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Blog Friends, Neighbors and Countrymen

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Due to extenuating circumstances (unexpected family and social obligations: i.e. life in the fast lane), I haven’t had enough time to visit you all more often.

November, I spent writing with furious diligence, while  life around me came to a standstill. Still appointments and family visits continue to take much of my time this month. Off and on holiday entertaining and a visit to the west coast for a sister’s 60th birthday also loom large.

When time permits, I shall flit in and out and can’t wait till my schedule isn’t hampered by all these commitments. You’re always on the edge of my mind. I have not forgotten you and miss you and our daily banter.

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Author: Let's CUT the Crap!

I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

103 thoughts on “Blog Friends, Neighbors and Countrymen

  1. Enjoy yourself and very happy holidays. 🙂

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  2. Wishing you relaxing blog-free days and looking forward to future posts.

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  3. Missing your posts. Enjoy the holidays and come back when you’re ready. ❤️ Van

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  4. You will have more time if you opt for the 70 hour day instead of the traditional 24 hour day.

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  5. Life happens. Enjoy each day as it comes. Sounds like you have some fun family things coming up. Hugs. ❤

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  6. Woot! A west coast birthday party — for me, that really does qualify as life in the fast lane! (You realize the Eagles are going to be in my head for a while now. 😀 )
    Tess, I miss you, but I’m happy to know that you are enjoying life beyond the keyboard and beyond the blogosphere. Mega hugs my friend. ❤ 🙂 ⭐

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  7. You’ve been missed, also. Breathe deeply. Enjoy the break and time with family. See you soon.

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  8. I hope all is well. Sometimes life dictates a schedule we hadn’t planned. Have a wonderful holiday season!

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  9. We don’t forget you either, Tess. I will think warm thoughts of you speeding through the holiday obligations. Have lots of fun!

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  10. Am glad you are taking time for family and other commitments. You will be filled with great ideas and inspirations when you come back. Meanwhile, have a wonderful l Christmas and a Happy, Healthy 2016 filled with Family and Friends. AND stay stress-free with chocolates. . . 🙂

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  11. Good to hear you are busy with doing fun stuff involving family and friends 🙂

    Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Enjoy!

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  12. Missing you, too. I can certainly relate to family time. Glad to have you stop by the other day. Happy Holidays!

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  13. I know exactly where you are coming from here Tess, as I have been in a similar situation. I will always be happy to see you whenever you can drop in. Have a wonderful holiday 🙂

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  14. I had thought that being retired meant I would be able to everything I wanted to do – silly me should have known that would never be possible – so I completely understand what you’re saying, Tess. Enjoy the West coast! Hope to see you again soon.

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    • You are so right, Sylvia. Each year has been busier than the last. I cannot understand how some retirees complain they’re bored. Really?
      I look forward to my trip west so soon after my trip east this year.
      Happy holidays, Sylvia. May they treat you well and with kindness.

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  15. Tess, nice to hear news from you! Life in the fast lane is fun! Enjoy all of it. We’ll hear from you when you have time. Happy Holidays! Chryssa

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  16. Have a wonderful holiday Tess and see you when you’re back from the trenches. 🙂

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  17. Glad to know you are well and busy. No worries about not visiting. When and if you have time you are always welcome. Happy holidays!

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  18. I’ll be here when you get back…I think. Life keeps happening and something has to give and it is usually blogworld. Have a wonderful holiday time with family and friends IRL. See you when you get back.

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  19. So for Christmas, I should send you some 36 hour days, Tess!

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    • Ha ha. Where do I sign up? Thirty-six feel more manageable than 48. Someone suggested 70. Tried to sign up for that one, but all the spots were taken.
      Maybe you have better connections. I accept your gift.
      Happy holidays, Noel. ❤ ❤

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  20. Always a joy to stop by…have a wonderful holiday time. Hugs…

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  21. There’s an Irish song I listen to on Youtube occasionally. At the beginning of the song, actually before it, the singer says “ahhhhhhh family”. I think of that every time I have family obligations and wonderful times ….. enjoy these good things Tess. Though I do miss you. ❤

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  22. Have Happy Holidays. I plan to stick around for a while also. 🙂 — Suzanne Joshi

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  23. We’ll be here when you get back, Tess… take care and try not to do too much! 🙂

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  24. Happy Holidays, Tess! I know what you mean about your busy schedule, I’ve had a busy one, too. Enjoy all your upcoming family visits!

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  25. Happy to see you anytime, Tess, hope everything is going well. Happy Holidays! 🙂

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  26. Take care and see you soon! (And keep writing and smiling!)

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  27. Don’t worry about us Tess, just enjoy the things that are happening right now! x:-)x

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  28. Enjoy your blogging break… we all need them. Sometimes our blogs become more tying than children, pets, and a ball and chain! I hope you have fun!

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  29. We will all be here when life settles down. Have fun and Merry Christmas!

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  30. Miss you too Tess, but sounds like you’re having a wonderful time living in the fast lane 😉 That’s how it should be, good for you. I’ll be disappearing soon too…have a wonderful Christmas and New Year and big hugs ’til next we banter 🙂 ❤ 🙂 ~(* – *)~

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  31. Looking forward to your return.<3

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  32. I know a lot of people are going through this so it’s nice someone said it. 🙂 Happy Holidays!

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  33. Tess, although I miss you, I admire you for setting your priorities. I’ve had my share of bites taken out of me this past year and struggled to keep up on all fronts. I’m always worried I won’t know how to catch up. Now with the holidays approaching and so many obligations, not to mention I have 3 weeks to get ready for a 2 month escape to Arizona, I barely have time to breathe. Either my writing suffers or my social media. But I’m struggling to keep on all fronts. I’m telling you this because before this year ends, I’m going to learn to take a page out of your book, so to speak. I’m going to have to disappear for a bit until I get settled in Arizona and then I shall start fresh. I can’t worry about what I’ve missed. That’s the hardest part for me, afraid of missing something, or being forgotten, lol. But I’m going to have to take the plunge, so don’t count me out either. 🙂 And in case I don’t see you around before January, I wish you and yours a very happy holiday season. ❤

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    • I admire you for what you have accomplished in such a short time, writing-wise, as well as keeping on top of your blog and guest spots and interviews…
      I’ve been in and out so much this month, I can’t get anything done. In the New Year I plan to flip my day in reverse to before. I cannot stop blogging–too many wonderful friends to miss–mornings will be mine and blogging will be in the latter part of the day. I’m walking with a friend a couple times a week and do the bookstore Wednesdays, which eat up so much of my day.

      Anyway, good luck getting ready. Hope you have an excellent time in Arizona, Happy Holidays, Debby. ❤

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      • Thanks so much Tess. I hope your reverse order helps. I sometimes check some comments in the morning, but do all my blog reading at night, as I get lost in time with them and can’t afford that during the day. Wishing you happiness and health in this holiday season and always. ❤

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  34. This is a busy, sometimes hectic time, of year. A little time off sounds like a great idea. Relax and enjoy!!

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  35. Missed you, Tee. Don’t go away

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  36. Happy Christmas and every best wish for 2016 🙂 See you on the other side 😀

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  37. Happy Christmas, Tess – have a great break.Jx

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  38. I’m a kicker and screamer from way back. Nice to know we’re not alone, isn’t it? Merry Christmas. Oh, if you get a little tired, try the backstroke. 🙂

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  39. Ah, how I understand! I love it when you come by and visit me at my blog. It makes my day sing. Enjoy the holidays and the partying, and come back happy and ready to rock n roll. xo

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  40. Hi Tess!
    What a delight it was seeing you at my site yesterday. Sorry I didn’t come to thank you for the visit sooner. I had oral surgery Monday and have been sort of out of it ever since. I’m glad you liked my new post about overcoming writer’s block.
    Happy holidays to you. Looking forward to seeing you in the new year.
    Janice

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  41. You are welcome, Janice.Haven’t been around much lately. ,but have tried to make the rounds.
    All the best to you during this fabulous holiday season and in the new year ahead. 😀

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