Here is another collection of pictures of flowers from my Mom’s yard. These pictures were taken on June 10, 2021.
There are still more flower pictures to come.
Can you believe that this is the 4,250th post in this crazy little thing called “An Artist’s Notebook’. 4,250 posts! It has been 5,549 days since I took keyboard in hand on August 9, 2006 and typed these words:
So here is the first journal entry.
The name of that first journal entry was “First Journal Entry”. I really started out with a bang!
What was that first journal entry?
A set of goals:
+ To write in this journal. Mission accomplished.
+ To be truthful. I’m sure there are some that would disagree, but I’m calling that mission accomplished.
+ To record my achievements and failures in the world of art. Mission accomplished.
+ To produce something that makes me “worthy” of having a pretentious sounding journal title like: “An Artist’s Notebook. Jury might still be out on that one.
In that first entry I also wrote about attending the Photography Salon Reception with Sara. I go on to complain about the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest and tell a tale about how Jay convinced me to enter the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest that year.
That was it. A simple beginning for a simple man. 5,549 days ago.
When I hit these milestones, I like to check in on a few statistics, to see how things are trending. I like statistics cause they seem to bring order to chaos. It is like the saying goes: “There are three types of lies: lies, damn lies and statistics.”
Here are some damn lying statistics.
I use “Categories” to help organize this blog. There are 194 of them and the 100 most used Categories can be found on the sidebar of every page on this website. The 100th most used Category is a 3 way tie amongst “Jaycees”, “Vacation”, and “DaeHee”. I’ve use those 3 Categories 65 times each. The 2 Categories that have the greatest shot at breaking into the Top 100 are “Kelly” at 61 current uses and “Town Sign Project” at 59 current uses.
These are the 10 Most Used Categories (Post 4000 Rank and entries):
10. Art – 408 (NR)
9. WPC – Submissions – 417 (8 – 381)
8. Mom – 422 (10 – 363)
7. Carla – 435 (7 – 391)
6. Portrait – 450 (5 -472)
5. Shannon – 458 (6 – 421)
4. Jesse – 529 (4 – 495)
3. Animals – 665 (3 – 620)
2. Flowers – 754 (2 – 693)
1. Black and White – 819 (1 – 698)
These are the 10 Most Used Not a Person Categories:
10. Photoshop – 368 (8 – 327)
9. Nature – 379 (6 – 349)
8. Macro – 390 (7 – 332)
7. Road Trip – 394 (9 – 326)
6. Art – 408 (10 – 314)
5. WPC – Submissions – 417 (5 – 381)
4. Portrait – 450 – (4 – 472)
3. Animals – 665 – (3 – 620_
2. Flowers – 754 – (2 – 693)
1. Black and White – 819 (1 – 698)
There are the 10 Most Used Person Categories (Post 4000 Rank and entries):
10. Vest – 274 (9 – 258)
9. Jen – 277 (10 – 254)
8. Willy – 278 (8 – 268)
7. Derrick – 311 (7 – 295)
6. Jay – 329 (6 – 320)
5. Teresa – 405 (4 – 364)
4. Mom – 422 (5 – 363)
3. Carla – 435 (3 – 391)
2. Shannon – 458 (2 – 421)
1. Jesse – 529 (1 – 495)
The Non Person Categories most likely to break into the Top Ten are “Naima” at 323, “Formal Portrait” at 320, and “Candid Portrait” at 303.
The Person Categories that are most likely to break into the Top Ten are “Kim” at 263, “Logan” at 248, “Sara” and “Micky” both at 239.
After 750 posts, “Photography”, “Friends”, and “Life” were my three most used Categories. I’ve since tried to de-centralize those Categories and they have fallen. I’m trying to do the same with “Portrait”, so It should eventually fall out of the Top Ten as well.
After 1,000 posts, “Jay”, Jesse”, and “Shannon” were the most used Person Categories.
After 1,500 posts, “Jesse”, “Jay”, and “Shannon” were the most used Person Categories”.
After 2,500 posts, “Jesse, “Teresa”, and “Shannon” were the most used Person Categories. It was the same after 3000 posts.
After 4,000 posts, Top 3 had changed to “Jesse”, “Shannon”, and “Carla”. I’ll be curious to see where these number are in another 250 posts.
If you are wondering how to increase your Category usage, it is simple. Submit to THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. Be a photo assistant. Show up in THE SELFIE PROJECT. Go on road trips with me. It doesn’t hurt to be related to me either.
But this is a photography online journal, so let’s look at what are the most popular images and galleries on my website?
At post 4,000 The most popular album was “WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – YEAR 7”. #2. Was “Christopher D. Bennett”. #3. was “9 Emotions Project”. I’m impressed with the sustained popularity of THE 9 EMOTIONS PROJECT. I haven’t taken a new picture for it in years. Although I do want to fire it up again.
That picture of Alexis was also #1 at the 4,000 Post Mark, but the other 9 Pictures are completely different. Last time #2 was a picture of Taylan and #3 was a picture of me and Scottie D. at the Pufferbilly Days Parade.
That leads us to my most popular individual posts.
I have to confess that I haven’t been very good about responding to comments left on my blog lately. I swear that I will get better at this again.
The final statistic I want to share are who my most loyal email subscribers. Loyalty isn’t probably the most accurate term, but it is all I have.
5. Jeanette Duff – 96.4%
4. Angie DeWaard – 98.5%
2. Michelle Haupt – 99.7%
2. Joe Duff – 99.7%
1. Kio Dettman – 100%
Jeanette, Angie, and Kio are new to the Top 5. They replaced Corey, Sara, and Shannon.
Linda and Tamara are the two most likely to break into the Top 5 in the next 250 posts.
We’ll have to check in on these statistics again in another 250 posts!
Today is my Mom’s birthday. I considered writing about what an amazing person she was and how she was so good at being a Mom that it still makes it hard for me to relate to people who had subpar parents. It just doesn’t calculate in my head what it would be like to have a Mom that wasn’t your biggest supporter, didn’t always put your needs before her needs, or always made sure that there was a roof over your head and delicious food in your stomach.
Instead of writing about her many merits, I decided instead to share some pictures from what was sorta (but not exactly) my parents’ wedding. I don’t know many of the people in the pictures and maybe only a few of them are still with us, but it is still an incredible snapshot in time that I want to share. A day of love shared between my Mom and my Dad:
Something I will tell you about these pictures is that they were taken in the old house at 415 Greene Street. The house I lived in from second grade until shortly after I got out of college. It is weird to see how in many ways, the house didn’t change much from the time of these pictures until we moved into that house twenty years later. That house was torn down a couple years ago.
At the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011 I seem to have lost a ton of pictures. I’m grouping all the pictures that are in the folder 01JANUARY2011 together for this post:
I’m not sure what next week’s walk down memory lane will cover. My files from 2011 are a complete mess. Just a complete mess.
On Tuesday when I opened up the Twitters looking for any new Iowa State or Big 12 expansion news, I saw this post from Nick Bassett that made me smile so big:
For those of you that don’t follow sports, College GameDay is a pregame show on ESPN on Saturday mornings for college football. It is a huge deal when they come to your town and they are in Ames for Iowa State’s game this Saturday. It is awesome that they are interviewing Nick.
If you don’t know Nick, you are missing out. He did Speech stuff with Logan in high school and Elainie used to go out to his place for their bonfires. He is a great guy that sits a section from me at the Iowa State games. The Des Moines Register recently ran a story on him. You can read it by clicking on the link below:
I will share just a small chunk of the story:
Bassett was given about an hour to mull over the biggest decision of his life: Whether to amputate his legs or keep them and risk further infections. Both of Bassett’s legs had sores caused by poor circulation. If Bassett opted against amputation, he’d have to go through skin grafts and operations. After discussing the options, his doctor left the room and told him he’d be back in an hour.
Bassett didn’t need that long.
Bassett called his parents and told them to come to the hospital. He was going to have his legs amputated. His doctor scheduled an operation to remove them just above the knee for later in the week.
After making the decision, Bassett logged on his Twitter account and announced it, along with a plan for the future to followers.
He wrote that there was “no clear line on recovery but my goal is to be healthy enough to watch” Campbell and the Iowa State football team at Jack Trice Stadium this fall.
He ended it with this: “Two words keep racing through my mind…”I Will.”
Once again, here is the picture I took of Nick at the game on Saturday:
College GameDay is on ESPN from 8 AM to 11 AM, in case you want to watch.
This Saturday from 8-12 we are going to have the final sale at my Mom’s house. There is still lots of glassware and collectibles for sale. A few tools. Many decorations. Maybe some furniture. Some other stuff will be added this week as well I’m sure. The address is 111 South Benton Street. The sale is in the garage and in the garage only. The garage is on the alley. The alley is a dead end, so don’t come down the alley and try to park. I’ll let you know if any of the details change.
Here is another collection of pictures of flowers from my Mom’s yard. These pictures were taken on May 16, 2021.
Many more flower pictures to share. Many more!