ON THE BACK PORCH
A PARKINSON’S UPDATE
Our back porch as it appeared in 2006.
This was the first photo at BPM.
When I jumped into the land of blog, I had no idea what I was doing. Almost 6 years later, I am still not sure what I’m doing.
WHAT’S IN A NAME
Choosing a name is an important decision when entering the blogosphere. Our back porch, with it’s fireplace and view, has been a favorite since we moved into our home in 2003. Should I name my blog The Back Porch or perhaps something different?
I pondered the naming, knowing the blog would be about our life together, our family, little trips, and our home; a sort of journal, putting thoughts together with photography.
Deep in thought; contemplative.
1. Contemplation; meditation.
2. A product of contemplation; a thought
Part of Speech:
state of being lost in thought
"an elegant tapestry of quotations, musings, aphorisms, and autobiographical reflections" (James Atlas)
absorption, aloofness, brooding, cogitation, consideration, contemplation, daydreaming, detachment, engrossment, entrancement, musing, pensiveness, pondering, preoccupation, reflecting, reflection, remoteness, reverie, ruminating, thinking, trance
Back Porch Musings was born, 3/6/2007.
There were 15 posts, in March ‘07. The photos are taken from that first month of Back Porch Musings; all straight from camera, a Kodak point and shoot. The mosaics were created in Picasa.
I’ve featured some of these photos in other anniversary posts. I try to write a little different retrospective, each year.
Weekly link parties were still only a glimmer, for the most part. There were special events, as I recall, where a blogger could link up. If there were regular weekly parties, there weren’t many.
Do you remember when the parties began in earnest?
Google Follow/Friend began that year. I was slow climbing aboard. It would be later in ‘07 before I timidly added the button to the sidebar. That was at the original Back Porch Musings.
In September 2010 the numbers were near 2,000. Then one day, something happened, the old BPM temporarily disappeared and I moved to Typepad. A few Google Friends stopped following over at the old site. Most of you moved with me here. Thank you for staying with BPM.
My list of Friends here never grew as it did at the original BPM and then Google Friend left the sidebar forever when Google made changes.
The decision to keep BPM a hobby was made early on. I have had inquiries about adding advertising and still have many requests. In the end, BPM is just a hobby that sort of grew and that is fine with me.
Over the next few weeks, I hope to revisit the original BPM and my fledgling days of blogging.
J and PARKINSON’S
J has been taking a Parkinson’s medication for three months. When we began this journey last Fall, I mentioned it here at BPM and noted we will not dwell on J’s life with Parkinson’s Disease. Now and then I will give a little update.
Friday morning, he saw the Neurologist. The med has proven to be somewhat helpful with tremors. A minor adjustment to the med was advised.
There is no cure for Parkinson’s. It will not leave, but meds can alleviate symptoms. J will return in May for another checkup. If he has increased symptoms or other problems related to the Parkinson’s he is to see the Neurologist sooner.
Just wanted to give you a little update.
We are a busy couple. I know, when one is our age, one is often encouraged to slow down. You may have figured out by now, that is not going to happen here, unless something really drastic happens.
We continue to take each day as it arrives. We enjoy life and count our blessings.
I am asking for prayers for J’s Aunt Ruth. She is quite a lady who needs some good thoughts.