2014 – A Very Good Year!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,600 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

The Cloud Came Over the Mountain

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Coming home one evening not too long ago, I saw our mountain enveloped in cloud and mist, and of course, I ran inside to get my camera pronto.  Now if there was a way to get rid of those electrical lines.  But without electricity, there would be no computer, no WordPress, and hence, no post.  😉  Have a wonderful day!  Slainte, Lisa

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My Favorite Game

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Back to my favorite blog game….the “what is your eye drawn to in the photograph” game!  Not a very catchy title, so I must work on that.  Anyway, check out our photo of the Bunratty Castle dining room and let me know what your eye is drawn to the most when you look at the picture.  Maybe it indicates some deeper meaning, and maybe it doesn’t.  🙂  But it’s fun, and hey, that’s something.  Blessings on your day, Lisa

100th Post Party…Win a Free CD!

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Drumroll please………………

Wait for it………………….

IT’S the 100th POST PARTY on Irish Music, Oceans and God’s Love!  🙂

And you can win a copy of my new celtic CD “Flight of Freedom” by answering the following question in 100 words or less:

Tell me the reasons that you would love to travel to Ireland, or if you live in Ireland, why you love living there. 

I will read all the answers and attempt to judge fairly the most creative and heartfelt response.  When the CD’s arrive in about a week, I will mail you one free of charge.  Come on, join the party!    Slainte, Lisa

Rule of the Blog: Don’t Let the Blog Rule You

I love my blog.  I love thinking about what I’m going to write; I love writing in the morning after I eat my omelet; I love looking through my pictures to pick just the right one to insert.  But lately, I have been noticing a strange occurrence that hasn’t happened to me since around 9th grade:  the incessant desire to have someone “like” my post.  Seeing that little orange square light up in the right hand corner, with a number, just waiting for me to click it and see the update.  Pitiful, really.  This really just comes back to a letter my dad wrote me when I was around 14…just be happy with yourself and make good choices, and don’t worry so much about what others are thinking.  Aaagghh!  Have I now reverted to middle school angst?!

Another interesting occurrence is happening also:  I am turning into Lisa Lyons, Roving Reporter.  Like the other day in the restaurant with the cracker basket episode.  I looked at the crackers, looked at my husband, and stated, “This would be a great blog!”  Then I ran out to the car, grabbed the camera, and began to take pictures like I worked for LIFE magazine or something.  🙂

People always say that writers need to live their lives in order to write about life; writers need to “write what they know.”  So it’s important to really live life and be fully awake to what’s going on around you.  But here’s the interesting thing…writing this blog has helped me to do this.  In writing about life and Ireland and music and God, it has made me infinitely more aware of what is going on around me.

All in all, I’m thankful for this blog.  I’m thankful that it’s helping me to wake up.  I hope that it might inspire someone else to do the same.  And yes, I’m still looking in the right hand corner for the lit-up orange “like” button!  🙂    Slainte, Lisa