One Year Blogaversary!

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One year ago, I clicked “Publish” on my first blog post, called My First Blog Post. Wow, that was original. My readers have been very supportive during this year, and I thank and appreciate each and every one of you!

How did this all happen?

My friend, Diane, had mentioned blogging for a few years, but I never took it seriously. I am not a writer and am very boring. Finally, one day in December 2015, D and I got together with wine for a “Corporate Meeting” to strategize plans for our joint blog. I think I was really tempted by the wine more than the idea of a blog (and our official wine glasses—they are polka-dotted!). Our efforts to decide upon a name were comical and frustrating. We eventually came up with something on which we agreed—“No Rocking Chairs” to reflect our active lifestyle as grandmothers. Neither of us were really in love with the name, but everything else we came up with was already taken or simply sounded stupid. Several glasses of wine might have had something to do with that.

A few years before this, D and I were seriously considering opening a gourmet popcorn shop. We both love popcorn and, at the time, there was only one popcorn shop in the Colorado Springs area and one west of the Springs on the highway to Woodland Park. After a few months of research and data collection, we found that other people had the same idea and acted more quickly than we did. Imagine researching locations, finding an ideal spot, going to look at it, and finding a sign over the door stating “Coming Soon-Pop It Up.” We immediately went to the nearest pub for a drink. A week later, we found another empty spot in a shopping center, looked at it, and visited with a nice gentleman who owned a jewelry store in the same shopping center. Before we could act, a popcorn shop opened in that very spot! Even more bizarre was the fact that this popcorn shop is owned by a lady D and I used to work with! We took this as a sign that we are not destined to own a gourmet popcorn store.

In the process of researching the popcorn business and visiting popcorn shops in the Denver area, one thing kept “popping” up (see what I did there?). Something kept appearing in name possibilities, decorative color choices, and while shopping. Poppies. Poppies everywhere. Everywhere we looked we saw something with poppies on them. I purchased a lovely painting of poppies for my dining room during this time as well. One evening, after a run, D and I were in the parking garage when I suddenly blurted out “Popcorn and Poppies!” Excellent! Why did this take so long to appear in our heads? However, we agreed that ‘Poppies and Popcorn’ sounded better than the other way around.

Poppies and Popcorn went live on June 9, 2015. The start was bumpy. Learning about WordPress, researching blogging advice, and managing the accompanying social media took a lot of time and effort. In spite of the bumps, we were off to a reasonable start. Eventually, however, personal time constraints forced D to bow out of the venture. I considered whether to continue or start anew. I chose to continue by simply changing the tagline from “Fabulous ends in ‘us’—Coincidence? We think not!” to “I have many thoughts. I write a few of them down.” Keep it innocuous.

After a year of blogging, which I love doing, I find that the blog isn’t really going in any particular direction. I’m frequently disappointed in my own writing. I love Wordless Wednesday and like writing a few Haiku poems every now and then. Three Things Thursday was extremely boring, so I’ve stopped that category.

I do not want to quit blogging, yet I feel I need to take a step back for a few weeks to regroup my thoughts and develop a plan for Poppies and Popcorn. So, I’ll pause posts for now, but will definitely be online to read my blogging friends’ posts to comment and like them. My thoughts were telling me to set a deadline, but I think I’ll just play it by ear for now. Sorry, left brain!

So, my friends, please watch Poppies and Popcorn’s Twitter account, Facebook account, and WordPress Reader for my return to posting. I’ll see you soon!

♥J

Awards—Part 2

Today’s post is a follow-up to last week’s post, Awards—Part 1, where my readers can begin to get to know me a little better. It also explains why it has taken me so long to respond to award nominations!

Thank you, Debra at Cultivating Time for nominating Poppies and Popcorn for the Versatile Blogger Award as well as the Liebster Award. If you haven’t visited her blog (cultivatingtime.wordpress.com/), please take a moment to take a peek. You won’t regret it. ♥

Thank you, Spence’s Girl at spencesgirl.wordpress.com, for nominating Poppies and Popcorn for the Liebster Award. Please stop in to say hello to her! She’s enjoying life and anyone who loves cats is A-1 in my book! ♥

Thank you, Suzy Barker at Just Midlife for nominating Poppies and Popcorn for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Suzy’s blog, I recently discovered Just Midlife blog is no longer available, but you can find Suzy at suzybarker.com/. Her blog chock full of lovely photographs and fabulous writings. ♥

Thank you, Sabine, at In Cahoots With Muddy Boots for nominating Poppies and Popcorn for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Sabine’s blog is so colorful with all her wonderful photos. Don’t hesitate to take a look at incahootswithmuddyboots.com! ♥

There may have been others who nominated Poppies and Popcorn for awards, but I’m unable to confirm those. If I’ve missed you, please let me know.

Now, let’s get on with the second part of the questions these lovely ladies gave me.

What is your favorite time of day to write for your blog?
     When I’m awake.

Do you have any pets and what kind?
     Sadly, our last fur baby passed away a couple of weeks ago.  L

What is your favorite flower?
     Daffodil

Do you prefer the beach or the mountains?
     There is no comparison—apples and oranges—both are fabulous. Mother Nature is a master decorator!

You can spend the day with any man or woman from history, who will you choose and why?
     Douglas Adams, author of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
     (I may be interpreting the word ‘history’ differently than intended here.)

What one question will you definitely ask them?
     Did you get confused easily?

You are stranded in a lifeboat in the ocean, like in Life of Pi – which animal will you share your boat with and why?
     Haven’t seen Life of Pi, so I’m not sure how to answer this one. It seems unlikely I’d be stranded in a lifeboat in the ocean with an animal, but since the question didn’t specifically state a real animal, I’ll choose a unicorn because they are magical.

What quote or saying about time do you like?
     “People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint—it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly, timey wimey stuff.” ~Doctor Who

If you could visit a fictional world from a book or a film, where would you go?
     Wonderland from Alice in Wonderland—I want to meet that white rabbit.
Second choice would be Pooh Corner.

You have to change your hair color and it has to be one of the colors of the rainbow. What color will you choose?
     Violet.
Orange wouldn’t suit my skin tone. Indigo—boring. Yellow—sort of already there. Red—been there. Blue might look nice with the grays, but no. Green—really?

Dream vacation! Where would you go?
     The Netherlands when the tulips are in bloom, to visit my friend, Pegg, and to finally meet online friends, Daniella and Maaike in person.

Which book are you reading at the moment?
     The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty.

Who is your favorite author?
     A.A. Milne, Edgar Allan Poe, Douglas Adams
Edward Rutherford is close to the top of the list as well.

What type of music do you like?
     All types (except RAP). There is appeal in every genre. However, I do gravitate toward heavy rock. The ‘70’s calls to me!

If you had to choose to live without one of your five senses, which one would you give up?
     Touch.

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be?
     Social interaction. I really suck at it. I’d love to have the confidence to talk to anyone, anywhere and be fully engaged in any conversation.

If you could have one superpower what would it be and how would you use it?
     Mind reading. Seems obvious to me.

Thanks for stopping in. I know I’m not following the rules for each of the awards, but I really do appreciate the sentiments.

~J