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Life After Divorce

Painting with acrylics

One of my goals for this year is to take a class, and I believe I'm going to start with an acrylic painting class.   A million (27) years ago, I studied fine arts in college and have always had an interest in the arts and art history.  So I'm looking forward to resurrecting that creative part of me and spreading my artistic wings this year. There's a great cultural arts organization in my town…
The Beauty of Midlife

A year of firsts and lasts

Election season is finally over.  The nation is either celebrating or grieving the selection of a new president, and I've just put a big project to rest: for the past few months, I've been volunteering my time as the co-chair of a local levy campaign.  The levy would have funded road repairs and improvements in my town - but it didn't pass.  City officials heard much public input over the type of levy they put…

In your conversations with God, who’s doing all the talking?

A few years ago, I went through a bit of a spiritual growth spurt.  It led to some new thinking about how I see myself, my relationships - even God.  Especially God.  The growth spurt came at a time in my life where I was hemmed in and unhappy in my marriage, and ultimately it led to my divorce and a different level of happiness and independence.   During this period, I started meditating.  If…

A vacation by myself (and to myself)

The commitment I make to my hobbies and interests is pretty lackadaisical, and I like it that way. To me, hobbies and interests shouldn’t involve commitment, goals, or any aspiration of achievement. I read a great piece recently by author Elizabeth Gilbert on the difference between a career, a job, a hobby, and a vocation. (Interestingly, what led me to read it was that I thought it said “vacation,” and was going to be about…

First Christmas in my new home

My new home is decorated for Christmas, and I wanted to share a few photos with you.  The living room mantle is my favorite spot because it includes two of my best snowmen including one (on the left) which was made by my Aunt Connie.   The living room: It was fun to decorate this year since it meant figuring out where everything fits in the new place. (I've always wanted a tree in the…

A week from heaven (and hell)

So, it's Tuesday evening.  Let me tell you about what the last week has held. For starters, last Thursday morning, I closed on the condo!  It's all mine, and that feeling of being a homeowner and putting down roots after a year in a rental home is - well, heavenly.  I feel very grateful to be in the position to buy a home at all, let alone one that's so cute and adorable and totally,…

A new look for a new me

A month from today I’ll be moving into my new home.  Closing is actually July 2, and I’m not moving until July 11 - but I have big plans for those 9 days in between.  The former owner painted the inside walls a riot of colors, and before moving my furniture I’m hoping to neutralize some of that craziness.  Right now, the living room and kitchen paint is a super dark hunter green, with half…

Back from vacation!

Crickets have been chirping around here because I was away on a much-needed vacation. Mike and I went east to Philly, Baltimore, and DC. What a great week!  Of all the things we did, what I enjoyed most was our visit to Independence Hall in Philadelphia.  It's just awe-inspiring to stand in the room where our nation was dreamed up, discussed, debated, and ultimately declared to be. This trip was the best vacation I've had…

A new home to call my own

Here's something new - I'm buying a condo! Or at least, it looks that way.  These things are never final until the ink is dry. But, I'm in contract, and I couldn't be happier.  If all goes well, this will be my new home:   I'm tickled pink.  And, in fact, so's the condo - it has walls inside of every color of the rainbow, including approximately four shades of pink.  There is painting in…

Dining outside my comfort zone

Last night we went out for sushi at Kogen in Powell.  I have only started eating sushi during the past year - before that, the idea of raw fish repulsed me. Now, I love it!  Philadelphia rolls, California rolls and spicy salmon and tuna rolls are my go-to faves, each with a bit of wasabi and soy sauce. Over dinner with Mike, I was thinking a bit about how much life has changed for the…
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