I missed March, April, and most of May on the blog. I bet you can all guess why.
What a heck of a year so far. Global pandemic, hundreds of thousands dead, and so many people refusing to do something as simple as wear a face mask to protect themselves and others. It’s mind-boggling.
Not going to lie, friends. I’ve had my ups and downs handling this over the last few months. As all of you have. Working from home, online schooling for 4th and 8th grades, a 10-year-old with a broken arm (because the pandemic wasn’t terrifying enough on its own…let’s head to a hospital for corrective surgery!), being around my family every single day all day long and never getting a break even though I’m an introvert and desperately, desperately need a few days of quiet…or just a silent house for…like…an hour. Yeah. It’s all been a bit of a challenge.
And I’m sure you’re all in the very same situation. We’re all facing difficult times. Stressful times. Unprecedented times. But it won’t last forever. Years, maybe. But not forever.
So take this time to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you. Do things with them. Appreciate nature. Enjoy your backyard. (Or your balcony. Or your porch.) Here are a few snapshots from my own life in the past two months. Crazy, yes. But not all bad.
Family haircuts. (She’s trusting.)
Finished manuscript. (Book II of The Tarrowburn Prophecies. It’s almost ready!)
So I just typed a thing. pic.twitter.com/nfuS8knkXt
— L. Ryan Storms (@LRyan_Storms) April 16, 2020
Heading to the hospital for a CT scan to make sure she didn’t do anything to the elbow as well. 😖 The hospital is NOT where we want to be right now. pic.twitter.com/Hi3J7ikP97
— L. Ryan Storms (@LRyan_Storms) April 17, 2020
Surgery because the fracture was through the growth plate.
Breaking quarantine today to take kiddo for an appointment with the pediatric orthopedic specialists in Hershey this afternoon. (Yes, we have masks.) I will take all the good vibes and prayers offered, please, Twitter. Hoping for news that surgery will NOT be needed. 🙏🏽
— L. Ryan Storms (@LRyan_Storms) April 21, 2020
Family karaoke night.
Update: Husband’s moonwalking skills are better than his singing skills.
After two hours, my voice is shot.
My children must run on Energizer batteries…they’re still singing while they brush their teeth.
— L. Ryan Storms (@LRyan_Storms) May 2, 2020
Chickens in the house. Hooray! These little ladies will be earning their keep in about four or five more months.
Backyard garden work.
New project inspiration!
Welp. It’s 3 a.m. and I can’t sleep for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that a new character for a new book won’t shut her mouth. I swear… pic.twitter.com/UGxXo9L4ag
— L. Ryan Storms (@LRyan_Storms) May 4, 2020
New truck! (Because the old one left husband stranded 40 miles from home not once, but TWICE. And it’s been 21 years, I guess we’re due.)