November 2019 Link Party With A Chronic Voice

Sheryl over at A Chronic Voice hosts a Link Party every month where she comes up with 5 prompts that we can share our thoughts on. I enjoy reading other’s responses as well as creating my own. This month’s prompts are: Paying, Attending, Organizing, Plunging, and Knowing.


It’s November 12, 2019 as I write this. So far November has been challenging physically, and emotionally. Last week, I got a horrid gastrointestinal bug and ended up spending a day in the hospital getting IV fluids for dehydration. I also learned that my iron levels are low and so is my hemoglobin. That explains the numbing fatigue I’ve been experiencing lately.

While I was puking my guts out, my dad went to the emergency room with loss of vision in his right eye, and decreased vision in his left eye. He was diagnosed with an awful disease called temporal arteritis which has stolen his vision permanently.

The doctors also told him that his left carotid artery is 90% blocked. November has spiraled itself into the toilet, and no amount of plunging will help revive it.


Due to my dog being ill in September and early October, I have way more credit card debt than I want. I try to only spend what I can repay each month when the bill comes due on my credit cards. Dottie has been feeling much better lately, so I’m glad I spent the money to help her recuperate, but repaying it is unpleasant. Especially with holidays coming up. Add in that my medication starts to cost more every year at this time and things look pretty bleak for any extra holiday spending.


This month I am participating in the National Novel Writing Month Challenge, where you write 50,000 words on a writing project. It doesn’t have to be a novel. I’m working on a memoir about my experiences living with and leaving an abusive marriage. So far even with the craziness, I’ve written 14,147 words. I’m pretty pleased with myself.


I have found that working on this memoir has been enlightening in many ways. Some of my light bulb moments have resulted in sadness, and some have brought a clarity that was missing. In some ways, I think that I will benefit as much or maybe more by writing this story as anyone else may . I think that improving my self-knowledge will be a good thing for me.


There is something about this time of year, that starts me thinking about planning for the new year to come. I’ve been doing a lot of organizing of papers, selecting a new Medicare Part D Prescription Plan, creating a loose outline for my memoir, and continually tidying up my living space. I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m a naturally messy person when it comes to papers, and projects.

My mother-in-law had a talent for needlework. She once did a piece exactly like this:

Creative Clutter is Better Than Idle Neatness
Creative Clutter is Better Than Idle Neatness

I have to agree with her.

Wrap Up

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I missed October’s Link Party, but you can read my September answers here.

Read other peoples answers to November’s Link Party here. Remember to scroll to the bottom of the page.

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    Naomi — November 22, 2019 at 3:20 AM

    I like your mother in laws philosophy! Sorry to to hear about finance problems and you’re dad… both very stressful. Hope things improve

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    Rhiann — November 19, 2019 at 4:11 AM

    Hello Kathryn, lovely to see your involvement in this month’s challenge!

    Congratulations on the progress you have made so far on the NaNoWriMo that’s incredible! I have always loved the idea of writing my own book but whenever I try and start I have no idea what to write about! Surprising really, by the amount that I read, but I suppose it can be difficult to think of something original.

    I am sorry to hear that your dog has been unwell, but it’s great to hear that she is doing better and hope that it gives you some comfort despite the challenges it has presented.

    See you again and take care of yourself and your furbaby!

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    Catherine Green — November 18, 2019 at 2:23 PM

    Hello, I’m attempting NaNoWriMo this year but falling very short of my targets. I haven’t even reached 14k words yet! Well done you for getting on and doing what you can.

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      Kathy — November 19, 2019 at 12:35 PM

      Hello Catherine! It’s great to hear that you’re attempting NaNoWriMo as well. Just do what you can with it. Even if we don’t “win” we will have completed far more than if we never tried.

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    Niamh — November 17, 2019 at 7:04 PM

    Hi Kathryn, well done on participating on the novel writing month. Your memoir sounds like it could be very cathartic for you. Sending spoonie hugs right back to you. I’m very sorry to hear of our dad’s recent illness it must be quite a shock and adjustment. You’re all in my thoughts and prayers. xx

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    Spoonie Mom Rhonda — November 17, 2019 at 6:08 PM

    Hi Kathryn, I’m so impressed with the progress you’re making on your NNWM challenge! With so much going on in your life right now, I know it can’t be easy. Glad that Dottie is doing better, I had a financial setback recently with my furbaby as well. Stay strong and see you at next month’s linkup. #spooniehugs

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