The Secret Life of Bloggers Blog Party #1

Secret Life of BloggersI’ve been letting things go around here…. chemo, daughter #1’s wedding, a cold, daughter #2 leaving for a new college experience out of state, preparations of mind and body for a stem cell transplant … just no time or energy for this little blog. So when I saw “The Secret Life of Bloggers Blog Party”, I thought I’d give it a try.

Here is info about the blogging party as described at World Turned Upside Down:

All you have to do is take a photo of something you did or experienced each day of the week and post your photos each Friday. You can include captions about what was happening when the photo was taken or a short statement about your day.

As bloggers, photographs are a huge component to telling a story. Being forced to take one photo everyday also helps you get better at telling stories through pictures. It really makes you think about if you are telling the story in the best way you can. Plus, it will be great fun getting to see the secret background lives of our blogging friends. 🙂

I like the idea of taking a picture every day – even if I don’t party every week. So here is my first attempt (even though it is actually week 2).


2014.01.13 Glassware

We borrowed tons of glassware to use as candleholders at my daughter’s wedding on New Year’s Eve. This is the last of the glassware needing to be cleaned of wax and smoke. Whew! Glad that’s over!



The Christmas decorations were finally put away and it was time to return knick knacks to their pre-Christmas locations. These adorable birds (pitcher, cream and sugar, and one remaining salt shaker) belonged to my grandmother Abbie Smith Brender nee Webber. I love them! This time I put down some different linens for them to perch on. I haven’t decided if I like them on these linens or not.



Although I need to do this every day, I don’t. When I do, my life and my health and my attitude are better. This was a lovely warm day and I feel most like praying and meditating when I can be outside. On the table are the remains of a snack – popcorn and a chai latte. The books are One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voscamp, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, Illuminated Prayers by Marianne Williamson, Ten Thousand Ways to Listen by Mark Nepo, and the open book is The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo. The index cards are my brief notecard version of How to Have a Good Day Every Day by Norman Vincent Peale.


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I call this my Altar of Encouragement. The table holds cards and gifts I have received from family and friends during cancer treatment. I had to take it down so the Christmas tree could go in this spot. Today I took care of the plants and set up the altar again. It is right where I can see it from my favorite spot on the couch.


2014.01.16 No cancer2Here I am holding the results of a bone marrow biopsy and a CT scan that indicate no evidence of cancer. We have kicked this lymphoma into remission. Now that I am in remission, I can go forward with a stem cell transplant.

Well, that’s my life this week. I like taking a picture every day, but some days I found it hard to take just one or at least to post just one. I’ll try to do this again next week.

6 thoughts on “The Secret Life of Bloggers Blog Party #1

  1. Talk about starting the new year with a bang! These photos say so much about you and your positive outlook. I’m writing down those book titles for future reading. Gotta say I loved all the pictures, but the last one is by far the best, especially the powerful way you put it. There, lymphoma, take THAT! Congratulations, Kathy! Looking forward to your next post.

    • Thanks, Linda. I am enjoying the idea of taking a picture every day – and it is an easy way to at least blog SOMETHING. I am going to have to get my daughter to get my technology synched and educate me so I can do everything from my iPad when I am in the hospital next month. We’ll see if I keep it up!

  2. Despite everything, you are ahead of me in at least one regard – I still have not taken down the Christmas tree!

    You are a blessing, Kathy! You have such a wonderful attitude toward everything. You cry, of course – God gave us tears for a good reason – but you keep moving.

    Love you, cousin!

    • It’s hard to believe I am ahead of anyone on anything! 🙂 I had a friend last year who redecorated her tree for Valentines Day.

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