Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Hello World! this vast New Year gets underway, I have decided to undertake the immense challenge of establishing/maintaining a blog.  "Why would you do such a thing?" you might ask.  Well, gentle reader, for the past couple of years, I have been encouraged by several friends to embark on such a journey; but I couldn't really justify taking up the space (?)  I mean, really!?!  Does the Universe need another blog and/or blogger?  More practically, I suppose I should ask:  Do I really need another commitment?  Besides, I don't know the first thing about all the technicalities of doin' the blog thing ~>:-?

Tea steeping in my beautiful Christmas gift from The Girl!

SO...  I did what one does when one needs to ponder a largish, weighty matter such as this.  I  brewed a cup of tea, and played the age old favorite for decision making dilemmas:  a game of Pros & Cons!  A calming cup o' Chamomile at hand, I more closely examined the pluses and minuses of my foray into Blogland...  Of interest, according to Yogi, on this tea bag:  "A relaxed mind is a creative mind."  Rather serendipitous, wouldn't you say?  I have taken it as a positive sign ;-)  *'cause I tend to be an absurdly optimistic git!*

Playing for the Pros:
  • it's a great way to share the various and sundry happenings and adventures in my life (especially since my mom is totally Anti Face Book) *hi, mom!*
  • it's 'my thing,' so the rules would be my own, too -- no sweatin' the small stuff, here...
  • it could be a stepping stone to the more disciplined use of my time -- if I really want to make it work, I will have to develop the habit to make it be so *sounds simple enough - ha!*
Playing for the Cons:
  • I tend to write the way that I talk...  I have no desire to invoke the ire of the Grammar Police  (however, I suppose I could just refer them to the second item for the Pros - lol!)
  • What if nobody reads it?  Well, I happen to think that if a tree falls in the forest it makes noise whether anyone is there to hear it or not...  Clear as mud, right?
  • What if, what if, what if...  The Cons are often the most negative SOBs around; but I have decided that I am not playing their game, this year!
O.K. - so I am better at justification than at accurately listing Pros & Cons!  Obviously, I just enjoyed playing the wordsmith while sipping some ever so lovely honeyed tea.  At any rate...  that brings us here, dear ones!  Here, in the glorious present!  Here, in this moment, this seems like a good and fine thing to do!  I see this as my own little repository of journeys undertaken, successes achieved, humorous asides, and... well, and the subtitle alludes, whatever speaks to me on any given day.  I look forward to all that comes with and from this latest adventure!  Would you like to come along with me?

A note on the title for this post:  Wonder Hubby (a.k.a. Resident Genius) is, among other things, a programming guru.  His expertise in this field is what keeps us both gainfully employed ;-)  Recently, he has embarked on his own journey of discovery by delving into the mysteries of a new *to him* programming language:  C#.  From this I have learned that the first piece of code one writes when working with a new language is always called "Hello World."  As this whole blog thing represents a new 'language' for me, it seemed only appropriate to dub my inaugural post thusly!

Onward & Upward!
 - pla

Words of wisdom for today:
"I don't know the secret to success, 
but the key to certain failure
is trying to please everyone."
                     - Bill Cosby

Photo Notes:  
   Taken using Retro Camera app for ANDROID by Urbian - Barbi camera, no flash


  1. Brava!!! Personally, I love that you write the way you talk and I am often one of those evil grammar police (blame the parental unit, she's the one who majored in english). And to myself and others I say bah! And in the immortal words of the small one...MY bible says no grammar police allowed here!

  2. Great you joined us! I will add a link of your blog to my blog on Friday.

    I know your blog will be entertaining!

  3. Thank you, ladies!'s been a long time coming, but I think I will enjoy being a blogher ;-) I have a few ideas - plus, it is better for featuring works completed (of which I hope to have many in the coming year!) Glad to see you, here!
    - p

  4. Welcome to the blogosphere, dear Penny! If your first post is any indication, you'll have no trouble keeping the ideas flowing and entertaining your readers. And, as you said, since it's your space you play by your own rules, and no one else's...have a blast, and we'll come along with you for what promises to be a creative and fun ride!

  5. Welcome to bloggville, Penny! I do believe your blog whether or not it had any pictures to illustrate the story of the day, would be engaging and entertaining. That's just how you write, and that's exactly how you are--a personality that shines with every adventure. I'm glad the pros won!

    *you can link your blog posts to facebook which will guide peeps here if you haven't done so already. :)

    Again, welcome! Superb first post!

  6. Thank you ladies! I have some 'contenders' in my corner ;-) It feels great to be in such good company on the interweb!

    @ Jodi: So far/this time, I just hit the 'share' button after posting... I still have much to learn - hee, hee!

  7. Congratulations on your blog--love how your voice comes through!

  8. Thanks, Sandra! I appreciate the kind words (and having someone hear my tree fall ;-)


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