Monday, October 04, 2021

Answering a question or several


 Recently as I was reading at A Haven for Vee, I was struck by some questions that she asked of fellow bloggers, and thought they might make fodder for a post of my own.  Maybe I'll even answer them on both blogs. We will see.

What do you consider your favorite posts, you personally, at your blog? Do you like putting together a Day in the Life? Décor? Recipes? Deep thoughts? Stories of days gone by? Faith for living? Travel? Book Reviews? Gardening? Something else? All of the above? None of the above? ...  Do you still enjoy blogging? 

I'll answer the last one first. I do still enjoy blogging, very much.  I enjoy sharing with other ladies and I enjoy reading about what's going on in their lives.  I just wish that I had more time to do so.

As for what my favorite posts are at my own blog, that's a harder question to ponder.  I have written posts in nearly all of the categories Vee mentioned.  So I guess I'll consider them one by one.

A Day in the Life  -- I have done some posts like this.  Maybe I'd call them more of a slice of life.  I enjoy sharing from my daily life, but I'm not sure if they're my favorite posts.

Decor -- I've done many decorating posts over the years, mostly concerning seasonal decorating which I dearly love to do.  To me it speaks of continuity of the seasons and is such a good reminder that "while the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night, shall not cease" (Genesis 8:22).  These may be some of my favorite posts because I find it helpful to go back and revisit them to remind myself of what I decorated with in previous years.

Recipes -- It's always fun to share a good recipe!  There's such a kitchen-table feel about it -- just sharing over a cup of tea a recipe one has tried and liked, or even loved.  I find my recipe posts so useful when I am discussing a recipe in person with someone and need to find it to share with them.  I have many (but not all) of my favorite recipes in a "personal cookbook" folder on my computer, but I will go to my blogs to search first.  I love sharing recipes so these are some of my favorite posts to write.  You could choose any of a number of labels, from casseroles to desserts to soups, or just click "recipes".

Deep thoughts -- These may be some of my favorite posts.  I've had other folks tell me these posts make them think.  And that's a good thing.  I like to go back and remind myself of these thoughts from time to time.  For a sampling of them, click "reflections" in the label cloud.

Stories of days gone by -- This is the reason I started my Kitchen Table blog way back in 2005: I wanted a safe place to keep my memories, to write them down before I forgot them.  I've been so thankful that I did this.  I enjoy writing memory posts, but they can be challenging and time-consuming.  I do enjoy going back and rereading them.  To read some, click the "memories" label.

With my brother and cousins in the 1950s

Sugar orchard of my childhood

My dad and brothers setting a flagpole in the 1960s

Story Land in the 1950s

Faith for living -- This is somewhat tied in with deep thoughts.  Click the "spiritual growth" label.  I enjoy writing these and even find them a blessing to reread.

Travel -- I like writing about trips we have taken, whether here in New England or to other parts of the country.  The only negative is that it seems to take me so long to write about our travels.  Still, I very much enjoy writing such posts and later reliving the experience by rereading them.  There's a "travel" label to click; also "getaways" and "New England".

Nubble Light in Maine

Mural in Ely, Nevada

Paul Bunyan in Bangor, Maine

Thousand Springs, south central Idaho

Lamoille Canyon, Nevada
Book reviews -- Yes, I do have a "book reviews" label.  My book reviews include reviews of cookbooks.  I think book reviews are hard to write, so they're not my favorites.  But I think it's important to share good books, so I do write a review from time to time.

Gardening --  Anyone who knows me knows that I'm not much of a gardener at all.  However I do have labels for gardens, plants, and flowers -- and many of these posts describe and picture the gardens of other people.  We have occasionally planted a vegetable garden and they do okay, but nothing spectacular.  I enjoy putting such posts together, but they're not my favorite.

 Something else?  For me, that would be crafts.  You can click on the labels for individual craft techniques like sewing, crochet, cross-stitch, embroidery, and paper crafting -- or just "crafts" in general.  I very much enjoy making things and have shared many of my projects in blog posts over the years.  These posts are fun to write -- unless they are tutorials, which I always find a bit labor-intensive since I want to make sure I have explained every step accurately.

A slice of felt pumpkin pie

A Lego sack

Crocheted ruffled scarf

Crocheted dishcloths

Fabric trimmed dishtowel
 You can see from this list that I look at my blog very much like a kitchen table.  All of the things that I love to share here are things that friends or neighbors would share with one another across a table or a backyard fence.  Blogging is a joy for me, albeit a sporadic one these days.  I'm hoping for more blogging time in the future!


  1. I love this. I think I enjoy my blog as much as for me to go back and relive things as anything else about it. The benefit of making friends far and wide was an added bonus that I really didn't even consider when I started the blog. I like my reflective posts, decor, recipes, crafty, family time posts. I like reading those from others.
    Time has become a huge factor now though so I totally understand the lack of it.

  2. Oh yes, I enjoy your posts and the "kitchen table" feel of it. You have aptly named your blog! I think that is what attracted me to your blog in the first place, that, and the fact that you are from New England, (NH!), where we lived for a while and loved it so much. My sweet grandson up there sent me a short video today of his ride through the woods on his way to Fryeburg Fair, so I could see the fall foliage as he drove along the road. It was really sweet and touched my heart so much since tomorrow is his 22nd birthday and we so wanted to be up there for it, but can't due to circumstances beyond our control. God is good. He knows what we need. Please keep blogging. I believe it is good for our spirits and also our memory banks!! I just hope these never go away!! I am bad about saving them like I should to a flash drive. I need to get busy and do it again. Take care, and happy Autumn!

  3. Well this was a fun read. It quite amazes me what you did with that paragraph of questions. Your pictures are all so enjoyable. I presume that you are the young lady watching your father and brothers at work. I agree with Pam, your blog is well named.

  4. I enjoyed reading this, Mrs. T. And seeing your pictures. What a good idea to take Vee's post and respond here on your own blog with a very thoughtful post. Vee's question got me to thinking, too. Going now to exlore more of your blog! :)


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