July 15, 2008


Hi and Hiatus

Well, I got the car back and then I had it washed and detailed. The old car (it's about ten years old) looks almost new! It's a good thing, too; we spent as much to fix it as it would cost to make a down payment on a new car! Gee, whiz!

I was hoping to attempt to put up some digital pix from my trip on the blog, but I screwed up in two ways: I took a bunch of photos with my new cell phone (my husband would not let me go on this road trip without one...and it's a good thing I had it when my car broke down in the middle of nowhere) and somehow deleted all but three of them; then, I had the wrong ISO on the digital camera and most of my photos came out too dark that I took with that after I finally thought I had it figured out enough to at least work on "all automatic!" Dear Lord, I am NOT very techno savvy, and probably never will be! ;P I think I'll have to take a digital photo course one of these days.

I'm still hoping to get some photos up on the landscaping project. Unfortunately, the window for planting is well closed here (too hot) and now I'm just putting down mulch and fighting weeds.

I'm pretty busy these days. For example, I'm cooking for 40 people today (long story). To be honest, I've got a lot going on and am not focusing on the "Surviving-to-Thriving" or therapy issues much right now.

I think I'm going to take a bloggy/therapy/"Survivors Can Thrive" break for three or four weeks. I'm doing well and accomplishing other things...and that feels good, really. It doesn't mean I love any of you any less, mind you. I'll get around to some blogs and say, "Hi! and Happy Summer/Good luck with Summer!" before I depart. I'll also make sure I'm back in plenty of time to get the September BLOG CARNIVAL AGAINST CHILD ABUSE all organized and back on the road again.

Be well and take good care, all. I'll be back soon.


P.S. JIP reminded me that I haven't really given you guys a health update for a while. I guess I got all discombobulated with being out of town, and the unexpected car repairs, etc. Okay. Well, JIP, thanks for asking. First, my scar from the skin cancer surgery is healing up nicely. Today, as a matter of fact, is the day that marks six weeks since I had the stitches out and that's the day I'm supposed to start daily massage of the area. I guess this is supposed to help the scar tissue lie down smoother and look more natural. I'll give it a try.

As far as the Thoracic Outlet Syndrome goes, I've spent a lot of money on therapy for that, but its' a whole lot better than surgery, wouldn't you agree? The pain in my shoulder has been greatly reduced and this has allowed me to continue with my landscaping project in my yard. What took a bit longer--but we are finally starting to see improvement on--is the "pins-and-needles", coldness and numb sensations down my right arm. Just in the last few weeks, I've noticed that I have these sensations a lot less often and they are much less severe.

So, the self-care and healing continues...
I hope all of you indulge in some well-deserved self-care this summer as well. Now, I mean it people! You are a divine, unique treasure. Take care of you!

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we can all use a hiatus at times and direct our energy in other directions. enjoy and we will welcome you back when you are ready!

peace and blessings

glad to see you bacjk and around again and how is your health?
Glad to hear you got the car back,even if it did cost you an arm and a leg!

I'm not so glad to hear you won't be around for awhile, but I do understand the need to take a blogging break.

I wish for you and your little family a great summer,

Wow, Keepers! Thanks! That sounds suspiciously like a healthy relationship--where we can hold tight and let go, move in and move out on our own without fear of rejection! You rock!

JIP: maybe I'll add a postscript at the end of this blog post with an update on the health front. Thanks for the reminder. I guess with my travel odyssey and being busy, I got kinds discombobulated! ;)
Thanks, Beauty. You're so sweet. I WILL miss you guys, that's for sure. I just gotta get out from under this pile of STUFF I need to do...and take a little time for family and self-care as well. Thanks for understanding.
Whoa. Sounds like you can definitely use a hiatus Marj. Cooking for 40 people today? OMG. I hope cooking is something you enjoy quite a bit. Looking forward to the day you do get the photos up on your landscaping project, but I think time off from all of this can be so important...getting out there and living in the moment...That's what this effort is about anyway, no?

Take care.
Survivorartist: Yes, I believe you're right. Actually, I do enjoy cooking. A little-known fact is that I used to be a restaurant critic in Chicago and wrote for the Food section of the paper.

My road trip revitalized my creativity and I got very creative with my cooking yesterday, and also with figuring out how to finish the design on the yard landscape. Cool!
How awesome that you feel balanced enough to take a hiatus. That truly says a lot.

Finding out you were a food critic - well remind me never to cook for you :)

Try some Mederma or Palmers cocoa butter lotion for the scarring. It really helps (for stretch marks too!)
Thanks, Enola! Yeah, I used Palmer's when I was pregnant and, I'm so happy to say, I don't have any stretch marks. I wonder if I can use that stuff so close to my eye. I'll check 'em both out. Thanks for the tip!
I'm glad you're taking the time you need for yourself and that things seem to be working out.
Thanks for the health update. Glad to hear you are feeling better and the scar is healing.
A summer hiatus sounds great right about now. Hope all continues to go well for you and all your others.

Hi Marjean,
Enjoy the summer, great advice about self care! You rock girlfriend! Thinking of you and your family will be keeping you in my prayers! Blessings Holly Desimone your blogging friend!
April: Thanks for the support! :)

Kahless: Thanks for caring about my health. It's so nice to be thought of.

Brian: It does sound great, doesn't it? I hope you can find some time for you as well. Thanks for the hugs.

Holly: I hope you can work in some self-care in your schedule, too. Thanks for thinking of me.
thankyou for all your support on our blog and in our life
I'm so happy to hear that you're doing well and am all in favor of taking blogging breaks when needed. I've been doing the same. But its good to have this hear when we need it!
dear marja,
i hope you are ok as you havent posted for such a long time.
from Amelia
Hi Marj! I am new to your blog but wanted to say I love it! I have a blog, SATORI, too. Blessings! Sarah
I just started my own blog about my personal journey through child abuse. Blogs like yours are inspiring and I commend you! I will be checking back and reading your blog.
please see http://lifespacings.blogspot.com/2008/09/good-bye-after-five-years.html
hey Marj!
hope that all is well on your end... we all need hiatus' at times.. I just got back from mine and it was totally one hundred percent worth it!!


Hi Marj, I know you'll love this story!

Horsing around can heal the soul
Social worker uses horsepower to help her clients


take care, Denise
Are you okay, Marj? I was thinking of you and just wanted to check in.
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