Dec 012011

 colorfuleaves 13 Highlights November Roundup

13 Highlights of November.  Last month I celebrated my one month blogaversary and reviewed the best of October.  Now the beginning of another month rolls around and I thought it is a good time to review the best of the previous month and a sneak preview for plans for the upcoming month.

  1. Accomplishments – Survived spammer and bot attacks that almost shut down the blog. The blog survived thanks to the tireless genius of a friend (Saphrym) who worked behind the scenes helping me. Also thanks go out for a suggestion from a friend on Facebook – I installed 2 very useful wordpress plugins – Bad Behavior and WP-Ban.  What a difference – the spam comments have dropped from 40 to 50 a day to 3 or 4.  Bad Behavior blocked 15 attacks in the first 20 minutes and still going strong.
  2. Tweaked the sidebar a bit for better performance (still a work in progress, but striving to make the page easy to load and an enjoyable place to visit).  Discovered Pingdom – test website performance, gives lots of useful information. (I don’t understand it all, but I was able to use some of the information to make positive changes.)
  3. The debut of Cauldron Chat (come sit and chat a spell) – a monthly discussion topic, we can share experiences, information, questions about various topics (and exchange links).  December’s chat topic is Crystals.
  4. November was a very exciting month – I attended the Be Thankful Circle of Trees Retreat and got to share my experience Firewalking
  5. Shared my experience Arrow Breaking (at the Circle of Trees Retreat)
  6. Shared my experience Table Tipping  (at the Circle of Trees Retreat)
  7. A favorite post – House Blessing with Crystals.
  8. Posted my first book review here at Blissful Moon – Chopin and Beyond (my review)  (a very interesting book, autobiography of Byron Janis, a famous pianist and includes his encounters with the paranormal throughout his life) To read more about it, Chopin and Beyond: My Extraordinary Life in Music and the Paranormal 13 Highlights November Roundup (Amazon link)
  9. Looking ahead for month of December and beyond – tomorrow I am going to pick out a healing drum and I will be sure to post photos over the weekend.  I’m looking forward to learning more about drumming and hope to find a drumming circle near me that I can attend regularly.
  10. I am giving two workshops at the Spring Strength and Rebirth Circle of Trees Retreat (April 27-29, 2012) and will be posting more about them and associated tidbits as plans progress (you can read a brief description on their website).  This is a wonderful retreat, if you can attend I highly recommend it – there will be lots of workshops, maypole dancing, drumming and a butterfly release too.
  11. I am expanding my crystal collection and looking forward to sharing photos and information about the various stones (I also have a few big projects in the works but these will take several months to unfold, so keeping them unwraps for now).
  12. There are a few things on my to do list that I didn’t get to, so they will get carried over – one is to figure out how to get my Blissful Moon “favicon” to show up.  In my favorites list for Blissful Moon it just shows the generic “e” favicon – but maybe it shows up for others  *shrugs*  – but I’m clueless how to fix the situation, so this may stay on my to do list for awhile.
  13. Tarot review videos – November was really busy and I didn’t get a chance to make a tarot video.  With the Yule holiday coming up, December will most likely be very busy too so I will mostly likely have to postpone starting the video project until next month.

How was your November – blogging and otherwise?

Bright blessings, Lady Rose

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  16 Responses to “13 Highlights November Roundup”

  1. My November was ok. It is hard to believe it is December already!

  2. Sounds like a good month. You’re doing lots of good self-empowering things.

  3. I’ve never heard of a drumming circle but I sense it will be very spiritual. After all, drumming is so primitive, in the very best way.

    • I’ve attended drumming circles at retreats and conferences that I’ve attended and dance and raise energy for earth healing- we stay up late and the drumming is truly magical and spiritual – I’ve done very little drumming myself so far, but once I have my very own drum who knows maybe I’ll drum at a drumming circle one of these days – but I do so love dancing to the drums too

  4. I love how positive you about about finding the good things to wrap up a month. Very inspiring and such a beautiful blog. Love your 13 this month.

  5. Sounds like you had a good November! Spammers are the reason I use word verification on my blog. I know some people don’t like word ver, but I’ve found it really does help.

  6. Chopin had paranormal encounters?! Wowoweee… going to the link now. Thanks.

    • actually the author of the book had paranormal experiences – but some involve his “connection” to Chopin (sorry I didn’t make that clearer in the post) thank you for stopping by!

  7. I hate Bad Behavior because it frequently screens me out even when I’ve double checked that I’m virus free and there’s no reason for it. OTOH, I also suffered some attacks this month.

    • I needed to do something – my hosting service was going to shut me down, from the info they sent me it looked like two spammers – one had over 37000 hits and other over 32000 hits to this site in a very short amount of time – I think I read on the bad behavior site that an update was due soon, hopefully it will fix glitches like the one you experienced. Will keep my fingers crossed – but thank you for the heads up on what could happen

  8. That sounds like a great retreat. I use the Mother Peace tarot deck. My link at the TT was wrong. Here is my 13:

    • It was Colleen – there is another in Jan. and also in the Spring (I’m doing two workshops at the Spring retreat). Thanks for the link to your Thurs 13 – will hop on over :)

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