#This&That&TheOtherThing – #Updates – #Humor – #Fall


I think I’m overdue for an update on several things, and figured today would be a great day to take care of that. First and foremost, I wanted to let you all know that we are having back-to-back Tuesday/Wednesday guests here for the next two weeks, as I finish up scheduling things for this year.

Next week, our #GuestDayTuesday guest will be Jaye Marie, sharing her newest release with us. And our #TenThingsYouMayNotKnowAboutMe guest will be Mike Allegra with another of his fun posts for you.Β Β The following week, Jackie Lambert will be back on #GuestDayTuesday with a super Travelogue post, and Kassandra Lamb will be sharing her #TenThings list on Wednesday. I know you don’t want to miss any of these, hence the heads up that there will be double treats each of those weeks.

Still keeping with The Write Stuff news, I also wanted to remind you that you’ll see a slow down by the end of October, with one more #GuestDayTuesday post from Mike Allegra on October 18, and the final guest post of the year on December 15, as Jackie Lambert finishes her series posts for this year.Β 

I’ll be putting out a call for more guests in January 2023, but the posts listed above will wrap up my guests for 2022, as I continue with my blogging slow down.


Now on to the reasons for the blogging slow down. Most of you know I’ve had several health issues to deal with for the last year or two. I’ve done such a good job on managing my diabetes, I just may brag about that in future posts, but I’ve been dealing with Long COVID since February. No, it isn’t the actual virus, thankfully, but suffice it to say I’m heartily SICK of so many days when I simply can’t do everything I want to do thanks to recurring symptoms. I’ve always been a pretty active person with all sorts of projects and interests going on, so being unable to even keep up with my blog is annoying as blazes. And not being able to focus on writing is breaking my heart! (Thank you, Brain Fog!) While I’ve seen some improvement (Hallelujah!), I NEED to kick this stuff to the curb, and thus my clever plan for some R&R!

Cutting back on my blog posts as the year draws to a close will give me time to focus on regaining my health and perhaps even returning to writing, before I get so old I forget what WORDS are. (As if, huh? 😁) Thank you to all who have offered encouragement and support for my doing just that! 

While I will post something each week, the posts will likely be shorter, fun things, just to keep you from forgetting about The Write Stuff.Β  I might even close comments on some of them, depending on how much energy I have for responding.Β You CAN expect to see #Granny Says (she’s already scheduled through year’s end) and #ThorsDaySmile, at least through the last two inΒ  November.

I will also post quick #Updates now and then too, so you’ll know if I’m making any progress on the health front. And I’ve also already scheduled a few scattered seasonal quickies here and there, several of which will focus on sharing some poetry I’ve always loved from days gone by. Stay tuned for a broad spectrum of my all-time favorites, from Emily Dickinson to James Whitcomb Riley and many more. Hope you’ll find them fun, whether you’re re-reading them once again or discovering them for the first time.

Thanks for hanging in there with me this far.Β  I felt a bit of explanation was due, so you wouldn’t think I disappeared into a black hole somewhere.Β 


And now that the serious stuff is done, may I just add that it’s predicted to hit 88 degrees again here today, and I cannot tell you how jealous I am of those of you who live where there is an actual autumn cool-down underway!Β  I’ll be laughing all winter when I’m enjoying perfect weather while many of you are shoveling snow, but for now, you get to laugh at those of us dealing with Fall In Florida!Β  Hope you get a chuckle or two to help pay for sticking with this long post to the bitter (and sweltering) end! Enjoy:

And there you have it folks!
Thanks for reading this long update …


38 thoughts on “#This&That&TheOtherThing – #Updates – #Humor – #Fall

  1. I think R&R is THE way to go and I’m delighted that you’re going to do so! There’s lots in the UK press about the need to give your system space to recover and that trying to push through it is counter-productive. And I can reassure you that no one is going to forget you in the interim!! Love the fall in Florida memes. For once, I’m delighted to be living somewhere where I already need an extra layer now to keep warm. ❀ ❀ ❀

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    • I think mine is actually less severe than many, including some folks I know personally. As far as it lingering, there are reports of some who’ve had it for a year! I’m now at 6-1/2 months, UGH, but it’s definitely lessening in both severity and length of duration each time it comes back. So, I’m gonna keep telling myself it’s in the process of disappearing completely, and will soon be OUTTA HERE! (And you’re so right about the lack of energy & fuzzy brain stuff. It’s horrible!)

      Thanks for the kind words, Jacqui, and no matter what, stay HEALTHY! πŸ˜€ ❀

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  2. Lol Marsh. The change in license plates was the best one, so funny! Thanks for updating us. You’ve been doing an amazing job through the nasty Covid leftover crap. Take all the time you need, just don’t abandon us completely :). You are a trooper girl. And just stop it – ‘before you forget words’, lol. Take it easy my friend. We’re here when you are. ❀ xx

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    • Glad you enjoyed the Florida Fall memes, Debby. I figured you deserved a laugh or two after reading that long post. Glad you got a chuckle or two!

      Yeah, even I admit I’ll probably not forget what words are, though lately NAMES of people and THINGS sometimes leave me digging around in my brain until I remember them. Urk.

      Thanks so much for stopping by today, and not to worry. I won’t abandon everyone completely! Got a couple more things I want to set up today, and then, I can relax for my R&R. πŸ˜€ ❀

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  3. It sounds like a great plan, Marcia. Some wonderful guests to finish out the year, less blogging and more rest. I hope your health continues to improve. Thanks for all the Fall in Florida memes. What a riot. We started up the wood stove this morning. Sigh. Ready for 8 months of chilly weather. Stay cool, my friend. Hugs.

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    • A/C kicked in an hour or so ago, even though I set it up to 82. It’s usually several degrees cooler in the house than outside in the sun, so that tells you how hot it’s been this morning. Thanks for the encouragement, too. I’m determined to beat this STOOPIT stuff into submission and then into oblivion! (Oooh. I DO remember some big words! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ )

      Thanks for stopping by today, Diana, and YOU focus on staying warm while I focus on staying cool! πŸ˜€ ❀

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    • Thanks on all counts, Jeanne! We’ll have a big ol’ celebration when LC is well and truly GONE, and I’m so glad you enjoyed the memes. Sadly, they are pretty much the way of it, though now and then, we have a fall “cool” snap down in the high 60s or low 70s. No need for added clothing, but it sure feels better outside at that point, even if it only lasts a day or two. Great to see you, as always! πŸ˜€ ❀


    • Our winters are usually glorious, for sure. We MIGHT have an overnight freeze once or twice, with a thin layer of ice in the birdbath in the morning, but it’s gone by noon, and the rest of the day is pleasant. Winter is prime time for gardening, too, with violas and pansies and many other annuals thriving, and disappearing in the late spring as the weather warms. And down here, roses bloom all year round! How wonderful is that? But summer is sheer misery for some of us, and fall not much better. *sigh* If only I could get my husband out from under the palm trees, I’d head straight to the North Carolina mountains. (My idea of Heaven on Earth!)

      Thanks for stopping by and the well wishes! πŸ˜€ ❀


    • I think I’ve got enough little things to keep folks visiting while I’m on my R&R. Hope so, anyway. And I’m really glad you enjoyed the Fall in Florida memes, Priscilla. They are SPOT on! Thanks for stopping by and taking a moment to say hello! πŸ˜€ ❀


    • I was think about all my Texas friends when I was grabbing those Florida memes. I suspect some of them could read as easily for you guys as for us. Glad you enjoyed them, and thanks so much for the well wishes. I’m going to devote myself to getting rid of this infernal LC stuff, and then I’ll be back to all the things I love doing!

      You stay healthy too, John! And maybe we’ll both see some cooler weather before long. (Looks like we may have a hurricane charging up the Gulf of Mexico in a couple of days. Might come right across Florida, though I’m really hoping NOT! Let’s pray it fizzles out without doing any damage to either of the Gulf Coasts! Thanks for stopping by! πŸ˜€

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        • So far. However, I admit I don’t trust hurricanes to read the forecasts and follow instructions. πŸ˜‰ But I am very hopeful it will not be a problem for any of us!
          Gonna get some gas for the generator and some canned goods tomorrow, just in case. We still have a few more weeks of hurricane season to get through, so it’s a good idea to have them on hand anyway. Stay safe over there!

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            • We don’t buy water. We have several very large containers with spouts that we fill up in advance for drinking water, and we fill the bathtub with water for sponge baths, etc, and we’re good to go. Between that and the generator, we’ve never run out of either before anything lost during the storm got restored. (So far! You never know for sure what’s coming, but that’s our normal prep routine.) This is when having been campers for many years really comes in handy. We have all sorts of gas burners, large and small for cooking, too. We’d be good for at least a week to ten days, I think.

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                • Thanks! The generator has paid for itself umpteen times over. We can run the fridge/freezer, micro, and window a/c unit the whole time. We also have a big rain barrel in the back yard that collects rain water for plants, so that’s another water reserve. We’ve never had to tap it for a storm yet, but you never know.

                  And it looks like we’re going to take a direct hit from Ian (currently a tropical storm) if it stays on course. Hopefully it won’t strengthen to a hurricane. FINGERS CROSSED big time! Current NOAA map shows it coming onshore at Tampa and crossing right over us. Eeeeeep.

                  Glad it’s probably going to miss you guys, though. I can’t believe Hurricane Season still has over two months to go! Stay safe, my friend!


  4. Enjoy your slow down Marcia, I really want to see you writing again! I made the decision a few years back that posting more than once, or at most, twice a week was too intrusive on my writing time. I love reading your posts (and so pleased Thors’ day will still give us giggles), but you are doing the right thing, both for your health and your future as an author.
    Take care of yourself, my friend, we are one of us getting any younger!

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    • Thanks so much, Debby! And you’ve hit the nail on the head. As we get older, it becomes more and more important to take good care of ourselves. I’m going to be doing some posts on that very subject (aging), though possibly not until next year. But if I happen to feel like posting something extra here or there before then, I can. I’m just not gonna push to do it. It’s called R and R for a reason, after all. 😁

      And I know you’ve been through some rocky patches with your surgery, so you fully understand that you have to cut back on a few things to help the healing process. And it’s great to see how successfully you’ve handled that, and to know you’re getting around so well. You’ve been an inspiration throughout!

      As for ThorsDay, etc, it was easy to go ahead and schedule those up front, since they don’t involve much prep work to put together. Guest posts always take me longer than anything else, as I want to be doubly sure I’ve made them look as good as possible, and include all links, etc, so they’ll be effective. I love doing them, but I know it’s more than I want to tackle while getting past this bump in the road.

      The truth is, we usually need to learn to prioritize and adjust a bit here and there as we age, even when we don’t have something like Long COVID driving us crazy. I think refusing to acknowledge that can eventually cause major problems, especially as we near 80 or so, like me. Hence … R and R coming right up! πŸ˜‚

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      • I’ll be joining you! My second surgery is in 10 days time, and I only feel this last couple of weeks that I’m not tired all the time, so disappointing to think ahead to another 5 months of recovery time. At least I know at the end of this (assuming it all goes well) I will be fixed and able to get back to a normal life.
        I know what you mean about posting funnies being much quicker – I reserve that for when I really don’t have time for a considered post. Mind you, they always go down well πŸ˜€
        BTW, you should probably take a look at my post tomorrow. Hint – lots of men in kilts…

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        • I’m sorry you need to go through the whole process again, Debby, but happy that when it’s all over, you’ll be able to get back to doing all the things you love! That’s gonna feel GREAT! And please keep us posted on your progress when you can, so we can all send love and prayers and positive energy your way as you recuperate.

          And what’s this you say? Men in KILTS???? Oh, I will definitely be tuning in tomorrow, my friend! (You really know how to get my attention!!) For now, though, I have a hurricane to get ready for. It is currently on track to hit Florida with plenty of rain and high winds, though the center is now predicted to come ashore a bit northwest of us, so maybe we won’t get the full brunt of it all. Fingers crossed. Tuesday & Wednesday look like they’ll be the days that tell the tale. If I disappear completely for a couple of days, it could be loss of power. We have a generator for the fridge, micro, and bedroom window a/c, but that’s about all it will handle at once. See you on the other side! πŸ˜€ ❀

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