Sunday, May 6, 2012

R Stands For...

reflections.  Er, wait a minute. Hmmm. Let me start that over. (Sorry, I'm used to starting my posts with a letter.) *bangs head on desk*

This is my reflection post. I am musing about A to Z 2012 and the really cool themes I saw while loping my horse, Mister Ed through the blogosphere. (He was upset that he couldn't find any horse subjects.)We did some galloping too. Yeehaw! *ahem*

We did find a lot of fun, interesting, beeutiful posts and I am going to name the peeps responsible so's you can visit them in the future. *rubs face* The linkage I wanted to add to this post made my fingers cramp up!

First up, I would like to give a shout out to the grand master, the sunglass wearing master mind of A to Z, Mr. Arlee Bird. *applause* He bows. *wink* He has a lotta help these days. Kudos to all you glitterati. (You didn't know I knew that word, did ya?) Here are the co-hosts in alphabetical order:  Damyanti Biswas (Amlokiblogs), Alex J. Cavanaugh, Tina Downey, D L Hammons, Jeremy Hawkins, Shannon Lawrence, My old pal, MacNish, Elizabeth Mueller, Jenny Pearson, Konstanz Silverbow, Stephen Tremp, and Karen Jones Gowen.
*drum roll* 
Now here's the blogs I loved. In alphabetical order, y'all.
 Adventures in the Ballpark,Mare Ball  who wrote about everything from Dunkin' Donuts and her brother to her mom and dad who are 89 and 92 and lookin' oh so good!
Alex J. Cavanaugh honored an assortment of blogging pals in his posts everyday. That is a BODACIOUS thing to do! *waving*
 Bish at Random Thoughts  went literary. She talked about books, authors and characters from fiction or myth that made an impression, were inspirational, or caused her to think. She's back home in The Virgin Islands recuperating right now. She sent me a post card. It's so magnificent! I wanna be where she is. *sob*
Bob Scotney took us on a wonderful castle tour. He rocks and he and Hilary (look below) gave me great ideas for future vacations. (They gave my hubby a headache though.) *wink* 
(Like how I made that all one link?) Dang, I'm good! She's a poet and I love reading her posts. Sending her a huge smooch!
 Medeia Sharif talked about writing, her favorite books, bloggers’ books, and music. I love visiting her anyway. She is an awesome writer pal.
Mina Burrows  talked about likable characters. Everyone from Xena to The Joker. Her posts were always fun to read.
Tracy at My Thoughtful Spot (I put her in the M's, because of her blog name) did her posts on perceptions + quotes + reality =. And she's a NC gal too. Her posts were reflective and beautiful.
Play off the Page's Mary Aalgaard (I know. You're thinkin' she has a lotta A's in her name) blogged about a word for the day. Each word made us think and remember. Awesome!
Positive Letters, Hilary  took us on another castle tour. We loved going inside these beautiful castles and even touring the gardens. 
Putting Words Down On Paper, Susanne gave us books from her son's childhood. Everything from Captain Underpants to Calvin and Hobbes cartoon books. Super job woman!
My pal, Stacy S. Jensen posted mostly about the memoir she has written about her first husband, Jimmy and the aneurysm that eventually took his life. Stacy wrote with love and compassion. She is a gentle soul, a remarkable woman. Go visit her, will ya? You'll be glad ya did.
My friend,  Theresa Milstein over at Theresa's Tales of Teaching Tribulations and Typing Teen Texts (Whew. That's a mouthful!) had music as her theme. Each day we were transported into yesteryear, listening to some excellent bands and hearing about how these bands affected Theresa in her own life. She ALWAYS  had at least one video. You rock, girlfriend.
Writer-in-Transit, awesome peep, Michelle blogged about anything musical. Her writing is absolutely musical and I looked forward to her posts each and everyday.
Writing Remnants, Cheryl Klarich blogged about anything that came to her mind. She's the one who told me about the Krochet Kids. It was started by a guy who crochets. He taught his friends to crochet and they went to Uganda to teach the women there to crochet hats. They sell them at Nordstrom or you can always buy them here.
Their motto became "Buy a hat change a life". Go visit and buy a hat and change a life. Okay?!
I know I have not mentioned everyone that I loved visiting. But these are just a few of the A to Z peeps who made me smile. 
Thanks for reading. *waving* 
I'm still on break. I have not recovered yet. *head drops* Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!


  1. Glad you had a good time! I know several of the bloggers you named and they are awesome people. Glad you liked my theme and hope you found some really great friends that way.

  2. Love love love this wrap up.

    You are wonderfully complete with your musings. I look forward to knowing you next year! (So many great people I missed!)

    Julie Jordan Scott
    Fellow A to Z Challenge Writer
    twitter: @juliejordanscot
    A to Z Recap Post
    On a Mission to Spread Word-Love Throughout the World

  3. Didn't make it to you during the challenge, but did visit some of those listed and found them interesting. Particularly enjoyed seeing which bands I knew from the 80's.

  4. Well done, you deserve a rest. It'll be time to do it all again before you know it.

    Moody Writing
    The Funnily Enough

  5. Awh you are such a sweetie Robyn, I wasn't even in your A to Z, all alphabets together lol. x

    This is a great wrap up and I'll keep this post to check out some blogs I haven't been to, thanks! :)

  6. I enjoyed my visits and I doff my hat to you, and everyone else who completed the challenge.

  7. Hi Robyn! OOPS! Sorry, should have whispered. Don't want to wake you from your nap. : )

    Fun post! Thank you for the shout out. : )

  8. Wahoo! Congrats on surviving the challenge! I'm so impressed by everyone :)

  9. What a great recap. I was somewhat absent in the month of April, I'll have to go catch up.

  10. You are very good at reflections, bff! Keep eating chocolate. You'll feel better soon. :)

  11. Robyn, you are a gem! Thanks for the shout out!
    Thanks for the support during the challenge. I loved the way you'd always whoosh-------- in and out... with your funky & upbeat personality, bringing a breathe of fresh air...
    I'm so glad we connected...

  12. It amazes me how many different themes I saw. And I only checked out a few blogs during the challenge.

    Everyone who participated must be exhausted.

  13. Now I must go and check out all your favorite A to Z peeps! If you like them, they're worth the visit! :)

  14. Yes, I should say, you deserve one large break, amigo! Kudos to all A to Z participants!

    Big hugs are on their way to you Robyn!
    Karen :)

  15. YAY to be done. I had fun, but I'm beat. I missed your blog during the challenge, as I'm finding with many of the blogs I've visited today. :/

    Anyway, glad you had a good time. Nice to meet you :)

  16. Robyn, how nice of you to include me on your wonderful list. (For the record: You can just say "Theresa's Tales". I don't want to cause you carpal tunnel.)

    You were one of the few I visited daily. Thanks for the smiles!

  17. Hi Robyn .. great we connected and I loved our email interactions along the way - with Blogger being at its worst ...

    So many thanks for the shout out - great fun finding out Bob Scotney was also doing Castles .. we had fun tying in with each other .. and seeing if we'd duplicate - no cheating! I only had to alter Warkworth somewhat .. Nottingham our takes were completely different.

    Good to have you back .. and you've reminded me about horses - I must post about them ..

    Cheers for now .. Hilary

  18. Wonderful post, Robyn, with links to all these awesome bloggers. I'm trying to figure out a theme for 2013 A-Z so I can give it a shot, but I need to get a jump on it starting now. We know how fast time flies! Gee, I can't imagine why you'd be tired after all that! Quite a feat! So get some R&R, treat yourself to lots of goodies, and recuperate!

  19. Have I told you how nice you are! You are too kind. I'm checking out the others you mentioned. Thanks.

  20. Great reflection post! I enjoyed visiting and reading everyone's posts!

  21. there were so many great blogs participating this year, I didn't get to them all (sorry, I didn't make it here)

    congrats on finishing

  22. Oh Robyn, I'm having a love-hate relationship with your blog post. Just when I thought I might be close to catching up, you post all these links that I MUST click on. :-o

    It's always great to be able to blame my procrastination on someone else. LOL

    Great post! :D

  23. Your title made me laugh. :)

    I know what you mean about being used to starting things with letters. I think I'm in incessant alliteration mode right now... all my post titles have been semi-alliterative. Too much alphabet!

  24. This was a grand and wonderful contribution to the Reflections collection. Immensely entertaining you had me grinning.

    Thank you for this and everything else.

    A Faraway View
    An A to Z Co-host blog

  25. He2. I just servay..He2.Ok wait i follow first.He2

  26. Thank you for the mention, Robyn. :)

    I'm also catching up on my zzz's.

  27. I still have to to a lot of research before I decide

  28. Robyn, I was so touched to see that you mentioned my blog as one of your favs from the A-Z. How kind! Thank you! I've enjoyed reading you as well. You have great wit and insight. I'm now working my way through the Reflection blogs...does this ever end??!!?

  29. Congratulation on finishing the challenge. I didn't visit all blogs during the challenge but, cross my heart, I'm visiting every single one with reflections post!

  30. Great reflections post, Robyn. I'm going to get started on all of those links now. . .

  31. Awesome! I enjoyed all the blog posts you mentioned as well:)
    BTW, congrats! I just gave you an award. Check it out here

    Happy weekend!

  32. Hey lady, it’s been a while. I hope everything is okay with you and that you're having a good day.

    I’m checking in to say hello and to wish you a Happy Mother's Day.

  33. Robyn!! You made me cry!! (happy tears)!

    Thank you thank you thank you for being an awesome person, friend, blogger... Krochtet Kids lover...

    You are positively the best! Love you!


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