First of all, I want to apologize for not doing a blog for so long. At this point, I’m a little rusty, so this won’t be a very wordy post. We all have to start (again) somewhere.
It’s been a rough year. In May, I found out I was losing my job. It wasn’t a great job, or one that I particularly liked, but it was something I knew. It’s kind of scary to suddenly have your life turned upside down like that.
In June, I slipped a disc in my back that was pressing on the sciatic nerve. I’ve never had pain like that! I couldn’t sit or bend, so I walked continuously. Mostly, I walked laps around my yard and watched the weeds I couldn’t pull grow bigger than my flowers and vegetables. It was misery.
Two weeks after the slipped disc, I was unemployed. I’m sure the stress didn’t help. Since I couldn’t sit, I tried putting my laptop on a box. I quickly found out that I couldn’t stand in one place for very long, so the writing ground to a halt. Every part of my life suffered. No writing, no gardening, no housework (sigh). I did have two wonderful friends who drove for an hour to help me pick beans and can them. That was an adventure in and of itself, but I think they enjoyed it.
By the end of July, I had a new job, one that involved lifting. I took so much OTC pain medicine that I rattled when I walked, but I managed. The job isn’t easy, but it pays good, has good benefits, and I walk all the time. I made new friends, and got reacquainted with some old ones there.
It wasn’t all bad. Labor Day weekend was the annual trip to Atlanta for Dragoncon. The ride down was rough, but we included a stop in Helen, Georgia that was interesting. Con was great! I cosplayed Wonder Woman in a long blue dress with a sword down my back. Not the most comfortable thing to walk around in, but compared to the pain in my leg, it was nothing.
I acquired a new kitten named Fergus, who is a minion of Satan and terrorizes everything in his path — the dog, the husband, lots of toy mice and myself included. I had an injection in my back and physical therapy, and am back to, say, 85 percent. It’s a vast improvement! I got a new grandson in December, a beautiful boy named Samuel, who is the greatest thing on the planet, of course.
Christmas was good, except for the part where my husband bought me the air fryer he wanted! He redeemed himself with the new wedding set to wear to work. Of course, the only reason I was looking at wedding rings in the first place was because he lost his, but it worked out for both of us. I got to spend time with the kids, grandkids, and friends. Besides the aforementioned gifts from the husband, I got lots of flamingo stuff, a delightful book about historic poisonings, and some really cool earrings.
Looking back as I write this, it wasn’t a bad year, just painful and unproductive. Hopefully, that is about to change. I will give a word of warning about future blog posts. Since I have what my youngest niece calls ADOLS (Attention Deficit Oh Look Squirrel!) my interests vary from week to week. I have several projects in the works, including but not limited to a romantic suspense novel (or three) and a photograph book about old barns and houses in my home county. Blog posts will contain things about these and anything else that pops into my head.
It should be an interesting year. Enjoy the ride!