Be My Guest (Blogger)?

narcissus daffodil Pennsylvania flowers spring yellow white

I need to find myself. Can you help me?

Okay, I know exactly where I am. But I need to disconnect from the internet for our move. While I can always grab service on my phone or at Starbucks, I think I’m going to be hella-swamped and would like to know I have the last few weeks before our move to South Africa to just focus on getting the house finished packing.

spring cut flowers in house

I usually prefer my flowers uncut and outside, but with as much work as I’m doing indoors, I’m bringing spring inside this year. Here are a few paperwhites in a bottle.

So I thought it would be fun if some of my favorite bloggers might consider each taking a day and writing a post (short or long, photos or not) in the theme of “If Marla’s blog were mine, it would be _____________” and make it your own for that day – using your interests, your art, your humor, your poetry, your fitness focus, ANYTHING! Hell, if you even just start with “Marla made me write this, but it has nothing to do with her narcissistic self” that would be great! Be yourself. You’re my dream team because you’re you!

And if you’re a reader and always wanted to try your hand at blogging, volunteer to write me a guest post as well! You’ve been reading my posts and you might have some quite funny or insightful things to put out there (you know who you are!)

I would like to include a photo of you (headshot or whatever your primary photo for your blog is) in the post, and there would be plenty of link-backs during your post, and at the end of each post during the guest blog-period, I will give readers another link to each of your blogs.

Pennsylvania blooming tree pink spring memorium

Our “weeping” cherry in bloom. We don’t like the groomed look so we let it go wild and enjoy whatever shape it wants to take. I call this shape the “If Marge Simpson’s hair were pink…”

And I’ll encourage my readers to check out your blog and to comment on things they wish I could learn or incorporate from each of you.

I admit, I have a Dream Team in mind, a list of my favorite bloggers who make me laugh, cry, think, or inspire me to do or be better. They are:

Baz – The Landy (Out and About and Having Fun)
Lesley Carter, of Bucket List Publications
Dallas, of Crazy Train to Tinky Town
Caroline, of Currer and the Bells
Dakota Garilli
Trophos, of The Dancing Professor
Leo, of Doggy’s Style
Kayla, of Encounter Peru
Shannon and Brian of Everywhere Once
Benjamin Prewitt – Expression of my life – An evolution of art
Kriscinda, of Heavy Metal Homesteading
Lynne, of Home Free Adventures
Jody, of Human Triumphant
Julie of
Chris, of Krishna’s Pictures and Notes
Ingrid, of Live Laugh RV
Ned Hickson of Ned’s Blog
Rose, of On the Go Fitness
Pierr Morgan
Michael Lai, of Retiree Diary
Ian Riggins
Rona, of Rona Black Photography
Russel Ray Photos
Leslie and Amanda, of Survival is Relative
Colin of Uber Beast Mode
Leanne, of Weigh To Health
Robyn, of You Think Too Much
narcissus daffodil Pennsylvania flowers spring yellow white

Where did that ant come from? Doggone it now I’m gonna’ have to hunt down ants. Another reason I prefer spring flowers still in the ground. πŸ˜‰

Please. If I’ve missed one of the bloggers I’ve been stalking, forgive me. I’m going nuts here. If you would like to help me get through my 3 offline weeks by doing a guest post, please let me know.

I know I’ve listed more than three weeks worth of people, but I also know how busy people are, and I will be lucky to have even a few of these wonderful bloggers submit a guest post. But I can dream!

If any of you wonderful bloggers are interested in a one-day guest post, comment below, and/or email content no later than Sunday, May 6th toΒ so I can get everything setup and scheduled to post while I’m offline.Β  I just have to do it this way because I can’t give access to a couple dozen people on the account while I’m gone. I won’t edit you unless you want me to. Whatever you want to say, it’s your day to say it. Maybe you don’t want to say anything and just post photos. Maybe you want to copy and paste one of your favorite posts or photos or drawings to introduce my readers to your “best.” That’s fine, too!

yellow bramble bush flower Pennsylvania spring weeping cherry cut vase pink flowering tree

A cut branch from the weeping cherry and a cut section of forsythia made the Great Room cheery this morning.

This is me, begging my dream team to say yes. And asking any readers who think they’d like to try guest posting to step up and send me something!

Love, Marla

Today’s photos are in memory of my mom. It’s been five years today since Pancreatic Cancer took her away from so many people who loved her. Coworkers from Joy Mining Machinery gave me a gift certificate to a nursery when she died, and I used it to purchase the weeping cherry tree.

It blooms every year at this time. Mom and I also shared a love of daffodils and buttercups, forget-me-nots and lilies of the valley. They are abundant around my home here in Lover, PA and it helps a little at this time of year to see them blooming.

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  24. I’m truly honored and humbled, thank you so much for your kind thoughts and support! I’ll be sending you an email soon, until then … Be inspired and please take care. πŸ™‚

  25. Oh my gosh! Fun! And I’m blushing a little to have made your list πŸ˜‰ I’d love to do it. I’ve never done a guest post before! I’ll have to think about what to do with my little square foot of your space, but I have some possibilities in mind… what’s the timeline?

    • Yay! I need it no later than next Sunday, May 6th. I’m going offline the 7th, so whatever I have by then I’m going to schedule for the following three weeks. If I only have enough bloggers for a week, then I’ll fill the rest of the time with a photo a day or something quick. But I think it would be fun for my readers to see who I’m reading.

  26. No, no, I don’t want to blog but just couldn’t help myself commenting re: your pic of paperwhites. I never heard them called that before. We called them narcissus when I was a kid. Then you stick in the comment about your “narcissistic self.” Ah, so, I just thot it was funny.
    I’ve been thinking about your mom a lot lately; must be the vibes from heaven. Love the cherry tree reminder blooming at this poignant time of year. What a 3 Muskateers crew we were, her, Evelyn, & me in the old days and reconnecting thru the years. Loved her too. BFF since 2nd grade, she & I.

    • Ginny, Yes, you’re right. They are narcissus, and way to catch the connection.

      The popular term for the tinier, thinner narcissus is “paperwhite.” I actually call them narcissus at home, but if I had used referred to the flowers as narcissus and then used the narcissistic expression, i think it would have been too obvious, and I’ve been working harder to be more subtle and just let whoever catches the connections catch them, and whoever doesn’t just enjoy the surface read.
      So thank you. It’s nice to know it made you stop and think about it.

      Thanks for your kind note about Mom. I can’t imagine having friends that last so long, and it’s nice that you three kept getting back together over the years.

      P.S. A note that drives my ocd crazy: I always want to call them narcissi in plural, but apparently the American Daffodil Society says “screw the Greeks” or something like that πŸ˜‰ and that both singular and plural when applied to the flower, is narcissus.

  27. Aw, Marla! I’m honored to be on your Dream Team. I’d love to write a guest post (and it will give me something to distract myself from the fact that I should be packing for Iceland!) Count me in. πŸ™‚

  28. Count me in!
    The other day (I say other day cuz I don;t know if it was yesterday or the day before, I’m losing it) when you mentioned it, I almost peed in my pants. I’ve been thinking about it, I have a few ideas. I promise I’d never get your blog closed lol
    I could write about “getting drunk with local alcohol in a muslim country”

    • Really, Leo?!?!? Hooray! You always seem to be in such demand I wasn’t sure you would have time. Oh my gosh I can’t wait to see what you come up with. Yes, please don’t get my blog closed but I asked you because I love your humor, so go for it! πŸ™‚

  29. Firstly, here’s to your mum… It is wonderful that the cherry tree blooms at this time!

    And thanks for the call-out, strewth, are you saying you’d let me say something on your blog, sort of like “when the cats away, the mice will play”…

    Crikey, love to help out, but let me give some thought to what I might write about…

    πŸ˜‰ Baz

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