Getting Back to Normal

Last week I was involved in an unfortunate incident. Nothing too serious as no one was really injured, but still really scary. Emotionally and mentally, I’m still recovering, and trying desperately to get back into the swing of things. I’m so very grateful for all the kind comments here and the good thoughts, and can’t tell you how much they mean to me.

But, even more so, I can’t express my gratitude to the kind souls who helped out at the time enough. Everyone was helpful and supportive and I couldn’t have made it through the day without them.

At a time when people would rather walk on by as fast as possible, the fact that so many people rushed to help and support me brought me to my knees. They were the strength and anchors I needed until my husband was able to be with me. They are proof there is still goodness in humanity when the world is full of people who would attack and kill each other. There is still something beautiful, and my heart is full of thankfulness and gratitude.

There is still beauty in this world, and I hope I have the opportunity to do the same for someone else one day, to show my children how to be kind, generous, and helpful in their community, to offer a hand to someone who needs it, to be there for others, to be a source of comfort and strength.

Thank you so much to those who have helped me, and a thank you to those to choose to help others instead of walking by.

In other news, I’m working hard to get back to normal, to get this blog back up and going. I anticipate it’ll be a a bit touch and go for a while, but I’m looking forward to getting back into my routines and schedules as they’re the only things that really hold my family together. It’s been a tough week, but will hopefully get easier.

Tomorrow I’ll be posting a motherhood post, part 13 in my Finding Magic in Motherhood series. Wednesday will see the long awaited part 20 in my Queen of the Garden of Girls ongoing story. Look for a book review for The Killing Fog by Jeff Wheeler on Thursday, especially if you enjoy Asian-inspired fantasy novels (this one is specifically Chinese-inspired). On Friday I hope to have the recipe I had planned to post last Friday.

I posted a couple of book reviews this past weekend, so, if you haven’t a chance to yet, please check out my reviews of, and maybe pick up, The Last Smile in Sunder City by Luke Arnold and BloodStained Bliss by Elle Limpkin. The first is a mix of fantasy and mystery and the second is a mix of science fiction and mystery, so great options if you’re looking for a mystery!

Outside of my blog, I hope to be able to get to read more blogs and get back into the swing of commenting. There are so many I have to catch up on, but I look forward to reading it all!

All the best, and have a great week!

  1. mothertherealist

    I’m glad to hear you made it to the other side (Adèle, anyone?). I think I’m going to be stuck in my most-likely-less-emergent-than-your high-stress time for a year or so. I keep waiting for the “swing of things” to get back in sync, but another body’s made things much busier around here.

    Anyway -you got this. You’re one of the most competent, well-planned, together sorts of people I know.

    • kat

      Haha, I hear Adele almost daily. The radio station we listen to really likes her, but I’m glad to be making my way to the other side, too. I remember, back in 2015, when I had a single new human body to take care of, that I would just take a few weeks off from blogging. Turned into about 3 years. So, not quite competent and put together back then, and I just had 1! You’re doing much better with 5, so I’m inclined to think you’re much more put together than I might be.

      • kat

        Oh, gosh, I’m so sorry! I did get it. I’m just about 2 weeks behind on everything, yikes, but I did read it and I love it. My plan is to get it put together this weekend and it’ll hopefully be ready for posting by Monday. Tuesday at the latest. Unless the coronavirus hits, which, with my luck this year, feels like a safe bet, but I’m aiming for Monday.

      • kat

        Well, since I literally have nothing better to post, it’s all ready to go on Monday! Or today. Or yesterday. Depending on when you see this.

      • mothertherealist

        Thanks! Looks like this was an excellent time to suffer a breakdown Sunday and decide to never blog again…. *sigh*

        Oh! By the way: the paragraph about failing to adequately express love is meant to follow right under item #15. Thanks for posting it. Now I need one from you.

        …Do you have one you want to write? I’ll post it on the main site for more exposure.

      • kat

        Thanks for letting me know; I fixed it, though WordPress put up a fuss. It did not agree with the proper formatting and spacing, but eventually caved because I wouldn’t go to bed without fixing it. I’d be happy to do one for you, thank you! I have about 60 drafts sitting around so I can look through them for inspiration or I’m open to a topic if you happen to have a spare brain cell that might think of one. Eh, I kind of think breakdowns and swearing to never blog again go hand in hand. At least, I experience it about once a month. Personally, I think the world needs your wit. Or maybe it’s just me. We’re not sick, but the fear of getting sick has us staying inside and starting to develop cabin fever. I need every blog post everyone can throw around to keep me sane!

      • kat

        I’ll get right on it! Unless schools close and I have to make my Kindergartener sit in front of a computer so he can still go to school. I’ll try not to mistakenly send you my tears.

        I hope things get better for you! Everyone likes to tell me to take things one day at a time. Sometimes it works. I’ll be sorely missing your wit and fun ideas, but hope you’re able to take your time to feel less overwhelmed.

  2. bitsanddragons

    I don’t know what it means to be back to normal…I’ve never been normal 🙂
    Since I never managed I’m pretty sure it’s very difficult state to achieve, so congratulations!
    And please remember not to be stressed, by this (blogging) or by others.
    It doesn’t pay off to be stressed. Kudos and hugs from this digital shore!

    • kat

      Haha, I absolutely agree! My friends and I used to have discussions on what normal meant. We came to the conclusion it was really a euphemism for boring. But I do hope to get my blogging schedule back to the way it was, but, you’re right, stressing does not pay off.

  3. Lisa R. Howeler

    Glad to see you getting back to some normalcy, at least. I’m sorry you’ve had to face something difficult, but I’m glad you are okay, at least physically. Take your time getting back up to speed. The blogs will still be here…unless bloggers quit their blogs. Well, you know what I mean. Haha!

    • kat

      Thank you so much! We are doing better; it’s just those pesky emotional and mental states that won’t screw on right, but life is made up of moments like that. Good tests of who we are and what we’re made of, I suppose. Hmm, at the rate bloggers start and stop blogging, I estimate the community has lost…a lot, haha. Blogging is hard work. Well, maintaining a blog is a lot of work.

    • kat

      Yes, that’s so true! There’s comfort in predictability, especially when one finds oneself stuck in uncertain times. Which really suck.

  4. degreesofmaternity

    So happy you’re back Kat and very thankful that you’re able to work your way back to normal. I look forward to enjoying the beneficial and heartfelt content you share with the world. Have a blessed weekend.

  5. ourlittleredhouseblog

    So glad you are back and getting back into the rhythm of life. I am sorry to read that you are going through some tough situations right now. I hope your life gets back to those moments of normal happy days. You and your family deserve only happiness.

    • kat

      Thank you so much for your lovely words! We’re getting those happy days back, so are incredibly blessed, and thankful for everyone who has helped and wished us well. Thank you!

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