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Happy Two Year Blogaversary to Me!

24 May
Female Baltimore Oriole, Cat bird, fuzzy Orchard Oriole

Female Baltimore Oriole, Cat bird, fuzzy Orchard Oriole

Two years ago today I posted my first blog post! Every single Tuesday since then I have posted something, “Tuesdays with Gretchen” being my goal. 🙂 I have posted occasionally on other days as well – for a total of 155 posts, almost 23,000 views, a Freshly Pressed honor, and a perpetual sense of guilt because I haven’t looked at all the other blogs I ought to be looking at. I have not worked very well at building my blog presence, and I alternate between resignation, guilt, frustration, and contentment about that fact. Today I am feeling okay about it. I have three children who are far more important, a husband whom I have loved (and been loved by) for 17 years, and a house which is in sore need of some serious cleaning attention, not to mention a manuscript that I have written, edited, and am attempting to sell. And so the blog gets pushed to the back burner…except for a few hours every Tuesday.

Thanks for coming along for the ride! I’m so glad to be a part of your world. I leave you with a few bird photos – it’s what’s going on in my yard this week!

Orchard Oriole...plus two friends in the background.

Orchard Oriole…plus two friends in the background.

Goldfinch, looking gorgeous.

Goldfinch, looking gorgeous.

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Cat bird.  They make the craziest sounds.

Cat bird. They make the craziest sounds.

Mrs. Baltimore Oriole

Mrs. Baltimore Oriole

Mr. Baltimore Oriole.

Mr. Baltimore Oriole.

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I love these guys.

I love these guys.

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