Boring News Stuff Regarding This Olde Blog

Last year, my life situation looked a little different. Well, because of COVID-19, it coincidentally looked much the same. I’d not been feeling well last Aprilish. After suddenly craving a specific Mexican food item on a Sunday evening, I thought, Oh no; it can’t be THAT. Several insistent phone calls the next day led to a positive pregnancy test reading and ultrasound.

…and to a subsequent order of bedrest once an intrauterine blood clot kept whining.

All last summer; I balanced being pregnant, running two blogs, occasionally writing for another, reading others’ posts, and trying to keep my living dependents -well- alive. It. was. awful.

“Next summer,” I vowed from the bathroom floor, “I’m taking a break like _[insert several bloggers’ names here]_!”

Long story long, that’s what I’m gonna do. Take a break, I mean.

I’ll finish up “Going Postal” and a few writing prompts and awards I promised I would respond to. Then, I’m unplugging for a while. I need the free babysitting of public school and the better-sleeping of an older baby to add ‘blogging’ to the top of my tippy pile of demands.

After a week or two, I’ll not see you again till September. Thanks for the understanding and support, and best of luck with your own summers/winters.

woman in red and white floral dress wearing brown sun hat
I have never looked like this in my life, but you can picture my being like this if it makes you feel better.


ยฉ2020 Chelsea Owens

Photo Credit: Photo by Antonio Conte on

85 thoughts on “Boring News Stuff Regarding This Olde Blog

  1. The Abject Muse May 24, 2020 / 1:56 pm

    Good for you, Chelsea! I will miss you, but you def deserve a break. Have a great summer and see you in September!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Chelsea Owens May 24, 2020 / 2:38 pm

      Aw, thanks! I need one, whether I take one or not. ๐Ÿ˜‰ See you then!


  2. D. Avery @shiftnshake May 24, 2020 / 2:03 pm

    You will be missed. And you are wise to do what you have to do. I appreciate the heads up, as I do worry when folks disappear. Come back rested, refreshed and renewed. (There’s already a pool, folks is saying you won’t last, you’ll be pushing that plug back into its square holes in less than a week) But maybe they’re wrong; have a great summer either way.

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    • Chelsea Owens May 24, 2020 / 5:24 pm

      I do so love my friends in the blogging world. Only a few people appreciate my humor in real life…

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  3. TanGental May 24, 2020 / 2:16 pm

    We’ll miss the wit and wisdom… well the wit.. you be good to yourself and we will be here when you’re good and ready to deconstruct my hapless – maybe partially happed – poetry. Love you, kiddo. See you on the other side.

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    • Chelsea Owens May 24, 2020 / 5:24 pm

      Thanks, Geoff! I aim to get you feedback with my oodles of impending free time.


  4. Bruce G. May 24, 2020 / 2:22 pm

    All the best for the break, Chelsea. I’ve taken several over the years. Gradually I find that blogging wears thin and I have to get away from it. At present I’m on auto-pilot have scheduled daily postings until 5th August – so in reality I’m not blogging! Ouch! We’re just having a huge earthquake….

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  5. Bruce G. May 24, 2020 / 2:24 pm

    Earthquake over! All seems to be well – 5.9 centered south of where I live.

    Liked by 1 person

      • Bruce G. May 24, 2020 / 5:49 pm

        I just went and stood under the office doorway – which is mean to afford protection of the house falls down!

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  6. Mrs ESTJ May 24, 2020 / 2:53 pm

    I hope you have a good break. Only just found your blog so kind of bummed that you’re leaving. Definitely do what’s right for you though.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Chelsea Owens May 24, 2020 / 5:32 pm

      Thanks! I intend to be back. I just feel badly that I haven’t been able to read everybody like I used to. I want to give everyone the attention they deserve.

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      • Mrs ESTJ May 25, 2020 / 2:31 am

        That’s a nice ambition to have!

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  7. ellenbest24 May 24, 2020 / 3:07 pm

    Good job too. Stay safe. Be kind to yourself and get strong. I appreciate your friendship and will look forward to your cheery return. Xxx

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      • Heather Dawn May 24, 2020 / 7:27 pm

        I feel like I take a two-week break after every post I write! ๐Ÿ˜œ When I post only a couple times a month, itโ€™s not that time consuming. But I totally applaud the break idea. I did it often with Facebook and Instagram, until one day I realized I was better off dropping the two time wasters completely. I donโ€™t regret it for a second!

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        • Chelsea Owens May 24, 2020 / 10:36 pm

          I should do that with FB; I just have a few relatives who only post big news on there. :/ You’re a wise woman.


          • Heather Dawn May 25, 2020 / 6:18 am

            Ya I get that… I do miss a lot of news, but thankfully the people Iโ€™m close to actually send me a text or call.

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  8. petespringerauthor May 24, 2020 / 4:02 pm

    I’ve only been blogging a little over a year, but #1 and #1A should be looking after yourself and your family. Enjoy the break, and perhaps you’ll come back with all sorts of wisdom for the rest of us. Your photo and caption made me laugh out loud.

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  9. pensitivity101 May 24, 2020 / 4:08 pm

    Good for you! Enjoy the change and relax (if you can with youngsters). See you when you get back.

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  10. bereavedandbeingasingleparent May 24, 2020 / 4:11 pm

    Sounds from the comments people want you to take over my blog. Itโ€™s all yours if you want it. Your so better at this than me.
    That sounds like a plan. Every so often you just need to focus on the truly important stuff. So hope this works out well for you. My email is always open to you. Take care. Gary xx

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    • Chelsea Owens May 24, 2020 / 5:38 pm

      …really? I doubt that! I simply cannot fill your shoes and you know it.


  11. RuthScribbles May 24, 2020 / 4:23 pm

    โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ I probably need to do the same but not sure itโ€™s doable for me. Rest up!! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

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  12. obbverse May 24, 2020 / 6:42 pm

    Firstly, look after you and yours. Both our offspring arrived underweight but well, thanks to required bed rest for a few months. Or that’s what my wife and her midwife both told me, with a slight smile! It had been said this virus would lead to a baby bump. See you when are ready.

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    • Chelsea Owens May 24, 2020 / 10:30 pm

      ๐Ÿ˜€ I hope I don’t get another one so soon! I’m glad the resting helped in your case; it did in mine as well. He’s nearly six months old now.


  13. mymindlessdrivel May 24, 2020 / 6:52 pm

    Get some rest, m’dear! Lifing, especially adulting, is hard. Everyone needs a breather now and then. All the best to you.

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  14. Ian Kay May 25, 2020 / 1:36 am

    Good call. ๐Ÿ™‚
    All the best (or sane) bloggers take breaks. Be its master not its slave.

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  15. Norah May 25, 2020 / 4:56 am

    Enjoy your break, Chelsea. You deserve it. I look forward to your return. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  16. Pam Webb May 25, 2020 / 5:28 am

    Someday We Willโ€”see you back in the blog saddle galloping down the trail once again. Enjoy your break!

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  17. Denny K May 25, 2020 / 6:11 am

    I will miss your writing and encouragement. However, taking care of yourself and enjoying your family are absolutely top priorities. After some rest and a renewed focus on those things that are most important, you’ll probably come back feeling like the person in the picture. Stay true to yourself.

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    • Chelsea Owens May 25, 2020 / 6:21 am

      ๐Ÿ˜€ That may also take some cosmetic surgery! Thank *you*, Denny!


  18. Lisa Bradshaw May 25, 2020 / 6:18 am

    I had a good chukkle on seeing madame and the red shoes.. Lots of love, Take Care and great summer with the kids.. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  19. writerinretrospect May 28, 2020 / 12:01 am

    The very fact you’ve managed all that so well as you have is amazing… I think we can all understand the need for a break on your part. Good luck! Try to enjoy your summer. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Chelsea Owens May 28, 2020 / 10:28 am

      That’s very nice of you to say! I’ve let a lot of things slip, like reading others’ posts. I hope to have a better system in place in the fall.

      Liked by 1 person

      • writerinretrospect June 1, 2020 / 11:38 pm

        Eh… You’ve let some things slip. I assure you, that doesn’t count out the things you haven’t. Besides, you have some very good excuse– er, reasonings. Some of us… Don’t. And still don’t manage half so well!

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  20. S. Chersis May 31, 2020 / 4:25 pm

    Enjoy the vacation! Looking forward to what ends up getting posted upon the return.

    May your time off be relaxing and full of books and other delightful things!

    Liked by 1 person

      • S. Chersis May 31, 2020 / 4:43 pm

        Oh boy–well, I look forward to seeing how it wraps up in just three more updates ๐Ÿ˜€

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