Gettin’ back on the horse

Darn! Life’s gotten in the way of my blogging lately.

A lot has been going on: BIG LIFE PICTURE stuff — Cassidy moving to Portland and starting a new job; Julia a short six weeks away from graduating from college! FUN stuff — connecting with a high school friend I hadn’t seen in 38 (yes, 3-8!) years; going to Grand Cayman with Chuck. And the EVERYDAY microcosm-of-life stuff — getting mammograms and bone-density scans; and dealing with our 14-year-old Mia dog…who has become bowel-incontinent…at like 3:50 a.m…all over my sisal rug.

So I  spent this past weekend thinking to myself that maybe I

just won’t blog anymore.  There is a lot of self-inflicted stress and angst that comes with writing and then ultimately pressing that “Publish” button.  It does take up quite a bit of time. And then all that self-doubt raises its ugly head: Did I offend anyone? TMI (too much information)? Will my daughters disown me?

By about 4:30 Saturday afternoon, I had decided: I was done blogging.

But then…but then, I thought, What would those thousands of readers do

without my 4-6 posts per month? Answer: Not a thing.  Because there are not thousands (not even close). You know who you 12 readers are.

And then I had a heart-to-heart with ‘me-self.’ Here’s the deal: Writing is my therapy, my escape, my much-needed happy place.  Even if it ranges from really-really-really bad to not-too-bad writing,  I’m going to continue blogging.

So as I sit here blank-staring into the abyss that is my computer, having trouble putting words to proverbial paper, acknowledging that I’ve fallen off the horse (or wagon or bicycle or whatever your cliché), I’m determined and relieved to get up, brush myself off, get back on, and ride (write)!



And I thank you very, very much for reading my ramblings.




9 Responses to Gettin’ back on the horse
  1. Diane Bertsch
    March 25, 2013 | 9:04 pm

    Thanks for getting back on that horse! Inspiring.

  2. Darci
    March 25, 2013 | 9:15 pm

    Do not stop! You have a gift for writing.

  3. Nancy Buckner
    March 25, 2013 | 10:07 pm

    Always enlightens my day!

  4. Therese Fowler-Bailey
    March 25, 2013 | 10:52 pm

    It truly is an “In the Mood” kind of thing. Doesn’t matter how few or far between…Always a Joy to relate and read on about your corner of the world.

  5. Michelle Kindel
    March 26, 2013 | 7:22 am

    Keep it going,Jodie…I love reading your posts!

  6. Michelle kozlowski
    March 26, 2013 | 9:06 am

    Jodi-Do what makes you happy! It’s that simple.
    Life is too short to overthink. WriteOn!

  7. Julie Mietus
    March 31, 2013 | 10:18 pm

    rock on J. You are a great read all the time!
    xo j.

  8. limo service
    April 9, 2013 | 1:03 am

    Good day, from Hidden Hills, California I want to mention, I enjoyed this post. However, it is weird how I ended up on your blog. I searched for kidzone party bus on Bing and ended up on your website. I must say I do like your site and will check back soon. But I need to find the limo I was originally looking for first. Have a amazing day! bye-bye.

  9. Krista
    April 13, 2013 | 11:16 pm

    YIKES….we just got back from the cabin (no internet) and I JUST read this. I’m so happy you decided to continue blogging!!!! I VERY much enjoy your stories!!! They’re MY therapy as well. I love your outlook, wit and wisdom on the issues you write about. I know life is stressful at times but I hope you know when you take the time to write…..your followers (all 12 of us) really enjoy and look forward to what you have to say.
    Keep Calm and BLOG ON…’re awesome girl!!!

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It's true! Despite playing defense virtually all my life against the onslaught of this sometimes-ugly aging process, it...has...arrived! I naively thought I would escape cellulite (the Cottage Cheese) and crow's feet (the Crepe Paper). But I didn't! And why didn't anyone tell me about this emotional roller-coaster that comes with being an Empty-Nester?! My name is Jodie Barringer Myers. I'm a 54-year-old Friday/chardonnay/ hydrangea-loving wife/mom/court reporter living in Sacramento (Gold River!), California. Writing is cathartic for me. And because I look to find humor and humility among the rubble that is my now very peri-menopausal self, I'm hopeful that you will laugh, cry, learn, enjoy and, most of all, relate to what I have to say. After all, we're all in this together, right?

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