Dear Aunt Alice,
You said you would be back in September, but we haven’t heard from you. Did you mean September 2012?
Puzzled and Pouting
Dear Puzzled and Pouting,
I can understand your confusion, as I am usually very good at keeping my word, and it is now November, not September. I hope you will forgive me for not returning as quickly as I’d hoped.
The last week of August, I had a severe reaction to a tetanus shot, which caused me a great deal of pain and misery. It was very scary, as well, as I didn’t realize at first that I was having a reaction to the immunization and thought I might be having a stroke. I still haven’t fully recovered, though I’m about 90% improved.
Worse, after nearly 25 years of marriage, I now find myself in the middle of a divorce. None of the horror stories I have heard from my divorced friends over the years have prepared me for the intense stress and daily struggles that I have been facing, and I simply haven’t had either the time or the energy to write on top of everything else.
I expect that in many ways things will get worse before they get better, and I have sincerely debated this past week whether or not I should close down this blog entirely. After all, there’s only so much a person can do in a day. Taking care of my children comes first, and I am also working toward earning a degree from BYU. Those two things alone take up most of my time. Add in the professional freelance writing and editing that I do, and I’m lucky to find time each day to sneak a bite of chocolate. And we all know how important that is!
But I really do enjoy this blog (maybe not as much as I enjoy chocolate, but still). So I not only decided to keep it going, but sat down today and planned out an editorial calendar for most of the coming year. You will be seeing more recipes, more money-saving tips, and a monthly post containing tips and suggestions for emergency preparedness.
I hope this will put a smile on your pouty face. After all, this is the month for giving thanks. And no matter the challenges we face, there is always something to be grateful for.
Thank you for asking!