This challenge requires twelve articles written between January 25 and January 31. That’s seven days, so here’s my effort to meet the challenge. I’ll add the articles to the list below as I finish them.
Wow, I’m done and it’s two days ahead of the deadline. That was good practice, as I think the next challenge will be 13 articles in 7 days. If you sample any of the articles, leave me a comment to let me know what you think.
My impatients look a little nipped this morning after 30 degree temperatures last night. I’d hastily bunched some of the patio plants together and thrown a sheet over them, but left a few with heavier pots in place unprotected. It looks like they will survive with just a little die-back.
It’s expected to be equally cold tonight. It hasn’t been very warm even today, just barely reaching 51 degrees. My fingers are cold as I sit here typing. We get spoiled, here in the Orlando area, with winter temperatures usually in the 70s. By Friday, it will warm back up. I’m looking forward to it.
We cancelled our tee time for golf today. It’s not much fun playing when it’s really cold. I have an article about playing golf in cold weather, in case you ever have to do that.
January 22 – Well, a few things that I didn’t protect well enough froze. I’ll have to replace a thriving banana plant and a poinsettia. If I hadn’t covered them with sheets, I think all the patio plants would be gone. Warmer weather is expected tomorrow, thank goodness.
I’ve been watching the pagentry and commentary surrounding the inauguration for the past few days. I’m feeling inspired and hopeful. I thought today that Obama looked grave, as well he might with the task he faces. He did not seem daunted though.
People are so fearful right now about the economy, the state of the world, the war, … everything. Still two million people trekked to Washington, D.C. They stood in freezing temperatures, waving small flags. A new president has given them hope. To see a black man overcome the prejudices and collect enough support to be elected president sets a wonderful precedent. It doesn’t matter if you came from a broken home, were poor or a person of color, America is the land of opportunity.
Are many of the limitations in our lives self-imposed? We need to look at what road blocks we place in front of ourselves. Even if others obstruct us, there are ways to go forward. Go around those road blocks or over them or dig a tunnel to get to the other side.
After a summer where I played little golf, my game was a bit rusty this fall. Today I got an award, sort of, for being the second most-improved-golfer for the month of January. Since my handicap had run amok in October, November and December, it was about time my game started shaping up.
Anyway, I won $15 in free practice balls at the practice range. Maybe my game will improve even more.
The eHow site posted a challenge to write ten articles in seven days. The deadline is midnight, January 17. I’m starting with 292 articles, so my goal is to reach 302. I’ll add updates as I get the articles written.
Hopefully in trying to do those things, I’ll have a happy new year. I see from the articles I’ve written (links in blue above), that I know what I need to do, so it’s just a matter of applying my energy to these things.
Best of luck to all of you in having your own “happy new year.”