Taking Time to Make a Change

It's early morning of the day after Boxing Day! Monsieur and wee dog are still asleep. Impatiently, I listen to part of the Prince Harry interview with Barack Obama. It's not 5:00 am yet but I am ready to go. Today, our little family is travelling to Seaside, Oregon to spend some drizzly beach time. I'm a fan of early starts. I know that arriving in the dark (any time after 4:00 pm) is not a great idea. I only drive locally so Monsieur is usually exhausted. I make our bookings with proximity to highway exits in mind. 



Just like Lewis and Clark, we made it!

Oh, well! I've just had my annual renewal notice for my blog domain. In the last year, I have written less and readership has dwindled. Part of the dilemma (of my life) is ambivalence. I really don't know what I want to write about! Although I am interested in clothing and presentation, I am not qualified or interested in writing a fashion blog.  My wardrobe is established and I believe that I have all the pieces required to suit my life's activities (thanks to The Vivienne Files). I like to mention interesting books that I have read or movies that I have seen but I'm not a critic.

 For the first years of my retirement, I travelled several months of the year. I am spending more time with my husband and dog now so travel blogs are limited. The lives of 60+ aged women are definitely changing! I had never considered employment past 65. I retired at 59 and I really believed that my work life was done. But my mother started volunteering in the warehouse of the Food Bank
at 82 and at 86 is working (volunteer) in distribution, meeting clients and using the computer to access their files. We just don't know what life holds in store for us!


a wild, grey sea

This morning, I decided to change the appearance of my blog. I'm technically bashful so this is a big step for me.  Features that I wish to include in the layout keep disappearing.I am going to commit to writing twice a week for the next six months to see if I can find out what is important to me. I have found in the past that my concerns are often shared by others. It's time for me to address my ambivalence and to make some changes!



Comments

  1. I immensely enjoy your hesitation and ambivalence, whenever and however you decide to share your thoughts . Being newly retired from the University of California library system i sometimes feel a disconnect from everyday suburban life around me, now that I am not immersed in academia. Best wishes for a grand New year---looking forward to reading your thoughts!

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  2. Love the Oregon Coast, especially in cool, stormy weather. I hope someday to stay at the Sylvia Beach Hotel--I think you would like it too.

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    1. The Sylvia Beach Hotel would be nice. I haven't thought of it in years. I like the stormy weather.

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  3. Your new blog look is fresh and lovely for a new year. It is in writing that we find our voice, I think, and the more I write (private journal, and some blogging), the more I know how I think. You are so right about the commonality of issues that women face. One's stories so often parallel another's. Happy New Year! I hope you're enjoying your time away.

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    1. Writing honestly takes a lot of self-discipline. Sometimes what we honestly think or feel isn't that "nice". But it is important to recognize and accept even the "darker" parts of ourselves.
      I'm having to learn some new skills to change my blogging. I took my first "screen shot"
      yesterday and after typing a draft, my preview text was multi-coloured.
      The coast is very windy today but I love the expanse of sand dunes and grey sky. Happy New Year!

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  4. Happy New Year, Mme. I'm selflishly pleased that you're committing to keeping the blog up for at least another six months, as I'm always interested in what you have to say. I must say that I quite like this phrase, "technically bashful," and could apply it to myself . And I quite like your new look!

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    1. I am definitely bashful when it comes to technology but I'm on a bit of a learning curve at work. A colleague showed me how to take a screen shot and airdrop it to her. I enjoyed your snowy Vesuvius picture. The wind is howling here in Oregon but it's 55 F. Happy New Year!

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  5. The blogging world has shown me that I am not alone in my own interests, in fact I met a blog friend from OK in 2012 when we both began and could almost be twins as far as our interests go. She no longer blogs but our email friendship is a blessing and treasure to me.

    Please do keep writing!

    Dewena

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    1. I have found so many women with similar interests since I started blogging. Social media can provide penpals all over the world.

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  6. I'm pleased that you will continue to blog, as I just met you! Like you, I'm often in a dilemma what to blog about. When I started my blog, I had three children at home and there was plenty of blog fodder. Now, blogging has become even more social for me, kind of like having penpals in the old days. I enjoy seeing what my blogging friends are up to and I just share my everyday, mostly mundane, life;) The friendships I've made have been a blessing.

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  7. Most of our lives are probably quite mundane with highs and lows interspersed. I look forward to reading my blogs in the morning. It is like a visit with friends.

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