97. Best of Spy Garden 2013

Perusing the archives to find favorites of 2013, I realized that doing 100 posts in 100 days has improved Spy Garden site content by 357%. Vowing to write 100 posts in 100 days is the Best Blogging Decision of 2013. Photos are great but sometimes photos take a minute to load and it is much better to have something to read whilst waiting for a photo to appear. When the Every Day Essay Madness ends I don’t think I will revert to my photos/captions posting pattern of yore. If people take the time to click on something that sounds interesting in the Archives (i.e. “Sicilian Serpents and Company” or “Watering”) readers should get more of a reward for clicking than five or ten photos (even if they are decent photographs).

What’s the best post of 2013? The immediate favorite that comes to mind is How to Make Ink from Black Walnuts. I asked the Spy and he quickly responded, “My zombie story!” Later,

I asked Smoochie, “What is the best post I ever did?”

Smoochie, “I don’t know.”

Me, “Just which one comes to mind as your favorite?”

Smoochie, “That is an impossible question to answer. It’s like asking, ‘What’s your favorite episode of Seinfeld?'”

So that is probably the best Spy Garden compliment of 2013. Hahhaa

Best Photos of 2013? There were WAY too many to thoroughly look through so I just chose the ones that I remembered most. In plants, the Violet de Provence artichoke blooms were the best subject:

Like a Koosh ball!

Like a Koosh ball!

Violet de Provence Artichoke Bloom and Zebra Swallowtail

Violet de Provence Artichoke Bloom and Zebra Swallowtail

Love how the pollen sparkles on the bee!

Love how the pollen sparkles on the bee!

Best of the Spy:

One with the mud

One with the mud

Ahhhhhhh...paradise

Ahhhhhhh…paradise

For more dirt pictures (which was also in my top 10 posts: Old Dirt, New Dirt). I also love the shots of him when he was playing with three baby mice (Three (sort of) Blind Mice). Babyzilla’s best:

Baby in the Garden

Baby in the Garden

Baby Zilla

Baby Zilla

My favorites of baby are also “Pare Down, A Style Story” and “On Fashion“.

In perusing the archives to find the “best of” it was quite shocking to see all that green.

Woah!

Woah!

But I am not a wistful sort of person and mostly when I see Spy Garden Summer my thoughts run like this, “I can take a better picture than that”, “I can write something funnier than that”, “I can plant something in that bare spot”, etc., etc. We try to improve and learn new things every day so I hope the content improves every day. Reflection helps one to grow and improve, but it is not in Spy Garden style to pick apart the past or think about it too much.

“Say not, “Why were the former days better than these?” For it is not in wisdom that you ask this.” Ecclesiastes 7:10

I don’t like the idea of “the best is yet to come” either because that is not living in the moment and truly, tomorrow may never come (I mean, hello, zombie apocalypse?!). Not that I’m worried about it…

“…do not be anxious about your life…which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” (excerpts from Matthew 6:25 and 27)

A most appropriate mantra for the notion of Spy Garden’s “Best of 2013” is:

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

So today is the Best of 2013!

December 6, 2013

December 6, 2013

Snow King Crown (made by the Spy)

Snow King Crown (made by the Spy)

December 6, 2013

December 6, 2013

Snow King Reign of Terror hahaHaha

Snow King Reign of Terror hahaHaha

Snowflake

Snowflake

December 6, 2013

December 6, 2013

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