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Hugs and blessings,

Monday, August 18, 2008

Fun Monday #19 - Inquiring Minds Wonder ...

Make Time for Small Reflections
Lisa (of Lisa's Chaos) is hosting Fun Monday this week and asks us ...
"What is one thing you would like to ask your readers? Come up with a question to pose to your visitors and throw it out there on Monday. As we’re all visiting each other’s Fun Monday posts we should answer the various questions we come across.
OR
Show & Tell me about a bird, I’m easily made happy."
Although I suspect this is not what Lisa (who takes the most amazing photographs) had in mind, I begin with this 30 second long odd 'Bird Invasion' video. While sitting at the computer on June 30th this year, a strange sound drew me outside and upstairs to my deck. The electrical wires were filled with birds and I watched in amazement ... wondering what drew them here. I rushed downstairs to grab my camera to 'capture' it. Some of the birds had already moved on but this brief clip gives you some idea what it was like. I apologize for the 'blurriness' ... and I have no idea what kind of birds these were. I've lived here almost 30 years and never seen (or heard) anything quite like it.

These birds hung around for about 15 minutes before moving on ... and relative silence was restored to the neighborhood.
Now for my question(s) ...
(answer one, all, or none as you choose)
1. What is your favorite thing about Small Reflections (and/or Sacred Ruminations)?
2. What would you like to see more (and/or less) of on my blogs?
3. Do you check the little box (or use a program like 'co.mments.com') to receive follow up comments in email ... or do you check back later to read the responses I leave for those who comment?
4. What keeps you 'blogging' when life gets busy and keeping up is challenging to do?
Click for others participating in Fun Monday today.
Small Reflections ... Smile Back
Thought for Today
"Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them?" Rose F. Kennedy

26 comments:

Jeanna said...

I think blogging has become a habit and bit of sanity like watching All My Children. It's a time out to forget everything else.

Karmyn R said...

oh - blogging has become a way for me to relax. So, when things get hectic and I just need to unwind or "tune out" that is when I get to blog for a little while.

Lil Mouse said...

What keeps you 'blogging' when life gets busy and keeping up is challenging to do?--well i try and post every day (the national blog posting year thing), when I was really tired at the beginning of my pregnancy, well then if I didnt get it done EVERY Day, then I caught up on the weekend, i gave myself the time when my hubby was still asleep in the morning and i had been awakened by my bladder, to go ahead and blog and not do chores even if they really needed done

Lil Mouse said...

oh and when i would think of something i wanted to blog about, i'd EMAIL it to myself or somehow leave myself a message so i'd have it there to pull from when i DID have time to blog.

kitten said...

Great capture of the birds! What keeps me coming back here? Your blog is interesting, I love your quotes and you just seem so sweet. Why do I keep blogging even though I'm so busy? Because I need the fellowship. I enjoy meeting so many people around the world and the difference in our lives, even though we are all still similar. Blogging is my get away.

Tiggerlane said...

I'm guessing those are starlings...but I'm not sure. And blogging is a way for me to get out all the thoughts that are running around in my head! I'm a bad blog-visitor, tho...never seem to have enough time.

Sayre said...

1. What is your favorite thing about Small Reflections?
I really enjoy your Thought for Today. I'm not sure why I'm so queer for quotes...

2. What would you like to see more (and/or less) of on my blogs?
Don't really know - they seem to reflect you pretty well.

3. Do you check the little box (or use a program) to receive follow up comments in email? No - I guess it never occurred to me to do that, anywhere. Even after three years of this, I feel pretty naive about how all this works sometimes.

4. What keeps you 'blogging' when life gets busy and keeping up is challenging to do? Knowing that there are people who will CALL ME UP to make sure I'm still alive if I don't. When things are really busy, I actually post a blog to that effect so brothers and parents don't panic. Other than that, it's a way to sort of get things out that I need to say - just not necessarily to one person.

ChrisB said...

I just like reading about peoples lives sharing all the highs and lows and seeing photos. It's just like visiting a friend.

Lately I find I have less time to check back so I should really use a check back programme. I often look at previous comments on the next visit.

Stephanie, Mama Dramatist said...

*pant**pant**pant**

Sorry, just recovering from the flashback to the movie "The Birds." Thanks for that.

Um, I blog because I waiting a loooooong time to become a mom and I want to record as much of the awesomeness and notsomuch awesomeness of mommyhood I possibly can for the sake of all the other "old moms" out there and someday my daughter, too.

Sorry. I don't write good. Sometimes.

Hootin' Anni said...

Holy cow what a video!! Almost eerie.

In regards to your questions:---

1. What is your favorite thing about Small Reflections (and/or Sacred Ruminations)? I can't say I have a favorite thing about your blog...it's more that I LIKE YOU and your persona. That's what stands out most for me.
2. What would you like to see more (and/or less) of on my blogs? I personally think a blog couldn't be a blog unless the owner blogs what they WANT to blog about...it's more a personal journal of diary if you will!
3. Do you check the little box (or use a program like 'co.mments.com') to receive follow up comments in email ... or do you check back later to read the responses I leave for those who comment? Never....I most always visit again and again to the blogs I go to daily, so no need. Besides, my email is private and kept that way for spam purposes
4. What keeps you 'blogging' when life gets busy and keeping up is challenging to do? Actually, for me, I do my memes about a week in advance if I can...if not, I do it when I get up and I'm drinking my juice before walking and have them scheduled to post...if then there is something to be added about what has happened or what's going on in my life, I then ---put on an addendum.

Excellent questions.

Christine@AreWeThereYetMom said...

Last year, I blogged just about everyday, and then at the beginning of this year, I hit some speed bumps, and pretty much on and off this year I've gone from posting two or three times a week, and if it's been a good week, I'll post more. Blogging to me, is for keeping a journal for me to remember the fun times with my family, and to post things that interest me. I used to have withdrawls when I couldn't post everyday, but I am now beginning to find a balance between real life, and blogging, to just have fun when I can with both.

judysteapot said...

blogging in all the busyness of life is 'time out' for a while.

Rebecca said...

I've recently stopped worrying when I can't get caught up. It's been easier to do than I thought. Go figure. :)

survivor said...

"I write for the same reason I breathe - because if I didn't I would die."
Isaac Asimov

This quote is solen from a blog by www.anniedaze.blogspot.com who is in my creative writing group. www.Avalonfreelibrary.org click on exhibits/writers to hear some of my stories read out loud (robin) I am new to Blog -but i have to write/I have to breathe -Annie told me to write write WRITE even if I had to start my own blog. smile So I did and I cant stop, I like to breathe.

Sandy C. said...

I love coming here to get a peek into your daily thoughts and life.

I blog daily to challenge myself. And on days like today, when I'd rather sleep and just relax outside, I know if I stick to it, it will only help me grow :)

Joyce said...

Good evening, Storyteller. I agree with Tiggerlane; those birds sound like starlings to me. We used to have massive flocks of them here. I enjoyed their noisy chatter, but the farmers net and destroy them because they eat up so much of the corn.

I have the same answer as Hootin' Anni as to what I like most about your blogs: I like you, too, and enjoy reading your thoughts on a variety of subjects, even tennis! :P

Just keep up your writing!

IamwhoIam said...

Lets see what I like - your blog have good thought behind them no malase and that come through. also I either learn something new or am reminded of a good feeling. So it is the Joy in you blogs I like most.

I don't check the little box and I'm not good with the follow up just haven't learn how to play properly yet.

Faye said...

I blog because all of a sudden I have stories to tell that I wouldn't dream of "inflicting" on people in general conversation as I'm more of a listener than talker. I hope people will enjoy my stories.

I've only been checking out "Small Reflections" for a few weeks but already I like your writing style and the variety of illustrations that you use for each post.

Mary P Jones (MPJ) said...

1. What is your favorite thing about Small Reflections (and/or Sacred Ruminations)?

You, storyteller! :)

3. Do you check the little box (or use a program like 'co.mments.com') to receive follow up comments in email ... or do you check back later to read the responses I leave for those who comment?

Don't keep up with comments. I can barely keep up with blog reading. I have my e-mail associated with my profile so people can get back to me directly if they want. (And I know you do!) :)

4. What keeps you 'blogging' when life gets busy and keeping up is challenging to do?

I made a commitment to myself when I started that I would write every day. Now that I've been doing it, it's hard to stop. It's therapeutic for me and helps me process my thoughts.

Tina Coruth said...

Storyteller,

I don't know what kind of birds these are, but for some reason, I kept thinking about Alfred Hitchcock! LOL Seriously, this is amazing. That's an impressive flock.

1) I guess my favorite things are your wonderful photos and the Mutterings. I also love the quotes,oh and the Heads or Tails and I can't forget the Skywatch Friday... I think I really like it all best!!!

2) I think you have a achieved a beautiful balance.

3) I always mean to but sometimes I forget. I'm getting better at remembering, though.

4) I enjoy my blogging friends! Even when I fall behind, I'm always eager to get caught up.

hugs,
Tina

Alison said...

I think that each blog is different and unique to the individual and that is what I like about them....in other words...don't change a thing!!

I keep blogging because I like to write and I love interacting and visiting with my "friends" I have made through blogging.

lisaschaos said...

I like your blogs the way they are, I never know what I'll find. :)

Sorry, I don't check back in comments. Most of the people I read email responses and I just assume others would too. BUt I have a really short memory so often I forget I've asked a question until I see the post again and then I will pop back to the comment section. I just fear if I followed comments on other blogs I would have an uncontrollable amount of email - I accidentally clicked that box somewhere before and had like 100 extra emails that day! Ouch!

storyteller said...

To all – I very much appreciate your visit to my Fun Monday post this week (whether or not YOU participate in this weekly activity). Thanks to each of you for taking time to respond to my questions.

It seems many of us blog for similar reasons yet use different strategies to keep us on track with this ‘virtual’ community activity. I’m delighted to have discovered Fun Monday … have enjoyed getting acquainted with the blogs of those who participate … and found the questions posed (and birds shared) ‘fun’ indeed. Some made me LOL.

I apologize for the ‘fear’ my ‘bird video’ generated for some of you … appreciate learning the birds are quite possibly starlings … and am pleased to know my ‘unpredictability’ adds an element of surprise many of you enjoy.

As I type this response (and the ones I left earlier on other posts) I’m aware that many of you won’t see them … and perhaps that’s at least partly why I decided to leave ONE ‘group’ response rather than individual ones as I do my best to ‘catch up’ after falling so far behind recently. When I finish clearing out my email box later this evening (or tomorrow) I may take advantage of ‘available emails’ to react individually … or not. Blogger DOES make it more difficult than some of the other platforms to respond in email, but it’s free and it’s the one I know how to use … so I live with that fact as best I can.

I struggle with whether or not to check the little box myself because it DOES generate LOTS of email, but most of it is ‘quick’ to go through … and I enjoy reading responses others leave on their blogs but know I’d never have time to return and check later so email’s the only way I’d know. One interesting thing about the way some of you have modified your Blogger comments to be ‘in line’ like Wordpress is that the little box isn’t available any more … so perhaps as others make this modification, the issue will become moot.

Once again THANKS EVERYONE. I hope you’re all having a wonderful week!
Hugs and blessings,

grace said...

1. What is your favorite thing about Small Reflections (and/or Sacred Ruminations)?

the widgets

2. What would you like to see more (and/or less) of on my blogs?

just say what is in your heart, I do not judge blogs

3. Do you check the little box (or use a program like 'co.mments.com') to receive follow up comments in email ... or do you check back later to read the responses I leave for those who comment?

No, I never check that in anyone's blog

4. What keeps you 'blogging' when life gets busy and keeping up is challenging to do?

I blog the day before and set it up for the next day

yertle said...

1. What is your favorite thing about Small Reflections (and/or Sacred Ruminations)?

Getting to know you -- your love for tennis, the Olympics, photography, writing.

2. What would you like to see more (and/or less) of on my blogs?

I like the full picture that I get of your interests. Keep doing what you want to be doing.

3. Do you check the little box (or use a program like 'co.mments.com') to receive follow up comments in email ... or do you check back later to read the responses I leave for those who comment?

I do check the box.

4. What keeps you 'blogging' when life gets busy and keeping up is challenging to do?
I have Monday Motivators scheduled to post at least a few weeks out since I add them whenever I see them. Then I just write when I can and want to. Usually when I am busy eventually posts get written in my head and I can sit down and write a few in on sitting.

storyteller said...

Grace and Yertle – Thanks for your visit and your specific responses to my Fun Monday questions. Maybe I’d relieve my own ‘stress levels’ if I started ‘planning ahead’ a bit instead of coming up with posts daily. I’ll give that some more thought. I do sometimes have a couple of ideas (or blogthings) partially ‘fleshed out’ sometimes in ‘drafts’ … and it’s saved me a couple of times (as when I decided this past Thursday to skip T-13 after falling behind on emails, blog comments and visits. I’m feeling a bit better because I’ve been able to do some serious catching up over the last couple of days. I hope you’re both enjoying your weekend.
Hugs and blessings,

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