March 2020 Link Party with “A Chronic Voice”

March 2020 Link Party with A Chronic VoicePin
March 2020 Link Party with "A Chronic Voice"

Hello all! I’ve missed the last couple link parties with Sheryl at “A Chronic Voice.”, so I wanted to jump into March 2020’s link party! I’m pretty much still pecking at the keyboard with my left hand. Before I start on the prompts for March, here’s a bit of spring!

I saw these tiny flowers today while walking in the park. A honeybee came and landed on one. Unfortunately, that photo was blurry. Spring is coming. I just had to share it with you all.

Early Spring Flowers

This month’s prompts are Staying, Doing, Being, Targeting, and Weighing.


I’ve been doing a lot of staying put this winter. Since I broke my shoulder in January, I’m not able to drive. I live in a small rural town that has no public transportation. Even riding in someone else’s car was unpleasant due to the pain of hitting pot holes, and rough spots in the pavement. Today my shoulder doesn’t hurt in the car anymore, but doing physical therapy has made my shoulder more painful in general. Even walking hurts it lately.


So what have I been doing to occupy this stuck at home season? Watching far too many You Tube videos. I’ve watched many episodes of Midsomer Murders, and Rosemary and Thyme which are British murder mysteries. I’ve watched this year’s Crufts Dog show, and really enjoyed the Agility and Flyball competitions.

(By the way, my dog, Dottie, is vacationing with my oldest child. She has other pets to occupy her time. I miss her greatly!)

I’ve also watched a lot of ice skating competitions both new and in years past. I know I’m pathetic.


This season of life has been quite challenging. I’m not very good at just being. I’ve gotten grumpy. I’ve struggled with accepting that my arm needs time to heal. It’s been a pain, literally and figuratively. I’m not very good at being patient. But spring is coming!


My primary target this month is working on physical therapy. My second goal is to not buy anything but the essentials. I’m still struggling to pay off my debts from when my dog had pancreatitis back in September. I think the whole year is going to be a don’t spend any money year, seeing as I owe taxes before April 15th, and I keep getting medical bills from my hospital/rehab stay! Also, I just paid $295.77 for an inhaler!!! It’s my deductible for 2020. Yippee.

I’m living on beans and rice. It’s a good thing that I like them.


Of course, one good thing about when one’s finances are tight, is you don’t have extra money for junk food. Even though I have struggled as an emotional eater in the past, I have managed to not gain weight during this very frustrating, isolating period. A blessing in disguise maybe?

Wrap Up Of March’s Link Party

Wrapping up this month’s link party, I’m looking forward to reading what the other Link Party participants have written. If you want to read them, click the link above on A Chronic Voice. If you want to read about how the floor assaulted me and about my hospital experience, click here.

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By Kathryn

I'm a writer, disabled registered nurse, and former home school parent of 6 children ages 19 to 32. I'm also a domestic abuse survivor.


  1. Waiting on Spring to arrive here too. I think I will have lots of time in my garden once it gets warmer. I hope you are healing well now

  2. Thanks for joining us again, Kathy! Love the snapshot of spring arriving! I really wish I was back in Europe I am crazily missing the weather there. I’ve seriously not felt as good since I’ve returned to Singapore, with the heat and humidity.

    I really hope your shoulder heals sooner than later and most important, heals nice and clean. It can be so frustrating going around with a broken something for so long. Sending love xxx

  3. Welcome back to the party. I really want to thank you for the accessibility widget on your blog. It’s so helpful being able to just click to enlarge the print. Just wanted to drop you a quick note to tell you I love the tiny flowers too. The photo made me smile. Take care and see you next month. xoxo

  4. I hope you’re starting to feel better and will be getting out soon, Kathy. I love British murder mysteries, too! I often binge watch them when I’m not able to do much else. Lucky they’re in good supply! xx

  5. Lovely post again, Kathryn. As a huge dog lover myself, I also enjoyed watching Crufts this year! I especially loved the agility too. I think this Winter a lot of us have stayed put, especially those of us experiencing severe and debilitating symptoms. Unfortunately, it also seems like this could be continuing for quite some time, for a lot of us, ill or not! Stay safe!

  6. I don’t think it’s weird to to watch previous I’ve skating competitions-i always find them so captivating so i get it!
    I’ve seen some people’s challenges of not buying anything new for a year or something similar etc and they seem to have got a lot from it… don’t know if this would be the right thing for you but just a thought

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