Project 313 – Post No. 272

A few days ago (from when I’m writing this — ten days before you’re reading this) I had quite the scare. Something too horrible to even contemplate *almost* happened . . . even now, as I think about it, I break out in a cold sweat and feel almost physically sick. 

You see, I had accidentally skipped a day in the numbering and scheduling of these posts. Meaning, I had a post scheduled for December 30th and the next number in the numerical sequence would post on the 1st of January. Yup . . . I almost missed a day. All this effort, all the sweat, and tears, all the sacrifices I made . . . all of it would have been for naught!

Why . . . the whole project could have been ruined and rendered void and worthless (I mean, more worthless than it already is). Luckily, I have what some people call OCD but I call being aware and constantly thinking. You see, I knew that in January, the last digit of the post number should be two more than the last digit of the date. For instance, this post is Number 272 (2) and it goes live on January 10 (0). I knew that because all of last month the separation in last digits was one. 

I credit the almost tragedy to the incredible pressure I’m under and because we’re traveling and because we are sick and because — contrary to what the world believes — I occasionally make mistakes. 

Luckily, the tragedy was averted with only a few hours to spare before December 31st came into being. I had to rename all of the scheduled posts and I now have a small spreadsheet that tracks dates and the corresponding post numbers. 

Anyway, in celebration, I want to link THIS post . . . 

And now, the photo:

Project 313 272

I cannot lie . . . well, I can, but not in this instance. I like the combination of slight green tints as a backdrop to a black-and-white rendering of the pepper mill. 

I seldom get letters addressed to “occupant” . . . but, when I do, I treat them with the same reverence I treat all of the mail I receive. Someone (or some automated machine) went to the trouble of sending me something, the post office went to the trouble of ensuring it gets to me, and I see it as my obligation to complete the process by looking at what exactly was delivered . . . before I shred it. 

. . . honest, I would love to know Willy and Ethel and have them as friends. The entertainment value would as incalculable as the value of the wisdom they could impart, not to mention all the life lessons that would be thrown in for free. 

If not the last one, surely there’s value in . . . Diluted Purple, Orange, and Magenta Paint Drying.

Diluted Purple, Orange, and Magenta Paint Drying

And . . . that’s it

Some of these posts will likely be longer as the mood hits me, but most will be thus; short, uninteresting, bland, and relentless.

You can read about Project 313 HERE.

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.


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20 Responses to Project 313 – Post No. 272

  1. A close shave indeed. You could have posted retrospectively but that would probably have been cheating!


    • disperser says:

      No probably about it . . . It would have been lying. Plus, once you post something, you can change the post title, but it won’t change the name on the link. Everyone would still know.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Seyi Sandra says:

    I have OCD too so I get it. But you survived it, your post is live!😀👌


    • disperser says:

      Yes . . . But I still have nightmares about it.

      Thank for the comment.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Seyi Sandra says:

        You’re welcome.


        • disperser says:

          By the way, hadn’t been at your blog for a while (you don’t post very often so I only read it once in a while). The thing is, I tried to subscribe and it says my e-mail is not valid. Not a big deal, but it’s a bit strange.

          Liked by 1 person

        • Seyi Sandra says:

          Yeah you’re right, I don’t post often. I work full time and manage a business as well, but I’ll update my site as often as I can this year. At least once or twice a month.
          WP could be funny at times, I’m following your site already. You could try again.


        • disperser says:

          It could be the connection I’m on. And no worries about more frequent postings; work and business comes first.

          Liked by 1 person

      • disperser says:

        I should clarify . . . I’m not diagnosed with OCD . . . but I have mildly similar behavioral tendencies. Of course, I view them as a positive whereas actual OCD can be — and often is — debilitating.

        Perhaps a better (more accurate) descriptive would be that’s I’m Anal Retentive. I mean, if something is out of place or “not right” it certainly nags at me. Not sure it rises to the level of compulsion. Plus, I often actively and consciously go against the grain, so to speak, because I don’t like being a slave to uncontrollable emotions.

        Anyway, just wanted to throw that out there.


  3. mvschulze says:

    Thank you for avoiding the Dec 31 disaster. It seems you almost negated that date. If that had happened my son may have simply vanished from existence’ as his birthday was and thankfully still is December 31st. Hope you and Melinda’’s cruise is going, or has gone….well. M:-)


  4. OHMYGOSH! While reading the first paragraph I got scared! :o All kinds of bad things were running through my mind. :-(
    Fortunately, I kept reading. Glad THAT is ALL that almost happened! But, I’m still a bit shaken. You see, you want to post all of the Project 313 posts and I want to be able to say I read and commented all of the Project 313 posts! :-D
    PHOTO: That is the handsomest pepper mill, and coolest pepper mill background, I’ve ever seen!
    CARTOON: HA! A new way to look at occupant mail! But, I must say…I do love shredding junk mail!!! Yes, if I could watch Willy and Ethel I wouldn’t need a TV. HA!
    DOODLE: There IS value in those colors and they look splendid together! I do enjoy diluted or muted colors.
    HUGS!!! to all and to all a “good night”!


    • disperser says:

      Sorry for the scare . . . the post was meant to be much more a humor post and much less a horror story.

      As for commenting on every post, you are well on your way and not much longer to go.

      As for the pepper mill and background, I was pleased with the contrast between the object and the surroundings.

      Awesome entertainment, they would be.

      Thanks, and good night.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. AnnMarie says:

    I really like the muted tones of your photo and doodle . . . very soft and inviting.

    Glad you averted the “almost disaster” . . .


  6. Eddy Winko says:

    I cant decide if its better to be a slave to emotions or a calendar, or even colander, but the last one is down to religion so best not bring that up.


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