Friday, October 17, 2008

It was twenty years ago today...

Well, not really. In reality it was two years and nine days ago today that I started this adventure into blogging with the Shakespearean paraphrase To Blog or Not To Blog. And over the first year and a half or so I did pretty well. I wrote. I visited you. I commented. I got to know lots of blogger friends online.

And then a harsh reality intruded. Life dealt our little family a series of blows starting last December with the death of our 16-year-old niece in a sledding accident. That was followed less than two months later with the death of my mom. At about that same time, my mother-in-law was classified as no longer being in remission with her battle against leukemia and a variety of treatments were reintroduced. Shortly after all that, my favorite aunt - one who had played a very large part in raising me - passed away. In addition, my wife had emergency gall bladder surgery followed by a difficult recovery. And thanks to all the information gathered during that episode, she has since been diagnosed with high blood pressure and diabetes. And finally, I was diagnosed as having several mild basal cell carcinomas.

Fun, huh?

As all that took place, my writing and my visits to read your writing dwindled. It was sporadic at best...and non-existent the rest of the time. Finally, as I reached the end of summer school and left for our family vacation, I took a break from the blog. I had intended to take that break just for a couple of weeks while we traveled and relaxed. But upon returning home, the stress of the past year still weighed heavily. Several aspects of our life felt out of control as we had devoted so little time to things around the house. So I just decided the blog had to rest until things felt somewhat back to normal.

Now here I am! Normal? Not a chance, really. But much better. The beginning of the school year is behind and things feel much more settled than they have in a long time. We are still working to settle some things with my mom's estate. My MIL has completed some very successful courses of chemo and the doctors are hopeful that she will again be considered in remission. And my wife's health is doing just fine.

So I'm back! And no, you don't have to leave any sympathetic comments about all that happened. We all have bad times and so many of you have already left comments or e-mailed (or both!) just to check on me. And I gotta say, to get so many e-mails from folks who just wanted to say "hi"...to see how I was doing...and who said they missed reading the blog, that was awesome. Thank you!

Over the next few weeks I'll try to catch up on things that I've missed writing about...and get back in the swing of things. And I can't wait to wander around and see all that has been going on with everyone!

To Blog or Not To Blog? The answer is still a resounding YES!

13 comments:

furiousBall said...

welcome back, and as someone who also has had a really tough year(s), i understand the need to unplug and regroup. take your time, we'll be here.

Jazz said...

Welcome back Em! Glad things are looking up, and I'm looking forward to reading you again.

barefoot gardener said...

Glad to see you back. We have missed you!

claresdad.com said...

Good to see you back. I have a new site. Come around whenever you get a chance...no rush.

citizen of the world said...

Too bad for you, I'm leaving a sympathetic comment anyway:

Yes, everyone has rough times, but your family had an unusually full plate of difficulty and grief in the past year and for that, I'm really sorry. Very happy to see you back, though!!

Big Brother said...

Welcome back! Those "Book of Job" years when sh*t never seems to stop hitting the fan are rough, been there done that... Hope things finally settle down for you. :o)

Rebecca said...

I am so glad you are back.

VioletSky said...

You have been sorely missed, good to see you back

Star said...

.....Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play. Welcome back!

Trish said...

W00t - you're back!

When I started reading your post I was afraid it would be a 'good-bye forever' post - there have been a number of those lately - so I am glad it turned out to be a 'I'm back' post.

Kati said...

Welcome Back, Em!!! Glad you've decided to keep up with the blogging. And.... No sweat about the inconsistencies of it. Life lived is more important, when it comes down to it, than life blogged. *wry smile*

Hope your family stays healthy and safe in the coming year.

Jenster said...

Glad you're back because you've been missed!

tulipmom said...

Glad to see you're back. I'm not posting regularly but I do drop by from time to time.

There's only one way for things to go .... I hope!