Time Marches On, and It’s Beautiful

Looking out over the Texas Hill Country’s first hills as Nature gives us a fiery farewell to 2018.

Well, according to the calendar used by most of the world, it’s a new year. I celebrate it as the day I start scratching out the wrong year and changing it to the right one. And it’s a day off, so this is the only blog I’m writing in.

This is looking to the east, a bit earlier than the previous photo. Only the rich people houses peeking up remind me I’m in Austin.

At least we got a lovely show from Mother Nature last night, as the sunset was pretty darned spectacular. I enjoyed seeing many views of the same clouds from different places in my Facebook feed. Since some of you readers may not be in central Texas, I’m sharing a couple of my photos. I especially like the stripey one by the hill.

Speaking of Blog Readers

Since this is the first year of this blog (though the Hermits’ Rest Ranch Facebook page goes back a lot further, to October 25, 2014), I thought it would be interesting to check out how we’re doing, readership- and fan-wise.

I’m happy to see that I have friends to enjoy the Hermits’ Rest journey along with me.

When I first started, it looks like just a couple of my friends and I were reading along, but now we have a lively community of folks who actually post comments, like posts, and share their thoughts on Facebook when I share posts. I sure am grateful to have people to “talk to” when I write about the ranch and my other thoughts about the world, because it’s more fun to journal along with others.

My phone told me quite graphically that readership has gone way up in the last couple of months. December looks pretty good! And 11 comments may look small, but it’s way more than I ever got on my popular knitting blog!

I do want to point out that I started this blog mainly to keep a record of my observations of the world at the ranch and my little house in Austin, which is surrounded by greenbelts (believe me, the coyotes are just as close in both places). I’ve enjoyed branching out a bit with my post topics, but I look forward to sharing the beauty around me in the coming year with all of you.

Let me know if there are any topics you want me to talk about more. I can tell people like dogs and dead chickens (just kidding, I think my headline drew people in, so that one got a lot of hits). And I send wishes that the beauty of our earth and its creatures provides a balm to your soul when external “people” things bring stress into your life.

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

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