Pushing Forward Back June/July 2018

Pushing Forward Back June_July 2018
At top is a photo from my sister of my mom holding a photo of me when I was a baby. At bottom left, I took my dad out for ice cream for Father’s Day. We were joined by my nephew Jonathan. At bottom right, Kim and I got a bathroom selfie before the wedding of her sister Tracey last Saturday. Photobombing us is her sister Debbie.

Back at June

June was a pretty good month on the personal front, especially for three weekends in a row. First, on Saturday, June 9, I celebrated my 49th birthday. Then on Sunday, June 17, I went and visited my dad (and mom), who lives about 60 miles away, for Father’s Day. I also was grateful to be able to see my sister, brother-in-law, 11-year-old nephew, 3-year-old niece, and their new almost 6-month-oldest cockapoo/Shetland sheepdog puppy. Finally on Saturday, June 23, Kim and I (along with family and friends) celebrated with her sister Tracey as she got married near Cleveland, Ohio.

Blogging-wise, it wasn’t a good month, but then again, I was busy with other things. Highlights on the blog this past month were 25 Things I Want To Do Before I Turn 50 and My Library Checkout June 2018. If you look at the list and wonder how I’m doing so far on doing some of those things, not great, but hey, I still have time to turn that around. We also got Hulu again and are enjoying watching especially older shows like ER, CSI, and My Name is Earl.

Musically, the two big albums this month were Kanye West’s ye and Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s Everything is Love — at least for everyone else. Spinning again and again, though, on my virtual turntable was Father John Misty’s God’s Favorite Customer. I just couldn’t, and can’t, get enough of this album:

Forward to July

This month starts off on a high, with three days off for both of us. Kim has her normal three days off: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and I took vacation days for Tuesday and Thursday, having Wednesday already off as a holiday for The Fourth of July. After traveling last weekend, we have no plans of going anywhere, but it will be nice to have the time off together. I have a feeling we’ll be getting together with our neighbors for a cookout on the Fourth too, but we’ll see. If not, I’m sure we’ll still have burgers and hot dogs on the grill.

Other than that, I only can think of one other thing that I have planned: the 24in48 Readathon on Saturday, July 21, and Sunday, July 22, for which I’ve signed up. For more information or to sign up, click on the link.

At the end of the month, I’m looking forward to this movie:

So how was your month of June? Read any good books, seen any good movies and/or TV shows, listened to any good music? What was the highlight of your month? What are you looking forward to in July? Share in the comments.

#AMonthofFaves: The Blogs I Love

I’m joining hosts Girlxoxo, Traveling with T, and Estella’s Revenge for their 4th annual #AMonthofFaves blog event – “a fun way to recap the year that was” – during the month of December. Today’s topic is “The Blogger Love Edition.”

I only follow a handful of blogs, almost all book blogs, and while all of them are good, each in their own way, these are the three I return to again and again:

Tina, Kim, and Michelle, respectively, are book bloggers, but also blog about their families and lives and always look on the bright side of life, even when life might not appear that bright to those on the outside. If you haven’t visited their blogs, I encourage you to do so.

What are some of your favorite blogs? 

#AMonthofFaves: This is How I Blog

I’m joining hosts Girlxoxo, Traveling with T, and Estella’s Revenge for their 4th annual #AMonthofFaves blog event – “a fun way to recap the year that was” – during the month of December. Today’s topic is “This Is How We Blog.”

How I Blog

I was going to say that I blog inconsistently, but really I blog consistently, once a week when I post to The Sunday Salon Facebook group. I do sometimes miss one, but rarely.

Other than that, I don’t really blog. I always have lofty goals in January each year to blog daily or three times a week, especially on different topics, but I never carry through with them. That’s why this January, I’m not making any blogging resolutions. I’ll continue to blog once a week and if I add any posts throughout the week, I’ll just do it.

I only use one blogging app: WordPress, and post from my phone. We haven’t had a desktop in years, and when our laptop bit the dust last year, we never replaced it. It’s not the optimal way to blog, but I work with it, which means usually my posts are short like this one.

How do you blog? What tools do or websites do you use to blog?

Welcome To My New Blog!

Here I go again…

…on yet another blog.

The semi-short version of what happened to my previous blog

Last weekend I was told by my hosting provider that my domain was shut down for a violation of Terms of Service. I contacted them and was told that my domain was sending out spam e-mails, and that I would need to correct the problem before the site could be put back up. However, the hosting company technicians couldn’t find the problem (bad script, they said) and that I would need to hire a professional service to find the bad script. I researched such companies and learned  they would cost at least $300.

My hosting already was set to expire mid-April and another $300 on top of almost $250 was, and is, not something I could, and can, afford, especially because for the last few years we’ve owed for taxes and haven’t gotten a refund. So I decided to cut my losses and let my blog (and a previous blog, which I had held on to a few years, because I didn’t know what to do with it) go.

I have since learned my previous blog posts are still available up until 2012 here on WordPress.com so if I ever do figure out what to do with them, they’re still there. The main posts I’d like to keep were those I wrote about preparing for a 25-mile trail hike. Otherwise, que sera, sera.

On Wednesday, we had our taxes done and we didn’t owe as much as we had expected, by a long shot, thanks to taking out more last year from my paychecks at the library. So today, I “splurged” $35 for this blog, with no ads, and a custom domain with a .blog address, a lot better than the $550 it could have been — and here I am.

About This Blog

With this blog, as with a few other blogs I have had, I am keeping it simple: a journal of what I’m reading, what I’m watching, and what I’m listening to. No highfalutin concepts as I’ve had in the past. I might add  what I’m photographing too, but usually you can find that on my Instagram account. I also can be found on Twitter and have a Facebook page.

On Sundays, I still plan on participating in The Sunday Salon and visiting blogs that participate as well as those that don’t. Please feel free to leave a comment. I have to go check my settings, but I might set it up where I have to approve your first comment here. After that, hopefully they will just go through without any problems.

See y’all Sunday when I’ll catch ya up with my latest reading.

Until then…