Sunday, March 18, 2012

Spring Renewal

Eirlysiau


Six weeks of dormancy have never felt so long - more like six years, it seems. Time has been oddly askew. My rhythms in rest have stretched into the surreal luxury of more hours in the day than our silly concepts of calendar allow. I never know what day it is, never mind the date. And I have learned that it doesn't matter.

I am well now and very happy to be back. That was always the plan, to shut up and shut down long enough to renew myself. It's been five years since I launched The Well-Seasoned Cook. Crashing was inevitable. A bout of flu-like illness in December put me over the edge, triggering a particularly nasty and stubborn stint of sinusitis. We take that mask of hollows under our faces very much for granted until they start burning as if you've inhaled water. You know how some opera singers can hit the high notes to an octave that shatters glass? Well, I could sneeze with such violence that the racked pots and pans in my kitchen would clank and rattle from a room away.

But enough about me. Let's talk about you - you and your kindnesses, poignant concerns, well wishes, emails, dedicated blog posts, and generous spirits. I have you to thank for hastening my recovery. The world is full of all sorts of people. I am very fortunate to have met all of you, the right sorts, the ones who make all the tough times endurable. You have been missed and valued more than you could possibly know. As I slowly ease back into my online life, I look forward to renewing friendships with a talented and fun community of kin whose hearts are even bigger than their appetites. I'm glad to be back breaking bread with you. Thanks for keeping a place for me at your tables.

23 comments:

  1. I'm so glad to see that you are back and feeling well! I have really missed your posts, your presence on FB and B&WWs.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. Welcome back, hope you're doing good.

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  3. Love the image.
    Welcome back my dear...
    LL

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  4. Spring has sprung and you are back! Great news! Beautiful photo!

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  5. It's wonderful to have you healthy and back.

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  6. So pleased you are better and have returned to the blogosphere...Yes!!

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  7. Yay! Welcome back!!!!!!! glad you're feeling much better.

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  8. Welcome back! Glad to hear you are feeling better, Susan. :)

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  9. Welcome back susan i m so happy you are back :) cant wait to read your posts

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  10. Glad you are back. Never hesitate to take time for you!

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  11. Welcome back Susan :)... The click is awesome :)

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  12. So glad you are back and with good news :-)
    A big hug!

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  13. Needless to say, but I will anyways. I am so happy to have you back and feeling rejuvenated and feeling well.

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  14. So really glad to see you back and in good health :)

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  15. Just in time for spring and writing in fine form. It's a pleasure to read a culinary and literary genius :) Welcome back!

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  16. Glad you are feeling better!

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  17. I had a big grin when I saw something coming up from you in my reader.
    I know sinusitis can be horribly painful - my partner gets it almost every year and it is excruciating. I'm glad you are feeling better now.
    Welcome back!

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  18. Welcome back, dear Susan!I am glad to read that you have recovered and are feeling better.

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  19. Yay! Glad to hear you've recovered and are ready to experience life again!

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  20. What a lovely, sweet and beautiful post/picture Susan. Welcome Back!

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