To all things there is a season, and so it is also true with this blog. The time has come to say farewell and put this space to rest.
The first death knoll occurred in December 2019. You may recall that my computer and all my camera equipment was stolen while I was on vacation in Portugal. While our insurance covered the cost of the loss, something ‘died’ that day in Lisbon from which I never recovered.
Then Covid hit my world a few months later and everything changed. This introvert embraced the isolation deeply, and with it, the desire to put my thoughts out into the world.
For the past year I’ve been trying to envision how this space might be revived, but I’ve finally come to the realization that it cannot be, and it’s time to close this chapter permanently. Many bloggers before me have simply disappeared without a word, but I always said I wouldn’t do that. I would say good-bye.
But saying good-bye isn’t easy. I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the grandest part of blogging – all of you. I have treasured every *like*, every comment, and every laugh our conversations have triggered.
I’ve been inspired so much by you. You’ve introduced me to your families, including the furry ones, and shown me parts of the world I will likely never see. Because of all the authors out there, my writing improved. Thanks to all the photographers out there, my photos improved. I have gratitude for all the gardeners and plant photographers who nudged this brown-thumb gardener into getting her hands dirty (ok – I’m still working on that one).
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many of you over the 8-year run of this blog and I’ve developed some wonderful friendships. While I’m tempted to name names, my fear would be leaving someone out. My only regret is that I didn’t have the opportunity to meet many more of you.
All of you, whether we’ve met or not, hold a special place in my heart.
For now I continue my weekly excursions with Son #2 exploring our local trails. I muck about with paints and imagine myself the next Picasso …. and I study the Tarot … because the world needs a little more ‘magic’ in it.
When life finally returns to some level of normalcy I may venture out of my hermit cave to explore the world and share my thoughts on a blog again … but it won’t be here. To try and recapture the pre-Covid energy of this blog would be difficult, and to change directions in this space would be too jarring.
My other blog – Following a Bold Plan – is still open, and any new plans I make will show up in that space. Perhaps I’ll see you there … so maybe it’s not good-bye at all.
Be well, and I hope in some small way I’ve encouraged some of you to live life a little closer to the edge of your comfort zone.
Good-bye, arrivederci, au revoir, tot ziens, auf wiedersehen, adiós, fare thee well.