160802 Jill’s blog of daily life


Where: Calgary (home)

Weather: A warm to hot day with late afternoon clouds becoming a thunderstorm. Lots of rain and lightning. I think it rained all night. Cool by night.

What I did in my non-blogging life: Breakfast with my friend Susan. Normally we go for a walk but she was a bit under the weather so it was just breakfast. To make up for that I took the dogs for a long walk in the late afternoon, before the rain. The highlight: seeing so many gardens and mini-orchards with flowers and fruits. This is the reward you get for walking in the alleys instead of the streets.

I saw a cherry tree with big cherries, not the tiny Nankings we have in our yard. These were proper cherries. I ate one. Now I want to go back and find out what kind of tree it is and where they got it.

What I did in my blogging life:

I’m trying to keep up with a few online professional development for bloggers things. One of them I put off until next week because it has an antecedent that I would like to do first. I started that today; it will take five days.

A conference call for help with the business of travel writing was moved to Thursday. Instead of using the newly-freed time to write I got into trying to set up a simple productivity app. Mistake! I am more productive without it. I don’t need an app to tell me I’m wasting time. However, I bet if I tracked my time closely for a week every month I would constantly find ways to be more efficient. I know it.

Finally did get around to blogging. I’m writing about the Trafalgar Square statues. Researched the fourth plinth sculpture “Alison Lapper Pregnant”, which I remember seeing. Learned a lot.

Started a Pinterest board for the article and put a lot of photos of Alison, her son Parys, and the sculpture on it.

Did a little more updating on Pinterest and called it a night.

My Instagram picture today was from the museum at Rocky Mountain House Historic Site.

Rocky Mountain House handmade First Nations dress



This is my standard form of disclosure that I am retroactively adding to all blog posts done before April 1, 2018, and will add to all new posts.

1. Is this experience open to the public?


2. Who paid the cost of me doing this?

I did.

3. Did I get any compensation or special consideration for writing this blog post?


4. Would I be as positive about this place if I had gone as a regular visitor?

Yes. I did go as a regular visitor.


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    August 3, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Jill, I’m looking forward to your thoughts on Alison Lapper Pregnant. Sounds like a remarkable woman.

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