2015 in review

Thank you to everyone who shared 2015 with me!  I hope that our 2016 turns out to be our very best year yet!

I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday!

Love,

Kati

 

 

P.S.  Here is the year in review wrap up report in case you were interested!!  🙂

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 28 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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An Early Holiday Gift… The Sunshine Blogger Award!!

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Happy Holidays to all!  I want to thank each and every one of you for sticking with me this year through the roller coaster of life (and consequently sooo many fewer posts this year.)  I also want to thank FEMININEMATERZ for nominating the Ripple’s Edge for the Sunshine Blogger award!

This nomination means a lot to me as 2015 comes to a close, because there were many times this year I didn’t feel very sunshiny, but did my best to stay positive.  It’s really wonderful to be a part of this blogging community and to everyone who has interacted with me on WordPress this year, I say thank you.  You all are amazing and inspiring each and every day.

In order for the Ripple’s Edge to accept this radiant award I must complete the following:
1.Thank the blogger who nominated you for the award.
2. Display the banner /sticker /logo on your blog.
3. Share 7 facts or things about yourself.
4. Nominate 5 bloggers that you admire and inform nominees by commenting on their blog.

Seven facts about me:

  1. The past two years I have been working on breaking out of my comfort zone and at least a couple times a year trying something that I’ve been afraid to do or try.  It’s a slow process, but each time I break down a barrier I experience one of the most liberating feelings in the world.  I’d recommend it.  (And I’d also recommend you bring a trusted friend along.)
  2. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned this year is that some things, no matter how much we want to believe otherwise, are out of our control.  Always be open to possibilities but don’t spend your life waiting for a/your plan to work out before moving forward.  Move forward and a plan will come together.
  3. I have too many (Insert item here)  Examples include:  books, shoes, shirts, etc.
  4. My biggest pet peeve is when I lose something.  I will spend hours trying to find something I don’t even need right away because I don’t like not knowing where it is.
  5. I can cry on the spot.  I had to do it in a show I was in this past fall.  How do I do it?  I have lots of very visually strong memories and nostalgia makes me emotional.
  6. I am a Leo but was supposed to be a Cancer.  So now I think the universe is confused about who I actually am.  (It’s okay…you can laugh at this one, it’s supposed to be humorous.)
  7. I am horrible at telling jokes.  (See above.)

 

My nominees for the Sunshine Blogger Award include:

  1. It’s a Britta Bottle!
  2. leaving planets
  3. storytime katie
  4. One Positive Blog
  5. Michael T Coe

I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday and the best new year yet!

Kati

 

 

 

Allergic to the ‘E’ Challenge Accepted

Yes, it’s really me.  I haven’t disappeared, I’ve just been a little busy.  🙂

Forever Shannon nominated my blog for a writing challenge, and while I wrote the piece right away, I haven’t had the opportunity to post it until tonight.  So what is this challenge you say?  Here are the rules:

Write a paragraph without any word containing the letter “e”.
By reading this, you are already signed up.
Select at least 5 bloggers to do this challenge. They must complete it within 24 hours or else it is considered as failure. (But you should still try it either way 🙂
If you fail or pass, suffer in the Page of Lame.
If you win, wallow in the Page of Fame.

Here are the bloggers I chose.  I thought I’d try to get writers of all sorts of blogs involved in the fun:

http://urbanpoetrees.com/

https://brittabottle.wordpress.com

https://leavingplanets.wordpress.com

https://hugsxheart.wordpress.com

http://iambeggingmymothernottoreadthisblog.com

And finally, here is my attempt to write without using the letter ‘E’:

I can’t think of anything so painful as trying to say things without aid from a solitary individual part of a word, an important tidbit in particular. You know, that tiny bit that forms sounds within a word. Without it, it is most difficult to say your thoughts. I doubt this paragraph will say anything without it actually. It was worth a try though.

Thank you again to Forever Shannon for the nomination (to an extremely tough challenge). I encourage everyone to check out her blog at https://forevershannon.wordpress.com.

Life is Like…

It was beautiful yesterday so I went to the park. As I was jogging through the woods I had a thought that life is a lot like running. Some days it feels really good and then some days it’s so rough you don’t think you can make it another step. Somehow though, you can always seem to make it just a little bit further.
Sometimes (especially when you try hills and interval sets your first day back in a while) it can leave you hurting for awhile after. The good news though is that you’re a much stronger person once you get to the other side of that pain.
Once you’re finished running I do believe you’re allowed some treats, especially chocolate ones. And I’ve heard it said life is like a box of chocolates too.

Painted Streets

It only took me three years…but I made it!

Each year the annual Via Colori festival allows local artists in my area the opportunity to come together in a community event and fill the streets with art…literally.  Roads are blocked, traffic redirected, and the artists take to the streets for some serious sidewalk chalk time.

I decided to brave the heat and the threat of absolutely no available parking this past weekend and I’m so glad I did.  The talent, the art, and the excitement about the city were well worth it!  I think the rain must have been jealous of the talent because it has already washed the streets clean, but I managed to capture pictures of a few of the pieces before they found the drains.

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Image Copyright: Kati Bergman 2015

Image Copyright: Kati Bergman 2015

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A Year Ago Today….

How quickly time passes, always racing to the next and new adventures waiting ahead. It’s hard to believe but a year ago today I started this little blog. A year ago today I decided to take, at least for me, a courageous leap of faith and put my words online. The response I received was more positive and powerful than I could have imagined. Since then I’ve been pushing myself to move out of my comfort zones in other areas and my life is truly changing in amazing ways. Thank you to all those readers out there who have stopped by my blog once or twice, or have left a few kind words under a post. You all are amazing. I look forward to sharing another year with you all!

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The Ripple’s First Year (By The Numbers)

2529 Views
1294 Likes
1213 Visitors
797 Total followers
257 WordPress followers
249 Comments
28 Countries (International views)
2 Blogging Awards
1 Very happy Kati

Beware the Shower Cat!

Image Copyright: Kati Bergman 2015.

Image Copyright: Kati Bergman 2015.

Mornings are always interesting where I live…mostly because of my four legged friends.  They are always there to make sure I hear my alarm, and the cats follow me from room to room- pacing when their breakfast doesn’t appear as quickly as they expect it to.

This morning I was trying to get things together for work and I heard a clanking coming from the bath tub.  My older cat Junior was batting at the drain demanding fresh water from the tap.  Our kitten Luna found it a great opportunity to catch him unaware.  (She’s always tackling someone!)

I was lucky to get this shot off before they moved.  🙂

You Know You’re a Writer When…

I sat at the information desk wracking my brain for a catchy slogan for a display we were going to create in a few days.  After writing several blurbs and press releases for programs I was having trouble developing anything that seemed original to me, so I was glad when a coworker pulled me away from playing with alliteration to help her.

‘Kati, we’re doing a display for National Poetry Month and I was wondering if you would write a poem to be displayed on the board with it?’

I was honored to be asked so I set to work trying to write something catchy and ‘springy and about the pocket poetry program we’re doing.’  My work was cut out for me for sure, but I didn’t have long to think on it before another coworker came up to the desk.

‘Hey Kati, I have to post for Facebook, but I can’t think of anything catchy to write.  Do you have any ideas?’

That’s when I knew.  I was no longer a secret scribbler.  I was a writer.

The Spring Poetry Poem:

Now’s the time for April showers,

bees to buzz, and buds to flower

over fields and up the bowers,

yes, this is a very special hour…

For this month too, words take wing

and soar and sprout and sweetly sing

of all the things that life can bring,

so pocket a poem it’s a spring thing!

The Facebook Status:

The weekend is done,

on that we agree,

but Monday’s still fun,

when you take time to read!

(What are you reading?)

Good news came this week too in that I had submitted a poem to a publication through work a little while ago and I found out it won a competition and the county has published it!  You can check out the poem I submitted here:  https://theripplesedge.wordpress.com/2014/06/01/silent-song/

Spring Cleaning Discovery

I’ve been trying to get a jump start on ‘spring cleaning’ this year. I’ve been on an organizing, condensing, purging, and prioritizing bent and I’ve stumbled across quite a few things that I had completely forgotten about including some of my diaries from when I was younger. Today I stumbled across one from when I was eleven. I remember saving my allowance for weeks to buy this very cool diary that came with a…silver gel pen!!! (So cool right? 🙂 )

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It came wrapped in plastic so I didn’t realize until after I had purchased it that most of the diary had writing prompts and questions. I was a little disappointed then, but it made for some interesting reading today. Here are of the few excerpts I found most amusing, I hope you’ll enjoy the inner mind of an eleven year old writer.

1.
“December 14, 2000
I don’t feel good. My throat hurts. Well, got to go hide Christmas presents!”

2. If I were going to a desert island, this is what I would bring with me:
“All my toys, my bed, my house, and food for 17 years.” (Well…I mean…obviously! 🙂 )

3. A Poem (by me):
“When the sidewalks are slippery with the ice and the snow
and all the grown ups are kissing by the mistletoe,
we are sitting by the fire,
warming our heart’s desire,
This will be the best Christmas ever!”

4. When I Wish Upon a Star: I wish…
“that my family, friends, and things will be safe. That we will all have great health. I wish that we will all be old when we die. I wish there would be no criminals again. I wish all my dreams come true.”

I wonder what I might find tomorrow… 🙂

The Snowy Day:  Fun Times Inside!

We finally got a snow day and I’m thrilled!  (Those most of my family seems to be suffering from cabin fever today.).

I always seem to take pictures when it snows, possibly because I enjoy watching it fall so much.  Here are some pictures from today.  The picture shows the roof outside my window and the street below.  Can you tell where one ends and the other begins?

Image Copyright: Kati Bergman 2015.

And now…a little perspective…

Image Copyright: Kati Bergman 2015.

Happy Snow Day Virginia!  😊❄️⛄️😊