Surprise, surprise, guess who’s back (sort of)

It’s been more than a year since I’ve been here and I must say it feels a bit strange.

First of all, I can’t say I’m liking this new platform, or whatever it’s called (my tech savviness is limited). I’d love someone to tell me why, when it comes to technology — regardless of what it is — they are always tinkering — and, to my mind — never improving anything. It drives me batty. And, in fact, it drives me away.

But in this instance, it has nothing to do with why I haven’t been around, although it may account for why I may not be around all that often going forward. I guess I’ll just have to see if I can figure this out and get to like it.

COVID has a lot to do with why I’ve been MIA. I haven’t had much to say — not surprising considering we’ve all been shut-ins for so long. In my case, life as I’ve always lived it came to a grinding halt on March 13, 2020. That was the last time I went grocery shopping, or pretty much anywhere else. I had nothing to write about.

Well, that’s not entirely true. I just wasn’t motivated.

At first I was motivated to cook. Like everyone else, it seems, as you must know yourself if you’re on Facebook or Instagram. I was binge-cooking — although not baking like so many people I know. I’ve never been a baker — I just don’t have a “feel” for dough — so I am probably one of very few people who wasn’t posting photos of bread. But I was posting photos of everything else — breakfasts, lunches and dinners. I look at the pics from time to time and I must say, “wow, do I ever love cherry tomatoes!”

Binging seemed to be the order of the day — or year. Like so many people I binge-watched Netflix. I have the distinction of watching every single episode of Grace and Frankie in less than a week. I’d start watching at about seven in the morning and I’d still be at it at three in the morning. Same with other shows I loved.

What I couldn’t do is read — which has always been one of my favorite past times. I’d stare at the same page for 15 or 20 minutes, until I’d give up, admit defeat and put the book down or try reading another book — with the same result. This really disturbed me and I mentioned it to a friend, who complained of the same thing. So I started asking around and was shocked to hear how many people I know who were having the same experience.

Thankfully, I’ve snapped out of it now. I’m not reading as much as I have in the past, but I am reading, absorbing and enjoying.

And very luckily, I’ve had work to fall back on — in fact, I’ve been quite busy with writing projects — for which I’m very grateful. At first it was hard for me to get back into that as well — concentration being an issue — but happily that resolved itself quite quickly.

During this past year, what I dramatically cut back on is watching CNN. Anybody who’s regularly read my blog knows I’m a political junkie, but it got to the point where I simply could not listen to or watch anything that had to do with Donald Trump. I still can’t. And he was the subject of so many of my blog posts that, alone, is a major reason for my absence here.

But enough about me. How’ve you been?

31 thoughts on “Surprise, surprise, guess who’s back (sort of)

    • Thanks Terry, and same here. My parents wouldn’t believe it either. And my mom was such a social being she would have had a very hard time with this. My dad was a people person too, but not to the degree my mother was — but both of them loved to entertain. It would have been hard on them to not be able to do that. Yep, onward!!! ❤️

  1. Hurrah! You’re back blogging!! Great stuff and good to see you. You’ll work out the new format unless you can go back to classic like I have. I’ll try and find the link to SueWs post that tells you how ❤

  2. Oh thank heaven’s you are back! Now I know that we are very close to the end of that blasted tunnel and that the light is real sunshine and not an incoming train! Missed you more than you know.

  3. Hi Fransi! Lovely to hear from you – I too have recently returned to the “platform.” I too have had difficulty reading, a fondness for bingeing (food and Netflix) and am grateful that the former First Buffoon is no longer in the white house.

    Blogging didn’t feel right during most of 2020 – with all the political and pandemic issues crashing around, posting about “this and that “felt… I dunno – silly? wrong? discordant?

    I’ve only returned myself. Mostly because I’m using my blog to announce my latest project, and that TOO feels weird.

    But. We are both back for now. Let’s see where this goes?

  4. It’s been a long time coming So happy to see 365 and counting back on my inbox. Much love and keep scribbling.

    Sent from my iPhone


  5. Nice to see you back, Fransi. I haven’t been blogging for a few years, though I still read the blogs of others. Your blog is among my favourites. Perhaps you will inspire me to start blogging again, too.

  6. How lovely to see you again, Fransi, and to read your thoughts. Sounds like you’ve had a productive and wise hiatus, not to mention entertaining (20 continuous hours of Grace and Frankie must be mind-altering). I look forward to seeing where your inner guidance leads you….

    • Donna, so lovely to hear from you. I am really touched that so many of my blogging friends have taken the time to “welcome” me back. So thank you. Oh yes, 20 continuous hours of Grace and Frankie was definitely mind-altering — and also mood-altering — and for the better. I kept seeing myself in there, with a friend of mine and it was hilarious. We used to call ourselves Lucy and Ethel, but maybe it’s time for a refresh and we should now think of ourselves as Grace and Frankie. You know something? I’m kind of interested in seeing where my inner guidance leads me, too. We shall wait and see.

  7. See how much you were missed, I spent much time being isolated from family from March 2020 luckily I enjoy (if that’s the correct word) my own company could read and re-read a variety of poetry/short stories and compose all in all we got through without any falling out having 45 years practice was a good thing to prepare us for living in a bubble.

    • Thank you so much Chris. And yes, my isolation began on March 13, 2020. I’d been at the grocery store and it was the last time. I’m lucky I also enjoy my own company. I’m very happy to hear you’ve fared well and — I found you on Instagram — and I’m following you!

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