Sunday, October 2, 2011

Ch-ch-ch-changes and why DO I blog????

So we went to the mountains yesterday and my new banner (do you like???) is just a taste of what we saw (I'll be posting them in the next day or so).  I am still not ready for fall but I am ready to accept that we are heading toward winter and I fully appreciated the beauty of the day. I was also deeply grateful for the long warm fall we having again but... 

Folks, if the significant changes in the weather patterns don't convince you that there is something deeply wrong then nothing will. Here in Colorado, I think we have been fortunate that we have experienced mostly good weather. Where it was really dry before, we have had extra rain, our warm weather has lengthened and the cold weather is not nearly as cold before (I am not sure the ski resorts would be as excited as I am about this!) but that's good news to a warm weather baby like me. I dread the cold! (though I love Christmas as you shall see and be tortured with!!!) But not everyone has been so lucky! In the last year alone the US has had $35 billion in damages from the extreme weather conditions and the government is now in the process of making sure we won't have the money to help communities who have been flooded or destroyed by tornadoes. Could be rough times ahead! 
At any rate, I thought I would take a stab at the prompt for yesterday... briefly. 

I began blogging because of NaBloWriMo. Amy Kalinchu of Craft-E Revolution suggested I start a blog and join NaBlo. Why would I want to do that? Because you're a writer and it's a good way to get good writing habits started of writing every day. It seemed logical so I did. That's how this blog started. I wasn't writing for anyone but myself and I didn't really comment on anyone else's blog. I didn't know the proper etiquette and was a little taken aback when I got comments. I ranted a bit and did some real writing on my fiction work here.  It was a real work in progress. I started making some connections though and saw the benefits of blogging. The blogging community is a fine one! 

Last year after NaBlo, I did a Blogfest and connected with more writers and I quickly made a whole bunch of friends. The community has been a warm one! I enjoy all my friends immensely.

I now have my blog as more of a display for my pictures, as you will see. I do comment on the world around me occasionally and I do sometimes insert some of my writing, but since writing is a passion that takes time which I hope to be paid for some day I don't want to offer it up for someone to steal. And since putting hot topics up for the public to view could wind up in the hands of my bosses at work, I try not to be too intense publicly. I save that for twitter actually! lol. So on this blog, you will generally find the expression of my eye, perhaps if I had had the passion of an artist with the paint brush. So I hope you enjoy and stop by now and then to comment! 
A final look back at spring!


  1. Hey, your banner looks just like a hike I took this morning (I'm in between Colorado Springs and Castle Rock)! The leaves are definitely changing, but it's been so warm the last few days! I give it about 2 weeks before it surprise snows on us~ whaddaya say? :) Gotta love Colorado.

  2. That pic in your head is gorgeous! Interesting that Colorado weather has improved. I suspect actually Michigan's has, too--I know last year SEEMED like a lot of snow. but it was nothing to years past. Winter is still 7 months... but I think the temperatures aren't quite as extreme.

    You know... I know I've been here before as when I tried to follow I already was, but it has been too long--my apologies there. Hopefully NaBlo will get me back in the habit.

  3. awesome pics. Rainy here but the trees are turning fast now.

  4. thanks so much for leaving a comment on thefeatherednest
    Our weather patterns are showing signs of change as well. While I know global warming is a BAD thing I have to say that I enjoy the extension of our "better" weather.

  5. Oops - I didn't even realise there were prompts. Hehe. Will have to check on those...

    I've noticed changes in weather patterns where I live, too - summers are getting more humid, which I HATE. Oh well...

  6. Beautiful pictures as usual Danette. I too am not a fan of winter. I live across the mountains from you (in Utah) and these trees look familiar to me. For the record...I'd much rather live in a blue state than a red state but meh...I wasn't so mindful of it when I moved here a few years ago. Anyway...yes, I think I agree with you on the whole climate change thing. Our country is also quite screwed financially. I blame the Bush era for that. But at this point...who really cares? The damage is done and we are now left cleaning up the opportunistic mess created by billionaires with no conscience.

    Let's see if this posts this time :)

  7. I began blogging for the sake of my writing, too, but quickly became entranced by the comments popping up from soon-to-be-new-friends all over the place. Climate change is terrifying, as to me is nuclear power. Thanks for visiting!

  8. Hi Jess! Thanks for the comment! (I'm hoping it will stay warm for a while, neighbor!)

    Hart: I think I've popped in on your blog a time or two in the midst of a blogfest but a blogfest can be a little bit like a driveby or something and you barely remember where you were! lol

    Mary: The leaves in the city are much more slow to turn. This is WAY UP. Some of these are around 13,000 feet which is amazing that they are still golden at this time of year!

    Delores: Right now I'm not complaining either. But if the predictions are right and we're a desert, then I fear that I should be stocking up on water!

    Trisha: I hate humidity too which is why I don't live in most of the rest of the country. IT's dry as bone here.

    Michael: It posted! yay! Don't underestimate the passivity of the democrats. They've allowed too much of this too go on far too long!

    Hi squirrel! Welcome friend! I am worried about nuclear power too. The two combined could devastate the world even faster!!!

  9. OH gosh- that banner shot is glorious!

  10. Wow. Loving your banner and wallpaper - it has that lovely Fall/Autumn feel to it. We've had several hot days but I can feel the lovely chill in the breeze early morning and in the eve. Bring it, baby!

    Happy writing this week! ;-)


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