IWSG: Kidneys and Knee

Hey, it’s Sher, not sharing the book blog anymore, but sharing other things at home. Some good, some bad. But before I get to that, here’s the December IWSG info:

Jennifer Hawes
Jen Chandler
Nick Wilford
Juneta Key
JH Moncrieff
Diane Burton
MJ Fifield

DECEMBER’S QUESTION: In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there?

With everything else going on, I didn’t even think of a 5-year-plan for writing. In 5 years, assuming my hubby and I are in good health, we should be on a mission for church. Someplace warm. In our spare time, I want to put some true stories together. I have enough letters, blog posts, and emails about all the weird stuff that happened to me growing up and after I got married. First, I joined the military with my hubby and traveled the world…not. We went no farther than the Philippines and Alaska. Upon retirement, we ended up in Florida, from beach (think hurricanes) to a small farm (think crazy chicken lady). In between, we had to deal with poverty (enlisted wages), college, side jobs, infertility, miscarriages, aborted adoption/foster care, preterm labor, preemie babies, disease, accidents/injuries, relatives (let’s not go there now), psychos (oopsie, went there), and quack doctors, all while moving every few years. A lot of the worst experiences are funny in hindsight. Gotta love that rose-colored rearview mirror.

About my plan to get there…I’m selling chickens. Yup. We need to save up to cover mission costs, and it seems there’s no money in keeping chickens. Thanks to predators, parasites, and diseases, there’s also too much work to leave time to write. So I posted ads, and we’re down from about 150 chickens earlier this summer to about 50. My goal is to empty half our runs, leaving  25-30 to keep me happy and keep us in eggs. I need the extra time to work the orchard and greenhouse tropical fruits and nuts.  Those crops will help us save for the mission. I’m selling Royal Palm Turkeys too.

At our age, any long term plan has to consider improving health. That’s where kidneys and knees come in. I’ve posted about hubby’s kidney stones before. The majority must have broken apart after the second blasting procedure he had. At least no more attacks in the last few weeks. But tomorrow, he’s getting a knee replacement. Although both are pretty much destroyed, they only replace one at a time. I will be his caregiver, not easy considering my weight vs. his. Besides, I got sick the day before Thanksgiving and still haven’t recovered. I need to get well fast, so send us positive thoughts and prayers if you believe they work. Even if you don’t believe, knowing you care will make me feel better.

Don’t forget to visit the fearless founder of IWSG, Alex J. Cavanaugh, the IWSG site, December’s co-hosts (listed above), and as many fellow members as you can.

Thanks and happy writing!


Share A Heart

Indie author-friendly freelance editor, children's book blogger for picture books through YA, kid lit, SF/fantasy lover with special fondness for middle grade, pun-loving SCBWI member, meter-maid for poetry and rhyming picture books.


  1. Hoping you and your husband get that chance to go some place warm as missionaries.
    All the best for your future.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G

  2. Best of luck to your and your husband for better health and speedy recovery. Knee replacement has come a long way – quicker recovery times and less pain, although your husband will no doubt disagree as he endures PT.

  3. Dropping in as co-host for this month! That sounds like a very attractive five-year plan – and a warm climate sounds good right now, and I’m sure will be very beneficial to both of you. Hoping that you both make a fast recovery from your ailments.

  4. Praying for a speedy recovery! Yours and his! Keep looking on the bright side. My hubs suffers from kidney stones. Just had one over the weekend. I feel your pain.

  5. Health is first. That’s for sure. Love the idea of a warm climate to be in. Let us know where you land.

    • Thanks, Lee, I am trying to get more sleep to speed recovery. Our warm climate in panhandle Florida is nice most of the time, not so much during hurricane season. I’m sure I will post wherever we land.

  6. Sound like you definitely have a plan in mind. I hope you find a warm place for the mission, but i hope it isn’t much warmer than where you’re at now. That would definitely be too hot.

    • I do, and I think we can find someplace warm but not as hot. It went from 80 to freezing this week in one day! Now if I can just get your comments to post without me approving them! I whitelisted your i.p. long ago.

  7. Going on a missions trip sounds awesome.
    Prayers for the knee surgery.
    And sorry so late.

  8. Hm. I commented once, but it didn’t go through. I’m sending a prayer for you and your hubby that all goes according to plan.

    • Thank you. A prayer goes far towards healing. I want to be done with all the tough stuff. Of course that’s not going to happen, but hubby’s knee is much better than before, and he hobbles less than guys who had surgery before he did!

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