Let me begin this post by saying I'm fine…health, work, life. All good. Several of you have written comments (which I'll put up and reply to the moment I finish this missive) or emailed (which I'll likewise answer ASAP, though there are an astonishing, humbling number, so please be patient) wondering and worrying about my absence. While I'm truly touched and appreciate your concern more than you'll ever know, I'm also really sorry to have caused anyone a moment's anxiety.
My mysterious hiatus was completely unintentional. The quick explanation can be blamed on a "perfect storm" of circumstances. Or to put it another way, the triadic intersection of bad discipline, bad karma, and bad wiring.
It began with several snowy days and no opportunity to get out and tramp around with my camera. Then there was a passel of errands that used up another day or so. Plus work, which tied up a lot of time during this period and, for whatever reason, took way longer than usual. And if truth be told, a couple of times during these initial missing-in-action days, when I suffered bouts of LBTFARS (Laze-By-the-Fire-and-Read Syndrome) which required immediate therapy.
So that's the accounting for the first few days. And as most of you know, not an unusually prolonged gap for posts hereabouts—in spite of my New Year's aspirations otherwise.
Then I got ambushed by unplanned work. I spent three days in a row going full-bore from 8:30 a.m. until nearly midnight, with only brief breaks to feed the woodstove, assemble a late lunch to consume while writing, and perhaps 30 minutes for supper with Myladylove when she got in about 7:00 p.m.
Trust me, during this time my head was too deep inside these projects to be in any shape to post.
And then? The Internet went down—or at least the portion of my high-speed connection that carries the World Wide Web; the cable T.V. half continued to work. And while it finally got fixed sometime Saturday, by then Myladylove and I were in high gear getting ready for a family birthday dinner that evening. Yesterday we worked in the house all afternoon—cooking, cleaning, fixing a few things up as we'd invited a longtime friend over for dinner (three-bean chili, nachos, jalapeño poppers, Buffalo wings, veggies and dip) and to watch the Superbowl.
So here I sit—eleven days since my last post. An omission which was honestly unplanned, and possibly even more surprising to me than those who noted my uncharacteristic silence. Yet as I write this out, the facts seem less a good reason than a lame excuse…and maybe that's the unavoidable truth. Surely I could have found time during those first days, before the technical issue, to post something?
But it's also the truth that I've really missed not getting a post or two up and being able to read and answer comments afterwards. Blogging is something I genuinely enjoy, a responsibility I do take seriously.
I didn't mean to go AWOL; it just sort of happened. Please forgive me.