Tumultuous Times

Greetings. If you haven’t heard from me in a while, it’s because I’ve been dealing with my husband’s health crisis and haven’t had the energy left for anything else. Instead of researching fun topics for my next book, I’ve been occupied looking into home safety features such as grab bars and handrails, medical supplies such as shower seats and walkers, clothing such as slip-free socks, and other items I hadn’t expected us to need for years. After a bad fall, my husband’s recovery is finally heading toward the light at the end of the tunnel


I do realize we are more fortunate than others who have lingering disabilities. We’re not out of the woods yet but my husband is significantly improved from when he came home from the hospital (after several admissions). We live on a day-to-day basis, not knowing when the next challenge will arrive. But who does? You do your best with what you are given, and I’ve been blessed with endless support from family and friends. I’m immensely grateful to those of you who have offered prayers, tangible support, and/or good wishes.

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At this time, I am groping my way back to a routine but still have ceaseless management duties in terms of scheduling doctor appointments and organizing our insurance and caregiver records. Having a handle on these items makes me feel more in control. When something new arises, my thoughts scatter and I can only center on the situation at hand. There’s been little space in my brain lately for book-related musings. Hence the hiatus on my blog.

My heart goes out to those of you who act as caregivers for loved ones. It’s one of the hardest jobs on the planet. My ultimate relief is reading and watching movies on TV. Thank goodness for stories that help us escape.

How do you cope when life throws you a curveball and upsets your routine?

The Big Move

My husband and I are about to embark on a grand adventure. After forty years in our cherished house, we are moving four hours away to be near our kids and grandson. It’s not easy when we’ve remodeled this house to suit our style and we love the neighborhood. It’s difficult saying goodbye to our friends and leaving our favorite local restaurants. In a way, the pandemic has helped by isolating us from everyone. Meetings have been cancelled. We can’t get together with friends. So we talk on the phone and visit via Zoom. We can do the same things from our new location.

At the moment, we feel as though we have two lives. One half of us is still in our long-time residence getting it ready for sale and the moving van. The other half is planning ahead to what we want to do in the new house. Hopefully, the rewards will be worth the angst in the end.

In the meantime, my posts (and my writing) will be taking a back burner to these disruptive changes. I’ll resume at the beginning of next year if all goes well.

Have a wonderful holiday season and thanks for understanding.

Until later,



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