Friday, October 22, 2021

Drumroll please…..We're back!!!!

Well, hello blogging friends! It has been nearly a month. I have missed you. Thank-you to those of you who messaged asking if we were okay. It was so thoughtful of you to think of us. To answer that question about how we are, I can tell you that we all are just fine. 

Yes, we are just fine, with the exception of a bit of writers block, and that ole familiar feeling of guilt because behind the scenes for a while, I was having problems keeping up and catching up. 

We all know that the reality is that catching up never ends. There will always something that needs tending to. And I'm always going to feel guilty about something. It's just who I am.

But it was all getting harder and harder and I was losing my focus. I knew I had to stop that kind of madness. I found I needed to call a truce. 

I am a real news and political-junkie so I took a break from the news and politics. I turned off the TV and I even went outside, and sat on my front porch. 

I also took a break of sorts from social media. I love and want so much to keep up with family and friends on social media. I know that I don't have to read everything that is posted. And I know very well that I need to get over my F.O.M.O. -- That's my fear of missing out. But for whatever reason, I was feeling like I needed to watch every video, read every email, tweet, and Facebook update. Even though the chances were pretty good that if I did miss something, it was going to be repeated. I had to end that endless game. It honestly was making me irritable and cranky and hard to live with and be around. I needed to make a change and reconnect in a more meaningful way, and make that phone call to my oldest brother and others who aren't on social media, that I've been missing, but felt I just didn't have time for. 

With all that, things in my daily life have started to come back into balance for me. I know I need to stop dwelling and being irritated by the news, by what's happening at work, and what didn't get done yesterday or what needs to get done tomorrow, and focus on what’s going on right now. 

So, with the month long break, I'm back with the goal of starting fresh and being more mindful of the need to have and keep that balance, and not let the news and other things consume me like they had been. It's not easy to end what has become a habit. It's also not easy to stop being so critical of yourself when you feel you've fallen short in so many way. But I know it's worth it to try. 

It really does feel good to get this post written and to be back. 

Thank-you for stopping by. 

I hope you'll come back, I have so much I want to tell you.❤


  1. Hello!!

    Its good to step back sometimes. I do it too.

    That is a ton of pumpkins!! (and other gourds...)

  2. Welcome back Kim! Glad that you enjoyed your break - now we can look forward to updates of you all - furry and human!

  3. Hello,
    Welcome back Kim, I am glad to see your update and post. It is good to know all is well, the furbabies are looking cute. The breaks are necessary at times. Take care, enjoy your weekend!

  4. you are loved! and admired! I can't imagine how you could feel guilty. but I know what you mean. I'm that way about 'worrying.'
    it's a habit I want to break and try to... but I worry anyway.
    I probably worry about worrying! LOL.
    your posts are always worth waiting for. XOXO

  5. Good to see you and the team back online. We're all following your local gubernatorial contest with great interest. Thought of you - on this mornings pre-dawn talk with the Manhattanites they said only Richmond matters. McAuliffe they think is going to win Northern Virginia, and Youngkin will do well in the southern and southwestern parts of the state.

  6. Be safe and God bless you all, Kim.

  7. It's good to have you back. We all are struggling to not let our news feed drag us down so I completely understand. I hope all is well with the four legged members of your family.

  8. I understand most completely, dear heart. So much so that I deleted my FB account over 1.5 years ago because it was disturbing my peace so much... and I've never regretting doing so for one minute. Social media is poison, in my view, and I consider blogging the only interaction I need... so I'm thrilled you're back. But please do what you have to do for your own peace. I, for one of I'm sure many, will be here waiting for you. Much love~ Andrea xoxoxo

  9. How delightful to find you back!
    I've never been drawn to any social media as I'd rather read when not busy. That works for me and am making no judgment on how anyone else spends their time.
    It's good to see Todd out of that cone thingie.


  10. It's good to see you again! (We can understand how all that news—aka propaganda—can get addictive.) Please say hello to all your furkids from Chester.

  11. Welcome back . . .
    Taking care of ourselves is upper most important.
    And it sounds like you “nipped it in the bum!”
    One of my favorite reminders . . .
    “You can never, ever do enough for yourself!”
    Think on that . . .
    Hugs Kim!

  12. We have missed you! I understand totally about needing a break from social media. I tend to get depressed when I am on it too much. Losing our three dogs also has kept me off the computer more, not to mention great fall weather.

    Can't wait to hear more about what's going on with you and the dogs. Take care!

  13. Oh wonderful, here you are!!! I've always wanted to be "well-informed" but in recent times, I've had to step back for the sake of my peace of mind. Life is so very short and we must choose our focus with care.

  14. Mom says she could copy and paste your post to cover things here too. We are happy to see you back and to know that things are OK.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  15. Glad you are back!!! Totally understand that FOMO feeling!!! Take care of yourself is the most important thing...cause if you don't you can't care for others! I still have trouble with that! Good job on everything!

    Take care,
    Lucy (Troy, Ohio)

  16. If you put it that way, we forgive you.

  17. Love you and all you do for our four footed friends.
    I,too, gave up on social media. Although, I have never been on Facebook or it's ilk. there is enough darkside on regular sites.
    I just step back every now and then. Have loving times in reality with my Sweetheart and my cat and my neighbors and my plants and my wildlife that I feed. Driving into the turning of the leaves to burnish gold is a treasure.
    Bless You!


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