Weather Challenges. Life Challenges.

My husband Mike and I just returned from a trip to sunny San Diego, CA. I fell in love with this pocket city filled with friendly people. And if you give me a second I will tell you all about its wonderful zoo.

The lovely city of San Diego, CA

The lovely city of San Diego, CA

We returned to New Jersey and a Nor’easter of epic proportions.

Yes, the sky is blue, but no, it isn't the least bit warm.

Yes, the NJ sky is blue, but no, it isn’t the least bit warm.

Lucky us, we  received “only” 14 inches or so of snow, a mere dusting compared with our further north East Coast friends.

When I began my blog more than 3 years ago I made a conscious decision to keep it light, breezy and hopefully funny (at least on occasion). I’ve mostly kept that promise. But over the past few months it’s become challenging; I’m not writing as much because (1) I can’t find anything positive to say and (2) my focus has deserted me. This winter has knocked me sideways beginning with Superstorm Sandy and our 8 days without electricity. It’s knocked me hard enough that  I am having trouble regularly stringing coherent (and hopefully interesting) sentences together for my blog (never mind my ability to write the actual book I think I have in me).

Truly, though, it’s more than the weather … both of my sisters are having health problems; my father-in-law is gravely ill; my very capable but still young niece is dealing with her Dad’s sudden life-threatening illness; my beloved uncle was briefly hospitalized and another uncle continues to fail; two young women have died, one in an accident and one by her own hand. And more.

I know that we all go through periods of sadness and have our challenges and concerns; it’s part of living an engaged life, a truly connected life. And let’s face it, maybe I have it easy compared with you. I’m just saying that it ain’t all sweetness and light in my life right now, and I miss my writing muse.

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9 Responses to Weather Challenges. Life Challenges.

  1. OpinionsToGo says:

    So sorry to hear about everything that you are struggling with. Sadly, I can relate. None of us expect you to entertain and enlighten us with every post.
    Someone once said that a picture is worth a thousand words…your little kittens
    are so adorable…a photo of them, will not only make you smile, but also the people who look forward to your photos…I would be one of them.

  2. kim says:

    Oh Darlene so sorry to all that is happening in your life these days. Hang in there and if you ever want to meet for lunch to talk – just let me know.
    Thinking of you!

  3. Lynn says:

    Oh, I know just what you mean, My parents are failing both physically and mentally, my last child will graduate from the university this May and my husband is having a midlife crisis (did I mention he is 55 yrs old, a little too old for a midlife crisis in my book) plus, I have had the flu and gained 40 pounds because of all the stress. You are doing better then I, I haven’t even written in my journey in months, too much depressing stuff and not enough joyful news to record. Please keep writing, and save us all from having to read all the syrup sweet “mommy blogs” written by twenty somethings that do not have a clue about the life there are heading down the road to encounter. Sure potty training “Lil Susie” is just so easy now..just wait until “lil Susie” comes home with a tattoo and nose piercing..then lets see what they blog about! Keep you chin up and keep blogging, you are a bright spot in my day.. Thanks

    • Lynn,
      You have your hands full, and you have my sincere sympathy. I hope your situations and circumstances right themselves soon; I’m sure you miss your journal.
      And thank you for your encouragement.

  4. Shari says:

    I’m good with light, breezy & funny, but life isn’t all light, breezy & funny, so it’s okay — maybe even good? — to occasionally intersperse with moments of reality, even when it’s not good. It keeps it real. I suspect I know where you’re coming from (not being one of THOSE blogs whose writing is an endless chronicle of all that has gone wrong in their lives), because I hate reading them, but there’s nothing wrong with mentioning you’re having a more difficult time. It’s helpful for both you AND your readers IMO.

    Having said that, I hope that the tough times pass quickly.

    • Shari,
      You’re correct, I don’t read THOSE blogs and I don’t want to become one. I appreciate your reply. Let’s hope the difficult becomes manageable and my muse returns. I miss her.

  5. Joyce says:

    I’m sorry you’ve had so much sorrow recently. Last year was that way for us, and it is hard to blog about life’s nonsense when so much serious is going on behind the scenes. I think it’s okay to go non-light when you need to. I think we’re meeting for lunch soon-it will be nice to catch up in person!

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