Musings and Amusings

Z is for Zou


Z Letter

Typos have a way of working themselves into our family lexicon.

When Hub and I checked into our hotel in Salzburg after our overnight flight from Denver, I dutifully found the guest computer to email my daughter-in-law that we had arrived. Jetlagged, sweaty, and hungry, I grew impatient when signing on because the computer was … so … slow. I zipped off a quick message and went to bed.

What I didn’t realize was a couple of the alpha keys were in different locations on the keyboard in Austria, and I had typed a z instead of a y throughout the email, ending with “I love zou“.

When I checked a couple days later, I had a message from her: “I love zou, too.”




That’s all, folks!” she said cheerfully and promptly broke into tears of sadness and relief.




I cannot thank each of you enough for your enthusiastic support and steadfast companionship during our A to Z Challenge. I will miss the energy and immediacy of your constant presence, but our friendships have been forged in sweat, laughter, learning and admiration. I am grateful for your gifts.

I love zou!

Sammy D.


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Comments on: "Z is for Zou" (54)

  1. Hi Sammy D! I wanted to let you know that I have nominated “zou” for the Liebster Award. It has been such a pleasure following your A to Z, and I look forward to your future posts.

    For more info, you can go to my blog and find more information on the post entitled Liebster Award!

    Even if you don’t accept the award, I still think you and your writing are amazing. 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Halley! Congratulations for being nominated for the award yourself:-) I am delighted that you thought of me, and even more, that we connected during A to Z. I am an award-free blog, but i will definitely take a look at your post today as well as the other bloggers you nominated. Looking forward to more fun in the future! Fondly, Sammy

  2. Congratulations on completing the challenge! It’s been a joy reading your posts and I’ll continue reading 😉 Love zou too! lol x

    • Awww thank you, Lainey. You are one of my favorites for inspiration – bravery and creative pursuits. I’m so happy we “see” each other so often.

      • Thank you so much 😉 I’ll be keeping an active eye out for your future posts, it’s lovely having you as a friend 😉

  3. Well done Sammy – another smile raised here – again! It’s been fun reading your posts and I look forward to the ones still to come – I know for sure that they will be entertaining, honest and thought-provoking. What more can a person ask for? 🙂
    ¡Hasta pronto chica!

    • Aw, shucks, Lynne. You make me blush! I’m curious about how we will all get back to ” normal” after A to Z but I’m certain we’ll stay connected and that’s what matters!

  4. APPLAUSE! (I won’t say “encore”, cuz that would be mean) Thank zou, too! ❤
    PS – we call the cat food "Fushies" because my hubby could not read my writing on the grocery list – it was supposed to be "Friskies"

    • Fushies -I like that. Sometimes I can’t even read my own handwriting! And once a woman in the aisle asked me if I could help her decipher her Hub’s writing. Too funny!

  5. That is so utterly sweet, bet that made your heart warm?

    I also forgot to show you this, the zentangel my son did on the beach, this is from my flickr:

    Zentangle in the sand isnt it? made me smile lots xx
    Yay A-Z did you find it? x

    • The sand shot is awesome – sand had just the right moisture for your bloomung artist 🙂

      I loved A to Z, and the terrific bloggers I met. Such an education in a delightful way.

  6. 🙂 Awesome!
    And back at zou. 😉 This challenge has truly been an adventure, and I’m so glad I decided to join in the fun.

  7. Zou conquered the Challenge. Congratulations! It feels good doesn’t it? Looking forward to life after the Challenge and continuing to cross comments with zou, I mean you 😉

    • Absolutely! Zou are on your way to 300 curtains raised, and I’m on my way to … wherever my thinks, and views, and sillies take me!

  8. Congrats! Zou made it! I’m happy to have discovered your blog. I’ve enjoyed your A to Z musings. Now you deserve a long nap. 🙂

  9. My first visit but happy to discover you on our last “challenge” day 🙂 I’ll be checking back!

  10. Zou have made us all smile and that’s a very big deal on the last day of the challenge. Congrats to zou and all of us who have made it through although I will continue to follow zou to see what else zou have to share.

    • Thank you so much. It’s been a snazzy journey with so many of you. I’m curious to see ehat else I have to share, too 🙂

  11. Well, I found your blog right at the end of A to Z 🙂 Well done for getting to the end, it’s been a long old slog hasn’t it!?

    I love how little things like that ‘zou’ typo gradually become inside jokes within a family. My husband and I have lots of little expressions that make no sense to anyone but us, that we’ve collected over the years. It feels really special to have them 🙂

    • Hi Celine – kudos to you for finishing this Challenge and keeping up the travels to new blogs. That’s so sweet about you and your hubby – means you share humor and a little whimsey 🙂 i will visit this week 🙂

  12. Awwww so sweet! Merci Sammy D ! Zou are “fantastique” 🙂

  13. Ha, Ha, Zou did great, Sammy.
    That’s all indeed — sadness and joy are fighting inside me, neither a clear winner. The challenge is over. We did it!
    Love your post and blog. I’ll be baaack!
    Silvia @

  14. Very funny! Like how you ended with a word of your own creation–That same thing (wonky keyboard mishaps) happened to us in Italy. You got a good post out of it, and a special “secret” language word with your daughter as well. It’s all good! Gail. PS thanks for your faithful and consistent visits and comments to me and mine during this lovely A-Z!

  15. A great post to close the challenge with, Sammy. And congratulations to zou on hitting the finish line. I’ll be back, because I would miss your posts if I didn’t return. Can’t have that. 🙂

  16. I’m so happy that I met you through this challenge, Sammy! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and corresponding on a wide range of topics. Thanks for all the encouragement and positive feedback you’ve given me in the past month – it has made all the difference! You are the best! ❤

    • I’m also looking forward to having some time to explore blogs you and other favorites follow. I have been so enriched by widening my circle. Thanks, Marci – it’s a mutual admiration for sure 🙂

  17. So cute. Love zou too!

  18. I couldn’t have made it without you dear one. It was a fun, interesting, challenging, eye opening experience, this a to z thing. It also pushed me to find more words. Thank you for being there. It may be the end of the challenge, but it is the beginning of a new adventure.

    • I love seeing you “at my door”, and thank you for the nice compliment. I’m glad I pushed you, but don’t return the favor 🙂 You’re the best!

  19. What a sweet story, and I can see how “zou” could easily find a permanent place in your family’s lexicon. I got a giggle out of the comments about deciphering people’s handwriting, too. My (hastily-handwritten) copy of my grandmother’s traditional Christmas bread recipe looks like it says, “Grandma’s Christmas Beard.” Ewww.

    So glad to have connected with you through the Challenge!

    • LOL Mrs. Claus’s beard

      Thanks for well wishes. I’m heading to to play a round of golf. Enjoy the coming weekend!

  20. Suzanne Ong said:

    Hahahaha zour post made me laugh! Congrats ;D

  21. Zis haZ been one heck of a month! And I have enjoyed your bemuZins when I have had the opportunity to visit! Sadly I didn’t get to visit as many blogs as I would have liked over the last couple of weeks. My fault for being away. Still it’s been interesting – be nice to have some quiet time though 😉
    Jude xx

    • Aww thanks, Jude. Nice of you to drop by and zee me 🙂 glad your travels went well, and a little break is good.

  22. Great job – and Congratulations, Sammy! Love this post – zou did a great job! It sure made me smile! 🙂

    • Awww thanks, Lynn. I’m glad it put a smile on your face at the end of the Challenge :-).

      I notice you already jumped in with May posting. I always enjoy your positive outlook on your blog.

  23. Nice end. Made me laugh 🙂 I think I just officially started my ‘road trip’, backwards:)

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