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.
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