Updated 1/12/20

Hello!  Thanks for visiting my blog.  I hope you will feel welcome here at my humble little corner of the blogosphere.  I started this blog August 13, 2010.  It was Friday the 13th and I had absolutely no idea what I was doing.  I read WordPress for Dummies and didn’t understand 90% of what I read.  Yeah, that’s scary, I know.  It’s now almost ten years later, and I’m still trying to figure out what I’m doing.  Technology is definitely not my thing!

Who am I?  I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend, and veterinarian.  It feels strange not to also have daughter in that list, but I lost both my parents to cancer – my dad in 1994 and my mom in 2006.  And boy do I miss them.  I grew up in the 60s, was a teenager in the 70s, graduated from veterinary school and married in the 80s.  I was the youngest of three daughters in my family.  I’m a southern girl through and through and have always lived in Tennessee.  My father was a private pilot who owned his own flight school and his passion was teaching others how to fly.  My mother was a housewife, who went to work as a hostess at the Grand Ole Opry when her daughters grew up, and worked there for over 25 years.  I met my husband in junior high, we started dating our senior year in high school and married 8 years later when he finished nursing school and I finished veterinary school.  We have two amazing sons who are now grown.  Both are engineers and live in a different state so we don’t get to see them as often as we’d like.  I quit practicing veterinary medicine in the mid 90s when my youngest son was two.  As much as I loved vet med, I just never could seem to find a healthy balance between being a mommy and being a veterinarian.  So I decided to become a full-time stay at home mom.  It was a decision I have never regretted.  I  wouldn’t trade my time at home with my kids for anything in this world.  I went back to the veterinary field very briefly when my youngest was still in high school but things had changed and I decided that practicing was no longer for me.  I’m still trying to figure out this empty nest thing.

Some things I love:

  • God and His Holy Word
  • Family
  • Reading and studying the Bible
  • Reading non fiction books, especially books about spirituality
  • Hot lemon tea with honey
  • Animals of all kinds
  • My two cats- Nugget and Dakota
  • Taking long walks in the woods
  • Ed Sheeran’s music
  • Writing
  • Watching old episodes of Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, Little House on the Prairie, and the Waltons (and you can stop rolling your eyes now)
  • Crossword puzzles
  • Cooking
  • Candles and tealights
  • Stationery, new and blank notebooks and journals, colored notebook paper and index cards
  • Colored glass
  • Collecting pigs

Why do I blog?  I have many reasons.  First and foremost for fun!  I like to share ideas, thoughts, and opinions on a variety of topics that I find interesting…. homemaking, cooking, parenting, and spirituality just to name a few.   I also love to share information and tales about veterinary medicine.   And for selfish reasons, I hope to develop some writing skills along the way.

As my tagline says, I am a die-hard night owl.  I gave up trying to convert to “morning larkism” a long time ago.  I just plain and simply feel better at night, both physically and mentally and have more energy.   For some reason, my brain comes alive at around 10 pm.  So now you can understand a little better the meaning of the blog title.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will come back.  I urge you to leave comments and feedback, both of which are greatly appreciated.

Gail ♥

57 Responses to About

  1. thatwiseyogi says:

    I know what you mean about being new to blogging. I’m still learning everyday as I am not very technically minded either. It is fun to learn and I read a lot of help notes. I’m also from the southeast, Marianna, Florida. Blessings~

  2. Gail says:

    So nice to meet you and thank you so much for visiting the blog and taking the time to comment! It IS fun learning about blogging…. I think I learn something new everyday. I look forward to checking out and reading your blog!

  3. I will always consider myself new to blogging! I worked nights for six years, never got that out of my system completely, so I’m a fellow night owl. I lost my parents to cancer in 1995 and 1998. I’m from the north originally and now live in Maryland which I think is considered Mid-Atlantic. Anyhow, nice to meet you and thanks for stopping by my blog!

  4. Started my blog last month and was a several hour project, too. Enjoyed reading your Undo response to the daily prompt. Saw that you’re interested in nature and decided you might enjoy my blog which includes pictures and reflections about hiking/backpacking trips.

  5. Number 9 says:

    I think you’re supposed to spell out your email address so as not to get hacked by spammers or something. At least I think that’s why most bloggers spell their emails like gebd at msn dot com.

  6. neophyte psychic says:

    Salutations fellow night owl! LOL. You had me at “veterinarian”! 🙂 I am also a nature and animal lover. You seem like a delightful woman, and even though you see to have a very “happening” blog over here (that really gives away my age!), I hope that we might be able to get to know each other better. 🙂

  7. Billie says:

    Thanks for following my blog! Looking forward to reading more of your blog!
    Love animals and nature myself! 🙂

  8. Rosemarie says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my Escape photos. I started my blog in February. Just learning by the seat of my pants.

  9. scsurfbutler says:

    It took me two weeks to set up my WordPress blog and make it live!! Love your photos!

    • Gail says:

      Thank you for visiting! I’ve been blogging now just under three years and still don’t have much of a clue as to what I am doing. Technology is not something I grasp easily. I need to do some updates badly!

  10. scsurfbutler says:

    How many and what kind animals live with you and your family?

    • Gail says:

      Believe it or not, we are down to one animal in our household. He is my sweet and very old kitty who turned 19 in February. We lost our beloved dog a few years ago and I decided I wanted to wait awhile before bringing another dog into the family. I needed time to grieve for my old girl. Then when I did feel ready, I decided bringing a new dog into the family would turn my geriatric cat’s world upside down and stress him too much, so I decided as long as he’s here, he will just rule the roost solo! There will be more pets eventually. In the past, we’ve had a menagerie– dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, gerbils, and turtles.

  11. I’ve been following your blog for a little while and I’ve nominated you for the LIebster award. You can play along or not – up to you!

  12. RJ Silva says:

    Great About page you have here. It’s funny, my body also “wakes up” right around 10 pm. Glad to make your acquaintance; see you around.

  13. Well, it looks like you’ve been blogging since 2010, so I guess you’ve got it down now! Congratulations! Isn’t blogging fun!?

    • Gail says:

      I wish I could say I had it down but sadly, I still have SO much to learn. But yes, blogging IS fun and I enjoy it tremendously. I’m always excited to learn new things! Thanks for coming here to comment.

  14. Woolly Muses says:

    I also commenced my blog for fun and love the whole experience. I look forward to many more visits.

  15. afsheenanjum says:

    Good to know you
    I will be around to learn more about you.
    May Allah bless you and your loved ones. ameen

  16. Nice to visit your blog Gail. The difficulties you faced setting up your blog caught my interest. That is exactly where many of us begin; and soon you are flying around Word Press. Hope to read more of your posts. Happy New Year!

  17. Thank you for the interest in my post. I’m glad it brought me here. Long live the night owls!

    • Gail says:

      I enjoyed your “fence” post and look forward to reading more of your blog! Thanks for stopping by and for the follow and yes, long live the night owls!! 🙂

  18. Thanks for stopping by “The Ubiquitous Burrito” today. Your site looks really nice, very readable format/layout (which I like), and I really respect that you’ve kept it up since starting it (especially as you felt that blogging was outside your comfort zone at first). As a fellow animal lover and “night owl,” I look forward to reading more of your writings. Cheers.

    • Gail says:

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a kind comment. I appreciate that and it’s nice to meet a fellow night owl and animal lover! I enjoy blogging but it’s not near as easy as I thought it would be. I suffer from writer’s block most days! It’s hard knowing just how open to be on the Internet sometimes isn’t it? I’ve been intending to update my about page for some time since I haven’t updated it since 2010 when I started my blog! That’s on my agenda for this week!

      I look forward to reading more of your blog also. Your post about your mother brought tears. I’m sorry for your loss. Mother’s Day is so very hard when our mothers are no longer on this earth.

      • Agreed, it’s not easy knowing how open to be in this kind of an online space, and I’m still finding my way. It’s funny you mention your “About” page, as I’ve been thinking mine is also due for an update. Thanks for your kind words about the post; it’s a difficult time, and a tough thing to go through (one of the toughest things I’ve ever experienced, to be sure). Best of luck with that agenda!

  19. Jael Sook says:

    Here’s to God’s night owl daughters–YAAAYYYY!

  20. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. We seem to have a lot in common. I too am a night owl, avid reader, animal lover, want to be novelist and struggling blogger. I had my blogs on Blogger but finally caved and moved them to wordpress which has given my blogs much more exposure. Looking forward to reading more of your blog as time goes on.

    • Gail says:

      Nice to meet you! Yes, it sounds like we do have a lot in common! Always good to meet a fellow night owl. I look forward to reading more of your blog too! Thanks for your kind comments!

  21. Shelley says:

    Gail – thanks for stopping by my blog! You’re right, we have a lot in common, and I look forward to reading your blog too – we can learn from each other!!!

    • Gail says:

      Yes we can! I notice on your Goodreads list, you are reading Stephen King’s book On Writing. I bought that book last year but haven’t read it yet. I’ve heard good things about it? Do you like it?

      • Shelley says:

        Yes, I’m reading On Writing. It is a great read, with lots of nuggets of wisdom. I can see why creative writing teachers recommend it for their students. Have you read Bird by Bird? That book I liked even better! Stephen’s book I can set down and want to pick up again, Anne’s book I didn’t want to put down until I was finished. Not sure why? I’m almost done with On Writing, do you have a recommendation for me?

      • Gail says:

        I did read Bird by Bird several years ago (I need to reread it)! You can probably see by my posts that I don’t read many books on writing (but need to)! LOL! I just bought “Writing Tools: 55 Essential Strategies for Every Writer.” It’s by Roy Peter Clark. I read about it on someone’s blog and it sounded so good. I plan to dive into it and the Stephen King book after Christmas.

      • Shelley says:

        Thank you for the book recommendation! I added it to my “want to read” list on GoodReads! Merry Christmas to you! I look forward to updates after you read Stephen’s book!!

      • Gail says:

        Merry Christmas!

    • Gail says:

      Thank you so much Shelley! You are so kind to nominate me! I hope there is no time limit…. I’m battling on and off kidney stone pain today. Something about the sitting down position is terribly uncomfortable this morning. I’ll try to respond when the pain abates and I can concentrate a little better. Thanks again!

  22. BuzzCut says:

    I like your “About” page and one of your comments mentioned updating it..If you do, I’d recommend deleting the entire first paragraph – reading it made me think you were ‘new’ to blogging until I read your comments and noticed your archives. You could just start with the second paragraph, it works or do a whole new first paragraph.
    Now that I’ve criticized ;-P I really like the rest of ‘about’ who you are and I wish I’d ‘met’ you earlier. I started blogging a few years ago but I ditched the first couple of blogs and started Karyn’s Domain fresh in anticipation of my AT hike. I also had a hard time with set up x3 and I don’t like my ‘name’ at all – it’s not what I really wanted but I didn’t know what I was doing.
    Anyhoo…now I’m going to stalk you 😉

  23. kimwilbanks says:

    We have a lot in common! Love of God, His Word, family, two kids that live too far away (I have a son and a daughter), stationary, journals (basically, anything paper for me), hot tea, cooking and you’re not going to believe it . . . collecting pigs! I used to have about 200 but I’ve pared them down quite a bit. I had a real pig named Amelia for a couple of years before I got married (in the 80’s)

    • Gail says:

      Kim, I’ve thought at times when reading your blog how much we have in common! But I did not know that you also collected pigs! That is too funny! I was just telling my husband that my pig collection has also been downsized (involuntarily I might add) as for a while, it seemed I was breaking one a day! But it’s a fun hobby isn’t it?

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