Cramps, bunions, locusts and mice

Back in January I committed to post every day, with the following exclusions:

I reserve the right to not post something under any of the following conditions: flu and/or flu-like ailments; writer’s cramps; regular cramps; travel; computer issues; Internet outages; power outages; bunions; blisters; inclement weather; nice weather; disorientation as to time or place; alien invasion; civil insurrection; bacon shortages; locusts, frogs, floods, plagues of mice, and similar Acts of God. Other conditions may apply.

In the past two weeks, I’ve experienced all of the above. (OK, so maybe the alien invasion is still pending. But the civil insurrection, bacon shortages and locusts have been brutal. And don’t get me started about the plagues of mice!)

Seriously, though … My life has been unusually complicated lately, so I’ve been *way* off my blogging game. I’ve had little time to comb the Internet for inspiration, and even less time to write.

And you know what? I’ve missed blogging. But more importantly, I’ve missed my online friends.

I hope to get back in the blog-a-day game again soon. In the meantime, please don’t give up on me. Check back often, and stay in touch. I’ll try to do the same!


  1. No matter what is ailing you, whether it be cramping, a bacon shortage, power outages, or bunions/bugs, WE MISS YOU & LOVE YOU! We’ll anxiously await your return… you’re worth it! Love, Nikita!

    • THANK YOU for making my day. My week, actually. I really appreciate your kind words — and right back at ya! Thanks, Nikitaland, from the bottom of this little blogger’s little heart. 🙂

  2. Don’t worry, hon, I check up on you regularly and, while you’re battling a plague of frogs/ mice/ bunions, I miss your deliciously witty take on life, and your beautiful photography. But at this time of year I think many of us find our blogging going a bit haywire. I’m almost looking forward to autumn and the darker evenings, when the atmosphere is more conducive to reflection and writing.

    Do you think we are addicts, then? It was just the odd post at first. I thought I could handle it. Then I started leaving comments on other people’s blogs too. It was no big deal, I told myself. So what if I check my stats twenty times a day? I’m in control. Hello, my name’s Dancing Beastie, and I’m a blogoholic! (It’s not funny, you know.)

    Good luck with those aliens.

    • Hello, DB! Thanks for checking up on me regularly … and a HUGE thanks for always being so supportive. (I’m very happy to try to return the favor, BTW. I absolutely adore your wry, witty and wise take on everything from plants to places to people. And your astounding alliteration, as well.)

      Thanks, too, for the much-needed perspective. Maybe I’m taking this blogging stuff a bit too seriously, eh? I hadn’t thought of it as an addiction, but you make rather a good (and hilarious) point. I think I’ve been going through — EEK — withdrawal! I wonder if there’s a 12-step program for blog addicts? Not that I need it … I can quit anytime I want. Ha.

      As for those aliens: I’ll keep you posted. As it turns out, they’re reportedly terrified of bunion-addled, frog-leaping, mouse-trapping, locust-covered, cramp-ridden, frustrated writers, so I think I may be OK. 🙂

  3. I missed your disclaimer the first time around, so I’m glad you included it here. It’s not only funny, it’s also quite comprehensive (both writer’s cramps AND regular cramps). I would add temperatures over 72 degrees, but you might not be as obsessed with heat as I am.

    I’m glad you’re on the way back.

    • Hello, Kathy! I’m glad you got a chuckle out of my cramp-specific disclaimer. If only Midol made a product for writer’s cramps as well! 🙂

      And I don’t think I share your obsession with heat, but that’s why every writer should compile her own list of “I don’t *have* to write if …” disclaimers.

      Anyway, thanks so much for your kind words and support. You’re a real day-brightener!

  4. Hang in there. We appreciate your posts whenever they come–a daily posting seems outlandish to–I get one maybe two done a week. And I have not been facing alien invasions–well, my older sisters have been around and that always causes some havoc as they manage to take the fun out of dysfunctional. The I-don’t-have-to-write-if list is a brilliant idea–and a life saver.

    • Hey, Patti! Wonderful to hear from you! Sorry to hear about your older-sister invasion. I hear that playing really loud rock music gets rid of them. No, wait … that’s for raccoons. Well, I hope you find a way to put the “fun” back in “dysfunctional” anyway. Keep writing and being your cheerful self. And thanks again!

  5. Now why didn’t I think of that disclaimer? Brilliant!

    Sorry to hear about your current “situation.” Let us know what we can do to banish these pesky issues. We can’t have them keep you and your very thoughtful posts and luscious photos from us.

    See you soon,

    • Hey, Marcia! How nice to hear from you, my Paris muse. 🙂 I promise that you’ll be the first to know if I need help battling the aliens when they arrive … but I wouldn’t *dream* of troubling you with my bunions or my plague of mice. I appreciate your kind words, though, and I’ll do my best to start posting regularly again soon. And you keep doing the same. I love your recipes and your meditations on traveling and your lovely photos, too. Cheerio!

  6. One can *never* have enough bacon, 8able! Haha. Thanks so much for your kind words, and for brightening yet another day. Vous êtes vraiment trop gentil … 🙂

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