My Blogs

I probably diversify too much and end up not giving any of my blogs proper attention. The one you’re viewing now is my catch-all. I might promote one of my niche topics from Hubpages or write about a trip I took.

Here are my other blogs:

Discovering Mom is my blog about facets of my mother’s life. She died in 2013 and I’m working my way through the loss.

Discovering Mom Gail Lee Martin… gone but not forgotten

Finding My Civil War Ancestor follows the searching I’m doing on my great-great grandfather’s life. Hopefully, my search methods will help others in their family history project.

Summer in New Hampshire extolls the joys of summer at the lake and in the woods in that beautiful state.

Then and Now shares the family history of the Martin, Joy, Vining, McGhee family lines. My distant cousin and my sister are helping me with it.

I’ve recently started a photo blog on Tumblr called My Solivita. It gives me a place to share my Florida photos and to tell about the lovely retirement community we live in.

In December 2014, I created my first stand-alone website. The topic is Florida Decorating Ideas. I hope you’ll check it out too.

Another site where I journal is called Niume. It gets all the bits and pieces that are too short, too personal or somehow don’t fit elsewhere.


Topics for the Solivita Blog

I’m having fun blogging about my retirement community in Florida. I try to alternate with profiles of Solivita residents and showcasing the wildlife and birdwatching in the community.

Here’s a list of wildlife topics that I’ve covered so far:

Here are the residents profiled so far:

Update: Sadly the blog is no longer available for viewing online. Even more sadly, I did not save back-up copies of my posts. Sigh…

I’m a Solivita Celebrity Blogger

Just what does that mean? The Central Florida retirement community that I live in had a contest to select three bloggers to represent the community. We had to submit a writing sample and go for an interview. Part of the interview was videotaped and appears on the blog. I was excited to be one of the three chosen for the seven weeks of blogging about Solivita.

I’m hoping that all the people who follow this blog will drop over to see what my new blog is all about. I’m interviewing interesting people in the community to create profiles to post on the blog. I’m also creating posts about my wildlife photos and observations. Solivita has quite a few nature preserves, so we see many animals. Since I now have a camera with lots of zoom, I’m thrilled with the wildlife I’m capturing with my camera.

The bloggers are competing against each other for the most visits and comments. The winner gets a BBQ for 40 of their friends. This is a great incentive to promote our blogs and try to bring in viewers. Come give it a read! Just click on any of the links on this page to get to it. Please pass it along to your friends who might be interested in Florida or retirement communities or wildlife.

Stay Tuned for New Blog

I’m excited about being selected as one of the three “Celebrity Bloggers” for the community where I live, Solivita. Today I met the other two bloggers and found out the details of our blogging site. Luckily for me, the new blogs are using WordPress too, so I’m already familiar with the dashboard and the details of adding links and photos on WordPress.

We each have a different approach to our blogging challenge. John likes volunteering and will show off all the volunteer opportunities in our area. Gabby is a pickleball player and is currently sampling lots of new activities that she will highlight in her blog. My approach will be to showcase the fascinating people I meet in Solivita interspersed with wildlife observations. Each day will be either an interview with a Solivita resident or a photograph and description of my latest wildlife encounter.

To get a jumpstart on that, I stopped off to photograph some Little Blue Herons at their rookery. It was noontime, sunny and hot, so the young birds were panting as their nests lack shade. There was quite a bit of chatter going on as adult birds flew in with the latest meal which they regurgitate for the young. I already have a web page on Squidoo featuring the heron rookery and I’m thrilled with the photos I put with it.