Monday, July 1, 2013

July 1 and the world has not ended

This gorgeous  morning sky greeted me today.  The sun was trying to break through the clouds, just for a moment before the rain begins.  It was a beautiful sight.

It has been raining a lot here lately.  The thunderstorms in Florida are so beautiful.  Big, dark clouds come rolling in, the the weather becomes tumultuous, then quickly returns to  sun and high humidity.  I love rain.

I was curious to see what would happen to my blog come today, July 1.  I was so happy to see the world had not ended and I can read my favorite posts from my reading list.  I have never been fond of Google reader,  I am happy to see, for me, not a lot has changed.  My blog looks just the same, after all the talk I thought it might all explode, but it is still here safe and sound.

I appreciate you all listening to me grouch and grumble in my last post.  I am feeling a bit better, almost like I am balanced ,  not quite yet, but I am getting there .  I have been working on this hormone thing for two years, it makes me crazy, and I feel so out of control, not like myself at all.  I had it relatively easy through puberty, so I guess it is my turn now.  I have also heard that going into menopause early for some reason (mine is radiation treatments), or suddenly (because of increased stress) can make it much, much worse.  I am striving to get back to myself everyday, or my new self, I just don't like to be this in between self.

Knitting helps, yarn helps, crochet helps, quiet helps.  And all of you help, you let me rant and rave, you compliment my work, you make me laugh, and you let me visit a part of you life.  Thank you to all of you for being so wonderful, creative, funny, and insightful.  And thank you for sharing a bit of yourself in this place we call blog land, and a big thank you  to my blog for not exploding over night.   I would dearly miss you all if this blog had imploded on itself.


Elisabeth said...

I'm glad to see you're feeling happier today Meredith:)

I love the rain too and those photos are lovely.

I was relieved to see that nothing much had changed in blog land this morning too. I'm like you in that I didn't like google reader all that much anyway but I was worried that the blog links I had on my blog would disappear so I was happy to see they were still there this morning :)

Have a great day! xoxox

Sue Pinner said...

HEHEHEHE...made me laugh i did wonder if it might, there would have been a lot of unhappy bloggers out there wouldn't there lol..all is ok pheeew!!!
Hugs x

Petunia Pill said...

I wondered all the same things! And I'm on here making the same discoveries as you! It all looks pretty much the same! Whew! But now I also have the Bloglovin option for looking at blogs! And, like you, I love storms too! But not when they are crazy and violent! I'm fickle about my storms! Lol

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Yarn always helps... best prescription I know. ;) I'm glad the blogs didn't explode overnight too!! Hope your day goes wonderfully... blessings ~ tanna

ColourMeCrochet said...

I to wasn't sure what to expect,but nothing seems to be any different. So that pleases me greatly, I don't always like change, lol.
I'm glad you're slowly starting to feel a little better, when I read your post on being funky I knew exactly what you was trying to say :)
I have rediscovered crochet after many years and can't believe how relaxed and peaceful it makes me feel. I just wish I had found it earlier.
Try to take it slowly if you can with plenty of crochet :)
Hugs, Sally x

Toni said...

I hope you're feeling better--it must be so frustrating to feel out of control and not yourself. Hugs!!!!

kathy b said...

Meredith..JULY it is. :) Glad yOU can feel a little change and that it is a comforting good change in your mood.
Mood is so fleeting isn't it?

I Love your rain and roses image...just beautiful. White roses are so wonderful. I have only red in my yard.

Sock knitting calms do the cats. So does a walk ...

shari said...

So glad to hear you are feeling somewhat more like yourself. I surely can relate( I think I've said that before) I just don't ever talk about it...maybe I should, I might feel better. Love Love Love your roses. Small rain drops just makes them even more prettier....don't you think!
I really didn't expect too much to happen on my blog either but with all the "talk" it did sound as if all my followers would suddenly disappear, but luckily.....they didn't!
Hope you have a great weekend,
Hugs, Shari

Kris said...

Well dang did I miss the grump fest? I would have joined right know I have been going through my own grumps too. At any rate, I hope your spirits are lifted today, and that you have a good week! The snake project will be fun to do with my grands!!!
Wishing you a happy, and peaceful day today Meredith.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Looks like the rain washed away not only the summer heat, and sound happier.

Love that color of wool that you are using, and there is your new wool pot, it's so cute.

I too, try and return every comment..but I am finding more and more that so many Google+ profiles do not link to their personal fact the last 3 or 4 comments left before yours on my blog have no return.

That's sad.

I hope that you continue to feel better...and thanks for the well wishes.


Betsy said...

I'm one of those happy bloggers today too! I didn't know what would happen, but I'm glad nothing seems to have changes.

I'm also very happy that things are looking better for you Meredith. Hormones are nasty things to deal with sometimes. Just know we're all here for you and most of us have had similar feelings at some point or other so we can relate and sympathize with you.


Susanne said...

I think women are much deeper thinkers because we don't wear blinders like men do. We see outside the box, we encompass the whole picture and then some. For instance, when we have children we not only think for ourselves, we have to be one step ahead of that child and thinking for them. It can be tough and never ending where we are concerned. Men on the other hand, focus on one thing and that is their goal, they bee line it to that thing and pay no mind to what havoc is created in the process....the bull in the china shop so to speak. Then throw in those hormones and add a dose of stress and we are crazy. It takes effort to function and get through a busy day whether we feel like it or not. Of course men don't understand women, we are complex creatures. We nurture everyone else, but who nurtures us? We do of course, when we find the time. You rant and rave all you want, we do understand. You are human after all. Some days it is good to just get it all off your chest. Have a good week and happy and safe 4th.
As always, Susanne ♥

linda said...

Glad you are feeling better Meredith, this hormone thing does take it out on us woman, I was very much where you are now many years ago but thankfully it passes, I told you not to worry about the bloggy thing I knew it would be ok. That is a beautiful rose and I love the yarn you are working with, have a great week! :)

Anonymous said...

I didn't figure that losing Google Reader would affect blogging. Glad to see that it hasn't.

Happy to read that you are feeling a bit better. Menopause is NO fun. I'm almost 3 years out and still trying to get things on the right track. No fun at all, as you well know.

by Teresa said...

Meredith.. you're adorable. Enjoy the rain.. it's visiting from Oregon.. while we have your hot sun! I also was worried our blogs would change.. some people said our follower list would be gone.. that would have been awful! I love you too! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Ah ha! I had to come back to take another look. It is that pattern. ;) I just remembered thinking I LOVED the colors of that yarn!! LOL! Once again, color snares me! Can't wait to see it finished! blessings ~ tanna

Claudia said...

You wouldn't like rain if you were up here right now. We've had endless rain over the past week and a half and will have it through Saturday. I don't know how many inches we've had but it's a lot, a LOT. And very little sun. Very depressing and everything, including my flowers, is waterlogged.

I think people tend to think Google Friend Connect and Google Reader are the same thing. They aren't. Your reading list and all of that will stay the same. It's just the reader that is gone.

Love you sister,

Rose Red said...

I kept putting off changing from GoogleReader, since I tried a few different things and didn't like them. Now I have a new system and I like it very much! Phew!

Glad you are feeling a bit better. The rain here has gone away and it's amazing what a difference some winter sunshine can make.

Joy said...

Oh dear, you poor girl Meredith, but I am glad you are having a good day today and soon there will be more good ones than bad!
Your storm cloud pic is tremendous, as is the gorgeous white rose with droplets of rain moistening and freshening it!
Do you not find that storms affect your mood? Perhaps those atmospheric conditions are adding to the hormonal stress! I am terrible in storms and in high wild winds - I just lose myself somewhere and become so agitated!!!
Yes the near panic about Google seems to have passed and I'm so relieved that things haven't changed and we can still follow each other - and what a blessing that is for me!
Keep smiling lovely girl!
Joy xo

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

I am glad the reading list is still there, too. I have always used that instead of the reader.

I am glad you are feeling better today. I hope the rain will help soothe your sprits.

Now go knit something! I know that always makes you smile.

Blessings always dear friend.

Paula said...

A little birdie at Mockingbird Hill Cottage told me that it is your birthday today!

Happy, happy birthday, Meredith, and many more years of happiness to you!

tana50 said...

Happy Birthday Meredith! Have a wonderful day and a wonderful year!


(Claudia told me it's your birthday)

Debby said...

That's funny I had a little bird tell me too that it was your birthday. I hope you have a great one.

Chy said...

Happy Birthday Meredith! Hope you have a great day.

Donna said...

Happy, Happy, Birthday Meredith! Enjoy your special day!

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

A little birdy has been telling us that it's your B happy Birthday to you.


Faith said...

He, he, I thought the same, I'm afraid I have done nothing about new readers yet and then I panicked wondering what would happen, but so far so good, I know I may need to rejig everything a bit at some stage, but for now it goes on....yay!

I bet the rain is a relief after the scorching days, here when that happens everything looks washed and fresh.

What is that knitting, love the yarn, looks very interesting, I've started a shawl, new ground for me, so lots of holding breath and some bad language...but after redoing the same thing for an hour and 'not getting it' I now h ave the beginnings.

Fay said...

Your stormy clouds look beautiful. we have some here too on the other side of the world. I am glad you are feeling a bit better.

linda said...

Belated Happy Birthday Meredith! hope you had a great day! xxx


Hello Meredith.. I also like seeing stormy clouds and listening to the lovely rain.. I am glad you are feeling a bit better.. Hopefully this hormone thing will past soon..when I am feeling stress it is my crafting that gets me through it.. I am sorry I missed your Birthday... I hope you had the most wonderful day.. I wish you and your family a Very Happy 4th of JULY holiday.. Big Hugs judy

Grayseasailor said...

Thanks for sharing your most beautiful photos, Meredith...especially the rose...PERFECT

And I hope you had a lovely birthday celebration! I am so glad you were born and we are friends. You are a gift to me.


Tammy said...

Hi Mere, you make me laugh. Everyone gets so crazy when changes take place with Google. I never used Google Reader so it didn't bother me that it was going.

I guess I am one of the lucky ones with the hormonal issues. I've not had a period since August and my doctor wanted me to take pills to make me have one. She said I was too young and that God wanted "us" to have our period for a very long time. I'm not sure when God told her that, but I've read differently and I much prefer to not mess with nature. If my body is doing what it wants to do normally, then so be it. I used to have such bad PMS, horrible mood swings, rants and rages. But now, I'm calm, happy, and whatever happens is okay, I just deal with it. Granted, something happened a couple of months ago that I didn't expect, ever, but I am working through it slow but sure. Have had to make some changes which have turned out to be for the best. Sometimes we start going down a wrong path, get too comfortable and it is hard to find our way back. I'm on the right track again.

Now just have to get my crafting mojo back. And also need to continue with our summer travel plans. Yikes! Only 16 days and the boys and I will be in the States. How did July arrive so fast?

Hope you are having a great weekend. Hugs and blessings, Tammy

pembrokeshire lass said...

I'm so glad that the world hasn't ended and we can keep in touch! I'm sorry I missed your last post as it so resonated with me. I started the menopause at 33 and also went white....couldn't believe it. It's definitely not a family thing. My mother still has some of her colour and she's nearly 93. Plus she didn't start her M until early 50s. Don't know why it just picks somebody out for that particular joy!! Yes, I too found life very 'difficult'. I think that's the right word. Sometimes I just wanted to curl up in the corner! Take heart....they ( family) may not understand but we do and will willingly listen to you....haven't you always done the same for us?
I love the pics in today's post. Truly lovely. I also loved that cup you used for your wool. I could do with one of those. My wool always ends up under my chair & is difficult to retrieve I've never seen those befor! Have a lovely calm Sunday, my friend. Joan

pembrokeshire lass said...

Ps. My neighbour has just started mowing for silage so no lovely quiet Sunday....sitting in the shade under the pergola listening to the birds sing. Grrrrrrrrr

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EMMA said...

I'm so very confused by this google reader thing! Nothing seems to have changed on my blog either, I'm still able to follow everything just as before!!

Claire said...

So glad your blog didn't explode on the 1st.........totally forgot all about it!!
Beautiful rain drop on roses pics. An arty friend once told me if you drink the water caught in the flower petals you can taste the perfume. It's true......
So glad you don't have word verification either. I'm with you on that score.

Claire x