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  1. I’m happy that you are looking after yourself….or at least trying to.
    I find that my own depression often shows up first as anger & impatience. No idea that was a symptom.

  2. Dear dear Alison
    You sound frighteningly so like me. I’ve always related to you so much but word for word me… A friend asked me to describe myself in one word. I said scared. My health is poor I’m getting through my 60s by the minute. I’m known for my humour and all assume I’m gregarious. I’ve achieved little I’ve scant talent but I’m kind and I try always to rise above my roller coaster adventure of a life. I once cried as every egg I fried cracked and I binned them as would not give anyone a cracked egg. I suffered abuse as a child and in my first long marriage so all psychological.
    I am always here for you if you need to talk. You have achieved so much and I greatly admire you. Have often thought I’d love to be like Alison who has given me so much pleasure over the years her blog lifting me on my darkest of days.
    Keep on keeping on.
    Love You ❤️

  3. Dear dear Alison
    You sound frighteningly so like me. I’ve always related to you so much but word for word me… A friend asked me to describe myself in one word. I said scared. My health is poor I’m getting through my 60s by the minute. I’m known for my humour and all assume I’m gregarious. I’ve achieved little I’ve scant talent but I’m kind and I try always to rise above my roller coaster adventure of a life. I once cried as every egg I fried cracked and I binned them as would not give anyone a cracked egg. I suffered abuse as a child and in my first long marriage so all psychological.
    I am always here for you if you need to talk. You have achieved so much and I greatly admire you. Have often thought I’d love to be like Alison who has given me so much pleasure over the years her blog lifting me on my darkest of days.
    Keep on keeping on.
    Love You ❤️

  4. You are so brave Alison-don’t ever forget that. You’ve been through traumas over the last few (several) years and those feelings must come out eventually. I and all your other friends will always be here to hold you up when things get too big for you to carry alone. You’re one of my favorite people and I haven’t even met you in person (yet). Much love and strength to you <3

  5. Oh Alison….How brave you are to bare your soul to us. To say out loud (and here in print) that you can’t do this anymore, that you are frightened. It takes an enormous amount of strength to recognize what many of us hide from others. I want you to know that a smile is on my face when I open your blog and read your whimsical and touching words. You show us that there is more to life than pinterest and facebook) 2 things I refuse to be pulled into. Your words touch on the soft, kind little aspects of life that seem to be buried in today’s rush rush rush world. PLEASE take care of yourself and PLEASE keep inspiring us. We need you,

  6. Oh Alison….How brave you are to bare your soul to us. To say out loud (and here in print) that you can’t do this anymore, that you are frightened. It takes an enormous amount of strength to recognize what many of us hide from others. I want you to know that a smile is on my face when I open your blog and read your whimsical and touching words. You show us that there is more to life than pinterest and facebook) 2 things I refuse to be pulled into. Your words touch on the soft, kind little aspects of life that seem to be buried in today’s rush rush rush world. PLEASE take care of yourself and PLEASE keep inspiring us. We need you,

  7. Dear Alison….there’s so much here to which I can wholeheartedly relate — so much of your experience resonates and mirrors what I’ve gone through these past couple of years.
    You’re doing the right thing — giving yourself the time to step back and recalibrate. I’ve done the same for myself…it was the only way to preserve what was left of my sanity! I’m calling it a convalescence…which doesn’t have a deadline or prescribed path, just simply time to rest and sort things out. I’ve been doing it for a couple of months now and I’m only just starting to see a glimmer of my old enthusiasms return.
    Do look after yourself….the people who truly care about your work will wait patiently for you to heal and restore yourself.
    wishing you peace…xo

  8. Hi Alison, you have brought love and care to so many of us through your eloquent and warm words. I have found that one of the hardest things to do is to take care of oneself. What form that care takes changes from year to year for me. Please take care of you. You are so precious to us, and your loved ones. 🙂

  9. Hi Alison, you have brought love and care to so many of us through your eloquent and warm words. I have found that one of the hardest things to do is to take care of oneself. What form that care takes changes from year to year for me. Please take care of you. You are so precious to us, and your loved ones. 🙂

  10. Alison,
    I have never met you, but you are such an inspiration to me. Your writing has made me feel excited about my life again after an extremely tough postpartum period. I was floundering and I was lost. Your writing moved me. I feel happy after reading your books and blog posts. You showed me a way out of the despair I was suffocating under. When I feel I need a friend I just log into the Salon and read. I don’t always finish the tasks, but reading your unique voice makes me feel as if I am not alone and what I do is important in the world. I wish you all the best. Take care of yourself! I for one agree with you about Facebook and the like. I deleted my account a year ago and never looked back. It was quite freeing. I do hope you feel better and I wish you good health and happiness.

  11. Hi Alison
    I have only just discovered you! It really is time to take care of yourself – something our vintage housewife ancestors weren’t good at! Don’t be frightened of the blank sheet or letting go of stuff that yesterday seemed so very important. Its back to basics time. I don’t know where your journey will take you – just take it one step at a time.
    Love and Light Maggie xx

  12. Hi Alison
    I have only just discovered you! It really is time to take care of yourself – something our vintage housewife ancestors weren’t good at! Don’t be frightened of the blank sheet or letting go of stuff that yesterday seemed so very important. Its back to basics time. I don’t know where your journey will take you – just take it one step at a time.
    Love and Light Maggie xx

  13. Oh, dear sweet one, it’s time to retreat and take care of yourself. You have given so much of yourself away. You have been a soucrce of encouragement to myself and many others. You mean so much to us, even those of us who have never met you in person. Take care sweet one. You are needed and very much loved.

  14. Oh, dear sweet one, it’s time to retreat and take care of yourself. You have given so much of yourself away. You have been a soucrce of encouragement to myself and many others. You mean so much to us, even those of us who have never met you in person. Take care sweet one. You are needed and very much loved.

  15. There is so much I want to say that I don’t even know where to start. So here’s just one thing – perimenopause sucks. I ended up so anemic I could barely walk up the stairs and needed long daily naps. And yet I remained exhausted every minute of the day. All I can tell you is that it does eventually get better. After several years of no periods I’m finally no longer anemic. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I’m energetic but at least I can make it through the day without a nap. I hope you find that encouraging on some level.
    As for the whole blogging/social media/business stuff, I’m right there with you, sister. I have no answers but I sure do long for the pre-Facebook era of blogging. No matter what you decide, I’m here for the long haul. (((hugs)))

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