2 September 2015: NO PLACE LIKE HOME

It’s Frisbee Wednesday again and suddenly, it’s September.

We’re off on vacation for the next three weeks. Therefore, this prompt will be missing for the next three Wednesdays — September 9, 16, and 23. I’m sure I’ll post something, pictures for sure, but I’m taking a long-delayed and much-needed vacation from daily blogging.

portrait marilyn by cherrie

My right shoulder has been sending shooting pains to remind me I’ve been huddled too many hours with the computer. Since we’ll be away, it’s a perfect opportunity to give my neck, shoulder, and wrists a rest.

This is my 21st prompt. Twenty-first? Yup, you got it. That means my prompt is old enough to drink. I’m going to send Serendipity to a bar tonight. Give it a vacation. Let it relax for a while. I might join it for a night-cap.

I’ve taken this week’s cue from my friend The Ladybug. She started her own prompt in which I have not participated because I’m brain-dead right now. It’s not just my muscles that need a break. All of me needs R&R.

Her prompt gave me pause for thought.



I never thought I’d say this, but I don’t want to.

Narnia is too … well … Christian. For me. Aslan is a great lion and a hero, but Narnia’s no place for a nice Jewish girl from Queens.

Neverland is charming I’m sure, but it’s for children. Or maybe grownups who want to be children — not me. Even with flying and pixie dust, I get tired thinking about all the zooming energy. Too many lost boys!

Hogwarts is a school. I’m done with schools, even magic school. I know I would not fit in with the hormonal, pubescent population of the school. I’d be a terrible wet blanket.

Wonderland is the only place which makes it to my vacation column. I’d like to visit there for a while, if only for the chance to finally meet the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, and that big White Rabbit — all favorite characters.

Camelot, Middle Earth, Westeros … aah me.

There was a time when I’d have hot-footed it to Camelot or Middle Earth without a second’s thought. These days, I want comfort. Hot and cold running water in-house. Good showers. Flush toilets. My adjustable bed and reclining love seat. Big, bright television and good sound. I want my husband next to me, our dogs around me.

I need a world that fits. Me. I would not fit into any of those beautiful, magical locales nor would they  be happy with me. In a world full of adventure and magic, I would not be an asset.

Truth is, I am no longer seeking adventure. I’m avoiding it.

Sorry to miss such glorious photo opportunities, though. I hope whoever amongst you ventures forth to other dimensions of delight will return with pictures and stories to tell.

I’ll be waiting for your reports!

As usual, should you accept the challenge, you may use any picture — and this week, you have plenty of choices — or any of your own pictures and write something about the picture. This has got to be the easiest prompt in the world since basically, that’s what we all do as bloggers anyway.

I will be back in October, hopefully well rested and without that ugly pain in the neck and shoulder. And with lot of photographs taken in upstate New York and Vermont. Have a great September my good friends.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.


      1. Please, please take some time to rest your mind and body. Frankly, I’ve been amazed at your prolific attention to Serendipity.., it made me tired just watching you do it. Maybe we all could use a couple of weeks? As the saying goes “Have a good one.”

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    1. Thank you so much. It’s been a tense, emotional couple of months and I am not so young or resilient as I was. I hope with all my heart you are beginning to walk the long road to healing. I think of you often and always with wishes for your bruised soul to be repaired.

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      1. Ah, chica. I love you. I asked Dave and Matticus about you all the time. I thought of you, and your strength. When I was going in, you were just getting over surgery or going into it.. and, oh, I wish I had been here for you. *hugs*


          1. I am so, so thankful that it helped. I was worried it would do more harm, but I tried to keep that worry very small and keep my hope very big. I’m glad you’re taking vacations and keeping life as peaceful as possible. 🙂


  1. I spend so much time on the computer I developed carpal tunnel syndrome when I discovered I wasn’t supporting my right arm on a chair arm rest. It took buying a a new chair to fix it. Sometimes you’re your own best doctor in treating aches and pains. After all, you know what hurts. Until they find a way to see pain doctors can only go by what you tell them.

    I’m hopelessly addicted to blogging these days. I have four blogs to support my habit that fill my day with photo safaris followed by hours of processing the results. I’m so glad I’ve learned how to schedule posts in advance so that I can take a break now and then. As for a vacation I actually went on vacation in August of 2010 and never came back. 🙂

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  2. I agree with you, no place like home, as in Earth and now.

    I hope you have a great break and are able to get everything you need, mentally and physically, on this vacation.

    You and Garry take care and I’ll see you on the flip side ❤


  3. Have a great break Marilyn. I have the “Kool Man” video done. Of course my Kool Man is our grandson. It’s on my Youtube channel at the moment and I’ll put it on my blog next week.
    Have fun, you two, and see you when you get back.


  4. Wow, interesting that you talk about pain in the neck and shoulders. I was JUST googling how to relieve pain in the upper back and neck to see what sorts of stretches can help relieve that. Seems I’m never out of pain. It’s annoying.

    Your collage is the photo prompt of the week? I have yet to have a photo prompt story inside me, but I’m still looking at them to try to jog Ms. Muse awake, so I’ll have a study of your collage, I LOVE that dreamcatcher photo, it tickles my brain!

    Have a most wonderful vacation! When you get back it will be nice and cool and fall will be turning the trees.


    1. That neck and shoulder pain is repetitive motion injury, or “too many hours on the computer” in regular English. The ultimate cure is taking stretching breaks and not sitting continuously with a mouse clenched in your fist. Revisiting your desk chair. Getting off the computer entirely and doing some big muscle stuff because humans weren’t designed to do millions of tiny, controlled motions without using any of the large muscles at all. Do as I say, not as I do.

      You can use any picture, mine, yours, or anything you find on the net. The idea is to pick something that tickles your brain and make it talk, really what you do anyhow. I intentionally made it unfocused and without “rules” because sometimes, all you need is a reason to write.

      I’ve been really dry lately. I have ideas, but I feel so unmotivated, it’s hard for me to do anything. That’s how I KNOW I need a real break. I never have writer’s block. This isn’t writer’s block either. It’s “too tired to write” block. I prescribe sleep, laughter, companionship, and someplace with something to do besides mess with the computer! I’m hoping my shoulder will thank me by not hurting.

      Oh, driving makes it worse too.


    1. Thanks for playing 🙂 It’s a story I know too well. I remember when it happened in my parents house, when I had a little house in Hempstead, and later in our condo in Boston.Think of it this way: if you hadn’t poked it, it probably would have rained on you anyhow!

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  5. Have a great vacation! Enjoy yourself, and as Elmer Fudd once said, get some “west and wewaxation”…

    I’ll still be rolling out my pretty pictures on Wednesdays in your absence (I’ll probably just link to your Photo Prompt page while you’re away), but that’s the thing I love most about this challenge… it’s so free form that you can do it even without a master prompt!


  6. I hope you and Garry have a great vacation. The break from home and from blogging will probably do you good. You are so prolific. I am quite in awe of how many posts you get done in a week. I know that because I spend hours a day on the computer, not all blogging, sometimes my arm or shoulder feels a bit sore and I tell myself that I need to stop but I keep coming back because I enjoy it so much. We are our own worst enemies sometimes aren’t we? Interesting challenge the seven doors. I have to admit I had to look up Westeros as I’ve never watched Game of Thrones. I’ll write something for the challenge, you have got me thinking.


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