When I began blogging the friend who had initially lighted my interest in blogging suggested I 'follow' Ree Drummond: The Pioneer Woman. So I visited her blog. I really enjoyed what I read and left a comment. Soon after, however, I knew I would neither return to her site, nor would I ever 'follow' her (subscribe to her read feed (for those non-bloggers who may be reading this)).
Let me begin by saying her blog is well written and informative; her photos beautiful. I believe we could even be friends. We'd talk about her lovely, well-behaved children. She might even laugh when I told her that I feel that sometimes children are a punishment from God.
Ree and I have much in common as I am a pretty good cook -- actually -- I'm better than 'pretty good'. Granted, I don't cook for as many as she does, but I have in the past. I don't use as much garlic or hot sauce as she does, but that's okay -- to each her own! Her cooking show is informative and entertaining; I could share a lot of my family's Italian recipes and she could tell me what a skirt steak is.
Maybe I could help with her home-schooled kids' English lessons, since I'm still a certified English teacher. She could teach me why cowboys don't take their hats off at the table -- I'm sure there's some good reason -- and I could tell her why as a teacher, I slow down when I see prison work crews on the highway looking for past students. We'd have great fun.
So why won't I 'follow' her? After I left the classroom I began blogging as a means of meeting people; connecting with others who have similar enjoyments; making friends. Fellow bloggers understand how thrilling it is to see that someone has left a comment. And although Ree may want to reach thousands of folks, she has different goals. I am certain I'll never get a reply to my comment or a blog visit from her. And that's okay.
- I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three, grand mother of three, and have been married to the same man for 42 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.