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Another check-off

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Honey is now available in book form.
For the past few months I have been slowly checking off activities, desires, hopes...whatever you want to call it..on a personal 'bucket' list. I have had a good life, sometimes filled with drama and sometimes just routines, but as I look back, I am content that it has been worth the living. Since last November, I have been putting most of my energy into surviving without Bill and I am falling into a new normal. I never would have thought that it would be possible, but life really does have the audacity to keep moving along. My bucket list is simple...live each day with the realization that it might be the last one you have but keep striving to make life as interesting as possible. I am finishing up a project that I started so many years ago...that actually will never be 'done', but will be functional and I'm distracted with the pleasure of the hard work that it has required. My garden is nearing completion. I will be transplanting flowers this Fall and in the Spring and doing some construction on rabbit hole walks and sitting areas, but for the most part..the design is finally coming to fruition and I will be able to invite folks to come and enjoy.
Honey, finally in print, was the focus in the turn of the year. That little book has been a catalyst for other projects and now I feel that I can devote attention on some serious ventures that aren't journal based. I have a collection of stories as well as a quilting book in the works. We will see. I'm also teaching a class on polymer clay sculpting that has been going very well and it's been a learning experience for us all. We have a quilting class in the works as well. there's so many wonderful people in the world and I hope to share life with as many of them as I can.
My paintings are evolving into more focus. I love portraits and have a few going with new ideas and subjects in line. Sister is 78 years old today and healthy as a fresh race horse. We work together and make a pretty good life together. Yesterday was my DD's 8th wedding anniversary and she and her family will meet us tomorrow night to share a meal and celebrate the week. I am booked for speaking /singing engagements until the end of December and am trying to balance everything according to priorities. My health has been on the back burner, but since going back on my medication and being active in the garden I have started seeing some positive changes and will keep striving to just do my best to be better.
Life really is what you make it and you can either choose to lift your head and keep going forward or you can sit and mulligrub the days away. I choose to live. I think Bill would have been encouraging me and proud that I have kept going.
I pray each of you has been blessed and that your trials are short lived. Take care and just keep sparkin'. Even a little light will chase away the darkness.
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  • LINTPICKER
    blessings to you as you go through this journey
    1547 days ago
  • JUST-ELIZ
    Where can you purchase the print book? I looked on Amazon.
    emoticon So many of us are walking wounded, The Lord lifts us up and pushes us on! emoticon
    1553 days ago
  • BARB4HEALTH
    Meta. you are doing what He said to do. "Occupy till I come." Sure wish you had some services in our area. Would love to meet you. DH is retiring at the end of the year and we have some traveling in mind (at least I do). Hope we can travel your way, Lord willing. You are blessed and are a blessing! emoticon
    1554 days ago
  • NANA2PRINCESSES
    So glad to hear the book is now in print, although I enjoyed it on Kindle. Couldn't sleep in the middle of the night and dialed it up and re-read a few pages. Also happy to hear about garden progress, I was always amazed at your physical stamina to produce such a beautiful place. Just be sure to take care of yourself sounds like you've filled your plate full.
    1554 days ago
  • JEANINNEWCASTLE
    Congratulations on Honey being in print. I know you will always miss Bill. I think it is healing for you to be doing these wonderfully creative projects.
    1554 days ago
  • KAREN608
    Oh your garden, and book in print, teaching classes.... what don't you do? I am so happy for you to be getting on with life. This will be a good reminder for me, 2 months a widow. I am going to bible related things at church, Sun/Mon/Tues to keep myself grounded with Him. I started a new bible reading plan on my Kindle. I am still in process of moving and dealing with my back. Some days I see more light than others. Trust in the Lord with all your heart.
    1554 days ago
  • DAWNWATERWOMAN
    You are such an amazing woman. You inspire me every time I read one of your blogs. Thank you for sharing your journey with us here. God has blessed you my friend. I'm also glad that He blessed me with YOU in my life.
    1554 days ago
  • TERRIJ7
    I have been reading Honey on my Kindle and am grieving with you all over again as I go through each journal entry. I share your faith and also have the kind of relationship with my husband that completes me and makes life sweet; so, as I read about your loss, I am fully aware of the likelihood that either dh or I will one day face an empty future. The record you've shared of your walk "through the valley" is not only poignant, but truly a testimony of God's grace and compassion. You are reaching and ministering to people you will never meet this side of Heaven with God's message of love and mercy. Thank you, Meta.
    1555 days ago
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