Another Mudgeoly Monday – Nice Haps To Herb

Herb’s Blog, Herbdate 22424 – 846:

Here’s the haps:

This spot used to be called Curmudgeonly Monday but I kept on finding things to be happy about and thankful for. The inappropriately named Dumbest Blogger over at the erroneously named Dumbest Blog Ever suggested that when I feel like this I should just call it Mudgeonly Monday and the name stuck with me.

Make new friends
But keep the old
One is silver
And the other is gold
A circle’s round
It has no end
That’s how long
I want to be your friend

I have been too busy to write much lately but I do want to get a post out since it’s been a week. There are many people who visit this blog who are consistently kind and friendly. It amazes me to think about the intelligence and creativity represented in the followers here. You guys are the best. Some of you have been around since the beginning but many of you have come along since I joined the Word Press community.

When I was just starting out in the olden times I made some online friends in the community that used to host this blog, Blogdrive. Their service didn’t meet my ideals and I wanted to host my own website and putz with HTML and CSS and if it blew up it was because of something I did along the way.

One of the many nice people I met along the way was LauraBelle. She doesn’t have a current blog that I’m aware of. The only one I know of is ~ Simply Laurabelle ~ but she hasn’t posted on there since 2014. I believe she joined Facebook around that time and left off blogging. My wife and I left Facebook and most other Social Media platforms and have never regretted it. Anyway, LauraBelle stopped in and left me a note in the comments the other day. I was just so tickled. She made this picture of me as John Wayne:

Herb as John Wayne

Another nice thing that happened this week was when I visited A. J. McGregor and discovered a poem that was dedicated to me! (You may remember [or even have started following her] that I wrote about her blog on one of my “Award Winning Wednesday” posts called Award Winning Wednesday – A. J. McGregor At The Lonely Meatball.) Anyway, I visit her blog every time I go out visiting, which is pretty frequently, and was tickled to come across a poem called I Want To Be a Cowboy. I was touched and rendered speechless when I read that it was inspired by me and one of my posts! Wow! The post of mine that I think it was was a story I wrote called “Curly.” I hate bullies and that story was an expression of it. I found her book on and really enjoyed it. I will review it when I can take the time to do it justice, but it’s really neat. If you already follow her blog then you have a good idea of the treat you’re in for.

I’m trying to think of all the nice little things that have happened since my last post but you know, life is good. Oh, there are hard times, awful times, but I think a lot of life is in how you look at things. There are a lot of times that attitude can make or break a situation and I have been trying to change mine to one of finding good in people and things. Of course with these kinds of friends and with highly intelligent readers like yourself, it’s a lot easier.

And finally, have you ever wondered, why is “abbreviated” is such a long word?


  1. Thanks for your kind words Herb! I am still on Facebook, primarily due to many family members and other longtime friends are there making it simpler to keep up with them. I do still pop in over at to see how she’s fairing and am currently in near daily contact with Friday’s Child on Facebook. I even had the pleasure of meeting up with her for a few days while the hubs & I stayed at an RV park there in Michigan.

    We still full time RV, 8-years now. Hard to believe that it’s been over 7-years since I last posted on Simply LauraBelle! God has truly blessed us in our nomadic lifestyle. It allows for us to visit with 5 of the 6 kids (and soon to be 18 grandchildren!) and old friends & new we’ve made along the way. Maybe I should rethink about posting now & again on that dusty ‘ol blog! I’m most pleased to reconnect & look forward to keeping track of you again! Blessings!

    • I visit Abby’s blog but I don’t always comment. She was one of the first people I met on Blogdrive and I was sure she was a professional writer or published author. The RV lifestyle sounds awesome. We are blessed that all of the grandkids are nearby and we get to see them frequently.

    • I love the picture of Herb, LauraBelle, and I’m so happy you’ll be following me. I only post once a week, for the most part, so I don’t take much time. 😊

  2. Love the John Wayne photo! Although social media can be toxic, the internet really is a wonderful way to connect with people.

  3. You wouldn’t find it so strange if you knew it was short for superhippomyxyzreallylongwordabbreviated. So you can see why it’s shortened most of the time.

  4. Thank you for your kind words, Herb, and for inspiring LauraBelle to follow my blog. 😊 You’ve once again made my day. I think attitude is 90% of any battle. However, it’s hard to remember at times.

  5. Enjoyed reading. I appreciate you, your blogs and reading your inspiring responses on my blogs. Have a wonderful day/night and remain safe.

  6. Wow, love the limerick you wrote–hope it is called limerick– and the John Wayne picture. You look like a more gentle and equally handsome John Wayne indeed.

    • It’s not really a limerick because it doesn’t have the correct number of lines and syllables. It’s an old nursery rhyme as far as I know. My girls learned it in Girl Scouts a very long time ago, now, lol.

  7. I guess we can’t be jaded and cynical all the time, although me and Dumb best blogger seem yet to try that one. 😀

    By the way, I’m still stuck on why ‘palindrome’ is not a palindrome.

  8. It is always so pleasant coming here. You are appreciated for that.

    Good point about abbreviated. But my question is what do you call them when you have more than one bbreviated?

  9. You do not need to re-fashion yourself as John Wayne… you are great just the way you are. But it is an interesting post.

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