I am drowning in email. Between the politics, news, advertising, blog notifications, comments and an occasional note from someone I actually know — like in person? I’ve been getting THOUSANDS of emails. I’m just about ready to unplug the computer. Nah, I don’t mean that. But I need to make this Tsunami to away.

Compared to the actualities and realities and problems around this world, I know this is nothing. But it’s driving me nuts. I don’t read anything anymore. I read headlines because I know the same news story will show up in my pile of emails within a mere minute or two of deleting it.

Every day, I delete for hours, sometimes stopping t make a short comment. i don’t have time for more because while I write, the emails are piling up.

Traffic is slow right now anyway, so maybe this is a good time to take a few days off, see if I can unsubscribe to enough material to make it possible to find the message for which I’m looking?  It’s going to rain all week anyhow, which will finish off the autumn leaves before we actually get to see them. Then there are three doctor and dentist appointments — and the bug guy who is coming to do his autumn mouse trapping, termite spraying — and did I mention my son is moving home? That’s the good part.

I’m drowning in electronic messages, but HOW CAN I DROWN IN SOMETHING THAT HAS NO PHYSICAL FORM? Don’t I need water or mud or sand or some physical thing for drowning?


      • I’m feeling a LOT better. Fibromyalgia has finally moved on.
      • Garry will be better as soon as his tooth is fixed — the day after tomorrow.
      • The dogs are fine.

Since the middle of my week tends to be pretty unexciting, maybe this is a good time to take a couple of days off? By the weekend, I’ll be itching to write and I’ll have taken a few new pictures.

I still don’t know what I’m going to do about this massive wave of electronic junk mail. Garry is having the same problem, so I don’t think it’s personal.

And now …

Share Your World 10-7-19

These are the colors that our leaves are supposed to be. Bah! Humbug! It’s good there are birds to photograph or the world would indeed be terribly drab.

The Questions!

Social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) a good thing, a bad thing or a mixture of both?

I don’t “do” social media except to publicize this site. Did I mention I’m buried in email? I think a new wave of social media would probably finish me off.

Are you camera shy or do you pose for the camera with confidence?

I look best when I’m pretending there IS no camera pointing at me. Even if I know Garry is taking my picture. He always seems to be taking my picture, probably because we have very brief short-term memories, so it’s possible if he doesn’t have pictures, he might not recognize me.

Is there anything you’ve kept from younger years for sentimental reasons alone?

Yes. Some of my dolls and a great love of “Oklahoma!”

Do you like to decorate for different holidays?

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No. Those days have gone! I do appreciate the efforts other people make, though. I really love a beautifully decorated yard, especially for Halloween.

Do you feel you’re a strong person character-wise?   Also, if you do have a gratitude thought or picture you’d like to share, please feel free!  The world can always use more positive vibes!

I have no idea of whether I’m a strong person or just a desperate survivor. Either way, I’ve made it this far, so I’ll probably claw my way through another year or two. Or not. Anyone can be hit by a bus. Oh, wait. We don’t have any buses. How about a small truck?

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Opinionated writer with hopes for a better future for all plus a big helping of cynicism.


  1. An idea for you might be to open a new mail box (yeah yeah…double the fun) and save it EXCLUSIVELY for your personal and blogging emails. I had to do that this past summer because my old one (which I’d had for almost six years) was hijacked. One or two ‘spam mail’ have crept back in (because I have an art site I follow who advertises (and probably sells addresses) the heck out of things) but overall? So much less garbage to wade through. Still. My volume is growing – today I had a record 42 emails — all but three were blogging. I ‘get’ ya. Thanks for Sharing Your World Marilyn. And please take care!


  2. Love that first photo, especially. Do you receive comments on your blogs and notifications of postings by blogs you follow via email? I turned that function off pronto and just use the notifications feature…strip to right of my screen…for comments and the Reader to read blogs. That should solve your problem. . . . Next????


    1. I have the notifications off, but not “dead.” maybe. THAT would help. I’ve got three days now of dentist (Garry), heart specialist (a whole day of me and my pacemaker), and Owen moving home on Friday, so it’s a good week to take off. Maybe I can get this under control by then. It really is making me crazy. It’s just overwhelming. Oh, and I keep my FB email shut down, too!


      1. I don’t even take email comments on my blog. I could tell immediately my other emails were going to get lost in the blog stuff. I use email only for friends, orders and submissions.


        1. I moved everything to notifications. But I get newspapers and magazines — which I actually PAY for. And I contribute you a bunch of various challenges. Not as many as I did because frankly, I’m just getting too tired to keep up. I’m beginning to think that maybe I’m getting to the point where I need to reconsider what I’m doing with my time. I really love writing and photography, but it absorbs ALL my time.


          1. Me too, Marilyn. I just get caught up. I’m grateful at how it has improved my ability to write quickly and easily each day and made me want to write every day, but now I need to expand out to the book. Problem is I miss the people, too.


  3. Sometimes I think these email subscriptions breed in my inbox. I don’t have as many as you but even though I have unsubscribed to many of them I still seem to keep getting new ones. A great many of them get deleted unread. I pretty much gave up using my old Yahoo account because of too many emails. I changed the addresses of some of them to my Gmail account but now they seem to be mounting up there. My personal one at least gets little of that as I avoid giving out that address online although I do give it to businesses I deal with because it’s an easy one to remember.
    Enjoy your few days off. I am glad to hear that you will have Owen back with you. It will be nice to have someone around to help out with the heavy stuff around the house.


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