I haven’t had much time for hobbies in the last few months, and I can’t say for sure that it will be getting any better.
First, I broke my arm which really ended my golf and softball playing for the year. I did manage to play 9 holes on October 20th, right before the weather started turning nasty. The good news is that I shot better than I had hoped and was really pretty consistent with my efforts before the fracture. My wrist and arm was sore, but no worse off than when I started. But my ball flight was a bit off since I was afraid to take a divot and hit my arm on the ground. However, it continues to feel better each day and has been pretty good the last few days.
Second, I had a huge test to take on the 19th, which limited my ability to much of anything the past several months anyway. I started studying in July and continued during August when I was off work with the break. But once I started working again in September, I spent almost every waking moment studying to the exclusion of blogging, which I still consider a hobby. Now that the exam is done and there is no opportunity to play due to weather, I feel like I have a lot of free time.
Alas, it won’t last long. Of course I have a lot of catching up with items around the house plus I will, in all likelihood, become the owner of a small printing business as part of an ongoing issue that goes beyond this blog post. It will probably consume some of my time as I have to work with mainly oversight issues, but still. Ultimately, I hope that it is worth it.
It does feel good to be writing a bit. I have taken the past week to do a little pleasure reading which was a nice break. I re-read “Catching Fire” since the movie will be coming out soon (November 22nd), and I wanted to be able to compare the book to the movie and didn’t remember all the details. I enjoyed being able to read without feeling like I had to memorize each detail.
Anyway, I do hope to be able to do a bit more blogging over the next couple months. It feels good to be able to write a little again.
I need to catch up with a few carnivals, but had stopped doing this since I wasn’t publishing as much. Plus I really don’t want to put any money into the blogging adventure preferring it to pay for itself. With a decrease in revenue, I needed to watch the expenses so paying to have articles posted to carnivals was the first thing that was cut.
But, I do have to link for the last few so here goes:
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Thanks for reading. I am honored that many of you are still stopping by even though I haven’t been the most prolific writer during the past several months.
We are heading to Illinois to spend time with family, but have to make it a one day trip to get back to take care of the puppies which are six weeks old. So it will be a quick trip with about 5 hours spent on the road, but I have some reading with me to keep me occupied while my son drives. In fact, I am typing this right now from Interstate 74, but won’t be making this too long so I don’t get car sick.
Speaking of family, we (my wife, brother, and mom) went to visit my dad in the nursing home last evening. He has Alzheimer’s and had a major stroke this past weekend. He is essentially unresponsive and can’t swallow anything so he won’t be taking any medications or food. I doubt that they will be able to get water in him either. He has a living will so we won’t be doing anything heroic. I would expect it will only be a matter of days.
The good news is that he was pretty healthy until two years ago when the Alzheimer’s set in pretty hard. And he had been able to live at home until 6 weeks ago so these last stages have occurred fairly quickly and won’t be a long, drawn out process.
Moving on to a more pleasant note, here are the carnivals that have included articles from my blogs over the past few weeks. Again, I am having to catch up:
Taking 10 days out of your life and losing all contact with everything that you normally do is quite a change to the system. I am thinking that it was a good thing, but it sure makes for a lot of work to prepare for the trip and to catch up once home. I think I had a total of about 30 minutes worth of internet access during my time there which was just enough to delete all the worthless emails that I get so I didn’t have to do quite as much upon returning home.
But I still have a stack of snail mail to sort and I really need to work on mobilizing some traffic to my blogs since September 2012 was the worst month for traffic that I had seen in a long time. I had quite a bit going on during the first part of the month which meant less content, and I didn’t publish anything on Cash Flow Mantra or Grand Per Month while away. So, I will need to get back at it, start publishing and interacting more so I can see a turn around during the fourth quarter.
I have quite a few adventures to share about my trip along with some observations. These should provide for some interesting content for the month here on CFM. In the meantime, I need to catch up on some links for carnivals and start attacking that stack of mail—