Sunday, October 5, 2008

Wanderer is now A New Bridge!

Okay, it's taken me nearly two hours to figure this out. I'm new at blogger. Just in from AOL Journals. I'm hoping to find most of my friends here that have had to move this week. Most are doing it easily, while others are stressed from the time it taking or going to take to make this move.

I'm not a complainer, generally. But I'm allowing myself this one entry to be one. And that's all I'm going to say about that.

You see, my former journal was called Wanderer. I'd had it for three years. I was going to change the name this year, I just didn't know when. This time of transition seems like the perfect time to make that change.

Considering that my very last entry before I discovered I had to move from J-land was about crossing bridges, I took that as a sign. Even Patrick (Caregivingly Yours) in a comment (before anyone knew AOL journals was shutting down) prophetically noted "Paths cannot always be repaired or improved, rather the detour becomes the journey." Amen to that, Patrick!
I began writing about the small country bridge in early August, and rumor (and newspaper report) has it that it will be May before the new bridge re-opens. Although we are now having to drive many miles out of our way to get to work and back home again, my friends and I have decided to enjoy the new attraction by taking walks to check on its progress. I'll continue to post pictures and reflections as the months sweep by.

Just after I had emailed Patrick a response to his comment in my aol journal (I wrote "maybe I'll walk down to that bridge to see how it's going."), my young friend Marlene called and asked if I wanted to walk to the bridge with her and her mother. Her invitation couldn't have come at a more timely moment.

That's just what we did. It was about 5:00 pm, and the sun was 90 minutes from setting low enough to cause problems if I wanted to take some good pictures of the bridge. I brought my camera. We climbed a dirt mountain, admired the great digging machines, a pile of old wooden beams, and wondered if this bridge would be completed before May. We can only hope. The new bridge is going to much bigger than the old one... it is looking like a sturdy highway bridge.
I'm looking forward to seeing the friends I know here, and the new ones I'll surely be making here. I loved J-land, but I am one who generally goes with the flow. And now that I'm here, it doesn't seem like such a bad move after all. I just need to find out how to save all those pictures I had in aol pictures... do we lose those too? I know we lose the ones in Hometown File Manager. All those lovely animated .gif files. Any suggestions from you are welcome.
Alyson and Marlene, thank you for giving me this image to illustrate the direction I (we) should move ... forward, balanced, aligned, focused, and strong.
Funny, we didn't plan it this way, but I knew when I took the picture it was going to be the beginning of my new journal, A New Bridge.
Thank you for being there when there are bridges to cross.


  1. I think you'll find you like it here. Use follow me and dashboard to get alerts .... glad you made it.

  2. I like the new name! It seems very apropos.

    Glad to see you here, and I think the more you play around with it, the more you'll like it. There are so many more options!

    Welcome, Bea!

    Hugs, Beth

  3. If only I could figure out how to get alerts! Grrrr


  4. Welcome to Blogger. You will be adept in a very short time. Thanks for the bridge progress pictures :o)

  5. Welcome to Blogger/BlogSpot! I'll update my sidebar soon!

  6. Welcome Bea! I'm sooo glad to see you here. Love your new name. It is funny how things happen. I had my Seasons of Change doll in my journal a couple of weeks ago. Now it seems like an omen of sorts. I was shocked but am learning what I need to and actually like some of the features. It's nice to see so many familiar faces. I'm not sure what you would do with the pictures in AOL. I used the file manager for about a year. I've started moving them. HUGS

  7. I like that Bea, A New Bridge. They do say that change is as good as a holiday. Looking forward to going on the journey with you in your new direction!

  8. Hi Bea, glad to see you over here. I wonder how Blogger are coping with our massive exodus from aol. What fools they were though, to throw it all away.

  9. hi bea! welcome. :) glad you mde it too.
    come visit me & click on my followeer tag so i can keep track of your entries.

  10. ao glad to see you here!!!! to find us,...just click on your followers names and you will get to us!!!

  11. I love the name of your new blog! I also enjoyed seeing the pictures you took. It's going to be nice following you as you take us step by step of the "newer and bigger" bridge.


  12. I'm delighted to see you here dear friend. It is indeed a new journey. I'm actually enjoying it on this side of the blogsphere. (Hugs)Indigo

  13. What a great analogy about the bridge. Love the pics!
    Welcome...I'm around too. Gotta do a post about my new digs.


  14. Hi Bea, glad to see you here ..welcome I like the new blog title.


  15. I'm so glad you made the move!

  16. Thanks for the bridge update Bea.
    I look forward to reading your new blog. Love the new name BTW.

    B. x

  17. I figured out how to "follow" your blog finally haha.... Good luck in your new home :)

  18. Welcome to our new home, Bea. Glad you made the leap!

  19. Bea,
    You are doing very well. It's good to see you over here. I was hoping we could follow the progress on the bridge.

  20. The new blog is looking good. All things get better with time. I am crossing my fingers that my blog with blossom as I don't know how to do much on it yet lol. take care and have a good week


  21. They say a change is as good as a rest, although rest seems to be the last thing on your mind!
    Looking forward to continuing our cyber-links.
    God Bless+

  22. It took me days literally to even figure out what little bit I have on my page.

    Your title was prophetically given to you. I think when I see or hear something repeatedly it is worth paying attention too. It was definitely a WORD for you.

    Fire and Reign for me was a song that was on my heart when I awoke one morning. It was James Taylor I was hearing sing it, but it was the Holy Spirit I think who was interpretting it straight to my heart.

    I'm so happy you're still here. I'll cross a NEW BRIDGE with you.


  23. I think you're going to like it over here, I know I am really enjoying it! Welcome to the new neighborhood!

  24. Hi Bea! Glad you moved into the community.

    I stopped by the old community today and see a Cat 6 wiped it out.

    This is great now I can click and switch to your blog (Left you a note on your Wander.) Love the name, A New Bridge. (Hope you transfer some of your old journal, I loved reading back entries)

    Go into dashboard for alerts and in add an element you can also add subscribe gagits for posts and comments. Need ANY help at all give me a yell.

    Open a Gmail email, too, they are great and links you write in. Also if you install analystics it a wonder data collection of tells and gives a map who is hitting your site from where....FREE You also can open multiple web pages or sites. Free.

    Later, Bea
    Welcome again. Talk soon!

  25. Hello Bea,
    I am so happy to see you here on Blogger along with the rest of us who have crossed over from AOL.
    I love your new Journal heading...very apt for the occasion. I have yet to find the time to add new gadgets on mine but hope to try again next week sometime. I'm so looking forward to catching up with everyone again.
    Jeanie xxxx

  26. Hey, Bea! Found ya!
    I'm here under Wunzuponatime.

  27. Hi Bea! A most excellent name choice! Even a wanderer eventually crosses bridges. ... I do wonder what happened to the port-a-john at the construction site? It's missing in this batch of pictures.

    Caregivingly Yours, Patrick

  28. At once! Let us stop the hunger in the world!
    Join us in this cause!

    Thank you very much

  29. Bea, thank you for sending me the URL for your new blog. I LOVE this post!! Your last entry at AOL really was timely, wasn't it? Love the pictures. Looking forward to stopping by regularly. Here is my blogspot URL in case I haven't given it to you yet:

  30. (((((((((((HUGSTOYOU)))))))))))))))))))Even thoe it has been frustating to make the move to Blog,I actullay kinda like it now.Belive me,I had a very hard time and now I finally made it.I cant wait to see how the bridge will look like when its finish.

  31. Glad to see you got here safely.
    Jenny <><