Monday, January 29, 2007

It's Been A While

Orchid In My Indoor Garden, © Joan Z. Rough, 2007

It's been a while since I've had time to post anything here on my blog. The days are too short and go too quickly for me to fit everything in that I'd like to ... and there are also things I must do.

With my mom's health crisis over the holidays and after five years of being her caregiver I'm suddenly realizing how tired I am and how my own life has been at a standstill. So now I'm relearning how to take care of myself. I've started with meditating, spending glorious days outdoors, reading, napping, and getting back into my long left behind art work.

I'm also trying to find time to do some traveling. My husband and I spent 5 wonderful days with our daughter and grandchildren just a few weeks ago. We hiked in a forest of hemlocks and rhododendrons, visited the kid's schools and went with them to their riding lessons. We also slept late every morning, took naps and simply enjoyed every moment. This week I am going off to Chicago to see friends and do some spiritual work. Later in February I'll go to Yellowstone to see what winter is like in the Rockies and to visit with the wolves.

For now the blogging may take a backseat along with alot of other things while I bring some balance back into my life. I'll continue to write and hopefully will continue to contribute when I can to One Deep Breath and Poetry Thursday. I do not want to leave this blog behind. It has been a wonderful outlet for my writing and I've met some wonderful "blogger friends" in the process. So please bear with me as I resettle myself and become my own person again.

My mother is doing well. Though she still cannot bear weight on her shoulder or leg, she is getting herself out of bed into her wheelchair and can bathe and dress herself. Sometime in the next few weeks she may have to move to another facility because she is doing so well, even if she can't walk! What I am learning about health care in this country would make your hair curl and maybe one of these days when I have some perspective on the whole thing I'll go into it. But right now, I'm still living through it and am kind of angry, to say the least.

I will be back, so don't go too far away!!


deirdre said...

Have a wonderful rest and come back with stories to share.

Visual-Voice said...

Miss you, but am glad you're collecting yourself and going easy. Have a wonderful time in chicago!

paris parfait said...

Gorgeous photo and glad to know what's going on with you. Sounds like you're doing exactly as you should at this point in your life and we will be here whenever you want to write. Glad to hear your mom is doing better (but sad about the health care issues). xo

Becca said...

I'll be thinking of you as you continue on with your journey, and look forward to reading your words whenever the spirit moves you to write!

Visual-Voice said...

I am communicating via your blog because I miss your poetry, my dear friend. I also recognize that poetry has a way of visiting us when it wills, but lovingly stands in the shadows waiting for the well to be filled. Can't wait to read your recollection about the trip with the wolves!!!

deirdre said...

Just a quick check-in to say hello. Hope you're having a wonderful time and will be back soon.

Cynthia said...

Lovely. Glad to hear from you whenever you can.