I am me, mother of two adult children and grandmother of two teenagers. I don’t know how they got older so fast, since I haven’t aged at all (uh huh). My son teaches in foreign international schools, currently in Oman, where he is also the official Red Bull photographer for their events in that country. My daughter got her masters degree in education in California just as the economy crashed. Not a good time for finding a job in California and so she spent five years substitute teaching before she expanded her horizons at her brother’s urging and found a job at a foreign international school in Sacheon, South Korea. At home, I have two spoiled dogs; Bailey, who is a black lab/border collie mix who was born November 20, 2003 and came to live with us in January of 2004 and Shasta, a yellow lab who was born March 31, 2009 and came to live with us in April of 2010. Both girls came from the Humane Society. I also have two spoiled cats; Twiggy, a tortoise shell who was born in March of 2007 and joined us in May of 2007 and our most recent acquisition, Lily, whose mom is a tabby point Siamese and lives with neighbors and whose dad is unknown. She was born September 10, 2010 and came to live with us October 23, 2010.

I have 5 acres of land, so I keep busy during the spring, summer and fall with yard work.  I spend a great deal of my time in front of the computer, playing with Photoshop Elements and digital scrapbooking. I also enjoy knitting and reading. I began to blog in the fall of 2009 as a way of posting pictures and keeping up with friends and family when we traveled back to Minnesota to visit my brother and his wife in the fall of 2009. Then I found several blogs by people whose writing style inspired me, and I was hooked.

In the summer of 2007, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and subsequently had a mastectomy, followed by four months’ chemotherapy treatments. There are residual effects; I lost my hair and was on a medication that completely blocks the production of estrogen for five years, so my hair will probably never again be what it was. It’s very thin and very fine. Husband was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer early in
December, 2008, when he was give three to five years to live. He died December 25, 2013, going beyond the five-year mark by 17 days. The last two of his years were shells of what his life had been, and were filled with pain and his regrets that he could no longer live as he wanted to. He is now at peace, he is now able to be himself again. I hae realized how short life can be and I’m not a spring chicken anymore, so now I spend more time doing what I like to do and less doing what should be done. I appreciate this life, and all of the good things it gives me.

Thank you for visiting my site. I hope you enjoyed your visit and will return.

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47 Responses to About

  1. Heeeey…when did you move here? I love the header pic!

  2. halfcnote says:

    Thanks for stopping by my site. Its nice to find more and more new people through the challenge.

  3. Margie says:

    Love your blog name and your spirit. Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the blogging world and leaving a comment. I really appreciate it! Off to visit your world.

  4. trishworth says:

    I like the quotation in your header. I recently wrote a thesis about ‘Les Misérables’ and remember this moment in the story. The sentence preceding your quotation tells us Cosette had begun to laugh, and ‘as she did so her whole appearance changed, its darkness was dispelled’.

  5. Gandalfe says:

    Wanderings of an Elusive Mind is a nice title. My mind, on the other hand, got lost a long time ago and I’m fine with that. Be well and thank you for sharing.

  6. Nice to know about you! Thanks for sharing about your life! I also have a black & white border collie named Bailey. So sorry about your breast cancer and everything you went through with that. I hope you’re all fine now!! :-)

    • Carol says:

      Thank you for your visit. Fortunately my cancer was caught early and has been eradicated. I will be to that magic five-year mark in July. The experience has made me more aware of things around me, and I now find more joy in the slant of the light, the twitters of the birds, and in life in general. It is good.

  7. You have a very interesting blog, Carol. I look forward to read more of your post. Be blessed!

  8. Lynne Ayers says:

    Hi Carol – just FYI, I clicked on your gravatar in a comment you left on my site and then on your website link and got this: http://searchportal.information.com/?o_id=109073&domainname=www.mysiteontheweb.us … ?

    • Lynne Ayers says:

      Oh, and I meant to ask – is your new photo your Wilson impression? (Home Improvements TV show – ?)

      • Carol says:

        Not familiar with Wilson (never watched Home Improvements), it was just messing around while shopping with friends, but I have decided I really don’t like that photo anyway.

      • Lynne Ayers says:

        Oh, Wilson was the neighbour and throughout all the seasons his full face was never exposed – always half hidden by a fence, a coffe cup, a newspaper …. etc. so you see,your gravatar is a very good impression. :)

    • Carol says:

      Lynne, For a couple of years I had self-hosted my blog at mysiteontheweb.us – then decided it was a unnecessay expense. Obviously I messed up when I set up the new gravatar. Must fix. Thank you for telling me.

  9. katehobbs says:

    Just wanted to pop by and say thanks for visiting my blog and my Weekly Photo Challenge post for this week. I’m going to take a look around your blog for a while.


  10. Caddo Veil says:

    God bless you as you continue to heal–I’m so glad you’re here!!

  11. Dave says:

    Carol – Enjoy all the pictures. I found your comments at Speaking From The Heart, and left an employment contact for you in answer to your latest comment on Laurie Buchanan’s blog.
    Good luck with your career!

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  13. Just wanted to let you know I have nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award. I hope this will be welcome news for you. If you prefer not to accept the award, I certainly understand, but I hope you will visit the other nominees, and they will visit you, just the same. To see more about the award and accepting this nomination, please visit my post at http://wp.me/p2ekZU-E4. All the best!

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  15. Just wanted to let you know I have nominated you for the Adventurous Blogger Award. I hope this will be welcome news for you. If you prefer not to accept the award, I certainly understand, but I hope you will visit the other nominees, and they will visit you, just the same. To see the other nominees and rules for accepting the award, please visit my post at http://wp.me/p2ekZU-Pt – All the best!

  16. Georgia says:

    I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award, I hope you will accept http://rainbowbakery.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/gratitude/

  17. I came by from Lynne Ayers’ blog and I’m glad I came over. Love the photos you share and I hope you stay strong always, because no amount of lost hair should make you lose your confidence in your works, life or anything. I know it sounds weird that I’m saying all this on my first visit, but I’ll like to share my support, in any way possible, to your new endeavours. Take care!

    • Carol says:

      Thank you, Rustic Recluse – for your visit, for following me, for your words of support. I have adapted to the lack of hair – but I have yet to learn to love it, although I must admit it requires very little time!

  18. Cee Neuner says:

    Hi Carol,

    I have nominated you for the Liebster Blog award because I so thoroughly enjoy your blog and photography. Please don’t feel any pressure for having to complete the qualifications for this award. I just really wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your blog!


  19. Hi Carol. I found you through Cee’s Share Your World blog. First time I’ve EVER found a fellow digital scrapbooker! I love your kittie photos. I’ll have to keep checking back. You’ve got a nice setup here! Blessings … Tammy

    • Carol says:

      Thank you for visiting, Tamara. I hope you’ll come back often. Surprising, isn’t it, that we don’t run into more digital scrapbookers – you’d think blogging would be such a natural platform.

      • Amen to that. I get some pretty strange looks from the “regular” scrapbookers when I say I do it digitally. It’s sort of the same thing with quilters, as I mostly machine quilt rather than hand quilt. It seems to be “frowned upon” in the quilting community around here. Oh well, to each his own.

  20. pattisj says:

    Hi Carol, nice to meet you. Five acres, two dogs and two cats sounds just about perfect. :)

  21. Hi Carol,

    I was intrigued with the title of your blog so I popped over from Cee’s Share Your World. I’ve looked around some and enjoyed reading your posts. I’m following you (no pressure to follow me back) because I like what you share and how you do it.

    Warm regards,

  22. Hi Carol, I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award: http://catbirdinafrica.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/the-very-inspiring-blogger-award/

    I hope you’ll accept but if you feel it’s too much work, I certainly understand!! :-)

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  24. Danny James says:

    Thanks for the like on my little blog.


  25. annetbell says:

    Beautiful images, great blog, welcome! Namaste. . . . Anne

  26. lizard100 says:

    An inspiring about page in the face of such challenge.

  27. Mama Cormier says:

    Hi Carol, nice to meet you. Thank you for liking my blog. I’m not yet retired but my children are also adults. No grandchildren, yet. My married daughter is in no hurry and my other daughter and her partner are sitting on the fence as to whether they will have children. My son says he will make me a grandmother but he is just engaged so I think it may be a few more years before they start a family. I’ve enjoyed your photos of the cruise. I’m hoping I can convince my husband to try a cruise at least once in our lifetime. Looking forward to following you. Carol C.

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