a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Saturday, March 1, 2014


Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and before I fall back to sleep, I write brilliant blog posts in my head.  Of course by the morning I have forgotten them except maybe just a bit here and there, but never enough to reconstruct the post.  And of course I'm too lazy to actually keep a pad of paper and a pen by the bed to record these words of wisdom in the wee hours of the morning.

Sometimes I get an inspiration for a blog post when I'm walking Koda and again map it out and write it in my head when I'm walking him, but that too fades away the closer I get to home.  Lately the posts I would write when walking Koda are rants about people who refuse to obey the leash laws and let their dogs run free in the park and me having to skirt around them so they don't encounter Koda, who definitely is not dog friendly (but always people friendly).

Sometimes I'll get a thought or an idea based on something going on in our lives or a picture I see and that inspires a post.

But this post is none of them.

I'm dry.  Empty.  Devoid of ideas on what to write about.

Its been three weeks since my last post.  I got nothing.  No words of wisdom.  No humor.  No cute antidotes.

I got almost all my A/Z posts written, only got 4 more to write. I'm revealing my theme March 21st. Its a cute one, a simple one, and involves pictures and not words so easy to comment on if one wants to comment on them.

I'm keeping up with everything else on my plate.  Planning and orchestrating the curriculum for the 3 and 4 year olds at church, a weekly Bible story, a weekly craft.  Got the theme going for the next few weeks leading up to Easter, just got to put it all together, but got lots planned.

Working overtime when it comes available and increasing my line count pretty consistently daily (I get paid production).  Learning all sort of short cuts to be more productive.

Amazed it has been 3 years since Koda got diagnosed with cancer (lymphoma) (February 2011) and he's been in remission since August 2011.  The vet said 1-2 years; we are on borrowed time, but I'm thankful for it.  If it recurs, we won't treat again, he's older, slower.  It was right when he was six, not as right at nine.

I still have nothing. I need inspiration on what to write. 

Thank you all for prayers for my friend.  They did decide to pursue more treatment despite their original thoughts/plans.  Their family pushed them to continue on with treatment, wanting all the time they can have together.  I got to respect that. I'm not sure what I would do under the same circumstances.

Tomorrow is March 1st.  Where has this year gone? The man child turns 25 on Tuesday.  How did that happen?

If you have any, send some inspiration my way on what to write.  Otherwise, I'll see you come March 21st with my A/Z theme unrevealing.

In the meantime, be safe out there.  Its a jungle.


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

For having nothing to say I think you did pretty well. I've been at a loss for words so many times and I'm sure I repeat my self at times too. A happy birthday to your son! I'll be looking forward to your A-Z's .

Secret Agent Woman said...

I ind my urge to blog waxes and wanes, depending on what else I have going on in my life. I'm in a slower pace now. But I've definitely had the experience of posts writing themselves in my head.

Linda said...

See your blogging buddy's photo and glad he's doing so well. Have fun sharing our Savior with the little ones. Happy Birthday to your son. Jungle, I think it's more like the Arctic out there! Take care.

Dana said...

I've been in similar writing slumps. Sometimes it's just hard to come up with ideas. It's the same with my fiction and poetry. I can go months without anything worthwhile coming to me.

I can relate to what you said about getting ideas and then losing them. It happens to me all the time.

Looking forward to your A to Z posts. ☺

Jeanie said...

I like posts about what is going on in people's lives. I am glad to hear that Koda is doing pretty well. He is so lucky to have you take such good care of him.

Bijoux said...

I also get ideas for posts but then forget about them, or just don't have the energy to write them up as well ax they deserve, if you know what I mean.

For a 'hobby' I think I take blogging a little too seriously sometimes!

jack69 said...

I have a good friend who spent some time in prison. A great guy. He related an incident in jail when he and the guys were together in the exercise area. They were talking just telling 'stories'. He said one of the guys looked at him and said, "Come on G., lie to me, I love it when you lie to me.",

so for someone who has nothing to say, you said a lot. I love it. HA!
You say so much I relate to, the 'great post' ideas i have too. Then like dreams I can't put them back together. You made me smile. THAT COUNTS most of all.
Oh, RV'ing and pets? We also get a little tired of an attitude "the leash rules are for others, my pet minds too well to be bothered."

Love from Florida. I always get a small jolt of 'smile' when I see an alert from "THE BENCH".

Pat Hatt said...

Thankfully my well has yet to run dry, then again it helps when you can just write nonsense lol


I know what you mean about writing. Think you did a great job explaining. Glad Koda is doing well.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

That is great news on Koda :) Sounds like you have been keeping very busy. Happy Birthday to your son, hope he has a wonderful day!
Ever since I started blogging it seems like my brain functions in post mode all the time but usually they are not worthy of a post or like you I forget what I was thinking about. I will be stopping over to read your A/Z's. Have a wonderful weekend.

Joanne Noragon said...

The never never land of lost blog posts. I wonder if they will all come back some day and overwhelm us, or if we will just think we are particularly inspired.

salemslot9 said...

I'm a month behind
in blog land
happy 25th birthday
to your son
please, give your Koda
a good chuff from me :)

Mevely317 said...

Betty, have you been reading my mind? Honestly, I've been experiencing the same feelings! There's no lack of topics, and I get all enthused - usually on my way into work - but by the time I get home, more often than not I'm in a rotten mood and all goes by the wayside.
Holding Koda in my prayers ... as well as your friend!
Happy birthday to your "little" boy on Tuesday!


Chatty Crone said...

Happy birthday to your son!

And I am with you - sometimes blogging is hard.

I do like when you keep us abreast with what is going on in your life though. I don't think it is necessary to write every day.

I do think you ought to get a pen and paper by your bed.

Love, sandie

Paula said...

I enjoyed reading your "I have nothing to say post". Just knowing what goes on in other people's lives is why I like to hop around the blogosphere.

Hollie said...

Happy birthday to your son!! I'm so glad Koda is doing so well!!

Carol Noren Johnson said...

For nothing to say, you have a lot to say and a lot of loyal followers. Look forward to your March 21st post.


Verna Lantz said...

I have that problem quite a lot lately. Not a lot of inspiration these days for the blog. I can't wait for Spring to really arrive so we can do more things and I will have more to talk about.

BECKY said...

I enjoyed reading your post about "nothing!" (like Seinfeld's show "about nothing!")
I can SO relate to all the things you think about when you can't/don't write them down. I keep small tablets and pens/pencils everywhere....but of course they're never there when I look for them. They have a habit of moving around on their own and getting lost....Hmmm....Have a great day!

Deanna said...

Hi Betty. I could have written most of this post, it mirrors me so closely. I have many things to blog about, but the words don't come. When I blogged regularly, I would often think of things during the night that would disappear by morning. Now blog is unfortunately on the back burner. So glad you have found short cuts and ways to become more productive. And yea for Koda! Our Whiskey will be 10 in May and I am noticing a definite slow down. I can't bear to think what it ... never mind, can't go there. Your friend has been in my daily prayers.

WordsPoeticallyWorth said...

Sometimes it's hard to think what to say, like getting writers block while writing a novel! Good luck to you and your endeavours. I hope your pet lives a long life, and you don't lose him soon.

Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

Karen said...

That's how I feel as well...my blogging was way down last year. This year I'm trying to push myself to blog...even if it's about nothing...although it seems sort of silly...

Juli said...

I have traveled across the country, am busy for every weekend until the middle of April and have the constant fodder of three boys... and yet, I have no desire to write.

I also come up with the best ideas and stories while I'm out in the mail truck, but do you think I can find a piece of paper to jot ideas on? Nope.

JosephAlsarraf said...

Ya I have ideas like that in the middle of the night sometimes!

I'm sorry that you haven't been able to think of any new ideas for a blog post! My you should join a weekly meme, or write a story, or something?

I'm happy to hear that Koda is still doing good!

I'm glad that your friend decided to continue to find treatment, I hope she has a full recovery!

Happy birthday to the man child! I hope you can find something to write about! : )

rmslil said...

I have been dry too lately except for anger rants but have kept those to myself. If I do get an idea , I am too tired at end of day to type it.

Kat said...

I am devoid of any inspiration as well. This nasty winter has sucked it all out of me. I've got nothing.

The "best" posts always come to me when I have no way of writing them down (when I'm running, etc.) and then I can never remember exactly how I phrased it in my head and it is lost. So frustrating.

Linda :) said...

No wonder you're blogged out... I can't believe you wrote all your A-Z already... Yay you!! I've written down a couple of ideas for a couple of letters and that's it... Plus you are being very creative in all your other activities... Wow, Happy Birthday to the son!!! And scratches for Koda.... Have a great week! :)

SweetMarie said...

I've been away from blog land trying to prepare to move out of state. I've gotten a little overwhelmed I guess. I miss seeing everyone's post. I'll work on catching up. Hugs and love to Koda. :) Hope you're doing well. :)

Intense Guy said...

I too, am suffering from the winter doldrums.

I have things I could write - and when I sit down to do so, something goes poof - and it all goes away.

I'm glad Koda is hanging in there!

Sharon said...

Your *nothing* is pretty good, Betty! Loved hearing the updates on Koda (praise the Lord for that great news) and on the man-child. My oldest just turned 31 the beginning of the year. I'm not sure how he accomplished that feat when I'm only 29...ahem.

I'm hanging in there - finding my way through the thicket of jungle that is life!


Marianne said...

Even your "I'm in a rut" posts are wonderful. And you're not alone in composing the best posts while in bed and too lazy to go in search of a notepad. I should be Tolstoy by now if not for cold bedroom floors and comfy blankets. Hang in there...winter is supposedly drawing to an end.

Blondee said...

It can be tough to come up with inspiration, especially if you're really busy and your mind is elsewhere.

Can't wait to see the A-Z posts! That sounds neat.

Good for you for getting your production numbers up!!

Danielle L Zecher said...

I am seriously impressed that you already have so many A - Z posts written! I'm going to sign up, just still procrastinating. Looking forward to finding out your theme.

netablogs said...

I often write blog posts in my head, too, and they're usually pretty good.;) But then they disappear *poof* as quickly as they came. I sometimes write down little notes to remind myself of what I was thinking, but that doesn't often help. I look at the phrase later and wonder what that was all about! Oh, midlife memory..! Glad to hear your Koda is doing so well!
Congrats on the A-Z posts already written. That would take up some time! I had a thought about A-Z, but not sure I'm going to do it this year. I could change my mind, though.. we'll see. Looking forward to reading yours!

The Brown Recluse said...

The audacity of these kids growing up on us. Mine turned 30. My ego/pride wants her to say she's only 24. I won't ask her to lie, though.

Those great blog posts in your head? yeah, I'm glad that doesn't just happen to me...and happen it does.

I get dry so many times, I just let them happen and write when it happens. Less stress that way.