Party Hats & Noise Makers

Today is the first anniversary of Old Lady in the Heartland. Including this one, I’ve managed to get 23 posts up during the year, an average of almost two each month. That’s not as prolific as I’d hoped; I thought I had at least one each week in me, but I’m not dissatisfied with my total.

I’ve tended to write about myself and things I’ve done — my musings have been totally self-centered. I apologize. There are more important things on which to opine, and there are smarter people than me to do so. Why display my ignorance?

Golden Gate Bridge

I thought I’d share more of my photographic exploits; alas, that didn’t happen. I guess I had fewer exploits than I anticipated having. I could have written something that allowed me to post my totally iconic photo of the north tower of the Golden Gate Bridge. If you want to see more photos check out my Red River Gorge travelogue.

Another thing I’ve considered during the year is finding a different content management system. WordPress is OK, but for me it feels a little clunky. If I’d made the effort to learn more about it I’d probably be happier, but I’ve read some of their (ahem) documentation. So far, I haven’t found a replacement that meets my requirements — simple and cheap.

I began by writing in Byword. It’s a great text editor that works well with Markdown, the easy-to-learn formatting language used by many professional bloggers. Somewhere during the year I drifted to BBEdit, which has more useful features.

Why this? I wanted to write. I have a journal, but I liked the idea of learning the technologies needed to post online. I wasn’t delusional enough to think anything I posted might be of interest to someone… anyone… other than the spammers who tell me what a wonderful writer I am, and how I should click on a link to get inexpensive prescription drugs, hot Asian women, and cheap car insurance. The fact is I don’t care if anyone reads my posts. I like to write and this is a perfectly reasonable outlet for doing so.

So, if you’re here reading this, thanks for stopping by. The party hats and noise makers are on the back deck.

Good Riddance

2014 turned out to be the year I wish hadn’t happened. As chronicled here and here, during 2014 I recovered from a broken clavicle, then broke and recovered from a broken elbow and a broken hand, and one of the favorite cars I’ve ever owned died without warning. Also in the broken bone category, my grandson who plays for his high school soccer team, was “cheap-shotted” by an opposing player which resulted in a broken arm and surgery to repair the damage. It’s been a pretty awful year, so good riddance! It’s an understatement that I’m looking forward to a much improved 2015.

My resolutions for the New Year:

  • No broken bones
  • Better physical condition and improved golf game
  • Learn something new that will improve my quality of life
  • Did I mention NO BROKEN BONES?

Here’s hoping anyone who takes the time to read this has had enjoyable end-of-year holidays and to all a spectacularly successful 2015. How freaking “New Age-y” can I get?