summer is fading 

 Take a deep breath, it calms the mind.

Hi there, dear bloggy friends. Just checking in to see how you all are. i hope that you are well and are keeping the faith...keeping hope alive in your day to day activities. Maybe taking a break from media and doing something enjoyable with that time. 

Are you glad that Summer is unofficially over? Truth be told I am not a fan of summer. Beauty, yes. Heat and humidity, no. I am looking forward now to enjoying the transition to Autumn. Yea! Bring it on! We can turn off the air conditioning and open up the windows.😊


I met with girlfriends this morning for a catch up and since we are all well past retirement conversations gravitated to our health issues and what’s next on our agendas. It was so nice to finally get together for  lots of laughing and talking. I really needed that. The last few months I spent settling Mom's estate and cleaning out the house were very lonely and sad.

We all seem to be on the same page when it comes to making the most out of our remaining years. We talked about Roger and I missing our little Dolly dog and are we to old to get another dog. Roger would like to but I am on the fence. B
asic needs were discussed: sustenance,  being comfortable in our beds and chairs, having some activity to enjoy, people we can call friends, security in our homes and finances, and trust in our Lord = peace and harmony in our lives. I added simplicity to the list. As I age I just want to get back to basics really. Less is okay now. Less stuff, less demands on my time, less indulging in unhealthy habits...less, less, less. Less is the new more. All of us have been through settling our parents estates and dealing with some form of having to make hard decisions. So, we all had issues with stuff and not leaving our children with the onerous task of disposing of it. 

Collective reasoning is wonderful but as we parted and went our separate ways I wondered how attainable it all was for Roger and me. We don’t have a good track record of being on the same page when it comes to down sizing. But he turned 75 in July and he is definitely slowing down. We are living in a house chalk a block full of stuff. But I was quite hung-ho and anxiously decided I should talk to hubby about it all and get his take on just how happy we are with where we are and what our goals should be for the future.  So, I said to him that we should talk. He asked about what. I said "well, peace, harmony, our future, simplifying our lives." His eyes flashed and he threw up his hands.  He immediately went into  defensive mode and said " Not this again! I am NOT getting rid of my National Geographic magazines! End of discussion." Sheesh! Did I mention that I just want peace and harmony in my life?πŸ™ƒ


I love being home again but it is a bit of an adjustment all the way around. I was gone almost a year. Nine months. Lucy still remembered me, thank goodness. She was beside herself with Joy. My constant companion. She has been for grooming and is sporting a lot less fur since I took this photo. I miss our little Dolly. Zeppe, is my buddy cat. My lap runneth over with love.πŸ₯°


Life is like a river, ever changing, ever flowing.

Aside from cleaning a little here and there, I have started making appointments and this week saw my doctor, went for bloodwork and have lots more appointments lined up for the next several months. Roger and I have been watching the series BROKENWOOD and CLARKSON’S FARM. Now we are rewatching Midsomer Murders from series one on Acorn TV.   I am on my 99th book of murder mysteries for 2021! And, I have 2 shawlettes (crochet) just about completed and will post pictures soon. 

I will leave you for now. Talk to you soon. 

Take good care of yourselves, 

God Bless America


  1. I'm glad you are back home, it must have been a very hard time for you clearing your Mom's home. I totally agree that less is the new more. Autumn is very welcome, it's a lovely season. Take care.

  2. I would downsize in a heartbeat but my husband is not ready…yet. I hope we can both work at it when he is. I may as well relax and enjoy life in the meantime. I wish the same for you.

  3. We got rid of lots of "stuff" this summer and plan to clear out a few more areas soon. It feels good to have less clutter. Don't get me wrong it could still be better! It is a process.
    I am so glad to hear that you are home, it seems like you were gone for a really long time. You are a devoted daughter...not everyone could care for a parent like you did.

  4. So good to see this post from you...I had been wondering how you are. I have gotten rid of a lot of stuff...what is bad, I cannot miss it at all. I still need to work harder at it. I have take loads to Good Will, some went to the girls, and some to one of Roger's friends. But there is still so much more. And I started out doing it simply because I did not want the girls to have it all to deal with.

  5. It is good to hear from you. downsizing seems to be a never ending job.over the last year i have gotten rid of so much, but you would never say it when looking around my house.

  6. I'm sure you are glad to be home, again. I've been trying to declutter, too. Not planning to downsize to a smaller home, yet, but, want to lighten the amount of things I keep!

  7. ooooh dear susan, it must feel wonderful to be home again!! your pictures are lovely!! i am happy that summer is over, 2021 has not been kind to me so far so i will also be happy when it is in my rear view mirror!!

    our home is huge, we have talked about downsizing, looked at homes but we have yet to pull the trigger!! i am organized but still have way too much stuff!!

  8. It's always nice to catch up with friends ...
    Pleased to read that you are now home.
    Hoping your medical appointments go well.
    Take care.

    All the best Jan

    PS I did enjoy seeing your photographs.

    All the best Jan

  9. Welcome home Susan and I can understand how different it seems after being away for so many months and dealing with your mom’s health and passing. Then, all the clearing out of her home. Perhaps, in time, you and Roger will be in some sort of agreement in your home. Thankfully, you reconnected with friends and could relax and unwind.


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