September 28, 2021 – The Grand Finale?

Don’t ask me how, but a complete calendar year has passed since I began my ‘blogging adventure’. Before I started, I put ‘safeguards’ in place to ensure anonymity. Because most of my family members have a few screws loose, I didn’t want any of them getting wind of what I was writing and sue my pants off. I love my pants, they fit really well, so putting them in jeopardy is completely unacceptable. Let me tell you, trying to remain anonymous and staying under the radar has been quite challenging. I think I’ve been successful at accomplishing this but I wouldn’t be surprised if I got careless and slipped at some point along the way. One of the ‘safeguards’ I implemented was never using anyone’s actual name, just ‘made up’ ones. You’d think it’d be easy to come up with aliases for others but it isn’t necessarily. What I found most difficult was trying to remember the aliases I used once they were assigned. The initial theme for the aliases was ‘animals’ and I did pretty well (to a degree). My oldest sister was ‘Stallion’, and my oldest brother ‘The Kraken’.

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September 27, 2021 – Photo

My husband and I had an opportunity to stroll around the park where I used to take my kids when it was time for ‘senior photos’. I remember it fondly and I think it’s the ‘go to’ place in town to take photos because it seemed like every other person we passed was a fellow shutterbug. It was a less-than-ideal day for pictures but I captured a few images I thought were worth hanging on to. The one I decided to feature today includes an old pavilion (which I used back in the day as a nice backdrop when taking pictures of my kids for their yearbooks). I chose this image (over the rest) because I like the fluffy clouds in the sky as well as the reflection of the trees on the water. Enjoy!

September 26, 2021 – The Number Two

I feel compelled to write about ‘the number two’ today for a variety of reasons, the primary reason being that I only have two more days left in my commitment to publish something daily on my blog and then I’ll have successfully finished out the year. Now, if you’re anything like me, when you read the title of today’s blog, you probably thought I’d be writing all about the mechanisms of the human body, including how it eliminates waste. Which, when you think about it, is really quite amazing. Of course, that discussion would likely have been followed by several paragraphs about all the different types of waste people excrete depending on what they’ve eaten (too much or too little fiber) or what ailment they’re experiencing (stomach flu vs. diabetes). And because I touched on those subcategories under the main category of ‘the number two’, it would be completely unacceptable to not then discuss the numerous ways we, as humans, go about ‘this process’.

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September 25, 2021 – Photo

I think I’m cursed when it comes to cell phone cameras! I don’t understand, but half the time I use the camera option on my cell phone, when I get a good look at the photo, it’s all distorted and resembles a painting. Since that’s what I used tonight to get ‘the shot’, I guess it’ll have to do. I happened upon this squirrel when I stepped out into my father-in-law’s backyard. He’d been dining on hickory nuts (the squirrel, not my father-in-law) and started to ‘squawk’ at me out of annoyance when I began to inch closer in order to get a decent shot. The title of this photo is ‘Give me some space’.

September 24, 2021 – Highs and Lows

My friends, I feel like I’ve been on an emotional thrill ride that has yet to conclude. Ever since my husband and I made the decision to move, I have experienced (far too many to count) exhilarating, take-your-breath-away highs and disappointing, mind-numbing lows. With family matters alone, we have both dealt with difficult situations involving our moms. Both our moms (my biological mom, his stepmom) suffer(ed) from dementia. Fortunately, I still have my mom, even though half the time she doesn’t know who the hell I am, but my husband lost his altogether. It’s strange to think her funeral was only a week ago. Since we arrived, there have been some joyous moments which have helped offset the loss. By coming here, my husband has been reunited with his family, and we’ve both been reunited with our son. On the other hand, we have left our daughter behind, as well as my family. I cannot say I miss my family much (apart from my brother ‘Clover’), but I definitely miss my daughter.

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September 23, 2021 – Photo

This is a photo I took while visiting a local botanical gardens back in June. If I had the means, I would replicate what I saw there in my own backyard. I had two beautiful fountains that I had to leave behind at my old house, but I wish I had been able to bring them with me. They were far too big and heavy to transport, however. There is nothing quite as soothing as sitting amongst so much beauty. It’s a transformative experience. I intend to make our new backyard (on a very limited budget) into an inviting and tranquil space. With any luck, I’ll be able to acquire what I need through end-of-season sales as well as thrift stores and Craigslist. I believe it’s possible, but it may take some time. It doesn’t hurt to dream, right?

September 22, 2021 – Sorting out the details.

Boy, buying a home is nothing like any other transaction. My mom used to say, “Growing old isn’t for sissies.” I think the same could be said for buying a house. It will test you in every possible way, and if it doesn’t break you, consider yourself lucky. I thought my husband and I were going to kill each other today because we’ve been so stressed out by the process. I think a lot has to do with ‘living in limbo’ and no longer having a set schedule. We’ve been in this weird transitional space and it’s beginning to take its toll. My husband told me this evening that he feels ‘jipped’. “Just like last time we bought a house,” he said, “You got everything that you wanted and I got nothing. All I asked for was a shop and I didn’t even get that.” He’s right, of course (sort of). The house doesn’t currently have a shop, but that doesn’t mean that one cannot be added in the future. “With what money?” my husband asked when I made the suggestion, “The money we could have used to build a shop is now going to be spent replacing the roof.”

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September 21, 2021 – Photo

I took this photo several years ago for a ‘study of glass’ segment in my photography class. It reminds me of when I was stationed in Germany a hundred or so years ago. Ok, I might have exaggerated the timeline a bit, but it sure feels like it was a hundred years ago. When I was stationed there, Weinfests were a regular thing. It was a great way for each region to market the different wines they developed from the local grape crops. If you attend enough of them, it’s easy to end up with quite the collection of these little sampler glasses. Personally, I’m not a fan of wine (unless it’s diluted with Sprite or 7-up). It’s for this reason my collection only consists of three glasses. I wish I had a few more, I absolutely love the unique illustrations on each one!

September 20, 2021 – When the stars align.

I had every intention of writing about ‘anticipation’ tonight, but things didn’t turn out as planned. With little hope, we submitted our offer (for the house I fell in love with) to the seller this afternoon. I also included a ‘love letter’ (a letter letting the seller know how much we love the house). Our realtor had indicated that the offer and letter wouldn’t be reviewed until late tomorrow morning. I envisioned a night of tossing and turning and fretting and hoping and praying and worrying and wondering. Despite what I was told, the seller decided to review the offers early. I really didn’t think we had a chance in hell because we were up against 6 other families, but to my surprise, we got it! WE GOT IT!!!!!!! Our realtor called as we were driving down the highway and teased us by asking if we were willing to increase our bid. My husband and I weren’t willing to go a cent over our initial offer and thought it was ‘game over’ at that point, and then our realtor started to giggle and said, “It’s yours!” Can you believe it? I can’t! Someone pinch me!!

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September 19, 2021 – Photo

Horseback riding was one of my favorite pastimes before I learned that horses are not to be trusted! A horse can appear so gentle and tranquil but turn your back for one second, and it will transform into a wild steed, whinnying wildly while rearing up on its hind legs and thrashing with its front! Those folks setting out probably don’t have a clue what they’re in for, but if their ‘leisurely ride’ turns out anything like mine, they can look forward to (at minimum) a severe concussion as well as spending several hours at the nearest hospital (after being transported there by ambulance). Let’s hope that’s not the case!