I took the month of January off from posting here on Social Bridge and I really wondered how the month’s break would pan out.
I had a lot of grandiose ideas about all the ‘stuff’ I would get done, if blogging wasn’t on my mind ~ de-cluttering the house; reading the ever-growing pile of must-read books; visiting all sorts of places that I’m dying to see here in Co. Waterford and surrounding counties; healthy cooking; ‘spring-cleaning’ my computer. Well, I might as well tell you that none of that got done, for more than about a sum total of two hours. So, I’ve now agreed with myself that blogging is more of an inspiration than an impediment to doing these sorts of things.
I was rather amazed to find that I hardly took a photograph during the month. Okay, the weather wasn’t great but that’s never stopped me before. Here’s one, though, that I took in mid-January that I continue to love:
So what the hell did I do for the month?
The toughest part was taking the decision to have my precious thirteen and a half year old Cavalier King Charles, Sophie, put down as she developed severe kidney failure and her quality of life had reached a point that both she and I found unacceptable. It’s three weeks today that I held her for the last time as she parted this life. It was sad, sad, sad and remains so BUT I am truly glad that she didn’t have to try and battle on somehow, as she would if she were human.
After a couple of weeks of pining for Soph, I decided that the only way to honour her memory and seek to heal the raw ache in my heart was to get a puppy. I was filled with doubts right up until the moment that I met the brown-eyed gaze of a tiny cross between a springer and a cocker spaniel with long soft ears in a farmyard somewhere in the depths of Co. Wexford. This little guy, Stan, is settling in and carving his own identity into my life. Dog-lovers will understand what I’m talking about . I know that non-dog-lovers won’t!
The other major happening has been working like the clappers on building an online identity for hubby’s carpet business. This is a whole new adventure as we have always kept our careers separate. I’d often wondered (and still do) about married couples who work together but so far we haven’t run into any roaring and screaming online or offline! It’s early days so I’d be more than happy to hear from you veterans!
I’d thought, too, that by today I would have a whole wadge of wonderful ideas for the direction that Social Bridge would take in 2014. I’ve got a few on scraps of paper here and there and look forward to developing them further in the near future.
Most of all, though, the blogging break, made me realise how much I enjoy blogging and interacting with other bloggers. Does that give you a clue about one of the directions I’m planning?
It’s great to be back!