My first year gardening with Papa has been a bittersweet one. I began the season excited about finding the Partridge head beans in the deep freeze and eager to learn from Papa. While I have learned a lot from Papa, … Continue reading
Monthly Archives: July 2012
The Truck Pull
This is one of my favorite times of the year. Not because it’s summer, the month of my birth, the peak season for butter beans and fresh peaches, full of thunderstorms, or a great time to go to the beach. … Continue reading
While I was in TJ Maxx the other day, I happened upon the pet isle and decided to buy Gus and Scarlett a new bed along with 17 other things I don’t really need.
I was very pleased with my purchases. Gus, however, was a little more skeptical of his new bed.
Sniff. Sniff. Sniff.
Is it a black hole?
Inspecting the cushion construction.
Unfortunately, it is not the spring down he was hoping for.
Keeping one leg out just in case he needs to vacate speedily. You never know with these cat beds.
Not so bad, but he’s not about to sit down.
Enough of that.
Not sold on this new lounging specimen just yet.
There’s Scarlett’s tail. Time to go inspect her.
She’s kind of suspect, too.
After all that, he prefers to lounge on the human seat, in a nest of freshly laundered linens and towels.
I guess I could have saved myself that $14.99 on the plush kitty bed.
Perhaps he would prefer my other purchases. I’m sure he could get great use out of my new flat iron.
Scarlett prefers the darn bag that the bed came home in.
I don’t know why I even bother.
Y’all be good,
WordPress has some pretty spiffy features that allow you to track and analyze your wordpress.com site. You can see how many page views you’ve had that day and the past few weeks in bar chart format. You can see where your page has been viewed from across the globe. You can see which of your posts were viewed and how many times, which links people clicked on from your site and how people arrived at your site. You can see what you had for breakfast everyday for the past month, where all of your high school friends live and how many pairs of shoes you’ve owned over the course of your life.
Just kidding on that last bit.
There is really an incredible amount of data that could probably be analyzed to develop a complex strategy for getting more page views, but I just like to look at it and take it all in. After that, I don’t do a whole lot with it.
While I always check my page views when I sign in, I think my favorite feature to check out is the box of search engine terms.
Now, many of these make sense such as “old cookbooks” or “sister birthday” because I have dedicated entire posts to these topics. Others, not so much.
Here is a good sampling of search terms that have led people to the Sugarlump:
- Birdhouse in tree
- Cat shoes
- Fried chicken using Crisco all vegetable shortening
- Sweet potato experiment
- Scarlett’s birthday
- Planting pot with dirt
- My cat Gus
- Men who love flower gardens
- Love old cookbooks
- Sugar sayings
- Taller sister
- Dirt rocks
- Sugar and scared child
- Growing roman beans
- Drought sugar 2012
- Annie Ruby’s café tomato
- Strawberry one pot biscuit
- Infant possum
- My cheetah print chair
- Dramatic clouds
- Forced to wear aprons
- Two people tap dancing
- Qtip addiction
- Minnie mouse canopy bed
- Is Eugene a southern name
Although WordPress doesn’t calculate this statistic for me, I have taken it upon myself to do some extensive trigonometry and differential calculus to determine that in 35.87242% of these searches, the Sugarlump was a relevant result.
Obviously, the result was intriguing enough for 64.1276% to click on the Sugarlump even though I haven’t had anything to share about infant possums or Minnie mouse canopy beds.
I would like to thank all of the search algorithms out there for providing me a good laugh on a regular basis and for sending some completely unprepared, soon-to-be baffled souls to the Sugarlump.
Y’all come back,
P.S. Various versions of “eugene sugarlump” and “sugarlump eugene” are by far the most popular search terms. I don’t know what to make of this just yet. I’ll let you know after I do some more long division.
Although I try to post (almost) everyday, sometimes I just can’t pull it all together. And I subscribe to the rule, “If you can’t blog something nice/interesting, then don’t blog nothin’ at all.” Yesterday, all that came to mind was “tired. need sleep.” so I decided to cut my losses and go to bed.
Today, however, I have some news to report: turns out cottage cheese is not half-bad.
In my desperation to find something quick for dinner at the grocery store last evening, I happened upon cottage cheese as I was passing between the eggs and the sour cream (two things I really like). Now, I’ve had some brief experiences with cottage cheese in the past, but we never got along that well. I decided it was finally time to give it another chance.
After I got home from the grocery store, I prepared a robust and balanced meal of cottage cheese and steamed broccoli.
(It could have been worse. At least there was some nutritional value.)
Anyway, I actually kind of liked the cottage cheese and I ate it again this evening. I might even eat it again tomorrow and the next day.
After that, I will probably be tired of it and not eat it again for a few years.
That’s just the way I am with food. I become obsessed with things and then I can’t stand the thought of them for a while.
I think I need to review my self-imposed blogging rules.
Let me try again:
Welcome to Tuesday’s post.
I saw a lovely sunset the other night on my walk/run. Ralk? Wun? Trot?
I’ll work on that some more.
And one more random story for the road:
I did some laundry yesterday and I have yet to fold it. Miss Scarlett thought these sheets and towels made a perfect nest on top of her favorite chair.
I’ll do better tomorrow. I promise.
Y’all come back,
Very Inspiring Blog Award
A great big thank you to Marcy at For Your Good Health (http://marcellarousseau.wordpress.com/) for nominating me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! I am so flattered. I really enjoy your photos and the great variety of topics you write about. Very inspiring!
In accepting this award, it is my pleasure to complete the following:
- Link back to the blogger who nominated you.
- Post the blog award image on your page.
- Tell 7 facts about yourself.
- Nominate 15 other blogs and let the nominees know they been chosen.
7 Things about Me:
- My ideal time to wake up is 7:00 AM. Any earlier and I feel robbed. Any later and I feel that I have wasted part of the day.
- I love playing Scrabble. Especially with my family.
- I don’t really care much about ice cream. Unless it’s homemade peach ice cream, in which case I can’t get enough of it. For the most part, I would take a big piece of chocolate cake over ice cream any day.
- I could look at floor plans all day long. I just love figuring out space.
- I love to try new recipes when I can take my time.
- I make a lot of To-Do lists.
- I rarely finish a To-Do list before I make a new one.
And, now, my list of nominees who inspire me with their words and photos:
Y’all come back and visit!
Hi there, I’m having trouble coming up with a nice, cohesive story to share today so I’m just going to offer a few photos, thoughts and comments that may or may not make any sense collectively and/or individually. It has … Continue reading
This is Scarlett’s spot on the back of the sofa in case you couldn’t already tell.
She passes many an afternoon on her perch, watching the activity outside through the sliding door.
Sometimes she’s extremely camera-shy.
And, often, she’s quite grouchy.
When there is a bird or anything else that moves on the deck, she puts on her game face and watches it like a hawk.
Really, Scarlett, I wish you would relax and make yourself comfortable.
Please take note of her legs, particularly her back leg flung over the back of the sofa. She’s so modest with her superman poses.
She’s annoyed that I’m talking about her like this.
But she still thinks I’m alright because I let her think she owns the place…which might not be far from the truth.
Y’all come back,
In honor of my 100th post on the Sugarlump, I want to share a very special part of my childhood. When my cousin Lauren and I were little, we loved to play in Papa’s old office, which was attached to … Continue reading
Stop and Stare at the Clouds
On my run/walk/mostly walk this evening, I encountered some wild clouds. Shocking, I know. I had someone tell me recently that she now thinks of me every time she sees weird clouds. I was honored. I am officially a cloud lady. But … Continue reading