Okay everybody, I’m still here. I’d like to make excuses for the scarcity of posts so far this summer. I’m renovating. My mom’s been visiting. My daughter moved home. My daughter’s found a new roommate and will be moving back out (this Friday!) I’m going to my youngest sister’s wedding. (Wednesday) These things are all true, but. . . If I’m truthful they are not the main reason I haven’t been blogging as often. Hormones are. They are pretty pesky, these hormones, as I navigate perimenopause. My hormones have been playing tricks on me since I was about 36, so I’ve been struggling with this for a good seven years and there are times. . . The worst of it has past, for which I’m very thankful. At it’s worst, I had severe anxiety, hot feet (still get that), crankiness, sadness, and, well, the list goes on. . . These days it’s just a general feeling of the blahs. I don’t feel blah all the time of course, just enough to slow me down and frustrate me intensely. I mean come on people! I don’t have time for this! I have things to do! Being sensitive to hormonal changes seems to run in our family. My sweet quite little grandma who took care of the customers in the family bakery almost assaulted a customer with a loaf of french bread when she was going through the ‘Change’ (it got so bad that she wasn’t allowed in the front for months! ) So. . . I’m trying to be kind to myself. To remind myself that this is just another of life’s passages. To be as forgiving of myself as I would a friend. This too shall pass, and when it does. . . I’ll be blogging up a storm! And no, I still don’t have a new bathroom.