returnWe’ve had a hard couple of months. My mother-in-law was suffering from a terminal illness and was in and out of the hospital with increasing frequency, until the doctor suggested it was time to call Hospice. We spent a good deal of time sleeping on her couch and floor while we got a schedule worked out for 24-hour caregivers and then returning to be by her side for her final week.

In between, we came home to the farm and furiously worked at the chores and projects that had to be finished up before the snow arrived. The long lists got a flurry of check marks and then had to be left to gather dust each time we had to drive back across the state lines to help out. Then, there was the funeral, and now, all the legal steps to tie up loose ends of a life.

It surprises me how my comforting, familiar routine at home can be abandoned abruptly and slip out of my vision with no feeling of loss until, bit by bit, it begins to creep back into place. That’s where I am now. I haven’t looked at any blogs for a month. I got out of the habit of following the news and lost track of the story lines of my favorite shows. I am sure I missed out on some important things, but none of it seemed relevant anymore.

So anyway, here I am, back in the world. During breaks from catching up on bills, chores, and commitments, I will see what I missed in the blogosphere.

About bluestempond

Hobby farmer living at Bluestem Pond in Michigan.
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3 Responses to Return

  1. sbaskitchen says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your troubled times – I so understand how one’s priorities change in such circumstances. I missed your updates and hoped everything was OK… I look forward to reading your blog in the future – Welcome Back

  2. JodiMelsness says:

    I’m sorry for your loss. I’m glad you’re back writing. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Ann Coleman says:

    I’m so sorry about your mother-in-law! It is very hard to deal with the illness and loss of a family member, and it’s draining as well. I hope you are able to rest a bit now, and have the time to process your grief.

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