Hard to believe it has been nearly a year since I have posted.   I have done some writing, but nothing much.  First and most likely reason has been the never ending tumult, my work schedule. At the beginning of the year I was on the midnight shift, then the swing, and finally a turn at a “normal” day shift.

June I put in a new shower stall after tearing out an old iron bathtub.  It took ultimately most of a week to complete. It was, complicated to say the least.

At the end of June, Julie took a horrible spill on her bike, and broke both bones in her right forearm.  This needed surgery and a lot of rehab to fix, and she is still making progress.  I was very glad she didn’t have to go through all of it alone and I was home to help her.

August  I realized the muscles I thought I had pulled back in March weren’t healing. I passed my second consecutive Physical Health Assessment in a great deal of pain again.

Julie helped our oldest move to Hollywood where he is pursuing his dream in the film making industry.  Our daughter moved back from Texas. The summer and fall were full of moves, none of them ours, thankfully.

November and December gets consultation with the Orthopedic Surgeon, who basically says either live with the pain (arthritis, not pulled muscles) by learning to manage it or eventually have a full hip replacement.  Thus Physical Therapy begins and acupuncture (which is wonderful by the way).   The whole process is going slow.

Julie had to put our 4 yr old Lab down, not acting like a lab was attacking the other animals unprovoked, and had begun to walk into things, not wanting to fetch, missing the ball when thrown, etc. Strongly suspected she was having some type of tumor or neurological issue, the Vet felt was just going to get worse.

Julie surprised me for our Birthdays, she is the best gift ever!  Today we head back to Harold’s Annual Magic Party.  The BLUF (bottom line up front, for you non-military folks) is that I let a lot of things get into the way of the things that are important to me.  It happens, it is life.  Some years are better than others, just as some days are better than others.  I pissed away a whole year, me, no one else, this one was on me.  Not much writing, no busking, nothing but endless cycle of stuff that gets into our way.  Guess what?  It didn’t defeat me, any more than Julie’s broken arm defeated her.  It may have been a slow year, but that is ok.  I move on, as you can see I am back to writing.

2016 did see great successes.  Julie’s arm is really on the mend, and physical therapy seems to be helping me.  I am back in the gym, I just have to accept my running days might just be over or at least limited.  I am loosing a few pounds here and there, not bad considering I was running 5 miles/day or cycling 10-20 before my injury.  We will give my leg/hip this year to see how things go, and re-evaluate if surgery is the best option.

I have managed to continue to practice magic, here and there.  I just need to put a few things together, develop a routine, and go busking a bit.  Nothing to lose and everything to gain.  I am writing again, it just takes sitting down at the computer and putting aside the time.  It is time for me to allow myself the time to do the things for me that I need to do.  It is all about priority.  I will set aside time for the gym, for magic, and for writing, for me.

Until next time, I hope everyone who reads this is able to contemplate their successes and not dwell on the failures and negatives.  Over all, 2016 was not a bad year, I learned a lot and it has made me stronger.