A Blogging Break

Hi everyone. I am taking a break from blogging for a couple reasons.  I have so much to do in so little time in the next few weeks that I need to devote a lot of time and energy to get it all done.  Also, I got very sad news about Bev.  They have stopped the chemo because it was not working.  They are still deciding whether they will give her a feeding tube or not.  They are sending her home on Thursday to spend her last bit of time in her own home with her beloved animals.  I still can't believe how fast this has happened.  Bev's niece keeps me informed of her condition (thank you Angie!).  I feel so helpless being so far away.  Bev is such a special friend and I miss her so much.  She has given me so many precious recipes that I will always treasure.  I just need some time to make sense of all of this.

Comments

Laurie said…
take care dear friend, my thoughts are with you as they are with Bev.
Completely understandable...

I hope your coming being-busy-with-event-preparations, will help you get through the sadness...

Gentle hugs,
"Auntie"
PansWife said…
So sorry to hear this news of your dear friend. Illness has a way putting life and priorities into a different perspective. I know every family has to make their own decisions, but I hope they don't do the feeding tube. Having seen chronically ill people in my own life go with and without it, I can only say that those who refused it had a more comfortable passing. I wish you and her family the best possible outcome in all matters.
mxtodis123 said…
So sorry to hear about your friend. I've experienced the same with a dear Yahoo friend. One day she told me she was diagnosed with liver cancer and three weeks later she was gone. My heart reaches out to you.
Mary
Deb said…

PLease look after yourself and take that much needed rest! I am constantly in awe at everything you do, and if I haven't thanked you already for sharing your wonderful recipes, please accept my heartfelt thanks.
Robin Larkspur said…
Hugs to you, Joyce. It is a difficult and heartbreaking time. I pray for peace for Bev.
Take good care of yourself.
Ina in Alaska said…
I will continue to pray for Bev. What awful, awful news. I just cannot believe it. Even though I only know Bev via her blog and yours she and I made a connection.

I wish we could all just gather together for a group hug and cry.

I understand completely Joyce. We will still be here. Much love to you. And especially to Bev.
This is such sad news. Keeping Bev and you in my thoughts.
Jennifer said…
I am sorry to read such sad news about your friend. It is good that she gets to go home and spend her last days in comfort surrounded by her loving pets. I will keep you both in my thoughts. Take care.
Nellie said…
Such sad news. Definitely keeping both you and Bev in my thoughts and prayers.
The circle of life can bring much sadness too. Thinking of Bev now and you. Wishing everyone the best.
SharleneT said…
I am so sorry about Bev. It's so hard to get this kind of news that appears to be 'sudden,' only to find a dear one has been battling alone. Please know that my heart and prayers are with you and Bev's family during this time and your break. I've had to take a break, myself, because of a similar situation and blogging had to take a back seat. I didn't know Bev, personally, but loved her humor, blog, and cherish her recipes.
greekwitch said…
I am so sorry about your good friend. I am sending my best wishes and energies.
Ashling said…
Wishing you peace, and your friend a gentle passing. Be well...
Ashling said…
Wishing you peace, and your friend a gentle passing...
petoskystone said…
I second Ashling...plus, take what joy you can find in this season & enjoy. Sometimes, there is no making sense of it, just that Time can be far too short. Swift journey, Bev!
Dear Jazz, very sorry to hear about Bev; she and you all in thoughts and prayers, and one would wish a miracle to happen, now. even you are far away, I am sure you are still a great support for your friend, and she feels your presence. Will miss you posts, but very much understand, take care, best wishes xxx ozlem
Yes do take a break, blogging must be fun and not a must. So sad to read about Bev, she's in my thoughts.

Christer.
Barbara F. said…
I "met" Bev through your blog, she emailed me with a recipe for a veggie burger. We just clicked, and every Sunday a.m. I'd have breakfast with Bev, reading her beautiful Sunday posts. So many of those posts touched my heart, I used to tease her that she was writing it just for me to read! I really miss her. I am rather in shock myself as to all this going on in such a short time. I can just imagine how you must feel....I am keeping both of you in my prayers. All I think about is how Bev cooked and canned up a storm this past summer, leaving her family a legacy of good food. So sad. xo
Guillaume said…
Take good care of yourself and courage to your friend.
Oh Joyce , this news just breaks my heart. Bev is a wonderful jewel of a human being. I could feel her giving nature, and her spunk through her words. I send her love and wish her peace. You too~
xx
julie
Margaret said…
I'm so sorry. Sending prayers and hoping for the best. Maggie
Kelly said…
So sorry to hear about Bev not doing well. I know you are heartbroken and send all good thoughts and positive energy both of your ways. No words can comfort but just know we are here.
Much Love and Prayers
Kelly
luckybunny said…
I'm sorry to hear this but I understand. My prayers and thoughts are with both of you.
Barb said…
Joyce, you should take whatever time you need. This has been a very rough year for you with your blog friends. I'll be sending good thoughts your way and will miss you.
Joy said…
So sorry to hear about your friend! Take some time and reflect on all your wonderful memories too.
Dee said…
Much love and prayers for you and Bev.
AkasaWolfSong said…
My thoughts and heart are with you and Bev at this difficult time Jaz...take good care of yourself.

May you be surrounded in love and peace, by the wonderful friendship you had with Bev.

Akasa
Megs said…
I am so sorry - I had a dear friend that I lost, too, so know the pain. Good thoughts to Brv.
Don't forget to take care of yourself, too, but I have a feeling taking care of yourself means taking care of others!
I will so miss your posts, but understand, and hope to see you back sometime.
Marge
Take care, life is not easy sometimes. Thinking of you and looking forward to your return. Diane
This is my first time on your blog. I am sorry to hear about your friend Bev. I will keep her and yourself in my prayers. Marilyn