About

I have to start right off the bat by being brutally honest with you and admit that I don’t know a darn thing about blogs or blogging.  I am truly technologically challenged.  Setting up this blog has been much more of an ordeal than I thought it would be.  The set-up was supposed to take seconds or minutes but has taken me a whole day and I still have a long way to go!  This is a WHOLE new world for me.  I will confess, I read Word Press for Dummies and felt like I was reading a foreign language book.    Yeah, I know.  That’s a little scary.  So please bear with me while I figure this all out.  Maybe trying to start a blog on Friday the 13th wasn’t such a good idea!  Ha!

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 have always lived in the Southeast.  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.  I quit practicing veterinary medicine soon after my youngest son came along.  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 SAHM.  Wouldn’t trade my time at home with my kids for anything in this world.

I love to write and my dream is to one day write a book.  I love nature and animals, love to go on hikes in the woods and visit the mountains.  I also enjoy reading and spending time with my family.  I am a pretty shy, quiet, and sensitive person.  My parents raised me to be honest and compassionate and yes, I think it stuck.

Why am I starting this blog?  I have many reasons.  First and foremost for fun!  I hope 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 plan to share information and tales from the veterinary world.   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 ♥

43 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 t hink 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!
    http://frontporchesandcandlelight.wordpress.com/2013/07/06/my-turn-at-the-liebster-award-podium/

  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!

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