Hellatus Check – Hellatus Ends!!!!
Sixteen short weeks ago Season 4 ended. One week from now Season 5 begins. We made it, Hellatus is over! What an amazing time this has been, so many articles, so many episodes rewatched, so many teasers and rumors and wonderings, so many Cons, so many fics written – I’ve only been reading one, Gaelicspirit’s Desolation Angels. I have the last three chapters printed off and awaiting reading, oh, to find the time. I will though, no worries.
Back at the beginning I had the humble idea that I’d post an article of some length and depth each week…then Alice stated she planned to post something every day – well, six days per week anyway. So, I cranked up the thinking and got typing. Amazingly, each time I thought I was out of ideas something would spark. As Hellatus winds down and I’ve ‘completed’ everything I intended I already have an additional two articles in mind, both likely will come to fruition in short order but I’ll leave them to ‘marinate’ a bit and wait for a quieter time such as – the first hiatus which will ultimately come sometime in November if history is any indicator. So not to fear, there will be aid when that time arises.
I embarked on some series of articles I never envisioned and am thoroughly glad are now done, if for no other reason than I can say, whew, I didn’t quit. Judging by the spirit and energy of the comments, there was more enjoyment than not. Thank you to Alice for hosting this site and improving upon my articles with videos or screen shots, assists with titles and even jotting in her own notes within some articles…it made it more fun for me to read so I enjoyed that. Big thanks goes to everyone who read the articles and especially to those who found time or made time to comment. Thank you very much.
Alice’s goal was to make this a place for people to come to during Hellatus and I think it worked. 
Hellatus has had many ups and downs for me. The weather has been pretty nice in my part of the USA so I’ve had lots of time to ride my bike and enjoy the fresh air as well as keep my AC requirements minimal, always a plus. On a sad note, I said farewell to my beloved canine companion very early in July. He was aging and in pain and as his caretaker it was my responsibility to make the difficult decision and I have no regrets – other than he couldn’t live forever. That knocked me for quite a loop and I can look at some of my writing and know that it affected it, as well as my enjoyment of basically anything.
However, as I write this I am a mere six hours away from picking up my new bundle of fur. He was born the night my beloved RJ died, how appropriate. Now, eight short -- and yet at times long, weeks later he comes home. Munchkin the Mighty has no idea what is coming his way. We’ve developed quite the little companionable routine Munchkin and I, but I have faith that as Munchkin is a sociable little fellow with dogs, he and Jobe will find their way. Munchkin quite liked (perhaps even loved in a feline/canine sort of way) RJ; I think he knew RJ rescued him, picking him out of all the kitties at the Humane Society adoption clinic.
** Editing note, it’s now Thursday 9/3 and Jobe ahs been home almost 16 hours…here are some introductory photos, him in all of his cuteness, and Munchkin and Jobe tentatively saying hello.***

Jobe has no idea but from now on we have a cuddle date every Thursday night from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. – and many other times during the days and weeks.
How else did I pass my Hellatus when I wasn’t writing, riding, crying, working? Well, I found some new TV shows to watch – shocking, but it had to be done, there were many sleepless nights. I found I truly enjoy the Food Network, Chopped, The Next Food Network Star, Iron Chef are very amusing. I also like Cake Boss and Ace of Cakes but for the life of me I can never remember if they’re on the Food Network or TLC, either way what they can do with cake is awesome – darn my gluten intolerance. On the other hand my friend found and bought for me a box of Betty Crocker gluten free cake mix. How’s that for awesome, the fabulous Betty Crocker has gone gluten free, thank you very much!
I’ve also finally discovered Psyche and darn it’s pretty fun. Also, Burn Notice, don’t drag out your pitchforks though, I recognize that Burn Notice conflicts with Supernatural but good news is that USA Network repeats about three times in a week episodes of Burn Notice so I can catch it Saturday mornings – it ain’t all about Bugs Bunny anymore. I’ve also finally (finally) discovered that Gilmore Girls is really a great show. I’m tempted to buy the DVDs or perhaps I can just Netflix them. I’ve never used Netflix (am I even spelling it correctly). Is that something that’s easy to do? I really don’t think I need to own them but it would be kinda neat to watch them all, sort of in order. My, my Jared is so different in Gilmore Girls. So much better in a meatier role such as Sam Winchester but he’s not hard on the eyes…and still so tall!
So one week to go until Supernatural Season 5 begins. My Season 4 DVDs arrived on 9/1, the packaging is compact and simple and I quite like it. They’re in the middle of filming episode 6 as I write this with casting calls already out for episode 7. IMDB has little hints up as to titles and possible cast for the first five episodes; the roll call of writers and directors has familiar names that make me smile. Kripke is hedging his bets on Season 6, firmly planning on finishing his five-season arc this season and if necessary starting a new one. I applaud that, go strong and if given another opportunity, reinvent yourself; of all the shows out there, I believe this one can do it successfully.
I’m looking forward to Supernatural, Criminal Minds and NCIS, both new and old. I’ll enjoy more Burn Notice and Psyche and to be sure I’ll be watching those cake challenges and other culinary exploits, all the while cuddling my new furry little canine friend and my current feline friend. I’ll be sure to slip in little details about both in the upcoming episode reviews I do…sorry, for all who dread my reviews, I’m figuring on doing them. For those who dread them, thanks for clicking anyway, for those who enjoy them, they’re for you – and for me. 
That’s it, that’s my last Hellatus for now…it’s a pure ramble, nothing more but hey, you don’t need much, we’re only 168 hours away, we’ve made it this far, there’s nothing we can’t endure now.
Thanks for reading.