Saturday, January 11, 2020

Further Testing of the Waters ...

It's been ten days since our “testing of the waters” post. Time to crap or get off the pot, as our Sainted Father used to say when we were dragging our feet about getting something done we didn't feel like doing. (Although he didn't say crap - you'll just have to use your imagination there.) Come to think of it, he may have only used that phrase when we'd been sitting on the throne (as he liked to call it) for - quite literally - hours. But that was back in the day when houses only had one bathroom; and some of us preferred to throw our morning prunes in the bin when our Sainted Mother's back was turned, and then suffer the consequences.

We appear to have rambled slightly off topic here ... that's starting to feel familiar.

In those ten days, we have repeatedly waffled back and forth about whether to write another post or just slink back into the forest, never to be heard from again. We've waffled so many times it's not even slightly funny - similar to what we've been rather vividly imagining this first post (after such a lengthy hiatus from writing) would be like.

AAAAND there we go ... the slinking away option just landed at the top of the list again.

Part of the problem is the overwhelming anxiety regarding what on earth we could write about. After all, we don't live a terribly exciting life out here - certainly nothing an Instagram Influencer would strive to emulate. But then again, we never really did live that kind of life, did we? And yet we always managed to have a list of seemingly endless ideas on what to write for our next post, beginning almost immediately after we'd hit the Publish Button on whatever blather (crap, if you'd prefer) we'd just finished writing about.

And where exactly have all those ideas disappeared to, we wonder ... now, when they might actually come in handy?

After much deliberation and angst, we managed to come up with three potential topics for our next post:

  • Recovering a footstool - this one seems like an awful lot of work and mess though. A project more suited to doing outdoors, and definitely not when it's -38C outside.
     
  • A recap of our trip to the Czech Republic last spring - ever so much easier to sort through a bunch of pictures online than recovering a footstool.
     
  • A horrifying look at our current winter project - reorganizing the basement. Involving a lot of opening of boxes and trips to the thrift store to get rid of things we haven't used or missed in the five years since we've moved out here.

The Czech Republic post would have skulls in it ... no more need be said.

Until next time (and hopefully not two years from now), the insomniac  wishes you nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams. Goodnight, my pretties.

IA

25 comments:

  1. LOL, just ramble---we'll enjoy it. of the potential topics, i would plump for your czech republic photos and recap; i love that area, and i know what skulls you are referring to, and it's all gloriously photogenic, both city and countryside. although there might be some selfish therapeutic benefit to seeing someone else's hoarded boxes of stuff...i have a disturbing amount of excess going on myself. ahem.

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    1. It appears as though rambling is kinda what I do best, doesn't it? ;)

      I think the next post needs to be something easy. I amazed I even came up with three things to write about though! I have approximately 700-odd pictures I took over there, and I mostly only shared the ones with skulls on Instagram. So it's not like there's a lack of things to choose from!

      I still have a lot of stuff left over from the shoppe that I'm trying to sort through to take to HorrorCon this year. The theory is that then I'll have more room down there to store my crafting stuff! (Crap, if you'd prefer.) lol

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    2. I agree, RAMBLE. I love reading about your everyday in that beautiful cottage in the woods. :)

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    3. I didn't think anybody would actually be interested in my everyday life! Well, okay then! 🖤

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  2. All three topics sound great to me. Perhaps start with the Czech Republic trip? And here's an idea -- you could do an "ask me anything" post where we'd ask you questions and you could answer them in later posts, as you see fit. That can be fun!

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    1. I think that's the winner too, Debra! Then I can sit inside where it's nice and warm, and warmly look through all my pictures, drinking hot coffee while staying warm. I hear you're going to be the coldest place in North American this week - or maybe it was the world! You're so lucky. lol

      The basement's chilly and also pretty embarrassing. Not sure if I need to share that much, and the “ask me anything” post I may have to work myself up to. I can certainly see the potential for a lot of embarrassing information being revealed there. ;)

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  3. I agree with Debra - all sounds good. I will enjoy whatever you might be stashing in your basement.

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    1. My stuff is all useful ... it's the spouse's collection that needs to go! Motors, metal things I don't even know what they are, insulation, etc. All of it crap. lol

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  4. I love a reorganization post, especially when there are lots of boxes.

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    1. It's all that family stuff I couldn't bear to part with when we moved, Bane. Crystal, dishes, etc. The trick is to just take the damn box to the thrift store without opening it first, so I don't get sentimental and end up keeping it. ;)

      Not very exciting as far as reorganization post goes, even to me. lol

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  5. I like rambling; comforts me to know I'm not the only one who can't stay on topic. Or think of anything even vaguely interesting for a blog post. At least you have skulls and Czechoslovakia. I like your posts from the forest, but I'm a country girl at heart and envy you your peace and quiet.

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    1. I think the rambling is worse when I write. When I'm talking, I simply forget what I was going to say. ;)

      When the weather gets a bit warmer, I'll venture outside and take some winter forest pictures. Right now it's averaging around -30C so I'm plunked in front of the fire, reading and drinking hot chocolate like it's going out of style. 🖤

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  6. I love your delicious ramblings. So, bring them on. And I can't believe you think your life isn't exciting. Woman! Um... women! Haven't I seen all kinds of exotic-to-most-of-us animals in your yard? We love reading about those times. Yes, we do. And how wonderful is to read about your creating adventures, your travels, what you bring from your travels... Your potential topics sound yummy.

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    1. Oh, I guess that's true - the animals are exciting, aren't they? Even I - who has the attention span of a gnat - hasn't gotten tired of their visits yet! I'm building a blogging list ... I have four things on there now. That should keep me going for a while, eh? lol 🖤

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  7. Write about anything, please, more!!!
    It is so good to see blogs are still breathing!
    Nice to see you back...:o)

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    1. I am hearing that a lot of people are tiring of the quick pace of social media and are returning to their blogging roots. I hope so! I didn't realize how much I actually missed it until I came back. Isn't that always the way. ;) 🖤

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  8. I'll be here to read whatever you choose to write! Also, I'd be interested in the post about the foot stool. I have a vanity bench I'd like to re-cover, but I have no idea what I'm doing.

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    1. Thank you, OddGhoulOut! 🖤

      I'm going to do the Czech post first, then I actually made it down into the basement to find a random piece of padding I had hoarded away, so I can protect my sewing table and recover the footstool on that! It's hard to bend over for long periods to work on anything these days. ;)

      Took me days to find that padding though, that's how badly the basement needs organizing. On the bright side, it was lucky I kept it in the first place, right? lol

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  9. I know why a post about the Czech Republic would have skulls in it, but they'll be no spoilers from me on the matter.

    What's most important is that you do or not do whatever is best for you. I would prefer that you post from time to time, but I understand how difficult it can be to come up with material to blog about. I really haven't tended to my blog very much over the past few years either, except for Halloween, the Vampire's Day Soiree, or whenever I get a new story/book published. I ran out of ideas a long time ago.

    In my case, the blog never got much attention. Yours did however, and it seems that even now, you will have little trouble bringing back a sizeable reading audience. I've always admired your ability to continue coming up with material of interest. So,in my opinion, perhaps your life in the Spooky Forest of Alberta is exciting to more people than you think.

    After all is said and done, Insomniac, this is your decision, and I know you're giving it a lot of consideration. I'm looking forward to seeing what you decide to do.

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    1. I don't think you'd be telling any secrets, Nightwind! I posted so many pictures on Instagram, I'm sure everyone already knows. lol

      I'm not so worried about a sizeable reading audience - to be honest, I find it easier to write when I think there's only a few people out there reading. Lessens the anxiety, somewhat. And that's why I'm not advertising the fact I'm back writing just yet ... just my old friends are here right now, and I like it that way.

      The one nice thing about blogging about projects is that it forces me to actually get off my duff and get some actual projects done! I find retirement has definitely mellowed my interest in accomplishing anything other than reading - mixed in with the occasional bout of knitting - which is a little disconcerting, since I have so many unfinished things that need attention around here. ;)

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  10. I could happily read anything you write from now until the end of time. You are such a witty, engaging, awesome writer (and soul point blank). Be it about the footstool, your exciting European holiday, home organizing or anything else, I'm all ears and eyes (reading and such ;)) alike.

    �� Autumn

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    1. Awwww, you're too kind Autumn! I hope I can live up to all those compliments now. 🖤 Eeeeep. lol

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