Summer is Done, and I am Done with Summer!

Oh my stars! It’s dusty in here!

Hi there … yeah I know, I haven’t been around for a while. Blame it on the Summer from Hades! … I am.

I am so thankful that today is the Autumn Equinox.

Seriously, this is what my year has been … 3 months of snow, 3 months of rain, 3 months of searing temperatures and no rain. Throw in assorted migraines, wildfire smoke, (which went away then came back, just to make sure we weren’t missing it) 9 months of continually battling with bronchitis, (not quite. I’m sure there were one or two days where I felt marginally OK) and I’m ready to see the back end of 2017!

I’ve almost forgotten what it’s like to feel healthy.

2016 may’ve been the year of dead famous people, but 2017 is well on its way to be the Queen of WTF-uckery for this decade.


You ever notice the odd things you do when you’re under-the-weather?

Near the beginning of the year I treated myself to a box set of the Harry Potter books, and read them from cover to cover to cover, etc during my winter bout with the dastardly ‘chitis.

When the 30° temperatures and smoke turned up, ‘chitis used it as a perfect excuse to smack me around some more, and there I was, reaching for Harry Potter yet again, like comfort food.

I’m still in convalescent mode and I have good days, and not-so-good days where I give up trying and just stay in bed.

And here he is again, The Boy Who lived!

I’m on chapter 23 of The Half-Blood Prince, (book 6, of 7, for those who aren’t HP aficionados) so I suspect I’ll be my usual Widder-self in short order.


Another reason to celebrate the end of Summer is that Coco, the Community Cat has made a comeback. The very day the weather turned toward sanity, there she was a-knocking on the front door, announcing that it was cuddle season again.

Who are we to deny her cuddles?

(Coco the Community Cat is a lovely lass who lives across the way and visits (except in the heat of Summer) all the people in our lane who are bereft of feline company. She comes, she cuddles, (and sheds) and ambles off home when she’s all cuddled up 🙂 ) 


41 comments on “Summer is Done, and I am Done with Summer!

  1. Sue Vincent says:

    Queen of WTF-uckery….this I like… and agree with. Let’s hope for three months of mellow 🙂

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  2. jenanita01 says:

    I am sorry your year (so far) has been so awful, but not all doom and gloom I see, what with Harry Potter and that gorgeous cat! Autumn should be a peaceful month as Mother Nature starts to close down for her well earned rest, and I for one, intend to follow her lead!
    I love the word ‘mellow’ too…

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  3. bone&silver says:

    Hello!! Missed ya (although now I feel honored you still left comments on my blog posts despite the WTFuckery (best thing I learnt all week) 😃
    Australia has just launched into Spring/Summer already… *grimaces
    I dislike summer fairly intensely.
    Really hope you get on top of being well though 👍🏼💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼

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  4. Hope the health gets better for you soon! Our September has been mostly cold and wet, and I’m very glad the sun is back again for a little while. 🙂

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  5. Welcome back – I’m glad the year of Hell for you is coming to an end, and wish you well soon. This makes me even more thankful that you have kept in touch with my blog.

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  6. Lawrences7987 says:

    Coco is so pretty!!

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  7. And yet you survived. I spent three months coughing and another three+ dealing with the cardiologists and their incompetence, so I know what you mean.

    Fortunately, once you are better, there is a forgetting of the horrors as you try to get on with it, whatever it is. Like Coco, it will return for cuddles.

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  8. Reading the whole Harry Potter series sounds like a real treat. I’ve read all the books, but not recently.

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    • Widdershins says:

      The great thing about having read them before (a few times) is that I can fall over with feverish naps, etc, and when I pick the book up again, I don’t have to worry about trying to remember where I was. 🙂

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  9. Kalaya says:

    I too am looking forward to the latter part of 2017. Autumn always gives me the opportunity to bring balance into my life … am so hoping it will be this year as well.

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  10. Coco is a beauty, the herald of the end of summer insanity, it seems. We were also choking on smoke and ash here from the fired – not a good thing if you’re still dealing with the ‘chitis. You’re going to go into HP withdrawal and have to deal with that next. 🙂

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  11. I’m still watering the garden here in Victoria, since barely 10 mm of rain just isn’t enough. I’m saving Harry Potter for feeble old age (which is closer than I’d like to admit). Hoping for a “normal” fall and winter, whatever that means, and no ‘chitis.

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  12. Victoria says:

    Hope you feel far better this winter! I’m looking forward to autumn too. 🙂

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  13. Welcome back! I completely empathize with the bronchitis blues. I’ve been battling similar crap every year as a standard. Just got over my latest bout. I think. If I’m lucky. 🙂 I cannot WAIT for the temperatures to drop!

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  14. I wonder how cats know who needs visiting and an extra cuddle. If it weren’t for Mr. L Gatto choosing us to be his midnight napping place, we would not have ever gone to a cat adoption fair and met Molly the Cat.

    The Half-Prince tale is comfort food for me, too. Until I read Snape’s story, I admit I liked him because of Alan Rickman.

    Hope the next 4 months are more cheery for you. At least you don’t have the man in the WH as your leader to add to the downness of 2017.

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    • Widdershins says:

      I reckon she does … and the fact that it coincided with the advent of cooler weather. 🙂

      Snape is … complicated! (understatement of the century) … the duality of his nature, and passions, is what fascinated me. His love for Lilly Evans and the Dark Arts. He could only have one and yet he lost both.

      Being right next door to the orange cheeto is bad enough. We can only hope that enough voters rally for the mid-terms and take away from him any real power to do damage.


  15. Thankyou Widdershins for your most glorious and selfless decision to follow my blog SCENIC WRITER’S SHACK.

    Did you realise that we have crossed paths before?

    Back in September 2015 we both contributed comments to a post on the blog TERRIBLE MINDS. Chuck Wendig asked his readers at this time to come up with interesting horror/scare-fest titles for a novel. You (on September 19th, my over meticulously-kept records show) offered up the title OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD. I replied, “Good one Widerrshins, or may I call you Widdie for short?”. You replied , “LOL…Widds works for me”. Rounding things off, I then finished, “Widds it is. Your type of humor adds a spark to a forum siuch as this and hopefully prevents people taking themselves too seriously in the way that textual analysts are sometimes known to do”.

    Thankyou again Widds and now that I have taken out a platinum package subscription to your blog I look forward to receiving the full Widdershins experience on a much more regular basis.

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  16. I’m doing the Vulcan peace sign (nerds be damned if you do/nerds be dammed if you don’t) with my right fingers right back at you.

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  17. Oh how lovely you have a community cat who comes for a cuddle. Happy reading and hope you are much better soon. 🙂

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  18. […] that’s as far as we got before the Summer of the Year of WTF-uckery set its teeth into […]


  19. Sheron says:

    A beautiful cat. I had a gray Persian with the same name. Miss her. Now I have two mischievous sealpoint siamese.

    I’ll miss summer too. Soon the rain and gloomy clouds will come, bringing chill weather. I may have to take up finishing the Harry Potter Series.

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    • Widdershins says:

      Hi there. 😀 … I used to know a siamese. He could talk the hind leg off a dog! 😀 … I enjoyed re-reading the HP series in one go. (over several days) I discovered I remembered hints in the earlier books that connected very cleverly to the events in the later ones. It’s kind of like a master class in series writing. 🙂


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