Well, well, well. Look who decided to show up.
Me. I'm talking about me.
Where the heck have I been while my poor blog fell into disrepair and languished in a comatose state? That's a valid question. I'll give you the shortest answer I can, because it's a long story, but not a really exciting one.
The situation at work got super stressful, which in turn just put my messed up autoimmune system into overdrive. My fibro got unmanageable, and the dyshidrotic eczema that was only affecting my right palm got funny and decided to attack both of my feet. If you're standing for almost eight hours straight four nights a week, I don't care who you are, it's going to affect you. By the time I gave my notice in mid-April, my left foot looked like it was disintegrating. Gross. If you decide to look it up, try not to look at the pictures.
Since I was so stressed and it was affecting my health and my family (my house was an absolute disaster and we were ordering food more often than me cooking), hubby told me to 'retire'. Life is too short to kill yourself for minimum wage. I love him. So I stopped working at the end of April, and the very next day I threw myself into housework, trying to clean up and do some laundry. I also had a pretty great idea for a business, which I started planning and designing a site for. I'll let you know here first when it's up and running.
I also threw myself into cooking and baking. I started taking some online courses. I kicked my eldest out of the second largest room and turned it into my library. We did some painting (interior and exterior), we had the cabinets redone, the countertop replaced.
In other words, I traded in one hustle and bustle for another one. Except that the madness now is a good kind because it's for our family, and even when I get a little stressed, it doesn't last, and it's usually because I'm just having a rough day. And if I'm being honest, I just don't have too many of those any more.
There you have it, the abridged Cliff's Notes of the last few months of my life. Next, you may be wondering why I'm here again, giving my blog an adrenaline shot when I just said that life was still crazy, just in a different way. Because it is slowing down a little now. I have had a lot to say these last few months (13 unfinished posts in my drafts folder is evidence of that), I just didn't get around to writing it down. I feel like I have some time now to devote to the research, time, and energy I usually expend when getting into a topic to write about.
I also just finished reading this great book that uses a six-week de-cluttering program, and I think I'm going to take you with me while I try it out. More about that in the next few days.
Lastly, I wanted to tell you about a change I'll be making here at SonjaRants. Over the next few weeks, I'll be removing all the ads from my site. I may still suggest a product or service that I enjoy, and if I have a referral link, I will post it. I also added a "Buy me a coffee" button to the sidebar and will add one to the bottom of most posts. I find myself increasingly annoyed that I can't read half the articles, recipes, or any webpage in general because there's so much garbage around trying to get my attention. Or I'm closing a popup every 60 or so seconds. I want my readers to have a pleasant experience. Come here, read my post, look at my pretty pictures, and don't worry about a hard sell.
I added the button hoping that if you're enjoying the read, maybe learning something new, you'll understand the work I put into this and click the button to buy me a coffee :)
It's safe, secure, and costs you $3 CAD.
Thank you in advance, you're the greatest!
Hi! I'm Sonja and I'm glad you're here! I'm happy to share some recipes and gardening tips with you while I let you know about great (or not so great) products, services, and media I encounter.
I'm switching it up! I'll be removing all ads from my site to give you a better reading experience when you visit. I have, however, set up a Ko-Fi page, where you're welcome to buy me a virtual coffee to sip while I bring you all the glories of Sonja World.
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