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Monday, April 14, 2008

My First Blog Anniversary!!!

Today is the first anniversary of my entry into the blogosphere, so get yourself a slice of this cake and enjoy your time spent here. That first post wasn't much of a read, but then, most of my posts aren't. I did mention that I wasn't sure where this effort would take me, but there would be time spent doting on the grand kids. Mission accomplished. This effort has taken me to new blogs of some very interesting people from all over this great land and a few foreign countries, although Canada is almost like family. I have enjoyed the journey so far and I intend to continue exploring parts of this blogosphere that are currently unknown to me. Who knows, my readership might actually reach double digits someday.
So, let's get this party started with a little music from one of my favorite artists, Mr. John Fogerty. It is springtime in the Ozarks and we have a new AA minor league baseball team, so what could be more fun than "Center Field"? If you're old enough to remember how baseball used to be, you're gonna love this video.

Center Field - John Fogerty




OK, that was fun. Now what shall we do? I'm not going to post a whole bunch of links and wax sentimental about past posts. If you want to know what I'm all about, do a little exploring on your own. That's what I did when I went to your blog. I know, let's play "fun with PhotoShop".
As you know, I've been taking an online course in PhotoShop Elements. I have really enjoyed the experience. The following example is something I did long before I took the class, so there isn't much expertise required, just an inquisitive mind and no fear of buttons (you can always click on "Revert" to restore the original photo that you took. OK, here we go. A couple of years ago we had an extremely dry summer. The water level of the lake that supplies water to this area dropped nearly 20' below normal. That exposed multitude of photo opportunities. One such opportunity was this sunken boat. So, here is the original photo.

It's an interesting enough photo and with a little work, it could be suitable for framing. But let's create a little art. First I cropped it. Then I converted it to black and white with just a couple clicks of the mouse. Finally, I used one of my favorite filters, Sketch/Graphic Pen to make it look like a pen and ink sketch. Now we got something we can frame. Fun stuff. Here is the result. This technique is great for architectural photographs.

In my very first post I indicated that I would dote on the grand kids. So, no party is complete without them. I posted these pics a few weeks ago, but I have cropped them again for more effect. And yes, I converted them to black and white for drama.

























Well, I guess it's about time to wrap this party up. Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate that you took some valuable time out of your day to spend with me. As you regular visitors know, I have a love of inspirational music and a special love for Southern Gospel. I have been posting a hymn of the faith or other inspirational music video each Friday for a couple of months now. So, in the tradition of some of the early 60's television variety shows, I will close this post with an inspirational song or two. Tell all your friends, this party is going to be here a few days. Oh, there's plenty of cake left, so take a piece with you. And now, two of my favorite Southern Gospel groups, Signature Sound and the Gaither Vocal Band together. Thanks again for stopping by. Enjoy.

Holy Highway


I Then Shall Live

21 comments:

MamaArcher said...

Happy Blogaverssary! I didn't d anything for mine, oops! I am thankful to have met a friend like you in blogland.

the teach said...

DrillerAA, Happy Ist Anniversary Blogday! As I write I am listening to Center Field and bopping to the music. I had fun with the lessons on Photo Elements. Your kids are adorable! And I had a piece of cake! Have a good day!

Bond said...

HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY....

When I saw it was your Blogoversary, I put up a shout-out on The Couch...

Love what you did to the photos...very nice...

Keep it up...I like this place a whole lot.

Well except for the word verification (I do not like the word verification...LOL)

DrillerAA said...

Bond: Sorry about that word verification thing. I didn't realize it was there. I don't know when I set that, but it is gone now. Thanks for letting me know.

Ornery's Wife said...

Happy Blogoversary! Woot! I am getting ready for my party on Thursday, and there will be a goodie bag for you! :-) Happy Monday!
TM

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

Happy first Blogoversary. What a party too. You grandbabies are very, very good looking. Have a great day. :)

Joyce said...

Happy Blog Birthday!!! The cake is delicious, but where's the ice cream?

I'm only at 5 months with my blog, but I look forward to my first "birthday" too. By the way, I FINALLY updated it with some great pictures.

See ya at Slim's place!

Bond said...

WOOOO THE START OF A NEW YEAR WITHOUT WORD VERIFICATION!!!!!!

HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY

lol

DoubleDeckerBusGuy said...

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! (...and thanks again for the great words on my blog!) The song you chose to "celebrate" is a perfect Spring song and your photos and edits are terrific! Great work as always!

cathy said...

whoops scrolled down too far. LOL.
Happy Anniversary, again.\LOL.

BeckEye said...

Happy bloggiversary!

Amy, aka ABB said...

Happy Blog Anniversary, Driller! It was you who actually pushed me over the edge into blogging (no, no, it wasn't one of those "if Driller can do it then so can I" things, it was a "if Driller thinks it's okay to do then I can too" ), so thank you for that. I even adopted your Friday music idea although it's Friday Quilts for me! Keep it going, and keep sharing all the things that make up your wonderful life.

Rhea said...

Happy blogiversary! As I always say, blogging goes in dog years. It's like you've been doing this for 7 years.

storyteller said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful way to celebrate your 1st Blogoversary. Your Photoshop class is making me want to dig into my software and learn new things too.
Hugs and blessings,

Julie said...

Oooh CAKE! I hope I'm not too late! Happy blogosversary....or however we spell it!

It is fun looking back at the old posts isn't it?

Ornery's Wife said...

I'm back! I actually came by because I have something for you at Miller Manor. Today is my blogoversary and I am having a little celebration. Thank you for all the comments you've left on my blog. They crack me up!
Blessings!
TM

Greatfullivin said...

I was over at Miller Manor and I heard there was a party over here, so i hopped right over. HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!!!!! Thanks for the cake! Loved what you're doing in photoshop. B&W photos are my favorite. Beautiful grandkids too. I bet they are proud of your technology. Have a grand day!

Rhonda said...

Happy 1st Anniversary to you!

Did you hear how bad I screwed up your comment on Sandee's blog?
Well, I did. Sorry. I choose ice-cream over coca-cola anyday!
;)

Random Ramblings said...

happy blogiversary to you! cheers to more blogging years to come!!!

YellowRose said...

Happy blogiversary!!! (My 3 year blogiversary is Friday!) Love the photos of the grands, they are absolutely adorable!

Thanks for stopping by the "garden!"

TLR said...

Happy Blogaversery,, you did a great job with the boat pic...see you at Slim's