But What About A Marianne-Hanger?

As any of my followers may (or may not) have noticed, I took a bit of a break from the blog while I spent some time taking care of my health.  Quick update for those who have been following, and so wonderfully supporting me, along my journey with that over the last few months …

The first surgery to remove a tumour on the outside of my head over my left ear was mostly successful.  There will be another surgery to come as not all of it could be removed in the first go, but that won’t be for a while yet.  And, due to the nature of this type of skin cancer, it will return so more procedures will be needed in the long term.  Need to monitor current healing and see if/how the tumour grows over the next little while before second surgery is done.  Wound did get a bit infected but was able to be taken care of quickly.  Skin has healed over but due to depth of it (3/4 inch) will still take a couple of months for full healing when all of several layers of new skin have grown in.  Couple of biopsies done on the spots, no results in yet.  If malignant, will be treated ASAP.  If not, will just require regular checking and monitoring for changes.  So overall, doing well with the skin cancer stuff and again, thanks for all of your support on this sudden detour I had to take in my life journey.
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There’s A Hole In My Head Dear Liza

Poking a little fun at the brand new hole in my head after Tuesday’s surgery to remove a skin cancer tumour beside my left ear …


There’s a hole in my head, dear Liza, dear Liza,
There’s a hole in my head, dear Liza, a hole.

So what, dear woman, dear woman, dear woman,
So what, dear woman, dear woman, so what?

It looks so funny, dear Liza, dear Liza,
It looks so funny, dear Liza, so funny.

You’re hilarious, dear woman, dear woman, dear woman,
You’re hilarious, dear woman, dear woman, hilarious.

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Not In My Vocabulary … Anymore

Today’s Daily Prompt suggests visiting an event in the past that we think could have played out differently, and to write about what could, would, or should have happened.  Uh-uh.  I don’t do that … anymore at least.

I’m a dreamer.  Have an [over] active imagination.  Love to think up possibilities and see them through in my mind from start to finish.  Like to come up with Plan Bs,Cs, and all the way to backup plan Zs even.  “Paralysis by analysis”.  Yep, I’ve heard that phrase said about me before, both in my personal and my professional life.  All in all, this tendency of mine can be a blessing, can be of value and service to others … when balanced by a lovely KISS:  keep it simple silly.  Great thing to plan for the future.  I haven’t met goals in life simply by writing out a line or two on a piece of paper or word processor.  They needed plans and steps – and flowcharts, spreadsheets, and multi-layered bullet lists in my style of planning.  Terrific skill to have for looking ahead, not so much for looking behind.

If I apply all of those wonderful attributes of me to my past, I get lost, very very lost.  I waste time on futile observations and crafting scenes for a chapter that never did nor ever will get written, at least not for my autobiography.  I spend way too much time living in locations where I don’t hold a mortgage or pay rent = other people’s minds.  And even if, big IF, whatever even could have played out differently, who do I think I am for having the power to possess any control or insight into just exactly how it would have played out.  Silly me.
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My Blog = My Author Apprenticeship

A new round of Blogging 101 just started and I’m participating to improve my blogging skills.  Today’s task is to do a “who I am and why I’m here” post so here goes …

My name is Marianne and I hail from Guelph, Ontario, Canada.  I am a 45-yr old, peri-menopausal, single mom of 3 in the eye of the storm of a midlife crisis … and having the time of my life being all of those things!

I created the blog address a couple of years ago but found the technical stuff too daunting at the time.  Made my first post earlier this year after being motivated by Stevie Nicks at a Fleetwood Mac concert.  Still found the techie stuff a tad overwhelming so only really got into using my blog last month after one of my kids helped me get some of the basics set up.  Isn’t it great when your kids get to teach you something in life?

My dream is to be a published author and I have known this since I was a little girl.  Wrote a lot of poetry and short stories in my youth and early adult years but then “life” [read: university, kids, marriage, jobs, etc.] took over and my writing stopped.  My fingers hit the keyboard again last fall and the novel idea that’s been on my mind for 10+ years is now in progress.  My book and my blog share the same title:   along the side of the road.
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Me, Myself, and I

If you’ve looked at my blog, well first of all, thank you.  Secondly, it’s obvious that I am new to this whole blogging thing.  Although I have started to publish posts (much gratitude to Daily Prompts), the site is still very much under construction or a WIP or whatever other trendy way there is of saying ‘not done’.

I’m getting a lot out of this experience.  I’m trying to be a better editor of my own words.  Read:  the delete and backspace keys are now allies.  I’m learning new things.  Read:  I put in HTML code without any of my kids helping me.   And I’m trying to extrovert the introverted side of me just a little.  Read:  it’s easier to do when a laptop is the venue.

On that note, I decided to write out some things about myself that do include but also go a bit beyond the basics.  There might even be some things on it that some of my family or friends don’t already know about me.

So enough of an introduction to an introduction.  Here is me, myself, and I wrapped up with a cool pic courtesy of the delightful pixabay.com website:

A 45 Pulled From The Jukebox Of My Life

Photo source:  Gerd Altmann on pixabay.com, CC0 public domain