Posts Tagged ‘New Year’

So It’s Here

2021, that is. It’s here. I’m less excited and more apprehensive than most about the start of the year. I guess it’s because I know we are not out of the dark yet. In fact, I’m sure we will see things get more bleak before we see any kind of light at the end of the tunnel. I’m just hoping that my family and my friends manage to get through to that light. I know it will be months. I was, at one point, optimistic that I would get to go to Seattle for the birth of my fifth grandchild in April but now I’m thinking it will be closer to Labor Day before it is considered anywhere near safe to go up there. And that’s depressing.

I think that is what is getting to me the most. I see one daughter that lives nearby but we see each other with masks on and lots of space between us. I want to hug her and see her beautiful smile but that won’t be for awhile longer. And my son and his family in Seattle, well I haven’t seen them since December 26 of 2020. That’s way too long. I’m missing them.

I don’t go to stores. Not even the grocery store. When I have to get my monthly money order for rent, I ask my daughter to go for me or if I don’t see her when I need to get it, I run in to Customer Service at closing time when there is no one in the store. No post office. No bank. No pharmacy. At some point I have to figure out how to sign up for grocery pickup or delivery. It’s more complicated for me because only certain stores in my state are authorized to accept EBT for anything but in person purchases so I am limited. I’m lucky that so far, people in my Buy Nothing group have been dropping off food and groceries to me when they have extra. That is what keeps me going, plus my daughter gets me some groceries if she is going to see me around the time of her shopping trips. We are in a bubble so at least I get to see her and the kids often. That’s my plus. Those kids keep me going!

And now that January is here, I get to start using my new Medicare account. I have to pick doctors and hopefully get my prescriptions set up because I missed December meds due to not having Medicare set up yet. So that is something to look forward to. I really don’t often look forward to doctors but I haven’t seen any since last January and so much has gone unaddressed. It’s time to start taking care of those issues.

Another plus during the past year is that a friend asked me to edit his fifth novel. That cash kept me going through several months. And it also gave me a good feeling of doing something positive to help myself and my friend. Hopefully he will write another this year that I can edit! Yay!

I seem to not have a lot of energy these days. I am sleeping most of the day away, every day, except when I go see the kids at my daughter’s. I know it is partly depression and that’s one of the things I need to ask a doctor about…increasing the dose of my anti-depressants. I think that will help.

Anyway. That’s it for this January first of the year that will hopefully bring us out of the darkness, sooner than later!

[I don’t see a way to tag these posts. This whole thing is so different. Give me some time to figure it all out!]

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Well, a new year. I wish you each a wonderful one! May it bring you all that you wish; all that you work for; all that you deserve!

I’ve come across a mention, in a Face Book group, of some people wanting to set a goal to do 18 specific things in 2018. For example, one woman is thinking of sending 18 pieces of snail mail during the year. Another is planning on reading 18 books by first time authors. That sort of thing. I think it is intriguing. I’m thinking of it too but my take is something like 18 pieces of snail mail, 18 movies (I know more than half will be kid movies but I just discovered a theater that has a Senior price every Tuesday and it’s quite affordable if I go alone), 18 new to me TV programs (of course this will include streaming as I’ve no cable and barely a signal for regular TV), and 18 things gifted that I thought I would never get rid of. That sort of thing. A list of 18 things each containing 18 items. Yeah, over reaching probably, but I think it’s doable. I’ll let you know what my list is. Hopefully I will be finalizing it by the end of the week.

Have YOU ever done anything like that? How has it gone? Do you have any suggestions for my list?

I’m working on lots of things today and I keep coming across thoughts I want to share with you. I have a message in to a friend to see if I can quote his idea here. I’m full of energy today. Well, maybe mental energy! These bones are tired.  🙂

Hasta luego!

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Now And Then

Another year is just about over and even those that had personal triumphs in 2017 will not argue that it was an incredibly tough year for most; including individuals, countries, and governments. It was a really tough one. And continues to be for the people in places like Mexico and Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Cuba. And of course, Houston, Sonoma County, Los Angeles, and all those areas that suffered through tragedy and storms and devastation.

For me, it was a really tough year, mostly health wise and financially. It turned out much better than it could have and for that I am extremely grateful, but it left its scars as well.

I have a new granddaughter that joins my three grandsons in bringing light, love, and hope into my life. For that, I cannot send up enough thanks.

I know a lot of you have gone through tough times and I join you in saying goodbye to this year and bringing the new one with open arms and ever hopeful that it will bring as much good as 2017 brought bad.

I think one of my first projects for 2018, and I am posting here so that I follow through, is to put together a small collection of thoughts, in ebook form, aimed at the families of the chronically ill. So many just don’t see what chronic illness does to us and it occurred to me recently that there are things I want may family to know that would help us all. Then it was a small leap to conclude that this would be a valuable tool for my family and many others. I’d like to also make a print copy available so that people could actually given them to their families. I started making some note on it last night and I’m hoping I can get a good first draft within the month. I’ll go forward from there.

I think I will be spending the evening at my daughter’s house so I’ll get going to get some things together. One thing I’ve learned is that I need to pack my own food and my own snacks when I’m going to be gone or I suffer for it later on. Of course, it’s entirely possible that she’ll forget that she invited me, in which case I’ll just hang out here at home.

For a last post of the year, I bid you a wonderfully happy and prosperous 2018!

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The Fool is about to set off on a new adventure. He is innocently trusting the world around him as he takes the leap of faith. A perfect card to start a new year!

If we were having coffee today, January 1, 2017, we would be at my house. It’s too cold to go out and as I sit here typing, it is snowing. It isn’t expected to be much or stick at all. We’re at about 34 degrees. What is really keeping me close to home, in fact close to bed, is my back. For the past three days the pain has been excruciating. I didn’t re-injure myself so I don’t really know what made it hurt so much. I am so stiff I can barely move. Sitting up is difficult and making my way from the bed to the kitchen is quite a challenge. Today it is slightly better and I am hoping that moving around slowly and carefully will not cause more pain. Cross your fingers for me.

One of the reasons I really want to get moving is that I have been re-focusing my energy and time on Tarot. I offered a special in my Tarot group for a $17 new years reading. I got some takers and I have been enjoying doing those readings. I even got to help a fellow blogger by doing readings for a couple of her fictional characters! Those were fun and I think she is finding a lot to work with as a result! And I am happy because the money has gotten me much closer to being able to pay my light bill (scheduled for disconnect later this week)! I am about two more readings away from having the money to pay the bill.

It has been a challenging couple of weeks. I am missing an envelope with the cash to pay my rent for the next four months. I know it’s here in the house but I can’t remember the safe place I put it. I have been looking high and low and I think that might actually have something to do with my back pain. I’ve been climbing the step ladder and looking under furniture and moving boxes, all to no avail and all contributing to the back pain. And stress. That’s why I’ve been quiet here. I can’t seem to concentrate on anything but finding that envelope. I am taking the day off to focus on other things. I have until the 5th and if I absolutely have to ask, my mom has agreed to lend me the $600 and she can send it Western Union so I can have it the same day. I hate to do that but I don’t have much of a choice if I can’t find the envelope by then. I’m hoping a day of rest from looking for it will let me see things differently tomorrow and I will be able to find it.

So aside from my Tarot and trying to find copy editing and proof reading clients, I am going to attempt to write at least 100 words of fiction each day. That doesn’t sound like a lot but some days are so challenging that it will be difficult to do even that 100!

What are you all up to? What are you focusing on this year?

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Sunrise on Haleakala

Welcome to the first #WeekendCoffeeShare post of 2016! May we continue to share our worlds over delicious beverages throughout the year! I think the picture of the sun rising over Haleakala crater in Maui (taken in August of 2004) is a fitting way to open this post, and I always love to share this photo, so there’s that!

If we were having coffee, you would see that the sun is bright out today but looking out from inside, it can be deceiving because we’re sitting at 27 degrees  with a “feels like” of 18 degrees. Let’s see, what is the conversion…-2.7 degrees actual and a feels like of -7.7. That’s pretty chilly, any way you look at it! Even with the heat on inside the house, it’s chilly! How is it in your neck of the woods?

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that this past week has been very busy doing not a lot! I’ve been spending a lot of time with my daughter and the boys which has, most nights, kept me over at their house late into the night…or late into the morning, actually! This coming week, on Tuesday, I will be packing up the car and heading for Seattle to house sit for my son…and dog sit…and cat sit…while he and his wife go to Hawaii as their last vacation trip before the baby comes in May. It will guarantee me alone time. I used to go up there and just stay in the house while they were gone but the last couple of times I have been there I’ve ventured out a bit. I can now get to anyone of several breweries, to the Seattle Center (Space Needle plus), Pikes Place Market, Discovery Park (lots of hiking and beautiful views of the Sound), and other places. I’m hoping for dry weather, even if it is cold, so I can get out and take some pictures and go for a hike or two. I will be there for a full week.

I’m currently reading several books which is new for me as I tend to concentrate on only one at a time. I’m reading Searching For Malumba by Luther Siler, which is a collection of essays around the theme of education. I’m also reading One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia, which is a middle grade novel that I am reading for the 2016 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge, and Witch Is Where It All Began by Adele Abbott, a YA mystery novel. Are you participating in any reading challenges this year? Which ones? I am also doing a personal challenge on Good Reads, challenging myself to read 75 books in 2016.

Do you make resolutions? Did you? I don’t like to make them and don’t. I like to “work toward” doing certain things during the year, which for me is much more forgiving than a resolution and so much more doable than resolutions which practically set one up for failure. My “work toward” for this year is about enjoying life and doing what I like to do or would like to do and taking on personal challenges. I’m also going to go back to last year’s word…Create…because my creativity was halted when I got sick. That threw everything off. I’m going back to Create this year. You? Do you have a word for 2016?

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I finally wrote my About Me post. I said at the beginning of 2015 that I would write it and I finally did…on December 30…and used it as my first post of 2016. It will go into an About page that will be created this weekend. You will, most likely, not find a lot of new things there if you’ve followed my blog. No surprises. What you see is what you get!

I am fighting against time here because the battery on the laptop is about to die so this is a good place to end this coffee share. Please let me know what you are up to! Plans for the week? Any travel coming up? New projects? Tell, tell!

I’ll leave you with a great song to start the year:

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Another Year

When I was growing up, my mom used to tell us that whatever we were doing at the beginning of the new year is what we would do throughout the year.  If we were being bratty and crying, we’d be like that all year.  If we were happy and laughing, we’d be like that all year. The idea was to do something positive and enjoyable right at the start of the new year with the hope that the rest of the year would follow that same positive and enjoyable beginning.

It always stuck in my head as being true and I have thought of this each year.  I haven’t heard this except from my mom and when I have posted, in previous years, regarding this New Year’s belief, I’ve had comments indicating that others hadn’t heard this either.  Late last night, as I was looking around Facebook, I spotted one of my nieces’ status posts saying exactly what my mom used to tell us:  what you are doing at the beginning of the year is what you will do all year.  I know that she probably got that from her dad, my brother and it made me smile that here was another connection to my past and to my family.

Of course, I’m hoping that I don’t have migraines all year; that’s how my 2012 began.  However, I am hoping that my mom’s words are true at least in some respect.  I’m hoping that 2012 will find me blogging more and home, at peace with my life and content with it.  If that’s how it goes, what more could I want?

How about you?  How did you begin your year?  Not too late to change the rest of the year if you didn’t begin it on a positive note!

May 2012 be a productive, positive, and peaceful year for one and all!

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