Monday, 19 January 2009

January and the battle of the CRUD ....

Hey , you wonderful bloggers out there ! ..
I have been battling a bad case of "crud" which means a mixture of viruses and getting older (I can't believe I even thought that, let alone publish it out in the open) .. now you KNOW I am sick, right ?? if I do THAT !!!
I wanted to explain my "please excuse me" side bar butterfly picture .. and yes, that is one of my own pictures that turned out shockingly GOOD .. I am still amazed and it has been two years since .. holy cow !
Ok .. enough of that .. what I mean to say is, I wouldn't hurt anyone's feelings for the world .. you are all such wonderful people .. but I needed to say that I can't handle games or awards .. now how sad is that I ask you ? ..
I appreciate being thought of so much for those things .. I really do .. but I'm sliding down that slippery slope and to manage an interesting .. let alone coherent, or logical post is a minor miracle for me .. even posting THIS is !!
I'm so glad we had this talk .. please don't be upset or give me the cold shoulder (I stick my head in the freezer on an hourly schedule as it is for relief) ..
Thank you !! .. Maybe we can get together for some coffee and fudge later ??


Linda Lunda said...

Ohh I´m so happy to hear this!!!
I have the same thinking about this awardthingstagging... as you have!
I stand by you 100 %!
And the photo are stunning so be proud about it!

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I am all for fudge, is it chocolate? That is my favorite.

You might have noticed that I have the same kind of sidebar on my blog also. Actually it is nowhere near as nice as yours.

But having 2 jobs, and my own business, I just can barely keep up.
So I decided to opt out of the memes, and tagging. Maybe one day when I am down to just one job, I will have some more free time.

Meanwhile, DO NOT feel guilty, I am sure that everyone understands. Those who would be upset because you opt out, are not worth worrying about.

That is my opinion.


joey said...

Please know you are not alone. Many I know are battling the CRUD, including me since New Years Eve ~ finally coming back to life. Please 'Get well soon' :)

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

I don't blame you at all. I feel exactly the same way. It's all I can do to just put one foot in front of the other, get my house chores done, and manage a blog at all. I'm too old and cranky for much else!

GardenJoy4Me said...

Linda ! how are you girl ? .. Thank you so much for your support : ) it can be a bit dicey with my needy list .. I didn't want to hurt any feelings out there. That picture is one of my favorites so I thought I would break the ice with it ? haha

Jen girl .. my god how do you do what you do do ? I would be flat on the floor and it would take a ton of fudge(chocolate) to get me to lift my head let alone do what you do (here we go again .. sorry)
Thank you : )

Joey .. isn't this the crappiest time of year with all these viruses and colds and out right GRAY days ? Jeez .. misery loves company and I appreciate you stopping by feeling the way you do .. did you notice it is a wee bit lighter, later in the afternoon/evening ? .. there is hope !!

Brenda .. my god you made me laugh ! how true is that .. and I am so glad I am not alone feeling this old and cranky too .. I keep spraying everything with Clorox cleaner .. I think I am loosing it ? ; )

Gail said...

Dear Joy, I hear you! I think I opted out of them a bit ago! Take care...I just brought home some very interesting looking Argentinian chocolate 91% (whole foods sells it). Yummy! Do take care. ((((you))) Gail

Megan said...

I hear that! I have been such a bum about getting tagged, just ignoring it and hoping it goes away, which probably hurt some feelings. It would be one thing if it was just a writing assignment, but quite another to have to tag even more people, feeling like I'm burdening them with a chore. I think you're making a good plea for sanity. Maybe tagging can be an invitation for those who enjoy it, but for those who feel like they just received chain mail, nobody should have to feel guilty. THANK YOU for bringing this up.

GardenJoy4Me said...

Gail ! What a tease you are girl .. dangling that chocolate "mission" in front of me like that ! .. hey .. I still hear that theme music you bad girl !! LOL

Megan .. thanks girl ! .. I think it would be great as an invitation, just as you said .. some people like to do those things .. others like us do look on it as "ouch!" and the chain mail .. you did make me snort and giggle .. thank you ! LOL

DirtDigger (Tessa) said...


I'm so glad you posted this- I was tagged recently with one and had no idea that so many bloggers didn't really care for these. Some how I knew you'd be too busy or the like- must have used the 'Force' :) I need to make a decision about these, and I'll be sure to post it, as you have, when I do.

Happy Gardening!

jodi said...

Still got the crud? You need some dark chocolate cranberries, obviously! I'll eat a few for you.

With regards to games, awards, memes etc...I no longer participate in them either; or if I do (I liked the 'what is your signature plant' discussion,) it's a case of do it myself and not tag anyone else. Like with Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, or the Garden Design workshop; you can opt in or not as you choose, and you don't have to pay it forward or tag twenty five other people or anything like that.

There are more bloggers doing posts such as yours, too. I think in the beginning the memes were a good way to get more people participating and more bloggers known, but now they've become overwhelming. I see the same sort of thing cropping up on Facebook and I refuse to participate there, either.

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

I hear you Joy. Cinj sweetly gave me one last week and I still haven't picked it up and posted on it. I really am honored. I just can't get my stuff together.

Robin's Nesting Place said...

I completely missed autumn this year being sick with one thing after another, so I know the feeling.

I hope you are feeling better soon! Take care!

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

Hi Joy,
I know you have been feeling yucky these days:( Hang in there...spring is almost here (ahh, well, about 60 days to go yet)...

I am SO with ya on this tagging/award thing-a--ma-bob list...I feel so guilty when I don't follow through and I haven't wanted to hurt anyone's feelings either, and I'm always appreciative when they think of me, but it is another chore for me, too. As you said, keeping a blog in and of itself is time consuming. And when you don't feel that great, it's even harder to just do that!

I've been considering doing something similar in my sidebar that says it 'gently', like yours does:)

Crafty Gardener said...

I have a similar blurb on my blog and I think we are finding more and more folks that think the same way. I opted out of many things last summer and just blog for me. No need to feel guilty, I sure don't.
Have a great day, feel better. Eat chocolate and go shopping at HomeSense.

Meadowview Thymes said...

I'm so sorry you are sick! And I feel so bad I tagged you! I work full time and keeping up with blogs (mine AND others) is time I understand what you mean! However, I will take you up on the fudge and coffee!! :)

GardenJoy4Me said...

Hi Tessa (I am so not using my brain this morning type of morning today .. the "force" is not on line yet ? haha) ..I think it is because there are so many new bloggers on here that it has become overwhelming for some of us .. and yes .. I think it is a good idea to step up to the plate and say how you feel so no one's feelings are hurt by mistake ?

Jodi .. that is a great new ID picture you have girl ! You look like a librarian (I can say that since I have been one ? LOL) .. I had no idea there were such things as chocolate cranberries "gimme some !!" haha .. eat all you can for me OK ?
Yup .. when Blotanical was relatively small it was a good way to get to know each other .. but now .. it is way too big and most of us can't get into that sort of thing .. so it is a good idea to sidebar your own "take" on it : )

Debbie girl .. you are so darn busy I don't know how you do what you do , do , girl !! .. I think a side bar post saying how you feel is very much in order for you .. take a few minutes .. have some nice herbal tea, a bit of chocolate and relax .. so I can feel better ? haha

Hi Robin .. thank you girl ! .. I take so many vitamins and supplements I am at a loss as to why this "stuff" can sneak in under the radar and GET me : ( LOL

Hi Jan .. Thanks girl .. January has not been one of my better months for sure ! .. Yup .. a preemptive message on whether you want to participate in these things helps clear the air for everyone .. it is a "good thing" as some one says ? haha
Spring will come eventually ? .. right ??

Hi Linda .. I so need some quality time in Home Sense by now .. hubby hasn't gone on his golf trip and it might not be until April now .. I am going to have to take a quality girlie day, when I feel I can manage it for sure !
Yup .. a press statement on your view is a safety net : )

MT ... please don't feel bad girl ! You gave me the push I needed to publish my "excuse me" blurb .. I did have fun with your little tag .. don't feel bad : )
Now I have my blurb and things will be all good ? now ? LOL

tina said...

Do get better soon!

GardenJoy4Me said...

Hey Tina girl ! thanks .. it always seems to happen in January .. worst month of the year I am thinking ! LOL

tina said...

Did you get the flu shot? It seems to really help out, I swear by it!

GardenJoy4Me said...

Hi Tina .. I have an autoimmune disease .. Hashimoto's Thyroiditis plus fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue so I can't chance introducing anything like that to my body .. sounds formal doesn't it ? .. in other words, my body would blow a gasket or a raspberry ? LOL .. not good : )

Anonymous said...

Joy you should never feel guilty or sorry for having to do this. I quit accepting or participating in those over a year ago and it has been wonderful living without them.

I do hope you will be feeling better soon.


GardenJoy4Me said...

Thanks Diane ! .. I think being a Libra makes me so very conscious about people's feelings and sensitivities .. too much at times because I drive myself crazy ? LOL
But .. phew ! .. now I have said this I think I am off the hook ? : )

Patsi said...

Joy, you have many friends.
Don't one thinks poorly of you. Maybe you're a little wacky but what else is new ! :D

Jamie and Randy said...

OK Joy,
It's time to get well now, you've been sick long enough. Get well soon.--Randy

GardenJoy4Me said...

Patsi girl ! .. You are so sweet, thank you ! .. wait a minute ... I'm wacky ???? good grief .. I thought that was a premenopausal syndrome .. so the wacky stays behind when the menopause leaves in 10 years or so .. and I'll still be wacky ?? .. no wonder I need chocolate !!!!

Randy .. you are way too cute sir ! .. January is my most rotten month of the year .. it truly smacks of total "blahness" and every bit of crud out there is attracted to me like a frigging magnet. BIG sigh .. time to down more vitamins and face the beast ... the beast is also named "IT, that shall not be spoken of by the rest of the family to me" aka TREADMILL .. can you hear me screaming from over here ??? hahaha

Anonymous said...

I hope you feel better soon Joy! Thanks for stopping by and leaving good wishes for my poor kitty Mooch! :)

Rose said...

We all understand, Joy. I like Bloom Day or memes where if you want to participate, fine. I do hope you feel better soon--it's no fun to feel "cruddy"!

Love the butterfly on coneflower picture:)

GardenJoy4Me said...

PG .. I felt so sorry for Mooch .. hope he is getting better realy quickly .. cats hate to be sick let alone have a cone collar on ? LOL

Frances said...

Hi Joy, you are so funny, and yes I will certainly take you up on the fudge, a real weakness of mine. No nuts please, I want as much chocolate as possible in each bite. :-) Hope you feel better, I too have been suffering from some yuckiness and of course aging each and every day too.

GardenJoy4Me said...

Rose girl ! How did you slip in there without me seeing YOU !
Thank you : ) .. January is the worst month in the year .. all this assorted crud to wade through .. winter BLAHS and all of that. The whole ugly ball of wax thing .. haha
Now that I have said "it" I feels so much better ? LOL

Frances : ) If I couldn't see the funny side of things .. well we won't go there right ?
I will make extra extra chocolate fudge sans nuts ..
Sorry you have the crud too .. I am enjoying all the posts from Shirl's challenge ! I am tempted to follow too : )

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Hope you are feeling better and you are correct your butterfly picture is shockingly good!

GardenJoy4Me said...

Hello IGW : ) Thank You !!!
I have a few pictures of this "Black Admiral" on my flowers and driftwood. I had no idea what kind of butterfly it was but a reader let me know. I was also sure I would scare it away before I got good shots but phew ! it didn't : )

WiseAcre said...

I started with CRUD and went straight to Zombie. I'm feeling much better now and my craving for 'brain food' has passed.

I'm not sure but it might have all started by being 'tagged'. An hour later I went into a vegetative state.

Needless to say I didn't participate. I fell for it once when I was new and didn't want to disappoint the person who tagged me. That's when I learned that people really don't like to play that game. I'm sorry I bugged those I tagged with one exception. You're still it :)

GardenJoy4Me said...

Dear Mr. WiseA**
I can truly sympathise .. it seems the crud pretends to leave while all the time it has it's toe stuck in the door ? .. brainfood .. now isn't that a delicious thought ? LOL .. Yup ... the tag thing the award thing .. anything THING that made me think too much was just TOO MUCH ! haha
Glad to hear you are back among the living ... but that tag, it slipped off me .. I just thoroughly moisturized when you tried to do that ! wink wink