Friday, September 18, 2009

Life Gets in the Way

I started this blog with the intent to write nearly every day. Then we moved to a new home where we worked for 2 months in the spring and early summer to create the "Country Haven" Farm with fruit trees and a perennial garden as well as a vegetable garden. First it was the work outdoors taking me away from my writing. Then my sister became ill and I spent many hours with her at her bedside until she was recovered. Next, just as I was about to start writing again, I was driving to the farmer's market near home when a car ran a stop sign and hit my car. It totaled my car, but more importantly, I ended up with a broken kneecap on the left side, a broken lower leg bone at the knee on the right, as well as a broken ankle on the right. I am at a 1 month point after the accident and in a wheelchair. I am looking at a recovery time of at least 2 more months plus 3 months of rehabilitation, at a minimum. It is difficult to get into my office like this, and so, once again, life has gotten in the way of my writing. Today I decided to begin again, despite the reasons for keeping me from my writing. I need to write, just like I need air and water. I am not whole unless I am free to express myself by reaching for pen and paper (or computer keyboard), and so I am committing myself again. I am following what my heart keeps telling me. So with the help of a loaned laptop computer and after I get the wireless router I need, I will be back to writing with plans to continue to interact with other writerswhile I am recovering. That includes the writing group that I facilitate at a local Barnes and Noble. So since life will always get in the way....I will work my way around the obstacles to do what is essential to my heart..


  1. You always work your way around obstacles and writing is your heart. I think you should operate your writers' group from right here! could have an international writers' group!!!! I'd be your first member!!!

  2. And I would be your second! Jan has pointed me in your direction. You are right; writer's write!

    I am very sorry to hear of your terrific bad luck and trust that your inspiration to keep writing will help your recovery to be quick, complete and as pain free as possible.

    The need to write comes from the soul and bubbles out like water from a fountain. And we know how essential water is for sustaining life ☺

    Carolyn ♥

  3. I'm also here because Jan told me about your blog.

    So sorry to hear about everything you've been through.

    Best wishes.

  4. Kathleen, Jan shared your site with me, and I'm so glad to find you. I'm thinking that you have experienced just about every setback imaginable, yet, can carry on and keep fighting the fight! You go girl!
    Writing is soothing for so many of us, and a way to write what our souls feel.
    I think it'll help you heal inside while healing on the outside.
    You've been through a lot, but there must be a reason for you to be on this earth because you're still here. Through it're still here.

  5. Hello to an awe-inspiring lady.

    Kathleen, Jan sent me here to peek. I have peeked. Now I am going to become a squatter and invoke my squatters rights. I will stay put, no matter what, I will read everything you post (expect no privacy), and I will take nourishment from your words. Those are the rights of a squatter, Eish!!!

    Okay, now that I have that out of my system....hello, my name is Jenni, I am proudly South African, and I am thrilled Jan pointed me in the direction of your blog.

    I am truly awed by your spirit of endurance. I see now why Jan said you are an incredible woman and a fantastic writer. I send good, warm, healing thoughts to you. Thank-you for reminding us of what the "spirit" of a writer looks like. :-))

    If it is okay with you, I would like to create links, from my little corners of the web, to your blog.

  6. Hi Kathleen, I am visiting from Jan. I read your story and I am so sorry for all the problems life has pummeled you with. You are very strong to have gotten through all that and not given up. I wish you all the best and will be following your blog.
    Anne and Sasha

  7. Kathy,

    You are an inspiration to many. I realize that sounds a bit cliche but I have seen you take life's lemons and turn them into lemonade. I can only imagine having an accident like this and the impact that it would have on me or my family. You have a tremendous amount of resolve.I know what writing has meant to you and its wonderful to know that the accident has not gotten the best of you. Thank you for sharing a bit of yourself with us through your blog.
    Tony Yuse