Random Ramblings #11

Once again, it’s been a while since I’ve done a rambling.  My last one was in June!  But, to be fair, I did have a couple of posts on our trip out to Washington.  One about our day in Seattle and one about our trip to Mt. Ranier. So I haven’t been a complete slacker.

Oy vey.  I’ve had a summer.  It’s funny, they say that a caregiver often has more issues after the person they care for is gone.  Boy howdy, that’s been true for me.  After my mother-in-law passed away in April and all the hubbub or getting her affairs in order was done, I thought it would finally be “me” time.  Well, it has been.  But not in a good way.  I’m not going to bore you with the nitty-gritty, but the biggest issue was my first experience with kidney stones.  Yikes!  I do not wish this on anyone.  On the heals of that I had a leg issue that would take all day to explain but kept me sidelined for a few more weeks.

Just when I thought it was safe…BAM! The nasty head cold/sinus infection that’s been going around in my neck of the woods.  Seriously, it took a good 3 weeks to mostly clear. I say mostly because there were still some minor lingering issues related to the cold for at least another week.  That was some nasty stuff.  Of course, my dear hubby got it at about the end of my first week, when I thought he’d be safe.  Then our oldest came home from housesitting for my mom and was sick within days.  What?!? I swear, we had been disinfecting everything and neither of us had a fever anymore by the time he moved back.  Nasty, nasty, nasty.

All of these illnesses back to back to back make me think it’s about time to sit down and seriously assess my anxiety and depression levels.  I have lived with constant anxiety and depression since puberty on some level or another.  I’m also a high-stress person, so it would behoove me to nip any issues in the bud.

I’m still squeezing in a lot of reading. Actually, on the days I couldn’t get out of bed because it felt like a semi truck had hit me I was consoled by the fact that I had ample reading time.

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You may remember me mentioning that my sister-in-law was running for Michigan State Senate.  Unfortunately, she didn’t win her primary.  Honestly, we weren’t quite expecting her to since she is a newbie in politics and her opponent is a big name around these parts.  She did a lot better than was expected on her shoe-string budget and lack of name recognition.  And, best of all, it hasn’t put out the flame she has burning to make our world a better place.  Our local elections haven’t seen the last of her.

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What is it about Fall that makes me want to bake?  I love baking in general, but tend to steer clear of doing too much in the hot and humid summer months.  As soon as the weather turns crisp I’m dreaming of apple crisp and pumpkin bread.  Good thing the folks at my husband’s work like my creations since he doesn’t eat sweets and there’s only so much Josh and I can eat without overdoing it with the sugar. As soon as my sicky-ickyness went away I was cranking out the pumpkin muffins.

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One final thing I want to tell you about…I’m making a very small change to my reviews.  I’ve been following the same basic template on my reviews since I started posting regularly.  I’ve decided I want to add the book description with my reviews.  Although I link the title to the book, not everyone wants to click on a link.  This way it’s all in one place for my readers.  Let me know what you think.  I’m not married to the idea if it doesn’t work out.  I’d love the feedback.

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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