I feel like I should apologize or something.....I sort of just dropped off the face of the Earth about a year ago and have just now emerged. Let me see if I can catch everybody up on the past year's happenings:
*I got a letter in the mail last March about this time telling me that my first marriage that had ended in 1997, I thought, was finally annulled. That raised LOTS of questions as to the validity of my second marriage (and subsequent divorce), status of my children, etc. Turns out it was legally dissolved, just never filed, so I wasn't a polygamist after all! WHEW!
*We had a summer of house guests. There was only one week in June, one week in July, and 1 week in August when there wasn't someone here. Played havoc on business, schooling and family life. Won't be doing that again, ever.
*I had a love affair that ended badly, very badly, from April until August. I'm pretty certain I won't be trying that again any time soon, either.....as one of my Kindergarten students once told me after being pushed off the swing by one of the little boys, "Men can be pigs." And we'll leave that at that.
*My best friend's mom - my "other mother" was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer shortly after Labor Day. It's been difficult on all of us, as we're more like family than friends. She's still with us, but she's a shadow of her former self. My friend is also struggling with her health, as she has lupus, and all the strain is affecting her badly. I help out whenever and wherever possible.
*My business crashed in December. I literally had a client die - of cancer - and take a huge chunk of my income to the grave with her. It's been a tough climb back up, and while I'm still not there, things are looking better and brighter.
*I'm finally getting around to writing the LA edition of Homeschooling on the Cheap. I'm about 6,000 words in. The original is still selling well, and my FB group is still growing, although we went through some changes at the first of the year. Come and join us. Everybody's welcome!
*I lost 20 pounds, and then got horribly depressed and put it, and a few more, back on. However, I've started working out again, and about 5 of those are already gone. My goal is to lose 50 pounds this year.
*I've begun teaching quilling - it's a paper art - at the local library. A board member of a local heritage arts center saw some of my work on display at the library and has asked me to join their crafters' guild AND teach classes at their center. I'd actually make money off of these, as I don't at the library, so it looks like it could be another source of (small, extra) income.
*Mr T is 13 now, and has his first crush on a girl in their dance troupe. Miss K is almost 16 and fell madly in love with the son of one of our house guests last summer. He's the best boyfriend ever, as he lives 1500 miles away. No staying out past curfew, no "running out of gas", no "losing track of time". They Skye for HOURS every day, so there's no tying up the phone, either....
I think that's it. Spring is coming to the hills and valleys once again, and Life goes on. So, how y'all been? What'd I miss?!?