Z = Zip, Zero, Zilch, Zombie, and Zany




Today is the last day of the 2016 A to Z Blogger’s Challenge and I can’t believe I survived!  This month, besides the Challenge, I have been caring for my sick husband, preparing to move, changing addresses, and moving bit by bit.  My life, my books, and my world are upside down.


There is nearly Zip, Zero, and Zilch for me here in the house.  I’m stressed so I must look like a Zombie with non-focused, bug-eyes, yet I still attempt at some form of being Zany.  But, I’m dead to the world… so I give up!


I’m probably so tired that my brain has Zipped off for a vacation, but in the process of driving home from running errands today, I looked in my rear-view mirror and what did I see, but a Zombie in the car behind me.  It appeared to be a Changling as I could not determine if the figure was a man or a woman or even what color skin the zombie had.  The size of the head changed, the face changed, the style of the hair cut changed every time the figure moved.  The head ballooned into a gigantic black figure with a box-cut hair style and black glasses one minute.  I turned my head to look again and the head shrunk to a pea-size.  I never was able to determine what the figure actually looked like.  I SWEAR I’m not on any meds or Pot!



Evidently, I have lost my marbles in the process of writing the A to Z Challenge along with my other activities and duties. The Challenge evidently taxed my brain!

Thank you for stopping by my blog to read and comment.  I was not able to be as social this year in following others’ blogs because of all my various duties, so please forgive me.  However, this year I did focus on one subject… my caregiving.  It honestly has been a tough ride for me, so I DO appreciate your support!!   I SURVIVED!!!  Gwynn







About Gwynn Rogers

After 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the fields of real estate, high tech, and corporate travel, Gwynn has moved on to the career of “Grandma.” When not teaching her granddaughters an extensive vocabulary of “alley-oop-boop, ups-a-daisy, cowabunga or bummer”, Gwynn can be found hunting for mentors for the Kitsap Youth Mentoring Consortium, or chasing her fantasies on her treadmill. Gwynn currently freelances for magazines.
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16 Responses to Z = Zip, Zero, Zilch, Zombie, and Zany

  1. Gwynn, you’re my hero. So much going on in your personal life, and you kept coming back with post after post, one more compelling than the next. I felt I was there with you through so much of what’s been happening, and you taught me a tremendous amount about life. I hope you found time, however minimal, to laugh, smile, roll you eyes. 🙂 Kidding.
    And we MADE IT. Happy to have been part of a Challenge that included you, and many others like you. Hugs.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Heck Silvia, when I grow up I want to be wise like you!! You too dealt with life as your son was sick and hopefully is now better. My son and his wife are about to have their second child, so we have been waiting for THIS announcement too! I am SOOOO glad this is over so that I can start to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

      Hey, remember, I’m an infamous streetwalker… that’s how I kept up with the joy in my life! 😉 I enjoy having you in my life. You are such a delight! Thanks for all your support! Big HUGS to you too! We DID IT!!!

  2. betty says:

    Congrats on making it through the challenge! Having just moved last month and not having to be a caregiver, I do know how stressful a move can be. I had questioned the sanity of doing the A/Z challenge when we were still settling in and dealing with several home improvement projects, but I’m glad I did, otherwise I wouldn’t have found your blog.

    It will come together with the move and soon you’ll feel settled in your new place! Just hang in there!


    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Congratulations on surviving your move. Hopefully, you are settled now. It has been ages since I have been to Arizona, I hope you enjoy the area where you moved. I should look to see if you pictured Sedona. That is so beautiful!

      Like you, I too questioned my sanity of doing the A to Z Challenge. I honestly didn’t know if I would make it OR if we would move in the middle and I’d be without a computer.

      All I can say is I definitely believe in MIRACLES now!! 😉 Thank you for stopping by to visit. It has been lovely chatting with you. I hope you will send me announcements of when you post as I don’t have a Google account.

  3. pat garcia says:

    You have done a wonderful job. Congratulations! You made it through and learned so much about yourself as a writer.

    I’m proud of you, Lady.

    Visiting from the A to Z Blog Challenge.

    Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Pat, what I learn about writing comes from the people I follow, like you, and so many others. I wish I could morph into a visionary… but I’m simply me. You truly inspired me with your series of stories this year. I actually felt like I was the Child! I have much to learn, but I’m so proud of me for surviving and not giving up! Miracles Happen!! 😉 Love and hugs to you my friend!

  4. Susan Scott says:

    Gwynne, you survived and will continue surviving! Well done, in spite of everything you put up posts. I don’t know how you did it! I would be more of a zombie than I am right now had I had all your happenings in my life. You’re a real trouper. How wonderful that you’re about to become a grandmum again – that’ll keep you on your toes. How blessed your children are to have you as Mum and grandma …

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      I’m laughing Susan. I truly don’t know how I survived the Challenge either. However, the last four months have been extremely traumatic… thus the food for thought. Yesterday, I TRULY thought I saw a zombie in the car behind me. See, the stress IS getting to me!

      This month, I truly felt like Pat’s Child… I keep learning along the way. NOW, I want to take a LONG WINTER’S nap… only here Spring is turning to Summer. Let’s see what life throws at me now! Oh yes, Tuesday my new grandson is being convinced to come out of hiding! 😉 YEAAA!!!

  5. So sorry to hear about your husband being sick. I hope things are improving? I moved last year at the end of the A to Z Challenge. I’d prewritten my posts but I didn’t participate in commenting like I should have.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Thanks Stephanie for commenting. My husband definitely improved from his surgery, but something else is going on in his system that causes him to pass out. I hope we can find an answer to solve this problem.

      Yes, I prewrite my posts as they come to me, so that I can keep up with the Challenge. My brain works like a percolating coffee pot… it takes a while for my thoughts to jell.

      I hope you are settled from your move. In a couple more weeks we will be completely in the apartment. It will feel so good to get settled. Congratulations on surviving the A to Z Challenge!

  6. I love the closeup of the blue-eyed dog and his “I need dis” companion. So cute.

    Congratulations, Gwynn! I don’t know how you did it, I truly don’t. You write so well, and you must be a fast writer. Even if you prewrite your posts, as I do, you still manage to keep up. I started well ahead and then nearly fell behind, and then Moriarty thought he’d be helpful and took to publishing my drafts, and I had to retract them.

    You really deserve the A-Z gold medal. Is there one? Well, there should be. Very happy for you and your new circumstances poised to fully begin soon. And, your new grandson poised to arrive. Good things coming your way. 🙂

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Sorry Sam, no Gold Medals… just a Survivor’s Button, that we get to announce that we received. Frankly, I am CLUELESS how I survived as I didn’t expect to. Heck, I wasn’t even sure when the move would take place so I wasn’t even sure I would have a computer all the way through. Miracles Happen.

      Thank you for your kind words and your support. It means a great deal to me.

      Now, hopefully, I will settle into the apartment in a couple of weeks. I am continually BLESSED with Good Things… like our neighbors moving us… hehehe maybe they are actually thankful to see us go! 😉 I will miss them.

      But, as they say, when one door closes another opens! Enjoy the peace and quiet of not having to post every day!! Congratulations on your survival too!! Hugs!

  7. Gulara says:

    I shouldn’t laugh, Gwynn, but that joke about bags under eyes being heavier … is how I feel right now 😀 With the challenge and two kids, I feel on my last leg.
    But we did it! And not only you successfully completed the challenge, but you’ve done so many amazing things along the way. You’ve been a huge support to so many bloggers. Congratulations to making it through!

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      About now, the best thing in the world is to laugh… WE SURVIVED! Now, we can both do a face-plant in bed and SLEEP!! I totally agree with you about feeling as if I’m on my last leg. Yesterday seeing the Zombie Changling must mean I’ve lost my mind too!

      Reading others blogs supports me too. I learn from each of you. You are inspiring and filled with LOVE!! Thanks for all YOUR support. We did it!!! YEAAA!!! Big Hugs to you!

  8. You made it through the challenge, with everything that’s going on! Congratulations on maintaining your “grit” with the grins. Hopefully May will bring a beginning of settling in to your new life. May your husband continue to improve so you can get some much-needed rest.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      May 14th is our big move day!! The auction company basically cleaned out the house. I have 95% of the little stuff moved, so it will only be the furniture left for the neighbors to move. My life “should be” a whole lot simpler, especially once I get the apartment settled. It is like moving back in time to my first apartment.

      Now if only we can solve my husband’s blood pressure issue. Cross your fingers!

      I can NOT believe I survived and made it through the Challenge. My system still can’t believe it either. One less thing on my list… PHEW!!! Thanks for your support and friendship!!!

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