Monday, December 14, 2015

I NEED A DO-OVER

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

I need a do-over. Maybe just for the month of December, even though we're only halfway through it. Maybe for the entire year. Maybe for about fifty years.

Things that I said would happen probably will not happen. I probably will not answer your grammatical questions until next year. I probably won't blog much for the rest of the year. I probably won't accomplish anything other than the items at the top of the priority list.

My priority list begins with worship because Christmas is Christ-oriented for a reason. Next on my list is taking care of the people I love. Carol is one of the best friends I've ever had. She doesn't feel well. She hasn't felt well for quite some time. I'm going to take her out for lunch at our favorite tea room and give her the clip-on earrings she hoped for, made by Michele at Accent Gem Designs.

I will make a fuss over the nice people who take care of me at the neighborhood diner. I might even bake some Christmas cookies.

I guess what I really need is a do-over on my plans for the rest of the year. Less blogging. More giving to the people who are close to me. Lots of love for Franklin and Penelope. Big hugs for Willy Dunne Wooters and my son. Editing. Not caring about some of the things that used to be important to me.

I need to take care of myself, too. It's warm and humid. The mosquitoes are terrible. I have eczema almost every place on my body. Eczema probably doesn't seem like a big deal if you don't have it. I've had it all my life. It is very bad right now.

So if I don't participate in Battle of the Bands or other blog hops, I feel pretty certain you can live without me.

Amy, please, will you sing us out?


Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug

40 comments:

  1. Take care of yourself & post whenever you feel like it!!

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  2. Enjoy the holidays and I hope the eczema clears up!

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    1. The eczema always comes and goes. I've had it my entire life. But thank you for your kind wishes.

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  3. I definitely understand. Enjoy your Festive Season. Wishing you lots of fun and happiness, Janie. You deserve it. All the best to your friend.

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    1. Ah, Murees, you came into my life this year, and editing your book made me so happy. I hope you feel more confident as a writer.

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  4. No...I can't live without you. But I can call you...don't change your phone number, ha ha.

    Gonzo says howdy!

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    1. Hellooooo, darling Gonzo. I sure wish someone would go to the Harry Potter theme park with me. Cherdo, I have no intention of changing my number--at least not until I've lured Gonzo into my web.

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  5. I don't think I can live without you. Not possible. I hope you feel better. Maybe I'll send you a big fly swatter so you can smack those mosquitos. Have a very Merry Christmas, and enjoy spending time with those who are close to you.

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    1. Well, I certainly can't live without you. That means we have to blog the rest of our lives, or you have to write books for me to edit. Fortunately, I have two extendable fly swatters. They are quite a lovely shade of blue.

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  6. A break will certainly kickstart your feel better do over. Have a wonderful Christmas season; see you next year. Or, when you feel better.

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    1. I feel better already because I established my list of priorities.

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  7. I hope you feel better. Take care of yourself this Christmas (and all the time, really!).

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    1. I don't have to take care of myself with Penelope and Franklin on the job.

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  8. Please go enjoy your friend and family and give yourself a hug from me.

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    1. OOOOO Those are my hugs to you, my favorite Lutheran lady.

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  9. Oh No !
    I just found YOU, even if you were not lost.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. I shan't run away. I have no place to go.

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  10. You poor thing! The itch must be horrible and the rash makes one not feel good looking but you are a cherished soul. Enjoy the Christmas season, your family, and your doggies. Your friend will be so happy to have you in her corner and I am certain you both will laugh

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    1. Oh, Birgit, you are a sweetheart. Carol and I always laugh. We can't help ourselves. I love to hear her stories about her family and about growing up in Milwaukee.

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  11. Sorry you're not feeling your best. Life is all about priorities so I know you'll do what needs to be done and we'll patiently wait for your return.

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    1. I'm here. I've risen from the dead. No, wait . . . that's Easter.

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  12. Janie, keeping your priorities in line is the most important thing. I'm so with you on taking time to remember the season for what it is ~ Jesus' birthday. You definitely need to take time for yourself. We only have one human life to live, so make the most of it. I don't have eczema, but I do have spotty skin problems occasionally that drives me nuts. So, I totally feel for you, my friend. I pray that you find some relief. I imagine living in a hot and humid climate year round doesn't help with your skin problem. During the summer, I get heat rashes in small patches on my legs. Well, dear enjoy your time away from Blogsville. I'm thinking about taking a break next month. It's good to get away from the same-ole-same-ole routine. Have a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year, dear! ;)

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    1. When I see bloggers who post photos of snow on the ground, I'm not jealous, but I'd like it if Florida would cool off a bit. It's 73 degrees at 10:35 p.m. It's also humid. Heat and humidity are very hard on my skin.

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  13. Hi Janie - eczema is really not nice at all - so I do feel for you. Relax and take the days slowly - you can do that now .. and give over to the important things in your life ... take care - cheers Hilary

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    1. I took a bath with a potion and then a lotion, and I'm less itchy. I also took about a million Benadryls.

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  14. Of course it's time for friends and family. No explanation needed. Enjoy your loved ones, give 'em an extra hug for all your virtual buddies here in the internets. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (in case we don't hear from you until then).

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    1. I'm already back. It's difficult to get rid of me. Ask my ex-husband.

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  15. My Christmas season will be filled with travel and visiting family as is often the case. I too will probably be hit and miss on the internet activity. It's a busy, but blessed time of the year.

    Have a good Christmas holiday season.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  16. Hi Janie, I'm here again. Back and forth, on and off. I blog when I can. I hope you give yourself more of your time and, yes, enjoy you and the others you care about more.

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    1. I'm slowing down and not pressuring myself.

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  17. More giving to the people who are close to me... What else is there to do, right? What could be more important? It makes perfect sense to me, Janie. And, yes, take good care of yourself.

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  18. Okay, Miss "Infinities of Love," I will survive without you! Be sure and live well without me (smile).

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    1. I can't live well without you, Dixie. That's why I'm already back to blogging. I have a battle of the bands posted.

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  19. I need a do over month. I dropped my school's expensive camera. Well actually it did a nose dive, while on the tripod. It still works, but the plastic on the lens is broken. I had to take my youngest to the ER this week. I thought it might be his appendix. It turned out he was backed up, and needed stool softeners. I said to my husband, "That's going to be one expensive poop!"

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  20. Good for you for realizing you need to stop and take care of yourself right now. We will miss you and look forward to your return.

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  21. I hear ya about needing a do-over. Been there.
    Hey, thanks for the mention! That's really sweet. You'll have to tell me how Carol likes her earrings.
    Take good care of yourself. You can't take care of anyone else unless you take care of yourself. And caring for oneself is not selfish; it's necessary! Be good to yourself this holiday season.
    XOXO

    Michele at Angels Bark

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