Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Note Cards On Wheels

This month's theme for the Note Card Party 
comes to you courtesy of Elizabeth at

In response to my big old post about nothing really to celebrate 500 posts, 
she provided me with some blog fodder in the form of questions. (Thanks, by the way.)

One of them was this:  

Where did you come up with the name of your blog?


That was a very nice way of saying, "What's up with you and the wheels?"


Well, the longer answer can be found in my very first yakabout. You can read all  539 words of it HERE if you have a mind to. I know its that long because I used to keep a word count back then.  The short answer  is that it comes from the proverb which inspired the blog.

A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver. 
~Proverbs 25:11 

Somehow, I wanted to use that proverb in the title.  I might have considered
 Aptly Spoken or Apples of Gold, but they just seemed so ...usual.

You might not have noticed this, but I'm kind of fond of the unusual.


That's a very nice way of saying that I'm a little bit odd.


Plus, let's face it: Those words don't fit me. Those words are poised and poetic.  I'm more of a chubby chatterbox. I was about to shuck the whole proverb idea when I discovered that the actual Hebrew of that phrase " word aptly spoken" is "a word upon its wheel."  I loved that. 

Apparently, words aptly spoken are going someplace.
It sounded like an adventure to me.

  
And that, folks, is the short answer of how I got the name of this blog.

To be honest, I've regretted it a time or twenty in the past 500 posts. I confess to a bit of blog title envy every time I see the poised and poetic ones like The Nest at Finch Rest  or  Creekside Cottage  or Pear Tree Lane. 

I mean, really.  I live on a pear tree lane. Why didn't I think of that?  But nooo... I'm just a bunch of words on wheels.  

But then again, a lovely blog title might lure folks here with the promise of lovely things.  


And wouldn't they be disappointed when all they got was
 adventures in the life of a meandering motormouth?

Yeah, I think so too. 

I guess I'm stuck with it for now. 

What about you? How did you come upon the name for your blog? Are you happy with it, or do you suffer from blog title envy too?  If you could rename your blog, what would it be

(By the way, this post is 441 words. I'm sure you were wondering.)


*****
Sharing this, as usual with Vee...
who has both a haven and a Note Card Party.
  I envy them both. 



58 comments:

Denise said...

Love your postcards and I love your words aptly spoken. I think it's a great name. I don't have a blog, as you know, so I live vicariously through you. Keep writing!

Debbie said...

Good morning! I will start by saying that I LOVE your pictures today...soo pretty. And then that I LOVE your blog title...soo appropriate as your words are so aptly spoken. As for the name of mine I honestly don't remember how I arrived at the name for sure, other than I intended for it to be just about "how" my life really was...the good, the bad, and the sometimes ugly. haha. Enjoy your day Debbie!

Dawn@ We Call It Junkin.com said...

I've wondered before about your title, so I'm glad you did this post. I think it's great, based on a Proverb, how wonderful! I love your sense of humor and style of writing. (Follow you on bloglovin.) I like my blog title so far, but only 3 mos in, hope I don't regret it later! Take care - Dawn @ We Call It Junkin

Barbara F. said...

Love your photos, but what I always really loved and admired was your writing style. I have often compared you to the late great Erma Bombeck. Your blog title is sooooo perfect for you, Debbie. You do have a way with words. Most times I don't want your post to end.

I am also joining Vee for today's party. xo

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Oh I think the name was inspired ! You don't give yourself any credit and you should.
We don't know what the insurance will cover, we do know it won't cover the electrical upgrades we had to do.
My Sweetie is in the hospital, so we can add that expense to it too. He will be okay, our God is good !
(())

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

aww, you are too sweet. thanks, for the shout out. so kind of you too! (going to read that other post now.) i love ya usual & all. you make me smile, think, smile & laugh too. keep up the posts & i can't wait to hear you have posted for 1,000 posts & more. ( :

it is so hot & humid here ... every one should be living under a rock. we all need umbrellas to hide under. ha. ha!!

Lorrie said...

I think your blog name is wonderful - unique and poetic. There's alliteration and lovely long vowel sounds that make it sound, to me, like Dvorak's Going Home from his New World Symphony.

Definitely words that go somewhere!

Vee said...

Oh I am so glad that Elizabeth asked that question because the answer is wonderful! What a great title you have for your blog and with a wonderful background story. I've never been disappointed in my visits here...your words are going someplace; your pictures are terrific.

Sonja Goodson said...

well I think Words on Wheels is a great name for your blog! Every time I see your cart of flowers appear, I know it will be special. I used to have a cart like that in a big sloping front yard we had in Austin. When we sold the house, the buyer put that cart in the contract and I still miss it! So I always love to see yours!

I landed on Bits and Pieces for my name just because that's what I seem to have running through my brain, bits of this and pieces of that. :)

Pamela Gordon said...

Hi There. I love your wheeled notecards. The theme is wonderful. The scarecrow on the bike is fun. I named my blog playingwithmycamera because that's what I do all the time. Quite simple. My second choice would be something to do with living in the country. I almost changed it a month after I started it about 3 years ago but the name stuck. Blessings, Pamela

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You cards are all wonderful! We always love to see a train roll by. And your post is FUN! I love that! Hugs!

Sharon said...

Beautiful pictures, Debbie. And I have always loved your blog title. You know, what's always jumped into my thoughts was Ezekiel's vision of the living creatures and the way he described their wheels - their complexity, and the way their spirits were in the wheels.

That's what I think about your blog. Wheels within wheels, layers of delight and insight - all with your precious *Debbie* spirit intertwined in the middle of all of it.

My blog title came because I love word play. So "Sharon Sharing" appealed to that little English major that still lives in me. And, because it isn't all about me, of course I had to add that it was Sharon Sharing...GOD!

Word count on this comment??? 121, so far.

EDIT.

xo (126...)

Lavender Cottage said...

I like to read a post that comes naturally from a person sharing something. Very interesting how you came upon your blog name, and the fact that is unusual makes you unique.
I'm not such a talker and you can tell from my blog; some day I'll toss caution to the wind and open up. :-)
The wheels on your note cards are all nice, the last one is my favourite, the wagon and the windows.
My blog name is the same as what I chose for my writing business and name of our house.
Judith

Blackberry Lane said...

Lovely pictures and a great blog title you have! Nice to visit via Vee's note card party. Have a great day.

My blog title comes from the fact that we have wild blackberries growing on our property!

Maryann said...

Loved the back story on how you decided on the name for your blog. Great photos, love your style. Happy with the name of mine....reflected what was going on in our life at the time.

Denise at Forest Manor said...

Hi Debbie,

First, let me say that your pictures have made me want to go out and find an old wooden cart and fill it to the brim with potted flowers. These are beautiful!! Secondly, it's really neat to hear the story of how you chose your blog name. I did go to the link and read the earlier post, and I absolutely think the name of you blog fits you perfectly. I also like that's it's unusual (to use your description) which makes it stand out from other blog names but not so unusual that it's hard to pronounce or remember. That could cause problems at our age. :)

The source of my blog name is really quite boring -- it's the name of the street we live on. If I'd also realized that several nursing home facilities, retirement communities, etc., have the same name, I certainly wouldn't have chosen it. Google "Forest Manor" sometime, and you'll see what I mean.

As for what other name I would choose for my blog, I'll have to get back to you on that. My brain is coming up with nothing at the moment. :)

I loved this post Debbie, and I hope you have a wonderful week!

Denise

Karen and Gerard said...

I really like the wagons of flowers ones and think your blog title suits you well!

Merlesworld said...

Great pictures.
Merle......

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I love all of your pics and think the building in the last one is amazing! I've said "I'm happier than a pig in mud" my whole life and it's still a phrase that makes me smile:@)

Mrs. Pivec said...

Oh, I LOVE how you came up with your blog name. And the pictures with this post are so, so pretty. Thank you for sharing them and the story.

My blog name, "Golightly Place," is from the name I called my former house. I like to walk lightly on the earth and many of my original posts had a lot of green-living ideas and information attached to them.

But also, God has given me a "melancholy" personality (rather than the "sanguine" that he blessed my daughter with) and so I find I can be in my head a LOT and take things awfully seriously. So "Golightly" is also a note to remind myself to lighten up a bit and I make a true effort at doing that - seeking joy - every day. Your blogs is one of the things that adds to that, so thank you. :)

Laurie Ritchey said...

Nobody could "EVAH" be disappointed when they opened your blog, no matter what you named your blog. And as far as expecting lovely things, I usually do find lovely things on your blog. I find the unique, the funny, the special, and the beautiful in your blog posts ~ both in words and in pictures. just look at these gorgeous photos in this post. And you can use as many words as you like to write a post, because your words always entertain. Congratulations on 500 posts! I look forward to the next 500. laurie

bj said...

I've wondered about your blog name...and now I know. Pretty cool.
Love these photos today...great for note cards.
xoxo

Mrs.Rabe said...

You are much more clever than I, that's why your blog has a cool, deep meaning name, and mine is named after our house.

I love your photos, too.

You are great with your words, and your blog is aptly named!

Deanna @ Creekside Cottage

Carol OurSearsKitHome said...

Debbie,
I know how you named your blog, cause it's one of my favorite blogs, so I remember.
Congrats on 500 posts! So nice to see your picture. I would like to see it more often!
Your dining room chairs, and the table that came along for the ride, are lovely. Just lovely!

Donna said...

What a great theme! I absolutely adore that last one with the colorful old cart. The backdrop of the stone building is stunning!

ellen b said...

You have me smiling here. I'm happy to know the "story" behind Words on wheels. I enjoyed your choices for notecards this month. My blog name probably needs an explanation to people, too. Many mistake it for the Happy wanderer instead of Happy Wonderer. I chose that name because I'm typically Happy and I wonder about a lot of things and that's what sends me searching out other blogs and adventures to soothe my wondering mind...

Chatty Crone said...

I read your first blog and I loved it. And I love your name. I think it is just perfect!

Chatty because I like to talk.
C creative
R researcher
O of
N new
E experiences

Sandie

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Love the photos - they make great notecards! It's interesting to learn the reason behind blog names.

When I moved my blog to WordPress I just wanted a new start and The Pleasures of Homemaking was too long to type out all the time plus I got some very...ahem...strange search results landing on my blog :) So I wanted a new name for my new place.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Great cards/photos!

I named my blog after our house and my business.

Was easy and I wouldn't change it. It's kinda who I am.

I LIKE your blog name!

: - )

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

great pictures...great blog post...always, always great and refreshing and fun!
My name...I didn't even know what a blog was when I started mine..I hadn't read one and had no clue how important a name would be. Sage...well I was starting to turn grey!

Gayle said...

Your blog title is 100% unique - just like you.

Mevely317 said...

All these photos are great ... especially that winsome fella on the bicycle! :)
Seriously, I enjoyed learning the origin of "Words on Wheels." (Sometimes I think I learn more about the Bible from visiting here than I ever did in church!)

As for my blog title? "Respice Prospice" is borrowed from an old watch inscription belonging to my mother. Roughly translated, it means "look to the future, but learn from the past."

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Congratulations on your 500 posts! I enjoyed hearing about how you named your blog. Neat! I also went back and read your first one. I've always liked the name and the flower cart (I pinned two of them tonight.) I've always imagined the Words on Wheels with little movement characters around them like they are moving fast! LOL!

It's easy to figure out why I named mine Yellow Rose Arbor because yellow roses have always been my favorite flower even from childhood. Yes, I wish I had used something else, but had forgotten about it at the time. It's a name I would have used if I had ever opened a decorating studio. I don't tell it because some day I may start another blog and use that name and I don't want somebody else to have it already! LOL!

I don't have a yellow rose arbor in our yard, wish I did. I do have an arbor on the courtyard by our front porch, but it has fuschia bouganvilla which wasn't there when I started my blog. Glad I didn't use that, it is hard to spell!!

Katherine

Lynn Richards said...

Love this!!
I think your blog title is perfect.
Mine came from the thought that Walt Disney and his imagineers would never shoot down an idea at a meeting and that the sky was the limit. Added to that, I was at the beach when I came up with the idea of really persuing my art. It was on August 14th, and I remember that because the original name of mt blog/company was August Fourteen.
Sometimees I wish I had kept that original idea, but mostly not!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I'm visiting from Vee's party. I just love your beautiful photos and your words, too.

My blog name? It's a long story, so I'm not sure I could give you a condensed version. I do wish I'd chosen something more clever than The Farmer's Daughter. The Lineman's Wife didn't sound good and something like A Haven for Cheryl just wouldn't sound right, either. Haha!

I love your blog and your writing, so you have a new follower.

Sally Kelly said...

Interesting story -- and great photos! I love that last wagon-load of flowers. So pretty.

kitty said...

Thank you for telling us how you came up with the name of your blog, but somehow I always thought it fit you perfectly. Your notecards are all beautiful and I especially love the last one. What I love most, however, is your way with words, Debbie!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oh, Debbie... words going somewhere couldn't be more apt for you. I love your writing!! And, "A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
~Proverbs 25:11" You are gold to me. blessings and hugs ~ tanna

Crickit said...

The name of your blog is original and fun! Love hearing the why behind it! Mine started off as, "The Backseat Rider" because "Writer" was already taken. The backseat part because i ride on the back of hubby's motorcycle. After a bit I got tired of it and called it.. Crickit's Corner.

renée @ Singing With Birds said...

I love everything about the fact that your blog is still rollin' along! Like you, I've thought another name might be more appropriate, but we felt inspired at the time right? Thanks for all the fun here, between pumpkins and snowmen, I'm always laughing.

Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

Debbie, I always love seeing your little flower cart around Blogland ... and to see these beautiful carts (and the fun bicycle!) this week is a special treat. I knew the origin of your blog name, and I think it's wonderful! It's so very YOU, and I think you should just get over the blog name envy. ;-)

"My Place to Yours" was chosen as the name of my business over a decade ago, so I decided to keep using it. Now, three years into blogging, it's taken on a deeper meaning for me, so I've claimed it as my own! (But I know what you mean about some of the "poetic" blog names. I'll admit to having second thoughts in the past myself... LOL)

Creations By Cindy said...

Love your postcards! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Jennifer said...

Great photos. They are so pretty. :)

Carol said...

I love the images of wheels you chose for the note cards. I've always dreamed of having a wagon full of flowers in my yard.

Smiles,
Carol

Irene said...

Love the cards, how clever.

Louisette said...

Very lovely, great fotos , greeting from Belgium, happy summer.

Angel said...

When I return from being MIA, as I have been lately, I always check in with Words On Wheels. Apparently, I too am "fond of the unusual." :)

Seriously, though. Contrary to what you may think, there's a lot of loveliness to be found here. So I say keep spinning your lovely words upon wheels. The rest of us are having fun riding along on your adventures.

Alycia Nichols said...

You're "a little bit odd"? C'mon now. C'mon now...let's just put it out there and call it like it is! :-) Girl, you are certifiable!!!!! And that's a good thing! It's what keeps me coming back! :-)

Frankly, I like the name of your blog. I didn't know it was from a proverb or anything deep like that. I just like it because it's like words rollin' off the tongue...like on wheels. It's cool!

I named my blog after the table number where my husband sat at one of my favorite weddings that I designed. We had come to be friends of the bride & groom, so my husband came to the wedding. I remember looking over at him while I was rushing around, and he looked so handsome in his tux. He was seated right in the same eye line as the framed table number. The photographer just happened to have a photo with the table number in it, so I cropped it down and that became my blog name!

If I could change it, I think it would just have my name in it.

Jeanne said...

Fun story of how you named your blog and I just love love love the carts full of flowers!!Great for Note Cards.

Peggy Jones said...

Hi Debbie, over from Vee's. I enjoyed your post and your story. The photos are all super. Pop over for a visit to my neck of the woods for a reading of how I came about naming my blog. DAYLILY
QMM

Jan said...

Thanks for explaining your blog title.....perfect!

I love wheels as well and your photos (each one of them) is so charming. You portrayed wheels to perfection!

Hugs
Jan

Cheryl said...

It was great fun to read the story of your blog title! I had a theme for my blog many, many years before there was such a thing as a blog! How? you ask. I had thoughts about a devotional book with a home theme. That book was never written, but I love all things home...decor, cooking, crafting, and the people who live in my home! Plus, I am traveling to my Heavenly home! Consequently, I spend a lot of time "Thinking About Home." :)

Love your wagons full of beautiful flowers!

Ivy and Elephants said...

You are hilarious! Love your words on wheels, that offer a bit of beauty as well. Just keep talking!
Hugs,
Patti

Sharlotte said...

Hi Debbie,
I like your title...it kinda rolls off my tongue and it's very easy for me to remember. AND your pics! Love all the "wheels" and wagons!
My blog title came simply from the fact that I like things with a story. I like to reflect on all the things around me and the people that have influenced me. I hesitated to put my name in the title for obvious reasons, but I just decided to go for it. Envy? Hm... I don't know, however there are some pretty snazzy titles out there!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Well all I know is that you have always managed to wheel in my heart. :)

Have a happy weekend!

bluecottonmemory said...

I think your blog name is delightful - and I love words - because they mean something! We're called to be a peculiar people - and I think you fit right in!!!! My blog name is from a poem I wrote a few years before my grandmother died - it's in the welcome area of my blog:) So glad I came by!

Jaybird said...

You are GREAT!!!!
Blessings,
J

Barbara Neubeck said...

...Debbie..... I love how you came by your blog name.... and I think it suits you.... and I like how you use 'meandering' in your description of yourself...... conversation should meander......
My blog name 'barb's babbling' came about because I tend to waffle on, and I planned to highlight 'interesting' things about life in general(hahahaha)
The official title Of Babbling on Barb sounded to me like the address of a lovely tea room with lots of happy people inside... well....you know.. just babbling away happilly....
Hugs and Blessings
Barb xxxx

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