Monday, May 6, 2013

AtoZ Reflection and Happy Trails to You

MY REFLECTIONS on the AtoZ Blog Challenge

There are some highly imaginative bloggers out there that turn their creativity into captivating moments or highly instructive ones. Either type of blog is great to me and I've enjoyed visiting each of them. I wish I could have visited more, but time . . . well, you all know about Time.
YAY! Here's my badge for crossing the finish line.

Here are a few of my favorites. This is not a complete list by any means, but only a sampling. 

I learned so much about the lore of British Cookery from Hilary and she taught me about Pond Pudding. More about that in the near future.

D.L. Hammons had a great contest during this AtoZ. He posted bits about himself all month, and then gave his visitors a chance to win a prize if they answered quiz questions based on those posts. I didn't get all the answers to his quiz, but I had fun trying.

Medeia Sharif featured a book each day by authors in alphabetical order. My book, Alligators Overhead, was very lucky to have a spot in one of her posts.

Mark Means updated me on all sorts of super-powered heroes. Some I'd never heard of before this Hop.

Bish Denham gave me a brief vacation to her beautiful island every day.

Laura Eno delighted me with her cat sayings and, of course, her Snarky Teas.

Al Diaz introduced me to his very special dragon cave with minions and dwarves and magic, so each day was special when I stopped in for a visit.

Samantha was a delight with her "What I've Learned" theme. 

Carol Kilgore made me want to read her book by giving me glimpses of her characters. Very clever theme.

There are so many I could mention, but another time--after I get some R & R and my head isn't buzzing  alphabetical.   

Thanks again to Arlee Bird and Alex Cavanaugh and all who co-sponsored this year's hop. It takes a lot of work and you made it smooth and easy for all of us.

The big news is that I already have my theme for next year. I feel like this smug pup or his twin, the president.



Now I'm mounting up on my trusty steed and riding off into the month of May. I'll leave you with these Happy Trails lyrics, but you'll have to hum the melody. 


Lyrics to "Happy Trails" by Dale Evans Rogers
Happy trails to you, until we meet again.
Happy trails to you, keep smilin' until then.
Who cares about the clouds when we're together?
Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.
Happy trails to you, 'till we meet again.

Some trails are happy ones,
Others are blue.
It's the way you ride the trail that counts,
Here's a happy one for you.

Happy trails to you, until we meet again.
Happy trails to you, keep smilin' until then.
Who cares about the clouds when we're together?
Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.

Happy trails to you, 'till we meet again.










57 comments:

  1. Those were some awesome themes! And yours has showed up on a few lists as well.
    If you know your theme for next year, then you are committed.

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    1. My husband thinks "committed" is what I should be. However, he's supportive of all I do. Am very lucky that way,

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  2. It WAS a lot of fun and so amazingly varied! ...and you've just posted about some blogs that I simply must visit this moment! Off to do so - and happy trails to YOU!

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    1. The variety is what's so interesting. I agree. Hope you enjoy those blogs. They are great.

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  3. Hahahaha, that's a prize winning picture! I am extremely glad you liked the tour to the cave with dwarf hairballs and all. :D

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    1. It was a lot of fun at the cave. I'll be back.

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  4. You more than deserve a May blog-cation after the A-Z. And yay for you that you already know you loved it enough to go again next year!

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    1. Thanks, Barbara. I think a break will clear my head.

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  5. There were some great themes form this year. Like yourself, I already have my theme for 2014.

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    1. That's great! I look forward to seeing what you've come up with.

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  6. You already have your theme!? That is awesome! I have a hard time committing to one theme so ideas bounce around my head all year, we will see what happens :)
    It was fun, but I am very happy to have made it to the end! Enjoy May!

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    1. And to you too. Enjoy this wonderful month.

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  7. Hi Lee - yes our inter-relationship about dripping cream from teapots must be a blogging marriage made in Pond Pudding Heaven! More to follow as you say ... I wonder if I can conjure other creative recipe exploits from the annals of my life! They be not springing to mind .. but creativity could be to the fore ...

    I loved this year's A-Z .. my theme was easier and I relaxed and just decided the A-Z continues through the year .. I'll be across and meet friends in the A-Z universe.

    Your words made me laugh and cry at the descriptions and the photos .. while others had lists of films, books, gardens to visit, places to see - loved them all - way too many!

    Cheers - it was a fantastic time - Arlee's inspiration is just the best - Hilary

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    1. Yes, I guess it does continue all through the year. I loved the variety, too.

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  8. Hi, visiting from the reflections list :) Loving the words for your A-Z :)
    Suzanne @ Suzannes Tribe

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  9. Awesome you got so much out of the challenge. And wow, that you know your theme for next year. I remember that song from watching the show as a kid. Shows how old I am, I guess.

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  10. Medeia featured Touch of Death for "T". So sweet of her.

    Congrats on making it through the challenge. :)

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  11. I like Medeia too, she's one of my oldest and longest blogging pals!

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  12. I liked Medeia's theme too.

    You're already energized for next year??? I'm still burned out from last year!

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    1. Not exactly energized, but I've put my theme down so I'll remember. Now I'm taking a break.

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  13. Congratulations on completing the challenge, also your very good detailed Reflections post.

    Yvonne
    A TO Z AMBASSADOR

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    1. Thanks, Yvonne. I wish I could have included everyone I enjoyed.

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  14. Thanks for sharing some of what you learned during the challenge. There was soooooo much info out there, and so many interesting posts. Great fun!

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  15. You're so right...there were a ton of great blogs to come across this challenge and I'm glad I found yours!

    Looking forward to what you come up with after you're back from the 'dusty trail' :)

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  16. Thank you for the shout out! I'm glad you enjoyed my theme and I so enjoyed yours!

    You already have a theme?! It will take many more naps before I come up with mine...

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  17. I'm so glad my cats and snarky teas could entertain you. :) I'm REALLY looking forward to your pond pudding challenge!
    You already have next year's theme? Wow!

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  18. Greetings human, Lee,

    Yes, your wait is over. It's close to three in the morning and my human has to get up at five in the morning. So, lucky human, you are getting a comment from me, yes me, Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar!

    All those amazing bloggers you mention. To think they, along with you brought further awareness of the alphabet with 26 letters.

    On an almost bordering on serious note, our alternative, sometimes satirical postings, were hopefully light relief for those who might of been having trouble coping with it, or just wanted a bit of a distraction.

    Anyway, well done to you and to all those who participated in a challenge we would never do. Thank goodness it's May and we have blogland back! :) Happy trails to you, Lee.

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny the Jack Russell dog, from the anarchic alternative alphabet astounding adventure and official anti-A to Z spokesdog! :)

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  19. Those are great blogs! It was a wonderful year for the Challenge again. :) Hope you're having a terrific Monday.

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  20. You put together a great list of bloggers! Congrats on another amazing April Lee! Enjoy your break!

    Julie

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  21. You picked up on some of my favorite blogs this April. :-)

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  22. wow, looks like I missed a few good A-Z themes, and caught a few of the same good ones too. It's so hard to get to everyone!

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  23. C. Lee, I nominated you for an award. Please stop by my blog, www.dhdunne.blogspot.com to find out more.

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  24. congrats on surviving the AZ! And thanks for thinking of that wonderful theme. I definitely learned some useful words!
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  25. Man, I missed so many good ones! Next year, I am going to be better prepared and visit more blogs.

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  26. Thanks for that list, Lee. It's helpful. I see a few blogs I need to check out.

    "Happy Trails" is such a sweet, innocent song - much different from the *bleep* that's popular now.

    Be well.
    xoRobyn

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  27. Congrats on completing the challenge, Lee! I really enjoyed your posts whenever I managed to drop by. :)

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  28. Congrats on finishing! I saw some of the themes you mentioned but a few are new to me so I'm looking forward to checking those blogs out.

    Love the smug pup LOL.

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  29. You're already planning next year's? Actually, I should probably get an early start too, might actually be prepared.

    mood

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  30. I saw a photo like that with George Lucas and an ewok. Very similar. lol

    Not sure if I'll do next years. At the moment, I think no. But who knows what I'll think by next spring. I don't.

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  31. Congratulations on reaching the finisher line! A to Z is very entertaining. I love visiting participating blogs and reading all those cleverly designed posts :-)

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  32. Congrats on finishing the challenge!
    I really looked forward to your visits, and your whacky, wonderful definitions. Thanks for playing along so faithfully, Lee! I had a blast! I've never ever laughed so much. Thanks for the entertainment!
    I think I missed lots of good themes... there was just no time... but I did follow DL's theme, and I won the $75 Amazon gift, so that means my TBR pile will be skyrocketing! Woo-hoo!
    The A to Z is special... so I'm sure that I'll be signing up for the challenge next year.

    Writer In Transit

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  33. I am ever so impressed that you took on this challenge, met it, and visited many others. Wow! Enjoy your well-deserved break!

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  34. Happy trails to you, too! I will be singing that song all night now. :)

    Congrats on completing the A-Z Challenge! I enjoyed your posts and loved trying to guess the words you would pick.

    Enjoy a break!
    ~Jess

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  35. I love how you kept track of all the neat things you learned this time around. :)

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  36. What a great surprise to be on your list.

    The challenge was exhausting yet rewarding. I'll definitely be doing it again next year.

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  37. You already know your theme for next year? *faints*

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  38. I enjoyed my first trip on the A to Z Challenge. You visited my blog pretty much every day, so I wanted to give you a special thanks.

    Enjoy your rest and I hope your head quits buzzing the alphabet soon:)

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  39. Good for you for already having a theme picked out for next year! I have ideas, but won't know until much closer which I'll go with (or if it will be something completely different).

    Have a good blogging break! (I'm assuming from your Gone Fishing post above)

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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  40. I took A to Z off this year. Next year I'll be back in the saddle.

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