Monday, November 24, 2014

Oh How I Miss You Blogfest

Today I am participating in the

Oh How I Miss You Blogfest.

It is hosted by 

Alex J. Cavanaugh,
Andrew Leon,
and Matthew MacNish.

To participate is simple.
List one to three bloggers you really miss. 
List one to three bloggers you would really miss 
if they stopped blogging. 
And then go let them know!

Blogs I'm Missing:
There are two bloggers I have been missing terribly.
Both are creative, intelligent, talented, widely-read,
and passionate about the environment.

They are wonderful and dedicated mothers
who live on opposite sides of the world
and want, more than anything, 
to raise happy, healthy, and well-adjusted children.
Which, of course, probably explains their absence.

National flower of Singapore

The first is B&R 
from Singapore,
and her blog is 
Bikbik and Roro.

She was one of my
earliest followers,
and so encouraging to
this beginning blogger.

I never knew what B&R would post.
It could be a step by step record
of how she handcrafts her exquisite Blythe dolls
and other unique creations,
a moral, ethical, or religious dilemma,
thoughtful commentary on music, books, or theatre, 
or the difficult challenges of parenting.

But always, B&R was honest, fresh, and authentic.
I miss her voice and window on her world truly!

The second is Audrey from North Carolina, USA,
and her blog is Life's Simple Pleasures

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, NC

When you view
Audrey's blog,
you know immediately 
that she is passionate
about her family,
nature, and the outdoors,
passions she shares generously.

Audrey may focus on the simple things in life,
but she quickly makes you recognize
how profoundly important and rich they are.

While we come from very different backgrounds,
we are kindred spirits,
and I miss her every bit as much as B&R.

Blogs I Would Miss:
This is a brutal category, 
because there are fabulous blogs 
I read almost every day,
and I would miss each one.

So I'll go with my earliest blogging buds,
starting with my eighth grade friend, Ron, 
whom I reconnected with after almost fifty years;
a friend who pushed me into the blogging world
and has been cheering me on from my very first post.

Don't be confused 
if you visit Ron's blog and find 
a four-footed, long-lashed,
and waggy-tailed charmer
named Sophie who races through 
her Nova Scotian world
with Mr. Orangie in her mouth.

It's really my creative, funny, smart, 
and thoughtful friend Ron
who shares his passion for photography, writing, 
and living life fully through Miss Sophie Doodle
and her blog From Sophie's View.

Do visit, please;
but I warn you ~
you will fall in love with sweet Sophie
and Nova Scotia will steal your heart!

And the second blogger I would truly miss,
is none other than Ron's hubby Jim.
Jim's blog is Ocean Breezes,
and he posts daily with remarkable consistency.

Jim is a gifted photographer
with a keen eye 
for capturing his world
in all it's moods and colors.
I never miss his Saturday Morning posts,
containing his favorite photos of the week.
They push me to be a more creative photographer,
and it's always a delight to see the world 
through his curious and intelligent eyes.

And I never miss Jim'Contemplative Monday posts
that inspire his readers and soothe this restless soul.

And ~ well, let's just say, I read all of his posts!

Ron, Me, and Jim
Last Summer in Nova Scotia

The truth is, it's not so much about the blogs.
It's about the amazing people 
you meet through blogging
who transcend space and time to become your friends.


  1. You follow some really creative bloggers. Will have to visit all of them now.
    Thanks for participating in our blogfest!

    1. Happy Monday Morning, Alex! Thanks for setting this up. I'll be squeezing visits in today between prepping for our Thanksgiving in the mountains and visiting as many blogs as I can. take care!

  2. I need to go see who these interesting bloggers are! Thanks for introducing me to them!

    1. Thanks for your kind words, Dani! Have a good Monday!

  3. I miss Audrey as well!! I haven't seen a post from her in over two months.

    1. Two long months, Keith! She has such a vibrant voice! Happy Monday to you!

  4. I know all of them except for 'Life's Simple Pleasures', which I'll have to check out. I miss the 'Bikbik and Roro' blog, too. One of my favourites! And what would the blogging world be without Ron and Jim?

    1. Hi Martha! I know that Jakey has Janice busy running along with Bikbik and Roro. I miss Rebecca's blog too. What a creative family they are. Have a great day!

    2. And of course, what would we do without Ron and Jim? They're the best, and I'm excited that you may visit them this summer!

  5. This is such a great idea for a Blogfest! People do tend to come and go in the blogosphere, don't they?

    1. You're so right, Debra! And when blogging friends disappear, I do worry that they are okay. I had to leave out special bloggers like you, Martha, Noushka and Pat Hatt when I wrote this. And Terry (Moondance Ranch), and Dawna Lee, and Keith, and Alex and Linda, and, and, and... I'm so glad that Ron got me into blogging, because I've met so many wonderful people. Have a good one!

  6. I think I know Audrey. I'm not sure about the other bloggers. Thanks for sharing, Fundy, and nice to meet you!

    1. Nice to meet you, Matthew! Thanks for visiting. I popped by your blog briefly last night, and I'll be back later when I get a few pressing errands done. I love the holidays, but it's always a time crunch. Thanks for hosting this ~ It's an awesome idea! Take care!

  7. That is very true indeed, it is way more about the people. Unless all they blog about is "i've got nothing to say" lol

    1. So true, Pat! That goes for Facebook status posts like "Nada" too! I hope you are having a great day!

  8. Hi Fundy Blue - some delightful friends you have here .. I'll have to take a look see .. love the photo of the three of you .. and yes I agree it's the friends we make ... cheers Hilary

    1. Cheers, Hilary! Thanks for the kind comment. When I met Ron in real life again this summer, it was like we had never been apart for decades. Jim and I met and became good friends while blogging, but meeting him in person was a highlight of my summer. I'll be by to visit you blog later today. Have a happy Monday!

  9. How cool to reconnect with an old friend and then get to see each other in real life also. Beautiful pictures.

  10. Thank you, Susan! reconnecting with Ron and becoming friends with Jim is are two of the best things that have happened to me in the last few years. Have a great day!

  11. Beautiful dog in the pictures above! :)

    1. Thanks for visiting, Margo! Sophie Doodle is a beauty, and she is LOTS of fun!

  12. I love Ron, Jim, and Sophie. I'm jealous that you know them.


    1. I'm very lucky to have them in my life, Janie! They're great guys! Have a happy day!

  13. Ron and Jim would be on my list too.

    1. They're sweethearts! I hope someday that you cross paths with them ~ because you'd love them!

  14. That flower looks like two people doing ballet.

    Some blogs to check out, it seems.

    1. Thanks for visiting today, Andrew! I went back and looked, and I can see them dancing! Changi Airport in Singapore actually has an orchid garden in it. They are such lovely flowers. Have a happy evening!

  15. Oh just don't know how I needed a boost today. One of 'those days' it was.
    I am so happy that Ron gave you a push too! With all of you bent over like that grade 8 photo in Wolfville, it's a wonder he give you a boost then!! lol
    So happy to get to meet you and your sister Barb this past summer. The pleasure was all mine.

    1. I think I need to show the incriminating photo/s !!!!

    2. Be careful, Ronnie! I have quite a few old photos of you in my stockpile! LOL!

    3. Well, Jim, that's perfect timing! Happy to give you a boost! And tomorrow may you be as bright-eyed and waggy-tailed as the delightful Miss SD!

  16. Gees, I am so blushing all over, I might add too. You are too sweet and kind. I really thank you for seeking me out on that other social media page because I wouldn't have known your new last name. As they all say there is a reason why things happen, correcto~mondo!!?!

    The funny thing is I am not a writer and don't profess to be a writer. I just enjoy tinkering with photos and trying to think like a dog. My doggy daycare lady first introduced me to her doggy, Cocoa's bloggy world from her POV. Hmmm, I could do that, I think! And so on and so forth, almost 5 years later.

    Your world Louise although very different than mine still feels similar in some ways. Maybe it's the Nova Scotian blood lines.

    Thanks for singling myself and Jim's world too.

    Ron, signing for Sophie again!!

    1. You may think you are not a writer, Ron, but you are every bit a writer. You have created the most amazing character in Sophie Doodle. She's real and fully developed, and I know she could star in picture books! You have enriched all our lives with your writing as well as your photography. Have a good evening, my friend! Hugs to Miss SD!

    2. Pssst!! Your photos are NOW in the mail as of this afternoon ~~ over land not sea and into the air they go!!

      Keep your eyes open!!

  17. Oh my gosh, you have the BEST taste!! I love all the bloggers that you mention! Audrey from Life's Simple Pleasures and Janice from Bibik & Roro would be my best girlfriends if we lived closer!!

    One more that I really, really miss is....The Sulky Kitten...she was one of Janice's followers from Bikbik & Roro!
    Wish she would come back!

    1. Hi Kay! I remember seeing the Sulky Kitten's icon, but never got over to visit her. I tried to leave a long comment on your blog yesterday, and blogger was giving me fits, so I gave up. Jim posted on a WWI and WWII war hero that I thought you would be really interested in: Eugene Jacques Bullard, the first African American fighter pilot. I'll be back over to you to catch up. You introduced me to Audrey, and I may have found you through Janice. Or Monica (Nantucket Daffodil). Have a Happy Thanksgiving, just in case I get derailed! Hugs!

  18. Those all sound like lovely bloggers!

    1. Thanks for visiting, Sherry! Each and every one of them is special! Have a happy evening!

  19. Those are all great blogs. I like how you brought in pictures.

  20. LOUISE!!!! Wow, I am very touched. Thank you for your message and for saying you miss me. Means so much! I promise I haven't stopped blogging. I am away for Thanksgiving week (with my Kenzie!!!) but my schedule has started to slow down a tad. My father-in-law was also visiting for two weeks. Phew. The computer guy got back to me and my laptop did indeed bite the dust but he saved my hard drive. Do I love him??? YES. He's actually going to start shopping with me for a new laptop next week. I really do miss blogging and, when I get these sweet messages from my blogging friends, I realize it's primarily that I miss you guys. I can't believe it's been so long since my last post. I want to wish you a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Thank you again for your sweet and kind words. I miss B&R too, by the way. XOXOXO!!!

  21. Happy Thanksgiving, Audrey, Alain, Sophie, and Clara! I hope you are enjoying a lovely day. Terry and I are up in the mountains in Breckenridge ~ gorgeous sunny day will tons of snow. You have been on the go, Audrey!!! I hate being without my computer ~ so you have my sympathy! I'm reporting for kitchen duty so I have to go. Hugs!

  22. Those look like wonderful blogs. Thanks so much for sharing and taking part in this hop.


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