Some of the blogs I follow write about very emotive subjects, following which they get dozens of comments agreeing/disagreeing, some of which descend into slanging matches and insulting personal comments. I don't want to do that. I'm not for a moment suggesting people shouldn't write about stuff like that - far from it, each person's blog is their own and it's entirely up to them what they write.....if readers don't like what's written, they can always go and read something else instead. I also don't comment on highly emotive or contentious blog posts....simply because I'd rather not get involved in the fallout.
I sometimes wonder though why people write what they do. Sometimes it's clearly because the blogger feels very strongly about something, or something in the news or a thing that's happened to them personally has really riled or upset them. Someone recently wrote that they'd done something that day that they were keeping secret and weren't going to tell anyone about.....well, is it just me, or does that seem totally odd? If you have no intention of letting on, then why bother saying anything in the first place?
I also don't understand bloggers who get really angry and make spiteful comments about/to people who've taken them to task or disagreed strongly with something they've said. If the commenter makes a valid point that just happens to disagree with what you've said, then why not just agree to disagree, why be rude about it? And if the comment they've made is just plain offensive, well you can always not publish, or delete it and just forget about it - let's face it, if it's an anonymous person on the internet you're unlikely to ever meet them and they don't know you, so what does it matter?
Anyway, the reason I started writing this blog is because I wanted to document our day to day lives, the progress we make in trying to make our garden as productive as possible, the crocheting and cooking I do, and our ongoing project to furnish and refurbish our house using preloved and upcycled things. I did get a bit sidetracked when OH's mother died and when my mother was ill recently - life does have a habit of getting in the way from time to time.
So where are we at now with the original purpose of this blog? Well, OH has begun building and painting with preservative the frames for the new raised beds he intends to dig later on this year (later on? We're already nearly 3/4 of the way through, blimey, how time flies!). We've acquired some extra storage pieces for the stocking up of toiletries and dried foodstuffs we're starting to do in preparation for OH's winding down to retirement. We've planned which rooms we're going to decorate next and in which order, and bought some of the paint when it was on special offer. OH has put up a new handrail for the stairs, to help my mother when she comes to stay (and to help us when the time comes!!). I've sorted out all our paperwork and now try to deal with it as soon as it arrives.
We've not had much luck so far in finding a new (to us....all the furniture we've bought recently and intend to buy is good quality second hand) Welsh dresser or sideboard for the dining room. I'm not worried about that though, I know we'll find the right one eventually.....it took over a year before we found the exactly right table we wanted. We would also like a different 3-seater sofa - the suite we bought 2nd hand a year or 2 ago is a Parker Knoll in cream, looks lovely but gets dirty VERY quickly (husband is a dirt magnet). The armchairs are fine, but the sofa, we've discovered, is not particularly comfy for lounging on for several hours of an evening when watching TV. We'd like a leather one really, in a darker colour, we'll get one sooner or later, the right one will appear somewhere.
So that's us up to date.