Words of Encouragement

| 6/11/2015 12:37:00 PM

Adventures of Old Nebraska DaveIt seems that the technical difficulties with blogging are never ending. The GRIT magazine website is a unique website, and I became a regular blogger in February 2009. I had lurked and commented for about a year before actually becoming a blogger. Most websites have a forum for those who wish to leave comments. These websites only have a few dedicated bloggers. GRIT decided to go a different route and allow blogs for as many as had interesting posts. When I became a blogger, the number of bloggers was small in number. Over the years the numbers grew and, along with the numbers, the logistics to run such a vast number of bloggers outgrew the application used to manage them. Having grown up with technology, I know the ramifications of technological growth. Sometimes it gets pretty ugly before it gets better. Trying to integrate new applications into existing ones tends to be a nightmare. Trust me, I've been there.

I know that GRIT has a great deal of respect for the blogging community and is just as frustrated as we bloggers are. I would encourage all the bloggers and potential bloggers to please hang in there and ride this snafu out to the end. All of you have great information to share, and I for one want to read all about it. It's been a long haul and it would be difficult to predict when it will be totally over. I sure hope we all get to know each other better as we struggle together to make our blogging community the best place to be on Internet.

the hanging baskets

So on with gardening for 2015. Every year I plant flowers in pots and hanging baskets to spruce up the front of the house a bit. After the tulips, daffodils, and peonies are finished blooming, it just seems right to bring in some color for the rest of the summer. I started the process about five years ago and it took a couple years to figure out what flowers did the best with almost complete shade. Since I wasn't an expert in flowers, it was a big learning curve for me to be able to put together a plan. Most of my information to do so came from right here on the GRIT blogs from an early blogger that no longer frequents the blogs. Her advice as a nursery manager was instrumental in the selection of plants that would survive the shady patio. It's the best reason for hanging out with the GRIT blogging community.

the gutter before the elves

Yes, I would say that it is time to clean the gutters. We have had an abundance of maple seeds this year, and the above average rainfall has helped to sprout every one of them no matter where they fall. It's been a prolific year for maple trees everywhere. I posted this photograph on my Facebook page and before the day was over the gutter elves came and cleaned my gutters for me. Well, yeah, it was the neighbors, but when I discovered her up on the roof, she was sitting on her haunches cleaning the gutters and looked just like a little elf sitting on my roof. Her husband took care of the ground work by disposing of the filled plastic bags. It was unexpected and much appreciated. My street has the best neighbors ever.

7/18/2015 1:43:16 PM

Thanks Dave for your comments. I had not been on my "post" for a while, but I've got to do a better job of checking in. Your "homestead" is simply beautiful. Even if I had a place like yours, I don't have the know how nor the patience to plant and tend flowers, but they are the love of my life. Your place looks good.

7/17/2015 1:17:15 PM

Dave, good to see your alive and well. The I dig forum is no more hope this site satisfies my needs. You sound like you're doing well. Sorry we couldn't meet for the baker creek fest last year. Keep up the good work. bill

6/24/2015 8:30:40 AM

Jennifer, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I'm glad to hear from other gardeners have community with quality bloggers on the GRIT Website like yourself. I know that things will eventually work out for the GRIT blogging community and it will be better than ever. ***** Have a great day in the garden.

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