Friday, March 31, 2023

Not Quite Feeling Like Spring


This came up on my Facebook memories earlier this week. The weather is currently like this. It did not rain yesterday, and it's not supposed to again until Sunday. Rain in April sure doesn't feel like spring. Let's just hope it's over by May 🙂

And it's the last day of March. Already going to be April. And almost time for A to Z. The madness starts tomorrow 🙂 I have drafted all my posts and will be editing each one before posting it on its letter day. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Alphabet Humor

As the April A to Z madness gets nearer, and as I continue drafting my posts for then, here is some alphabet fun:

Thursday, March 23, 2023

Drafting My Posts for A to Z

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Eight more days left in March. Can't believe it's going by so fast. I have already begun drafting my posts for the A to Z Blogging next month. I don't know how often I'll be on the blog for the rest of this month, as I want to draft my posts for April as quickly as possible. 

Coming up with just one topic per letter was hard, so I chose to do more than one. I'd jotted down some these ideas beforehand, but as I began drafting, more ideas hit me. And when I edit each post before making it live on its designated letter day, who knows what else is going to come to mind then. 

More than a week until the alphabet madness starts. The master list sign up begins on Sunday.

Monday, March 20, 2023

Toilet Paper Memories

 Two things that came up on my Facebook memories:

I still wonder why no one made a "Royal Flush"
 joke on this one.

And today Lennon Cartoons posted this from "The Great Toilet Paper Famine of 2020":

If only this could have happened.

Has it really been three years since the toilet paper hoarding madness? I can still picture the empty shelves at the store at the start of the pandemic lockdown. I never understood why people thought they needed so much toilet paper.  I happened to get a 12-pack from Safeway just before the lockdown began, days before store shelves became stripped clear of TP for who knows how long. Thank goodness this hoarding isn't happening again. And I have to wonder if those who hoarded the toilet paper then have used it all by now.

And I'm still carrying around hand sanitizer, which seems to be harder to find now. After three years, this has become a habit, as has wearing masks, though many people I have seen in stores and other public places have been going without them. Is till have to wear them at work, since it's considered a health-care facility, but wonder if that rule will be permanent. I'm getting a little tired of them:) 

Sunday, March 19, 2023

A to Z Themes So Far

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The theme reveal closed yesterday for the A to Z Blogging, and next week the Master List sign up begins. Those who did not participate in the theme reveal will have to sign up on the master list if they want to join the A to Z.

I have looked over the theme reveal list and have seen a lot of writing themes. I feel this is one I should do for a future A to Z event. It was one I had considered last year before deciding on the TV theme. So far no one this year has had a TV-related theme. Mythology, travel and food seem to be common themes this year.  One mythology-based theme will be at this blog. This sounds pretty intriguing!

There are some some bloggers who do not have a theme at all, since themes are not necessary. Just random postings are fine for A to Z. And some chose to unofficially participate in the A to Z, as noted in this blog post. The unofficial participants are known as the A to Z Rebels. This makes even more posts to read. Trying to decide what blogs to read is always hard, since there are always so many joining. The Post-A to Z Road trip that begins in May allows bloggers to view participating blogs that they don't get to in April.

Meanwhile, I have been searching and saving images I plan to use for my posts. It was hard narrowing each letter down to just one topic, so there will be more than one per letter, though a few letters offer only a few choices. In 2021, when I did the events of 2020, I had more than one topic per letter as well, but during last year's Forgotten TV Shows theme, I only chose one show per letter. (A few letters were hard to find just one show for!)

Sunday, March 12, 2023

A to Z Blogging 2023 Theme Reveal

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The theme reveals have begun for Blogging A to Z 2023. They run through this week and there are some good ones posted already.

After participating in the A to Z the last two years, I planned to be back this year. The info was just posted on the first, and I was having trouble deciding on a theme even before then. But when I looked back at this post from last year, I looked through some of the themes I had been considering before deciding on one for then. 

My theme for 2023 will be 🥁🥁🥁🥁:

Childhood Flashbacks

I arrived at this theme when looking at the post linked above. Two possible themes I had listed then were the 1980s and childhood memories. Since the 1980s were when I grew up, I decided to combine them into one theme. I have already begun to make a list of possible topics for each letter. Most of them have many possibilities, though some are only slim pickings. I will begin working on the posts as soon as possible. I have already found some pictures to go with some of them.

Please join me in April. I always love to hear your comments. Perhaps this will spark some memories for some of you as well.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2023

A to Z Blogging 2023

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It's getting to be that time! The info for the 2023 Blogging A to Z just went up last week. Above is the participant badge for this year. A new unnamed graphics designer has created this badge. The graphics for the letters have yet to be posted.

I was having trouble deciding on a theme for this year. Though themes are not necessary, nearly everyone who participates has one. I then looked at this post from last year to see what themes I had been considering before deciding then. The theme reveal opens next week and I will post mine then.

This will be my third A to Z. The challenge has been around for years now but it wasn't until 2021 that I took the plunge. In the years prior, I had seen other people's posts and commented on some of them. At that time, I wasn't sure that I could ever attempt such a thing. But I gave it a go and returned for 2022. And now I'm back for 2023.

If you don't already know about the A to Z, click here for info, and check out my previous efforts. So far the themes I have done are:

2021: The Pandemic (click here to begin reading)

2022: Forgotten TV Shows (click here to begin reading)

Check back next week to see my theme reveal. I'm looking forward to participating and seeing others' posts as well. This is going to be fun!

Friday, March 3, 2023

March Bookish Bingo

 The new card is here.

My Books:

  1. Queerly Beloved--Susie Dumond (3 squares): E-Book, Luck-Good or Bad, Set in a Small Town
  2. Blueprints--Barbara Delinsky (8 squares): Library Book, Physical Book, Not in a Series, One-Word Title, Book Club Read, Not a New Release, Inheritance, Long--Over 400 Pages
  3. Warriors in Winter--Mary Pope Osborne (5 squares): Audiobook, Narrated by the Author, Weapon on the Cover, In a Series, Money
  4. The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman--Ernest J. Gaines (2 squares): Empowered Female, Woman on the Cover
  5. Yerba Buena--Nina LaCour (1 square): Free Book
  6. Romantic Visionary--W.B. Yeats (3 squares): Green on the Cover, Ireland/Irish, Spring
  7. On Ocean Boulevard--Mary Alice Monroe (1 square): Vacation
  8. Ellen Foster--Kaye Gibbons (2 squares): Shelf Love, Free Space
25 squares completed on March 25