Sunday, April 15, 2012


I'm sorry, friends, that I won't be posting more bits in the A - Z Challenge.

I have a new job, and, sadly, life is intruding on my blogging.

Which is why I'm missing.

I'll drop by and visit as I can.

Blessings and Bear hugs!


That gentleman's lady said...

Bear hugs back. New things often mean a time of being MIA. Hope you're having fun though :)

Unknown said...

A bear's got to do what a bear's got to do. See you soon.

ReformingGeek said...

Hugs to you, too. Good Luck!

The Broad said...

Big bear hugs to you and big best wishes, too!

Diana said...

Thanks for letting us know Bear. It's so much better than just disappearing!
Sometimes life takes precedence over blogging!! Good luck to you!
Love Di ♥

Helen said...

Grrrrrr (missing you growl.)

About Last Weekend said...

A new job? Well that is great and good luck with that - looking forward to hearing all about it!

Rubye Jack said...

Jobs are better than blogging, as is life.

Chatty Crone said...

We will miss you. samdie

Irene said...

When real life calls you, real life wins out and rightly so. Good luck!

Nicole said...

Congrats on your new job! May it bring you joy and fulfillment as well as anything else you seek from this new position. You made it to half-time you were at least in the game that long :)

As all of us remaining players stay out on the A to Z field, we will keep this thing rolling. M for M.I.A. is a fitting choice, so it all works out well.


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DL Hammons said...

Dang life!!! :)

susan said...

Best wishes in all your endeavors. You will be missed but not missing anything that can't wait.

Just Two Chicks said...

Oh, this is a good thing, right?!?!?! Good luck, and don't tire yourself out over much :)

Retired Knitter said...

Last year my A to Z competition was interrupted by my mom's hospitalization. I set everything aside. I did eventually finish in May. You might consider that - or not.

A new job! That is good news. Congrads!

farawayeyes said...

Sorry I just got to you today, but good luck in the new job. A to Z has been fun, but it seems a little too much like a job to me lately. Nice to meet you, sorta.

Lydia said...

What is Bear doing getting a new job? What is Bear doing in that new job? New things are good things, usually, and I hope this will be that for you. Don't say missing too long....once you adjust to your new job, come back out into the meadow and see us!

kj said...

What is the job, bear? I want to know details! Will you like it? Are you glad? Do you make things? Or manufacture numbers? Do you have to dress up?


You won't forget me, will you ?


Rob-bear said...

Oh, dear! Where to begin?

My life has been, um, well, "interesting" this week — and it's ONLY Tuesday.

I'll start at the beginning. And that is by saying "Thank you" for your many kind thoughts.

As for what comes next. I'll try to reply to all of you, but the hour is late and I am tired. what I don't do tonight, I'll do tomorrow. Or the next day.

Rob-bear said...

® That gentleman's lady: Oh, I enjoy lots of hugs. Thank you so much. As for having fun, that depends on how you define "fun." But I'm certainly not bored.

® Jacqueline: A nice walk around Brock's monument and that Niagara battlefield would make a delightful outing about now. Fresh air, exercise, and history; can't beat that.
I've always preferred small congregations to large ones. But this is the third time I have served this larger, downtown congregation, and each time it is a different place. If that makes sense.

® ReformingGeek: Thanks for the good wishes. I think I need all the help I can get is this undertaking, Reffie. And, no, I don't need an Oreo cat.
I may end up sharing some of my adventures. Make that, ah, hmmm, misadventures.

® The Broad: Thanks for the Bear hugs, from whichever side of the pond you are residing.

Rob-bear said...

® Diana: Thanks. We've got a wonderful church secretary/administrator here. Otherwise, I might come down there, kidnap you, and put you to work here in Canada. Well, maybe not. But still. . . .

® Helen: Grrrrrr to you too. That's the trouble with working too much; I miss my friends in the blogsphere. People like you.

® About Last Weekend: I'm now pastor of a large downtown church in River City. It's the third time I've served this congregation. Every time I come here, it's a different place.

® Rubye Jack: Work is different from blogging. But it's important to keep a well-roounded life experience.

Rob-bear said...

® Chatty Crone: There are lots of not-quite-so-old women who are doing wonderful things in our congregation. I think of you. Often.

® Irene: Real life wins out, but (some days) I could do with a little less reality.

® NIcole: Thank you for coming and visiting the Bear's "Chrome" blog. I had not expected returning to work, but the congregation is facing a challenge and people wanted me here, so I did not say "No."

Rob-bear said...

® DL Hammns: Life happens in between the plans we make. Or something like that.

® susan: Things seem to be going well. I see lots of corvids around here, and think of you often.

® Just Two Chicks: Um, yes, this is "a good thing," from a number of perspectives. Great, old church; the kind of place where lots of couples want to get married. Busy time in the spring.

Rob-bear said...

® Retired Knitter: Sorry to hear of your mom's hospitalization last year. I did the same thing as you last year — finished in May. That May happen this year, too.
So, have you retired from knitting, or retired so you can do more knitting?
Thanks so much for coming by to visit the Bear!

® farawayeyws: Thank you, too, for wandering all the way over the the Bear's blog.
I can related to blogging seeming like a job. And I cannot do two jobs at one time. That's too much like work.
Hope you'll come by again.

Rob-bear said...

® Lydia: Yes, new job. Church Bear, in a place where we don't have church Mice. (At least none that we know about.) But we have Bats in our belfry. Literally. Does that mean we're a bit batty? I'll ignore the question.
I'm Bearing up and will be back. Hopefully sooner than later.

® kj: So many questions to answer. Let me see.
I have usually liked being a pastor. There are times, however, when people try the patience of a saint, let alone a Bear. Don't confuse those two (saint and Bear).
Make thing? Manufacture numbers? I don't know how to answer those. Leading worship, visiting people, going to meetings, presiding at weddings, involved in grave undertaking (funerals). Am I close to giving you an answer?
Dress up? Last Sunday: black trousers, lavender shirt, black-white-lavender tie, grey vest with pocket watch. A woman friend in the congregation said something about my "sartorial splendour." Is it OK to do that (whatever it is) in Church?
And, no, I won't forget you, whatever your name is — the woman who looks after emily rabbit.

Posie said...

Bear hugs to you too and good luck with the new job, I find life intrudes on my blogging, but I do love to visit when I can, all the best and look forward to hearing more from you soon.

Lins' lleisio said...

Life does get in the way of blogging. Let it. Something has to give... Bear hugs back, and lots of them. x

That Janie Girl said...

Have fun blessing people! And blessings to you, friend!

About Last Weekend said...

Just a quick not to say thanks for stopping by and hope your new job is going well!

About Last Weekend said...

"Quick note" I meant, not "not" Oh dear, its 90 degrees out and my brain is frying

Inger said...

As long as your blog is still here, it's OK. All the best with the new job.

Survivormama said...

A bear has got to do what he has to do and we will still be here, silly Rob-bear...blessings my dear friend!

Amanda Summer said...

i've been away from blogging but can see you've been artfully engaged in the a-z challenge - now i have a lot to catch up on.

i will look forward to hearing about your new job.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Blessings to you, M. Bear, and may you bring happiness and peace to many... sending you big bear hugs!


cheshire wife said...

A new job Rob!!?? I thought that you were retired. Don't work too hard and undo all the good that retirement has done for you.

Anita said...

A few things keep intruding on my blogging, too; like my husband, children, cooking, errands, my dog, taking a shower, etc. lol

Best wishes with your new job.

Rob-bear said...

® posie: Yeah; life does interfere with blogging. But, like you, I'm not gone so much as a bit errant. Yeah, that's it. Errant.

® Lins' lleisio: Well, interfere or not, I don't want to forget my friends. So a quick visit at the end of the day might be about it, llindsay.

® That Janie Girl: Seems you've been pretty busy of late. Take care of you and The Man You Love.

® About Last Weekend: Your spelling of note is not a problem. Just glad you've come for a visit. More form here, later.

® Inger: With my luck, I'll be dead and gone, and my blog will linger on. Indefinitely.

® Shannon King: I'm Bear-ing up just fine. More about the "job" in due course. I tend to think of ministry as more a matter of lifestyle than employment. Whatever.

® amanda: I'm trying to keep up with your posts, even though it's all Greek to me. Which isn't bad, since I spent four years studying the language, and more studying the history and mythology.
"Artfully engaged in the a-z challenge." How delightfully expressive — so like you.

® Genie: All blessings and Bear hugs gratefully received. I can take all the help I can get. A la prochaine.

® cheshire wife: Yup, back to being minister of the congregation, while our minister is on leave. Hope he is well soon, and back among us.
I'm sitting now about 25 paces from where I usually sit on Sunday morning. But I'm facing the opposite direction. And I sometimes stand and talk while others listen. Not so terribly different from blogging; talking and listening.

® Anita: Isn't tin interesting how many intrusions life has when you want to blog. Oh, well; eventually we sort-of catch up.