Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Glorious

I had another good question on Saturday.  "How early do you have to get up to take your sunrise pictures?"  In the summer...pretty dang early.  This morning?  I slept in until 7:30.  I could have titled this post "Luxurious" :-D.   I don't mind when the days start getting shorter.  I'm ready for a bit of a break.


Looks like the sheep were sleeping in too, as just Lila, Daniel, Heidi, Graham and Keebler (down the hill) were out and about.   This shot was from the back porch.  The rest were as I walked up the driveway to the barn, changing my angle/perspective.  The sun was fantastic shining through the morning mist.





I love the steam rising from the little wet weather creek.



Weaslie barked (nervously ;-) at the boys yesterday when she thought they got too close to the gate. That had always been Iris's job and honestly I didn't think Tilly (Tilly is Weaslie is Miss Tilly, Tilly Bobby, Short Round, The Little Shriner...) ever paid any intelligent attention.  I find this very interesting.  I believe she's trying to do "the jobs".  She enjoyed taking a little patrol with Hank this morning.

Good girl, Weaslie!

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I've had another good question about leaving comments on blogs.  This one concerns commenting with a Google Account versus OpenID.  The way I understand it, OpenID is if you have an account through another platform such as LiveJournal, WordPress,TypePad or AIM.  Here's what I see when I try to leave a comment on my own blog. 


I do happen to have a WordPress account, but I prefer not to use it...but sometimes when I try to comment on WordPress blogs it won't allow the comment unless I use it.  Sometimes it's fine as is. Don't ask me why.  When commenting on Blogger or Blogspot blogs I always use my Google Account.  Just because something should be easy... ;-)

On my blog you only get the option (as far as I can see) to use a Google Account or an OpenID.  I used to allow "Anonymous"  comments, but I sadly had to quit that as I was getting killed with spam. By not allowing anonymous comments I can keep my family friendly blog free of un-family friendly spam ads and also keep from having to use the annoying and frequently frustrating "Word Verification".  

Almost all bloggers, especially those of us stuck out on farms by ourselves with no one else to talk to during the day now but a silly corgi (who's main objective in conversation is pretty much just to try to talk me into going back to the house to drink more coffee and eat biscuits ;-) love to hear from our readers.  

Many of you just drop me an email when you have some feedback and that's perfectly fine. However, many of those comments are classic - funny, clever, sweet... and when they are emailed, I read them and then they disappear. Comments left on the blog itself stay there forever so I can look back years later and still remember.

SO...the best thing *I* can figure out to suggest is to sign up for a Google Account.  You don't ever have to actually use it for anything other than to comment when you'd like and to be perfectly honest, if you are concerned about Google tracking you or something like that...they probably are already doing way more than you think anyway.  

Now, that being said, there's something called Google+ and I've stayed away from that as it has way too much of a FaceBook feel to it...something else I've tried (several times) and have not enjoyed or felt comfortable about one bit.  I guess I'm just too old.  Since I haven't had to sign up for a Google Account in a long time, I'm hoping they still have the basic option available.  

To wrap up this epistle, keep in mind that I'm a self-taught and frequently wrong (and old fogy) internet user.  I could be way off base with all this and if so I'm hoping someone(s) will LEAVE A COMMENT setting us all straight :-D.  Here's a link to an article that may be way more helpful. 

  

26 comments:

quantumtea said...

This may be my first comment here! I've been reading a while and love your photos.

OpenID is a shared user authentication thing that some platforms (like WordPress.com or LiveJournal) use. I'm doing this comment with my Gmail account.

DianeOart said...

I'm using my google/blogger account and this is the easy way... just under the last comment it says "post a comment" I just have to click on it. Just like you I don't use Google + and Facebook I can't stand. Keep this blog rolling I can't get enough of this sheep love :)

Hanny Spierings-van Wijk said...

This is my first comment. Love your blog.

Michelle said...

I kept thinking, "Hear, hear!" as I read this.

Hear, hear! to later sunrises

Hear, hear! to sun through morning mist

Hear, hear! to loving blog comments from readers

Hear, hear! to not feeling comfortable with FB

And a a bittersweet smile at Weaslie trying to "do the jobs"....

Marcy Doane said...

My son is a techi and he set me up with a Google account. So far they haven't done too may adds and it allows me to comment on your blog and a few others that don't have anonymous options. I'm so glad he helped me. I love your blog--it's at the top of my list and I appreciate that you share your farm-life with us!

Far Side of Fifty said...

I think you covered the comments quite well. I allow anonymous...but only til I get spam then I will shut it off. What slays me is bloggers who use word verification and THEN must approve comments.
Really nice of Miss Tilly (AKA BC wannabe) to help you out...she has been watching all these years..sweet thing:)

Far Side of Fifty said...

Forgot to say that Google+ is a way difficult thing to wade through...I have ignored it so far:)

Tombstone Livestock said...

Great pictures of the morning mist. Wince I have to use tablet now to see blogs sometimes my comments go through, sometimes I get emails undelivered.

Leslie said...

In the first photo - you can tell those sheep from one another in the mist from that distance? I understand that you've raised most of them from scratch, but it still amazes me that you know them from so far away. I guess they each have a certain outline or profile or way of walking or something that is unique, huh?
Love your pictures and always fantasize that it's my farm, my dogs, my sheep, horses, cats, porch, etc. Good way to get thru a tuff day at work.

Tombstone Livestock said...

Since I use the tablet I see I make lots of typos ..... lol

Terry said...

Good girl, Tilly!
Your morning photos are beautiful.
I'm the opposite on the shorter days. As the temp dips, I worry more about the horses. Not looking forward to winter at all.

Lisa Smith said...

Weaslie's instinctual behavior gave me a big lump in my throat and a big tug at my heart!

Lori Skoog said...

Ditto! Google + does not work for me. But Miss Tilly is impressing the heck out of me. What a sweet, sweet girl.

Alice said...

Oh Weaslie! Extra cookies for you!

LannieK said...

Beautiful pictures, Sara. It's hard to beat fall mornings. Really don't want to see them end.
I use my gmail acct - do not use fb or google+. Most of the time it works just fine. You are so correct - something should be simple :-)
Miss Tilly watched and learned quietly, and now she knows... what a sweetheart. An extra biscuit, or two, is a good thing along with... )))hugs(((

Caren Gittleman said...

Your photos are just exquisite, the peacefulness of mornings can't be compared.
I'm "old" too (will be 59 next month)...Cody and I love comments too (wink).......

http://www.catchatwithcarenandcody.com

Miha Giustina said...

Such a peaceful morning!

Brenda Bonisteel said...

Hi. I enjoyed your blogging/photography class at Finger Lakes Fiber Festival this past weekend. It has me excited to learn more about my camera and explore blogging. Thanks for the research/follow-up on the questions from the class too. ;-)

sophy0075 said...

I love your blog. It gives me my necessary daily fix of sheepy photos - and the photos of Hank and The Cats are enjoyable too. Isn't it WONDERFUL that fall has actually begun! Now I can knit in public and folks won't stare at me as if I am a Jacob sheep with needles (just as if I am an alien with needles)!

Lady Locust said...

That is sooo beautiful.

Susan said...

Dogs are so interesting - they are smarter and deeper thinkers than we remember to give them credit for. She's such a good girl, and I am sure Hank will help her along with her new, expanded duties.

Susan Mckee-Nugent said...

haha, I have no idea how I finally got to comment on your blog...just do not change anything!!! Oh, I see I must have a google account, good grief, time for tea, more tea. Zetta got skunked this morning so my brain is 'fogged' :)
It is amazing how one dog will take over when the other one isn't there.

thecrazysheeplady said...

Okay, so I had to go back and double check to make sure I had the sheep identified correctly and there are actually TWO MORE out there that didn't get credit for being early birds. Chocula is up by the fence and Renny is down by the creek next to Keebs in the first picture. And yes, I can tell who everyone is, even from a distance...usually. It helps that they aren't all white ;-).

Judy said...

I love these photos-they capture the peaceful serenity of your place so well. Love the corgi photos :-) I'm with you on not liking Google+ as I'm not a Facebook fan either-it just seems like a waste of time. Enjoy those peaceful mornings!

Fiona said...

First time commenter!

I often look at your morning photos and I can smell the fresh air and somehow theres a hint of coffee thrown into the mix too.

Ever thought about opening a bed & breakfast? I'd love to wake to the sheep & Hank and that beautiful morning mist and sunshine. You truly, in my eyes, live in paradise.

Vermont Grand View Farm said...

I love this....I do believe you and I live similar lives-I love the morning mist, truly this is one of the most beautiful times of year. Jump over to my blog and you will see a Vermont morning mist. http://grandviewfarmvt.blogspot.com/2014/09/signs-of-autumn-in-vermont.html

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