Only Child why no posts for awhile

I have not disappeared off the face of the earth, although sometimes that sounds like a good idea. But I am stubborn and determined, despite being very cranky this winter. But for good reasons – and these reasons are why it has been awhile since I posted here.

My intent is to resume posting – at least every other week and hopefully getting back to weekly postings.

So what has been in my way?

Well, one of the biggies is sporadic or no Internet access – for just over a week late in February. Even my land line went on strike off and on. Combination of old phone wires and old modem and bad luck. I got a new modem and the fibre connection – which is fine with the Internet but I don’t like it with the phone. I have to keep the modem on 24/7 so the phone will work. The 24/7 is okay but not the phone’s dependency.

What’s wrong with this picture? The modem has a battery, but if there is a power failure the battery lasts for only 4 hours. For major power outages that is not acceptable. You might be able to phone the hydro utility, a family member or friend during that time. But if for some reason you have to call the family member or friend or 911 after that and can’t… I’m a senior and need my land line to be an actual land line – not off in cyberspace land. And don’t tell me to get a cell phone – they operate on batteries, so will run out of juice. During the big power outage in southern Ontario in December 2014 (thanks to the ice storm), my landline was my lifeline to my friends and my son. There was a boarder living here then – she had a cell phone and couldn’t use it because it needed recharging.

From another era. Are we too far in the other direction?

Bell Canada smarten up here.

The other biggie is the weather in southern Ontario (and elsewhere -no one has been spared). Too much snow, too cold, mixed precipitation, rain on its own, damaging winds (fortunately the power didn’t go here in Toronto then and I had just had the new Bell fibre system setup and connected two days before). Among other things, I have had to move a dental appointment three times because of weather. It is now on hold until spring, unless it turns into an emergency. Dealing with this weather is and has been horrendous. Below are a couple of shots I took of the outside – at the beginning of one of the big snowstorms.

Above photo – recycling bins waiting to go to the curb. Hah!


My backyard patio – where I eat in summer.

The list goes on and on. I swear on one of my pile of mystery books that 95 percent of my problems are not caused by me – they come from what I call “outside” but I have to deal with them. From what I hear from others, I am not alone with this scenario. Many others have been hit with a lot of bad luck since January 1 of this year.

I am a Sagittarius and for 2019 Jupiter is supposed to be my ruling house, meaning lots of good things happening. Well, you astrologers and would-be astrologers, that is bunk and some of us are living proof of it.

Could it be something in the air causing all of this?  Or? (You substitute what you think here).

And what do you think anyway. How is your 2019 so far?

For the record a few good things have happened in my life this year. But the balance of good to bad (or should that be bad to good?) is lopsided. They say that into our life some rain must fall – my emphasis on the some. But we are getting hit with torrents of rain (metaphorically speaking) t seems.

So, my personal way to deal with this? Go after the big trouble-makers/big problem causers and let the rest slide. Connect with the people in my life who really care and I really care about. And


I am a writer after all. See my website for more on that.

Like author John Irving once said
“Half my life is an act of revision.”



Only Child Writes


Beyond Faith book cover




Filed under Computer problems, Extreme Weather, Family and Friends, Good and Bad Luck, Life Balance, Life demands, Problems

4 responses to “Only Child why no posts for awhile

  1. Karen

    Hi Sharon
    2019 hasn’t been great for a lot of people – including myself. Not sure why as it’s unusual that there’s so much bad news at the same time. It has been a crappy winter though with unpredictable weather and unusual highs and lows temperature wise. I was wondering if there was something in the air too:)

  2. Yeah, something in the air or several somethings, plus a lot of people and big companies and governments just screwing up. Look at the PCs in Ontario and the Feds in Ottawa. What really upsets me is all the flooding around the world and people losing their homes and their lives. And the plane crash of that 737 in Ethiopia. And guess who built the planes – Bombardier (spelling?) – they do nothing but screw up world wide. They need to be run out of business. But hey, spring is here later today; the sun is shining and it is getting warmer for now.. Let’s hope that changes all the bad luck happening to some good luck.

    • Karen

      Hey Sharon! Well we can’t change the world but we can change our reaction to it! “Stuff” will always be going on with governments, weather, disasters, etc. The key is to try to look for the positive in everything and focus on yourself and family. As you say, it’s Spring as of today! Woohoo! (oh and just for the record, the Ethiopian plane was built by Boeing:)) Cheers!

      • Thanks for your post. I was sure I heard on a TV newscast that Bombardier buit the 737s for Boeing, but can’t find in now in my Internet research. Unless the newscaster was comparing the Boeing problems to Bombardier. My ears do work much better than my eyes. Anyway, Boeing it is – two companies with problems beginning with the letter “B: for “bad” of course.
        Positive can work as long as it doesn’t get to the level of being a Pollyanna. Pollyanna (in the Disney movie starring Hayley Mills back in 1959) was crippled from falling from a tree. For what that is worth – maybe a metaphor for balance in life?? Which is what I ask for.

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