Off-Topic: Checking In

Hey there,

I hope all of you are well. I know things have been pretty quiet here on the site. Initially, things were just getting quite busy at work, but one thing is never enough. Very recently my father was in the ICU with sepsis, but he’s home and doing much better. That unexpected trip to Illinois, the boatload of unwanted stress, and a nasty case of strep seem—according to doctor visit #2—to have built up to a case of mono. Who in their thirties gets mono? 

I knew something was really off last Friday when I was so tired I was in tears and told my husband I was thinking of shutting down the site completely. I was really feeling guilty about not responding to any questions or working on making it nicer.

Working my day job and trying not to spread the germs to my family is all I can handle right now. I will be back, but it might be a few weeks. 

I have the questions you’ve submitted, and I’m saving them to answer when my head doesn’t feel like the voice of adults in Charlie Brown. 

Keep on keeping on. Do the best you can and cut yourself plenty of slack if you need to. I’m trying hard to abide by this, too.




  1. B T on June 22, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Thanks for the updates Heather. You’re stronger than you know. Keep on keeping on. We’ll still be here waiting for your good news and safe and healthy self. Rooting for you all the way.:-)

  2. Cheryl on June 22, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Get better Heather!

  3. Karen L on June 21, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Take care of yourself. I also got mono in my thirties! Coughed so much I cracked a rib. Developed pneumonia. Again, take care of yourself.

  4. Jenn on June 21, 2017 at 9:28 am

    I’m sorry for all your troubles. You do your thing. We’ll be here when you get back. I’ve been a long time reader and have weathered gaps before. BTW your Asian cabbage skillet is a regular fixture in our summer menus.It will accommodate bok choy, Swiss chard, and any other sturdy green in place of the cabbage. My family is much more likely to eat cooking greens when they’re in something vs stewed on their own.

    Take care!

  5. Louise on June 21, 2017 at 8:15 am

    Part of being an adult is recognizing when to say “enough”. Be good to yourself. You deserve it! Take the time you need. There’s plenty here to read to tide us all over. All the good work you’ve done on this over the years will pay off.

  6. wendy on June 21, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Feel better soon and rest! We’ll all be fine until you’re back! Hugs xo

  7. Jess on June 21, 2017 at 7:47 am

    take care of yourself, Heather. We will miss you, but the world will keep on spinning even if you take a break to take care of yourself. 😁

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