Happy 2012!

2012 – that number always seemed so very far away, and now here it is.  Not that much has changed – I mean, we’re still tooling around on rubber tires (weren’t we supposed to have personal flying saucers by now?)  I’m not complaining; it just seems that when I was a kid I had this vision of what 2012 might be like, and now that we’re here, I’m just…well… OLDer.

It also seems that I just wrote last year’s ditty about starting to blog again, and here I am , having those same thoughts.  I’m not going to talk about it – we’ll just see how it goes.

I hope you all have a peaceful, prosperous, healthy and safe 2012.


2010 in review – Who Knew?

I received this summary from WP today – just about the time I was considering what to do with this blog.  I figured it was time for a New Year’s resolution to either continue or quit – and had decided that since I’d come this far, I’d rather continue than start again.  Admittedly, it’s been a difficult year, and there are more changes on the horizon – albeit good ones – so I’m not going to make any excuses for not blogging often and not following through on best intentions here.  But it IS a new year and a great time to regroup and move forward.  If I received good marks for a blog I pretty much abandoned for the year, what would happen if I got back into blogging regularly?  Anyway – Happy New Year to everyone.  I hope you have a healthy, happy and prosperous year, even when it starts to get old.  Here’s part of the report from WP:

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 19,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 4 fully loaded ships.


In 2010, there were 16 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 237 posts. There were 70 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 8mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was July 26th with 188 views. The most popular post that day was Pretty Birds and the Backcross Warbler.




Blogging, Excuses, Life, and Contractors

You know, sometimes you’re just going along having a good time blogging and writing and taking  pictures and networking and then something, or some things happen and Life just gets in the way.  And don’t you hate that excuse?  I sure do, but it’s all I have so I’m sticking to it.  And then one day you realize that folks out there are still finding your blog, still leaving comments, and gee, it was a lot of fun when you wrote every day or a couple of times a week at least…and you say to yourself,  Self, why don’t you take up blogging Natural Notes again?  And so you write a few posts and in spite of all good intentions, you are side-tracked again by numerous goings on until one day you just throw up your hands and say “That’s IT!  I’m blogging again and that’s that!”  And so it is.

So one of my better excuses for not blogging all summer is that we are remodeling our house and it has truly been an interesting experience, to say the least.

This is what is left of our backyard…where we fed the deer last winter is just to the left of the trailer, under that pile of rubble.  Our contractor is a bit messy.  The front yard doesn’t look much better.

We’re pleased with the work so far inside the house – we added 8 feet to the back for the full 50′ length and wrapped the whole thing in hemlock boards, which now need to be chinked before the cold weather sets in. I’ve relocated the bird feeders and we’re hoping the deer will return once all the banging sawing and hammering is over.  Should be done in the next two weeks or so.  They say.

In other news, although running a bit late as usual, the banding lanes were cut yesterday and the nets are going up.  Rained out this morning, but we’ll see what the weather has in mind for tomorrow.   I should finish getting set up and be banding by the weekend.

And of course, I will probably be refreshing this site a bit, and making time to visit the blogs I enjoy reading.  No, really.

Natural Notes Revisited

prwadomI really need a change. I started this blog on May 30, 2006 on Blogger, mostly as a way to post about bird banding and happenings at the bird observatory.  At that time, Blogger was still using the old format and it was a mild nightmare to properly load photos, along with some other issues that I can’t remember now.  I moved to WordPress shortly after and have been here ever since, even though I’ve found it to be more difficult and temperamental than Blogger.

More importantly though is that over the last few years, my life situations have changed somewhat dramatically.  For family and job-related issues, I stopped banding at RRBO and moved back to Florida again.  After my Mom’s death in July, everything changed again.

Though I’ve attempted to continue Natural Notes as it stands here on WordPress, I am finding it doesn’t feel right anymore.  I guess I have it in my head that it has been so dedicated to birds and banding and my life in NJ and Florida, that I find it scattering to continue it here.  The enthusiasm has waned.

I’ve considered abandoning it altogether for something different, but that wasn’t right either.  I tried changing the look and tone, but in the process found WordPress to be even more stagnant, stubborn, and downright boring.  I need simplification and some fun, not more headaches.

So, since this is my blog and I can pretty much do what I want with it (such power!) I’ve opted to stop posting on this WordPress blog, and resume posting on the original Blogger site. I’ve deleted the older drivel there that had little value to me, and spent a day or two having some fun developing the new site.

I want a fresh look, I want a broader focus, and I’m very pleased with Blogger’s new and improved behavior.

For those that still stop by here, thanks for doing so and I will leave this blog here for the archives, but I’ll be posting on the Blogger site from now on.  Life should be fun, as well as good.

Thanks for your patience and support.

Moving Up in the World

I still don’t believe it, but on Tuesday, a very nice man came to our house in the woods and connected us to high-speed internet service – a first for this part of the forest!  I’ve been zooming around the net ever since, and it’s such a thrill to finally be able to function in cyperspace again. Pathetic, I know.  But until the comet hits, I’m going to enjoy the internet.

On that note, since it no longer takes three hours to upload a page of text or three weeks for a photo, I’m going to take some time to tweak and work on this blog, so if you notice funny things here and there, it’s just me experimenting with stuff.   I’m also going to catch up on visiting so many missed blogs.  Life is good.  And fast.

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