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