The Ten Stages of Absent Spouse Syndrome

My attempt to organize photos and thoughts from our amazing vacation to Yellowstone,  Grand Tetons, and the Great Basin is taking longer than I thought it would.

So much happened; we had so many random events I want to include –the spectacular technicolor Tetons, seeing wolves from the famous Lamar Valley pack,  Amish campers in Wyoming, fighting with a guy who sold animal hides, and being in the middle of the most extreme weather and intense thunderstorm the tugboat guy and I have ever experienced.

Temps dropped from the mid-eighties to the thirties in less than an hour. Lightening, thunder, wind, torrential rain, hail, sleet, and snow. WOW. And then we hiked in it. All at 10,000 feet. Truly spectacular.

I’m still in shock at being abandoned by my merchant mariner with no warning. You’d think I’d be used to it by now, but it’s never easy…

Absent Spouse Syndrome


13 thoughts on “The Ten Stages of Absent Spouse Syndrome

    • Thank you for visiting my blog. I’m following you now. I think perhaps the like button prob has something to do with your wordpress set up? When I went to your gravatar, there was a 404 error where your link to WP should have been. Or maybe now that I’ve approved your message, it’ll work. Either way, thank you and welcome!
      Hub is trying to contain his excitement at captaining a brand-new-out-of-the-box vessel, a 120ft tug. It must smell as good as a new pair of shoes!


    • Amazing but scary as well, to understand how hunters feel like they have the right to murder beautiful creatures. I really almost got attacked physically in one instance…thank goodness my big guy was there. I’m only 5ft tall, and it was disgusting to have a huge man freak out on me cos of what I said. If they have no respect for me, how could I expect them to care as much as we do about animals? Just one of my many stories LOL. I don’t think I could go back to certain places cos it was too painful and impossible to try to get them to change their minds…it makes me sick to think about it.

      On Sun, Aug 25, 2013 at 10:19 AM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo


  1. I know we’ve spoken about this before. Absense…and yet, being away is still sad. I adore you, kitten. It has been too long. Loves! xoxoxo


  2. I understand that anger that you speak about. Whenever my husband goes away on business – which isn’t nearly as often or as long as Mr. Tugboat Man – I feel all of those same feelings, anger definitely being one. When he gets home, it takes me a while to readjust too. You’d think I’d be happy, and I am, just not right away.


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