Thursday, October 14, 2021

BLONDIES BACK




 Hello friends!  Just wanted to let you know I'm alive and well.  I visit all of your blogs so often, but rarely leave comments as you might come back to my blog and there has been nothing written since maybe February?  I have no intention to give up blogging...it has always been cathartic for me.  I remember when I wrote such funny posts about great days.  Even not so great days.  And of course, I still have them but what a challenging year this has been.


I still have problems with loading pics, so here is a summer pic.  Happy!  I'm busy and not busy.  I spent so much time flat on my back until I could have my back surgery.  Covid vaccines and availability of hospital space dragged it on until the end of May.  I was off my back for several weeks before the surgery and then after.  No pity party here.  I've bounced back finally in the last few weeks, walking Poppy about a mile a day and clocking an average of 8000 to 12,000 steps a day according to my Fitbit.  Housework and chasing after grandkidlets will do that for you!


Before the surgery and definitely after, I declared I hated cooking.  No more.  No desire.  I was sore and tired and we subsisted on grilled cheese and cereal for dinner.  Oh, yes, frozen dinners which The Husband thought were genius.  He can't fry an egg but the microwave really chuffs him.  Thank the Lord.  The kids and everyone said, seriously, you hate cooking?  I was adamant.  I couldn't look at the stove, my wall of spices. my drawer of chef knives.  The desire was gone.

But I knew I wasn't going to be a 61 year old lady who limped along here and there, and sat on the sidelines.  So I've been working my bum off to get both inner and outer drive and strength.  And on a good note, I'm cooking again...delving into Middle Eastern recipes which have always challenged and interested me.  So far, so good.

On the home front, we have been blessed in that we are all vaccinated and spending time together.  This has made up for all the pain and isolation of last year and the first part of this year.  Since I have severe asthma, I'm eligible for the Covid Booster shot, scheduled for next week.  I'm very grateful for that. 


 My daughter, Abigail, and her husband, Tom, are expecting their first child in December.  There is something so different about this for me.  She's my baby.  I've held her hand through every doctor's appointment and wisdom tooth surgery.  She hasn't so much said it, but if its possible to have more than one person in the room according to Covid protocol, I may be there for the special time. I can't imagine another experience such as this.

Abby and Tom bought a house about five blocks from us about two years ago.  Emily and Mike just bought a home five blocks in the other direction!  How good can it get?  To see them and my grandchildren so conveniently?  I'm so blessed.

The Husband has had a lot of health problems. I was beating around the bush in 2012 when he had cancer, as I felt it was his journey and not something I should share.  I believe in the power of prayer but please...don't leave me comments that overwhelm me, with all due respect -I need space. Tell me how you have coped, how you have faced life alone, how you've navigated these rough waters, and even email me if you want to "talk".  But please, no exclusive focus on this.  I'm taking it day by day.  Be patient with me.  

 I could write volumes about all that has gone on in my world since I last blogged.  No use trying to  backtrack.  Maybe snippets in another post.  Please bear with me if this sounds like a total downer.  We have our ups and downs, good times and bad, and life throws us a lot of curves.  And I say laughing, the color and font of this post are beyond my own workings! But who cares.  Let it go.


So...I'll be back soon.  The holiday season is coming up fast and it consumes me as an OCD person who can never let things be.  I'll never learn at this age, so let's just celebrate!!


Love and hugs and so grateful for your support-❤️


Jane


18 comments:

ann said...

So glad to read your post, Jane. I'm glad, too, that we are IG friends. I haven't posted on the Garden Spot since las spring and I really don't want to give it up either, but all seemed so repetitive. I like IG best. It's been such an odd year for all of us. The whole world, really, but we can only fight our own battles. I'm so glad that your back is healed. Fortunately, I don't have back issues-- just others. It's called aging, which I'm trying to do gracefully. Stay well. Keep walking. See over at the other place.

Preppy Empty Nester said...

So glad you are back, Jane. I will keep your family in my prayers. xx

Debra@CommonGround said...

So happy to see you post, Jane. I had a very invasive back surgery in early June and I'm STILL having problems walking. I envy your ability to get outside and walk the pup. I understand the no cooking thoughts. Food was not on my agenda and my husband kept us from starving! ha. I'm so happy that your family is now closeby and a new grandbaby arriving soon. Take care and have a beautiful fall season!

Helen said...

Dear Jane!!! How wonderful to see you again. Take care, keep on cooking, loving and living!!!!

My Grama's Soul said...

So Wonderful to see an old blogging friend again!

xo

Jo

Kim said...

Jane!! Always so good to see you pop up in my feed. Glad that your surgery is behind you and you're feeling better. I saw someone mention Instagram and can't believe I wasn't following you. I am now...and thinking of you my friend. xxoo

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

So happy to see that you are blogging again, Jane, and recovered from your surgery and enjoying the things you like to do once again. It has been a strange year, and it sounds especially challenging for you, but glad to hear the kids are living close by and now a new little baby to look forward to. Middle Eastern cooking sounds like a great way to get back to it - hope you share some favorites. Enjoy this beautiful season and take care. xo K

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

I was happy to see your post pop up in my email, Jane. Glad to hear that you have recovered from your surgery, and are cooking again! Congrats to your daughter on the baby coming! I can't think of a greater joy than having your children and grand kids living so close by. For me, too, it has been a year - make that a year and a half - of wonderful highs, and awful lows. Life is a roller coaster, that's for sure. Stay well,stay strong, Jane. Sending big hugs from NJ (don't worry, I'm vaccinated!).

Lynne said...

I loved seeing a post from you POPPING up in my email and Bloglovin too.
Happy you are here, up and about.

I had the NO COOKING syndrome as well . . .
“Me thinks” it is because it takes planning, fixing, preparing, serving, cleaning and more.
I went on strike . . .
It lifted a bit when I made a Cauliflower Soup the other day.
Soups do it for me . . .

Blogging for me was at an almost standstill.
BUT . . . I am still holding on.
Seriously . . . this new way, the creating, writing, spacing, adding pictures is sooooo tedious.
It “bites” at my creativity a bit!
Stop in though, you might enjoy my “I Can’t Hear You” post.
(Made me laugh anyway.)

Exciting news about your daughter, first baby . . .
I get it . . . I was there for my daughters first.
Something BEST about our love, friendship . . .
Really wonderful to be invited . . . to Miracle Watching . . .

I enjoy you Jane . . .
Good news about you being able to be up and about.
And clicking off all those steps . . .
You Go Girl!

Lorrie said...

Dear Jane,
It was lovely to see a post from you on my Feed this morning. Blogging mojo definitely comes and goes, as does cooking mojo. Middle Eastern cooking is interesting and I've been doing more of it. Our tenants are Persian and often share their cooking with us. I find it so delicious.

So glad to hear that you are regaining your physical strength. Hooray for all those steps!

I much prefer blogging to IG - all that scrolling - and the endless ads! And the reels and stories - I just don't get it. I post my little squares from time to time and that's it. But it's a way to stay in contact with some of my friends who used to blog.

Praying for daily grace for daily problems.
hugs,
Lorrie

Rita C at Panoply said...

You've got my support! The best news is tour girls so close to you and another grandbaby on the way! I have first now, and I'm in love, especially seeing she's a little wirey thing just like my daughter was. Happy your surgery is in the rear view, and you're on your journey of recovery! Take care.

Rita C at Panoply said...

*your girls

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear from you. Happy that your daughter is living near you as is your son. Congratulations on your daughter's pregnancy. God Bless.
Marilyn

It's me said...

Love love and more love from me ….🍀🙏🍀❤️🍀

Theresa said...

It's nice to see your sweet face here. I will pray for good days ahead, yummy dinners, long walks and WOW to have loved ones so close... I am jealous. Enjoy your day dear friend, HUGS!

Maggie said...

Sending love.

Susan said...

Nice to hear from you and know you are okay. Having family only blocks away is truly wonderful and seeing grandchildren makes everything even better. I had to laugh when you mentioned you did not care to cook but are back in the game! The holidays are approaching fast and we will all be cooking big time...

handmade by amalia said...

I'm so glad that you're posting again, Jane. It is good to catch up, whether the news are good or bad, and now I can send you a big strong hug.
Amalia
xo