Friday, September 17, 2010

Flash 55 Friday - Happy Anniversary to Me - September 17, 2010

Flash 55 Friday - Happy Anniversary to Me - September 17, 2010

I really can't believe it,
But my anniversary's here,
On the 19th of September,
My blog celebrates one year!

I began in desperation,
So blue from workplace woes,
And for my loyal followers,
You know how the story goes.

Writing gave me focus,
And a whole new world of friends -

Let's hope it never ends!

I am taking part in Flash 55 Friday, the brainchild of none other than, Mr. G Man -
join in the fun!

To celebrate the one year anniversary of my blog, Carmen's Chronicles, I am having a
give away.  It will consist of:  a copy of my poetry book, "Life's Journey, Volume One" -
a $50 Visa Gift Card - and a copy of the new Sony Holland CD, "Sanssouci".

You can read reviews of my poetry book at:

Fifty Dollars

To listen to songs on "Sanssouci, go to Sony Holland's website @:

To be eligible for the give away, you must be 1) a follower of my blog.  To have additional
entries, you may make a post about the give away on your blog ( one entry ) - just send me
a message when you have done this with the link to your blog - and, for every comment
you make on my blog until the day of the drawing, you will get an additional entry.  The
drawing will take place - by random generator  - on October 3, 2010, my 66th birthday.


  1. Congratulations on your blogversary!:)

  2. What a list of accomplishments! Hurrah for your blog-iversary; happy birthday in advance; and you inspire me with your published poetry volume.

  3. Happy blogaversary ! I started in June 2006 ! time went by so fast ! I love it, it became my hobby. Fortunately because I am retired otherwise the days would be very boring !

  4. So good to be one year old.

  5. Its a trumpet moment considering how many struggle to last a month Here's my Friday 55. Hope your week goes well

  6. for me it is the firends that make the journey worth it...congrats on a year! many dont make it that far...and look during that time you got published as well...nice.

  7. Anonymous10:18 AM

    Happy anniversary! Nice 55...

  8. Sweet

    Happy everything, your poetry, your life, you dreams, your lovely blog,

    Nice 55er,

    Have a wonderful week end.


    enjoyed the music.....

  9. Writing always helps, isn't it? That's an enjoyable poem, and an amazing giveaway. Happy first anniversary to your blog :)

  10. Congrats. How convenient of you to have this anniversary on Friday's 55 day. But wait....this isn't fiction is it? :-) Gotcha back.

  11. Anonymous5:03 PM

    Concratulations upon this achievement. It will be of great joy to follow you through another year.

    First anniversary for daily athens will be on October 11th. Please have a good weekend.

  12. Congrats and keep 'em coming! The poem is very upbeat and so is the blog. I have posted a few links for those who are trying to stretch the dollar but not considered low income. Perhaps I should do a repeat? I have had lots of struggles too and it has always been then that God shone the brightest. You are in my prayers.

  13. Happy Anniversary Carmen Electra!
    You've given the 55 gang lots of top notch fun over the last year.
    You take great Pictures, and you have a Lovely family!
    Thanks for finding us, and for giving everyone so much encouragement and support.
    Thanks for playing today Nursie, and have a Kick Ass Week-End...G

  14. Anonymous7:13 PM

    Happy Blogoversary and Congrats :) That is just awesome. :) And your 55 is awesome as well :) Blogging opened up a whole new world for me. And boy what a way to celebrate my friend. I am following your blog and will have a post up about it on Sunday :) Well tomorrow afternoon :) Have a great weekend and again congratulations :)

  15. Hi Carmen- Here I am- glad to be your friend. Happy Blogiversary!

  16. Happy Blogiversary to you!!

  17. congratulations. happy anniversary. i am so happy for you.

  18. Indrani -
    Many thanks! I cannot believe the year has gone
    by so quickly.

    Meri -
    I don't know that I've accomplished so much - maybe for being in the new field of forensic nursing for 21 years but the rest is minor. I've been writing poetry since I was six and I didn't finally publish my book till 65!!!

    Gattina -
    I cannot believe how much time I spend at blogging. I hate not to be at my forensic nursing job any more but I certainly wouldn't be doing this blog more than once a week if I were!

    rainfield61 -
    Well, if I am only one, how come I have so many wrinkles??

    John's comments -
    This blog is one of the few things that's kept me sane in the 18 months since the budget cuts ended my forensic nursing job of 21 years. I have been so bereft since then.

    Mama Zen -
    Thank you for the congratulations.

    Brian Miller -
    This year really flew by. I had just started the blog when I went to Rome with four friends for my 65 birthday celebration.

    gospelwriter -
    We're never met before so it is very nice to see you!

    Joanny -
    Thanks for all the lovely wishes.

    fullet -
    Last year, at this time, we had barely met and I was preparing for my trip to Rome and the cruise. Just wish we'd gotten together in Barcelona. I know I'll never make it there again...but you are one of the nicest friends I've made in this blogging world.

  19. Monkey Man -
    I'm glad I was able to use Flash 55 to announce my blog was so convenient!!

    ρομπερτ -
    Well, Robert, we'll both be going hand in hand into another year together! Goodness, has it seemed as fast to you as it has to me?

    Judy Sheldon-Walker -
    I am pleased you like my blog. I sure hope I have the same good fortune as you and that God will not forget about me!! Keep me in your prayers.

    You always know how to give Nurse Ratchet a laugh. Thanks for the sweet things you say. Glad you met my family via my blog and I'm glad I discovered you and the 55 crowd. It is the first time in my life I've every conveyed something in that many words.

    Thom -
    I am delighted to have met you via Mr. G-man & Flash 55. It's a great bunch hanging out in that spot! I appreciate your following me.

    Sharkbytes -
    It's always been great following your blog. Hiking with you is probably the most exercise
    I get! I admire you so much.

    special agent woman -
    Thanks for the nice wishes!

    ruthi -
    I so much appreciate all your comments and good wishes!

  20. You are so generous, Carmen, and congratulation to your one year of blogging.

  21. :)
    My dearest friend,
    this is so beautiful of you... congrats in your One Year Blogging

    Your comment yesterday really moved me in a way you can not even imagine... well of course you can... for such words can only come and go from soul to soul... and by finding each other here, another of those miracles, some call coincidences, happen...

    Thanks a lot for being there... YOU ARE THE SWEETEST, LAdy!



  22. Happy Blog Birthday!
    It has been such a pleasure reading you!
    Here is to many more blog years together!!

  23. Boy, I am late but belated happy anniversary!!

    hubs also had his bday last many celebrations for my blogger friends this month.

    take care!

  24. oh wow, your prizes are so generous Carmen, may you have a wonderful anniversary.

  25. Anonymous6:10 PM

    My post is up. You can see it HERE. Have a great Saturday :)

  26. Happy Blogaversary!

  27. Congratulations on your blogversary

  28. Congratulations ! I am already in my 4th year, I started in June 2006.

  29. Happy Blogoversary to you,
    Happy Blogoversary to you
    Happy Blogoversary dear Carmen
    Happy Blogoversary to you.

    Congratulations on blogging for a year, keep up the good work, and more of the poetry please.

  30. Icy BC -
    I hope I can continue blogging, perhaps it won't be with such regularity, if I get to India for six months. Financially, I have to move out of this house and try to do something to reduce my debt and this seems like it might help - plus I'll get to see many friends there.

    Dulce -
    I hope you had a wonderful birthday. I wish so much I had known you in my earlier cruising days, I might have gotten to the Canaries! I'm afraid it will never happen now. But, our souls have touched each other and that is what is important.

  31. Shiju Sunugan -
    Your photography has warmed my heart and lifted my spirits often when I have needed it so much. If I do make it to India, I hope I don't come home without first meeting you!

  32. Ayie -
    You're not late. Today, Sunday, is actually the anniversary of my blog.

    betchai -
    Well, I thought I'd better do something special for this first anniversary...who knows how long I'll be keeping it up. I'll be 67 on the 3rd of October and I may run out of steam as my hair gets grayer!

    Thom -
    That new meme is cute. We all can use a good laugh.

    KB -
    There are times I never thought I would make it to a year.

    Jidhu Jose -
    I am amazed, myself, that I've lasted a year...also, I'm amazed that I spend about 12 hours a day, sometimes more, on this computer!!!

  33. Dave -
    I need to get back to writing poetry. I've been a bit distracted lately and haven't felt very creative.

    Gattina -
    Amazing! Four years. I hope I am still at it but, heavens, I will be just about to celebrate my 71st birthday at that time. Wonder if I'll make it that long!

  34. Wow Carmen, that is a fabulous giveaway to celebrate your 1st year of blogging! Thank you. Please count me in as you already know I'm a loyal follower.

    And I'm marking October 3rd on my calendar to wish you a wonderful 66th birthday!

    Cheers and congratulations. jj

  35. Congratulations on your one year blog-aversary! It's neat you found something that you love and that helps fuel your creative fire!

    Hooray for you!

  36. Anonymous1:48 PM

    I envy poetry writers. Your book looks lovely, and I am entering for a chance to win it. Happy blogversary!

  37. Hello, RNSANE.
    "Life's Journey. . ."

    Yes. It is so.
    And the life is the big wave.

    The people get the experience during the journey.
    Journey, itself may be the life.


  38. Congratulations of your one year blog anniversary, Carmen! It has been a joy to get to know you. Life is always evolving and it is good to keep looking forward to what joys are yet to come! ♥ Pat

    PS I am a follower

  39. Happy Blogversary! I'm a new follower.

    I look forward to getting to know you better.

  40. Anonymous1:43 AM

    Happy Blogiversary! So glad you are celebrating it. Hope you have a great week. I am a new follower. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  41. Congratulations to your blog, Carmen, and best wishes from me!

    Have a beautiful day!!

  42. I cannot resist following a person who has a gorgeous picture of the pacific coast as a header. Congrats on the one year anniversary!

  43. Congratulations on your blogaversary! And published poetry? Wow!

  44. Congratulations on your one year anniversary with blogging! I think we started very nearly at the same time. I started my first blog in April of last year and then changed it in August of 2009. It has been very interesting. I am so happy to have 'met' you through blogging.
    I am working on questions for our interview. But I don't want to give away anything here. I'll e-mail it to you!
    Thank you for visiting my 'A is for Ambition'-post. (I think I wrote a better poem for my 'J is for Jewellery'-poem.)I know that I have a lot to learn about writing poetry, but if I don't give it a try, I will never learn. So I scribble down ideas usually in the early morning before the rest of the family wakes or after they are off to work and school.

    Hugs from

    For the benefit of other readers:

    Anna's A-word(Mrs.Jenny-Rd2)
    Anna's J-word (abc-Wed rd-7)

  45. Happy blogoversary, dear friend! You are so generous! Congratulations on your countless accomplishments! I have yet to get myself a copy of your book.
    Like you, I love blogging, but not as much as the friends I encounter along the way. Such blessings!
    Advance Happy Birthday, girlfriend! Mwa!

  46. Oh, happy blogiversary! It's kind of addictive isn't it? I hit my 4th blogiversary in May and could hardly believe it.

  47. wow...happy blogversary to you.

  48. congrats for your blogversary. More blogversary to come soon :)

  49. Happy blogvarsary!!

  50. Happy Blogversary! Mine too one year passed and i didn't realise :D

  51. Love the shot of the bridge at sunset! The lobby elevators is pretty, too!

  52. Wish you Happy Anniversary. You have truly wonderful space here.

  53. Hi Carmen, this is quite a celebration! I have a birthday in October too! We are both Libras! Wow, your BD is coming soon...will come back to help make it a big sha-bang@