I would go crazy without some quiet solitude at some time each day. I have a lap desk and often don’t come out of my bedroom until noon. I can get a lot done at the lap desk if my husband is home and has the TV on in the family room. I also know the minute I walk out of that bedroom door life will start happening, so I try to do the really important things before I come out — read my Bible, pray, and do my ten-minute German review. Then I sometimes try some free writing before I come out and hit the computer.

I’ve also found that working in the garden on yard chores gives me time to think, and I can also take walks. I’m glad you have regained your sense of self and are finding some of the solitude you need again.

Christian, bereaved adoptive mom, blogger, amateur nature photographer, voracious reader. Married 54 years. Central Coast of California. https://barbrad.com

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