Remembering Dad, and Living Life

Two weeks ago I started a post which was to be dedicated to the fifth anniversary since my dad suddenly passed away. Needless to say, that post didn’t get very far. It was an emotional day for me, but I made the best of it.

My sisters and I had talked about getting together but hadn’t really figured anything out. I decided to throw together a quick meal and took it to my younger sister’s house, where we all got together. It was a simple meal, a beer to toast him and we parted ways. Sometimes the quick meals and get-togethers are the most memorable.

The following couple of days were spent vehicle shopping, and I settled on a 2016 Jeep Patriot. Let’s just say I have Dad to thank. I just wish he was here to see it. I’m sure he would have liked my choice. (Photo below.)

Last week was a work week; and I never seem to get much else accomplished when it’s a work week. I did take Wednesday and went to visit my best friend; something I need to do more of. We used to call each other regularly, and visit frequently when our kids were little. As the kids grew, life got in the way and our time together was all but nonexistent.

Losing both of my parents in less than three and a half years of one another made me realize just how quickly life can change. My best friend lost her mom and step-dad in an accident in April of this year, and so many lives were affected. What I’m saying is we never know what tomorrow will bring, so we need to take advantage of today.

We all have such busy lives, although technology was supposed to make it easier. I think we need to all take a step back sometimes and put the phones and computers away, and just go visit family and friends. No one is going to regret not working, but they will (and so often do) regret not spending time with each other. I know I have a lot of catching up to do when it comes to spending time with friends.

Something else I did today was surprise my daughter at work. Seeing her eyes light up when I walked into the office was so worth it. And it probably didn’t hurt to have an Iced Cappuccino in hand for her either. 🙂

It’s those moments that really count, and make life worth living. I can burn the midnight oil and get my work done (current WIP is a reference guide for romance authors) after the house is quiet. Enjoying my time with my kids is worth losing sleep over.

Photo by Diane Ziomek. My new SUV.

Do you take time to visit family and friends?

Welcome to my new blog!

I have been blogging and online in other forms for years, but I have decided it’s time to embrace what life after fifty has to offer.  

For those of you who don’t know me: I’m a mom, spouse, indie author, fibre artist, part-time library assistant, pet owner and so much more. I decided to start this blog because all of what I do doesn’t fit into my craft or author blogs. Plus, there are other avenues yet to be explored.

I am a creative person, and my creativity isn’t limited to only words and crafts. It carries out into other parts of my life and into my garden. There’s so much to be shared, and since I am now over fifty I find myself feeling short on time. Do you ever feel there just aren’t enough hours in the day?

My goal with this blog is to help you become more about who you want to be than who you feel you have to be. I have spent a lifetime trying to be someone I’m not, and finally decided “screw it; I am who I am and it’s time to embrace it”. Life is about growing, learning and gaining experience. We never stop doing any of those things, because our world is constantly changing. 

I have decided to fight the attitude I had of “growing old gracefully” so today I dyed my hair to cover the grey, started this new blog and am going to make a more conscious effort to drop about twenty to thirty pounds. And trust me, the latter will be the most difficult of all. Plus, I’m going to spend more time living and less time worrying (I hope).

I invite you to join me on my journey of life after fifty; I’m sure I’m in for one hell of a ride.

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