Stuff I did while you were busy not reading this blog

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Hello my scores of darling imaginary readers! (Yes, I know, there used to be only three of you, but I have decided that,  since you are imaginary, I might as well go all out and pretend that there are billions of you!)

I feel that a formal salutation is in order. I was going to just start and pretend that this chasm of blogging inactivity spanning three months (to the day!) didn't really happen. However, since that is a long stretch of blog silence, even for the likes of me (The World's Official Laziest Blogger, seven years running), I realised that trying to casually brush over it might not quite cut it.

I suppose now you want to hear where I've been, right (demanding beasts that you are)? Well, apart from Taiwan six months ago (which you know about and will continue to hear about soon, I promise), a brief sojourn to the beach for a long weekend during December, and apart from currently being Out of My Home Town... the answer is, rather sadly: nowhere.

So what have I been doing, I hear you ask? (My, but you guys are curious! Quit interrogating me!)

We have moved from my sister's farm (an undertaking which, I'm convinced, was more epic than the Afrikaner's Groot Trek itself). My sister and the kids are now living a block from my tiny, crumbling little hovel in a beautifully restored house which I'm hoping will eventually feel like home for them as well.

The move was horribly traumatic. While we were all still staying on the farm, it was easy to get stuck in denial; to ignore the terrible truth and pretend that last year's tragedy didn't happen; to stubbornly keep believing (hoping?) that my brother-in-law would come strutting back into the house at any second. The day we finally shut that front door behind us and drove away, I sobbed so much that I had to pull over for a while.

It feels strange not living with them anymore, but when I'm in town (which is most of the time), I'm still over at theirs almost every night, having supper and reading to my nephew. But I'll tell you more about how they are doing in another post - honest. (Probably in about two years' time!)

In the mean time, I'm back and you'll hear from me a tiny bit more often from now on. And yes, I do realise that this is a scary prospect indeed...

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Charmed said:

So glad to see you blogging again! Wow can't believe Taiwan was six months ago.. soon it will be a year, then two... and so on!

Hope your sister and her family adjust in time.

Redsaid Author Profile Page said:

Ahhh! My one NON-imaginary reader! Thank you, charming Charmed. Yup, I figured it was about time to blow the dust off this thing again.

I know, right? It's unbelievable how quickly time has zoomed past...

TerraShield said:

Welcome back. :)

Adjusting to moving houses/locations will take some time I guess.

Deeleea said:

Oh. THERE you are...

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  • Deeleea : Oh. THERE you are... ... [go]
  • TerraShield : Welcome back. :) Adjusting to moving houses/locations will take some time I guess. ... [go]
  • Redsaid Author Profile Page: Ahhh! My one NON-imaginary reader! Thank you, charming Charmed. Yup, I figured it was about time to ... [go]
  • Charmed : So glad to see you blogging again! Wow can't believe Taiwan was six months ago.. soon it will be a y... [go]
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