• Cheryl Therrien

    Get some rest and be well. We will all be here when you get back my friend. 🙂

    • I will do my best Cheryl. It’s not that easy for me to do, but you know that already… LOL. 🙂

  • I greatly admire your ability to continue to post during a chaotic period. I love any post of yours with your own drawings. Will have to look at your stories you listed later – new ones to me. I vaguely remember liking dog and rabbit. Summer salads – I look forward to those. Take care!

    • Hi Leora, Thanks. it wasn’t easy and it nearly did me in to do it all. HAPPY DANCE… you love my stuff and my illustrations… you just made my day. 🙂

  • Susan, there is little doubt in my mind that your body, soul and mind are welcoming that you have decided to take a much needed break. That sinus infection – I wondered what Louise Hay said about it. But it didn’t at first make sense: sinuses related to being irritated with someone. But then I scanned what I just read here and you said, “It will be the first time in 2 ½ years I have missed a self-imposed deadline. ” Hmmm, maybe it’s self-irritation? Regardless, know that at least for this reader, everything is fine. All will be well. We’ll be here enjoying your stories on your return. You’re an overcomer!

    • Hi Patricia, You have no idea… but then again I think you do. It was a huge relief when I finally decided to do this and it was then that I realized just how tired I really was/am. The sinus issue was a bit of a surprise… you may just be right about that. 🙂

  • The height of the spring season is a perfect time to take a break. I hope you really do take the time to enjoy it. Look forward to seeing you back next week sometime.

    • Hi Glynis, It’s beautiful here and I do hope to give it a full on break. 🙂

  • Paul Graham

    Siusan, before heading off to some of your earlier posts let me say enjoy the break. You are probably unlikely to take one very often but for a reader It is interesting to know which are your favourites and as a writer it is probably interesting to reflect on which have best stood the test of time. Perhaps once a year it might even be productive to schedule a ..Best Of … post and just de-compress for a week. I still have about 270 days to my 1st blogging anniversary but plan to do it anyway !

    • Hi Paul, How kind of you to visit some of my recommendations and reader favorites. I do find it interesting to see what they like the most. It does change over time depending on the season but it’s still fun to share nonetheless. I think you’re right, doing this on an occasional basis, for any of us, would be cool thing to do. 🙂

  • Susan, I hope you really take some time to sit back and relax. Moving is so stressful and double for you, then not feeling well on top of all that, would be to much for everyone. Turn off all electronic communication, grab that glass of wine and find the nearest lounge chair. Totally enjoy. We’ll be thinking of you.

    • Aw, you are so sweet Lenie. I do on plan doing just that. We are off to the wine country tomorrow morning for a few days. WOO, HOO!

  • Right on, Susan! Take some time off to find your inner energy and re-establish your priorities. It is quite likely that you will find that now that your hubby is back home, you will have less time to spend in front of your computer. Your priorities will change — as they should! Rework your “self-imposed deadlines” to reflect your new reality. You’ll then be able to move forward with a renewed vitality.

    • Hi Doreen, It will be interesting to see how my husband’s being here full time will affect what I do. He is concerned that it will take me off my game. We shall see. in any case reworking my work habits is going to be something I will need to do. 🙂

  • Jeri Walker-Bickett

    There’s nothing wrong at all with taking a week off. Everyone needs time to re-group. I just read an article about how Americans work themselves much too hard at times. Yes, I am guilty as charged as well. Thanks for the reminder links. I’m pinning the feta cheese and olive post.

    • It is just that Jeri, re-grouping. I had no idea how badly I needed it until I made the decision to do so. We Americans do have a work ethic that is go, go, go and then we crash and wonder why. BTW: I LOVE that recipe. 🙂

  • maxwell ivey

    hi susan; congrats on having the strength to take a well deserved break. for most of us meeting a deadline isn’t near as daunting as deciding to take a day or a week away from the process. I can do it for hours especially if I have a good book to read, a favorite show to watch, or a sporting event to listen to. the last time i went a week was when i got my new laptop and it took the people at the apple store four days to move everything over from the old one. thanks for the list of past posts. Your work is so prolific I am sure we can all find something in there that is new to us. thanks for bringing us all the great posts. talk to you soon, max

    • Thanks Max, That is so true. It is so much easier to take a break then to take time off. There is a difference. Somehow when it’s self-imposed we don’t feel quite as guilty. 🙂 I do hope you find a few posts from my list you enjoy. 🙂

  • Tim

    I am a huge believer in relaxing and do it whenever possible. You should to. Everyone should. Moving houses is a huge job and I have done it many times. It doesn’t become easier or more efficient; it is always a pain in he rear end and I can’t wait for it to be over. Glad to hear you are getting your arms around it. Tim

    • I know you are Tim and I so admire that about you. You could all teach us some lessons in that regard.

      I have never enjoyed moving. This has been the hardest so far, because it was a consolidation and a move. I do hope it’s our last… we shall see. 🙂

  • I am glad I don’t have to move again any time soon if ever, it is stressful and when it is all over you want to kick back and do nothing

  • Jacqueline Gum

    Enjoy your time away Susan. I know that this must be hard for you but honestly, moving ranks in the top 5 of stressful events. I really do hope you have a nice and relaxing time and we’ll be here when you get back:)

    • Thanks Jacquie. I will do my best. I am so looking forward to kicking back and enjoying a glass or two of great wine in the wine country. 🙂

  • Jason Butler

    Everyone needs a break from time to time. Enjoy it and get some rest.

    • I plan on doing just that Jason… as hard as that might be… LOL.

  • Happy to hear you’re taking a well deserved break Susan, and actually it’s good to take one now and again, even before we get to crisis mode. I hope you can truly feel rested, and look forward to seeing when you return.

    • Hi A.K. I will do my best and luckily with the help of my husband. I know this break will give the space and time to rebuild my creative juices. 🙂

  • Jon Jefferson

    What is this “break” you speak of?

    • Yep, it’s going the be a true bit of time of Jon. Can you handle it? LOL

  • I’m looking forward to your future posts about recipes and food creations as well as your wine posts. Enjoy your break. I know what it’s like to spend too much time behind the screen.

    • I know you do Michele. it will interesting to see how I do away from it all, don’t you think?

  • Pat Ruppel

    Susan — I’m glad to hear you’ll be getting some needed rest. Thanks for catching us up and material to read. With the promises of new stories, recipes and wineries to visit, I can see your plate is getting loaded fast. Take care, my friend. We’ll be here for when you return.

    • Aw, thanks, Pat. I’m really excited about some of the things I have in the works and can’t wait to share what they are when the time is right. For now, I’m off to kick back for a few days. 🙂

  • Susan, it sounds like you need some rest. Interestingly, I just read an article last week about how to take a blogging break (http://goo.gl/d6Roz0 if anyone is interested). As Jeri said below, Americans do work themselves too much. This goes for people in “regular” jobs who feel guilty truly taking a vacation. Bloggers and freelancers have chosen a work-at-home freedom lifestyle. That also means freedom from guilt over taking a break. So enjoy yourself and your new household, relax, and we’ll be here when you get back!

    • Hi Jennifer, Thanks for the tip and yes preparing for any break, be it blogging or otherwise, is a good thing. It takes one less thing off the stress list for sure. 🙂

  • Erika Mobeyk

    Hi Susan ,I think you deserve a rest and you have here plenty to read for us . Thank you and have a good rest 🙂

    • Hi Erika, Thank you so much. I do hope you find a few posts from the list I provided that you enjoy. 🙂

  • maxwell ivey

    hi susan; that is so true. too often people who work for themselves push until they fall down before taking a break. i nevr miss my daily 30 minutes on th bike that doesn’t go anywhere. smile take care, max

    • I know Max. Why do we do that to ourselves… Sigh! I need to get back to my walks that do go somewhere… LOL. 🙂

  • Hi Susan,
    Coming out of all the health challenges, I think it’s a break well deserved.
    I am sure you will come up with a lot more recipes when the break time is over 🙂
    Good luck to you!

    • Hi Kumar. I already have and can’t wait to get started, but I’m following my doctors order and I’m kicking back a bit still. 🙂

  • Bruno Buergi

    Sometimes you have to make a break. It’s also important that you have enough rest and that you can relax.

    • So true Bruno. With a good rest I know I’ll be raring to go again. 🙂

  • Susan – I’m right there with you… the new position is consuming all of my time and it’s sooo hard to keep up!! I didn’t miss a weekly post for about three years and now I’ve missed 4 in 6 weeks… oh well, we’ll come back to normal soon 🙂

    • Hi Dan, It’s hard to keep in all on track when you have stuff comes at you you didn’t expect. I hope you find your new normal and it’s still fun when you do. We miss you on the Engagers.

  • Balln Chainz

    this is Jay

    You are better than me and my hat goes off to you. I absolutley hate moving and would rather sell almost everything than to move it. btw i can not wait for your next recipe.

  • Jeanne Melanson

    Here’s wishing you a wonderful, stress-free rest period. We look forward to having you back here before too long. Peace!

  • Susan — you don’t need to make any excuses for yourself. Do you expect that someone is going to “tell on you” if you miss a post? We’re all much too hard on ourselves. Permit yourself to take a break. You’ve earned it. Relax. Have fun!

    • LOL, I guess I haven’t really thought about that Jeannette. I am doing my best to do just that my friend. 🙂

  • Enjoy your break Susan! Moving is hard work. I’m impressed that you have such a long list of post ideas when you return.

    • Hi Christina, I always have a list. I would be lost without one… LOL. The hard part is finding the time to do them all when I want too. 🙂

  • Merle Gibbins

    Enjoy your break, we all need one now and again and I am also going away in three weeks time for a week. Really looking forward to it. First one in 5 years for me.

    • Thanks Merle, We do tend to think we can go and go like the ever-ready battery, huh. I would say after five year you are way over due my friend. Have fun. 🙂

  • Hello Susan

    After a long hard work of shifting and settling one really needs break.. So enjoy your break I will try to go through recipes as I am fond of cooking and eating and now a days have gained a lot of weight too that I have to reduce before going to my vacation of two months :'( .
    I really like all of your posts but the post about Samuel … if I remember the name … is best for me .. May be because of my love towards animals

    • Aw, you are so kind Andleeb, It pleases me so that you enjoy my creations. It has been a really big challenge of late and it was a very hard decision to just let things go for a little bit. 🙂

  • Jacs Henderson

    A great time to take a break Susan after that mammoth move and all the physical and mental stress you went through. More than anything I think moving is a very Emotional time, so a break from it all will allow you to re-settle in your world and look forward to the new start. Just a chance to rest your body and mind .. and happy you realised that means not blogging for a week!!
    I can see how natural it is for you to want to fulfil your personal deadlines, but it’s also important you take a space and refresh yourself – so Go and Enjoy yourself with peace of mind … we will all be here on your return 🙂

    • Thanks Jacs. I had to crash and burn before I would allow myself that break… how sad. I should know better. You are the best.

      Even with just a bit of rest I am already starting to create a list of even more things I want to do. :-)))

  • Debra Yearwood

    Good for you Susan. Sometimes you just have to give yourself a break. The blog is a job all by itself and the minute you add anything to the mx it gets dicey whether you can keep up. enjoy your down time, it’s well overdue.

    • Thanks Debra, Dicey it was, and I was so unprepared. I am really taking the time as ordered and I have to say it feels good. My cooking, drawing and writing mojo is starting to bubble up again. :-)))

  • Catarina Alexon

    Glad you are taking a rest, Susan. We all need to do that. When to a networking event today. The woman giving a speech started by making us all take off our shoes, sit correctly and close our eyes. She then talked us through relaxation and mindfulness. It was a miracle we didn’t all fall asleep.

    • LOL, I can just see that Catarina. I know if I had been there I would have been fast asleep in an instant… 🙂

  • maxwell ivey

    because we feel guilty about taking time away from building that business. we feel like every minute has to be squeezed full of work. and my bike doesn’t go anywhere but penny sits and watches me like she thinks it might. smile take care my friend, max

    • Indeed that is true max… big sigh! I can just see that… you, penny and the bike. :-)))

  • Hi Susan,

    You deserve a break!

    Taking pause for reflection, to gather our bearings is important to do when we undergo life changes and the everyday life challenges pile up around us.

    We managed to squeeze in a getaway over the past week. We returned on the 5th day of a beautiful outing in natural beauty in Leavenworth, WA and Osoyoos, B.C.

    Kind Regards,

    • I agree Bill. It’s too bad that we have to crash and burn before we allow time for a break. Your trip sound like a great time. We went to Napa and spent a few days. It was just what the doctor ordered, quite literally. 🙂

  • Meredith Wouters

    What a wonderful way to announce a break! I’m already looking forward to you coming back, but I do hope you get some rest! I’m off to check out your meringue pies in a jar…

    • Thanks Meredith, I am working hard on the rest part. I already have a bunch of fun stuff lined up when I get my mojo back. 🙂

  • maxwell ivey

    hi susan; you know we had a horribly hard winter this year, so i had to move my bike that goes nowhere indoors. you should have seen penny then. when i put on my shoes she would get excited. then she had to follow me outside and escort me to the bike. and once i was safely peddalling then she could take off and go play or go lye in the sun. just thought you would like hearing that. hope it made you smile. take care, max

  • Hi Susan,
    As I followed you around the social sites, especially Facebook and your Bitly cartoons (which I love) I know how difficult this winter was for you. Life happens and we all need a break from our daily blogging and marketing.
    I know how difficult it is because last year, in the middle of product creation, we moved to a different state.
    But when the dust settles, we get back on track.

    I am looking forward to some of your stories especially “Spitballs” I wonder if kids still do that these days? I taught my nice how to do it and we had a blast until her mom shook her head lol.

    I love your wine posts because heck, I love wine.

    Looking forward to your writing,


    • Hi Donna, Aw, Thank you. I am working on settling the dust and getting the track cleared to travel once again. :-).

      It has been an interesting (and challenging) year for sure. You have done an amazing job and I have been in wonder of all that you’ve accomplished. I hope to be a good as you in the days to come. 🙂

  • Laurie Hurley

    You owe yourself some major “me” time! Social media is not going anywhere. You will not be forgetten. Unplug and enjoy and recover!

    • Thanks Laurie, It’s hard to unplug when you put so much energy into it. 🙂

  • Sometimes we have the need to take a break! Blogging should be an hobby and a pleasure, and if you’re tired or busy with other things it’s better to stop for a while and rest ourselves.
    I promise I will take some time to go trough your last posts. I’m very interested into the wines section! Italy – the country where I live – is a great producer and we can make interesting discussions about it 🙂
    p.s. I can understand you regarding the sinus infection..!

    • Hi Ilaria, indeed that is true. I am so pleased that you’ll check some of my other stuff. I too love Italian wines. So, it’s so easy to find one and write about it. 🙂

  • Hey Susan,

    Yes sometimes life gets in the way. We do the best that we can do to make the best of each day. In this case we need to take a break. Usually when we do this, we come back a lot stronger. So you definitely owe it to yourself to take a break! You take care and I hope you have a great rest of the week!

    • Thanks so much Sherman. It sure does, doesn’t it? I am doing my best to do just that. 🙂

  • Hello Susan,
    I’m sorry to hear about the sinus infection. I have had my bouts with many sinus problems throughout my childhood and adult years. I understand about your decision to go dark for a while. I’m sure that time is coming for me as well. Looking forward to you coming back in print soon.

    • Hi Edward, Sinus infections are the worst, aren’t they? I hope that you’re able to enjoy a break time very soon. keep an eye out for some of the stuff I have planned. 🙂

  • Adrienne

    Hey Susan,

    I’ve been behind myself young lady and I hope you got that well deserved break. I’m sure you continued to make sure things were in order but I hope you had a day or two to yourself as well.

    I know the feeling, I did that last Christmas after being consistent for over four years. I think it was time and I deserved it too although I didn’t completely disappear.

    Hope you’re rested because you’re going to need it!


    • Aw, Thanks Adrienne. I actually did take a few days and totally unhooked and it did feel good. There is so much I want to do that I did need to seriously regroup. 🙂

  • Enjoy your break dear! Take rest, spend time with family and friends, red books, good music and all the stuffs who have missed in the recent stuffs! 🙂

    • Thanks Tuhin. I have done my best. The key is to not let myself get overwhelmed quite that bad again. 🙂

  • HomeJobsbyMOM

    I feel ya! I just got my ducks in a row for moving across country next month. It’s very hectic to say the least especially with two young children. The fun times are now starting though with packing and scheduling everything. Whew. I hope it goes by fast so we can get settled.

    • Oh bless you my friend. I do not envy you, especially with 2 small children in tow. I will send you my best wishes for an easy and successful move Krystle. 🙂

  • Hey Susan: Break is must to start anew wonderfully. Small pauses in life make use more energetic and never let us bored to stay happy and keep struggling.

    • Hi Muba, Any kind of break is a good thing. I just hadn’t realized how badly I needed it until I had made the decision. It has made a huge different in my outlook for sure. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂