Friday, September 24, 2010


This whole blogging phenomena is quite phenomenal. 

When I started my blog in February 2010 my main intention was to get my thoughts down.....much like a journal.

Being in the process of recovering from a severe concussion/brain injury, I thought that it would help if I expressed myself about anything and everything.

My, or should I say, our lives were brought to a complete stand still. I could not work or do pretty well anything  that involved lifting, multi-tasking (OK  ladies, I know 'guys' are no good at this anyway), talking for long periods of time, being in large groups and driving a car.

Our life had changed drastically in a second from a fall backwards while skating on a lake with no helmet.

I was very unsure of myself and where I was headed (no pun intended!). So my husband, Ron, had to leave his job to look after me for the first year.

I had no idea that I would be 'meeting' people from all over the world who actually showed an interest in what I was saying.

It has been so good for me.

So what was I to do. Well, nothing for a while. But I very gradually began to feel that I could and wanted to do things again. And blogging was one of those things.

So in a way, blogger friends, you have helped me, whether you knew it or not, in the recovery process.

So in that vein, I would like to thank all of you who take the time to read my blog. It's been very enjoyable on my part learning about CHICKENS, donkeys, goats, horses, dogs, cats (feral ones too), snakes and lizards, and labyrinths, Australia, Wales, England, Oregon, Tennessee, California, New York, Edmonton, Rhode Island, Montreal, Los Angeles, the Carolinas, Texas and all the other places where you all live and visit.

My sister Jo-Ann told me a week after my accident that 'things happen for a reason'. I have held on to that thought and am realizing what has enhanced my life over the past couple of years. And you, bloggers, are certainly a part of that 'reason'. Thanks.

            Ron and Sophie.


  1. Yes, the Blogosphere is an amazing place, isn't it? Sorry to hear about your injury -- gosh, you must have hit that ice HARD! A few years ago, I slipped on an icy sidewalk and conked my head too. No concussion though. But I did have headaches for 6 months afterwards. I know I was lucky to get off so lightly. I'm glad you have the wonderful support of Ron, Sophie and family during your recovery!

  2. i am very sorry to hear you had an injury. i did too, last nov. i was working in the NICU for sick babies, got my foot caught in some wires and tripped, fell hard, shattered my left humorus and from then on had one complication after another. i havent worked in nearly a year and i know how it can change your life. i am proud of you for coming so far and i pray you continue recovering.... you may end up better than you were before the injury!!! i have. it can happen. i love your photography and look forward to the next posts....

    oh and i love the wind chimes on here!

    take care, hon..

  3. Oh bless you. I've always said my blog friends are far more supportive than 'real' ones! I love you & your writings AND your photographs,,xxx

  4. (((Hugs)))

    The photos are beautiful, it's still too hot here to see any Fall color, and in southern California, we don't get much.

    I've hung out on chat boards and chat rooms for 15+ years, blogging a couple years, and it's an amazing way to learn tons about all kinds of things, mostly about yourself. =)

  5. I've had a similar injury when I was 12. I was ice skating in an arena and fell and hit my head. I was really sick for a couple of days and then I was fine.

    I discovered blogging whe I lost my job in 2008. It has been a great way to meet new and interesting people and discover tons of new things.

    I'm glad you found me! Have a great weekend

  6. Ah well my turn to return the encouraging words which you gave me a few hours ago... I love your blog and if it has helped you recover from an injury then so may it continue to help

  7. Wow, what a beautiful post! I've learned a lot about you in the last five minutes... and I'm so glad you are feeling better. The pictures are lovely, as are your words. Thanks for sharing your thoughts... I hope Sophie's feeling better... give her **HUGS** for Gracie and me!

  8. I would say we are all winners we, your readers, have gained so much from your blog.
    Keep going my friend!
    Belly rubs to Sophie,

  9. Yes, I too believe things happen for reasons.
    No helmet!! Lesson learned the hard way on that one.
    (Okay, that was the parent part coming out.)
    I am so happy you are okay.
    Like you I started blogging just because. And it seemed in no time at all I have met the most sincerest, thoughtful, kindness, comical and 'meeting' one beautiful Sophie all from the blog world.
    Yes, things do happen for reasons. We have all been brought together to 'be there'. And it's wonderful!
    Hugs to you, Ron and Sophie.
    You are so loved! :)

  10. I had no idea you had had a serious injury. I hope you are doing well. Jim, I've wanted to thank you for your blog for a long time. Your beautiful photographs give me a sense of peace.

  11. Hello!! Well, even though we have both just met one another, I do feel like I kind of know you because I've seen your comments on blogs that we both follow (what a neat circle of blogging-friends we have!) I'm not sure why I didn't follow the bread crumbs to your blog earlier, but I'm glad I finally did!

    I started blogging almost a year ago and had no idea that it would take me to places I'll probably never get to visit and given me a glimpse into the lives of people I find fun and very interesting but have never met--You included! :-)) I'm so glad you're health is improving and I really look forward to following your blog and getting to know you better!! Enjoy your weekend!!

  12. Jim, I had no idea you had received such an injury! You seem to be doing much better (judging from your travels and pictures) and I hope each day puts a lighter spring in your step. I've enjoyed reading your blog since the day I discovered it. Writing is so therapeutic and blogging is a wonderful way to express oneself. I truly enjoy reading about everything from the marvelous to the mundane in the lives of others across God's great green earth. Keep up the good work!


  13. Yes, it is an interesting place - this 'BLOGLAND'.
    I, too, found my way here recovering from TBI (traumatic brain injury)...10-21-98, some dates you never forget.
    Be strong.

  14. Jim, thanks for sharing your injury with us and the grand recovery you are making! As a blogger I learn so much from those who post, comment, joke, share, love and live. . .I guess I would sum this up by saying THANKS for all the beauty you share. . . all of it!

    + peace. .

  15. I'd say your sister Joann (my name also) is a very intuitive woman! I think we have all come to blogging in search of something, maybe ourselves as in my case. But the love and commitment, the concern and friendships, the joy, the support and the beauty of this bloggy world have enhanced my life more than I could ever say. We are a community of generous spirits and giving hearts and i am so Blessed to have crossed bloggy paths with you. Then was meant to be.
    Thanks for your post today, for your support of my health issues, and for the beautiful photos. take care. J

  16. first, splendid set of pictures.
    second, indeed, nothing happens for no reason. i trust this was/is a time to reset your priorities in life. could this time have brought you and RON closer?!!! blogging is good therapy, and if make friends and keep in touch this way with old ones, good for you.
    third, hoping your recovery is going as well as can be, and that you come out of this stronger than ever.

  17. Head injury recovery can be a very protracted process and there is always the fear of some 'residual' damage - e.g. gait o speech problems - Looks to me like you are doing really well! good to see and keep it up!

  18. You are truly fortunate to have such a wonderful husband in Ron who is willing to make such big changes to take care of you. I wish you a speedy recovery from your injury which I have no doubt will come about with all the love and support, not to mention the beauty of the natural landscapes, you are obviously surrounded by. Keep on blogging!

  19. Thank you all very much. See, this is why blogging can be so good rewarding! Injury or no injury. It can be so good for the soul.

  20. You are very much loved.

    A thing of beauty leaves its mark upon the heart of a living soul.

    I will gladly carry you.


  21. It's been a pleasure to have made your aquaintence. And it's great that you've had the support of a loving husband and a great dog.

    I had the pleasure today to meet a golden labrodoodle. She was, I think, the friendliest dog I've ever met. If Sofie is anything like her double, she'll take care of making sure that you are end.

    Keep up the good work. We enjoy it.


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