November Link Party With “A Chronic Voice”

November Link Party
November Link Party

Link Party

It’s time for November’s Link Party with Sheryl at “A Chronic Voice”! This months prompts are:

November Link Party Prompts
November Link Party Prompts


I’m continuing to learn more about irritable bowel syndrome and gut health; what works for me and what doesn’t. I agree with you Sheryl. Before I went on this learning journey, I had not realized how important our gut was to our overall health. I look forward to hearing what you think about The Clever Gut Diet by Dr. Michael Mosley. I had not heard of it before your post.


I decided recently that I wanted to refresh my Spanish language learning. I took Spanish in college and helped my children when they studied Spanish in high school. I’ve always wanted to be fluent in it so I could actually have a conversation with someone. I guess it’s one of my bucket list dreams. I started using Duolingo and Tiny Cards last week.

Yo hablo espanol
Yo hablo espanol


I’m anticipating seeing my Navy son sometime during the holidays. He’s due for leave (days off), so I’m hoping he will be allowed to come home soon. I have not seen him since Thanksgiving last year. He’ll be finished with his tour of duty in April 2018. It’s been a long five and a half years.

Department of the Navy; United States Of America
Department of the Navy; United States Of America


Do papers threaten to overwhelm your environment? They do mine. I’m constantly wrestling with paper overload. My youngest son is in the process of applying to colleges, and the dining room table is overflowing with papers. Trying to keep track of deadlines, scholarship application dates, passwords, and financial aid stuff is a current frustration for both myself and my son. If any of you have a system that works for organizing college papers, I’d love to hear it!

My table is also covered with project stuff, like my sewing machine. I made a sleep eye mask for my daughter last week, and the sewing machine is still on the table, because I have a bit of mending to do.

I give myself a weekly infusion of immunoglobulins. I did a dose last night. The Benadryl I take beforehand makes me really sleepy. Usually I clean everything up when I finish, but for some reason I didn’t do that last night. So that mess is on the table as well.

Also, I just switched purses. My summer purse and assorted stuff from inside it are also on the table.

No one else’s table looks like this, right? LOL! (You’ll have to excuse my blurry photos. I have trouble holding the camera still.)

My Messy Table
My Messy Table
My messy table
My messy table


I’m cherishing quiet moments spent with my youngest son. It’s so hard to believe that my youngest of six children will be graduating from high school next June. I honestly did not think I would survive this long. Parenting is really hard work, especially so, when their dad creates more problems than he solves. Add in chronic illness for myself and my youngest son, and it often felt like the scales were tipped against surviving. But we’ve made it! Soon he’ll be off to college, so I’m cherishing these days.

Previous Parties

Missed a previous Link Party post? You can find them below.

October Link Party With “A Chronic Voice”

September Link Party With “A Chronic Voice”: Join The Fun

Link Party With “A Chronic Voice”: Join The Fun!

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I'm a writer, disabled registered nurse, and former home school parent of 6 children ages 18 to 31.


  1. Aww, your table looks just like my work desk (which also happens to be strewn with my partner Jared’s meds — though most of the stuff is my art stuff, hehe).

    Duolingo is an awesome app for learning languages! 🙂 What level are you on now?

    I bet you really miss your son. Really awesome of you to be such a hands-on mom, staying on top of your own health and doing your very best to be there for your kids too.

  2. I’m tired just reading your responses to this month’s prompts! I was also having flashbacks to high school Spanish classes and applying for college. What a fun idea to relearn a language. Buena suerte! Happy holidays, to you and your family!

    • Thanks for reading and commenting Beth! I took Latin in high school. LOL! Then Spanish in college. Without someone to practice speaking with I’ve forgotten most of my Spanish.

  3. Aw this is a lovely post and it’s so nice to read how close you are to your children I’d say I’m close to my mum and dad but closer to my Aunty, she’s my rock really! And I totally agree about gut health too.. it plays such a massive roll in our bodies doesn’t it?
    I hope your other son can come home for Christmas as well xx

  4. Dear Kathy, I just wanted to say that you’re one amazing lady. I loved learning more about your spoonie life through these prompts, they were so insightful! I have no idea how you manage chronic illness while raising six kids alone!

    Yes I’ll let you know about the book when I’m done 🙂 And oh! You can try iTalki for languages too. If you sign up via my link on my website you get $15 credits I think 🙂 I love it. I’ve been taking extra French lessons online there, and also some community Chinese lessons to brush it up 🙂 xx

    • Thank you for reading and commenting, Sheryl. I’m really enjoying your link parties. I will have to check iTalki out. I forgot you mentioned earlier about learning French.

      • I’m glad someone is enjoying them 😉 It’s been really interesting for me as well, seeing how other spoonies are connected via these prompts in their lives all over the world. Take care! x

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