Well, Hello There …

It’s been a while.

I’m still around, although my head and my brain hasn’t been.  It’s been an annus horribilis, to borrow a quote from Queen Elizabeth II from some years back.

Things have not been right with the world.  It’s not just the hectic, chaotic, missed deadlines frenzy that everyday life throws at us.  That, we somehow manage to handle, deal with it, move on.

It’s when we’re thrown for a loop that everything crashes.  It sounds so cliche, and until it happens to you, it’s just a phrase that you hear and read about, and sometimes dismiss.  But when you’re living in that loop that’s thrown at you, your world really crashes down on you.

There were no physical injuries, no, nothing as traumatic as that, and we’ve fixed and patched things up as best we could, and gone on with life.  But mentally, I’m not settled.  The constant worry that things will blow up again, the constant watchfulness, and things may have settled down into a routine again … But I’m not settled.

“This too shall pass”,  I remind myself regularly.  Things will get better, of course.  I’ll just settle myself down, and start writing again.

Hope you’re all having a good summer.





Feathered Pens

Look what I got !


A quill pen, from a colleague!  Well, more like synthetic quill, but anyway … She knows I can’t resist pens, journals, stationery, so when she saw this on her trip to the NY Public Library, she got it for me right away.   (Note that my purple and pink pens of the day have been pushed aside already).


I need to find a stand for it, I think it’ll look nice on top of my desk.  It’s a ball point pen at the end, and you can write with it.  The barrel is a little too thin for me, and I feel that the pen is a little top-heavy with the quill, but it’s good for the quick notes.  Maybe I’ll take it to one of the meetings and wave it around.

Can’t wait to use this, but I’m also thinking which of my journals I should pair this with.  Yes, another one of my collections … journals. See?  And each journal has a pen assigned to it.  But that’s a whole other post.


In the meantime, I’m signing off with a flourish using my quill pen.