Zero to Hero Day 24 – Bringing in the Flock (Roundup)


Oh boy, knew there would be a catch with this blogging thing.  Now they want me to pick a few of the great moments/blogs/posts that I have read for our assignment for Day 24.  ARE THEY SERIOUS?  (Yes, this is a shouting matter.)  I can’t pick and choose from all the fantastic blogs/people behind the blogs, that I like, the great posts, the writing, the stories, the photos, the laughs – oh, the laughs.  Why would I even want to try, because I know that I will certainly forget someone and that will lead to unhappiness, and this blog is about being happy, so that is my rationale behind NOT doing a roundup.

ALSO, “Roundup” is actually a weedkiller here, so basically you, dear Melissa W, are asking me to kill what I love!

Roundup also has connotations of bringing in the flock so that they can be

A: sent off to market,

b: branded, tagged, dipped, de-testiculated (if they are male – ouch), hoof trimmed, inoculated, and any other not-so-nice thing we might wish to do once we have got them where we want them,

c: parents separated from off-spring (so either said parent or off=spring can have the aforesaid A: thing done to them).

So, in general, “roundup” is not a thing I’m wishing to inflict upon my blogger friends.

These are my excuses, and I proffer them in good faith, take them as you will.

Okay, okay, I will limit myself to just a few, but I’m not “rounding them up” you understand!  OK! – roundup bad – liking good.

(Gosh this is hard)

Um, she put me LAST on her list, so I’m putting her FIRST (seems fair to me).  If you to know who makes me laugh, have a look here for Nikky who hooked me from the first blog post that I read.  Why?, because she was funny and her last paragraph grabbed me round my marshmallow emotions and tried to strangle me.  After that, of course, I discovered she was completely wacko, but I LOVE IT.  Now I’m pretty sure that she is my “second head”, the one all Taswegians are supposed to have.  How she ever got over to Gibraltar I do not know, but someday I may have to go and find her and bring her home to my green valley.

Kaz, for being a fellow Aussie and for her amazing photography.  Also she gave me the recipe for this fabulous cocktail.  But most recently, for going the extra mile and finding the lyrics to a video post she put up, when I commented that I couldn’t hear what he was saying.  What more could you ask?

Christin, whose blog title and tagline says it all.  How could I not follow, after I read the first post I found of hers?

Hacker, Ninja, Hooker, Spy.  If you haven’t found it yet, go there!  I read in morbid fascination, and laugh with insane disbelief, about all the things that happen to this girl.

The Chocolate Teapot, for he humour and her great drawings, especially Steve the Unicorn.

Kat at Dandelion Fuzz, for being brave enough to share her journey, and her incredible love for her family.

Charity for this great post

Hugh for his admission that dyslexia is his monster (my Husband was slightly dyslexic), and this video post.

All my fellow 101bloggers …

(see this is why I didn’t want to do this, I’m following 43 blogs at the moment, and really it should be more but I just don’t have the time)

… that are determined to “give it a go”, all the people who have liked, and commented on my posts, or even just looked and went away and maybe thought, or didn’t, about what they had seen.

Consider this NOT a round up, just the tip of the iceberg, there is more, sooooo much more, waiting under the surface.

Zero to Hero – Day 8: About Me ~ make it interesting!

Day 8 is all about making your About page interesting so that it attracts further investigation of your blog.   I have made another About Me page, though I can’t do a sidebar widget on my chosen theme as I only have footers and I don’t think the widget thing works too well that way.

So, being me, the following spiel happened About Me


Zero to Hero – Day 6: Reading the Dream

The assignment for Day 6 is to write to our Dream Reader and include a new element in our post that we haven’t used before.

i have been thinking about this all day, and come to the conclusion that this blog is really all about things that I would love to tell my husband if he were still alive.  He is my Dream Reader.  So, even though I do not really believe it, a tiny part of my heart hopes that he is out there somewhere, his electrical soul floating around waiting for a way to connect with me, and maybe this is it.

So pay attention Andrew, this is all for you, 5 is the number, any 5, anywhere, I’ll know it’s you.

I wanted to embed a small video I had, but it has been too hard to try and convert it from an old DVD I had made, and find the small couple of seconds I wanted to pull out of it.  So, the thought was there, but the ability to do it tonight was not.  Perhaps when I have more time to crawl through all of the information on how to do that I will.

I think I can add our wedding song here though, so I’ll give that a shot


I have also chosen to share the poem I wrote for my husbands funeral service.  I know that I have used verse before (but I’ve put it in quotes today), but it deems to fit with my mood, and is certainly appropriate for my Dream Reader.

It is done
you are gone
I set your free, softly on the breeze
Your body to the fire
Your spirit to the sky, the earth, the sea

Our circle may be finished
In this life, this here and now
But there will be a new beginning
Sometime, somewhere, somehow

The laughter, love and memories
The children that we made
Will live in our soul forever
For these there cannot be a grave

So light the path for me
Through this time we are apart
My soul is bound to yours
We will never lose our heart

I will love you many times again
In other worlds to come
Where our love and life together
Once more we will begin

ZerotoHero – Day 5: Happily “Ever After” or Love your theme

Day 5 is all about your theme, do you Love your Theme?

I guess this makes me fickle (at first anyway) because when I first started this blog in March, I spent hours hopping from one theme to another – theme promiscuity ran rampant in me.  Now I am in a lovely relationship with “Ever After”, (and only very minimally tempted by all the theme-candy on offer) and in fact I am thinking of committing to Custom Design!

Some of the themes I remember from my early days are “Widely”, “Yoko”, “McKinley”, “Hatch”, “Misty Lake”, “Writr”, the list goes on and on.  I love the visual look of some of the photo-portfolio blogs, but since mine is a mix of writing and pictures, it doesn’t have the same impact. I get sucked in by the demo pages as displayed, and then get let down when my page doesn’t look like them.

Even as recently as a week ago, I briefly flirted with “Spun” – but I did not like the fact that the “comments” box was only indicated by a circle with a + in the middle of it way down at the bottom of the page.  (My Mother couldn’t find it, so that put me off).

Last night I changed my other blog theme from “Spectrum” to “Motif”, and I really am liking that.  Today I tired “Elegant Grunge” because we had to try one that we weren’t attracted to – YEP, not attracted!

So, for now, “Ever After” has me, it has lovely large, well shaped text, a clean layout, and footers (not sidebars, as they distract me).  We’re working well together.