Sunday, January 1, 2017

WoTY and a Cease and Desist

Jumping on the bandwagon again and choosing a word of the year, and even though I wanted to choose 'cat hair'--which seems to be ever-present here at Brandywine--that's actually TWO words.

So, in an effort to keep things on the level, I chose the word 'inspiration' because it can mean so many things. 

I'll be looking for inspiration of all kinds in every nook and cranny, and I hope to be inspirational to others, on occasion. I think it's really important to be looking for the good and the cool and the interesting when things get a little tense.

On a related note, apparently I was not the only one inspired to write about menopause. I received some registered mail that informed me that M......... Monday belonged to someone in California and she said that I had to "...immediately cease and desist from any and all use..." because it appears I intended to "...divert traffic from (her) blogs and website and re-direct it to (mine)."  Now, this lady has a very nice health and wellness website and she is on a mission to help women navigate the choppy waters of mid-life.  

I am not.

So, I deleted all the M********* Monday tags and titles and references and it took me hours (with my mother, who was here for the holiday, telling me to "Just delete the stupid blog. You're hurting people's feelings and blogs are evil and you should just get rid of the whole thing." To which I replied, "Yep. You're right. Board-and-batten is Satan incarnate.") and then I wrote an e-mail to the Cali lady:

Good afternoon:
In compliance with your certified letter of the 20th of this month, I will no longer use the title "M********* Monday" on my Brandywine Cottage blog.

Furthermore, I have changed all titles and tags, eliminating 'Menopausal' and 'Monday' in juxtaposition. I do, however, reserve the right to use each word singularly.

It was in no way my intention to divert traffic from your site, as I write a humor blog that is not  meant to be taken as serious health/wellness advice. My 25 regular readers are aware of my lack of expertise in those areas, and would not consider me to be knowledgeable in anything, frankly.

Please let me know if there's anything else I can do.

Kirby Carespodi

Take heart, peeps. Auntie Em will be back, even though she'll be writing under an assumed name.

After all, she's an inspiration.


Rose L said...

People can be possessive of their "names." I was gonna be RAMBLIN' ROSE but it was taken, so could not be. Wonder what new title you will become!

Junkchiccottage said...

OMG! This is too funny. All of it!!! What is going on in this world!!! I tell ya it is always something. People they are just words!!!! Loved your letter back to this women.

Art and Sand said...

I'm sorry, but only you could stir the pot with your menopausal musings.

As a Californian who did not find menopause amusing, I apologize for the uptight lady who wanted you to cease and desist.

As an aside, I was at a party today where the subject of late pregnancy's came up. One of my friends has an acquaintance who is pregnant - at 50!!! All I could think was, OMG, she's still having her period at 50.

Keep us laughing

Cassie Bustamante said...

OMG that is so funny/weird/crazy!!!! and your mom's comments... I DIE! and i am laughing at the comment before mine about getting a period at 50!
love your word and it can mean so much! i chose a mantra this year because i couldn't find a world that captured what i wanted perfectly. my mantra is spend less, do more.... every word i could think of sounded too much like "cheapskate" and wasn't the message i wanted! ;) it's not about being cheap or thrifty, but about living a real life and enjoying it and understanding that happiness doesn't come from things. quite possibly contentment, but i used that word a few years ago and i like to change it up.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

That is too funny and ridiculous of that woman, but you were nice about it to her so good for you. I'd much rather read your posts on menopause than hers, which is probably filled with big words and boring stuff!!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Not sure what I love the most about this post - your mother's comment that blogs are evil or your very witty letter of response! Thanks for clarifying the whole cease and desist thingy! Wowza! :)

Bliss said...

I keep waiting to get a certified letter from the Bliss Ranch Alpaca farm. I'm sure I am in direct competition due to all the sweaters I knit with alpaca hair. NOT! A new name huh.... how about.... I'm thinking....that takes a while....Kirby's Quips. Kirby's Midlife Quips. Kirby's Menopausal Quips. Menopause At My Door. Random Chin Hair Ramblings. Excuse Me While I Flash. Wrinkled & Clotty. Void Of Uterus. Menopause Schmenopause. I could go on, but if I get a really good idea I'll email you.

Kathleen George said...

I like Random Chin Hair Ramblings! Good one Bliss. I guess I like to read Satan's blogs:).
Love your response to the Lady, you have a wonderful sense of humor!
Kathleen in Az

Marie Blackburn said...

Happy New Years, Kirby! I don't know which I liked more, your Mom's response to the letter or yours. Thanks for always guaranteeing a chuckle when I come to visit and I look forward to more in 2017. Menopause happens on Tuesday, get the picture.

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

Lordy, people are nuts aren't they? Love your word choice for 2017 -- rock on and Happy New Year, Kirbs!
xo Heidi

Feral Turtle said...

Your mom is hilarious.....bless her. I'll still think secretly in my mind...Menopausal Monday...nobody can stop that...can they?

Feral Turtle said...

Your mom is hilarious.....bless her. I'll still think secretly in my mind...Menopausal Monday...nobody can stop that...can they?

Wendi Wachtel said...

Oh my gosh what a way to start the year and what a good sport you are! Thanks so much for the awesome laugh! I really needed it tonight! Your Mom is hilarious, thanks so much for sharing her "wisdom". It's good to remember we too will be there and probably come up with some humdingers in our day too. My Mom used to call my cell phone a blueberry instead of what it was, a Blackberry:) Cheers and Happy New Year! XO - Wendi@H2OBungalow

Maureen Wyatt said...

Thanks for the laugh!

Andrea said...

Oh my! I guess talking your mom into starting a blog is out of the question? ;) So Monday Menopause...I hope she enjoyed your blog!

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