Saturday, November 15, 2014


There are days like today when my mind is empty of ideas to write about or picture in my blog.  When I first rose this morning and looked out the window, it was foggy out over the savannah.

That's what SWMBO has named the open field or pasture or whatever down at the end of our street.  This picture was taken some time ago and doesn't show any fog.  That's because we live far, far away from the sea or any other large body of water and it very rarely is foggy.  All of which gave me the idea to take a picture for today's blog posting.

But by the time I got my coffee and had taken my morning pills and heated some water for SWMBO's morning cuppa and a few other things, I'd forgotten all about my plan to photograph the fog.  Plus the sun was up and it had probably all burned off anyway.

So.  Strike one.

I start each day by reading Mike Allen's morning Playbook from POLITICO.  That's a good way to get my blood going.  Then I scan the headlines from the New York Times and occasionally read an article or two.  Then I run quickly through my local newspaper and take a quick look at Facebook and read a few emails that have accumulated.  Then it's on to the most pleasant part of my morning: working three crossword puzzles on-line.  They're not very difficult, usually.  The first is called the Daily American Puzzle, the second from the Washington Post and the third from the Los Angeles Times.  The experts say working crosswords keeps your mind from slowing down.  I don't know about that but I know it keeps my stock of curse words intact.

I've recently subscribed to a site called Bloglovin, which keeps track of the 10 or 20 blogs I have over there on the right and updates the list whenever one of those bloggers posts.  That way I can read all the latest posts and keep up to date with my e-friends.  And then it has become time for me to write a blog post.  And nothing has stirred my imagination.  I check my photo file.  Nothing there.  So, what to do?

Now my wife, SWMBO, frequently tells me "you know you don't have to write something in that fool blog of yours every day!" Which probably just goads me to write something every day.  I love Throwback Thursdays and the Friday Funnies because I can always find some material for them.  But days like today?  Blank.

Strike Two.

But wait.  Here's another email from Bloglovin, a weekly one that suggests other blogs I might find interesting.  As I scan the list, I notice a similarity.  The 15 Most Surreal Travel Destinations, 5 Steps to Take When You're Burned Out, 13 Genius Tips For Decorating a Small Space, 10 Sunny Travel Destinations You Should Visit Before the End of the Year, 5 Days in Hawaii.

I get it.  I should just write or photograph a list of stuff.  I look around my den.  Ho hum.

Strike Three.

I guess I'll just have to settle for this.  It's something I found on the Internets, printed off and SWMBO framed for me.  It hangs directly over my desk and inspires me every day.


Stephen Hayes said...

I don't think I've ever completed a crossword puzzle. Maybe that explains my sloppy mind.

Phil Perisich said...

We need a strong captain of the ship to steer the course. Otherwise "Oddball Observations" might hit an iceberg. But SWMBO is right, as usual, you can take shore leave once in a while.

The Bug said...

I do a cryptoquote puzzle every day - and I'm so proud of myself that I videoed me doing one today just to show how fast I am. Is that going to show up on my blog? I doubt it. Ha!

Lucy said...

Doing the weekly Radio Times cryptic crossword together is possibly one of the things which has kept our marriage together. Or not. Trouble is being a TV listings mag there are continual references to programmes we never watch, and we are sometimes know to resort to the Answerbank.

I for one appreciate your regular blogging as one of the welcome constants in my life, and I like that lovely blue and yellow picture very much. (But you can have a break sometimes too!)

joeh said...

I like to work out easy crosswords. It seems the ones in the paper I used to commute with got harder every day. I was smart on monday and then got progressively more stupid each day.

What really impresses me is how anyone makes up those puzzle.

And go ahead, take a day off, I do it by posting a re-run every Monday and an easy peasy headline post every Sunday..

Anonymous said...

The People Magazine Puzzle is just my speed. I complete it with a Sharpie.

Tom Cochrun said...

Lana is the puzzler. I'm just there to answer questions, "what starts with a t and….." and that sort. My mother was a dedicated crossword player. She was sharp of mind until 3 days before her passing.

There's a word for your bloggers block-doldrums.

Thérèse said...

Autumn's blues probably!
P.S. I like your picture on the wall. What about relaxing in front of the Savannah?

Steve said...

Blog away old chap. Blog away

Cupcake Murphy said...

I hope you never stop blogging Pardner!