A Haven for Vee

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Simple September

Good heavens! It is past time to get a post out for September. The days go by so quickly. (Thing is, I am at a loss for things to say here as always lately.) 

What do you consider your favorite posts, you personally, at your blog? Do you like putting together a Day in the Life? DΓ©cor? Recipes? Deep thoughts? Stories of days gone by? Faith for living? Travel? Book Reviews? Gardening? Something else? All of the above? None of the above? I'm truly stumped. To make matters worse, I no longer have a working camera. I have an iPhone: that's it. I find it incredibly limiting. Therefore, I take very few pictures and hardly any pictures of my peeps. Come to find out, my peeps have never enjoyed having their pictures taken. Do you still enjoy blogging? See what I did there with that question?

One thing is certain, I am sure that you don't enjoy reading someone whine over having nothing to say.

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Two things happened in September that I enjoyed immensely. One was driving myself to my daughter's on Labor Day. You know how fearful I have been about driving too far or too long. She got nervous waiting for my arrival and came looking for me. No need. Even though I thought I was lost, I was not. 

We enjoyed a fast hour of sunshine, then the rain struck with a vengeance. We couldn't even hear ourselves speak for the rain pelting on the tin roof. That's fine. The food was good. 

Laurel had built herself a nice set of stairs rather than the stepladder you see below. I didn't take a photo of the stairs. Two people swam that day in spite of the chill and the rain. Emmanuel paddled about for some time and Sam jumped in and right back out. 


Edited to Add 10/13/2021: Popping in the photo of the stairs



Later, as we were readying ourselves to leave, Adam asked if I minded if Sam drove my car. My reply was, "As long as I'm not in it." It's been a long time since I was the parent teaching the teen to drive. ツ Sam did a fine job driving back to our hometown I am told and the car is just fine.  

 Then one early September day, my sister and I went to Owls Head on the coast. It is pathetic that I live so close to the coast, yet rarely visit, especially in summer. 



We took a nice walk up hill and dale to see the lighthouse. My favorite part of that day was walking on the sandy, secluded beach we found after a very nice man gave us directions. We were practically the only people there. Perfection. 



      Plans are being considered for a foliage drive. 
The season is late this year, yet it will arrive right on time.

I am trying an experiment today by responding to each comment here over the next while. I know that most people don't return for such things. Still, I spend way more time commenting at your place than you spend here because I write so seldom these days. Maybe it will all even out. I am not saying that I won't be visiting your place. Oh, yes, I will. I am totally addicted to reading blog posts and have been for years. I'm just not as addicted, as I once was, to writing them.

Have a blessed end of September and a wonderful October!


Love,

Vee




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  1. You're making me think this morning. Favorite thing to blog about? Hmmm . . . I enjoy many of the things you mentioned, but as I think about what I actually DO post these days, I would have to say family celebrations. I think I like to document these together times. I like to ponder too . . . but (of course!) all of my ponderings don't result in blog posts. Do I still enjoy blogging? Believe it or not, I do, although my frequency of posts does not seem to indicate that.

    Now on to your post . . . It is always good to hear from you and get a peek at your world. I am celebrating your driving victory with you as I can relate. Those small victories pave the way (no pun intended) to bigger victories, step by step, one drive at a time. And how is Sam old enough to drive?!

    Your day at Owl Head looks lovely! And a beach with few people? Yep, I like that too. There is something so beautiful and calming and amazing about the ocean. It is so vast and I can't see it without being in awe of my Creator!

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    1. Your family celebrations are pretty epic. I'm happy to have been peeking in for many years now.

      Thanks for the encouragements. I'd like to think that I could do more.

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  2. I know what you mean about the driving. I am having trouble riding with someone else. I do better when I can drive. You do have a lovely beach to visit and it's amazing to see a lighthouse! I pretty much blog about my hikes now but I've had some say I am showing the same bird and view every time I post! Maybe I do see a lot of the same things in a week...but I'm pretty sure that was a different bird this week! hahahahaha! Hugs to you!

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    1. We're bookends! Who knew?

      You are not showing the same bird. How is that even possible?

      Hugs right back...

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  3. Dear Vee - lovely to see you here, and this post is very interesting. Glad you were able to drive to Laurel's for some fun family time, and also visit the coast with your sister. Late fall color here also - no rain, and nights still far too warm.

    OK, you asked, so here's how it is with me. Regarding blogging, I'm at "sixes and sevens" as my dear late mum would've have said! Some days I just feel like hanging up my hat and giving it all up, other days I'm raring to write and share photos (camera OK but use the iPhone more and more for convenience) of which I take far too many. I still read everyone's posts but am often lax in commenting lately - mean to go back to comment but time marches on and I drag my feet! Granddaughter set me up with an Instagram a/c - big mistake as I spend too much time on that, mostly looking at others' beautiful photos and then feeling rather inadequate when it comes to the state of my own house, garden, kitchen skills, etc etc!

    I'm in pain these days and will be back at the PT office soon, so can't do half of what I should/need to be doing around the house and garden. Aging isn't pretty! I feel I have aged 10 years in the past almost two. I want the old days back, pre-pandemic, pre-grey hair and comfy footwear, pre-almost an octogenarian, pre-worrying about who goes first and how will I manage if it's not me! You understand I'm sure. I am however grateful I'm as good as I am, just want to be able to get out of bed without pain and get on with life!

    I still would love to do more writing, even try a book, but again it remains on the back burner. Regarding post subjects - still like looking back at those wonderful travel stories and now and then want to re-post something again for the memories. Nature posts still important - always will be, garden, countryside, animals etc. Decor, not so much these days as I no longer haunt the antiques/vintage shops and really need to get rid of stuff not add more! Shopping has become sporadic, difficult masked - and is mostly for food or household repair items lately.

    Well that's about it dear Vee - I'm writing a 'post' here it seems, lol! I don't want to sound negative, it's not all gloom and doom around the cottage. I'm sad not to be in England as planned right now, that's rather depressing, however I'm ready to enjoy fall, the colors, the pumpkins, a trip to the countryside soon. . . . and will continue blogging at least for a while longer.

    We are getting vaccine #3 next week, had 'flu shot this week - hoping for healthy winter months ahead. October is my birthday month, and favorite month, so I will enjoy it no matter what.
    Stay well Vee - I love it when you post.
    Hugs, Mary

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    1. You said a mouthful in paragraph three. Yes, I do understand what you are saying. If I were to advise you, and who am I kidding here, I would say keep accounts short and borrow no trouble from tomorrow. As the Bible says, "sufficient unto the day is the trouble therein." As accomplished as we are, there are many things beyond us.

      As for gray hair, you are looking fabulous! As for physical pain, that's no good. I know that you are working with your doctor, but I must say Brad and Bob, the two best physical therapists on the Internet, have been very helpful to me.

      Thanks for your nice, long visit. Next time, we'll do tea and cake. πŸ‚

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  4. Well, hello dear friend! I don't know what to say about blogging...my time is short (work--with 2 men out with the virus, my hours are long, I'm tired and short tempered) with blogging, visiting, and even spending time with my own family. Your photos are lovely...we are in a wait and see mode in regards to moving, if this spending bill gets passed, every single working American will be affected (SEC. 21004.adjustment of civil penalties--I'll let you do that homework--they will require every single working person to get vaccinated). ANYWAYS---Just saying.

    I have missed you though, and always look forward to your posts and comments. smiles

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    1. I always appreciate your willingness to tackle a project or an issue, Linda. Hang in there! This, too, shall pass.

      Thank you for your visit. Thank you for missing me.

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  5. Love the pictures especially of the lighthouse. How serene. Even with the rain I am sure you had a lovely visit. Oh Vee, blogging for me is about my family mostly. I've always said my blog was my personal life journey. If others felt inclined to share my family moments with me then that is fine and if not that is fine. I do enjoy posting recipes or even fun little ways of "getting to know more about others" at times but mainly. the simple life and times with the Conner tribe. I hope that your weekend is wonderful to you dear lady. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. Yes, you honor your tribe well and document all the goings on in your family...lots of beach stories!

      Thank you for stopping by, Cindy.

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  6. Oh Vee, I’m always happy to see your posts and to catch up on how you’re doing. I ,however, have lost all interest in blogging. I have a lot I’d like to say but assume the powers that be would end up tAking my blog down. We find joy now in camping and getting away from everything. Thank goodness I can find joy in the Lord because without Him I would lose my mind with the state of the world today.
    I can’t believe your grandson is old enough to drive! I’m so glad you get out and visit with your daughter and sister. My daughter and sister camped with me and we sat knitting outside and enjoying nature.
    Take care dear Vee. I enjoy your posts about family ❤️

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    1. Oh boy! Do I ever get what you are saying about the fear that abounds these days with free speech issues. I do have a back political page that helps a wee bit with keeping myself sane in a troubled world.

      Your camping adventures sound wonderful. What a fine way to spend time with those you love.

      Yes, I can't believe that Sam is old enough to drive either. Maybe next year I can be in the car. 🀣

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  7. Hey Vee; I have always enjoyed your posts so much. I just don't comment as often on blogs as I should but I sure do enjoy all the blogs I read, including yours! Take care!

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    1. Thank you, Dawn. When are you going to join the party? The more bloggers the better!

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  8. Hi Vee!

    Great to see a post from you!! I LOVE the pictures of the secluded beach with wildflowers blooming and evergreen trees in the background; your coast is so different from ours, and they are both so very beautiful. I also love the lighthouse picture.

    So glad you drove to see Laurel, and I totally get your nervousness about driving long distances. Last year in 2020, when my mom and I made our first trip to Hendersonville, I got lost. She provides the car and pays for the gasoline, and I do the driving. It's a very fair deal, but I didn't realize how much I'd gotten out of the habit of driving. Yikes! We got lost every time we went out, and even on the way home. It really got away with me, too, so this year I made sure to print out all directions from AAA before we ever left my driveway. Everything went much more smoothly. I also love your story about Sam driving (as long as you weren't in the car). :D Too funny!!

    As for what I like to write about in my posts, I have to say everything that you mentioned above -- things that matter to me. I also like to read about all of those things in other people's blog posts, as well. So many of our old friends have hung up their blogging hats for good, it appears, and I'm more glad than I can say that you're still participating.

    Take care and have a great weekend, dear Vee.

    Denise at Forest Manor

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    1. Ahh, yes, this was a very special place...a secret beach sort of...secluded and set apart from the rest of the coastline. Apparently, Maine has lots of choices.

      Thank you for reminding me about AAA maps. I do have a premium membership. GPS can get me into a lot of trouble.

      Trying to keep myself blogging, but the thrill is gone. It feels wrong to do blog about the sweet things when life is so trying for everyone just now. Maybe it's important. I don't know.

      A great weekend to you as well.

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    2. I think it IS important, Vee. People need to see hope, need to see us facing life bravely and continuing on amid the challenges and trials, need to see what the reality of our faith looks like in the day-to-day. Beautiful things are important -- more so than ever. Just my 2¢!

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  9. It is So GOOD to see a post from Vee! I will say we were never bored when living in Maine...it was a feast for the eyes at every turn and I think we made the most of our time living there! As far as blogging goes, I see it fading somewhat...I try to provide a few moments of enjoyment when I post things that I find interesting...delicious foods, home decorating, gardening...something a reader may find worthy of trying at their home. I visit other blogs where I have similar interests...nothing more than that! I think it's good the the soul to have a passion! I really enjoyed reading your September adventures...family and travel...sounds wonderful!

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    1. Hi Betsy! Seems strange to be responding to you when it is usually the other way around. I always get a little thrill wondering how you will respond to my comment. It's the little things that are the most important after all.

      You certainly do provide a place of beauty and calm in Blogdom. I look forward to my visits to your place.

      Thank you for coming by.

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  10. Ahhh blogging. I haven't posted much recently. I am not sure why. I always comment on the blogs I read, but I seem to be getting less comments on my posts, which makes me feel like I am not interesting enough anymore. I have always blogged about a lot of different subjects (recipes, gardening, decorating, travel, local daily life) Those are the subjects I like to read as well. I rarely go back to someone's post to see if they replied to my comment, unless I have asked a question and did not receive an email replay. I always respond to every comment I get via email. Your September adventures sound great. Your beach looks so different than mine!

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    1. Penny, don't think that! You are one of the most talented bloggers I know. Now I know that you've warned me that you are one of those who doesn't usually return, but since I said that I absolutely would be replying, I'm hoping that you'll see this eventually. I never do the email reply as you so faithfully do. We each have our own routine. Thanks for your visit today.

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    2. Never say never....I came back because I knew you were going to reply here. Thank you for the nice compliment! xo

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  11. Sounds like a nice day. I'd love to walk along the beach.
    I enjoy blogging. I've tried to quit a few times but it didn't last long. I like blogging about my morning walk and every day happenings. It is my journal.
    The only camera I have is my phone and it does just as good as my point and shoot camera did. Only thing I can't really zoom in on anything.

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    1. Hi Karen~

      I enjoy walking on the beach even if one has to be a sidehill gouger to succeed. My sis and I were there for a natural pedicure as that salt water and sand does wonders.

      Yes, your blog is a great journal of your days. You probably use it as I do mine to trace back when this or that happened.

      The zoom is what I miss most, but I also enjoyed regulating aperture and adjusting for dark or light. Those days are done.

      Thanks for popping in!

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  12. Dearest Vee, it's been so long since you've shared your lovely Maine! I am one to speak, as I find it more and more difficult to post something worthy of posting. As I'm sure your know, your ocean photos and that lighthouse thrills me.
    Posting about our family life, home and gardening is what usually shows up on my blog, though sparingly this year. Travel is right up our alley and that has taken a back seat. Writing about past travels seem hard to report for some reason these days. Still blogging is in my heart and I'll probably always continue as I hope you do! Happy Autumn to you! I'm looking forward to seeing photos of your lovely New England.

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    1. I am looking forward to it, too, Martha Ellen. We're still in the "low" color box on the foliage map.

      Hopefully life will return to normal soon so folks like you and Grayden can get back to traveling more often. So many things on hold these days.

      Yes, keep blogging!

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  13. Well, judging by all the comments from your followers, whatever you have to say whenever you want to say it, we are "all ears" and happy to hear from you, no matter what the subject! Rain on a tin roof is one of my favorite things. I even videotaped it last week. It was so loud you couldn't hear me singing "Singing in the Rain", and that's probably for the best. Just write about whatever makes you happy, or whatever makes you think, or whatever strikes your fancy! It's YOUR blog, and you get to make the rules! I have a good camera, but I find that nowadays I am using my iphone camera more and more. It isn't one of the newest and best, and the clarity isn't always good, but I'd rather capture the moment than lose it, whether it be family hilarity or a lovely butterfly or bug or flower. Just take the picture and share it. We'll "get the picture" of whatever it is you love. I write about anything and everything, but try to stay away from hot-button issues like politics these days. It just doesn't pay to get my guts in an uproar, especially when people start disagreeing with my point of view and I have to defend myself. God knows where I stand, and when I need to stand up I do. But blogging is a place for relaxing and enjoying the lovely company we find here. I think we get enough of the news out there. That's just my opinion. I do look forward to your foliage tour. Please take pictures, no matter what camera you use. Like I said, "we'll get the picture!" For us fall foliage starved people in Florida, even a blur of autumn colors gives us joy. Thank you for this post. Please keep it up. Your "followers" need you and love you! Have a blessed and beautiful day. I wish I could go with you on your fall foliage tour. We came close to coming up there, but my neck issues put a stop to that for this year. Maybe you could go wish my grandson a Happy Birthday next week on the 6th. He'll be 22. I so wanted to be there, and to go the Fryeburg Fair with him like we used to do when he was little. Maybe next year. Okay, I'm done. God bless you and thank you for letting me ramble on and on. Over and out.

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    1. Hi Pam, glad you dropped by. I see you are one of those who judge a blog by the number of comments. Try not to. The most amazing blog posts can have very low comments and vice versa. I might be tempted to capture the moment, but if the quality is poor, it remains in the private file. ☺️ No Fryeburg Fair for me. It would be too much for me this year as well. I am sorry about your neck giving you troubles. Hope that there has been improvement. As for politics, I think there better be some pushback or this country is lost. We are living in truly perilous times. Don't worry about rambling. I enjoy a good ramble.

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  14. Hello Vee! It's good to "see" you on your blog. Lots of opportunities here to respond, but I'll keep this short as I've not had breakfast yet, it's nearly 9am here, and I am hungry.

    What I like to write on my blog: I've probably done it all by now (blogging since February 2009). As all my readers know, including you (you've been very supportive), my default topic for the past 10+ months has been widow survival (one way to phrase it). People seem to appreciate the posts, so okay. Lord knows I wish I had more cheery things to address, but the grief colors everything one way or another, sooner or later, so I just go with it and try not to get mired into too much muck. The Lord has shown Himself faithful to me at every turn, truly He has.

    So with that said, I close out this comment. Be well by dear friend. When this circumstance of life hit you a few years before me, I prayed for you, but now I have so much more understanding as to what this is all about. As much as it pains me to say it, these have been good lessons for me in compassion.

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    1. Hi Barb~

      You have been on a rugged journey. One that no one wishes to take. Do you have a book in you? One Woman's Journey... kind of book? No one really understands a widow's grief until... I have been on the journey twice and I have found The Lord faithful through it all as well. He is good.

      Keep writing. I didn't. I think it will be one of the keys to navigating your way through. We sure don't get to climb over or go around.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  15. It’s so nice to have a kindred spirit that doesn’t like to drive far from home! I have to take back roads wherever I go, Vee. You know me, I like posting recipes and pictures of my family. Happy weekend to you and enjoy your beautiful Fall colors!

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    1. Thanks, Kitty. I will as soon as they show up! I didn't know this about you. I am sorry that we are in the same boat/car? Life would be easier if I could grab it by the horns and shake it silly.

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  16. A simple September? I like that title. Simplicity is becoming more and more appealing to me. So good to see a post here, with a little peek into life at your 'haven'. I am laughing at your adamant refusal to be a passenger in the vehicle with your grandson behind the wheel. That will change! Soon you will be thrilled to have him 'driving Miss Daisy'. Glad you found that secret beach. Looks lovely!

    Blogging? I like to blog to keep a record of the 'goings on' over here. So often I find myself going back to the blog for information about places, events and people. I'm afraid the monthly posts really only scratch the surface, but I try to hit the highlights. The travel posts have been used by many as they plan trips and we enjoy re-visiting the people and places by re-reading them. Blogging has connected me to so many good friends over the years...many who I have met in real life. They are a gift!

    On to October! I wish I could pick you up and take you for a fall foliage drive. What a fun outing that would be. Or, maybe you would refuse to sit in the passenger seat if I was behind the wheel? LOL We would have a lot of ground to cover since we last met!

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    1. Oh wouldn't that be fun?! Are you still a teen driver? If so, I might be a titch concerned. I miss hearing from you more often, but I am not one to complain as I post so seldom.You have more blog fodder than I do. So many nifty things going on in your corner.

      Thanks for visiting with me today, Judy.

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  17. Hi Vee~

    It looks like I am parroting others feelings on driving with a grand...I won't lie, it makes me nervous! One day I will appreciate it ;0) I love lighthouses and beaches. I'm a long way from a beach here, but every chance I get I try to escape to the West coast for a little beach time, mind you, it's only once in every 2 or 3 years.

    Onto blogging. It's a chore, but it doesn't need to be, I usually over-think it. I love reading about everyday life, just the normal things people do each day or week. I love to see photos of where they live, I think it's so interesting to see how different the cultures and the landscape are right here in our own country. I love book reviews because I'm always looking for something new to read. It's hard to hear about someone's struggles, but I love to be able to keep them in my prayers, and I think blogging is a good place to vent sometimes. I have been the recipient of many prayers from readers, and what a blessing in has been in my life. I don't like to read about politics...enough said. My blog is my journal, so I like to document the things that are important to me, including my family. Like you, I have some grands and children who don't like to have their photo taken, and I always try to respect that. It always makes me smile to see that you have posted!

    Happy October, Vee! Enjoy the ride with your sister, I'm sure the foliage is just gorgeous in your neck of the woods, can't wait to see the photos!

    Hugs,
    Barb

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    1. Thanks, Barb. Hope that you have many October adventures...enough to keep life interesting without being dull or too crazy.

      I have a few friends who do not enjoy discussing politics. They drive me crazy because I enjoy such a discussion very much. πŸ˜‰

      Thank you for coming by...

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  18. Dear Vee,
    It's always a treat to see a post from you. I enjoy reading about your outings and am glad you had a visit with Laurel in spite of the rain. Did it make you laugh to hear rain so loud that you couldn't communicate?
    Sam is driving!!!! Wow! There's an indication of how quickly time flies by.

    A trip to the ocean is always good, even if it's just 10 minutes away as it is for us on our island. We don't go there often enough. Walking on the sand is good for body and mind and soul.

    Oh, blogging. Sometimes I think I've said all I need to say (my readers may have thought that years ago), and sometimes I'm excited to write a post. I enjoy reading about what my friends are doing in their days. It doesn't have to be anything special. I especially enjoy posts that include some reflection or feeling in them about things that are happening, be it the change of seasons, or what was eaten for dinner, or what pretty thing tickled the beholder. I like to think of it as a conversation with friends, and I don't wait for a big event to chat with a friend to see how she is doing. Sometimes just a simple hello is fine.

    I am finding with the proliferation of Youtube that it's easy to sit and watch video after video about interesting and good things that requires little mental effort and results in little change in my life. If something I watch inspires me to actually do something then that's a good thing, but I am trying to stay away from too much mindless and mind-dulling content. Blogging, I find, requires more interaction. That said, there are a couple of channels I like to watch on Youtube.

    With the world being such a topsy turvy place these days (as it always has been, but it seems particularly so just now), I like to focus on what Paul counseled in Philippians 4:8 - think on things that are pure and lovely and true and noble, etc. It's not always easy to do.

    October days can be so beautiful. I hope the foliage tour is just lovely, and I look forward to you sharing it with us all.

    Take care, dear Vee.

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    1. Hi Lorrie! I was hoping that you would stop by. I am having the dickens of a time commenting on your posts. It has gotten so bad that even a copy and paste will not hold. It's maddening. I just heard from someone trying to comment here and it was impossible. Just wanted you to know. Still reading, still loving your hikes, your collages.

      It is good that you find photos to take and excitement to share. I probably do too much vlog watching. As you say, it doesn't require much of a commitment.

      Thanks for stopping in and never worry about chatting too much. I enjoy reading what you have to say.

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    2. And I came back to see what you might say! I don't often do that, but you warned us, so that was good. A couple of people have mentioned not being able to comment on my blog, and I changed the comment type, but that didn't do anything. So...nothing like feeling helpless!

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  19. Oh dear, what a long missive I've composed. Sorry about that!

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  20. Vee, I’ve just read through all the comments and I’d say we are all in agreement that having a post from you is a very good thing!

    I’m so glad you made the trip to Laurel’s place, and what fun to have a metal roof. Tim says that they had a metal roof in Africa when he was growing up and he remembers how loud the rain on the roof could be!

    I’d like to hear more about those two PT online!

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    1. Translation needed for last line. Message me. πŸ˜‰

      I started out on my post-John journey to write every week. Not quite hitting the mark by
      a long shot.

      Thank you for the visit, Deanna. It's always nice to hear from you.

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  21. Hi Vee --

    We just got back from the north country and I'm catching up with things in the blogosphere. So delightful to see a post from you!

    I'm so happy that you were able to drive up to Laurel's on your own. I feel the same way about driving distances by myself. Occasionally I have conquered my dislike of it, but it never lasts.

    So happy too that you could make a trip to Owls Head. The little beach you found looks perfect!

    And then a foliage drive to come ... that will be lovely. It's far from peak here. Up north, it's closer, but still not at peak. The foliage seems to me to be a bit duller this year, but I guess that could change.

    I'm going to take your questions about blogging and use them as a jump-start for a post on my own blog. I'll need to think about them for awhile, I think. But the bottom line is that I do still enjoy blogging, very much. I think I may be moving into a season where I will have more time for it, but we will see ...

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    1. Well I had figured out that you had run off somewhere, but I thought it might have been out west.

      The foliage is pretty lackluster here...mostly green with a tinge of faded green. Hopefully, things will perk up. Laurel is up near Sugarloaf and she reports that the foliage is vivid there.

      I hope that you have a more leisurely season ahead and that you feel like writing. That's half the battle right there. Whatever you do, it will be good.

      Thanks for stopping in, Sara. Now I'm off to visit you. Good thing I don't have to drive.

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  22. I enjoy sharing common interests with blogging buddies, so sharing photos of projects working on or completed is fun. I do love the comaradarie of that. I also enjoy visiting blogs that share "day-in-the-life" stuff. I LOVE being invited into another bloggers home via pictures. I like what Lorrie wrote above - about blogging being a conversation with friends. And like Cheryl, I sometimes think of blogging as documenting things. But not everything. :) For me, it's the closest thing to a diary.

    Your traveling sounds lovely, and the time spent with family, fun. I enjoy reading through comments and a blogger's replies. If I know a blogger replies to comments, I check back to see how they replied to me. So I'll be back again later! :)

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    1. Hi Becki~

      I am currently having some difficulty with the like-minded aspect of blogging. I love my blogging buddies, but in this current climate, I am not in agreement with about fifty per cent. Not sure if that's important, but I suspect that it is. For now, I am content to focus on things that we share in common and back out slowly if something goes too much against my grain.

      Glad that you'll be back! Thanks for stopping by.

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  23. It's always a good thing to see a post from you. Sometimes, the longer you go between posts, the easier it is NOT to post. Or so it seems with me. Not that I go for very long. Since I write an online journal, I will continue to do so as long as there is a blogger platform. I am printing off my journals and will give them to Summer when I leave this world. Amber will get my volumes of handwritten diaries which I started the year she was born. Plus I have numerous prayer books and other things written here and there. The house fire in 1983 burned anything I write before that year.
    So I write to record my own personal history and to tell my own personal story. I also think, in a humble way, that it is one way to let my light shine. We are the lights reflecting our Lord and Saviour. I hope my light helps otheres and it's important to me to keep my light real. The joys and sorrows. The ups and downs. The ins and outs of daily life. The challenges and how we meet them. The ways God meets us where we are and supplies our every need. I want to reflect on all that God has done for me and for all that he continues to do and will do in the future.
    I'm not blogging for fame or popularity or anything like that. However, the friends I met throught the written words have amazed and blessed me so very much. Some I have met in person....and some I hope to meet. As in YOU! I will be forever grateful to you and to John for your prayers when the Amber was pregnant with the quads and for after.
    Perhaps, you underestimate the influence God has given you.....you are very special to me and so many others. I hope you know how loved you are.

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    1. Awww...what sweet things to say. Thank you.

      Yes, it is true, if one steps back from writing or reading, it becomes natural to keep right on going that way.

      Did you happen to see where Susan Branch destroyed most of her journals...on purpose? Yikes! I didn't know quite what to think about that.

      You have one of the finest journal blogs I know. πŸ‚πŸ’›πŸ‚

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  24. All of the above. Lately my blog has been more random. I've been thinking more and more that I need to reply to each comment since many people aren't blogging anymore and I can't go to their blog and let them know I read their comment and appreciated it. We were hoping for some vibrant foliage when we drove through the Appalachians and on the edge of the Smokey mountains but the leaves were just turning. I've always enjoyed your posts and your way of expressing yourself. You are an entertaining writer. Don't leave!! :)

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    1. Yes, it seems the season is delayed all over. It certainly is in my corner. That's too bad that the foliage was not more accommodating while you were there in Appalachia and in the Smokey Mountains. Guess that means you'll have to return again some day.

      Thank you for saying those sweet things. I just ramble on and hope for the best. Looking forward to all you'll be sharing about your trip once it is done and you have settled in at home.

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  25. I like this time of year and I like quiet months that roll gently. There is enough drama out there. I enjoyed your photos.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Thank you, Amalia, for stopping by. Your comment has made me ponder.

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