Thursday, December 2, 2010

It’s the first of December and we have snow in Tennessee!

Hello! I’m sorry that I haven’t posted in a few weeks, but this is such a busy time of year! I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I had a great time with my friends and family and for once actually managed to not overeat.

Christmas time is already in full swing around my place. Tomorrow is the annual Bristol Christmas parade and I’m hoping that it won’t be too cold outside to go. I also hope to have some fun holiday decoration pictures to share soon.

I’ve still got a bunch of craft projects going on so I’ll be posting new pics for those as well. A couple of things that I have managed to accomplish as far as the blog goes is of course updating the background and overall layout. I also took the time to go back and tag all of my posts with labels so they are easier to find. This is definitely something I wish I had done from the beginning and will continue to do from now on. A word cloud can be found at the bottom of the blog.

I am behind on checking out all the new blog followers and I promise to catch up on that as soon as possible. In the future I also plan on only posting when I’ve actually got something to say. I know that may sound weird, but there are times when I wrack my brain for something to post about. I envy those of you who can update your blogs every day. I’ve joined in on different “topic of the day” posts, but they just seem like space fillers. I have so many hobbies that I enjoy so why not just post about those instead?

And this next thing that I want to talk about kind of sucks – and what I mean by that is how ridiculous it is that I would ever need to write about this in the first place. I basically want to say that in the future no “anonymous” comments will be accepted on this blog. If you have something that is important enough to say then you should want to sign your name to it. I will reject rude and offensive comments even if you do post them with your username. I enjoy blogging and even more than that I enjoy the feedback that I get. Helpful hints, compliments, and even constructive criticism are welcomed.

What I really can’t stand is so-called “unsolicited advice.” I apologize if that offends anyone, but I do have my reasons. Unsolicited advice is when you give counseling to someone who neither asked for nor wanted it. What I’ve discovered throughout my life is that if someone really wants your advice – they will ask for it. The best way that I know how to express this is to share part of a post that I read a while back:

“The giver of unsolicited advice may claim his motive is purely to be helpful, but the action is almost always driven in part by a conceited desire to show off (what he perceives as) his superior knowledge. As such, it comes across as argumentative, arrogant, and annoying — not kind, friendly, and helpful.”

So to the anonymous poster who proudly proclaimed of his expertise with his 4 year old RES I appreciate your concern for my turtles – I truly do. Although I would ask in the future that you not take the tidbits of info or the few pics that I choose to share to be a comprehensive review of their health, habitat, or anything else for that matter. Before I allow myself to become more annoyed I’ll stop here – and again I sincerely thank you for your concern.


Jessie – proud owner of 2 RES
Herman – 13 years
Cecil – 12 years

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