Like the saying goes, sometimes life gets in the way of what you really want to do. Most of the time, we let it get in the way but other times it forcibly pulls you out of your routine and makes you focus on it to the exclusion of everything else. It seems like my life has been taken over in the past 2 months. Rick almost bled out and it took a lot out of him literally and figuratively but has improved after 7 iron infusions, I had an acutely infected tooth and had it extracted which set off a seriously major RA flare like I’ve never had before that lasted a couple of weeks, I’ve been caring for my feral colonies as well as a semi-feral mama cat and her kittens and 1 of them had to be rescued and trapped after taking a ride under my husband’s van which took 10 hours to do and then 2 of the kittens died (including the 1 that was rescued) and that sent me down into a spiral of depression for a week, Rick had a cardiac ablation procedure to get his heart out of AFib so he’s feeling much better as long as he doesn’t push himself too hard, then I fell out in our driveway while dealing with the cats after stepping on a big rock that somehow ended up there and my bad knee, elbow and, shoulder took the brunt of the fall so I’ve been a bit crippled by that. and now 1 of my feral rescues from 9 years ago is sick and I’m hand-feeding him baby food every hour now that he’s on an appetite stimulant. (His rescue was an awesome story. My husband had told me that I’d reached my limit of cats that I could bring home and that the only way I could bring another home was if it fell from the sky. I’d fallen completely in love with this feral kitten at work and wanted him but I had that falling from the sky restriction stopping me. 1 day, I was out in the main office fixing something on someone’s computer and I heard a commotion coming from the ladies’ restroom. I open the door, turn on the light and there was my kitten in the toilet. Mama cat had moved her kittens into the ceiling and the tile shifted and down fell Zippy from the sky! I dried him off and immediately called Rick and told him that we had a new family member. After that, I couldn’t have 1 unless it was green. We’ve adopted 5 since then…Rick is a big softy.) And, of course, there’s work and everyday life. Each day, I plan to get back to this blog but it always seems like something else pops up to stop me. Right now, it might be this storm that has rushed in. It’s extremely dark, the wind is blowing scary hard (up to 70mph gusts). and we’re under a severe thunderstorm warning until 2:00 and a watch until 7:00. The lights have flickered a few times so I’m saving this every few seconds…just in case. Well, I’m back. The storm has passed through and it looks like we lost another tree, some tree limbs, and a few of our tomato plants have some broken vines but, all in all, after 70+mph wind gusts over a period of 30 minutes, we came out pretty well. Plus, we won’t have to water the garden tonight. The storm was beautiful to watch from my front row seat here in my Magical Writing Haven but it did get pretty intense. On the plus side, the temperature dropped from 91° with a heat index of 100° to a mild 70°. I’ll take that. They had predicted 98° for a high today but I guess that the cold front moved through a bit earlier than they had thought it would. It’s not even officially summer and I am done with the heat and humidity. That’s 1 of the downsides of living in Texas. I can deal with the heat but when humidity is thrown into the mix, which it usually is here, I’m done. I’m just too fluffy for that! Well, after all that, I’m back to blogging and hopefully, life will cooperate so that I can keep on doing it daily. I really love doing it so I have to make it more of a priority. I’m also still plodding along working on my personal writing workshop as well as getting back to being more active in my creativity group. I’ve missed it all. We have a video POP-Up Dessert Group Zoom call at 5:00 this evening. I’m looking forward to that. It’s an hour of connecting in smart groups. We talk about everything and bond over all of the similarities that we discover during the call. It’s pretty amazing. So I have some things to do before that time so I’m going to go now. I’m hoping that between this post and the Dessert Group I’ll start the week with a more positive attitude and not with my current “what’s going to happen/go wrong next” outlook. Fingers crossed!