...you will be cussin' me all day for that one!
When I started this blog I had no idea where it would lead me. My world, at that time, had become very small. Disability will do that to a person. Once you wear the badge of 'disability' you might as well become invisible. Suddenly family and friends fall by the wayside and your world consists of the few that remain and all the 'new' doctor friends that you now have. So delving into the bloggy world was my way of seeking out contact with the world. I never dreamed it would lead to this.
My blog didn't start out with a specific purpose except to be a place where I could vent, and occasionally I do. But even that does not feel 'right' to me, I was taught to not complain and to do so even in an anonymous way feels wrong. So I started searching and I found that there are so many blogs out there with one thing in mind. Here's a little of what I've found:
Gardening blogs are fantastic. As a wanna-be vegetable/English garden grower I have come across so many helpful hints. Did you know that you can plant tomatoes in cages, upside down, or my personal favorite, dig a hole and fill it with fish heads and then plant the seedling. You can grow corn on good days and bad days. You can plant by the light of the moon or the depth of the tides. Flower gardens look best when planted in all one color...especially white. Sunflowers move their faces with the sun...I guess that's where they get their names. Maybe I should have a gardening blog.
Cooking blogs oh my, my. I have found some of the best recipes and the most wonderful photography. (don't even get me started on photography blogs!) I have learned to slow-cook and quick grill. How to take all those freshly grown vegetables and herbs and make healthy, fragrant dishes with them. How to bake the most fabulous cupcakes and roll out fondant into little decorations. Maybe I should have a cooking/cake decorating blog.
DIY blogs are my latest obsession. I love the thrill of the thrift store find and the agony of sandpapering. I have learned that you can paint ANYTHING. And did you know there are 4,593 shades of white? Do you know what fat quarters are? I just love saying that: fat quarters, fat quarters, fat quarters...but I digress.
Blogs have saved me, made me feel alive again, make me less invisible for awhile. And for all the fun they can be they are serious business too. I have met so many wonderful people who deal with illness and imperfection every single day. And they do it with Grace and their indomitable spirit. Despite a deck that is stacked against them that is both cruel and unfair. We find support and comfort in each other. We may not all suffer from the same diseases but we all have a common thread.
There is a thread that connects all of us bloggers, a thread of hope, of laughter, of friendship. I don't know where this blog is headed but I can't wait for the journey to begin...
Oh the places you will go....
have a good week,