A Sentiment

God knew what He was doing when He sent a gentle breeze and brought a lovely butterfly to set my heart at ease. The happiness of your friendship and the gentleness of your words have touched my life in special ways and now I feel assured. Thank you for your loyalty and for reading everyday. I only hope you find things to make a happy day.

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Chrysler Imperial Rose

Only 14 more posts (after this one) before I reach the magic number of 1000. I actually started this blog to keep a garden journal. I had received a Chrysler Imperial Rose for a present and thought that in keeping the online journal...I could keep this rose alive. I had never had much luck with roses and thought that if I had to report on it's care every week...maybe I would be able to keep it alive. Well, the journaling started, and before I knew it, the blog grew into something much more personal. I never intended to tell so many things about my thoughts and life. I was leary at first about telling personal things about who I was and where I lived. As I journaled, most everyday, I grew more and more comfortable with my writing.I started writing about everything...my home, gardens, Church life, politics, art, recipes, books, decorating, holidays and on and on. I visited other blogs and found out how important it was to leave a comment. People left comments here and I was hooked. It's now one of the best parts of my day...when I sit here and pour forth my everyday thoughts and doings. I've made so many friends in the blog world. Some of you are so special to me. You prayed for me when I had surgery, asked about Joe during his surgery, leave comments to cheer me up, share recipes and emails etc. I would love to live next door to some of you. What a neighborhood we would have... full of blogger friends.
Once in a while I tell a bit about my family, but I usually respect their privacy and their lives. Joe is the only one who I write about easily. It just comes naturally to bring him into my posts occasionally. He's with me here in the computer room...just a foot away on his computer. We live our lives together everyday and he has never said that he didn't want me to write about him. So, he pops up every once in a while and I have found that several of you enjoy hearing about him.He reads my posts and has come to know you when you comment.
So, the Chrysler Imperial Rose has bit the dust but I have learned how to care for roses, by reading many garden blogs. I have learned that my best bet is a Knockout Rose. I have four of them and I help take care of the roses at Mary's Garden at my Church. In my 70 + years I have accumulated so much knowledge about this hobby... that I couldn't live without. I tell some of the "old fashioned" ways of gardening and then find that I want to try the new ways...and put those in my very full memory bank. I find that I have learned something new and many times an easier way of doing things. I learn, throughout all the seasons, so much from you. So many of you have enjoyed my sharing things from my past gardens, going back to when I gardened with my Dad in the 40's. Who knew that people would be interested in my gardening experiences? Who knew that I could teach someone about life in the garden? Who knew that I could keep this blog going with very little trouble.....posting, putting pictures in my posts, answering comments, and just keeping it going for 1000 posts? Well, in a couple of weeks I will hit the magic number and a prize will be given to someone whose name I will draw. The glass bowl is overflowing with little slips of paper. The names are adding up and I will soon pull a name out of the bowl. So, here's to 14 more posts...and on to # 2000.


Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Good morning Balisha. I was a little leery when I first started blogging too but it has turned out to be a wonderful experience. I have enjoyed your postings so much and in some of those going down memory lane posting I can see so many things that is similar in my own life so it has been so much fun reading yours. Your poems always amaze me. I am going to enjoy reading many more postings from you. Have a wonderful weekend.

Barbee' said...

Blog-land is like a whole separate world isn't it. It is so wonderful how almost everyone is so supportive of one another. How it has widened our private worlds!

garden girl said...

Knockouts are what roses should be - beautiful, and easy-care! So glad you found them Balisha.

Too bad about the Chrysler Imperial, but I'm glad it led you to blogging! Thanks for sharing your stories and giving us a peek into your private world. You and Joe are inspirations to me, and I love living in your blogging neighborhood! (((hugs)))

Heather at Dusty Bay said...

Your blog and garden are lovely - both have grown so much!

Anonymous said...

I love blogging but now I am into this cooking blog and it has become such a big thing with the Facebook page. I remember when you first started blogging. I have enjoyed your posts so much and learned a lot from you about gardening. I have 2 knockout roses. I call them knockdown half the time because I can't remember which one they are. lol. I wish I lived next to you! We would have so much fun cooking and gardening all the time. I am at 995 fans this morning on Facebook. Just 5 to go to get to that 1,000 mark! I can't believe it took off like it did. That is 200 fans a month since I started it! I love hearing what you and Joe are up to and about your birds, dogs, and adventures. Keep up the blogging!!!!

One Woman's Journey said...

Love your sharing. Your thoughts are so similar to mine. Best wishes to whoever is the winner :)