Monday, August 6, 2018


Today for the first time in a very long time, I went for a jog.

And I sat down to this blog.

Last year was one of chaos for me.  

Last summer, my father went in for a routine surgery that turned into something he's still dealing with today, namely a nightmare.  My sisters, my mother and I lived at the various  hospitals and nursing homes he meandered into and out of.  We didn't know if he'd make it.

Then, in the midst of all this, I came down with what I came down with, namely cancer--but the "best" kind. 

Other major life changes happened last year, but I tell you all that to say this:  I neglected jogging and blogging for a long time.  Way too long.

I confess that I hate jogging, but by forcing myself to do it--however minimally--each week I could eat and drink whatever I wanted, seemingly, and everything balanced out.  (Where everything equals the scales, my health, how I felt, etc.)

Back when I blogged regularly, my children were still in school, and each evening the way I unwound was to sit at my desk and spew forth whatever happened to be on my mind. It was my mental exercise.

The past year's events wreaked havoc on my jogging and my blogging, two things I used to force myself to do whether I felt like it or not.

Since returning to work from coping with Hodgkins lymphoma, I now have Mondays off.  Today for the first time since 1982 2017, I walked--WALKED--six miles.  I used to jog six miles several times a week back before these major life events happened.

I'm out of shape physically and mentally bloggily (just invented the word), but I shall make jogging and blogging regular habits again.

Happy August.


Linda said...

Sheesh! You and your family have been through the wringer. I am glad to see you back blogging and walking. Six miles is nothing to sneeze at. I barely make it to my mailbox & back.

Anonymous said...

So good to see ur post and hear that life has sorta returned to some state of normal for you and ur family. you guys have been down roads that would have stalled a lot of us--yet you kept on "keeping on." I checked your blog everyday hoping that that tide had turned in your favor. Love your blog, your kids, your family and your beautiful life in a beautiful place. Welcome back !!! Linda in Tn

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Thanks to both Lindas for your kind words, they are greatly and truly appreciated.

I walked for 25 minutes in the heat of the day today, so I thought I'd check in here for the mental exercise.

One thing I noticed now that I'm dusting off this blog is that I no longer receive notification if someone comments. Used to be that I'd receive an email with the comment (that I could read anytime, anywhere). Today at work I decided to see what the blog looks like on a bigger screen and lo and behold there are comments! (Waving at both Lindas!)

I hope to get back into this long enough to figure out what the problem is, but in the mean time thanks for reading and many, many thanks for leaving a comment.

Daryl said...

been there done that all 'cept the children/teens/now adults ... i empathize ... and send HUGE HUGS ....

the problem is not you or your blog its Google/Blogger and G+ crap .. there's a fix ..

go to blog settings .. email .. look for Comment notification - in the box next to it type in YOUR email address, if its there already, remove it, save, then open and re-enter it, save

ta da

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Daryl, you're a life saver! I can't tell you how much I value your tech support savvy! Going to try to fix this now.

Anonymous said...

Glad to see you back and doing so well. I've missed your blogs! You look great!!

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Trinia, thank you so much!