What Happened?  SERIOUSLY, what happened?

It has been a year since I last blogged, and what in the world happened that the time flew by so quickly. It seems like only yesterday Jerry and I came up with the hair-brained idea we could participate in a marathon to help raise funds for “Food for the Hungry”. We failed, and it was a bitter pill to swallow. I just couldn’t get past walking a few blocks let alone find energy to ride my lonely, neglected bicycle.  Please give us a pass for this failure because after all, we are “elderly”, a word I didn’t think would apply to us for a long, long time. Funny how the years slip by, and in a flash, we go from parenting babies, then teenagers, to being elderly, medically challenged, slow moving, forgetful, worn-out Medicare patients.

When I told Jerry just a few minutes ago that it was time to get back to business doing some writing because some of my fans (thank you Steve, Jan, Peg and others) have missed my craziness, Jerry suggested the title “What Happened?”  Though I don’t have enough material or experiences to write a book with that title like a presidential candidate did, Jerry reminded me that I have two things in common with that lady.  Both she and I are puzzled by what happened when we both ran for president! She lost and I won!  Of course, hers was a much more significant race while mine was just for our local “Wednesday Club”, a social group with almost 600 members, a rather puny number compared to the numbers of citizens of our great nation. 

It wasn’t that big of a deal for me to be elected because it was an unchallenged race! Quite frankly, it’s a position that is difficult to fill for many reasons. However, the year did keep me very busy with all the work and activities involved in leading a group this size. That’s my main excuse for slacking off on writing blogs—that and the shame I felt for letting down “Food for the Hungry”, and continuing challenges with medical issues.  Excuses aside, it’s my hope to get back in the swing of things and continue with blogging.  It hasn’t been an easy year going through a second bout of Covid, increasing my chemo meds, and saying goodbye to dear friends who have journeyed to Heaven.  One of the most significant women in my life, Patsy Livingston, left this world last month. She would have appreciated this quote from Jan Karon’s book Patches of Godlight, “Some people complain that God put thorns on roses, while others praise Him for putting roses on thorns.” And from George Herbert, 1593-1633, is this timely admonishment, “Thou has given me so much…Give me one thing more, a grateful heart.”

Jerry and I are grateful for each of you, dear readers! May the Lord bless you and keep you safe and well! Grace and peace to all.


  1. Linda Johnson

    Welcome back!!!!!!!! I have missed your wonderful, witty blogs and yours are the only ones I have ever read. Yes. Really. Your joy spills over into the conversation because you have always known that God put roses on thorns.
    Keep writing and one of these days we may meet again in Phoenix or Dallas.
    Love to you both…..Linda 🇫🇷

  2. So happy you are coming back (out from under the covers) and feeling good about the stage that most of us are in. As like you said the years have flown by! Sending you hugs and smiles for good and great things to come!💝

  3. Terry

    Yay!! What a very pleasant surprise when I checked my email. I love your blogs!! Miss you and Jerry. Would love to see your smiling faces this year. ❤️

  4. Pat Francis

    Yipee! It’s great that you have the motivation. Probably means you’re not as old as you say or think. We are indeed living in times with so much misery for many people. We need some good “funny”. Good luck.

  5. Roxanne Lillis

    I was excited to see you resumed your blog, and I was not disappointed. It’s hard for me to realize I am now almost the elder generation. Time flies and health gets in our way of enjoying it as much. Bless you both!

  6. Terry Swearingen

    Glad to have you back. I missed your musings! Funny I was thinking about you today about 3 pm central time. I was repairing a chainsaw on a 45° slope overlooking lake Waco.

  7. Cherry Leslie

    Charlotte, I, too, was so delighted to see your email! And seriously, even the thought that you could possibly consider running a marathon blows me away! So failing to deliver is no big deal to me. In the shape I’m in with my twisted and bent back, I wouldn’t even consider running a marathon. I wouldn’t even consider running to the mailbox. You are awesome and you keep me smiling! I sure do miss you and Jerry!

  8. Judy Abbinanti

    So love reading your blogs, Char!! You are so good at letting your emotions direct your words. Keep on writing and I will keep on enjoying. So glad I got to know you better.

    • Karen Ekren

      Talking about being old , yikes I can’t even
      imagine where all the years have gone.
      Feeling so safe and content while here in
      Anthem but the Bay Area is home where
      daughters, grandchildren and two greats
      reside. Keep up your Blog Charlotte.
      Enjoyed by all.🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗

  9. Char, how I enjoyed your blog. You must keep writing. It is a mighty gift, God has given you. Your blogs help a multitude of “hungry “ people, in an upside down world. I am so thankful that God worked it out so our paths could cross in this life. I count it a rich blessing to know you and Jerry. Love to you both & Blessings abundant. I look forward to your next wonderful blog.

  10. Judi Spillman

    Glad to hear from you again. We’ve. Sold our house and moved to an apartment complex for “those older people”! We underestimated the time for sorting out decades of stuff and overestimated physical reserves…sigh. Realizing how many things get stowed behind drawers and closet doors that we really don’t need any more…actually liberating to give away and hope receivers gain same pleasure as we have had. Pat just turned 82 and I’ll follow that in November.This month is our 25th anniversary..grateful every day. Love and hugs, Judi

  11. Karen Cohen

    Char, It was so nice to get your blog again. Glad you are feeling up to writing and I look forward to your future blogs. I miss our times together when we were in Anthem. Let’s catch up on the phone. Love, Karen

  12. Bonnie Braun

    What a pleasant way to start the day!! Was sorting through mostly unwanted e-mails and saw your yours 🥰. So glad you are back sending inspiration, joy, and humor in these unsettled times! You are a blessing to us! Keep on blogging ❤️

  13. Linda Schwartz

    So happy to see that you’re back with your blog! I love your sense of humor. I didn’t know you had Covid again. Good grief! Let’s hope that you’ll be fine from now on. I hope to see you at this month’s TWC meeting.

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