7/31/17, Two weeks “off”?

Hi Everyone,

I apologize for not writing to you for the last two weeks. I don’t know if they qualify as “off”. The time has flown. It has actually been an insanely busy couple of months, and especially for the last two weeks. I barely got a minute to sit down, and answer a letter or write a blog, or keep up with returning phone calls. Five of my children visited me for 10 days, and we went away for 6 days of it, as we do every year. I had a lot of things to do in my house, I had a re-write to do on a book, I decided to weed some things out in my house and sold some furniture, and with one thing and another, I haven’t stopped for two weeks. The vacation with my children was really lovely, and I’m always grateful for the time we spend together. The time just whizzed by, and 6 days for a vacation just isn’t very long. By the time you get settled, wherever you go, it’s time to pack up and leave. They left a week ago, and I haven’t stopped since!!! I’m going to be seeing them again in August.

I also went to New York and saw 3 of my daughters there, and met up with friends from Paris, who had three of their children with them. We’ve had some good times and good meals out together. Now tomorrow it’s back to real life, and I have another re-write to do. I do many, many re writes before a book finally gets published. It takes a couple of years from when I write a book until it gets into your hands.

One nice thing happened this summer, aside from seeing my children which I always love—my three little dogs have finally gotten used to each other, and seem happy together now. It was a hard adjustment, the third dog really upset the apple cart, and REALLY upset one of my other dogs—but she’s grown up and is less of a puppy now, and the three are finally friends. It took nine months—-and when I added the second dog four years ago, it took six months for them to adapt and bond. But we are finally getting there now.

So it’s back to the grind for me now, time to get back to work. The vacation is over. Thank you for your patience!!! I’ll be hunkering down with the typewriter tonight and for the next several weeks!!!

lots of love, Danielle

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2 Comments so far
  1. Miss I July 31, 2017 1:47 pm

    Hi Danielle!

    I love reading about your time with your family! You seem like the kind of person who really loves her children and cherishes every moment spent together. Now that they are all grown-up and had left home, how do you deal with the loneliness? Or are you so busy that you don’t have time to feel lonely?
    I don’t have a family of my own and all of my extended relatives are in another country. I tried making friends but once people start having families and having children, you become an outsider. I often feel alone and unsure of how to deal with this reality.

    Have a nice day!

  2. Alex August 1, 2017 4:26 am

    Funny how I read this in a fast tone. Like I could imagine you writing this really quick so at least we would have something to read and you don’t feel so bad about “abandoning” us for two weeks. I’m glad you enjoyed your time with your kids. Building memories that will last forever have no substitute.