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Apologies and a Promise: “I’m No Poe Toaster…”


I was watching some random news channel the other night and learned of 50 or so lamenting Edgar Allen Poe fans waiting for a glimpse of the famed “Poe Toaster,” — a devoted Poe fan who faithfully, (and stealthily),  leaves a half bottle of cognac and three roses on Poe’s grave in the wee hours of his death day.

This year, however, toaster never showed.

Those poor, poor Poe fans.  What happened to the toaster?  Did sh/e pass?  Consume all the cognac?

Not that I can count 60 fans or anything but the story made me feel quite lousy.  That and all the emails from so many of you worried that I might have succumbed to some contagion or simply not survived the move…

I know it appears I am making light of the situation, but I truly feel horrible.  I have been a terrible friend to many of you and all I can say is that I am sorry and I hope you can forgive me.  I’ll be revealing more of what went on during the past five months and what God is teaching me through it once I have sorted it out a bit further.

In the meantime, I leave you with a sketchy timeline of a few momentous occurrences you have missed.

1.  We all lived with my brother and his new bride for three months where my children, naturally, relished  “sleepin’ like slaves” once again as they shared a bedroom with a cousin.  I slept on a couch downstairs and became addicted to Tylenol Cold PM.


Yes, that is a level holding up a mattress next to a train table in a makeshift fort bed.

2.  All six of us shared one bathroom with a leaky toilet that required us to wrap towels around the bottom to sop up the watery leakage.  Yes, I’d spray a little Clorox around there now and then because the whole thing squeemed me out considerably.

3.  Our puppy, Sophie, went into heat.  (Just imagine the questions and comments this created, such as “What is that red on her pull-up?” and “Look how popular Sophie has become since we moved!  She’s got so many other dogs coming to visit!”)


4.  My laptop crashed and I lost EVERYTHING!

5.  Since we now live in a town with grand restaurant variety, Edward has developed a love of the bento box!


6. We made an offer on a great cul-de-sac  house within walking distance to that school as well as nature preserves and libraries only to have the inspection come back with a promise of toxic black mold.

7. Valiantly I try to homeschool at my brother’s kitchen table but between the puppy heat, house hunting and general homeless craziness, I enroll the boys in an award-winning public school down the street from my brother’s house.  Believe me, it’s been interesting.

(I know I just lost all my homeschool readers…)

Yet I am now becoming fluent in IEPs, para-pros and peer helpers…

8.  We finally close on a house and move in on Halloween.

9.  Because nothing says Christmas like a Sasquatch cookie!


10.  Joseph writes an essay for school in which he laments, “I have always felt that something was missing from my life–something small and furry that I can cuddle and take care of.”   (Isn’t that why we got the puppy??)  Anyhoo, that painful cry resulted in Taco, a fragile, sickly creature who succumbed quite rapidly to some unknown ailment


only to be replaced by Fajita…

A  hearty, loud, messy creature who can kick potty pellets 12 feet across the room to the delight of Sophie (the dog) who views them as tasty nuggets of goodness.

11.  Before I moved I had this many friends:


But now, I have to start over, which is much, much harder than I thought it would be!

Thanks for sticking with me through all this!

Posted on 2 February '10 by , under Humor/Disconnected Miscellany.

14 Comments to “Apologies and a Promise: “I’m No Poe Toaster…””

#1 Posted by Crysm (02.02.10 at 15:10 )

Wow! It definitely sounds like you have been for a ride. I’m glad you are back.
.-= Crysm´s last blog ..A Pathetic Side of Pop Culture =-.

#2 Posted by Mrsbear (02.02.10 at 15:38 )

Can I be the first to say woo-hoo!?

I was tickled yesterday when I saw your comment (which I have yet to reply to). Ecstatic just now when I saw your post on my reader.

You’ve been missed. And I can understand, in the midst of all the goings-on, how the blogosphere might have taken a backseat. The toilet and bed issues alone! And then the laptop crash. Those damn things are so fickle.

Making friends is hard. And I’ve lived in the same place for my whole life, so what’s my excuse? Oh wait, I’m antisocial, nevermind. 😉

Missed you!
.-= Mrsbear´s last blog ..Fun Killer and Random Tuesday Thoughts =-.

#3 Posted by Patty (02.02.10 at 16:44 )

I am so glad you are back! But, I don’t think you need to feel guilty. You have had plenty to keep you busy, how in the world were you supposed to blog at the same time?

Glad you are back and I am sure you will make lots of friends, though I agree that it is tough. I moved to this town almost 6 years ago and it has only been recently (like the last year) that I feel like I have made some really good friends. Course, I am probably not nearly as likable as you are!
.-= Patty´s last blog ..American cheese and happiness: are they mutually exclusive? Discuss. =-.

#4 Posted by Natalie Spontak (02.02.10 at 22:33 )

You are back! Yeah!

#5 Posted by Peanut (03.02.10 at 04:59 )

Oh! I’m so glad you’re back. I’ve done the same, abandoning my readers without explanation. I’ve missed you and wondered what had happened. Life sure can get in the way of blogging ! 😉

#6 Posted by JoyMama (03.02.10 at 07:45 )

She’s back! What wild adventures you’ve had…

Thanks for the rose & cognac (i.e. the comment over at Elvis Sightings!)
.-= JoyMama´s last blog ..Hitting the Bottle =-.

#7 Posted by kim (03.02.10 at 17:30 )

You are back!
I have missed you
I have been the one that has been a bad friend
I have never been very good about talking on the phone but I want to make a phone date soon b/c we need to catch up desperately!!!
Much love
.-= kim´s last blog ..Controversy about Choice =-.

#8 Posted by goodfountain (03.02.10 at 17:45 )

Welcome back! I have missed and wondered about you!

Looking forward to catching up.
.-= goodfountain´s last blog ..Good times lately =-.

#9 Posted by Carla (04.02.10 at 17:50 )


and…eh-hmmmm…new friends could be as close 1.5 hours away. 😉

public school?! *gasp* Is now when I say I called ours to find out what I needed to do, and then I chickened out. We’re looking at a private school for next year. How HAS it been with the IEP and such?
.-= Carla´s last blog .. =-.

#10 Posted by Stimey (04.02.10 at 20:55 )

Hey! Welcome back! Sounds super exciting where you are.

I am HIGHLY amused by the fact that you named Taco’s next of kin Fajita.

I hope you’re doing well!
.-= Stimey´s last blog ..What’s New With You? =-.

#11 Posted by Danette (08.02.10 at 08:54 )

Hey, you’re back!! So glad to “see” you and hear what ya’ll have been up to. You’ve definitely been busy, I can see how blogging had to move to the back burner for a while :).
.-= Danette´s last blog ..Anyone need their floors mopped? =-.

#12 Posted by elaine @ peace for the journey (09.02.10 at 16:17 )

Transition can be a bear…

I’ve had to make a new life for myself and family too many times to count. I don’t imagine we’re done…

Happy friend hunting. I’ll be praying that God leads some kind-hearted, kindred souls to your front door.
.-= elaine @ peace for the journey´s last blog ..a letter to a friend… =-.

#13 Posted by Tari (17.02.10 at 15:52 )

just glad you’re back!
.-= Tari´s last blog ..Team Rubicon Documentary =-.

#14 Posted by Ada (04.03.10 at 09:01 )

Wow… amazing you come up with this kind of blog. I like.. I keep following you…
.-= Ada´s last blog ..Are you up of the Challenge? March Comments =-.