Good bye old life, hello new life

Today I’m saying good-bye to my old life and welcoming my new one.

We arrived at our new home-town safely on Friday evening.  We have spent the weekend trying to keep cool – the temps have been around 115 (give or take a few degrees) and because it’s the desert, hardly any humidity.  This is such a change from the last several years where we lived in places where the humidity was much higher.  Tomorrow I re-join the work force.  Mixed feelings for sure!

The day we left Illinois was a bit sad.  Before leaving I did a walk around and it seemed like the garden was in bloom just to say “good bye”.

My pretty white zinnias,

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the luscious tomatoes,

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my favorite, raspberries (which were not supposed to fruit until next year),

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the wonderful black currants,

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delicious zucchinis,

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the bright glads and

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my beautiful, little roses.

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But it was time to go.  Truck was loaded and trailer was packed, so off we went.  It only took the first night at the hotel for me to learn to park where I could get myself out!

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And this is my friend’s house.  She has graciously opened up her home for us to stay in until we can find our own place.  It’s good to have friends!

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And it’s off to work in the morning!

Looking back

Today is an anniversary day for me.  It was one year ago today that I officially joined the ranks of a very lucky group of people – retired folks!  I’m up early with a very full day ahead of me.  The sky is overcast, the weather is cool.  There is a soft breeze blowing, bringing the sweet smells of the early day into my home.  I look out my window and, as always, am totally amazed at the beauty that surrounds me here.

And while today will be filled with the tasks necessary to start the next chapter of my life, this morning I’m looking back over this past year and thinking of all the wonderous events that have taken place and the path I’ve walked…

Moved into this wonderful home, painted it and put my things away

Enjoyed the wonderful company of my middle daughter and her two delightful children for nearly two months (even tho that meant her hubby had to celebrate his birthday alone)

Watched my eldest daughter marry the love of her life, and rejoiced in the fact that my Mom conducted the ceramony

Enjoyed many visits with my loving parents

Got to spend a few hours with my sister

Got to enjoy having coffee with my other sister on a fairly frequent basis.  It was wonderful getting to know her better!

Watched my youngest traverse her first year of college and glowed with her accomplishments

Made friends with my neighbor and learned new games

Poured over garden books, planned gardens on paper and then was able to plant a very ambitious garden.

Delighted as the first flowers, herbs and veggies poked their brave little leaves through the soil

Watched the deer coming into my yard dining on weeds and grasses

Was entertained by those graceless birds, wild turkeys, as they marched through my property, sometimes alone and other times with their young

Awoke to the songs of many birds

Enjoyed the lack of noise, the lack of trafic

Delighted in watching the bunnies play and eat the clover

Learned *mowing meditation*

Came to terms with the fact that there are many things I cannot do

Accepted that my property is too big for me to maintain

Enjoyed photographing the mid-west

Obtained my own URLs for this site and my photography one

And so much more.  As I prepare to move and re-enter the workforce I am grateful for this past year which allowed me to grow so much.

I look around and it will be with sadness when I say goodbye to this home, but I’m excited to travel the path that lies ahead.  And now it is time to enjoy my first cup of coffee for the day and get on with the business of closing this chapter of my life.

As the Grateful Dead sang, “What a long, strange trip it’s been”.  Amen to that!