Whoa! Suddenly it is December and I’m running a month behind, due to my husband’s heart attack on October 31st . I can personally tell you that will put a crimp in any writing you have to do or most anything else. Normal life goes on hold and you just cope through a fog of complete stress and exhaustion, being grateful the entire time that he was so very lucky not to have suffered permanent damage to his heart…or worse.
Since he can’t do anything strenuous yet, it was up to me to get out and buy a four foot pre-lit tree and pray that the shoe boxes filled with special ornaments I opted to keep inside the warm house last Christmas would be enough. Luckily, it worked. As I was busy improvising the whole theme of how our decorations were going to be this year, I was joined by a doe deer and her spring baby. The doe was absolutely fascinated by my tree shenanigans and kept a close eye on me as I went about the business of putting ornaments on the tiny tree. We had just had a foot of snow, so it did make things seem especially seasonal, even though it didn’t feel much like it with all of the events we’d just experienced.
By dark, our Siamese cat was sitting in the window intently gazing at something outside that seemed to be of great interest to him. It turned out to be a resident raccoon that shows up every night to shyly feast on any stray birdseed that has been knocked to the ground from the bird feeders. The picture on the left was taken through the triple paned window and isn’t very clear, but she’s the dark blob that appears at the bottom of the stairs in the middle of the picture. She had about four little babies in the spring and I don’t know where they disappear to in the winter, but she’s always alone and if she even thinks we are looking at her, she will run away and hide.
All of this took place a day or two before Thanksgiving, but now the Christmas season is in full swing and I find myself, after a horrific month of fear and caring for a very sick man, emerging again, just like December always does. It feels really good to slowly begin to return to a changed, but normal life again. I wonder how many times we’ve learned to cope with “new normal”after a major life event happens. I plan to be more attentive to my writing career now (new book coming in June 2015) and to try not to neglect my blog for such a long time. I’ll do my best. Thanks for stopping by. Let me know you did.