Monthly Archives: February 2011

Sepia Scenes: Cherry Blossoms

I recently went on a nature walk near my house and stumbled upon this beautiful tree, just full of cherry blossoms.  I thought you might enjoy it as part of the weekly Sepia Scenes photos.  Here it is in actual color:

Check out other sepia photos at sepiascenes.blogspot.com and participate in the weekly challenge with me 🙂

 

  • Sepia (staceyarcher.wordpress.com)
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1.0.0.th POST

In case you haven’t noticed, today I am celebrating my 100th blog post!  Time has flown by for me.  I started my blog on May 17, 2010 with this post, Welcome.  I wrote a few posts here and there, usually really short and mostly just as a way to get me started.  I had maybe one or two visitors to my blog occasionally; mostly just friends from Facebook after I announced I had posted something.  Why did I start a blog?  You can read about that in my post, Why a Blog, which was one of the postacday2011 challenge topics back in January. Never would I have thought that less than a year later, I would have redeveloped my blog, the layout, widgets, etc, improved my writing style and quality of my posts, and gotten to know so many people throughout the world and have some amazing blog buddies.  I appreciate each and every one of you more than words can say.  One of my blog buddies, Dr. Skeptic, even did an in-depth review of my blog on 1/17/11. You can read it here. I loved it and thought he did a great job!

The addition of the postaday2011 challenge has really encouraged me and challenged me to grow in my writing, and I am so much more consistent since it started, as you can see in my archives.   I’m also really proud of the fact that I have composed 3 poems, something totally new for me, and one of them, Invisible, is going to be featured on another blogger’s poetry showcase in April. I have come a long way since May, and still have a long way to go, but am truly enjoying the journey and hope you are as well.  Thank you all for your support, encouragement, comments, likes, and I hope you will keep Walking A Mile with me 🙂

Here are a few of my top viewed/favorite posts:

Holes In My Heart

Hurricane Chasing

Where’s the lake?

The Event

Fall Fun

Weekly Photo Challenge : Boundaries

Weekly Photo Challenge : Curiosity

My Valentine (I was told by a blog buddy that this post was featured)

What posts of mine are your favorite?  What would you like me to post about in the future?

Making my wish to be "freshly pressed" by the end of this year 🙂


Can we move on, please?

I am a celebrity news/gossip junkie, I will admit it (I heard that’s the first step to recovery – to admit it). I frequently find myself viewing sites such as TMZ, PerezHilton, The Superficial, People.com, and I enjoy watching E News and getting my US Weekly magazine.  I don’t know why I do this. Perhaps because it is just a random escape from my own meager life, and sometimes wishing I could enjoy the lifestyle of the “rich and famous”, and these media outlets offer me a glimpse into that lifestyle.  Sometimes, I use it to compare my own life to theirs, reminding myself that my life isn’t so bad.  Other times, it is just to have something random to talk about amongst coworkers or friends.

Today I just want to share who I am tired of reading about; celebrities that I think continue to do stupid stuff and get themselves into rediculous binds, etc, yet continue to get so much media attention.  Here are my top 5 celebrities that I wish we could all stop hearing/talking about:

1.  Lindsay Lohan

2. Charlie Sheen

3. Michael Jackson’s doctor

4. Oksana and Mel Gibson

5. Lindsay Lohan’s parents

Who are you tired of hearing about?


Weekly Photo Challenge: REFUGE

REFUGE

–Noun

1. shelter or protection from danger, trouble, etc.: to take refuge from a storm

2. a place of shelter, protection, or safety.

3. anything to which one has recourse for aid, relief, or escape.

—Synonyms
1.  security, safety. 2.  asylum, retreat, sanctuary, haven, stronghold.

“As for God, his way is perfect:  The LORD’s word is flawless;  he shields all who take refuge in him. ~2 Samuel 22:31

” The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed,  a stronghold in times of trouble.” ~ Psalm 9:9

“The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” ~ Psalm 18:2


Sunday Summary – my new RandomBlog buddies

So today, instead of doing my usual summary of favorite posts from some of my blog buddies, I decided to go ahead and post/link to some new blog friends I met while taking part in the Random Blog 2011 Challenge that was started by ClassyRose.  Please check out these blogs and say hi.

MK [inside-out]

Purrfectlee

Jeanne – nolagirlatheart

literaryescape

thefancydelight

jaxiecat

redneckprincess

guilas41

lian

aimeekid


Can I be caffeine-free?

It’s been 7 days since I have had any coffee.  I realized since my post Terrible Tuesday, that I have a strong addiction to coffee, well actually to all caffeine.  So when I ran out of it last Saturday, I have refused to buy any more.  I have also cut down on my soda intake, hoping to gradually fade that out as I use up the 18 cans I have left at home/work.  To not throw myself/my body into complete caffeine withdrawal/shock, I have had one cup of green tea each morning.  It has helped me to not have the severe headaches, jitters, and anxiety, and to not be as much of a b*!ch to those around me. If anyone has struggled with caffeine addiction or weaning themselves off of it, I would love to hear any advice or thoughts you have about it.