2015: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The bad: losing my hard drive – I learned a few days ago that NOTHING was recoverable from the drive. I am only medium blue, because some things I did save to my external hard drive.

tearing hair out

The ugly: getting older – more wrinkles, hard work to maintain muscle strength, and aches and pains associated with arthritis. Perseverance is the name of the game, but discouraging to know it’s all downhill from here.

wrinkled face

From There is a dignity to old age, though. This woman has gravitas.

The good: more than enough to balance off the bad and the ugly. Publishing my second book, having a vacation in Chicago with my daughter and son-in-law, my trip to Maine, seeing my son (briefly), sky-diving (!), getting to the end of my third book and sending it off to beta readers, swimming anywhere there was water, and of course, the interaction with my family of bloggers. Never a dull moment there and lots to stimulate my brain. Learning should definitely be life-long.

In keeping with what I hope will be a regular feature of my blog, I want to introduce new followers:

Stuart Aken at He’s a writer of news, reviews, writing advice and events and I’ve loved his blog for some time.

Michael S. Fedison at – A site devoted to the young adult sci-fi/fantasy novel The Eye-Dancers. I know a lot of you out there like YA fiction.

Blmaluso at – Sharing God’s love with the world, one heart at a time. A very gentle and sweet blog.

Rob A. Smith who blogs at https://tycobbsteeth.wordpress.comSound Bites with TyCobbsTeeth: LIFE — Reading, Writing, Roaming and the Experiences that come with. (Tips, Tools, Thoughts, and Stories) Really? How can you not like a blog entitled TyCobbsTeeth?

Deke Solomon at An off duty Marine with four cats. You know I love cats, and I’m a military Mom. How can I not like this blog?

Ann Fields at – She writes novels, short stories, magazine articles, novellas, scripts and the occasional essay. Check her out!

AbbiLu at where she talks about books and drinks coffee, two of my favorite pastimes!

Zipclickzoom, author, whose blog I couldn’t locate but hope he will contact me again. Very nice avatar!

Bridget Whelan at – She’s published a book on creative writing with exercises. We all need a stretch from time to time!

Vivi Metalium at – you have to translate her blog, but if you read Portuguese (I believe) you’ll be in heaven and her photos are great!

Kathy at She’s a retired teacher with three sons, 42, 36, 34 and three grandchildren, two boys and a girl. She is Living & Loving Life through thoughts, trivia, special times, and special people. Lots of us are retired teachers.

A fabulous jewelry design center at Check this out – gorgeous jewelry.

Aquiliana at She is a young Argentinian writes in Spanish but so many of us can follow her.

Check these lovely people out!

Happy New Year to you all and thanks for following my blog.



13 thoughts on “2015: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”

    1. You will attract readers to your blog – which is written after all – by virtue of those cats, There are a lot of cat lovers out there, And I like your blog!

    1. Oh boy, you are too kind! I’m actually 71 but the pic was taken last year, so I guess I’m holding up well so far. I TOLD that photographer not to photoshop me 😉 !

  1. I’m pleased the good outweigh the bad and ugly! I’m pleased you didn’t lose too much of your work. I have just starting backing up on Drop Box. I think I’m going to find that good. Also, irregularly, save to an external hard drive.
    It’s a great idea to introduce new bloggers to your readers. Well done.

    1. Thanks, Norah. My husband says we are going to use Carbonite now – it backs up automatically once a week – but the computer nerd who looked at the drive said to get 2-3 hard drives,

        1. Yup, Saving work is work! Carbonite is a cloud service, I think. You pay monthly. The downside is that I’m firmly convinced that nothing you save on the cloud is truly safe. Hackers hack. But most of what I have would be boring to them, I’m sure. Hardly worth their effort.

          1. Thanks Noelle. Apologies for the typo in that previous comment. Sometimes the words choose themselves I’m sure. I’ll have to keep an eye out for Carbonite. Hacking is definitely a worry.

  2. always better when the good outweighs the bad. I hate it when I lose work that I’d saved, or though so at least. Happened to me more than once so you’d think I’d have learned my lesson by now!

    I’m a piscean so any trip to be near water always gets my vote 🙂

    1. I’m a Virgo, so go figure WHY water has such a huge attraction for me. Maybe because I grew up looking at an ocean? But I like ponds, lakes, streams, rivers – anything water.

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