This & That & The Other Thing – Blog Break Friday


After spending the last 25 years as Chief Engineer of a big downtown building, working at the same desk, in the same office, but under several different management companies, my husband is now retired. He’d planned to work through the rest of the year, but realized he really didn’t want to wait any longer. (He’ll be 73 in November, so had already worked much longer than many).

At any rate, this decision has meant we have LOTS to take care of and set up all of a sudden. And being a man of many talents and loads of energy, Mark also plans to work part time, possibly for my son, but also doing some other things. This means yet more stuff to set up. Combine all of this with all the  house and yard projects we are in the middle of around here, and my time will not be my own for a couple of weeks. For those of you whose blogs I regularly follow, I will do my best to Like & Share for now, and will get back to commenting again as soon as I can, honest! I know you guys will understand! 😊❀️


While I will continue running #ThorsDaySmile and #GrannySays on alternate weeks, and will also continue scheduling guest posts for any and all who’d like to take part in #GuestDayTuesday or #TenThingsYouMayNotKnowAbout Me, I’m pretty sure I won’t be posting much myself for the next few weeks. I’m still taking my one day a week Blog Break–those will likely be a permanent thing– but I’ll return to my regular (busier and more fun) schedule around here as soon as possible.Β  Just wanted to be sure you guys know it’s not always going to be this slow on TWS, and that there’s nothing dire going on. Just busy, busy, busy at the moment, BUT … never too busy to schedule guests! Honest!


Yep, today is Blog Break Friday, so I’m going to wrap this post up now that I’ve updated you. And thanks again for understanding why my visits to other blogs will probably be limited for a couple more weeks!


42 thoughts on “This & That & The Other Thing – Blog Break Friday

  1. I totally understand being busy. I’ve been that way for a while myself, especially after my mom broke her hip a couple months ago. Thankfully she’s doing well and hopefully after she has her check-up with the surgeon next week restrictions will be lifted and she’ll get the ok to drive again.

    Congrats to Mark in his retirement. I don’t blame him wanting to still work part-time. I probably would too. I get too bored and antsy if I don’t stay busy with something to keep me occupied. Even after a couple days off work I’m ready to go back.

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    • I’ll pass along your congratulations to Mark, Jeanne, and thanks! He’s earned this, even though sitting around the house all day would drive him (and ME) insane, eventually. πŸ˜€

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    • I do love my blogging, Olga, and hate when I don’t have time to do as much as I’d like, but it happens now and then. And once we get everything set up, I think we will BOTH enjoy Mark’s retirement. πŸ˜€ ❀


  2. I can’t believe you’re apologising when you do so much for everyone! You are amazing.
    Congratulations to Mark, I hope he thoroughly enjoys his well-earned retirement.
    We retired when we were 50 – I didn’t see it as stopping working, just the opportunity to spend time doing things that bring me more pleasure!

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    • I’m apologizing to MYSELF as much as to everyone else, Jackie! I dearly LOVE blogging and helping other writers, especially when so many have helped me. So I’m sad that I’ll have to curtail things a wee bit, but it’s only temporary. Then I’ll be back and rarin’ to go! As for retiring earlier, we had goals to meet first, like paying off our house, which I managed to do two weeks ago! Yippee-Ki-Yi-Yay! We’re hoping we can stay here until they carry us out! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      All in all, things will get sorted, and I’ll be back, and life will move on in a different, probably easier, direction. Thanks for stopping by today! πŸ˜€ ❀

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  3. Congratulations to Mark on his retirement! I can see you’re going to be snowed-under for a while, but do try to pace yourself. I need you back full-strength and with your writing hat on again. Don’t do anything to jeopardise that! Enjoy the excitement!.

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    • I’m very much looking forward to resuming my writing, Trish! Can’t wait!! I’m planning to set aside my Blog Break days for that, starting next week, and throw in any other days I can manage. I miss it terribly!! And I’m definitely trying to pace myself, especially outside. By 7:30/8:00 am, it’s too hot for me out there, so my gardening time is limited. But there’s a ton of indoor stuff to keep me busy, so it will work out. And thanks on Mark’s behalf. I’ll pass your congratulations along to him! πŸ˜€ ❀

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  4. Congratulations to your husband — and to you, Marcia! Now you’ll be able to plan trips and enjoy home life. I totally understand the busyness and hope you take all the breaks you need. Big, big hugs… πŸ’—πŸ€—πŸ’—

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    • Thank you so much, Gwen. I also love that I have access to a car again. When my old PT Cruiser died a few months ago, we didn’t want to replace it, as we figured he’d retire some time this year, and he has an old van, in addition to the family Honda. He drove the Honda to work, so I only had access to it on weekends. It’s great to know I can head to the store or nursery any time I want! πŸ˜€ As soon as life calms down again, we can think about fun things to do, too. πŸ˜€ ❀


    • Thanks so much for the congratulations, Darlene, and yes we will. Just a lot of loose ends to tidy up before we can relax. Oh, and a brand new business for him to set up, if he decides to go that route. But in a few weeks, we’ll have it all sorted out. πŸ˜€ ❀

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  5. Well, congrats on Mark’s retirement. That’s wonderful news, Marcia. I’m sure you’ll both figure it out and enjoy the change. I have a book launch coming up and would love to do a guest post on your site if that’s okay. I’ll send you an email, my dear. Huge HUGS! Have a great week.

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    • Always room for guests, Diana, especially guests like you, my friend! I’ll keep an eye out for your email so we can choose a date for you. Looking forward to it very much! πŸ˜€ And hugs back atcha!

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    • Thanks, Debby. Mark is going to work part time for my son for the same reason. It’s good for him to get out, too. (He’s in danger of becoming a couch potato if he doesn’t have something specific to do.) πŸ˜€ ❀

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        • To be fair, even when he spends a lot of time couch potatoing, he still walks his 5 miles a day and tracks his hourly 250 steps on his FitBit. He’s obsessive about that. I aim for 6500 steps myself, which is about 3 miles, and get it more days than not without even leaving the house. (But I don’t panic if I fall short now and then.)

          We are still working out how we’re going to handle everything, but it’s starting to fall into place. Now if we just wouldn’t lose any more big oak trees and have to spend hours upon backbreaking hours cleaning up in this heat, things would vastly improve! πŸ™„πŸ˜‚

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  6. Congratulations for your husband’s retirement! It will be a load off for sure. My husband, Charlie, retired at 70, so, yeah, I get it. Longer than he would have liked, but he started at Illinois State University much later than I did. He got 15 years in while I retired out at 30. Anyway, YAY!!!!! Celebrate every day πŸ™‚

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    • Great idea! As soon as we finish all the household and yard projects we’re in the middle of, we’ll be celebrating a lot more often, that’s for sure. He is definitely going to be working part time for my son, just a few days a month, but every little bit helps when you find yourself on fixed income. And I definitely plan to focus on my writing for a couple more years. But there’s room for celebrations in there, and we’ll be taking advantage of the extra time for just that! Thanks for stopping by, Sue! πŸ˜€ ❀

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