Sunday, July 2, 2017

Welcome To My Blog

To my present readers and those who are visiting from this month's Ultimate Blog Challenge:

I am a 64 year old living in upstate New York, still working full time, and helping my spouse and other family members with the care of my elderly mother in law and autistic brother in law.  Right now my role is advocacy more than anything else for me, but that role could change at any time.

With this blog, I try to create an oasis of calm, showing you the beauty that is my world here in the Binghamton, New York area.  I have been blogging since April of 2009, inspired to finally jump in to blogging by a tragic mass shooting near where I work.  You can check out my very first blog post if you want to read more (note, I would edit it a lot more if I was writing it today).

I've been blogging daily since late April of 2011.  I started doing that with a blog challenge, and just kept on going.  I don't know when that streak will stop, but this will be my 2,787th post.

My current lineup of posts depends on the day of the week, so you can join in daily, or just for the items that interest you.

Mondays are Music Mondays - lately, I join in a meme called Music Moves Me, and I will be joining them tomorrow.  Tuesdays are whatever I want to blog about.

Wednesday is Summer Memories - memories of all kinds.  My Wednesday feature changes with the seasons.

Thursday is Thursday Tree Love, another meme.

Friday I participate in Skywatch Friday, where bloggers from all over the world join to show the sky in their part of the world.

Saturdays are Local Saturdays.  Sundays - whatever I want to blog about.  And, the 15th of the month is still another meme, Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.
Elmshorn Rose, Cutler Botanic Gardens, July 2, 2017

Here's a little taste of what to expect if you visit my blog.

Our times are so uncertain - I rarely post about politics, and hope that you will feel welcome here.

So, I would love to know who you are.

Did you come from the Ultimate Blog Challenge?  Or, are you a long time reader?

Once again, welcome!


  1. Wonderful looking blog here! I look forward to reading the many posts you've written over the years.

  2. I was just looking through Facebook Page of Ultimate Blog Challenge and clicked on your link. I have enjoyed visiting your blog.

  3. Your blog makes me comfort and hope you will continue posting.
    Coffee is on

  4. I am not sure if I found you or you found me or how it all happened, but I am glad I am here.

  5. I am a long time reader, and so I did know most of these things about you. But I believe every blogger must make a post like this every now and again to introduce themselves to their newer readers.

  6. I have discovered your blog from the Ultimate Blog Challenge. Think it is amazing that you have been blogging every day. Your blog is very welcoming and it is nice to meet you. Look forward to reading more of your posts.

  7. I love that you have unique days to share on your blog! I am looking forward to following you - found you through the Ultimate Blog Challenge! I have never been as far north as NY so I hope to learn a lot more about your area of the country!

  8. I am from the Ultimate Blog Challenge but so happy I started here as I love finding new blogs to follow and to find new friends. I also can't wait to check out the different days you participate in as it is a great way to find new friends.

  9. Another blog challenge? I haven't heard of this one. Good luck with it.

  10. Your blog is so uplifting. In a world of contention and strife, it is truly a breath of fresh air. Thank you!

  11. I am a long time reader and I know a few things about you but what was new was that you have been blogging for straight 2500+ days? Wow! Amazing you are Alana.
    I would love to meet you some day :)

  12. I started blogging every day with the Ultimate Blog Challenge in July 2014, and I just passed 1800 posts. I had no idea you've been doing it since April 2011. Great blog here, Alana!

  13. That's so amazing that you've been blogging daily since 2011 and working, bravo!


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