Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Don't Mind Me

Somebody might pick up on my sneaky snake re-entry to my blog. If so, then Hey!

It's been a long haul folks.

For those of you who don't know what happened, about 7 years ago, my world turned upside down.
I was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease and the following year, Jim, my S.O. of 20 + years had a massive stroke.

In one fell stroke (snort), everything changed.

I quit my job at the newspaper and became Jim's primary caretaker. For a year or two I struggled to maintain my old life best I could. I kept a food column going at the paper and went through hell and back to get my horses out, travelled to Montana to visit the Big K, did a little cutting, fit in a few reined cowhorse events and tried to keep writing.

I added a lively new dog to my life, started him in training as a protection dog and just kept keeping on, you know?

Thing is, I got tired. Parkinson's doesn't lighten up or go away, Jim's health did not improve and everything began to overwhelm me.

My life had turned into a shit show and I could find nothing to write about.

I wasn't training.

I wasn't riding.

I was just, well, sad.

Flash forward to today and I can share that I'm better. Much, much better.

I finally have my own place. We sold our house and bought almost ten acres of prairie. I have my horses home, more dogs than I can handle and Jim.

Becky Bean has a lot to do with my wandering back to the Chronicles. We were talking about the very negative side of Facebook. Both of us are about over it. We lamented our blogs.

The end result? We're basically blogging to each other. Except she has some tech issues to straighten out.

Everybody is welcome to join in, but be warned.

I am not the Mugs you used to know.

I'd share a few details, but it will unfold as I go along.

Later, Mugs


Anonymous said...

Welcome Back!!!

Elizabeth Heller said...

I checked in on your blog today when looking through some old ones I used to read and I was so surprised/happy to see a post from today! I love your writing and have wondered if you were ok. Looking forward to more!

janet huntington said...

Found myself looking for the "Like" button!

Snipe said...

Mugs! I'm delighted to hear from you, and I'm so glad to hear things have improved. I'll gladly read anything you wish to share.

Welcome back :)

maria said...

Love your writing. Glad you're back.

Renee D said...

Yay! So glad you are back!

TeresaA said...

I am glad that you are back and that you found a way to get yourself back.

Joy said...

I thought about you this week and wonder how you were. I was so glad to read your post today. And happy to know that you're not sad.

Ozhorse said...

Lovely to hear from you Mugs

Gemmers said...

Glad you are back!

Jan said...

Welcome back!

B said...

Welcome back!

Elizabeth Lacy said...

Welcome back! I found this blog last year and I'm happy you've come back to it!

Anonymous said...

So excited to see this here! Glad you are back :)

Snowhawk Przhevalsky said...

Welcome back!

Anonymous said...

wow, i had to look twice to see there was a new post! Glad that you have your life back and happy to read one of my favorite bloggers of all time again.

Kim Doggett said...

I've literally been checking a few times a week to see if there's a new post. What an awesome surprise! Welcome back!

HorsesandTurbos said...

I was just going to write a post on COTH lamenting long lost blogs..and you reappear! Yeah! Now I don't need to stalk you on FB LOL!

Anonymous said...

Happy to have you back! I don't facebook either...I don't figure my every breath is anybody's business but my own. I love the way you think. and your posts about the horses and dogs get me to thinking - that means a lot!! Thank you and take care of yourself and Jim

JJ said...

Welcome Back! :)

mvmayfield said...

I was so glad to see that you are back, but was so sad to hear of your troubles. I look forward to more of your writing.

Anonymous said...

Welcome back!

Your blog was always so interesting and thought-provoking, I kept it in my list of bookmarks even when it looked like you'd stopped blogging. I'm so glad that you've returned. And even more glad to hear that you are doing better. :)

I read all the more recent posts first, of course. I'm excited to hear more about Brockle's adventures.

Thank you!

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