Each time I publish a post it tells me how many I’ve written – “Congratulations! This is your __th post!” The numbers have been creeping up and finally I’ve made it to 100!
I felt like something needed to be kind of different about such a nice, round, three digit number. So here it is friends. 100 things. Some blog related, some just life related. Hope you enjoy perusing these little lists as much as I loved writing them.
Ten Favorite Posts: Here are ten of my all time favorite posts. I’ve put them in (mostly) chronological order.
- Moving On
- The Gift
- Oregon: The Final Frontier
- Supposed to Be
- Unexpected Blessings
- Good Enough
- The Mighty Sea
- Sunsets Are Free
Ten Reader Favorites:These are the ten posts that have been read the most times. (In descending order)
- Moving On
- Our Home
- Breakfast on the Run
- Unexpected Blessings
- Trouble on the High Seas
- Hank’s Condition
- Good Enough
- Hood to Coast: Part 1
- 4th of July
Ten Big Supporters: The people who fearlessly and frequently comment. I get giddy with excitment when I get a notification of what is most likely your “new comment.” In no particular order…
- Annoymous Readers – The people who I may not know even read this blog. The people who have taken the time to send me supportive messages or emails or cards. I appreciate all of you. Thank you for sharing these moments with me.
Ten Things We Do When It’s Raining:
- Read a book or two or ten.
- Turn up the iPod and dance.
- Head to the aquarium.
- Take a walk and splash in puddles.
- Play hide and seek with Hank.
- Invite a friend to play.
- Spend a little time in the kitchen cooking up something tasty.
- Spread out a huge piece of paper and fill the whole thing up with drawings and scribbles.
- Indoor soccer and golf.
- Check to see what weather our friends are having across the country.
Ten Things I Love About the Oregon Coast:
- Hot tea and socks are year-round indulgences.
- Delicious seafood like salmon and dungeness crab.
- Pointy trees.
- Green, green, grass. So green you have to see it to believe it.
- Windswept cliffs.
- Empty winter beaches.
- Sunshine is a treasured gift and you treat it as such.
- The friendly, genuine people.
- Putting up with so much wind and rain really increases your hardiness quotient.
Ten Things About Living with a Newfoundland:
- No matter how much you vacuum, dog hair exsists as a part of life.
- Drool slimes can reach the floor or ceiling depending on the situation.
- Their entire face must enter the water bowl when drinking.
- Brush, brush, brush.
- Their heads will be able to see on top of the counter and table so take care with all baked goods or party foods.
- Petting begets more petting and if you aren’t giving more pets you will get a head nudge.
- Big bark, no bite. But I wouldn’t press your luck just in case.
- Snoring? Yes.
- Terrific foot warmer.
- Totally scared of tiny barking “dogs.”
Ten Writings I’ve Loved:
- To Kill a Mockingbird
- A Thousand Splendid Suns
- All But My Life
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
- The Alchemist
- The Great Gatsby
- Harry Potter Series
- Freedom Summer
- The Tale of Despereaux
- Wherever You Are – My Love Will Find You
Ten Things I’ve Learned Through Writing:
- Say it. Whether it’s a great big thing that goes on for paragraphs or just a couple of lines, you’ll be glad you did.
- Be real and be honest – in your writing and in your life.
- Acknowledgement is a good way to begin to let some bottled up things go. Seriously, let it go.
- If I want to put a period after one word that’s my prerogative. It’s called voice. Deal.
- Sometimes a sentence just needs to start with “and.” Sorry 2nd graders for never letting you do that.
- I’m not that great at punctuation — I cheat by using dashes and superfluous commas.
- Pushing through the writer’s block may sometimes mean taking time to be still and reflect. And who’s soul doesn’t need that?
- Sometimes I am not as hilarious as I think I am. But sometimes I read an old post and just laugh and laugh – like when Hank’s big bottom went thumping down the stairs…
- Publishing right away is not always the wisest choice. Put it away, walk away, and proofread. Good grief I did not go to San Diego, it was San Francisco!
- Writing, blogging in particular, has kept me more connected than I ever thought possible – to life’s most tiny but significant moments and the people I want to share them with.
Twelve Photographs: Some of my favorite photos that may not have been previously seen on here. Starting with January – one photo per month.
Eight Goals for 2012: Reserving the right to do all or none of these as my whims see fit.
- Keep blogging at least once a week.
- Get that half marathon in.
- Make a nice dinner once a month for a “stay at home” date night.
- Go to bed a little earlier.
- Read twelve books.
- Continue sewing.
- Stretch more.
- Give thanks daily.
Is that 100 things? I think so.