Prodigal Return

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*Wipes away cobwebs covering blog*
Firstly, HUGE apologies for not being around the bloggerverse much these past few weeks, and for taking so long to answer comments and so on.  It’s taken a long fight and much hair loss, but I’ve finally got out of the latest and worst of my epic internet fails ever.  It’s been so very rubbish that I think my suppliers have set some sort of record in the negative universe.  I didn’t want to try and slip in a post and then disappear again without getting to the comments.  I don’t mind people thinking that I’m nuts, but I wouldn’t want anyone to see me as rude.  It peeved me not a little that I missed both my planned birthday blog, but also April Fool’s Day.  I had big plans for that———-  It’s lovely to be back again – slightly bald or not, so if there’s anything I missed/should be doing/should have done/should know about/should be eating, please yell.
The past few weeks I’ve been amazed at how much blogging becomes part of your life.  Face to face or not, it’s become a hugely important part of modern social life, and when it’s taken away it leaves a definite and sad empty space.  As time goes by, the friends we make in the bloggerverse become firmer friends.  We care what happens to them, good or bad.  At least I do.  We share our lives, our spaces, our thoughts with each other – often more honestly than we would in “real life”.  We support, laugh, and mourn together, and that really is the very coolest thing.  Just saying.  You guys are all lovely, and I really didn’t enjoy the days lately that you weren’t in.
I can’t say that not having the internet working properly encouraged me to get any more work done than usual either.  You can spend a lot of time stubbornly trying to open things even though you know you probably won’t get it right – at least not in under an hour or so.  Still.  Done bun now, and hopefully I’m back online to stay.  Before I catch up properly, I wanted to share a pic of the gorgeous little Bonsai tree that I got for my birthday.  It’s a Wild Olive tree – all grown up in its tiny perfection, and I’ll have it for life I think.  Trees live long lives, and I kind of like the thought that it will still be around and alive when I’m not.  It will have absorbed a bit of me by then, what with all the fiddling, chatting, and furtive tree stroking, so I’ll still get to lurk a bit from the ether.  I’ve always had a fascination for miniature things – I’ve got an unnatural amount of tiny teapots and things.  Maybe that’s because I’m five foot eight.  Anyway – very happy to be back!  Off to catch up now…………………

 

Wild Olive Bonsai
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68 thoughts on “Prodigal Return

    The Story Reading Ape said:
    April 7, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    WE MISSED YOU – WELCOME BACK JO XXXXX 😀

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 7, 2015 at 2:42 pm

      THANK YOU CHRIS! I REEEEALLY MISSED YOU GUYS TOO – MWAAAAAH!!!! You know when you’re young, and your friends are all at a party, and you can’t go? Worse than that it was. 😀 XXXXXXXXXXX

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    Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
    April 7, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Jo Robinson​ has been battling the great Internet malaise effecting her comings and goings.. great to have her back again where she should be. Hugs Jo

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 7, 2015 at 2:44 pm

      Thank you my lovely Sal! I missed our daily zooming fun and chats. It’s fabulous to be able to pop on and off the blog again in minutes – here’s to a ball this week! HUGS! XXXXX ❤

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    Sue Vincent said:
    April 7, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Nothing wrong with liking miniature thngs 🙂 My sons call me ‘mini-Mum’ .. amongst other things, of course… 🙂

    Lovely to have you back, Jo… and a belated Happy Birthday!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 7, 2015 at 2:46 pm

      Thank you Sue! I love mini people too – my mom was five foot four, and easy to carry around – and I did too. 🙂 XXXXX

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        Sue Vincent said:
        April 7, 2015 at 2:53 pm

        Five foot four?!… a veritable giantess 🙂

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          April 7, 2015 at 2:57 pm

          Ooooh – are you shorter? I’ll be over there to kidnap you to add to my collection! I always wanted to be petite rather than a beanstalk. 😀

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            Sue Vincent said:
            April 7, 2015 at 2:58 pm

            A mere five foot nothing … and my sons are six foot somehow… 🙂

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              jorobinson176 responded:
              April 7, 2015 at 3:06 pm

              That’s so cool! They could play catch with their mum. 🙂 The men in my mother’s family were all giants six foot sixers and so on – but she was small – also a redhead. She was truly terrifying in tantrum mode though – short or not.

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                Sue Vincent said:
                April 7, 2015 at 3:08 pm

                For gawd’s sake don’t suggest it to them… they would too!

                As to the last… I say nothing 😉 Though my edlest son did say I don’t seem like a small person…

                Not sure if that was a compliment or not though….

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                  jorobinson176 responded:
                  April 7, 2015 at 3:18 pm

                  Aaaah! I reckon sometimes people are small for a reason – like my birdie people – if these little guys were any bigger they’d rule the world – or eat it. 😀

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                    Sue Vincent said:
                    April 7, 2015 at 3:18 pm

                    I’m working on at least one of those 😉

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                      jorobinson176 responded:
                      April 7, 2015 at 3:34 pm

                      LOLOL! I’m sure it’s not the second. 😀

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                      Sue Vincent said:
                      April 7, 2015 at 3:37 pm

                      Not while I have ambitions to retain the waistline anyway 😉

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    Carol Balawyder said:
    April 7, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday, Jo.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 7, 2015 at 2:48 pm

      Thank you Carol! I’ll have an extra big birthday blog party next year – with balloons and all I reckon. 🙂 XXXXX

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    Patrick Jones said:
    April 7, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    You are so very right, Jo. Our blogosphere friends are truly special! Glad your internet problems are over!! Really big hugs! 🙂

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 7, 2015 at 2:50 pm

      It really is true Patrick – you and Sandy have been such lovely friends for years now, right back from my Zimbabwe days and your days when you were so very ill. We’ll always be the best of buddies. HUGS and LOVES to both of you! ❤ XXXXX

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    Sherri said:
    April 7, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Dear lovely Jo, so wonderful to have you back, I’ve missed you very much (and was just thinking how sad it is when bloggers disappear from view completely, but I knew you wouldn’t) and really hope that your internet stays good for you now 🙂 I adore all things miniature, always been fascinated by them…I have my tiny teapots too and milk jugs and I love your Bonsai tree, so tiny and beautiful! Lots of love and huge hugs for a very Happy (belated) Birthday gorgeous lady, and Happy Blogging too ❤ xxxxxxxxx 😀

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 7, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      Thank you my beautiful friend! I’ve made plans now – if this internet ever goes down like it did this time again, I’m going to change suppliers straight away no matter how much of a schlep it is. You’re so right about the bloggers that just disappear. Sometimes it doesn’t make sense and then you’re left wondering what happened to them. Thank you for my birthday wishes, and for being you, and for being here – here’s to us still having chats and laughs when we’re old and decrepit too. HUGS and LOTS of LOVES! ❤ XXXXXXX ❤

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    Good Woman said:
    April 7, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    I came across your blog from Smorgasbord’s re-blog of this post. I am a new blogger just having started in January but it is so true what you say concerning blogging becoming part of your life. The community that is built and the horizons that are expanded was not something I expected when I started down this path.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 7, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      Any friend of our lovely Sally is a friend of mine too – lovely to meet you! I was the same when I started out – I never expected it to become so special, but it did and it just keeps on getting better. I know some people don’t view online friendships as real, but to me they are, and in many cases more special than in the flesh friendships. Here’s to you having a ball in the bloggerverse! 🙂

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    yeseventhistoowillpass said:
    April 7, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Happy belated birthday’

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    Rebecca Bradley said:
    April 7, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Welcome back!

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    mysm2000 said:
    April 7, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Welcome back and Happy Birthday. Your little tree looks lovely and content with its beautiful view.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 8, 2015 at 9:36 am

      Thank you my lovely friend! He’s a lovely little guy, my tree. It’s fascinating to inspect the old bark and gnarly bits when they’re so small. Definitely brings on peacefulness just looking at it. ❤

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    Charles Yallowitz said:
    April 7, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Welcome back to you and the little tree. Now I want olives. Sorry about the birthday and April Fools thing. Though you could still pull the prank. Nobody would expect it now. 🙂

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 8, 2015 at 9:39 am

      Thanks Charles! Reading blogs always makes me hungry – someone around and about is bound to have something cool to much in there somewhere. Do you only have specific things you can’t eat now, or is it hours of the day? I reckon if I pulled my prank now the men in the white coats would be called. 😀

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        Charles Yallowitz said:
        April 8, 2015 at 12:49 pm

        Specific things that I can’t eat. Mostly anything with yeast or that rises. So no breads, pastas, cakes, etc. Rice is an iffy area since some groups still eat it. We also have a lot of leftovers from the weekend, so those have been all meals since Sunday.

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    Sarah Ferguson said:
    April 7, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Glad your Internet problems sounds solved (they are the worst!). Out of curiosity, will the olive tree grow olives? And will the be miniature?

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 8, 2015 at 9:42 am

      Thanks Sarah! It’s brilliant to be back online and able to zoom around again. I’ll never complain about emails ever again after the banishment. That’s a brilliant thought! I just googled it quickly and it seems that bonsai fruit trees do flower, but I can’t see anything about mini fruits – it would be excellent to have a crop of tiny olives. We had mini orange trees before that used to fruit, so now you’ve started a new interest – I need me some tiny fruit trees. 🙂

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        Sarah Ferguson said:
        April 9, 2015 at 4:59 am

        I’m surprised to hear the mini fruit trees actually had fruit on them! I always see them advertised in the seed catalogs and assume they are just preying on my “it’s winter and I want fresh fruit” desires.

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    olganm said:
    April 7, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    Great to have you back! Love bonsais but have not been very lucky with them (or they haven’t been very lucky with me). I haven’t given up yet. I second your reflections about the blogosphere… Big hugs Jo!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 8, 2015 at 9:44 am

      Thank you Olga – I’m keen to dive back in today – I seem to have attracted piles of Twitter bots while I was in the dark, so Twitter’s about to be zoomed through. 😀 I bought a bonsai when I was around twenty and killed the poor thing, although I have proper instructions with this little fellow – they have to live outside, so I reckon the old one died because the coffee table wasn’t the place to live. HUGS! ❤ XXXX

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    Jack Eason said:
    April 7, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Good to have you back Jo ❤

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 8, 2015 at 9:45 am

      Thank you Jack! You have no idea how much I missed you guys. I’m going to be plumbing my emails now to see what you’ve been up to. HUGS! ❤ X

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    davidprosser said:
    April 7, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    I personally think that’s a 6ft lemon not a bonsai tree. And talking of lemons, yah,boo sucks to the ISP who took my friend away for so long.
    A belated Happy Birthday. You didn’t miss April Fool’s Day- it missed you. I really hope you’re back to stay this time, we need to be sure the hair grows back.
    xxx Biggest Hugs of the Day Dear Jo xxxxxxxxxx

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 8, 2015 at 9:49 am

      Ha- twins we are! That’s exactly what I like to think too. Thoughts about buying toy cows and things and taking photies of them under the tree have been very present ever since I got it. I won’t be gone anymore my lovely David. If this service so much as flickers I’m going to change to another. These guys are always on go slows, and they tell some whopping lies rather that fix things. I MISSED your week so much – my Sundays are proper without a cuppa and a David. HUGS and LOVES and MWAAAH! ❤ XXXXXXXX

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        davidprosser said:
        April 8, 2015 at 11:49 am

        I’m sending hugs to surround you ( not smother) all day so you know constantly ow important you are.
        xxx Humongous Hugs xxx

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    Let's CUT the Crap! said:
    April 7, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Welcome back. I feel your pain about the internet interruption and had wondered how you were doing. Sometimes it feels the universe is playing with us. ❤ ❤

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 8, 2015 at 9:52 am

      Thank you Tess! You’re right about the universe. This time it made me really grateful that I have the internet when I do. I imagined the whole thing just disappearing, never to be zoomed around again – that would be a massive loss. So I’m very happy to be back with you wonderful friends of mine. HUGS! ❤ XXXXX

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    Silver Threading said:
    April 7, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Glad to see you back! ❤

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 8, 2015 at 10:39 am

      Thanks Colleen! ❤ I'm looking forward to catching up now – I love your little cartoon Colleens zooming around the way they do. 🙂

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    danniehill said:
    April 7, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    So good to have you back, Jo. What a beautiful tree!

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    Aimer Boyz said:
    April 8, 2015 at 3:02 am

    In the old days we’d freak out if the cable went down now if the internet is out it’s a catastrophe! Yep, I’d be pulling my hair out too. Welcome back and good luck with your Bonsai. I had one years ago and I killed it 🙂

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 8, 2015 at 10:38 am

      Thank you! I looks like we all have a little dead tree somewhere in our past. 😀 No internet really is a catastrophe. Hopefully we never have the solar flare thing happen that takes the whole thing out – we wouldn’t know what to do with ourselves.

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    Colin Noel-Johnson said:
    April 8, 2015 at 3:19 am

    Welcome back to the world of blogging. Happy birthday, even if it’s a bit late.
    I hope your bonsi thrives.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 8, 2015 at 9:54 am

      Thank you Colin! I’ve really missed your jokes and wild food abuses, so looking forward to seeing what’s waiting for me. He’s a strong little tree, and gets fussed over every day, so I hope he becomes a very old man. XXXX

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    ihidemychocolate said:
    April 8, 2015 at 4:23 am

    Dear Jo, I always love your personal posts and deeply appreciate that you are a loyal reader of my posts and treasure you as a friend. Happy Birthday! xo

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 8, 2015 at 9:56 am

      Thank you lovely Sally! I love your words, and wouldn’t miss them for anything. Your honesty and kindness are the things that make us friends, and I truly am grateful for that. HUGS and LOVE ❤ XXXX

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    mgill0627 said:
    April 8, 2015 at 7:13 am

    Welcome back. Technology problems are such a pain. What did we do twenty years ago when none of these issues arose? I love the tree. I never thought about the fact that they will probably outlive us. It’s really cute though. I love miniatures too. Anyway glad you’re back, hope you had a Happy Birthday.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 8, 2015 at 9:59 am

      It’s lovely to be back with you! I was thinking exactly the same thing – how did we get about before the internet? It’s a gift I think now, to be able to have friends around the world, and chat to them and share their worlds every single day. HUGS ❤ XXXXX

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    laurie27wsmith said:
    April 8, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    A lovely bonsai Jo. 🙂

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    teagan geneviene said:
    April 8, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Welcome back Jo!!! I love that you used the lemon for scale in the bonsai photo.
    Belated happy birthday wishes. You’ll just have to celebrate all over again. Mega-hugs! 😀

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    noelleg44 said:
    April 9, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday, Jo – and I love that little olive tree. Perfection. Since I freak out if the internet is down for two hours, I can imagine your frustration. Hopefully all is well and we will continue NOT missing you in the future!

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    Christy Birmingham said:
    April 10, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Welcome back, Jo! I hope you had a nice birthday 🙂 You’re right that it’s great to have friends around us in the blogging world – I feel lost without those connections!

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    Bette A. Stevens said:
    April 24, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    Great to have you back, Jo. Belated Birthday Wishes for a year filled with dreams come true! 🙂

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    Margaret Lynette Sharp said:
    April 30, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Welcome back, Jo! I hope you enjoyed your birthday celebrations 🙂

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