a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Monday, March 23, 2015

A to Z, Theme Reveal



It is that time, time to reveal my theme for this year's A to Z Challenge that starts April 1, 2015.  I'm so excited this year about the challenge.  This is the first year I'm a "minion", a helper on Stephen Tremp's Troops.  Looking forward to that adventure.

And now what everyone is waiting for.

My theme.

For A to Z

2015

Ready for it??

Little story behind it.  Remember last year when I did the theme of pictures from where we walked Koda? I liked the thought of a picture theme and short posts which I somewhat accomplished.  You know me and words.  I do my best, but sometimes its hard to keep it short and sweet (maybe because I'm tall???)

Well I decided to go with that theme again this year.  Obviously not where we walk Koda since we don't live there any more and we don't have him any more.

But we live some place else this year that just coincidentally its abbreviation is AZ (Arizona).

So without further ado, I announce my theme for A to Z 2015

A to Z All About Me, Arizona Style

Again its a picture theme, again I'm trying my best to keep posts short and simple.  It will be things about me, likes, dislikes, things about where we live in Arizona.  Some cute, some silly, some sad, some information, hopefully none boring.  Some you will know about if you've read my blog for a bit. Some will be new. 

All pictures have been taken in Arizona since we moved here in January.

I hope you'll enjoy it.

Little housekeeping before the challenge:

For those who faithfully read my blog, thank you, please do not feel you have to read and comment on all 26 posts in Arizona.

My plan is to read my usual favorite blogs first in my order of things, then the blogs as my helping as part of Tremp's Troops, then go and visit new blogs.

This should all work UNLESS the mandatory overtime they just started at work continues on longer than it is supposed to.  It is suppose to wrap up by end of March, but you never know how that goes.  Otherwise, I'll just fine tune things a bit.

Still not too late to sign up for the challenge.

Hope you enjoy A to Z All About Me, Arizona Style

98 comments:

Jacquelineand.... said...

I'm looking forward to your posts!

Sue Elvis said...

Betty,

I'm not doing the challenge this year, but I'm looking forward to reading your A - Z posts. Your theme sounds as good as last year's. I'm sure you'll be a wonderful minion. Enjoy! I hope the challenge is successful and you have a great time writing, reading and making new friends!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I've never done the A-Z Challenge, but always enjoy reading yours. It'll be interesting to hear about Arizona as I've never been there.

Rhonda Albom said...

My parents retired to Arizona, it will be interesting to see your AtoZ. I revealed today too :)

Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

Brave theme, self revealing and entertaining. I look forward to seeing your pictures during April.
Tasha
Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

TARYTERRE said...

A picture theme is a fabulous challenge idea. And being all about you and your new state Arizona is perfect. Looking forward to the posts.

Bijoux said...

Since I love AZ, the state, I'm sure I will enjoy your A to Z.

Jen Lace&Lunges said...

Why didn't I think of doing a photo series instead of typing away until 3am?.Can't wait to see your posts.
Jen www.laceandlunges.com

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

I went through Arizona once with my aunt and cousin on our way out to Vegas. I remember mostly a cool, fantastic truck stop and all the turquoise and silver jewelry sold everywhere! I'm sure I'll enjoy seeing AZ through your eyes.
Life & Faith in Caneyhead
I am Ensign B ~ One of Tremp's Troops with the
A to Z Challenge

yaya said...

Great idea! I haven't been to Arizona since 1991 so I'll look forward to seeing the pics!

Intense Guy said...

Sounds like an awesome theme!!

:) Looking forward to the A- Z's!

Pat Hatt said...

Sure it will be grand to see pics of the AZ, state, land haha living in Arizona sells itself to the theme.

A Tarkabarka Hölgy said...

Arizona! I spent 5 days in Phoenix once. I wish I could go back to explore more, I really liked what I could see.
Cheers!

@TarkabarkaHolgy from
Multicolored Diary - Epics from A to Z
MopDog - The crazy thing about Hungarians...

Jerralea said...

Betty, I have so enjoyed getting to meet you at last year's A-Z. It will be great to know you better through your posts this year. I love picture posts, so I'll be looking forward to yours.

Linda said...

Have fun! Looking forward to seeing your photos.

Kings said...

Looking forward to AZ AtoZ--that's great. I lived in AZ for 10 months a long time ago. It will be nice to visit again with your blog in April.

jack69 said...

Ok, as they say in the writing trade, youhave set the hook, I am looking forward to this. We always enjoy your posts.
Length is my problem, I keep trying to work on that but not too successful.
So lets hear about "you Arizona style".
Why am I attracted to movers? LOL Love it.

Big Mark 243 said...

...this post had me thinking about how far everyone has come since we first met blogging, Betty... and that YOU were one of the reasons that I kept at it..! Looking forward to "you, AZ style"!

Mark

Chrys Fey said...

I've always wanted to go to Arizona, so I'm excited to read your posts. :)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I already learned Arizona doesn't do DST. I'm looking forward to learning more.

Paula Kaye said...

It will be so much fun getting to know you even better!

Stephen Tremp said...

We were in Arizona last weekend for my nephew's wedding. They live in Phoenix and the wedding was on a boat on a lake outside Peoria.

Birgit said...

This will be very interesting and I look forward to it:) Good luck with being a minion:)

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Sounds like a great theme. Looking forward to seeing your posts.

Cindi said...

looking forward to pics and the journey you will bring us on!!! yAy!

Carol Noren Johnson said...

Love how you introduced this series and looking forward to knowing more about Arizona which I think I have visited only once years ago.

Hugs,
Carol

cleemckenzie said...

You may have found the answer to the question about why people write long or short! I'm short. I write that way. Thanks for explaining. :-)

Jeff Bushman said...

Excellent idea! Looking forward to the pics and clips.

Bushman
2015 A to Z Challenge Ambassador
@jwb81074

Lonnie Goldman said...

What a great theme! I subscribed to your blog and I'm really looking forward to reading all of your posts! I know a few people who live in Arizona and have contemplated moving there. Perhaps your blog will sway me.

This is our, http://www.thechinesequest.com first #AtoZchallenge and we are excited to participate!

Sean @ His And Her Hobbies said...

Looking forward to reading your posts this year. I love photos from that area since it is so different to what it looks like on the east coast.

Sean at His and Her Hobbies

SweetMarie said...

I'm looking forward to your A to Z!

Stephanie Faris said...

Perfect! I can't believe it worked out that your state is AZ, too! I think I met you last year during the challenge? I always looked forward to where you and Koda would take us next. Can't wait to see your adventures in your new home.

Pam Margolis said...

I want to hear about your Koda. And Arizona mostly cuz it's freezing here.

Mevely317 said...

This is so clever, Betty!
I can't wait to get to know you a little better through this challenge.

Liz A. said...

Sounds like a great theme. And hopefully things will calm down at work just in the nick of time.

Corinne Rodrigues said...

Sounds like a great theme! I think it's something I'd like to do too on another blog, next year, perhaps!
Have a good time A to Zing!

kimlhine said...

I am excited to learn about Arizona from a local! i'll be reading them all.

Sophie Duncan said...

I look forward to seeing some of your photos :) Good luck with the A to Z and I hope the overtime doesn't bit too badly.

Sophie
Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles
FB3X
Wittegen Press

Nick Wilford said...

Sounds nice and I look forward to seeing your pics.

Sundari Venkatraman said...

That Bench with a view looks so cool. I loved my few minutes on it. Looking forward to your posts and wish you all the best! :)

Nilanjana Bose said...

Hi,

I'm short, but I struggle to keep the writing that way :) Really liked your blog's banner pic. Your theme sounds great, many place/travel related themes for the A-Z this time too. Perfect for armchair travellers!

Best wishes,
Nilanjana.
Madly-in-Verse


Anna Nordeman said...

24th March 2015

Looking forward to your posts. Short and sweet is good.

Best wishes,
Anna

Yvonne Ventresca said...

Arizona - AZ is brilliant! I love posts with photos. (Your blog bench photo is gorgeous, BTW.)

Yvonne

susie said...

Clever!

John Holton said...

I've been to Arizona a number of times and always enjoyed my visits. Are you looking to live closer to Phoenix or Tucson? Looking forward to your posts.

John Holton
The Sound Of One Hand Typing

LuAnn Braley said...

A very appropriate state for the A to Z challenge, Betty! Always glad to keep up with my sister and brother minions! :O)

Linda said...

I ALWAYS enjoy the view from your bench. I am looking forward to your AZ challenge. Life has interfered with being able to keep up with my blog this winter. Through it all we keep trusting . Thank you for sharing your life through your pictures and thoughts.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I love the themes that are geographically educational. I love traveling and seeing new places...these sort of blog posts are like cheap travel!

Robyn Proctor Hinkle said...

Hmmm this sounds very interesting, excited to read more!

Elizabeth Hein said...

I'm looking forward to learning more about Arizona. I've only been there once for a few days and thought it was beautiful.

Elizabeth Hein - Scribbling in the Storage Room

Ellie said...

I can't wait to read your posts! Looking forward to it!

orneryswife said...

Lovely photo, and I look forward to reading your posts. I am from AZ but haven't lived there in over 37 years.

Patricia Lynne said...

Fun theme. Congrats on being a minion. It's my first year being one too. =)

Chatty Crone said...

I have always wanted to learn about Arizona!

Debbie D. said...

It's always interesting to meet new people and learn things about them and where they live. Looking forward to your posts!

C.D. Gallant-King said...

I know nothing of you or Arizona, so these should be educational on all fronts. Good luck!

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

This is a great theme! I really enjoy when fellow bloggers share things about themselves and where they live.

loverofwords said...

Great theme. Looking forward to seeing more of Arizona, being a Western girl at heart. But we have friends who have a home there and we have seen a bit of the state, need to stay longer.

Kat said...

That is a fantastic idea! Especially since your new home is AZ. Perfect!

storytellermary said...

Looking forward to many pleasant views from AZ.
. . . and re earlier post, waaaay to much for an association fee.

Melissa Sugar said...

With Arizona as your new home and the AZ abbreviation, how could you not go with this theme. I think it's a fun idea and I like the idea of photos and short posts I am so long winded and I write lengthy post so it is always a challenge for me to get my point across with brevity. I have a plan to do just that this year. I understand that you have many blogs to visit during the challenge , so if you can't make it to mine, I underdetsnd . Hopefully you can stop by. I am offering a chance to solve a mystery with daily clues as part of my crime fiction theme. There will be prizes .

Best of luck and I will be back in April .

Morgan Dragonwillow said...

I'm new to your blog so it will be nice to get to know you better through you A to Z posts! Saving your blog to my A to Z favs file so I can visit you again! Good luck with the challenge!

Morgan at A Poet's Kitchen

Secret Agent Woman said...

A to Z in AZ? Nice.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

I love AZ! It feels like home every time we visit. Sedona is my favorite location. Enjoy!!!

Jolie du Pre said...

Sounds like fun!

Veronica Lee said...

Looking forward to reading your A - Z posts, Betty. I hope to visit Arizona someday.

Susan Scott said...

I'm looking forward to this Betty thank you. My very good friend lives in Paradise Valley - I live in South Africa. I visited them last year this time, it is sooo lovely, and your posts will be a happy reminder.

Sue McPeak said...

Hi Betty...very clever...your A-Z Arizona Theme. It should prove to be informative and entertaining. Good for you having all your bases covered with work, readers and visiting. Our 'Minon' reading will definitely be an added bonus to reading more blogs. I am on AJ's wHoooligans. Looking forward to your posts. Thanks for stopping by.
Sue at CollectInTexas Gal
AtoZ 2015 Challenge
Minion for AJ's wHooligans

Sara C. Snider said...

I've been to Arizona once, and that was with a layover flight that got delayed. So there I was, standing outside the airport at midnight waiting for the hotel shuttle to arrive and the temperature was still around 100 degrees. That's what I always think of when I think of Arizona. Hopefully your posts can help broaden my Arizonian horizons. :)

Good luck with the challenge!

Lux Ganzon said...

Ooh you're joining the challenge. Good luck. I'll be waiting for your posts.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I used to live in Arizona, so I will enjoy your photos! I'll have to see how many places I've visited.

Beverley Baird said...

Sounds like an interesting theme!
Thanks for stopping by.

netablogs said...

That's a great theme for A-Z! I'm looking forward to reading each of your posts! No A-Z for me this year. Too much going on (in my head, if nowhere else! ;)

Saleslady371 said...

Since I'm one of your newest followers, I look forward to getting to know you and the challenge sounds like fun, especially since I live in AZ!

The Vinyl Edition said...

Hi Betty. Sounds like you will be very busy in April with your Minion tasks and also snapping the right pics for your A-Z challenge.
Looking forward to seeing your posts from the other side of the world!

Shan Jeniah Burton said...

Arizona has a special place in my heart and in my family. So much so that our daughter's middle name is Sedona (where my Accomplice and I had our first date).

Looking forward to reading!

nashvillecats2 said...

Look forward to read about Arizona. Good luck with the challenge.

the little princess said...

Thanks for dropping by Betty! Nice to connect to you through this challenge..

mylifelivedfull said...

What a great theme! It sounds tailor made for the A to Z :)
Hope you have lots of fun as a "minion" :)

TheCyborgMom said...

I actually really enjoy picture posts with a short description or commentary. Sweet and simple. I'm actually thinking of doing something similar for my theme...still working on it!
TheCyborgMom

Sharon said...

So looking forward to seeing your *viewpoint* on Arizona!!

Count me in for the journey!

:-)

Michele Truhlik said...

I'm looking forward to seeing Arizona through your eyes and will enjoy getting to know more about you through your photos. Fun theme!
Michele at Angels Bark

Keren Amaechi said...

Looking forward to reading your blog posts

Michelle Wallace said...

I remember some of your pics from last year.
Really beautiful.
See you around on the A to Z race track!

Dawn@Lighten Up! said...

Sounds like a great challenge! Have fun!

S. Ali said...

Hey,
I'm looking forward to reading about your theme! I'm new to your blog so this will be a great chance of getting to know your life better. Awesome!
Sara

www.saraallie.blogspot.com

Samantha Dunaway Bryant said...

Sounds like a great theme! Looking forward to it!

Nas said...

Sounds interesting and definitely new for me. Looking forward to all the posts.

DMS said...

Love your theme! I can't wait to see your AZ photos! :)
~Jess

Misha Gericke said...

Looking forward to this. :-)

Eli Ert said...

First time visiting your blog, but love the look of it. Great theme, and will be back for more:-) Best of luck on the challenge:-)

Kelly Steel said...

I'm looking forward to your posts!

Maria Zannini said...

We're practically neighbors...well, within a few hundred miles. :)

I love Arizona. It was one of my favorite vacation spots.

Naqvee said...

And Yes, the time has come for bettter days and new posts!
Hope you are enjoying your time as well Arizona Style :)

Lottsa Luff..
Naqvee

Suzy said...

Look forward to your photos. Thanks for dropping by my theme reveal. btw Super like short posts :)

Anna Tan said...

Dropping by to say hi.

I know nothing about Arizona, so this sounds like a good start to learn!

Sara said...

Thanks for helping with the A-Z challenge, I'm so excited to get started!

Greenpatches said...

Your theme sounds a great idea. A picture paints a thousand words, after all!

Thanks for visiting my corner of the blogosphere.