Compulsive hoarding is a mental disorder that is just beginning to be understood. As a hoarder, I have acquired things over the years with a specific purpose in mind at the time of the acquisition, used some of those items for their intended purposes, forgotten the goal for different objects, but now that I find that they have outlived their purpose in my life I am struggling to rid myself of those same things.

You can read the start of my journey here.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Life Exploded Again.

I can't believe 2015 is over halfway finished, and this is my first blog post of the year. It isn't because I haven't been working on the hoard. I have. It has to do with life getting the better of me and knowing something had to go on the back burner, or I'd end up burning everything!

For the last several months, we've been working on the yard. The poor landscaper is still finding elm trees, in spite of having removed hundreds of thousands of them already. What? So what if there weren't actually hundreds of thousands of those stupid things? What if it just seemed like there were hundreds of thousands of the stupid things, because we hate them so much? I'm just so glad to be rid of every single one of them!

Our yard looks huge without the trees, and it's starting to take shape. The fence in the backyard was finally finished yesterday. They still have to paint the front fence, though. And I think we may actually be to the point where the sprinkler system, sod and stone will all be finished soon! It's going to be wonderful to spend time in our little backyard oasis, and it couldn't have come at a better time.

The last several months, Hubster has been struggling with his health. His hand began to tremor. Then his leg did. He'd stumble from time to time. He had to concentrate to walk, so he didn't appear drunk. He was exhausted all the time but couldn't sleep. And he was so weak, he said he felt at times his legs didn't have the strength to hold up the weight of his body.

We got official word yesterday that Hubster has early stage Parkinson's Disease.

Of course we are devastated, but we will handle this like we handle everything: as a team. We will meet it head-on, and we will fight it hard. He starts his first meds today, and we are praying they work well to help him feel more himself.

In the meantime, I will be trying to find time to blog again. Writing is therapeutic, and I'm thinking I may need a little therapy...


  1. You blogged.
    I'm sorry about the bad news, I'd hug you if I could.

  2. I was happy to see you appear in my dashboard tonight. I was very sad to read your hubby's diagnosis. How frustrating! Here's to hoping the meds do wonders, I've seen it happen! Hugs!

    1. Thank you, Mrs! It's nice to have a place to call home, where I can get my thoughts in order and deal with things like this in a 'private' way, in spite of my blog being public.

      Thank you for your hope and hugs! :)

  3. As I read the symptoms I knew the diagnosis. We have a VERY close friend, dare I say chosen family, who is in the early stages of the dementia. It's a hard disease, but it is very manageable for a long time. Even with the tremors he produces the most amazing woodwork and photography.

    I have also been away from the blogging. Crazy, busy, some good, some not so good.


    1. Thanks for the hugs, Juli. :)

      You're right. It's a hard disease. Hubster struggles with what his future holds. Neither of us wants to go there. We do from time to time, but we're really trying not to live in the 'what if's' this disease may hold in store. None of us can know what's around the corner, anyway, and trying to guess it just gut-wrenching and exhausting. We're doing our best to live in today! :)

      I'm sorry your friend is dealing with the early stages of the dementia. :( {{{hugs}}}

  4. Been doing some catch up myself with my blog and just read about your next trials and tribulations. I trust the meds are doing their magic and that life is being lived to the max with that team spirit intact.
    All the best CCHJ from HHH.
    Cheers Anita

    1. Hi Anita! It's nice to meet you!

      Life is still being lived with the team spirit intact! Some days the spirit is a bit heavier than others, and some days it's a lot lighter! I'm striving for more of those lighter days in 2016!


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