Alberta Flooding – Unplugging from the Web – Flowers Help to Heal

It’s called ‘The Web’ because once you’re in it, you are stuck.
– Terry Hall –

I’m going to take some time off – see if I can find a new Happy Place.  I know it exists somewhere here in my mind, but I’m not having much luck finding it right now.

So, I’m going to unplug for a while. I hope you will come back to visit my blog when I return!

Before I go, here are the photos I took the last time I was at the cabin. It is quite remarkable what is blooming out there. All 305 homes were destroyed, yet the flowers are cheerfully acting like nothing happened!


A yellow Columbine or Aquilegia.

A pink Rose. It is a hardy bush rose, but I don’t know it is called. I wish I had one in my yard!


A white Shasta Daisy. These grow like weeds at my place.


An orange Daylily. I have these in my yard, but they never look this good!


A white Mallow or Sidalcea. I’m really guessing on whether that is what this is.  It has leaves like a cranesbill geranium, but flower buds like a little hollyhock.

false sunflower

An orange Heliopsis helianthoides ‘Asahi’ – commonly called a False Sunflower. I’m guessing that is what this flower is called…

I hope I’ll be able to return to Hidden Valley next year to see what is blooming – but I don’t expect the Siksika Nation will allow us to enter once our buildings have been demolished and removed, and our lease has expired.

Before I go, please  tell me if you have ever taken a blog holiday. How long did you leave your blog to fend for itself? Did you find what you were looking for while you were gone?

28 thoughts on “Alberta Flooding – Unplugging from the Web – Flowers Help to Heal

  1. Beautiful pictures even if they come with a sad story. I don’t worry about my blog much. I do it for fun and post when I want to. I take a week here and there off and that’s okay. I hope you can find a happy place, as you called it. Good luck and see you soon.


  2. I’ll miss you while you’re “unplugged” but I understand. Sometimes we just need a little downtime… a little time to put things into perspective and explore. You do what you have to do, Margie. We’ll be here when you get back. Good luck with finding that Happy Place.


  3. Occasionally I take a week off from the Internet. It does me good, I don’t worry about email, or my blog. Instead I go and visit another part of the country and get some photography in. That’s what I was doing last week.

    Enjoy your break and see you when you get back.


  4. I’m still on a sort of self imposed ‘exile’ from regular blogging – I’ve written only one or two posts all summer. I was finding it hard to be inspired week after week and decided it was better just to ease back for a little while. It’s important to take a break once in a while enjoy your respite!

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  5. Good luck finding a little battery recharge. Hope it helps. I’ve never taken an official “blogging sabbatical” but unofficially have been gone for 3-4 weeks several times, and over one month at least once that I can remember. Not sure how long you are planning on being gone, at least in terms of writing, I find coming back from an absence, my writing is at its most fluent.


  6. I just left the blog but didn’t tell my readers of my intentions. I don’t blog that frequently compared to you…for me it’s about every 3 wks. I pump out a blog post.


  7. If the blog is no longer meeting your needs, then you certainly should take action to make a change. Many will miss you while you’re on your journey.

    Be well, and find that Happy Place. You may find it has nothing to do with blogging.



  8. Beautiful. Love the photos. And I commend you for unplugging. I am going to be doing the same thing. I keep losing myself in the “web” and I have tried for months to find positive to right about. I am working toward peace right now. See you when you come back!


  9. As much as I will miss your blog and your wonderful photos, you have definitely earned some time off. Hope you will keep in touch by other means. E


  10. I think I can relate to how you feel……it’s been a tough year for myself too as you are aware.
    I’m hoping that this coming weekend I will get a recharge being at my son’s wedding in beautiful Kelowna with my entire family.
    I love your blog and love your pictures they are inspirational and it’s nice to know some sort of life continues out at our beautiful Hidden Valley.
    Take care and I’ll be anxiously awaiting your first blog when you get back!


  11. Yeah, I had an unintentional UN-plug this summer. Not inspired to write these days. But I have found a new creative outlet – doing some interesting projects at home that I have never tried before. I’m meeting lots of people and finding all sorts of creative ideas flowing from complete strangers. It has been a sort of live blog for me and I’m loving it! If I could find a way to permanently UN-plug I would do it in a heartbeat!


  12. I’ve been dragging my feet about writing the past few weeks (most of the summer, actually), and have only managed to get one post out a week, if that. I took a two or three week leave last summer and worried the whole time that I would never have a following again, but people do come back. When blogging is a chore, you need to step away for awhile. Sometimes Life just gets in the way, and it’s more important to take care of yourself, Margie. “See” you when you return.


  13. I really go in waves about this blogging thing. When I’m doing it, I can’t imagine giving it up. When I go a week without checking in, like I’ve been doing on and off this month, I feel guilty for not visiting all my wonderful blogging friends, miss them dreadfully, but feel burdened by an avalanche of words.

    Maybe if the rest of life would stop being so complicated…Lately, I want to just write, and that’s it.

    I hope you find this rest leaves you rejuvenated and recharged, although we’ll miss you.


  14. I have only taken breaks when something upsetting happens (like a death, illness, etc). I have a goal to post once a week but sometimes like gets in the way.


  15. A break in the pattern always seems to help. Mine are short lived dry spells when I think nothing I say could possibly be of interest. I hope you are not gone long Margie because everything you say is of interest. I love the flower photos and I predict you will return just as have these blooms.


  16. I understand. I’ve unplugged for various lengths of time: 1 week, 2 weeks, 1 month, 2 months. I feel a blog vacation coming on. Progress on my novel is pitiful. I’m using my blog to procrastinate, and that is unlike me. The longer breaks were for writing, and they were productive. The shorter breaks were for travel and they were renewing.

    I didn’t try to catch up on all the posts I missed. I just deleted them and started fresh when I came back. I found that, much to my surprise, I kept getting a smattering of new followers each week while I was gone. It made no sense. But I suppose I would love to follow a blogger who rarely posts–less work keeping up with her or him!

    Take you break, make it clean, and come back when you are ready. Start fresh. We’ll be here. Just know that, like the others said, you will be missed! 🙂


  17. Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, they spin not, neither do they blog…

    Some guy named Matthew said that. He makes a good point.

    Take a break, amigo, and I wish you well. Keep takin’ those great pix, tho… : )


  18. Recharging is necessary, especially when one has had something so emotionally draining as flooding to deal with and the destruction that comes with it. You’d be non-human if you didn’t feel the need for a break! Your blog will be here for when you get back….have a good break! Look after yourself first.


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