Hello! Happy New Year! Yes, she looks a bit hung over but I celebrated stone sober so this is not a self-portrait, lol. It is more of an emotional commentary about the boom that shook the valley earlier on New Year’s Eve, a 4.0 mag earthquake. I thought a big truck must have slammed into this building. This is Ohio… we do tornadoes, lake effect snow, and occasional minor flooding during the rainy season. We don’t do earthquakes, yet this was the eleventh earthquake since March, all centered within two miles of a new brine injection well. Thank you gas frackers? Yeah, mess with Mother Earth and she’ll mess right back.
Well, it is good to be back on WordPress. I only planned on taking a couple of days off for Christmas, but years of working kind of kicked me into what is traditionally known in unionized factories as Christmas Week and pretty much just stayed off WordPress over the holidays. I look forward to wandering over to my favorite blogs and catching up over the next few days.
Speaking of favorites, I was nominated for a Versatile Blogger award just before the holidays , and I guess that I’m supposed to select fifteen of my favorite blogs and nominate those people, then each of those people would have to select fifteen of their favorites, and so on and so on… sounds like a nice way to share the blogs you enjoy reading with the people who read your blog… but I’ve been thinking about that.
Yeah. I’m doing the math. Here’s what can happen within a matter of weeks if I nominate 15 and each nominee on down the line participates by nominating fifteen… it’s awarded exponentially, 15 to the nth power:
1 x 15 = 15
15 x 15 = 225
225 x 15 = 3,375
3,325 x 15 = 50,625
50,625 x 15 = 759,375
759,375 x 15 = 11,390,625
11,390,625 x 15 = 170,859,375
170,859,375 x 15 = 2,562,890,625
(and on it goes)
How many bloggers are there out there?
Naturally, many bloggers would be nominated over and over again, unless they post the “Versatile Blogger Badge” on their page so they can point to it and politely decline their 18th or 47th go around. I didn’t get one of those badges (maybe I was supposed to click and steal it?) so I’m thinking maybe I can say that I was nominated but not awarded and just quietly bail out, tip toe off but that’s not really fair to the blogger who nominated me. I don’t think she realized how similar this award thing is to things like pyramid schemes and chain letters because she’s a nice person and her heart is in the right place. So I decided to just do a shout out to the person who nominated me.
If anyone deserves an award for her blog, it is Sharyn. Visiting thekalechronicles is a virtual treat. She doesn’t just post recipes – she spins a story about the recipe that takes you into her warm and wonderful kitchen (or so I imagine it to be) while she is making it, plus she gives a little background on where she got the recipe and delightfully illustrates each post with an original painting incorporating the ingredients into the art. If you haven’t visited her blog yet, I highly recommend it.
Oh, I’m also supposed to share seven things most of yall don’t know about me… I can deal with that.
I’m a beader (handmade jewelry, rosaries, etc.)
I love ironwork, black wrought iron, etc.
I can and have drawn crowds at those wild west shooting arcades in amusement parks.
I have a 68,000+ word rough draft stuck in a box under my desk.
- I’ve been engaged four times and accidentally married the same man twice.
- When I ran away from home (as an adult), I spent six weeks on Santa Rosa Island.
I collect glass birds and hammers.
Thank you for viewing my art today!
UPDATE: I decided to rename this “Faultline” because it is a faultline causing these earthquakes… one perturbed mother earth on one side and gas frackers disturbing the earth to harvest fuel on the other. The brine is making her sick.