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Jacob as T. rex yesterday at Walmart – had to share


It has been a while since I’ve blogged.  I could make a ton of excuses and list all of the reasons, but the reality boils down to four key things:

  1. My kids.  I spent a ton of time with them this summer since I was working from home and I loved every minute of it – unless they were hormonal and fighting – so maybe like 50% of it????  Anyway – I got to be with them over the summer and then, before we knew it, they were back to school.  Band started.  Choir started.  Cross country started.  I have been swept up and away with them and now I am re-finding myself and get back down to business.

    Owen at his last CC meet – he’s 6’2″ now!!!

    Jacob on one of the last days of summer…

    Owen longboarding – this is new… yikes!

    Special end of summer breakfast at one of our favorite Madison stops – Crema

  2. Fibromyalgia.  Over the course of the last month or so I have been dealing with a horrific flair off and on.  I am seeing yet another new doctor – this one gives me hope, however, so fingers crossed – which meant new meds, reviewing stuff like my history, and just sorting it all out again.

    Me, in bed, fighting the pain, watching Thor with Owen

    It hasn’t been fun and has led to

  3. Depression.  I have been in a dark, scary hole for a few weeks now.  Between the pain and the fatigue I slowly started to sink into a depression dealing with all of it. This, of course, is a bad spiral, making the other two worse.  Luckily, this weekend, I had a lifting of the fog and came out to a sunny Monday morning.  I think we are through the worst of it and I am looking forward to what is to come this week.


  4. Work.  I took on a new freelance gig, working for a former colleague, doing some email formatting, etc…  In addition, I had some art shows for the other side of the business, and took on some really exciting and cool freelance stuff over there.  Add to that my amazing gig for Tonic and my plate has been really full.  Now, however, things are starting to even out and I am finding my groove, meshing them all together and I could not be more excited!

    New Tonic goodies to play with

    Art fair in Princeton, IL

    Gallery Night in Madison

So, here comes fall – the time of pumpkin spice everything, holidays, and crafting. Get ready – there is a ton of cool stuff coming very, very soon!!!

A few more pics for fun…

Jacob’s 12th Birthday was all neon!

Dinner at Graze for his birthday

Family time

Thank you for sticking with me and I look forward to sharing the holiday season with all of you!


hello again! — 2 Comments

  1. I’m so sorry it’s been such a tough time for you! I can relate to all except the fibromyalgia which would indeed be debilitating. I recently started a prescription for depression (this is a second try as the last time it was ineffective), and it finally seems to be making a difference. Being creative supports a sense of wellness for me, but one needs energy for that, and depression zaps it. Anyway, blessings to you! Good to see you blog again! I need to do the same.

    PS, I can see that Owen is tall, but your husband is even taller! He must be, what, 6’5”? Wow!

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