Sunday, July 15, 2012

One Shot Two Shot

Heyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!  I got him!!  I was so excited!  I had just said in that last post that I wanted to get a shot at this dragonfly but it was about impossible, as they are kinda rare.  (edit: I think I actually said that on Facebook, not here) Well, this morning, as I was piddlin' in the garden, this one came along like the ol' spider and sat down beside me!  I didn't have my camera with me and thought there was no way he was going to wait around for me to go get it but I ran off anyway and retrieved it.  Not only did this guy, or girl, wait for me but sat on the flower patiently and let me take picture after picture.  As you can see, I got pretty close because my camera doesn't do very well using it's telephoto feature, but these are very clear.

In fact, it was such a bizarre coincidence, (said that before) that I briefly thought maybe the dragonfly was actually dead and just stuck to the flower!  But he turned his little head a couple times and flicked his wings to show me he was in fact, still amongst the living.  I took a number of photos and then thanked him for his time.

I am still intending to get back to the frugal posts I had been doing.  Just about the time I think maybe things are calming down a little something comes up again but maybe tonight I can do a little writing.  I was getting a little stressed about things yesterday so I got Jack to take me out last night, into Birmingham, and we enjoyed a nice dinner and just some mindless window shopping and such.
At any rate, I did want to write just a little bit of a disclaimer on those posts anyway.  I am fully aware that a lot of the methods I have used for financial freedom and just my life in general is not what most people would want or even be able to do.  Now, I know a lot of you agree with my methods but, keep in mind, ya'll are a very small percentage of a selection of people from literally all over the world.  I have been writing for 6 years and have, relatively, very few followers.  Now, that's not why I write; I'm just saying I know that a lot of what I have to say is not popular and I often have a brusque way of putting what I do have to say.  Don't really mean to but that's just the way it comes out and the medium of this cyber world is limiting as far as emotions go.  I am often joking about stuff or being very tongue in cheek and I don't think it shows sometimes.  So, I said all that to say, I'm not as hard-nosed as I may appear, at least not towards other people.  I do demand a fair amount from myself.  For all the years I have been building on my house I have had people ask me how I did all this.  Well, I just answer them truthfully but I have learned not to care if anybody takes my advice or even takes me seriously.  At first, I thought people asked because they wanted to try some of it themselves but then I realized most people won't.  They are just curious I guess or think I'm weird and people simply like to investigate curiosities.  It doesn't matter to me.  I've had friends say they didn't want me to see something they built or whatever because I might be offended that it wasn't built like I would think it should be.  I couldn't care less if people built their chicken coops upside down, if that's what they want.  I do hate to see people, especially friends, work so hard to do things and not start out on a good foundation or such because I know later it is going to be a problem for them.  Redoing projects is costly in many ways.  But, people have a right to do things their way. 

I realize most people want their Smartphones and I-Pads or whatever they are.  They want 300 TV channels and they want their dogs laying up on the couch with them watching the TV.  I couldn't give a shit.  If you have the money for all that, have at it.  And lots of people do.  I know some animals that are cleaner than a lot of kids!   I realize most women had rather let their husbands do the hard stuff or at least, the heavy lifting and I can see the benefit in that, really.  I just write here about what works for me.  A lot of the things I know now and write about, I know because I messed up so much in the past.  I would hope I could just share some of what I have learned to help somebody else. So, there it is; I got that off my chest!  I'll try to post the next segment about food soon.


Island Rider said...

Keep just writing for you. I also have few followers, but I write for me not them.

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

I always appreciate your comments on how to do things. I am never trying to find people who will support my views. I prefer learning of different or even novel ways of doing this, which never crossed my mind.

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Caroline said...

Don't ya love those grab shots that just happen to happen. I got a couple myself this morning of my future Plant Predators (see blog post). Yay, us!

HermitJim said...

My friend, I think that you just need to be your own person and don't worry about the followers! You couldn't please them all, no matter how hard you try!

Love the picture of the dragonfly and think it's great he posed for ya!

How cool is that?

Swamp Dog said...

Just write about what you want and don't worry about the followers. If they don't like it, they can go elsewhere, there are millions of sites they can visit. But some, like me, enjoy your writing, so we keep coming back for more!

Sissy said...

I have never labeled you "weird". Far from it. Have enjoyed every last word you've written in these six years. Really the most interesting blog I follow. So hang in there and do your thing your way. It's so refreshing to know someone who has the gumption to stand on her own feet. Stay the course, Annie. You are a survivor! A truly courageous and very talented survivor. My hat's off to you.

Having your delicate dragonflies is 'icing on the cake' of your existence. I'm happy with your delight of beautiful nature. Those blooms are more 'icing' also. Lovely. Got extra seed? Next year, I hope to shower the state's right-a-way with flower seed, since they refuse to mow it.

Floridacracker said...

I wear my "weird" label proudly.
You know Annie, that top dragonfly photo is just balanced out so nicely.
Great shot!

Ed said...

We all know you are just a soft teddy bear Annie. All bark and no bite! So keep telling it like it is and let the chips fall as they may.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Hi Annie, well if weird is the term used to describe folks who think or act to their own beat, so be it. Blogging is fun for me and so I have never been concerned with the number of followers or comments. I read a lot of blogs, just not every day and list many on our blog but choose not to "follow" them all. Instead they are listed for others to drop in for visits. It has always amazed me how some bloggers can have literally hundreds go followers and receive dozens of comments. I wonder how that happens, but really don't care. I read and post comments on blog posts when I have something to say, like now.

edifice rex said...

Hey IR! I will!

Hey Philip! yes, that's a good way of looking at it. like to see how people do things differently also.

Hey Caroline! that was just the ultimate dragonfly shot! Yay us exactly!

Hey Jim! thanks man! and very cool!

Hey Swampy! and I glad ya'll keep coming back too!

Hey Sissy! well, we're both survivors. we just both have to keep hanging in there. I'll see if I can collect these zinnia seeds. I saved you some marigolds from last year but not a one sprouted that I saved for me. I suspect they were some kind of hybrid junk.

Hey FC! I wear that label proudly myself! well, i have to give that dragonfly most of the credit; he posed himself so well on that flower!

Hey Ed! oh got me figured out! lol!

Grenville T. Boyd said...

Stop apologizing and, just,be you, and happy. If someone doesn't like you tell them to stuff it up (insert your choice of body orface here).
At the end of the day, those of us who are 'different' are usually the happy ones (or crazy).

Deb said...

I love your blog! That's why I keep coming back too.

edifice rex said...

Hey Grenville! I didn't think i was really apologizing but maybe I am after all. :D I guess I just fear sometimes that i am a little coarse in the way i put stuff.

Hey Bea! yeah, i often wonder what makes some blogs SO popular; not that I'm particularly striving for that but just what is that something-something about it.

Hey Deb! thanks! I appreciate it!

Bone said...

There was a complete swarm of dragonflies at the golf course the other day. I'd never seen that.

I suppose I shouldn't mention that I just bought an iPhone.