What doesn’t need tending?Β 

Dogs and people. Plants and cleaning. Bills. Order, Re-orders. Writing. Reading. Writing about reading. Reading about writing. Reading everybody else’s stuff, but trying to find the typos in mine.

Reading a book during the day for a competition, but reading another one at night, because it’s beautiful and it deserves my attention. Not tending to the one I was reading before the next one I just started reading, but stopping the reading I’m doing because I want to listen to a little of that other, sillier book.

I am tending to everything and trying to figure out if Duke is injured or just playing with me, so I made a date with the vet tomorrow afternoon. I should be calling the guy fixing our car to find out when it will be ready. I’m sure I should be doing something else too, but I don’t remember what.

I’m tending to me, tending to him, tending to them and I think I need to go to the bathroom. I will tend to that very soon.


  1. evilsquirrel13 February 8, 2018 / 2:51 pm

    Hope the doggy is OK and doesn’t need any more than the usual amount of tending to…


    • Marilyn Armstrong February 8, 2018 / 4:00 pm

      I think he’s playing me. Because he IS using that foot sometimes, but never when he thinks I can see him. He’s messing with us. Rascally dog!


  2. Covert Novelist February 8, 2018 / 3:05 pm

    Yep, that’s a lot of tending! lol. Love the write up, Marilyn. :):):)


    • Marilyn Armstrong February 8, 2018 / 3:59 pm

      This is a ridiculous month. I keep trying to do everything, but I can’t. So … I sort of drew the line at answering comments. That’s about the distance I can stretch πŸ™‚


      • Covert Novelist February 8, 2018 / 4:11 pm

        We love you, your in our daily thoughts fo rwhat it’s worth πŸ™‚


  3. swo8Leslie February 8, 2018 / 3:10 pm

    You’re a busy lady and I bet Duke is playing you.


    • Marilyn Armstrong February 8, 2018 / 3:58 pm

      He is definitely “toeing down” on that foot. I think he’s making a big deal out of nothing, but he’s doing a damned good job of it!


  4. Donnalee February 8, 2018 / 3:13 pm

    The origin of ‘tend’ was to stretch, I think (if my ancient Latin and Greek are correct), like in ‘extend’–and it’s the same root as ‘tender’ and ‘tendency’. I hope all your tasks do not exceed the extent of your patience or ability!


    • Marilyn Armstrong February 8, 2018 / 3:57 pm

      I’ll just give up on something. When it gets ridiculous — like now — I just stop doing something. In this case, probably trying to read everyone else’s posts. There are only so many hours in a day, extended or otherwise πŸ™‚

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  5. calmkate February 8, 2018 / 3:13 pm

    lol great take on the prompt ,,, might need to slow down as I’m tending to feel tired from all that tending you’re pretending to do!


      • calmkate February 8, 2018 / 3:56 pm

        lol keep on, the humour will keep you afloat amidst all the turmoil πŸ™‚


    • Marilyn Armstrong February 8, 2018 / 6:50 pm

      And more that isn’t getting done than is. I think I’m in over my head …


  6. Martha Kennedy February 8, 2018 / 5:30 pm

    Looks like a serious tending tendency that you might want to tend to when you get the chance. πŸ™‚


    • Marilyn Armstrong February 8, 2018 / 6:51 pm

      I know what you mean … Thank you. I try. I feel like I’m being swallowed by everything I’m tending πŸ™‚

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  7. loisajay February 8, 2018 / 7:45 pm

    Ha! Poor Duke. My hand hurts, Marilyn–will you type for me? πŸ™‚


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