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My Blogiversary post for 2021

It was 23 July 2012 when I published my first blog post on Sue’s Considered Trifles. I have not added any new material to that blog for some time, but it could be useful to writers wishing to know which phrases were in use in the second half of the 20th century.

Tomorrow will be 23 July 2021, so that marks 9 years of more-or-less regular blogging. Sue’s Trifles, which has become my main blog, is a bit younger having its first post on 25 March 2013. I chose the theme Pachyderm for reasons I explained here. It is perhaps a little twee. Should I change it?

At first my posts were written in response to daily prompts from WordPress, but these were discontinued. Since 2013 I have taken part in the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge every year and in 2016 I also completed the challenge on Sue’s words and pictures, which I began in March 2015. My first post is here.

My What’s new page lists all my writing adventures, if adventures is not too exciting a word for my exploits!

Nine years is a long time and my off-line interests have changed gradually as time has gone on. My favourite games are now Rummikub and Triominoes, with Scrabble and Upwords demoted to occasional use. Even before the pandemic I had stopped going to the craft group, the reading group and an embroidery group, which may all have been mentioned here on Sue’s Trifles.

I am far more involved with social media now than I ever imagined would be the case. When I began blogging, I was unaware that it was social media and that I’d make online friends among people in various countries, who also blog.

My first reviews of books I read appeared on Sue’s Considered Trifles as a page or pages. Gradually book reviews have become the major part of my blogging activities. If you had told my 10-year-old self that this would be the case, she would have been incredulous. Having to write a review of every book read and to queue up to show the review to the teacher before being allowed to choose another book, led me to choose the thickest book on the shelf in the classroom! (Writing and queuing stole valuable reading time.)

I try to include occasional craft posts and faith posts, or reflective posts such as this one for those readers, who perhaps followed Sue’s Trifles after reading posts in those categories. I am currently rereading the psalms, attempting to keep up with another blogger, who tweets every day. A few years ago I joined in with his #psalmtweets.

Lockdown has affected both Sue’s Trifles, where Paint Chip Poems have become a regular feature, and Sue’s words and pictures, where photo challenges have provided a source of inspiration rather than outings to places of interest. At the time of writing a few posts of local interest are in the pipeline and one has been published already.

As restrictions are lifted in the UK, I am spending more time outside the home – if only in the garden! In fact gardening is seasonal. I have returned to my voluntary job and am attending some church services, but not singing in the choir.

Although I carried out my garden survey this year at the end of March, I have not yet found time to compare the results with those for previous years.

My word for the year, Focus, has proved helpful as I seem to be able to work more efficiently than at some times in the past. There are always distractions like other people’s blogs to read, conversations to join in with on social media and podcasts and videos by blogging/writing friends.

My quiet times continue to include the Bible reading notes I mentioned here.

I also try to keep my contents and other lists up-to-date, although they seem to be of more use to me than to my valued readers.

What about the future of my blogs? Book reviews and paint chip poetry are likely to make up the majority of my posts on Sue’s Trifles. The photo challenge posts on Sue’s words and pictures are likely to continue on Wednesdays with posts on some Saturdays about places visited or events, such as a steam train passing along the local railway line.

Thank you for reading my 959th post on Sues Trifles!

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P is for Pop-singer

Once again I have picked a theme for the A to Z Challenge. This time I aim to entertain rather than to educate. My theme is careers or occupations. I begin with a piece of creative writing.

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Poppy and Paul are Pop-singers. They picked The Prunes as their band-name. Perhaps that was not a good choice. They always thought pop-singing would be a plum job, but their plans could wither on the vine – or the plum tree. Perhaps if they had practised the piano and percussion they might have made better progress in their chosen profession. Practise makes perfect, but aspiring pop-singers should not be in too much of a rush to leave paid employment for what might be a precarious existence. This is from the perspective of pessimistic pairs of parents. Perhaps a pleasant surprise is a prospect.

Further reading: Pop music

Pop songs are often remembered more for the tunes than for the words. The words of songs of praise, lament, and even complaint against God have lasted for thousands of years. The Book of Psalms, sometimes known as the Psalms of David (although others wrote many of them) is a great resource for study and prayer. I recently tweeted about each of the 150 Psalms; then I took a break from reading a psalm or part of a psalm each day. I missed the psalms after a few weeks and began to include them in my daily quiet time once more. (I first began to read them regularly five or six years ago.) #psalmtweets

#Psalmtweets weeks 12 and 13

During this time the character limit on Twitter was doubled from 120 to 240 characters. My daily tweets about a psalm have increased in length a little and it is no longer necessary to use contractions with ampersands and missing spaces. Perhaps it has made me lazy!

There are 3 pictures from Images of Grace by Jacqui Grace, which I have coloured.

Ps. 78: Asaph reminds the people of God’s dealings with their ancestors who rebelled. Also how he chose David from the tribe of Judah.

Ps. 79: Asaph prays that God will show his power against those who have destroyed the temple and city so that his people will praise God.

Ps.80: Asaph likens his nation to a cultivated vine. He asks God to hear, restore and to make His face shine upon them and save them.

Ps. 81: Asaph begins with a call to praise. A warning from God about not having other gods and a promise if they listen to God and follow him.

Ps. 82: Asaph speaks of God’s judging of unjust rulers, of underdogs who need help and protection. He asks God to judge the earth and all the nations.

Ps. 83: Asaph asks God to act against the nations conspiring against God. Blow them away like chaff or thistledown. Let them know that you are Lord.

Ps. 84: The sons of Korah sing about God’s dwelling place. Those who live with God, who trust in God and whose strength is in God are blessed.

Psalm 84

Psalm 84

 

Ps. 85: The sons of Korah pray to God about their land and people. They move from complaint, to listening to God and end with hope. A way to pray!

 

Ps. 86: David recognises his need of the forgiving God. He praises him, requests an undivided heart. (Book title by @LucyMillsBooks) He desires to go on learning God’s way to live and that his enemies should notice God’s goodness. #psalmtweets @JustCardsDirect

 

Psalm 86

Psalm 86

Ps. 87:The sons of Korah sing about Zion, the city of God, about other nations – those which acknowledge God are adopted as if they were born in Zion.

Ps. 88: This Psalm begins with a statement of faith, but goes on to list Heman the Ezrahite’s troubles and feelings of abandonment.

 

Ps. 89: Ethan the Ezrahite ends Book 3 with praise to God for who He is and what He does, His covenant with David. (Who is the rejected anointed one? Saul?) ends with praise

 

Psalm 92

Psalm 92

Ps. 90: Moses prays about God’s faithfulness, human mortality and sinfulness. He asks for wisdom to live well and to have God’s blessing on ‘the work of our hands’.

 

Ps. 91: A psalm of promises. God’s protection, faithfulness, guardian angels,deliverance, long life and salvation

 

Ps. 92: Praise and music proclaim God’s love and faithfulness. God’s enemies will perish, but the righteous continue to bear fruit in old age.