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So Much Better Than Dead

Good morning, luvs. πŸ™‚

I have missed you SO much! My poor computer has been at death’s door since last weekend so I haven’t been able to post a thing, but my dear friend Darren fiddled with it until all hours last night and managed to bring it back from the brink. Hooray!

How are YOU doing? I can’t wait to get back to your lovely emails and blog posts and status updates and get all caught up on your lives. πŸ™‚

I’m doing better each day since my awful encounter with The Bad Man. Doing One Brave Thing a day has helped tremendously in building my courage and taking back the peace of mind he snatched from me. This week we were finally able to get some information on him and I’ll be talking with the police again today to see what the next step is.

I get scared and overwhelmed often, but I’m bouncing back quicker and that makes me glad. I’m not so good with crowds yet, but I’ve worked up from hiding in my room to one-on-one to going out in public to going out in public BY MYSELF – to small groups, and I think that’s something to celebrate. πŸ™‚

During my bad moments I remember a scene from an episode of Bones I watched a few months ago. Brennan had gone through an awful day, a wretched day filled with trauma and pain, and as she came back to the office that night, she ran into the night watch man, a kindly older fellow.

He asked how she was doing and she stopped, thought a moment and replied, “I’m sad.”

He smiled gently then said, “Mmm, that’s so much better than being dead.”

I wanted to hug him. πŸ™‚

So I’m celebrating LIFE. I may be scared and uncertain and uprooted and shaken, but I’m alive. The Bad Man may have taken away my sense of peace and security for a while, he may have instilled fear in me for a time, but he did not take my Life or my Soul or my Hope.

And that is good. πŸ™‚

Despite all the hard stuff, there have been some wonderful moments this week:

  • My cooking club friends helped me get all moved out of my old place
  • my friend Kat read aloud to me from a hilarious book that had us in stitches
  • dinner and British TV with dear friends
  • gummi bears and movie night
  • comfort food: grilled cheese sandwiches and barbequed hot dogs with mustard
  • Jeeves and Wooster audio books

I’m also excited because I’ve started doing photo shoots! Like a yarn one for my dear friend Marie – a wonder-knitter who is starting her own fabulous knitting blog Knitting the Moment.

Today I get to do a chess photo shoot for my boss at Chess House. I’m having such a grand time and learning all sorts of things. πŸ™‚

What are some good things in your life today?

Thank you so much for your emails, hugs, prayers, good thoughts, love, and care you’ve showered on me. You mean the world to me.



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Krista - Big hug to you, my dear Darci. I’m so glad we don’t have to go through hard things alone. xo

Krista - Thank you, dearest Anna. I needed to hear that today. πŸ™‚ XO

Krista - So glad you like the pictures, Joumana. πŸ™‚ They made me smile too. I AM hanging on. πŸ™‚

Krista - Oh good!! Yes, do visit her blog. She will LOVE to meet you! πŸ™‚

Krista - Thank you, dear Nancy. Your words meant so much to me today. xo

Krista - I love that about you, Kathy, finding good in life when it is wretchedly sad. Biggest of hugs to you with a smile because you are SO loved. πŸ™‚

Mhovdestad - love and prayers. Celebrating life, each day, each breath, with you. love darci

Anna Johnston - So good to hear your healing Lovely, your doing everything right, so just keep doing it OK & one day you’ll realize you’ve spent an entire day without Bad Man thoughts….. I promise xox

tasteofbeirut - Hang in there! Life IS a roller coaster and good follows bad, always! Love your photos of the basket and yarn.

Km Opalek - Love your photos….will have to check out your friend’s site as I’m an avid knitter too

Km Opalek - Myprayers will continue your way…as will your friends Mary and Vern Wickstrom. Mary called to check on me and expressed her concern for you. What’s good in my life: school is out and I can concentrate on sorting the mess of paperwork and finances Herb left behind, good friends who check up on me regularly, dinner with friends last night, a graduation party tomorrow, Lisa’s Scottish friend and her new husband visited this week and we had a lovely barbeque…and LIFE IS GOOD even when sad.

Nancy - I am so honoured to know someone who has the strength of character to stand up against evil. Β I am sorry you had to go through this. Β I pray that the police will find this mad man as it will give you a little more sense of safely. Β thanks for sharing your heart and life. Nancy

Krista - Thank you, Paradis. πŸ™‚ That ironwork delights me. πŸ™‚

Krista - I have wished that too, Mallory, so many times. Thank you so much for your kind words. πŸ™‚Β 

Krista - Thank you so much, Barbara. πŸ™‚ Yes, we WILL keep fighting. “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.”

Passagesparadis - So glad to hear it’s a better week Krista! Β  Glad to hear you’ve got lots of help and are making progress. Β The pictures are beautiful. Β Thanks for the nice note about the market pic. Β Yup it was THE IRONWORK that I had to capture.

Mallory Opel - Oh My GOODNESS Krista!!! How have I missed so much lately?! I’ve been a terrible blogger/blog reader lately, so I’ve just caught up with what’s been going on in your world. My dear, I am oh so sorry! This horrifying experience you’ve endured, and continue to, it breaks my heart! I have often wished that the world was only full of good people, how much different life would be if that were the case. I am so happy to hear that you are on the mend, moving onward and upward, that you have a group of people who love and are there for you, and that you’re managing to find a rays of good in all of this. You’re an amazingly strong woman my dear, an inspiration for sure! x

Barbara - Well, Krista, I missed that post about the bad man. I can’t believe what you have been through! You are so brave and I am so proud of you. Keep that chin up and have faith. It’s hard sometimes how life gets us down, but fight back. It’ll get better.

Krista - I’m HUGELY proud of you, Kristine!!! As a No Man In The House At The Moment girl myself, I sure identify. πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to see you too. It will feel like a reunion. πŸ™‚

Krista - Thank you, Lorraine! It feels so good to be getting stronger. πŸ™‚

Krista - You are Wisdom Itself, Jamie!! πŸ™‚

Jamie - Am I wrong to believe grilled cheese can solve many of life’s woes?

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - I’m glad to hear that you’re feeling better and that you have some information on that awful man Krista! And that is great (and timely) TV advice!

Kristine - I love that! So much better than dead. And I love your one brave thing every day. Brings life into doable moments and a good perspective. I’m feeling a little proud of myself because I am pressure washing. I am having to learn to do all the man jobs around my house and each one conquered is a mini event to celebrate as I take on my new world. I really cannot wait to see you in person. I feel like we’ve spent lots of hours together though…reading each other’s blogs and having an awesome mutual friend. πŸ™‚ Β Hugs.

Krista - Thank you so much, dear Val. πŸ™‚ I’m so happy you have a job you love!!! That is fantastic! πŸ™‚ I think you’re right about those postal workers. πŸ™‚

bellini - IΒ am glad to hear that you are spiritually on the mend Krista. A good thing for today is that I have a job which I love for the next little while. The postal workers are on strike and in my mind, with all the uncertainty I think they should be happy to have a job. Maybe they need a job they love like me:D

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