11 Years Blogging: Mend

11 years blogging

It’s my 11th year blogging today! Yay! And I’m keeping up with my annual tradition of choosing a new word for the year.

After writing the post about finishing my quilt, I found it — MEND.

I mended my heart. I mended my quilt. And as my mother pointed out to me when I mentioned my choice of a word, “Our country needs mending.” The United States is not quite in tatters, but it’s not united either. We are a nation divided in need of healing.

Merriam-Webster defines mend in several different ways. Here are a few.

To free from faults or defects
To improve in manners or morals
To set right or correct
To put into good shape or working order again
To patch up or repair
To improve or strengthen (as a relationship) by negotiation or conciliation
To restore to health or cure

The picture above doesn’t have much to do with my word, except for it reminds me of the phrase that “you catch more flies with honey than vinegar.”

I took a bunch of photos at Eataly and bought this Mieli Thun honey. It was really good! And who knew about nomadic beekeeping? The baguettes are just pretty to pair with the honey. And the sweetness of honey goes well with bread.

For this country to mend, I think we need a whole lot of loving-kindness and learning to be sweet to one another. Even when we’re strangers. Maybe especially so.

Since I first drafted this post, I realized that today is Trump’s 100th day in office. I was hoping that he’d be gone by now, but at least we have survived!

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If you’d like to take a look at my past blogging anniversary words of the year, see below.

11 thoughts on “11 Years Blogging: Mend”

  1. Congratulations, Lisa! I always enjoy reading your posts! I just get caught up too much in life sometimes to keep up well. 😉 Happy you made your quilt, and in true Lisa fashion, and, yes, please slow down. Just reading about your fall on the train tracks was scary. Thank goodness for the kindness of strangers! I appreciate you sharing all your annual words. Thought provoking for sure, and “mend” is certainly a good one. Re: nomadic beekeeping, in the U.S., commercial beekeepers move their hives according to blossoms so that the bees can make orange blossom honey, clover honey, etc. Then they would immediately spin out that honey so that it wouldn’t be mixed with other honey in the hive. I’m wondering how it all differs in Italy. Intrigued! We don’t keep bees right now (we kept losing our hives), but we would always spin all our honey together, so the only proper label for our honey was “wildflower honey.” It varied a little each year depending upon which blossoms were in abundance, but it was always wonderful.

    Congrats again, dear!
    Shirley

    • Shirley – Thanks so much! Very interesting about the how the hives are moved! 😀

  2. Hi Lisa
    I think you were one of the first people to comment on my fledgling blog way back
    in 2006. Along with Dezel and I’m thrilled that after all of that time particularly through FB we have kept in touch.
    One damp hopefully we will meet face to face

    Congratulations
    Gilli xxx

  3. Gilli – So good to see you here again! We do go back a ways. Can you believe how time flies? Thank you so much! I do hope we get to meet IRL one day! 😀

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