"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

Hello Friends!

Friends, Romans, countrymen...y'all. Foodies, gardeners, artists and collectors - let's gather together to share and possibly learn a thing or two in the mix.

Donna Baker

Saturday, March 19, 2016

The First Time

















Could this have really been my first post?  I remember I could barely figure out how to turn my computer on, much less post.  It was a steep learning curve and rife with the strains of trying to do things I knew nothing about.  That was in 2008.

  I remember that I'd read of a mother with four youngsters writing about it in a blog and making $4000. per month doing it.  I wanted to do that too.  One of the first lessons.  I now find those ads popping up in blogs irritating (sorry if your blog has them as I mean no disrespect.)

I also wanted to connect on some level.  Friends asked me what is the purpose of blogging and I really couldn't explain it.  They were all into Facebook and still are.

I still can't do many things on my blog and am amazed at those that can.  I have moved on from the shabby chic and rusty stuff blogs to others that I find interest me; a natural progression. We do change.  For instance, I see that I posted many more cooking and recipe posts early on (can't imagine what this old format was as it has changed so often as in the text alignment and other little mistakes.) I have received much from blogland: I am so thankful I landed here.

Well, here it is in its entirety.  My first post.

In Robert Herrick's poem, he instructs us to "gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Whether simply about the coming winter or one's journey through life, we must take time to gather now and then.  

I spend much of my time alone; occasionally alone is good. But, alone can also become lonely, which is not good. Nevertheless, together and sharing are gifts we give ourselves. So, let's get started, share recipes, stories and tips - celebrate the fact that we've made it - a time to gather at the farm.

9 comments:

  1. Hi Donna ,
    I really agree with what you have written here .
    I was just doing some back tracking through your blog to read a bit more about when you got started ( might take a few trips before I catch up lol )
    As a creative person I have always enjoyed my alone time , BUt as I get older I realize I also enjoy the time I gather with others and share too :)

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  2. Hi Donna,
    I was looking at the pics on your side board. Love them. Especially the critters.
    Have a great Sunday.

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    1. Well hello Sandra and thank you. Hope you have a great first day of spring.

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  3. Donna, I began blogging around the same time as you, and was just looking for a way to journal life here on the farm. I never thought anyone would actually read my posts and was pleasantly surprised when kindred souls came out of the woodwork, becoming friends along the way, LIKE YOU. I completely understand alone-ness, living in the country, and can count my local friends on the fingers on one hand, even after 25 years of being here. If it weren't for blogging and artshows, I would be in friendship poverty!

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    1. It is a different lifestyle Jeri. It definitely isn't for everyone. As I said, I am just so happy to have begun blogging. My world has grown so much.

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  4. I am so grateful to blogging..for so many reasons.
    :)
    And not one of them is $$:)LOL..like you..the ads..are bothersome to me..they slow things down..I don't want to meet singles and I hate flashing things..some very popular food blogs I never go to anymore..you have to click through links to get to their recipes..(not like mine LOL..) it's still their blog but ads and ads..

    it's too bad but I have stopped going..
    we all have different reasons..and I am thrilled for them if they wanted to make $ and are:)
    I worked too,for amost 30 yrs,now I just want to play.
    I actually quite loved my job for 25 yrs..then a bit less..then had to stop..hard going from seeing people every day..to no one..thank God for family..and blogging:)

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    1. Yes Monique, on all counts. Glad they don't charge us now to blog. I bet you were very good at your job too, but much more fun to schedule your own days now.

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  5. You have been blogging for a long time. It was interesting to read your first post and where the title originated from. The reason I started blogging was because one of my favourite blogs went off line and they are given me a view of normal life when my dad had dementia. I wanted to give back something to others -never thinking that I would gain so much more from blogging and make so many friends around the world! Sarah x

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    1. I have Sarah and like you, I am so glad I found blogging. I can travel to places I'll never go and my life is richer because of it.

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