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The following is my original post from Life in the Bogs when my blog was living at Blogger. I’ve left it as is, including the small explanation of why I call home “the bogs.” You’ll find that somewhere near the end.

I originally started Life in the Bogs as a means of keeping family and friends up to date with us, especially while M is on sabbatical. It’s turned into a bit more than that now and I’m enjoying the experience of blogging.

So, make yourself at home and enjoy blogging with me.

(Taken September 8, 2006 from the front of Breezy Acres.)

Welcome to Life in the Bogs!

The moon was gorgeous last night, big and full and golden orange. M and I went out for a walk around the pond for the specific purpose of trying to get some decent photos. I’ve been playing around with moon shots for a while and think I finally got the hang of it. The tripod makes a huge difference (fewer blurry photos).

I love this time of year. The days are still warm, but the nights are cool which makes for great sleeping weather. Fog forms over the water of the pond every night and in the early mornings, making it magical and mysterious. Some of the leaves on the trees are just beginning to turn and the fall wildflowers are in full bloom.

We’re getting all sorts of visitors at the pond these days. We had a pair of cormorants swimming and fishing out there the other day. There were two great blue herons here for breakfast this morning. A red-tailed hawk swoops by every now and again, scaring the little birds that are gathering in huge flocks, getting ready to fly south. The monarch butterflies are feeding on the nectar of the fall blooms and the goldfinches are fattening up on the sunflower seeds. Every morning the cawing of crows and the honking of geese wake us up.

T, my boss at work, mentioned that coyotes have been waking her up in the middle of the night lately. I haven’t heard them yet, but expect we probably will at some point. Right now the prominent middle-of-the-night noise comes from the hooting of the great horned owl which lives in our woods.

Who says living in the country means peace and quiet?

We’ve had mostly sunny weather lately. The sky is darkening in anticipation of the storms that are moving in, rumbles of thunder in the background, as I type. We could use the rain. We planted a lot of trees (over 100!!) this year and I’m sure they’ll enjoy a good watering.

This is one of those rare weekends where we have nothing planned. There are several festivals going on in surrounding towns/communities and we might wander down to the German community’s Oktoberfest later this evening (weather permitting, of course). Or we might head over to Mantua for the Potato Festival. That’s always great fun (especially if you like eating potatoes in a large variety of ways!).

A note about the name of my blog: When we hike around here, even after the driest of times and weather, there will always be a boggy spot somewhere along the way. Perhaps it has something to do with this being the Lake Erie watershed area. Whatever the case, even high up on a hill you might find yourself sinking into the mud.

For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad. ~Edwin Way Teale

50 Comments on “Welcome!”

  1. Jeffrey says:


    I’d like to get a link on your blogroll. What would you consider appropriate compensation?


  2. bibomedia says:

    Have a nice day !

  3. amuirin says:

    I just had to ask… what did you think of Animal Dreams?

  4. Robin says:

    It was an excellent book, Am. But I think that about all of Kingsolver’s books. Her books have a way of making me look at things — sometimes deep things in my own life — in a different light or from another perspective. They also entertain by telling a good, often compelling, story.

  5. Jen Uy says:

    Btw, I failed to mention. I like your gravatar…nice pair of shoes. 😀
    Is MaidSun Photography yours? Lovely pictures…it speak for itself.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Jen. I’m known for my funny shoes.

      Yes MaidinSun Photography is mine. I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures. 🙂

      • Jen Uy says:

        it isn’t funny actually…it has this blissful character to it. perhaps you should post/feature your ‘funny’ shoes in here…unless you have done it already. 😀

  6. deefo says:

    very cool gravatar =D
    I liked your blog, especially the photos ❤
    I felt a little jealous xD, that i'm not living in your wonderful planet..

  7. boatacrosstheriver says:

    I am enjoying reading through your blog. Do you mind if I have a link to your site (on mine) to more easily see what you are writing?

  8. Hi, nice to meet you !

  9. Hi Robin! I don’t know why I haven’t found my way to your blog sooner (seen you on other blogs), but I’m glad I finally did. Your photogrphy is beautiful!

    • Robin says:

      Hi TheDailyClick! And welcome.

      I’ve seen you too (on other blogs) and keep meaning to visit. I will do so today. Thank you so much for the compliment and for stopping by. 🙂

  10. Barbara Rodgers says:

    I’m looking forward to exploring your blog, Robin. I love your tag line – Barbara Kingsolver is one of my favorite authors. I love all her books that I’ve read so far, my favorite is *Prodigal Summer.* She’s an aware observer and a lyrical writer.

  11. liyasphoto says:

    Hi Robin,

    I really like your blog and your photos are great – they’re so vibrant and colourful. I’m a newbie photographer with a lot to learn so always looking for inspiration.

    Keep up the good work!

  12. eva626 says:

    hey glad i found this blog..the pics are AWESOME!!! nice to meet you btw! keep up the nice photography!

  13. Samantha says:

    Oh! I am so jealous. The other day in class, we were talking about our ideal utopia, and this just about defines it for me. You are living in a beautiful place.

    Your photography is breathtaking!

  14. soaringdragons says:

    An Open Invitation To Compose “Dying Sayings” in comments at http://soaringdragons.wordpress.com/2011/05/20/dying-sayings/

    This is an invitation that I am posting into the comments of the “About” pages of 188 randomly selected blogs. How did I find you? From Tag Surfer under “Spirit.”

    The inspiration for this request comes from Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase & Fable, Centenary Edition, Revised, 1981, Harper and Row, Publishers, New York. This book has 187 “Dying Sayings,” and I’m sure living WordPress bloggers and blog readers can write no less inspiring self-composed epitaphs than the historically famous.

    Among the “Dying Sayings,” pp. 369-372, are the below fourteen entries plus my own:

    Newton: “I don’t know what I may seem to the world. But as to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”

    Richard I: “Youth, I forgive thee!” (Said to Bertrand du Gourdon, who shot him with an arrow at Challus. Then, to his attendants, he added): “Take off his chains, give him 100 shillings, and let him go.”

    Augustus (to his friends): “Do you think I have played my part pretty well through the farce of life?”

    Beecher (Henry Ward): “Now comes the mystery.”

    Goethe: “Light, more light!”

    Hannibal: “Let us now relieve the Romans of their fears by the death of a feeble old man.”

    Jackson (“Stonewall“): “Let us pass over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees.”

    More (Sir Thomas): “See me safe up [i.e. on ascending the scaffold]; for my coming down, let me shift for myself.”

    Mozart: “You spoke of a refreshment, Emile; take my last notes, and let me hear once more my solace and delight.”

    Poe (Edgar Allan): “Lord, help my soul!”

    Roland (Madame; on her way to the guillotine): “O Liberty! What crimes are committed in thy name!”

    Saladin: “When I am buried, carry my winding-sheet on the point of a spear, and say these words: Behold the spoils which Saladin carries with him! Of all his victories, realms and riches, nothing remains to him but this.”

    Webster (Daniel): “Life, life! Death, death! How curious it is!”

    Wordsworth: “God bless you! Is that you, Dora?”

    Soaringdragons: “I have been waiting for this moment since my youth, and it is with extreme anticipation that I wait now.”

    Feel free to compose as many of your own “dying sayings” as you wish in comments. Please bear in mind that this blog is P.G. and contains 19,000 words, none of which are swear words. So, the rule is that if your response includes ‘swear words’ (my own private definition being the standard) I will either edit the response or delete it, my option.

    I hope everyone contributes. Cheers!

  15. I just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award 🙂

  16. Hi Robin! Just thought I would pop in and say Hi! I bookmarked ya and will be back. Have a great day! 🙂

  17. dianne - life as i see it says:

    beautiful images 🙂

  18. Dounia says:

    I’ve just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award – please click on the link for all the info, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of your wonderful blog!


  19. localbonnie says:

    I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award =D Your photography is amazing ❤


  20. sdobbie46 says:

    Beautiful site. Keep up the good work.

  21. dadirri7 says:

    hi robin, i have given you an award … http://wp.me/p1kP6q-xX, i do enjoy your blog! christine

  22. paul davis says:

    I like your aesthetic very much–your choice of material to quote, your photos, and your own words. So glad to have found you.

  23. Ranting Chef says:

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    and send me your mailing information at rantingchef@yahoo.com. Congrats!

  24. An absolutely beautiful blog that is on my blogroll. Now I’ve got the opportunity to grant an award to the blogs I like the best. I’ve nominated Bogs of Ohio for the One Lovely Blog Award. Please follow http://iphonephotomaven.wordpress.com/awards/ to get the specifics on how to accept. I find this is a great way to honor those we like and share our favorites with others so we can learn about new blogs as well. Congratulations! The iPhonePhotoMaven (aka AnotherBoomerBlog)

  25. Jo Ann says:

    Thanks, Robbin for subscribing to my blog. Like you, I started my blog to let family and friends share everyday happenings as my husband and I go about our life coexisting with the wildlife that shares our farm in central Virginia. I look forward to receiving many more great posts from you.

  26. We’ve nominated your blog for an award (or two, or three…), if you accept them. If not, just consider it a token of our esteem! 😉 See our post at http://windagainstcurrent.com/2013/01/13/award-appreciation-we-thank-our-readers-for/

  27. Sallyann says:

    Hiya, I’ve just nominated you for the Reality Blog Award. Please feel free to accept or decline as I know these things take time and brainpower that we can’t all spare to relpy too. Either way, I enjoy your blog and wanted to share it with a few others too. Thanks.


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