About My Blog

I moved across the united states from the only place I knew for 47 years. Our family did what we had to in order to find a place to fit in. Two years after moving, the mom and dad experience of the empty nest began. We had two kids leave the nest for college within 6 months of each other.

In the middle of this emptying of the nest, my brother, my grandma, and my dad died within a 3-month time frame. I lost an animal-child and was going through what most mature women go through. I grieved.

I grieved the loss of my home, my family, myself.

Three years after the major life changes, I was diagnosed with lung cancer but was fortunate enough (I think) to have surgery, and have been cancer free since May 2011. I lost a couple more animal-children and then the loss of my sister. I broke.

I grieved and I broke.

So, I blog.

Yes, I do!

I am a small voice of those who suffer from depression and wonder why they just can’t snap out of it. Why we have to rely on medications. Why just thinking happy thoughts won’t Β make us well. While I am at a point in my recovery that I can see where positive thinking helps me from falling back to the bottom, when I was at the bottom, that kind of thinking wasn’t possible. Many don’t understand this.

Blogging is what I do to live. It’s what I do in spite of what I deal with. It’s who I am.

I am an empty-nester, compulsive knitter, coffee lover, wannabe woodworker, photographer, mother of 3, retired stay at home mom, crazy cat lady, football fan. I enjoy the outdoors and digging in the flower beds.

Thanks for stopping by!


14 Responses to About My Blog

  1. Life often throws us several things at once to see how we cope.. Humour and whit is a great tool to help our coping mechanisms .. Being True to who you are is what is important..
    And I also Love to knit. I hope you shared some of your knitting here? πŸ™‚
    Blessings Sue

    • April says:

      Life threw me many things at once and it nearly did me in. Knitting was my way to deal with grief of my dad, grandma, and brother in a 3-month time frame. Yes, I have shared some of my knitting on here but the best thing I did was knit a bunch of hats for newborns—a great way to work through loss.

      • Coping with stress, anxiety Grief and Depression are not easy obstacles in overcoming. I know.. Having suffered a complete nervous breakdown myself in the past. For me it was getting back into my artwork and painting that helped heal my inner spirit.
        You are indeed a ‘Warrior’ April.. and showing great strength in overcoming the hurdles you have had to stride over.

        I looked up your Knitting and found your beautiful socks.. and your wonderful poem.. The comments sections are now closed.. But loved your poem.. πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful day

  2. Nice to meet you. Diana’s Friday Pick brought me over…and so glad!

  3. Ann Koplow says:

    I’m so glad our paths have crossed here, April. I look forward to reading more.

  4. Hi April, not an easy journey by any means. And it most certainly isn’t something you just ‘snap’ out of.
    It takes great courage to face, understand it by coping with its nature, and trying to be you within it.
    Your posts tell me you ARE being loving to yourself regardless, that is beautiful in itself. And a healing too πŸ™‚
    A slight side issue, your comment box wasn’t at the bottom of your ‘Existential Thinking’ post, unless that was deliberately turned off. Or more to the point, spirit guided me to here πŸ™‚

    • April says:

      Thank you for your kind words. Not sure what happened to the post you mentioned. I usually don’t mess with any settings because, frankly, I’m not sure what I may mess up. πŸ™‚

  5. Rivenrod says:

    Thank you for taking the time to visit http://www.rivenrod.com. Much appreciated.

    I look forward to our next encounter.


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