For regular readers wondering what happened to the Blog, here’s the answer. Life intervened in the form of floods. Since August, we’ve been immersed in the 2016 election news flood. For good or ill, thank heavens, it’s over.
We also had a flood in our basement. Funny story. We’ve had four floods in 16 years. That’s right. One about every four years. A hole in the wall – a miniscule hole – caused two floods. We fixed that. A washing machine – not the same washer – caused the other two floods. The first washer was a total loss. We managed to salvage this one.
But as I looked around our basement chaos, with piles of tile and carpet turning moldy, I said to Jim, “Hey, opportunity!” He immediately agreed.
We went through everything. Probably 20 years’ worth of stuff. I won’t bore you with the number of trips to Goodwill, Salvation Army, and the dump. We moved everything out of the basement – and by everything, I mean it all went except for the furnace – and hired a company to come in and polish our concrete.
It looks nice considering it’s a basement. The floor is pockmarked with visible imperfections – cracks, holes, bumps, and indentations – but it’s easy to clean. If we flood again, it will be easier to manage.
So that’s my story and my excuse for a four month absence. I’ve been busy. Along the way, I was a NaNoWriMo winner (for the non-aficionado that’s National Novel Writing Month during which one writes 50,000 words with rights to purchase a T-shirt), finished extreme fall clean-up in the garden, and tried to figure out what 2017 would look like.
So what will 2017 look like for the Blog? Hard to say. Maybe more musings and less gardening. I considered trashing the NG-Blues and starting over, different title, different, slant. But then decided: life is like a garden. I guess I can talk about all sorts of weeds and flowers right here.
My goal for 2017? Two Blogs a month.