My apologies for making everyone who reads this blog think that I’d vanished from the face of the earth (you HAD been worried about that, hadn’t you?). Life has interfered some: I had a cat, Lucy, who was ill. The vet believes that she’s showing early signs of kidney failure and gave us a phosphorus binder to give her once a day. I’m happy to report that Lucy is just about back to what passes for normal in her crazy life, being noisy and nosy, as Siamese cats tend to be. (She’s actually half-Siamese; as I tell people when I talk about her, we got the noisy half.) We’ll have to continue to give her the medicine for the rest of her life. It’s a small price to pay for having her around. She definitely adds adventure to our lives.
Another reason for my absence has been that there hasn’t been anything worth writing about lately. I’m doing a lot of writing and a lot of reading, and trying not to get swamped by social media. I had a good friend of mine quit Facebook for a time because she learned, as I have, that Facebook is a real time sink, and she had other things to concentrate on. I’ve started limiting my FB time to fifteen minutes several times a day so that I can get things done as well, including writing, having a life and doing what I can around the house so that Mary doesn’t feel that she’s the only one doing anything around here. (I won’t even go anywhere near Pinterest, because I’ve heard several friends say that they go there early in the morning and are still sitting in front of the computer in their pajamas until late in the afternoon.)
On the other hand, I found that Twitter can be a valuable tool, especially in keeping up with local news and weather. The other night, we had lots of severe weather, including thunderstorms and, as I learned later, an EF-1 tornado that struck not far from where we live, and Twitter proved to be more effective in letting us know that we should take cover than the TV news. I even tweeted from the shower, where I had taken refuge because I have trouble getting to the basement.
As a side note, my Internet Service Provider (whose name rhymes with “bombast”) did an outstanding job in keeping my service going–surprising, since I’ve had trouble with it going out to lunch a lot recently. I think that it’s technicians in the area who are playing with the wires and knocking my service out, which they deny vehemently when I call to find out what their problem is. Anyway, after talking to phone support on Friday afternoon, I haven’t had a problem. Of course, they wanted to send a service technician to the house, which is their way of saying “we’re tired of hearing from you, so we’re going to make you wait all afternoon for the guy to show up, ha ha ha screw you”, and wouldn’t take “no” for an answer, so I let them set up the appointment and cancelled it this afternoon.
(Maybe it’s leprechauns. Ya think?)
I’ve been writing every day at 750 Words, and finding that it’s helped me a lot, because it forces me to write every day. I need to be forced sometimes.