Monday, July 30, 2012

Maybe I Should Charge Rent

This past week we have had dozens of these inhabiting our porch.  We have to be careful not to let them fly indoors each time we open the door.

My husband made an attempt at snake-proofing our porch by stapling plastic mesh around it.  That way we can walk along the flagstones without worrying about something venomous or rabid jumping out and biting our ankles.

Within just a few hours, some critter, probably a bunny, chewed a hole right through it and pushed some rocks aside.

I'm not sure if it was trying to get in or out.

We know there are other, non-chewable options.  Every time we hit another problem, we research it thoroughly.  I'm just not interested in blogging about all the solutions and explaining why we chose this solution over that solution, because then everyone has to get in their two-cents about why we should have done it this way or that way. Then I feel like I have to explain my decision.

Then someone has to come along and leave a snarky comment, which I promptly delete because I don't want to pass the negativity on.  I just don't understand why some think it is okay to launch personal attacks on writers.  I've always said that if you don't like my blog, stop reading it.  Not having many readers won't hurt me, because I don't make any money off this blog, but cruel comments do hurt sometimes.  It's not hard to find the identity of people who do leave such comments, and I'm hoping they don't catch me in a really foul mood, because I might just turn the tables on them someday.  Ouch.

I actually felt a chill last night when I stood out in the rain and a cool breeze came up.  Today is cooler than usual, but my body failed me for the second time in two weeks, so I'm stuck on the couch with little mobility and a lot of pain.

Unless something really interesting or exciting happens, I'm going to take a break from blogging for a while.  Just wanted to let you all know so that you won't be left wondering.  In the meantime, once I heal, I'll be dealing with the ongoing destruction around this place, fly management around the barn, and making the usual twenty trips a day outside with the dogs on leash to avoid further bodily damage from having to get on my hands and knees to scrub stains out of the carpet.  Ahhhh, it's a glamorous life I have.


RiverBend Farm said...

I can understand you wanting to take a break from blogging..seems so many are doing that lately. I always feel no one could possibly be interested in what I have to say but I really refer back to my blog as a journal.
Hope you don't leave completely...I really enjoy reading about your journeys.

Katharine Swan said...

I'm sorry people have been leaving snarky comments. If I've said anything that offended you, please know that it wasn't my intent.

There is a strong case for the need for general decency and manners. If you don't like something, why waste your time reading it, let alone leaving hateful comments? I think some people just crave the drama.

But your reasoning could just as easily be turned on its head: "If you don't like it, don't have a blog." I don't mean to say it in those words, just that some people would say so. In a way, I'm afraid, they are right -- the risk of negative comments is part of putting something in a public forum, and as a writer I think you just have to expect a certain amount of it. And we would be sad if you really DID decide not to have a blog, so the snarky comments are just something we have to live with. I'm not saying you have to like it -- just remember that for every snarky comment, you get a dozen comments from readers who like your blog and care about YOU!

Anonymous said...

I will miss your blog but I know your body is telling you that you need rest and time to regain control of things around the property, try to get some rest and just love on the horses. Ellie

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

I think my desire to take a leave of absence from blogging has more to do with just the same old, same old happening. I mean, how many times can I write about my dog soiling the carpet? That's what my days consist of at the moment. I know she can't help it, but it's kind of like being trapped in an old folks home changing bed pans for a living.

I've also been stuck in another one of these bad luck ruts and I don't want to give it more power by writing about it. Yet what happens to me is all I've got to write about... unless I read something that is interesting, but quite truthfully, it's difficult to get through an entire book with the number of times I get interrupted by the dog.

I must have made a dozen attempts today to read a novel with my blurry glasses, and before I could even open the book, Midge was shaking her collar to go outside. So, despite my pain, I take her out, and then she sees the thunderheads in the sky and smells the impending storm and panics, and suddenly can't pee. I get her inside, and she lets loose on the floor.

She's not eating because she's terrified of thunder, which we're getting every evening, so that's messing up her diabetes treatment. It's this endless cycle of panic and peeing. I wish I could put her in the car and drive her somewhere where the thunderclouds can't follow, but my own health problems won't let me travel. The only thing I haven't tried are sedatives for the dog, but I fear spending a ton of money and having it not work like everything else. It's just one thing after another, and I'm tired and irritable, not good company.

I keep hoping something positive or interesting will happen that I can post about, but apparently this phase of my life is all about surviving an endless slew of hassles and having one attempt after another to resolve each problem fail. I'm putting all this time, money and energy out and not getting any reward or resolution coming in, so I've decided to pull within, be still, be quiet, and hope God will have mercy on me and send some positive changes my way.

Paint Girl said...

Take a break, get well rested and we will all be here when you get back!!
I totally understand. I have been so busy I don't have time to blog nor read any blogs. I am trying to get some done today because I will be out of town for a few days, home for 1 day then out of town for the weekend. Just a never ending, busy, on the road, hectic schedule I have right now!

Reddunappy said...

My Daughter in Colorado Springs had a scourge of those month a few weeks ago! She said they were awful! Coming through the cracks when the door was left adjar!

Hang in there girl!!!

Oh and now my pup is telling me its time to go outside!!

Mikey said...

Aww, I will miss you! I look so forward to reading about your days and moving to AZ. I understand though how you feel. You make me feel like I'm not the only one out there this stuff happens to. I spend all day fighting against the tide, and being overwhelmed by all there is to do. Some days I just give in and go back to bed. It's just too dang much!!
(I had no idea my life would involve cleaning up this much poop and pee. Honestly.)
I tried twice the other day to ride. But first I had to do this, and then that, and the second horse I got out came out of his pen lame. I gave up my hope of getting on a horse and settled for just taking care of them, which it seems like is all I do.
Chin up, and don't go away for long. I'll have withdrawals!!!

Grey Horse Matters said...

You've had a lot of activity lately so your body is probably telling you to rest and repair. Things always have a way of working out and I'm sure your problems will too. See you when you get back.

Linda said...

As you know, I took a break and I LOVED it. Sometimes it's just nice to do life without having to think too hard about life. However, due to yet another equine downturn (possible EPM), I'm back to it. Blogging does help me think through things and find answers. What I've learned about blogging and now online radio, is that people are much more willing to be snarky when it's anonymous. To your face, not so much. But as someone else said, the positive outweigh the negative by a long shot.

Cheryl Ann said...

Believe me, I know what it is like to want to take a break from blogging. I've done that this summer. I have spent the last two weeks doing some genealogy research into my family and have found some interesting stuff! I just haven't been out & around with my camera! It's been too darn hot. PERIOD...right now, however, it is RAINING!!!!

Rebecca said...

Hope you get to feeling up to par soon! :o) There are always going to be those negative, snarky people out there who think they know everything. But, there are more of us who enjoy reading each other blogs and are positive, so I think we win. :o)

Cut-N-Jump said...

Look at it all this way Nuzz- from a dogs point of view. If I can't eat it or screw it, I piss on it and walk away. 'Nuff said.

If someone doesn't like what you did or how you did it, if they aren't here, paying for it, dealing with it or whatever- how much does their opinion or 2 cents really count? Are they just talking smack to get a rise out of you? Did it work? Piss on it and walk away.

Maybe I am just a bit to synical or jaded in my views, but for the most part- people like that- anymore, I just don't care. FUC'M. Why should I? I have other stuff- more important stuff to me- to deal with, other than to listen to their incessant whining and bitching.

So when are we getting together again? LOL! Mikey you ever swing by this way- Of Course you are invited to join us! Raises a cold glass of tea to ya

fernvalley01 said...

See you when you get back. Rest well, and we will miss you

Breathe said...

I like knowing what your doing, even if it's just Midge maintenance. I guess for me blogging has come back to being a small group of girlfriends catching up no one another. I count you as one.

I do hope riding is in your future, I was imagining you out on the trails the other day. And I'm glad you are free of the creepy people. It's such a relief.

Haters are everywhere. Shame they have such an impact, and I work hard to try to ignore them. Rest assured the good out weighs the bad, and when you get a chance for an update, it will be good to hear from you.

achieve1dream said...

I hope I've never said anything offensive.... I really try to carefully choose my words so they don't offend, but sometimes it's hard to convey what you're saying in text. If you knew me in person you can tell what I mean by my expressions because I wear my heart on my sleeve. I never want to offend anyone and I feel bad if I do. I don't think you've ever deleted my comments though so I'm going to say it's not me. I hope. :D

I had to take a blog break too. Sometimes when negative things keep happening I have to just stop writing otherwise all I'll do is brood on the negativity. That's one reason I haven't been writing in my Farmer Life blog. If I don't have anything good to say or if I don't need advice I just don't write. I do write in the horse one though because if I'm unhappy I can just post pictures and it cheers me up and I hope cheers other people up too. :D

I hope things get easier and you feel better soon. I really do like your idea with the mesh around the deck and once anything that's under there comes out I'm sure it will work perfectly. Even if a snake still gets under there it will definitely keep them from striking from underneath at least. :)