wings and things

The Land of Blah

on March 13, 2014

For several days now I have been in and out of the Land of Blah – you know, that place where, even when you stub your toe badly, you can’t be bothered saying ‘ouch’. It’s a funny sort of place, this Land of Blah, but not in a way that makes anyone smile; smiling is kind of frowned on here because it depletes energy and you need energy to get out of the Land of Blah.

I never choose to visit the Land of Blah but sometimes I accidentally wake up there (nightmares can do this), or else I am sitting with Anthony in his room in the nursing home and I am transported into the surreality of his confusion so much so that his blank expression becomes mine.

Sometimes I meet people I know in the Land of Blah and it shocks me. ‘What are you doing here?’ I feel like asking them but of course I don’t because it is a place of such silent mystery and private misery – a paradoxical place of in-between.

I don’t like it in the Land of Blah so I usually manage to clamber out and up into my normal life. And this is what I see: a beautiful peacock family.







Robyn's photo

And the Land of Blah once again recedes into its own grey nothingness.

68 responses to “The Land of Blah

  1. shoreacres says:

    A wonderful clutch of photos. I thought I liked mama and babies best, until I got to the end. Beautiful!

  2. I love that last photo – it is wonderful! The Land of Blah doesn’t sound like much fun – I hope you don’t visit it too often.

  3. Sorry you’ve been on this journey from home, Julie, but delighted that your beautiful birds have pulled you back….

  4. I visit the Land of Blah on occasion too–but never on purpose–sometimes we are transported there to a place of no feeling and not caring–think of it as a place of rest for a while–a place we need because the world is too darn confusing and complicated

  5. I too love that last picture especially, and I know how nature can transfix us and we temporarily do clamor out of that ‘blah’. I would suppose that you are surrounded right now by situations that take you to that place. Ongoing things like seeing Ants as he is when he’s confused etc. It’s got to tug at your spirit.. and the pending situation with Ming… ‘the somewhat unknown’ facing you and he.

    Don’t forget the ‘me’ factor. Somehow take some time to do something for you… Most of all don’t forget how many wish you well and out of your ‘blahness’… take care Diane

  6. So glad you managed to clamber out of the land of blah. Love your pictures.

  7. bulldog says:

    love the photos… is the land of blah worth visiting? Should I take my camera? what can I expect to see there except for Julie?… sterkte…

  8. Terry says:

    This has been my biggest challenge since Al has become bed bound. Trying to stay separated from his illness and living life. It has been very difficult. I can slip into Al’s feelings and frustrations without even realizing. I can become semi-depressed at times. Panic attacks have come back after twenty years. I need his illness to be over as bad as he wants to die. I need to go back to the living. I will have my chance to die one day but I don’t want to die twice. Hugs

  9. lensgirl53 says:

    Julie, The Land of Blah is like you say, a place no one wants to visit but yet, we visit there against our will sometimes. The pictures of your birds reminds me of one of my favorite Bible verses where Jesus is speaking. I hope it lifts your spirits and gets you out of that Land of Blah. xo.dale

    Matthew 6:25-34
    [ Do Not Worry ] β€œTherefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? NIV

  10. I do believe I have visited that area myself, not a fun place at all. I pray the beauty of the nature you live in will not let you visit to often. You are loved my friend.

  11. Vicki (from Victoria A Photography) says:

    That last photo is just priceless.
    I always feel a thrill when I catch birds ‘kissing’ and ‘cuddling’.

  12. I am so glad that Gutsy-9, Queenie and her babies are there to bring you back away from the land of blah. It’s not that it’s a necessarily bad place to visit, but the dangers of staying there are real and no one wants that so that is why I am so glad that you are away from there. Hooray for the peacocks!! hugs Jules and kisses

  13. Colline says:

    It is good you have scenes like this to help you leave the Land of Blah. I don’t like visiting that land either – never makes you feel good.
    Love your photos of the peacocks.

  14. susanpoozan says:

    Glad the peacock family helped.

  15. Love your bird photos.

  16. Gorgeous peacock family, Julie. They would lift anyone’s spirits. πŸ™‚ xx

  17. tersiaburger says:

    Hugs and love my friend

  18. they are so beautiful and bright! i think we get the same thing from our cats. i admire you ability to drag yourself from the land of blah to join the land of a-z:) sending big warm hugs my friend

  19. ksbeth says:

    goodbye to blah and hello to color )

  20. tootlepedal says:

    Peacocks 2 Blah 0 – long may that continue in the great game of life.

  21. The peacock’s will do it. Thank goodness!

  22. I have been in the land of blah lately too (more about that later). I am inspired by your capacity to pull yourself back to normal life which still holds joys and pleasures.

  23. Tammy says:

    nothing blah about those pretties! I’m glad you have them.

  24. mrs fringe says:

    I’m glad you’ve made your way out of the Land of Blah–with peacock help, of course πŸ˜‰ I’ve been vacationing there myself, city pigeons do nothing to end my trip πŸ˜€

  25. Judith Post says:

    Glad you found a ticket out of Blah. The longer you stay there, the harder it is to leave. And who can resist peacocks?

  26. FlaHam says:

    Julie, My sweet friend I have been there myself, and I actually believe we pasted liked ships in the night, not sharing, but caring. The Land of Blah does drag you in, and we do fight our way out. For me sometimes all it takes is to see peacocks kissing. That cause the frown to go away and perks me up. Thank you for the great photo’s especially that last one. Taje care, Bill

  27. Oh how I hate the land of Blah

  28. Lynda says:

    I’m sorry you’ve been struggling there, Julie. How wonderful to have your birds to lift your spirits. And,Oh my, those little babies have really grown!

    I seem to find myself there in winter. Spring is coming and then I’ll be in the cure til next winter.

  29. Yes I know that land…but such beauty just outside your door πŸ™‚

  30. Yes. The land of blah! Funny how the land of blah is never our intended destination, yet we manage to get there more frequently than we would like!

  31. janeslog says:

    Love the blue and green peacocks together – Rangers blue and Celtic green.

  32. An insightful description of that dull place. I vaguely recall a chapter about a place like that in the children’s book The Phantom Tollbooth.

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