have a great day.

Dani said...

Happy Blogiversary!
720 posts- wow! Im also amazed at the number of comments you get. That's fascinating. And I, too, enjoy all your posts.

Thank you for sharing your world.

Hugs

Farm Girl said...

So glad you started blogging and I am so glad that we have got to be friends. You have taught me so much about birds and other wild life and cameras.
So glad you took the plunge, I am always blessed. Happy Anniversary.

Randy said...

Happy Blog-iversary! I love your first post. Thank you for repeating it. I have so happy that you found my blog and that I found yours. I look forward everyday to seeing post everyday. It's a wonderful escape from the daily grind. Looking forward to the next year of posts.

Sall's Country Life said...

What a beautifully written post! That post says to me: writing and blogging is your calling! Like everyone else, I'm so happy I found your blog. You truly do appreciate your life and we are blessed that you share it with us. Thank you for being a loyal commenter on my blog, I eagerly await your remarks every time I post! Happy Blogiversary and if you're ever in South Dakota look me up! I'll have a gin and tonic waiting for ya:)

Robin said...

Theresa, thank you for sharing and happy blogiversary!

Andrew said...

Happy Birthday to your blog. I am still on catch up with your posts. Hoping for lots more in the years to come and many thanks for sharing and taking the time to read others.

Marvin said...

A great first post that works equally well as number 721. Happy anniversary. Keep On Bloggin'!

Cher' Shots said...

Happy Blogaversary! Of all the blogs out there, you are one of my absolute favorites!!! I just love what you share.
'love & hugs from afar'

Ms. Becky said...

oh thank you for that. I would have been hooked from the get-go had I read that a year ago. Your joy regarding life is so evident in your beautifully written words. congratulations on your anniversary.
and wishing you many many more posts in the future!

urban muser said...

happy blogiversary! thanks for stopping by my place.

Debbie said...

Happy Birthday to your blog and congrats on a wonderful year of blogging. I also feel your joy toward life through your beautiful words. I love this post, it's a little more personal, a mixed bag of sorts. You have the most amazing blog and I look forward to every post!!! Thanks for always checking in with me...love and appreciate each and every comment!!

Karen Thomason/Gordon Setter Crossing said...

Good idea...re-posting. I have a few to do that with also. But what struck me, was how long this post was, compared to your newer post of mostly pics. Over 700 posts? WOW, Congrats!

beth said...

what a great anniversary or is a birthday treat, to celebrate what was a new life a year ago :)

what do we call our blog conception dates....they are both right ? i think either will do as long as there is dancing and cake and a few balloons :)

oh and bubbles....let's blow bubbles, too :)

Jules said...

WOW! That's a lot of posts in one year! What a difference a year makes, huh!?!

barbara l. hale said...

Sounds like a perfectly lovely day! You have a wonderful animal family.

Deb said...

congrats girl...so glad you've stuck with it...your animal adventures always make me smile...

Joe said...

CONGRATS :)!!!!! You've done a wonderful job with your blog.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Congrats on your blogiversary--I enjoyed your post and hope I'm around for your next year or two or three! :-))

crystal.cattle said...

Congrats on your blog birthday! I just celebrated my second birthday!

www.cdycattle.blogspot.com

Gone Country said...

Congrats on your blogiversary! What a neat idea to share your first post (I'll have to remember that nine months from now... yeah right, lol!)
We are all truly blessed, sometimes we need to just take the time to stop and count our blessings like you did!

SquirrelQueen said...

Congratulations on your first Blogoversary!

That is a great first post, I think mine was a paragraph long with no photos.

MarieElizabeth said...

Hooray for you! Keep it up, love hearing about what is going on there.

Amila Kanchana said...

Happy anniversary!It's lovely post you started your blog with! :)

Jennifer said...

Happy 1 year bloggin anniversary. You are a very blessed girl :)

Justin said...

Congrats!! And good luck on many more years to come..

Allison said...

A heartwarming and moving post, Theresa. I could feel and see everything you described. It's me who thanks you for sharing time with me! You have been a blessing in my life... and I have thanked God for you. ;) Hugs!

Rose said...

I am glad you reposted this...feel like I know you better. I really enjoyed reading it....

Margaret said...

If you are not careful, you will have everyone on your doorstep this weekend! Just wonderful.

Inger-M said...

Happy anniversary! I enjoyed reading your first post, and I enjoy reading every new post. I love seeing the wild life that you photograph so well. I am really happy and blessed to have "met" you!
Hugs :-)

Janey and Co. said...

Congratulations on your Anniversary! Spring sounds especially wonderful on your happy ranch. Today's weather may be a little sketchy....but I hope you have a wonderful day!...Janey

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