I’ve got a birthday tomorrow, a milestone birthday no less. I’m not sure how I feel about that yet. It kind of feels like all the others, but just a little bit more ouchy. 🙂
It’s not a big deal. I don’t know why the commercials on tv makes it sound like we’re all a bunch of invalids in adult diapers. I just moved 300 irises, planted two trees, mucked out the animal pens, and transplanted 50 strawberry plants and 28 potato plants. Greg built me three new raised beds, dug ditches, and lay pipe for new irrigation lines.
Do you want to know what it’s like to get older? It’s not so bad. Really!
Yeah, your joints act up, and it’s harder to recover from injuries, but I’m having more fun. I enjoy my friends more. I’m genuinely interested in their accomplishments and what they have to say.
I can look back and see actual progress in my work, personally, professional, and at home. That always makes me feel good. And for the first time in my life, I feel like I can make concrete plans. Greg is home for good. We’re not moving anytime soon, and I can put down solid roots.
The weird part for me is that I’m much more willing to take chances. I’m not sure why that is. Maybe because if I don’t, I run the risk of never getting a second chance. I want to grab the brass ring with both hands.
This year is exciting for a lot of reasons. I want to write more, including books. I won’t plan on any new fiction for a while, but I would like to do more nonfiction. My buddy, Jenny Schwartz thought I should write a homesteading book. That’s such a broad subject and there are a lot of books out there now. I’d love to come up with a unique angle. Maybe homesteading from a border collie’s point of view.
I was inspired by a blog workshop I attended yesterday to do some freelance (nonfiction) writing. I haven’t done that in decades. Not since we raised emu and rhea.
The blog workshop was so much fun. I so rarely get a chance to talk to people in the flesh. Made me feel all human. There was an extra treat when presenter Carole West introduced us to stenciling. The only stenciling I’ve ever done was when I was labeling boxes for a move! Carole and co-presenter Jemma were a lively duo that made me feel I could turn this blog into something special.
I’ll talk more about the workshop and these awesome bloggers in a week or so. Right now I need to digest what I’ve learned and how I’ll apply it.
So how about you? How do you feel about your blog? What would you like to change? What topics do you love discussing most?
Do you have any suggestions for my blog? More posts about homesteading? Home hacks? Saving money?
Now for a really important question. Chocolate ganache or lemon curd for my birthday cake? I’m leaning toward Mexican food for my night out, so chocolate might be the better choice, but I love lemon curd too. So many choices.
May all your choices be just as delicious.