Nan Reinhardt, Author

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Lent Check-In . . . I’m Still Here

March18

breatheWow, I’d sure like to say that I’ve been hugely successful at unknotting the knot, which was my Lenten goal, but sadly, I’m not quite there yet. But, I can say that I’m trying, I’m releasing stuff, just not everything. But in an attempt to let go of the body issue worries, I’ve scheduled the CT scan and Can’t wait for it to be done, so that the doc can tell me, “Kid, you have diverticulitis, welcome to aging, and pay attention to your diet.”

One thing I have learned about the diverticulitis thing is that everyone is different. Some folks can eat whatever they want, some can’t. I’m being pretty cautious right now because I’ve had two exacerbations in less than six months. That’s too many because, a. it’s painful as hell and b. you have to take a wicked combination of antibiotics when it kicks up and I’m just not interested in doing that again. I’m learning what I can and can’t eat and I see that as progress. The knee is holding on right now. Yeah, it hurts frequently, but if I get to the pool at least three times a week, it does better and if I get to the chiropractor regularly, that helps it, too. I’ve been telling it that it needs to hang on a couple more years. We’ll see if it listens.

I’m writing! That might be the biggest news from the home front. It’s been a long time since I’ve actually moved forward on a book. At the moment, I’m focused on Libby and Nick–the fourth Women of Willow Bay story, but there are a couple of other books banging around in my brain. I’m making notes and thinking . . . a huge step in the right direction. Mostly, I’m trying not to concentrate so much on the selling/promotion side of the writing. That only brings me down. Instead, I’m just going to write and see where I am in the fall.

Reinhardt_Poster_resizedThat being said, I am doing a book signing at Spring Fling in Chicago in May, which has forced me to think about some promotional stuff. Spring Fling is a great big fun event. Pal, Liz Flaherty, and I went in 2014 and we had a ball! Lots of hobnobbing with other writers, fun learning times at workshops, and an amazing time just being with my dear friend. We travel so well together–we’re kind of on the same wavelength about traveling and that’s terrific! I’m looking forward to it. It’s the biggest book signing I’ve ever participated in, so I confess I’m a little bit nervous. But it’s going to be good. That’s my table poster over there on the left–isn’t it great? Thanks to the amazing Lani Diane Rich for the design! I’m crazy about it!

So gratitude for today: The gym pool–I’m free when I’m in the water. A great St. Patrick’s Day supper with PJ and her husband, Larry. Good food, good wine, good fellowship. Our Lenten Bible Study class on Wednesdays through Lent. We’re both enjoying talking about faith and also getting to know some of the folks in our church. It’s a good thing. We got a start on the spring yard work—I actually enjoyed three hours of digging in the dirt, which amazes me because I would almost rather have my gums scraped than do yard work. Each time I’ve talked to Son lately, he’s been good—not always jumping for joy, but reasonably content, happy with life, feeling productive, and breathing. So grateful to God for answered prayer!

6 Comments to

“Lent Check-In . . . I’m Still Here”

  1. Avatar March 18th, 2016 at 7:19 pm Cheryl Brooks Says:

    More and more I’m seeing dealing with the effects of aging as a balancing act–one of those keep-all-the-plates-spinning-on-the-poles-at-the-same-time things. Which is to say, nearly impossible. Hang in there!


  2. Avatar March 18th, 2016 at 7:33 pm Nan Says:

    That’s a great analogy, Cheryl, and yup. I agree! Thanks for coming by and you hang in there, too, baby!


  3. Avatar March 18th, 2016 at 7:34 pm Liz Flaherty Says:

    Baby steps–you’re doing great at untying!


  4. Avatar March 19th, 2016 at 11:06 am Nan Says:

    Definitely are baby steps, my friend! Thanks!!


  5. Avatar March 21st, 2016 at 5:50 pm Carol Says:

    Hi Nan, how exciting for you to go to Spring Fling, hope it is a great success. Robyn Carr is one of my favourite authors. Enjoy getting to know her, she is terrific. Waiting for another story from you. May have to re-read all three again. Cheers! (PS forgot which email address I used last time.)


  6. Avatar March 22nd, 2016 at 11:53 am Nan Says:

    Hi, Carol! Yeah, I’m pretty stoked about Spring Fling. Liz and I had a ball at the last one. Lots to do and we’re both doing the book signing, so that should be fun! Thanks for coming by!!


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