Every once in awhile, I come across a blog that just kinda ends – and I often wonder what happened to that blogger.  Did they go off on a solitary hike, and fall off a cliff? – were they the victim of a traumatic accident, and have lost the ability to continue their blogging activity?  Or did they suddenly just die?  That does happen, you know.

I can remember that scenario playing out with a blogging friend I had several years ago, who retired and upped and moved, all by herself to Mexico, where she literally started a new life – she had a blog about her experiences and I loved reading it – in fact, it was really my motivation to begin taking winter sojourns to Mexico.  But one day, my friend’s blog just ended.  Some time later, her son added a final post to her blog, explaining to all her readers that she had suffered a heart attack and passed away in her beloved Mexico.

Well I didn’t want to leave my readers -however few- with that same ‘sudden ending’ feeling that all blog readers inevitably encounter.  So this post is notice that I’ll be taking a blogging break, maybe just temporarily – we’ll let time decide how long.  I’m doing this because I’ve lost the sense of fun that blogging once held for me – and when that happens, there seems little reason to continue to force one’s self into production of mediocre posts.

And so I say, ’til next time’, and wish you all well – and here’s hoping that my inner muse repairs my spirit of blogging adventure and enjoyment – soon.

About drfugawe

I'm a guy with enough time to do as I please, and that my resources allow. The problem(s) are: I have 100s of interests; I have a short attention span; I have instant expectations; I'm lazy; and I'm broke. But I'm OK with all that, 'cause otherwise I'd be so busy, I'd be dead in a year.
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37 Responses to Hiatus

  1. Frances Quinn says:

    Au revoir, Dr. You will certainly be missed by me. I do hope you come back. Best wishes to you and your wife.

  2. Misk Cooks says:

    It’s very considerate to let us know as I’ve often wondered the same about people I’ve ‘known’ online who vanish without a trace. It’s a transitory medium, peculiar at best, and the real world should always take priority. Take care.

  3. Joanna says:

    I am going to miss you 😦 You are always so kind and thoughtful and resolutely yourself in your posts. Hope to read some more one day, take care Doc !

  4. Take care, Doc! Blogging (if it’s not a paid gig) needs to be something you enjoy, and when it stops being fun, taking a break or giving it up seems the sensible option. Please keep in touch though, if you can! 🙂

  5. We’ll all still be here when you are ready to come back Doc.
    I hope you find the love again.

  6. Anet says:

    Certainly, I will miss you. And your blogging . . . your writing about musings and thoughts are just what I have felt so many times. I appreciate you putting it all into words. Thanks a bunch.
    Regards to you and your family.

  7. drfugawe says:

    I thank you all for your words of support – you all have always truly been very supportive, and I’ve always appreciated that. Now that I’ve made this mental commitment for a respite, I’m left with only one problem; how does an ex blogger turn off the daily flow of ideas on what your next post will be about? It’s driving me crazy.

    Thanks to all.

  8. tuppercooks says:

    Hey Doc! Just finishing my summer hiatus, and I can totally relate w/ yours. I’ll get back in the swing soon, but taking a break is a good thing. You’ll know when it’s time to return, just let it happen. You’re one of my best blogging buddies and I look fwd. to your future post about future adventures, culinary and otherwise! Later my friend!

    • drfugawe says:

      Yo Amigo! Hoping your summer was fantastic – I’m sure you’re looking forward all those new kids (if not at least, the first paycheck of the new year). In the meantime, stay thirsty.

  9. Lynn D. says:

    l’ll miss your posts very much. Some of the bloggers who give it up have been my very favorites. They (and you) are authentic and seem like real friends. Write down your blog ideas in a log (and take some pictures!) and you’ll have a backlog of posts should you ever want to return. All my best.

    • drfugawe says:

      You are too kind – your encouragement is much appreciated, and I thank you for the idea of the log of blogging ideas – it fits my personality very well, since I’ve been a life-long addict to the sin of creating an idea and then feeling so good about it that I never implemented it! My salvation in those days was that I was ‘the boss’ with many staffers – but they’re long gone – but I love the idea.

      Thanks Lynn, enjoy our nice weather, now that summer has arrived!

  10. Glenron LeRoy says:

    I hope you come back soon. I don’t do as much writing myself lately as other things are taking up my time. I think of ideas but just don’t seem to get time to put them together right now. I check your site when I get the chance though and I do enjoy your writings. I get behind on reading them but I try to pick a time and read 3-4 at once. Hope you decide you still have something to say and that you come back when you are ready. I do think it is good to get away occasionally, no matter how much you love something. Enjoy your break and come back with more. I hope you are well and that your wife is also fairing okay. I know she had some health issues. I’ll be looking for your next “new” blog entry.

  11. drfugawe says:

    Thanks for your encouragement – I’m making good use of my new-found time, as we enter harvest season – it’s the time for gathering clams, crabs, mushrooms, and as all gardeners know, all garden produce seems to be ready to pick at the same time, and then there’s the question of what to do with the harvest – but it’s a good feeling – the classic bounty of the American experience. I feel like a pioneer.

    Thanks again for your kind words.

  12. adnelg says:

    Doc, I’ll be watching for you to return. I’ve been quite busy myself and haven’t realized how quickly time has flown. I haven’t written anything for over a month, but I’m still alive. I think about things … haven’t gotten to the computer long enough to get my thoughts down. You seem to do it so naturally and timely…I’m a little slow from one post to the next. I will look for your next new post when it comes. Take care and enjoy being outside. Winter will be a great time to renew your blogging enthusiasm.

  13. Glenda says:


    This is sad news indeed. I have been silently lurking on you site for ages, reading, but not commenting. I am about to retire and thought, when I have more time I will start to leave comments. Oh well … all the best to you.

  14. Jan says:

    I’ve been a “lurker” too and I’m so sad to lose you from blogland. I loved visiting. Joanna just told me you were leaving for a while. I so much enjoyed the window you provided into your life, your world and your particular patch of it. I loved your philosophical musings on your own blog and your comments on Joanna’s blog and what I was learning about the rhythm of life in your part of the world. I hope you will still, in some small way, tip a bit of yourself and your life onto a blog page. I’ll miss your wise presence. In the meantime, I wish you and your wife good health, laughter and peace at the end of each day.

  15. heidi says:

    I’ve enjoyed your perspective and writing- although I’ve mostly been a lurker, as well. Thanks for your wisdom and humor.
    I hope your retirement from the blogging world gives you more time to enjoy the things you love- and thanks for saying goodbye and offering some closure!

  16. drfugawe says:

    Thanks so much for the strokes and good vibes – I truly appreciate it.
    Til then (a very old fashioned sentiment)

  17. Joanna says:

    I’ve just popped back to find that almond croissant recipe…. and to tell you again I miss you. Now where is that recipe……

    • drfugawe says:

      You are welcome back anytime you wish, my dear – I hope you do try those, you’ll not regret it – over here, one of our big box stores, Costco, sells a very good croissant in a box of 12 quite reasonably – that’s what I used for mine – I don’t do so well making my own croissants.

      Hope all is going well for you, Jo.

    • drfugawe says:

      Well much congrats, Tup! I know well the joy this must bring. We too are equally fortunate this year
      Black Krim and Gold Nuggets
      The big ones are Black Krim, a Russian short season type, and the little ones are Gold Nuggets, a wonderful salad tomato.

      I had a typical long reply to your post on your blog, but I hope you know just how lame Blogger actually is! After having spent some 15 – 20 minutes putting it together, I tried to find a link to the pic that it liked, and in the process, it destroyed my entire reply – sorry I can’t be more gracious and visit on your own turf, but … why don’t you just switch over to WordPress?

      Our autumn rains returned last night, after 2 months of drought – this usually spells doom for the tomatoes, as it brings late blight, a fungus that quickly kills the tomatoes – but I love this season above all around here – the incessant winds quiet down, and sometimes the warm temps stretch into late Oct – and of course, fall brings the wonderful mushroom season, which is kinda like an Easter egg hunt for adults!

      Enjoy the Indian Summer where you are – it much be absolutely beautiful in your country!

  18. Tupper says:

    Nice tomatoes! Ours are Heirloom Polish and Mortgagesavers-not sure which are which, we get the seeds from my father-in-law who’s been doing this for a long while.

    As for WordPress is on my list of things to do, hopefully this winter when things slow down a tad.

    The weather? Yesterday it drizzled all day and was a good day to stay inside, today it’s sunny, high 70’s and friggin’ gorgeous.

  19. Tupper says:

    Almost 80 here today Doc- but therre’s a chance of snow flurries on Saturday!

  20. Mary Smiley says:

    Sorry to see you leave even for a short while but I know exactly how you feel and respites are necessary. I know you will be back so I’m not going to get too upset…yet! Anyway, maybe you need to come to FL this summer for a visit! It is just about time for the next go round of planting the garden and I have my next batch of heirloom tomato seeds planted. I love Black Krim’s and have planted those along with Eva Purple Ball, Aunt Ruby’s German Green and a few others.

    I just returned from a quick mushroom trip to PA so check out the new post when you get a chance.

    Stay well doc and see you soon…do keep in touch you hear!!

    • drfugawe says:

      Hi Mary,
      Whoa! How’d I miss this comment? Please forgive me – can’t remember getting an email notice, but I probably did – these days, intending to do things is the same as doing them – and remembering the difference is an impossibility. Sorry!

      Can’t do FL in the summer! Not because the weather there is bad -it’s OK- but I’ll never fly again (at least not until a lot of things change) and in order to get to FL, we’d have to drive thru some truly nasty summer heat and humidity – so a future winter sojourn may be tempting, but the summers up here, as you know, are superb – so why go anywhere else?

      I often complain about the lack of summer heat up here, mostly for the tomatoes sake, but something must have been OK for them this summer, ’cause we got quite a few that ripened on the vine – but I was disappointed in the texture and taste of the Black Krims, which I remember being much better. But I know how environment and weather can affect tomatoes, and we’ll caulk it up to that. I still remember well the great tomatoes we grew in Sebring – and that’s where I learned that tomatoes are not annuals, if winters allow.

      Hey, I see you still have a presence on the Cascade Mushroom forum – happy to see that – I’ve put a few posts up there – maybe we’ll get a chance to talk there some. I’ve been out a few times for chanterelles, and strangely the whites are showing, but the yellows are few – Yeah, I know some of the CMS posters are saying things are fine, but in my woods, there hasn’t been enough rain yet for the good stuff. Maybe later – maybe not.

      Thanks for dropping by Mary, and for your kind thoughts – stay warm down there this winter – you guys are due for a nice one!

  21. Misk Cooks says:

    Just thinking about you and your pizza dough, and hoping that you’re doing okay.

    • drfugawe says:

      Hey Misk,
      Many thanks for your visit, and your thoughts – every few days, I find myself doing something that I’d love to share on the blog, but then I remember that I’m not doing that now! So, that part I do miss – but I don’t miss the part of how it almost feels like a job again (you must forgive us who have tasted at the well of ‘no responsibility’ – it warps us.). I am still doing my baking and cooking – and in fact, I’m perfecting a yeast roll that’s heavy on eggs and has a beautiful texture and crust.

      I guess one of these days I’ll just sit down and do another blog post – but I’ve already decided, if I do, it’ll be on my terms, and my terms only … at least, that’s what I tell myself.

      Hope you, yours, and your garden are well – and thanks for thinking of me.

    • Misk Cooks says:

      Yes, we are all fine, thanks for asking. Take care, and stay warm this winter. x

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  23. Joanna says:

    Hi Doc – hope you are doing OK over there. I was having a tidy on my computer and thought I’d pop by and say hi. I still have your Oregon trail starter on my shelf, waiting for a moment to burst into life I might treat it to the shock of some true English wheat flour that I have from a watermill in Wales. That would be a cross cultural experience for it 🙂 all best Joanna

  24. drfugawe says:

    Hi Jo,
    What a pleasant surprise! Thanks much for popping by. We are bumping along quite nicely, and hope you and your house are too. We of course are patiently awaiting the return of springtime, which sadly for us is a long slow process – still, things are quite bearable.

    I must admit to have taken a hiatus from sourdough maintenance at the same time I did so for the blog – in fact, I just pulled my starters out of the fridge to see if we can breathe new life back into them (mostly, I miss the sourdough bagels!) But I haven’t stopped baking – I’ve been concentrating on yeast baguettes, something I’ve always had trouble perfecting – getting better, but still not happy with them.

    Please forgive me for not having occasionally stopped by your blog to see what you are up to – I intend to correct that failing soon.

    See ya then.

  25. Glenda says:

    Hi Doc

    Just stopped by to see if you had finished your hiatus – not yet? oh well.

    All the best to you and your family.

    • drfugawe says:

      Hi Glenda,
      Thanks for visiting, and checking up on me. I think my laziness may soon end – each day I think about ‘breaking out’ – but the problem is I don’t know how! But I’m working on it.

      Let’s make each other a promise – if I promise to return soon, how about if you promise to begin ‘commenting’ on those blogs you visit. OK? I bet that’ll open a new world for you.

  26. Glenda says:

    Hi Doc – It’s a deal – I just signed up to your blog so I will know when you ‘break out’.

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