Johanna Basford style drawing
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Back from a Long Hiatus

Hello everyone! I am back from almost a year away from my blog. I have really missed the community and friends I made here during my blogging journey but for whatever reason 2019 was hard and I just could not seem to find the energy to spend on my blog. I’ve been trying to figure out why I felt that way, because I don’t want it to happen again, and all I can think is that right at the beginning of last year, when I went back to work after recharging over the holidays, our entire team was asked to put in a LOT of overtime in a very short period of time and I just burned out. I still feel like I haven’t completely recovered from that, I must be getting old or something.

Dragon diamond painting
My first diamond painting

So, what has happened over the past year? Well, I’ve been holding fairly steady in my weight loss journey, hovering at 5-8 pounds above my ultimate goal, until the last month. I will admit to slacking in December, and have gained about 10 pounds, but I’m getting back on track to start the new year. I’ve lost track of the weeks, and won’t likely be doing as many updates on that, other than to share some yummy recipes occasionally since I’m fairly close to my goal and don’t seem to budge much.

I’ve done a bit of crafting over the past year, not as much as I would have liked though. Between neck pain preventing me from crocheting, and just being tired by the end of the day, I haven’t been able to spend as much time as I would like in creating things. Having said that, I have been introduced to a new hobby, diamond painting, and will likely be sharing some progress on those projects as I work on them.

Chihuahua with Happy New Year sign
Jasmine just after midnight on New Year’s morning.

I’ve saved the best update for last! Any of you who followed me when I was blogging regularly, probably remember my furbaby, Truffles. He is still with me, I can’t believe that he’ll be 14 years old later this month! Now, I would like to introduce you all to the newest member of my family, Jasmine!

Jasmine turned 10 months old on Christmas Eve, I will tell more of her story in another post, I adopted her from a local dog rescue early last year. I was worried that when she first came to live with us that she and Truffles wouldn’t get along but, while they aren’t best buddies, they have adapted to each other pretty well. Being older, Truffles sleeps what seems like 90% of the time, Jasmine has really livened things up around here!

As for future plans for this blog, I am going to try to get myself on a regular schedule. Since I don’t want to overwhelm myself again, and abandon blogging entirely for another year, I’m starting out slowly, aiming to post once or twice a month. If things go well, I may increase to once a week, but I know I was finding it difficult to find time to blog more than once a week previously, so I’m not going to pressure myself to do so now.

Bye for now! I hope you all have a wonderful year ahead, and I can’t wait to start catching up on everything I’ve been missing!

9 thoughts on “Back from a Long Hiatus”

  1. Kate! I am so glad to see you back! I was thinking of you just the other day, wondering how you were doing. Jasmine looks like a sweet pup. I hope that work stays a bit calmer for you in the coming months, and that you enjoy being back blogging!

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  2. Great to see you back Kate, the diamond painting looks interesting – the dragon looks amazing! Jasmine looks very cute. Fingers crossed 2020 proves a better year for you x

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  3. Welcome back, Kate! I’ve been away from my blog for a long time, too, and it was really awesome to log back in and see your post. A familiar face, so to speak, that makes me feel better about getting back into blogging regularly again. Let’s hope that 2020 is a more enjoyable year for all of us. 🙂

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    1. Thanks! I am hoping to get more involved again once my new computer arrives. I realized one of the reasons I stopped blogging was because I was having so many issues with my old computer that I just found it too frustrating to do anything on it. It arrives next week, so I’m hoping to get back at it!

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