What’s bugging you?


Mostly nothing is bugging me these days.

Which is a good thing, isn’t it?

However, there is one little thing which remains unsettled.

I’m experiencing a Blog Revolution.  (That’s what happens when part of yourself tries to throw over the established blog regime.)

There is a part of me–and it’s getting louder every day–that just wants to publish photos.  That’s it.  Here’s your photos, readers, and we’ll see you tomorrow with some more photos!   It wants to publish photos–only photos, mind you–until December 31st.

The creative part disagrees. It wants spontaneity.  It wants to tell stories if it feels like it wants to tell a story.  It refuses another commitment.  It will not allow that renegade would-be photographer to overthrow the blog. 

So there you have it.  That’s the creative tension which is bugging me.  (Hey!  Whoever made up the phrase “bugging” you?  Who maligned bugs?  Poor insects.  We should ban that phrase, shouldn’t we?)

Just wanted to let you know that I will probably be allowing more space for that photography rebel to post–without a lot of words and stories–more often. 

Unless the creative side overthrows the photography rebel.

Trying to maintain peace in the kingdom, folks. 

I’m sure it will all work out.  Each viewpoint can give a little.  It doesn’t have to be an either/or situation.  I can post photographs only when I feel like it…and stories when they scramble to the forefront.

What situations are you trying to resolve in your life? What’s bugging you?

Wow, that's some bug! (Love its red color, don't you?)

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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36 Responses to What’s bugging you?

  1. Elisa's Spot says:

    I solved this issue type/image, by creating a seperate photo blog. (which no one visits OR I was too creative about how I listed it and people think it’s a blog roll OR they dont’ care lol)

    I’m considering moving it all back into one, and using the seperate Names in the headings and then a — and the title I want.

    Can be hard to respect creepy crawlie wriggly buggers! (i may have just sworn, if offended avert yer eyes, pretend not to see)

    • Kathy says:

      Elisa, I didn’t know you had a photography blog!! Yes, all these separate blogs get crazy sometimes. Yet it’s challenging sometimes to put widely-different interests in one blog. What’s a blogger to do? 🙂

  2. jeffstroud says:

    What is “bugging” me is my own reluctance to write my blog!!! It is buggin the heck out of me…

    Hey what are you doing with those bugs in your house?

    So I am having creative writers, artist block… Hmm???

    I think what ever you decide will work for you as you move along. I think the writer in you will always shine as the photographer you begins to experience new ideas and thoughts to create with photographs, or not!

    I am Love, Jeff

    • Kathy says:

      Sorry to hear you’re bugged about not being able to write a blog, Jeff. I always wonder if those are artist’s blocks or artist’s pauses. I suppose only the artist knows for sure if they’re blocked or just resting!

      You know, that bug was nowhere near my house. Remember when I photographed my friend Catherine last month about 40 miles away? Well that bug revealed its black-and-red self that day. I have been admiring his (her?) photo in the folder for a month now. Had to show you all his majestic self.

  3. Marianne says:

    What’s bugging me? Hmmm…. it would have to be the fact that I tend to be very disorganized with my stuff. I’m in the middle of trying to organize my files (I collect information), my financial information, my books, my trinkets, my special momentos, etc. etc. etc. Everything looks cluttered and that bugs me. Finding places for things is not easy for me. And trying to do this job of organizing when I’ve got myself into so many projects and programs is, well, slowing me down. But, in keeping with my 100 day blog gratitude journal, I must say that I’m grateful to be here to do it.

    • Kathy says:

      Marianne, if you collect information it must indeed be challenging to keep it in order. I find that artistic types often have a lot of clutter because they want their supplies/ideas handy when needed. I love your 100 day blog gratitude journal! Going over there immediately to get a daily dose of gratitude!

  4. Karma says:

    Hee, hee – photography rebel! I wonder if it would take another Canon owner (like me) to notice your cute play on words there.

    No, we shouldn’t ban the use of “bugging me” – mosquitoes, gnats, flies… they must be the reason we have this terminology.

    Oh, Kathy, can’t even go into what’s bugging me these days! Mostly work stuff. I’m happy most days to be able to “leave work at work” though.

    It is your blog of course, so you do what you want with it – but as much as I love photography, I would miss your special prose if it wasn’t a regular part of your blog. 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Karma, you’re not going to believe it! Even I didn’t get the cute play on words!! Laughing hysterically…what a good one! Thank you for pointing it out.

      I’m thinking the words would upstage that Rebel if it insisted upon supremacy, lol!

  5. Susan D says:

    Oh, I like your bug photos. For the most part, I like bugs, just not the itching some cause. I even like that you’re bugged – deciding between photos and words. Been my experience that when you’re bugged, good results happen … so I know we will not be disappointed in what manifests here….

    I’m not really bugged right now as much as slightly confused (but that is a normal state for me). I am experiencing some of the most frequent and stunning blessings these days! I’m in a state of awe and wonder. It’s real. So I know that more is on the way in the form of allowing me to remain self-supporting through my own contributions …

    Thanks for a timely topic, as always … whether through words, photos, or both ….

    • Kathy says:

      You LIKE that I’m bugged?? What kind of friend are you?? LOL! Just kiddin’…yes, it’s always interesting when creative tension comes to the forefront. It’s more interesting when it resolves instead of sticking around for six months or a lifetime.

      Did you think “bugged” is more potent than slightly confused? (shhh…wanna know a secret? I really was only slightly confused about this issue. But I had bug photographs. Thus…decided to use the “bug” phrase.)

  6. Kathy – I love the “wrestling match” you’re having because either way, us readers will win!

    • Kathy says:

      It’s interesting to witness wrestling matches, Laurie! Much better than being in the ring getting beat up… I like it better this way. 🙂

  7. Colleen says:

    Oh, oh!! I love photos but will freely admit that I love words even more. Yours in particular. That being said, I also know that whatever creative path calls to you will be exactly the right one for you and for all of us….your faithful readers and friends. You go girl…..but please forgive me if I have a little whine once in a while 🙂

    What’s bugging me? Well, mostly small/ish bugs. The trees in front of our place have grown so large this year that they’ve pretty much closed out the view of the hills and mountain. Lovely trees but my eyes miss the view, the wide and open view! On the other hand, we’ve had lots of new birds spending time right outside our window. And I’ve been feeling a niggling, behing-the-scenes sense of restlessness. Hmmmm… maybe not so small after all.

    • Kathy says:

      Oh! hug, hug, hug! The word-lover leaped off its chair and hugged you. The photography wanna-be is sniffing. (I’ve always leaned toward words too, the delicious fruit of words!)

      Heck, I never know what is going to happen in five minutes, let alone next Monday.

      Oh, you want to talk about restlessness? I’ve spent lifetimes trying to come to terms with that particular Bug. Lately, not so much. But it’s a challenging scenario. Wish I could walk with you for a morning in that wide open view.

  8. P.j. grath says:

    Hi, Kathy. “All bugs are insects, but not all insects are bugs.” I memorized that little classification fact back in high school, and like Roman numerals (memorized in junior high) it has stayed with me. Your insect looks like a true bug, specifically a box elder bug (Boisea trivittata). Do you have box elder trees?
    looks like your bug.

    A good general site is
    covers true bugs and gives hints for distinguishing bugs from beetles (both of which are, of course, insects).

    Now, about photographs vs. words + photographs. As you know, I finally started a second blog just for photographs, and it’s been a good solution for me. But who’s to say what MUST be on your blog? It’s YOURS! Ah, but you are being pulled in two different directions right now. Well, go one way or the other or take two different roads, and we will follow you, wherever you go. Bon voyage!

    • Kathy says:

      Good morning, Pamela. You are right. It IS a bug. I am so happy to see that someone identified it. (Suspected someone would!)
      Bugs AND insects are both fascinating creatures.

      It’s interesting to watch the different pulls that come through us. Will we start a new blog? What will we do with our current one? It seems like the waves of change are often lapping near the surface. (Don’t know about that metaphor!)

      Maybe by tomorrow the two different directions will merge into a definitive answer. For now, it’s enough to articulate the creative tension.

  9. Val Erde says:

    Far far too much is bugging me at the moment for me to write anything about it!! (I’m keeping it to my paper diary). But… I know how you feel. Some days the photo-fairy wants to be let out and some days the text-fairy wants her way. Right now I’m off to let the sleep-fairy give me some peace’n’quiet!

    • Kathy says:

      Val, I’m sorry so much is bugging you these days. Sometimes a paper diary proves the best release. I am glad you have a photo-fairy AND a text-fairy. Hope you had some good zzzzz’s.

  10. What’s bugging me is how there are some in this world that are totally aloof to what is really happening or when some has been expected to do something a very long time and when you question them about it, they suddenly have amnesia and say ask someone else I am too busy…..

    Friends who say they are your friends, however don’t take the time to expand the adventure of friendship and companionship.

    • Kathy says:

      That is hard, Kim. It’s hard when people seem to hint at more friendship, but really don’t give in the end. It’s hard to let go of expectations. Ahhh…it’s hard. Hoping that everything turns around for you.

  11. John says:

    Your pictures speak as elegantly as your words. We all enjoy wandering through your thoughts … be they words or pictures.

    What’s bugging me? Where I am being pulled. I’d rather be seeing Lake Superior while I’m working, than Lake Michigan.

    • Kathy says:

      John, Lake Superior was very embroiled today. Very whipped up. The wind blew frantically across its depths. Perhaps it’s tamer on Lake Michigan today. I wish you could be here, too.

  12. Cindy Lou says:

    It’s a box elder bug – we had thousands of them living indoors and out in Montana! Didn’t know we had them up here?!? Your new Rebel surely does take great close-ups!

    Hmmmm….what’s bugging me? Not much really…all is fairly copacetic in my little world. (always wanted to use that word 🙂 ) I love your words and your images and appreciate whatever your little heart and multi-faceted mind comes up with!

    • Kathy says:

      Hi Cindy Lou! That box elder bug was taken up in Chassell. More in your “neck of the woods”. I am actually in Calumet right now with Barry. He has to cover a L’Anse Junior High Girls Basketball tournament. I sneaked away to the library. Unfortunately they’re cutting off computers in a few minutes…sigh….

  13. Tammy McLeod says:

    I think you should alternate posts. Do a wordless one and then one that isn’t or just see where the spirit takes you. What is bugging me is how much time I spend on blogs and blogging. I enjoy it but I do need to set some limits.

    • Kathy says:

      Setting limits is important, Tammy, or we would go beserk! There is sometimes way too much to peruse in these on-line worlds. I wish you luck in finding out what sparks your heart. Let the rest of us go.

  14. Robin says:

    That is one cool looking bug. 😀

    As for what’s bugging me, not much really these days. Well, yes, there is one thing. Political ads. The solution to that is to not turn on the television or radio, avoid all news on the internet, and no matter what Don’t answer the phone. The phone is probably the worst of it as we’re getting a lot of calls throughout the day and evening. Since M and I are too cheap to pay for caller ID, we just screen the calls via answering machine. I don’t know when Ohio became so important in the grand scheme of all things political. We might have to become political birds instead of snow birds (flying south — and out of the country maybe! — during the voting season instead of the winter season).

    Didn’t mean to ramble/rant. What I did mean to say/write is here we are again, with another commonality: The struggle between words and pictures. A new camera has a way of bringing that up at times. I’ve worked it out in the same way. Go with the flow. Plus I’ve started using the movie/video feature and slide shows. That helps when I’m having a particularly photo-heavy day.

    • Kathy says:

      Oh Robin! We’ve had a lot of those political calls too. Even though we’re on the Do Not Call List. I simply don’t care what they have to say. Shame on the politcal birds. (smile)

      The struggle between words and pictures…I wonder why it exists when they can co-exist happily. I think it all goes back to our expectations, don’t you? I think too much about what other people will think. If we let that go…then we’re free. Aren’t we? 🙂

  15. Not much bugging me these days either. As to your problem…how about publishing two posts a day. One with just ONE photo and then the other your normal fun-filled, thought provoking story one.

    OR, do what I do. I post one photo a day on flickr. You could add a flickr widget to your blog and, those so interested, will click over to see it. Not to mention contacts and such you will meet on flickr. Watch out…you’ll have another social media outlet to keep up on. 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Scott, I already have three blogs. Sigh. I am about ready to cut out everything except this blog because the majority of me loves Simplicity too much. But your flickr idea is a possibility… will keep pondering. We’ll see where the Blogging Spirit leads next.

  16. Carol says:

    It’s your blog, why can’t you do what feels right for you on that particular day? Why do you have to make choices? Just as your readers can choose whether or not to read and whether or not to comment, why can’t you choose what you post?

    • Kathy says:

      Excellent, Carol! I will tell that to the two separate parts of Mind. I am sure they will cease their internal bickering and simply cooperate. Smile…

  17. barb says:

    You can do both Kathy – you should never stop writing. I’d be bugged if you did. But – I’d like to see your photography, too.

    • Kathy says:

      Laughing, barb! You would be bugged…. You do such a good job on your blog of integrating photos and words. I know I’ll do both. (Just wanted to let the separate sides have their say!)

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