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I’m Ba-ack! As Best I Can, Anyway.

I’m sorry I haven’t written in so long. I wish I could blame my absence on writer’s block, an early and fortuitous move, or being busy doing something I love, but I can’t.

Unfortunately, I have fibromyalgia. Pushing myself over the winter to work on the blog while trying to work on the house while transitioning jobs while doing the holidays while getting sick from the germs of being around new germ factories kids was too much. I crashed, pretty hard. I ended up being mostly bedridden, sick (still coughing), having to drop to 16 hours a week at work (and still sometimes calling out), and feeling so bad that I actually applied for disability (both disability and SSI were denied; I’m not appealing right now since I feel better).

But the bedrest and forced slow-down helped me immensely. I was able to start to recuperate. We went from eating whatever fast thing I could throw together to eating less-processed fast things I could throw together. *Quick meal tip: you can boil potatoes ahead of time with the skin on and then just scrape or rub the skin off when you’re ready to use it with either your fingers or a spoon edge. Even the big baking potatoes!

I’ve been able to go back to working five days a week, with 1 or 2 of those days being longer than 4 hours. I hope this holds up because the class I’m working in over the summer has two field trips each week starting next week until school starts.

Unfortunately, I also have ADHD, so when I started feeling better I was still too disorganized and scattered to work in “time” for posting. I finally just pushed over the edge this morning to get my foot back in the door.

I’m going to be posting more frequently, but no promises yet as to how frequently (due to being scattered, disorganized, etc). I plan to post on lifestyle “stuff,” which for me will mean posts on the following:

  • homesteading
  • decluttering
  • home management (possibly slanted for someone with chronic conditions that affect memory, as both ADHD and fibromyalgia do)
  • life management – I expect lots of trial and error here
  • vegan recipes – starting with simple smoothies (I make one for breakfast these days)
  • our animals
  • Kaida and her art
  • homeschooling
  • home repair/renovation or random building projects that I do. I’m not trained to build, but I like doing it so, why not? Don’t follow my building advice! Maybe just use my stuff as idea generators.

I’m probably forgetting a lot of what I want to talk about; my brain just stopped. I guess that my clue to wrap it up!

See you next time!

SQUIRREL! Just kidding! I remembered that I want to also post (and maybe even write about) interesting articles I find about ADHD, fibromyalgia, general health/nutrition, or maybe anything else… 😉

Day 6 – 90-day Blog Challenge

Day 6 of the 90-day Blog Challenge and I’m falling down on the job. With the running around for and taking of the sick goat, I didn’t get to practically anything else. Tomorrow is another opportunity!

Day 5 – 90-day Blog Challenge

Day 5 of the 90-day Blog Challenge and I figured some things out! I figured out how to adjust the width of the sidebars and I figured out how to add custom text boxes (the lovely banner ads) to the sidebars. Cool! Yeah, me!

Day 4 – 90-day Blog Challenge

Day 4 of the 90-day Blog Challenge and I watched theme overview. Again. I think I need a free glossary to go with the theme. I apparently did not know as many words as I thought I did! Just what is Gallery Shortcode?

I thought I had changed the sidebar widths to 180 px on the left and 250 px on the right, but I couldn’t tell any difference. I think I need to haunt the theme’s forum and/or Codex a bit. Yikes!

UPDATE: I figured it out! Apparently, you have to click on this button at the bottom that says “Save” for it to work! Cue the crazy smilie with the tongue sticking out and the eyes all screwy! I need sleep…

Day 3 – 90-day Blog Challenge

Day 3 of the 90-day Blog Challenge is another day of watching a tutorial video for my new theme. I also watched yesterday’s video again. I hope to have some time tonight to play around with the layout a little to see what kind of changes occur.