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Quick announcements – New Raffle, Surgery, Internet Sabbatical

I’m writing this in Word, waiting for my internet to come back, where I will cut and paste it.  I’m pointing this out because…well…my internet is derping, and this may be a lengthy entry, meaning typing it online wouldn’t work too well.  Logistics, I guess.


First, there’s a new raffle.  Erin has graciously offered her time and blog to the cause of helping me to be sure I can handle things with surgery, since there have been new and exciting tests, costs, and meds associated with prep and the surgery itself.  Part of it is that my insurance is no longer sure what’s going on, because everyone’s calling them to ask about the ACA stuff.  The other part is that, well, apparently since no one knows what’s going on with the nodule, they want to get as much info as they can, leading to lots of appointments and such that are steadily eating away at my reserves.

Anyway, the raffle is almost exclusively hand-made items (there are quite a few books in there, as well – signed by their authors), and it’s worth a look.  Thanks, Erin, for the amazing effort!  <3


My surgery is coming in 9 days.  In that time, I have 4 days where I will actually be able to do the things around the house that are necessary to make sure things are organized for me being in the hospital as well as for when I get home.  I will be spending most of my time in the living room (recliner FTW), but that also means that my room needs to be organized as possible for Forrest to be able to get me things that I need from my bedroom and bathroom, in case I screw up with getting that stuff corralled before I go to the hospital (it happens).

I still don’t know how long I’m going to be recovering.  As I get closer to surgery time this is stressing me out more and more, as I add to my to-do list.


Therefore, I’ve made a decision (this is partially due to political stuff online, as well as general feelings of not being able to do anything about…well, anything):  I am taking a partial internet sabbatical.

What does this entail?

  • I will not be updating my blog until I’m done with surgery and part of my recovery, unless something else comes up that needs to be said.  Big deal, I know (it’s not like I update a lot, anyway), but this time it’s on purpose rather than due to distractions.
  • I may post occasional links and whatnot on Facebook, but I’m not going to be reading it.  If you need me, email me.  Facebook is not a means of getting things done, at this point…there’s too much going on, there, and I don’t have the energy available.
  • For those who use Twitter, I’m going back to basically pretending it doesn’t exist, except for October 12, when I will be tweeting for a 3-hour charity stream I agreed to do for breast cancer.
  • I will be checking email, but replies will be scarcer than usual.  My hands REALLY hurt, you guys, and typing is one of those things that’s suffered the more I’ve gotten sick.  I’m developing symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in my joints, and my hands (having a lot of joints), are developing symptoms much faster and with abandon.  (That’s part of what’s keeping me from blogging, lately.)
  • If I promised you something between now and, say, the end of the month, I’m sorry, but there’s a good chance it may not happen.  I have no idea, yet, and I don’t want my general health or my surgery recovery to be impacted by me trying to get things finished or mailed out or whatever by a deadline.  I’m not trying to be rude…please remember that.

Unless something major happens, I likely won’t be updating anyone on what’s going on, because there are so many unknowns that it’s stressful to say, “Well, THIS could happen, but it might be like this,” every time something changes.

I appreciate happy thoughts, comments, prayers, emails, etc. – I don’t want anyone to think they’re being outright ignored.  When I can, I will respond, either with a quick email or en masse, via blog or Facebook.


Thank you for the emails, donations, prayers, comments, messages, etc., over the past several months.  I hope you all know how much I value you.


If anything happens that’s REALLY bad, Forrest will have my login information for the blog, and he will make a post.  If you don’t hear anything from anyone, assume it’s status quo (“no news is good news”).


Much love – I will see everyone after the 18th!

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