Friday, January 2, 2015

Thinking Back

Blue skies in La Conner February 4, 2014
Looking at the year 2014 in my iPhoto application, I realize how many places that I have visited and how often the sun has shone on me this year. Whenever the skies or my mood is grey, I forget the bright times that I enjoy. The Pacific Northwest was at its best in February when Maman and I had a short getaway to Washington State.
green in early February
Janet and I travelled to London together in March. The daffodils were blooming and people were sitting on the grass in Regent's Park.
This was only March 7. There were already ducklings.
I have travelled in Europe in early spring because my travel buddy still works. This year Janet has a family wedding and so will not be joining me in Oaxaca.
Besides blue skies, I love blue historic markers.
I find that the years of my life are passing so quickly. This is my third year of retirement and I have blogged for nearly two years. After 2 years of blogging, I still have no real direction in my blog. I'm not a wardrobe development blog or a food blog or a literary blog or a travel blog. Those are some of my interests but my writing as my life seems to lack a clear focus.
I love window-gazing in Paris. April Fool's chocolates!
I am drawn to explore family relationships and history. I found family in Shetland and I am looking forward to visiting again. In two years, I hope to visit Ireland, the birthplace of my grandmother.
Whalsay is the birthplace of my grandfather.
 After Shetland, I walked the Southwest Coastal Path in Cornwall. Physical activity is an important part of my life but I find that I need "time to smell the flowers".
The bluebells were blooming in May.
The coastal path meanders for many miles. One never knows where the path may lead.

I have travelled from the north to the south of Britain.
I always spend the summer at home because Monsieur and I enjoy the blue skies and warm temperatures.
sea and sky
We enjoy the gardens in our apartment complex. Volunteers create special places to enjoy.
hollyhocks
Come November, I am ready to look for more blue. This year, it was the Southern Caribbean and Tucson.

at sea
Most of my journeys are solo. Friends and family join me for a bit of time and I shared my stateroom on the cruise with a friend. Summer time and desert time are spent with Monsieur who loves the desert.
the reading spot
We walk, tour the countryside and read a lot. 
the reader
Although the day has been grey and wet, I walked today with a freshly retired (December 31) friend. In my warm coat with my Shetland hat and gloves, I felt cozy despite the drizzle. As I went to buy some vegetables, I saw a man sitting on the pavement outside the market. Perspective….How does an articulate man of my age end up here? There are so many cracks in our mental health system. I dropped off a sandwich on my way home.

It is important for me to remember and to express gratitude for the comfortable and privileged life that I lead.


11 comments:

  1. A year end reflection does inspire gratitude. A lot of living is done during the course of 365 days. I like to think of my blog as a "slice of life" - a little of this and a little of that. An online journal that I share with friends.
    The sunshine has been gorgeous for the past week, but now the rain has once again moved in. I found myself most UNenergetic today and just wanted to curl up in front of the fire and do a lot of nothing.
    Happy New Year, Madame Là-bas! Bonne Année!

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    1. Yes, it is quite amazing to look at those days that have passed so quickly. Those clear, cold days are my favourite but I am trying to spend a little time outside every day. I can get quite lethargic:reading, puttering and exploring Netflix. When I am so comfortable inside, it is easy to forget that there are homeless and unfortunate people nearby. Bonne Année.

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  2. Yours has been a rich year of many adventures -- I don't think it's terribly important to label your blog or to fit it into a niche. I enjoy its chronicling of your retirement years with all their meandering and peregrinations. Happy 2015! Bonne Année!

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    1. The retirement years for those of us who married, raised children and worked outside the home are an opportunity to explore ourselves more fully. It is almost like being a teenager: we're between being a worker and an elderly person. I'm glad that you enjoy my meanderings. Life will keep changing especially as we become the elder generation. Bonne Année and wishes for a peaceful year.

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  3. What a picturesque recap of your year. Your willingness to share your travels and your trials is what keeps it interesting. I am drawn to blogs written by women of a certain age and as a retiree I like to see how others manage and spend their time.
    It is difficult to see the homeless and people down on their luck...as a society I think we have forgotten some of the basic kindnesses. Your gesture would be much appreciated.
    Best wishes for a healthy and happy new year.

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    1. I enjoy visiting with "blog friends" sharing travel, wardrobe, health or just plain day to day life. Since I have been retired, I seldom buy a magazine because "real life" is more interesting.
      When a dear one of mine was diagnosed with bipolar mood disorder, I took a course at the hospital to better understand it. It is so sad that there are people with an illness who live on the streets often through choice. You have a wonderful year coming up with your trip and a special birthday. Happy 2015!

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  4. I like that your blog is about whatever you choose at the time. It is often inspiring and always interesting, and I love piggybacking on your travel because you notice the important things. All the best in 2015.

    Mary

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  5. I look forward to your "retirement" posts and enjoy the variety of subjects that you are willing to share with us. Happy 2015 travels. Theresa

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  6. Retirement is a whole new life for many of us. There are so many opportunities and experiences to be had that it is fun to share and to read about other people's choices.

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  7. Happy travels to Oaxaca! It sounds like you are making the most of your retirement!

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