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Happy Thanksgiving (among other thoughts)

Thanksgiving Bouquet

I was inspired by papersky's beautiful post this morning to go out in search of autumn leaves. But it's a little too early here - we need a hard frost before the leaves will turn to bright colours. The dogs and I had a nice walk in the still very green forest of Mt Doug.

It was a lovely day yesterday, with the kind of light Jo talks about, and crisp cool air. I spent the afternoon in the garden, then came in for a delicious dinner of turkey and all the trimmings.

I meant to share it with my friend kp, but she was not well, so I was alone. That was okay. More or less. Though I ended up drinking too much, probably to compensate.

On a completely different topic, do you realize it's been more than seven years since I first started writing in LJ??

I know I haven't been keeping up with it. Part of the problem is that I'm no longer sure who's reading. People seem to be drifting away... But then, seven years is a big commitment. Not something to give up lightly. And this journal has been a life-saver over the years, a bulwark against isolation and loneliness.

And yet.

There's nothing worse than going onto social software and not getting any response. Can there be anything lonelier? I think I haven't been posting because I've been afraid of the void...

So this is a bit of a risk, isn't it?

Comments

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wordweaverlynn
Oct. 12th, 2010 04:03 am (UTC)
I'm here and I'm listening.

It isn't the same. I do post elsewhere -- Dreamwidth, Twitter, Facebook, Buzz. But I still read my old friends here.
intertext
Oct. 12th, 2010 04:07 am (UTC)
Thank you. It's good to know you're there...
ellarien
Oct. 12th, 2010 04:24 am (UTC)
That's a lovely bunch of seasonally-colored flowers.

I'm still reading, though I'm not posting much worthwhile these days. Moving is eating my brain.
labellementeuse
Oct. 12th, 2010 04:45 am (UTC)
I'm not exactly a longtime follower but I always enjoy your posts! I'm just a crap commenter.
anghara
Oct. 12th, 2010 05:18 am (UTC)
I read...
aryky
Oct. 12th, 2010 07:25 am (UTC)
Yeah, I always read LJ, but I don't comment that much (and how much I comment is highly dependent on external factors - I comment a lot more when I'm procrastinating, for instance, like now). I appreciate you having an LJ just because you seem to be a cool person that I have met, and it's interesting to read about your life. But I'm not in the least a practical person, so I don't have much to say when you write about your life anyway.
coth
Oct. 12th, 2010 08:21 am (UTC)
I read.

But reading on a smartphone is easier than writing, and writing time is always harder to find than reading time.

I probably comment two or three times a week, spread among a couple of dozen live journals and other blogs. Social networking is the sum of the whole.
heleninwales
Oct. 12th, 2010 09:50 am (UTC)
I'm still reading!

I've noticed that LJ is a lot quieter, even journals that used to get very high numbers of comment get far fewer these days.

LJ suits me and I don't actually mind that a lot of trivia has moved to Facebook. It means that the posts that people do write tend to be more interesting. I'm afraid that I don't always comment though. It's not always easy to think of something to say that isn't glib or pointless.
gillo
Oct. 12th, 2010 11:38 am (UTC)
I'm definitely reading, but I don't always comment. I know people drift in and out on LJ, but there's still a core of important people. I know what you mean, though - the more effort put into an entry, the more depressing if no-one, or hardly anyone, responds. But I suppose we do do this for ourselves as well as the Pixel People out there.
lady_schrapnell
Oct. 12th, 2010 12:20 pm (UTC)
Happy (yesterday's) Thanksgiving!

I'm back to LJ reading - was blown out of everything by Becca's injury (and worry about isolation increasing depression) but here again till the next crisis, I say cheerfully.

Also, know this fear of which you speak, yes.
toastedcheese
Oct. 12th, 2010 07:52 pm (UTC)
I still read most of my friends' page. But then again I don't really post anymore (have mostly migrated to Facebook to share spur-of-the-moment thoughts).
jasminembla.wordpress.com
Oct. 14th, 2010 12:59 am (UTC)
I know what you mean and I think your blog is great. I hope you keep putting your thoughts up here because they're so varied and so interesting.
brinian
Oct. 19th, 2010 01:17 am (UTC)
I'm just waaaay behind on reading and commenting. my own posting is even more seriously behind. But yes, I always read anything you post! (especially if it has animal pictures with it...:-)
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