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Drained Emotions

I’ve loved lilacs ever since I was a child swinging on our old rusty swing set next to a lilac bush in the back yard. I dreamed of having my own when I grew up. Except, when I did grow up, I moved to Florida where lilac bushes don’t grow.

Twenty-seven years after we moved away, we’re finally back home again, near the area where I grew up. We planted a lilac bush, but it didn’t grow for two years. Finally, this year, it’s blooming (pictured left).

They came up late in the season, and aren’t lasting very long, but I’m thrilled to have their fresh scent and soft color adorning my yard.

While the lilacs start to fade, my rose bush says, “Don’t worry, I’ll give you lots of blooms to smile about.”

Due to what’s happening in the world, I’m struggling with going on as normal with blogging and other social media outlets. You see, during the rowdiest days of the riots, they came dangerously close to my home and the homes of my family members. My emotions went into such a tailspin, that now they are drained. I need to take a break from social media and the internet.

I apologize that I won’t be around blogs for a while. But, it won’t be for long. I love the blogging world. For now, I’m going to continue with writing my novel and enjoy being outdoors on my patio with the flowers.

If you’d like to stay in touch, I’m at

In the meantime, everyone stay safe and well.





26 thoughts on “Drained Emotions”

  1. That is lovely you got lilacs again and they bloomed. Must have been a great sight and feeling for you. It’s crazy times these days and I hope you are staying safe. Enjoy the outdoors on your patio and good luck with writing your novel.

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    1. Love this analogy. Thank you, Pam. I hope you are doing well. My heart is still with you, as I know grieving doesn’t just last a few days. 💗

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  2. Hi Lori, You remind me of the house I lived in up until six years old. I still recall smelling the lilacs near our front door. I get it on what topics to approach blogging when so many intense, serious things are happening right now. You do what is right for you. No right or wrong when being creative. Take care.

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    1. Hi Erica. Sounds like the scent of lilacs brings back childhood memories for both of us. Thank you so much for your thoughtful response. Stay well and safe. 💗

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  3. Aww, I love the rose bush is giving you lots of blooms to smile about. I love lilacs. We had quite a bit of lilac in Missouri. No lilacs here in Florida. Lots of flowers here but you just don’t get the fragrance here that I am used to in the evening. When we ride our bikes at night I do smell gardenia! Take care, Lori. I understand being drained… tapped out. My desire to post a blog faded a long time ago but I still love to be in contact with blogs and the people that write them.

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    1. Hi there. When we first moved to Florida, the area was a bit rural, and we used to smell orange blossoms in the air. Our area built up a lot over the years though, and those orange trees were removed. I also smelled magnolia and jasmine on occasion when we walked our dog down there.

      I have lots of blogs in my draft folder. I’m just not in the mood for posting them in light of what’s going on. 🤷‍♀️ If and when it passes, I’ll be posting them.

      We’re having remnants of that tropical storm that passed through the gulf up here. Stay cool and safe down there.


    1. Thank you, Kathy. Had a scare last night. A huge bang in the house at 4am. Turned out, a picture fell from the wall. We’re still on edge over here. I’m hanging around the internet for today, and then giving myself a break. Thanks for the interesting and understanding conversation.

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