April 11 is the first anniversary of Tastemonials. One year has passed since my very first post and here I am back at the same place I started; the cancer has returned and I'm doing the same treatment again, even though it apparently didn’t work so well last time. But that’s how all this started. I didn’t even read blogs, but I decided to write one during treatment as a creative outlet when I was home for four months.
But 137 posts later, other things have changed during the year. I started writing to amuse myself and had no idea where it would take me. I never dreamed I would learn a little html programming so I could make my blog look more like I wanted. I don’t like computers, so this is a big deal for me. But a REALLY big deal is that I’ve had two essays published by Smithsonian’s blog, Food & Think. Someone else thinks I can write! My son pointed out that they only publish the ones written about him. So far he is correct. Not sure what that means!
I’ve also experienced a lot of frustration and more than one meltdown over my blog. I was recently reading a post by Gina at SPCookieQueen and she said it all. Who knew the blogosphere was so competitive and demanding and could suck up every spare moment of your time and then some. I thought this was supposed to be all about fun!
But the rewards far outweigh the negatives. The bonus has been all the great people and their recipes. I’ve “met” so many bloggers whom I admire and respect both personally and for their great blogs. They’ve challenged me to try new food and techniques, keep a regular posting schedule and improve my photography skills. Their stories inspire me, amuse me and challenge me to be a better person. I think the better photography part may be a lost cause. I just don’t have the patience for it now. I have no desire to learn how to use a complicated new camera.
I have also explored new events and restaurants to have something to write about. A great excuse to get out and try new places. Nobody has offered me anything for free yet, but I can always hope.
Another important event in the last year has been the birth of my grandson Isaac. He has changed everything for me. I never knew I had so much patience (unlike with the photography). He can hold my undivided attention indefinitely. Last week when he visited, he tackled climbing stairs and succeeded immediately. Only eight months old, he also stood alone for about 10 seconds while his mother and I watched, holding our breaths. He never even realized what he had accomplished. We clapped and cheered in delight and he was totally oblivious.
I’ve been craving chocolate lately, so to celebrate the anniversary of Tastemonials, Larry made Double Chocolate Pudding, shown above, a recipe from one of my wonderful new blogger friends, Kim at Liv Life. The pudding was doubly divine. Rich and somewhat mouse-like. Guaranteed to satisfy any chocolate craving.
So here's to the next year and I'm hoping when my second anniversary rolls around my health issues will be resolved. I don't need that for inspiration any more.