Letting Go

Letting Go

This is my first blog since last December when the descent of surgeriesz began. I never thought I’d see so many doctors and land in hospitalsso frequently. Atg 81 I’d only been hospitalized for two births and one major surgery. Add to that a few trips to emergency and one day events. Never took a pill except for high blood pressure till I was over 60. My mother passed away in January of 1996 and I turned 60 in February. That was about to end. The problems began. I don’t want to become an old lady who can only discuss health problems, so I won’t, other than to say it’s been one heck of a year. A hysterectomy and heart surgery followed by a broken arm is all I’ll say to explain the absence of my blog.

Some may not have even missed me, which is fine. I got to thinking the other day about the things I had to let go of to continue being independent and live in my home. Well, really it’s my mother’s home. My home was too big and had a split level so we could no longer live in it. We moved next door into a smaller house. To do that I had to squeeze my eyes shut and watch uncounted books carried out, as well as many other things. My grandmother’s dining room table for one. Then the other day it was going to freeze and a night blooming cerius which had belonged to my mother for fifty years and handed down to me was on the front porch. I sat in the living room and watched the temperature drop knowing it would kill that huge plant. Even if I asked someone to bring it inside I couldn’t care for it and the other plants out there. Carrying water to them on a regular basis was out of the question. I have two huge pots of cactus that I water twice a year. Those I will keep…for a while yet. But I calmly let go of those other plants.

Letting go of them represented a lot of occurrences in my life as I grow older. The most important things I can keep are my family and friends and a comfortable home, thanks to those very people. And you know what? Those are what I cherish more than anything else and I will keep them close for whatever time is left to me.

In spite of all my troubles, several books were published by my two publishers during down time. I managed to finish mystery #5 of the Twist of Poe Series and it will be out next year. This June #4 was published by Oghma Creative Media and number #3 of my Victorian series from Wild Rose Press came out the same time. My novel Remembrance also came out this year, so I didn’t fall behind. I’m beginning work on the sequel to Beyond the Moon.

To catch up on reading my books go to www.amazon.com/author/veldabrotherton  and they’ll all be revealed.

About veldabrotherton

For thirty years I've been a writer. Publication of my work began in 1994 . I'm pleased to have recently settled with Oghma Creative Media as my publisher. My brand is SexyDarkGritty and that applies to my western historical romances, mysteries, women's fiction and horror novels. I recently signed a contract to write westerns again, and what fun it's been working on the first one. If I weren't writing my life wouldn't be so exciting.
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6 Responses to Letting Go

  1. fitzjerrellk says:

    Velda! of course you’ve been missed. I can relate to having to make adjustments due to illness and age. It’s not one bit fun. I remind myself often that no one promised “easy” to our ultimate “exit.” We’ll have to give up lots till then so we can carry the sweetness with us when we go. Know you have me in your company.

  2. cyndyatoghma says:

    So happy to see you back in action. I very moving post, that I’m sure will inspire others to focus on what is most important in their own lives.

  3. Life sure has a way of throwing us curve balls, doesn’t it? My friend and fellow author, Marja McGraw, is fond of saying, “Getting older isn’t for sissies.” Boy, did she get that one right. You’re in my prayers, Velda.

  4. I’m sorry to hear about the troubles you’ve been having, Velda but glad to hear the optimism in your story. It’s been a long while since I’ve mingled with the writerly folks and I’ve wondered what you’ve been up to. Glad to hear you’re still on track with the writing and publishing.

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