Hello! I have been wanting to start a blog for over a year now but kept putting it off for one reason or another. I planned to start it January 1st of 2010 - something about starting a new blog on the first day of a new year appealed to me. I even took pictures of what I was doing that day to chronicle the event. But then I didn't do it... and knowing how way leads on to way... I found myself at the beginning of another new year and still no blog. I thought about doing it again on January 1st of 2011, but again - something got in the way. (Probably college football, knitting, and my intense desire to stay on the couch all day under a blanket, doing very little, and not thinking about going back to work on Monday.) So now it is the weekend AFTER the first of the new year. I have been back to work for a week, have a terrible cold, tons of papers to grade (I am a high school English teacher) and suddenly decided that I would not put off the blog creation any longer. So, here I am. My hopes for this blog are the following:
* it will inspire me to write more
* it will be a place to showcase the things I love to do in the very little free time I have: knitting, sewing, reading, and cooking
* it will be a place where I can record the funny things that happen around me that at the time I think I will never forget, but I most certainly have forgotten by now
I need to be realistic about my blogging. It will probably happen only on the weekends during the school year. I think my fear of not posting regularly enough was one of the things that kept me from starting. But now that I have noticed that many of my favorite bloggers have gaps and take breaks once in awhile, I am over that fear. So here goes... I am excited, a little nervous, and looking forward to a new project in a new year.
Besides having a terrible cold, it is a beautiful winter day. It snowed all night last night, and we woke up to a fresh blanket of snow and the sun just hitting the tops of the trees to the west. Here is the view out my kitchen window of my backyard. I am obsessed with the birds, and I have been extrememly disappointed that there have been so few over the past few weeks. (The snow melted over New Year's, and I guess they could find food elsewhere.) Today, with its fresh blanket of snow, cold temperatures (it was 8 degrees when I got up, and is now up to only 16 at nearly noon and with bright sunlight) they are back! These little things make me so happy.
Well, I think that is enough for my first post. I am so excited to finally be blogging, I don't want to stop! I hope you enjoy a lovely Saturday. Maybe later I will be feeling well enough to go out cross-country skiing. Fingers crossed.