Finally, it's 2013, a year I never dreamed I would be so glad to see. As many of you know, 2012 was my very own personal "annis horribilis", in which I not only lost my beloved partner, but also was uprooted from the home we made together and lived and gardened in for 13 years. I am well and truly grateful to be almost through that terrible "year of firsts" that comes after losing a loved one.
It was difficult finding the time and energy to write blog posts sometimes in 2012. I was busy setting up and running bloominganswers.com, which in late December celebrated its first year of existence. It continues to be a work in progress, and of course it's only as good as the participation of its members, but I am optimistic that we'll continue to grow and bloom. Y'all are welcome to join--it is free, thanks to support from local businesses who advertise on the site. Everyone who joins gets vetted to make sure they're a real person and not a bot, but that's for all our protection.
will be a pain in the medical system's side until such time as they get the job done.
plan to do more book reviews this year, as I had somewhat slacked off from them along with everything else to do with bloomingwriter over the past year. Some of the books I'll be reviewing have been around for several years, such as Bill Terry's terrific books (one of which was published last year) on my beloved Meconopsis, or blue poppies. I'll be kicking off with Amanda Thomsen's terrific new book, Kiss My Aster!, which is definitely a winner for gardeners of all skill levels.
So that's it. No huge lists of resolutions, no retrospective on last year, no ginormous plans, other than to keep putting one foot in front of the other, one word in front of the next, one seed, one plant. I thought about shutting the blog down after seven years, but I still consider blogs valuable and useful and fun--and it's a way to give back to my loyal readers, and to encourage all of us to grow great gardens. Happy New Year, from me and the kitties to you and yours--may we all bloom joyously this year.