Friday, September 19, 2014

Celebrating Five Years and a New Look!

On September 20, 2009, Roses to Rainbows made its debut in the blogging world. Not knowing what I was doing, I plunked happily away at the keys, bravely pressed publish...and waited.

Do you remember your first comment? It's like an "I have arrived" moment.  "Change Back From Your Dime" was that post for me on February 10, 2010.

Eventually I learned that blogging is a two-way street and connecting with other bloggers would broaden my writing horizons. I also joined Facebook and signed up for Twitter.
In May 2010, I discovered creative writing with Magpie Tales and wrote the first of many magpies - Memories.  To wrap up that first year, I shared Ten Things I Have Learned From Blogging.  

On my second anniversary, I invited all my lurkers, as well as my regular visitors, to a Meet and Greet, where the coffee is always hot and the wine is properly chilled. 

I value each and every visitor, so the next year I celebrated with a Giveaway.

Always up for a challenge, I have participated in not one, but three month-long creative writing challenges, hosted by Nicky at We Work For Cheese, and I have the scars T-shirts to prove it!

Last year's anniversary passed without much fanfare, and on a sad note, I said good-bye to Rosie, who was my constant companion for 16 years.

After five years I was tired of the decor and decided to freshen the place up a bit. So I ripped down the old wall paper, updated the color palatte and packed away the clutter.  As with any renovation, there may be a few kinks to be worked out and tweaks to be made.

Come on in, make yourself at home and be sure to pick up a glass of champagne to help toast the next year. Please leave your calling card in the comment section so I can get back to you. 


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

Quote of the Week

Best friends: it’s a promise, not a label. - Unknown

Nowadays, there are labels for everything, and those labels come and go and change with the times. Best friends do not, and like the picture, it's a simple concept that stands the test of time. 

So BFF or bestie, buddy or pal, your best friend is someone who always has your back.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Quote of the Week

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. 
- Nelson Henderson

Taking this quote at face value, it sounds like a noble thing to do.  I mean trees are pretty great right.  Shade, fuel for warmth, paper, and most importantly, oxygen.  However, if we take a closer look we find a deeper meaning.

The true meaning of life is to do things for the greater good, even when you won't be enjoying the benefits.  An example of this may be a leaving a legacy that supports a school, church or medical research, or becoming an organ donor.

Not every act for the greater good is on this scale, however, and the small things add up to make the world a better place.  Let's keep planting those trees so others can enjoy the shade.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Designer Digs

If you were a kitten, wouldn't you just love to have a great place to play?  My friend Ashley's son, Michael, designed and built this multi-level kitty condo for his two kittens, Sunshine and Shadow. Now they could have gone to the pet shop and purchased a ready-made playhouse, but where would the fun be in that.

The Kitty Play Place Extravaganza
No siree, Michael's kitties were getting a custom made place to climb, play hide and seek, and of course, sleep. The materials consisted of plastic pipe, connectors, carpet and cable ties. 

One of the great things about this design is that it allows you to hang all sorts of interesting things for them to play with and they don't get lost or worse...eaten.

The play house is on their enclosed porch with lots of windows, so it is definitely a feline paradise.  You can see Sunshine relaxing in the window enjoying the morning breeze.

It was a fun project for Michael, and Sunshine and Shadow both appreciate his effort.  Ashley and I also enjoyed sitting in comfortable chairs watching them play, while catching up with each other.

Shadow says "Thank You!"

Sunshine in the window

Also a big thanks today to my good friend, Sara from A Sharing Connection, for using some of my photos in her Story Photo Challenge.  Check out the Mysterious Case of the Missing Aliens and help her solve the mystery.


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