#WeekendCoffeeShare – Life goes on…

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Good morning everyone!  Come in and sit down and I’ll make you a cup of your very favorite hot or cold drink.  I have a variety of options, so take your pick.  I’m drinking a steamy mug of hot chocolate, which is filled to the brim with whipped cream.  And yes, I’m being naughty and not following my paleo diet to perfection at the moment, but once and awhile we all need a little flexibility in our lives, and after a month like this… well, let’s just say hot chocolate has been sort of a saving grace for me.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that my life has been completely turned upside down these days and I hardly even know where to begin.  I suppose I’ll start off by saying that I feel completely blessed and thankful that my two oldest daughters have both survived this month.  One had her home threatened by a huge fire out in California, and my other daughter who lives in Florida was in the middle of hurricane Irma.   Both are fine now, and that’s such a huge relief!

Here at home, there has been turmoil as well.  The first week of school was a bit rough, after finding out that hubby is deploying overseas and also that our 4 yr. old dog Pippa has bone cancer.  I’m trying my best to make Pippa as comfortable as possible, but the vet said her days are certainly numbered.  She may only live a few more months which is really sad to me.  Hubby felt so bad when he found out and misses us so much, that he made a surprise visit home over this past week.  It was nice to see him, but at the same time, it was so hard to say goodbye, especially knowing that it may be another year before I see him again.

Here’s some good news though, I had been dealing with depression at the beginning of this year and I’m feeling so much better.  I was also having some physical ailments that caused me to lose 22 lbs.  However, I am happy to say, that all of those issues seem to have been resolved.  It was determined that I was having some terrible side effects from one of the meds I was on and once I stopped taking that, I began to feel like myself again.

I am presently working on several poetry books and figure over this next year that I should be able to knock a few of them out while hubby is away.  That is of course if I don’t end up with any more hiccups.  All I can do is continue to try.  It’s been very hard to stay motivated and inspired.  I had a friend whom I wrote about here.  This friend was the one person in my life, who really inspired my early days of writing.  And even though he finally contacted me and ended up explaining why he no longer wanted to be friends, it has still been very difficult to continue on without him.

In fact, as some of you know, I started my new blog just a month ago and ended up taking all of my poems off of this one.  I needed a fresh start, as many of the poems I had written on this blog reminded me of my friend.  I knew I needed to finally let him go from my heart and mind, and came very close to deleting my blog altogether.  But I decided I couldn’t quit, and so instead I started over.  I also knew that eventually, I wanted to take my old poems off of my blog anyway, due to the fact that I do plan to publish them in the near future.   So ultimately, it forced me to do something prematurely that I knew I would eventually have to do anyway.

I know I haven’t been around as much lately as far as reading blogs goes, and I apologize to many of you who I haven’t visited on a regular basis like I used to.  But life has just taken its toll on me lately and I just haven’t had as much time for reading.  It’s hard to keep life in perfect balance and I know it’s foolish to even try.  I just hope that you all know how much I really do care about you.  When I say I love you guys, I really do mean it.  All of you here on WordPress have become like family to me.  It’s hard to explain it, but when you’re so isolated because you live in a place with hardly any family or friends around, your internet buddies become everything to you.  If you’ve written a coffee share this weekend, please leave me a link so that I can catch up with you.  Hope your week is filled with love and happiness!  ~M

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35 responses to “#WeekendCoffeeShare – Life goes on…

  1. When I got the email and saw the line “I’m being naughty”, I got excited and hurried to your blog. Imagine my disappointment when I saw you were talking about your diet! (I can get away with saying that because I’m a harmless old man.) {or am I?}

    Seriously, I am keeping you, your husband, your daughters and Pippa all in
    my thoughts and prayers. I am glad that we found each other’s blogs here and became friends. 🙂 ❤ Keep doing what you're doing and don't ever change.

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  2. Awww Michelle I’m so sorry you had to go through so much! Hopefully better days lie ahead❤️ keep writing, if that helps!

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  3. Hi Michelle, your coffee looks soothing. I’ll leave you a link for next coffee break, a sweet heart-warming little that’s just happened to me.
    https://ivors20.wordpress.com/2017/09/25/the-headmaster/

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  4. Much love to you and kudos for managing your depression as a mother and a blogger – it’s often hard to write about the things that mean the most to us but you’re doing it! ❤

    http://thenellybean.com

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  5. I’m glad that both of your daughters are okay. That must have been a very scary and stressful time for all of you! And I am so sorry to hear about your dog. That is simply devastating, and I’m not even sure I have the proper words to offer the kind of comfort you and your family need right now.
    It sounds like although there has been a tremendous amount on your plate lately, you are headed in the right direction. I like that you have your poetry to focus on (which is always so well written!). I hope that things improve from here for you. I really do.
    I can’t imagine what it is like to be a military family. Is it common for your husband to be gone for a year at a time? That must be so hard on everyone.
    I am sending you lots of hugs and positive vibes. Keep blogging, keep reaching out and connecting with your blogging community. I think there are a lot of people out here who really care about you. ❤ xo

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    • Thank you She-Ra, you always offer me the kindest most comforting words. In a military family, it is quite common to be apart a year at a time. I have spent a combined total of over 3 years away from Brian because of our military life. In fact, our very first married year, we started out spending 18 months apart. This recent move on his part, was a decision we made together. He wanted to advance his career and the only way to do that was to go full-time active Army, instead of full-time active National Guard like he was. We knew there was a likely chance he would deployed if he made that change, and now of course he is. At least it’s nothing new to us and so we will continue on like we normally do under these types of circumstances. Thank you for always being there for me and showing me how much you care. ❤️ xo

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      • That is incredible. I really can’t imagine what it must be like. Did you find it challenging during your first year of marriage? It must have been agonizing being apart for so long!!

        Oh, and you’re welcome! I do care about how you are doing. You really do seem like someone worth caring about. 🙂

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        • It was a challenge, but not in the way one might think nowadays. You see… back then, we had no internet, no cell phones, and to call him while he was in Korea was near impossible. I spent all of my free-time writing him letters and baking goodies to send to him. He spent his free-time writing me letters and sending me VHS taped videos that he made for me. I got to see Korea through his eyes, as he took his video camera with him everywhere he went and taped all that he saw. It was a challenge, but one I loved because the distance bonded us in a way that most people can hardly even understand these days. It forced us to think outside the box and look for ways to stay in contact with each other. Whenever we forget how far we’ve come, we pull out those old handwritten letters and we read them to each other. We plan to write handwritten letters to each other while he is away this time as well. It may seem old fashioned, but it really is so much more meaningful and creates a wonderful memory that can be cherished always. 😉

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          • I agree with you wholeheartedly when it comes to handwritten letters. They are so much more personal than emails. Just the act of holding someone else’s words in your hands is so much more powerful than seeing them on your screen. I think it is a wonderful idea that you are both planning to write to each other again this time.

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            • Yeah, we didn’t do that when he went to Iraq and we solely relied on email. And it’s so very hard to keep track of emails. I tried back then and failed miserably. I tried printing them all out and it just got so overwhelming because some of them were just short little notes and I couldn’t save them all. So this time will be better and I’m looking forward to writing to him. It’ll give me a chance to tell him all the things that I need to say and hopefully bond us even further.

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            • Do you find that you compose your letters differently than your emails? I do. I tend to think, rethink, type, erase and retype my way through an email until it is just right. When I write a letter it is raw. It tends to be closer to my true thoughts than the fancied up pretty thoughts that I type out. I guess what I mean is that a handwritten letter is closer to the real me than an email is. If it is at all like that for you, then I feel like writing letters will be really important for you right now.

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            • Yes, that’s exactly how my handwritten letters are. 😉

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            • (I feel like I have hijacked your comments section! Sorry about that!!).

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            • Lol… that’s funny. 😉 hijack away… 😋

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          • But you both made it!

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  6. Thank you for sharing your heart and home with us…my heart goes out to your family and dear Pippa…I’m glad to read that you are feeling better.

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  7. I enjoyed reading this, glad you are OK. Sorry to hear about your poor dog, though. Enjoy your coffee……

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