If you are new to this blog, “Welcome!”
If you have been here before, I hope you enjoy the changes.
It is a new year, and this old blog (originally started in 2014) has a fresh face, new take, and different purpose. It used to be a storehouse for random musings; then it evolved into a weekly source of inspirational quotes before it went dormant for some time.
This is hopefully its best incarnation yet!
I think it is safe to say that 2020 did not go exactly as planned for anyone. My family and I suffered several loses, and life was incredibly hard and difficult for most people. Everyone was impacted in some way by either the virus and its resulting mayhem, the global economic effects, or even “just” the crazy toilet paper shortage.
During this time of great uncertainty and upheaval I became more aware of how I pass my time and what I like to learn and do.
I am an avid reader (something I’m sure my mom thought she would never hear). I am dyslexic and I never liked reading as a child because it was difficult for me. However, since graduating from Texas A&M I have come to discover a genuine love for books.
I enjoy taking photos. My father was a professional photographer for years so I guess that passion may be inherited. I love to play with angles and frame shots differently than a typical stand and shoot perspective. I shoot on my iPhone(12) and my DSLR Nikon.
In 2019 I made a “30 Before 30” list (cutting it close) of thirty things I wanted to do before my thirtieth birthday in September of 2020. ‘Make and Donate 30 blankets for Project Linus’ was one of the items I did get to mark off during the year of lockdowns and restrictions. I crocheted 29 blankets and made one quilt. Then I was inspired by an Instagram acquaintance and ventured into the world of amigurumi (the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small yarn creatures). I learned to read patterns and made some flowers, popcorn, and four cats! I really enjoy crocheting (possibly another inherited trait – my grandmother and mom both crochet), it gives me something constructive to do to unwind in the evening.
I have always enjoyed the outdoors (and they – especially mosquitos – enjoy me too). I am a keen amateur cyclist and gardener. Lately while cycling through my neighborhood I have scoped out and brought back items left at the curb that make great container gardens. I’m not talking about weird trash, I’m talking about cargo carriers people no longer want or need, dressers that have been beat up… My garden has been fairly plentiful this year – it would have been better if it weren’t for those damn squirrels! (Kind of/not really kidding there.)
I have always been artsy and crafty. Creativity was highly encouraged in my house while growing up. I occasionally make art pieces, crafts, or miniature scenes I’d love to share with you.
My vision for the new path for this blog is to share my passions with you, as well as tips, jokes, advice, progress, and whatever else may come.