Thank You, My Friends

My dear friends,

I just want to let you know how much I value your support, your love, and your interest in my family as well as the messages I post on this blog. I enjoy so much receiving your comments and having conversations with you, getting to know you and your life. Thank you for your “Likes” for my posts. It means a lot to me.

I took a four-day trip to visit Mercy and Will and came back on Tuesday May 16. Guess What notification I got from WordPress on Wednesday, May 17, 2017?

I will continue to try my best everyday to check on your posts. Even though I am not able to make comments to every post, I am interested to know how you are doing. I am proud to be in this community with you.

Miriam

Thank You – 2010 Followers! Hooray!

I want to give a huge THANK YOU to my 2010 followers.

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I am thankful for this great and supportive WordPress Community. Even though I started my blog in July 2011, I was not sure what I wanted to do with it. From July 2011 to September 2014, I made 12 posts and had one follower.

In July 2016 I decided to make a go again, and I started on July 29. I was somehow ready but still wasn’t sure what to write about. I wrote poems, posted travel photos. Then slowly I participated in challenges. I made friends and had regular dialogues.

I felt more comfortable and wrote more of my personal and family stories. I was overwhelmed by the tremendous interest and support. The post about wishing to live close to my daughter, and the Love Letter I wrote to my daughter became the top posts which received 176 and 162 likes. You touched me by showing how much you care about me and my family.

There are about 20 friends who have been supporting me from the beginning when I returned blogging. You’re still supporting me. I want to show my special appreciation.

I also want to thank all 2010 of you follow and befriend with me during the last NINE months. You become a big part in my life. THANK YOU.

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Nomination for the 2017 Bloggers Bash Awards Are Now Alive

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This is the time of the year for you to nominate your favorite bloggers. The nomination party will be held in London, but the nomination is for every blogger anywhere in the world. If you have not participated before. Please jump in for fun. This is my first time, so I had to do some study about the rules.

Basically there are 9 categories of Bloggers Bash Awards. You may nominate one blogger per category. If you want to nominate more than one blogger, you fill out the form several times.

Nominees receive only one category award. If you are nominated for more than one categories, you will be contacted to choose one of them.

Some bloggers seem not to be able to find the nominees’ email addresses. I’m posting some info from the original hosting blog. I also did a demonstration of where to find info to fill out the form. It’s easy, so please have fun for nomination at Sacha’s blog http://sachablack.co.uk/2017/04/17/nominations-for-the-2017-bloggers-bash-awards-are-now-live/

You’ll see “purchase ticket,” that is for bloggers who are in London and would like to join the party.

Nominations close on May 8th, then the voting will commence soon after!!!

Sample information:

2017 award categories2017 award rules2017 nomination sample

 

Meet and Greet: 3/18/17

Come join the fun!

Dream Big, Dream Often

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It’s the Meet and Greet weekend everyone!!  Strap on your party shoes and join the fun!  

Ok so here are the rules:

  1. Leave a link to your page or post in the comments of this post.
  2. Reblog this post.  It helps you, it helps me, it helps everyone!
  3. Edit your reblog post and add tags.
  4. Feel free to leave your link multiple times!  It is okay to update your link for more exposure every day if you want.  It is up to you!

  5. Share this post on social media.  Many of my non-blogger friends love that I put the Meet n Greet on Facebook and Twitter because they find new blogs to follow.

See ya on Monday!!

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52 Weeks of Thankfulness – Week 1

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This is my first week of “52 Weeks of Thankfulness” at Haddon Musings. This week I am thankful for sunny days to do gardening. Gardening is my personal therapy.

The official spring date is not here yet, buts spring is in southern California. It has been sunny for a week. We had an unusual winter with cold and rainstorm. I got the flood warning signal twice on my phone. Since our home is situated near the major drainage system, we had no worry. The rain finally stopped a week ago. This is the timing I was waiting for to do gardening.

I love gardening. I love to work with the soil bare handed. My fingernails would be filled with dirt and scratches. This is just a minor detail. Gardening is my therapy. It’s a way for me to be in touch with earth. I love to watch growth. No plants, trees, or flowers are maintenance free. They all need nurturing, pruning, watering, correcting the gesture, nourishing, healing of diseases, and the right timing to plant different plants and flowers. I am thankful for many life lessons learned through gardening experience.

I usually prune the rose bushes in the middle of January, but the heavy rain kept me in the house. My gardener skipped one week in January due to the rain. As soon as it had a clear day, he came to mow the lawn, and pruned all the roses. I was so glad he did that. The rain was welcome after many years of drought. The soil in my garden is well soaked.

With one week of sun, the green and the flowers can hardly wait to burst into showy colors. The plum trees started budding and filled with blossoms. The bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds are not around to pollinate the blossoms yet. It needs other flowers such as lavender to attract them to come. Last year, I used a brush to manually pollinate between the two plum trees. They produced about twenty plums. Well, one plum tree was triple crossed bred.

The Valencia orange tree produces two crops a year. Thanks to the rain, the second crop is full grown. When they are first ripen, they are little bit sour, so I will wait for a couple week to pick them. By that time, they should be juicy and sweet.

The camellia bush is crossed bred. It has red flowers as well as pink and white flowers. They are in bloom, so I can make nice flower arrangement for decoration. The purple and yellow freesias; red, yellow and pink snapdragons, and other perennial flowers are complimenting each other with their beauties.

This year is my first attempt to plant irises. I planted purple, fuchsia, and blue bulbs. I am waiting with great anticipation to see their beautiful blooms.

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If you would like to participate in “52 Weeks of Thankfulness,” and share your thankfulness, please click here Haddon Musings.

St. Valentine Story

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One common story about St. Valentine is that in one point of his life, as the former Bishop of Terni, Narnia and Amelia, he was on house arrest with Judge Asterius. While discussing religion and faith with the Judge, Valentine pledged the validity of Jesus. The judge immediately put Valentine and his faith to the test.

St. Valentine was presented with the judge’s blind daughter and told to restore her sight. If he succeeded, the judge vowed to do anything for Valentine. Placing his hands onto her eyes, Valentine restored the child’s vision.

Judge Asterius was humbled and obeyed Valentine’s requests. Asterius broke all the idols around his house, fasted for three days and became baptized, along with his family and entire 44 member household. The now faithful judge then freed all of his Christian inmates.

St. Valentine was later arrested again for continuing to try to convert people to Christianity. He was sent to Rome under the emperor Claudius Gothicus (Claudius II). St. Valentine refused to renounce his faith and Christianity and was executed outside the Flaminian Gate on February 14, 269.

Another variation of the legend of St. Valentine says he refused to sacrifice to pagan gods, was imprisoned and while imprisoned he healed the jailer’s blind daughter. On the day of his execution, he left the girl a note signed, “Your Valentine.”

The romantic nature of Valentine’s Day may have derived during the Middle Ages, when it was believed that birds paired couples in mid-February. Although the exact origin of the holiday is not widely agreed upon, it is widely recognized as a day for love, devotion and romance.

Whoever he was, Valentine did really exist, because archaeologists have unearthed a Roman catacomb and an ancient church dedicated to St. Valentine. In 496 AD Pope Gelasius marked February 14th as a celebration in honor of his martyrdom.

In 1969, the Roman Catholic Church removed St. Valentine from the General Roman Calendar, because so little is known about him. However, the church still recognizes him as a saint, listing him in the February 14 spot of Roman Martyrolgy.

Source: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=159