It’s Time to Say Good-Bye

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.

The road beckons me in another direction.

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.

123 comments

  1. Well shit. Now what am I going to read from a real person to pull me out of my own bullshit. Thanks for all you have shared and I hope to read you again in whatever from that may take.

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  2. Joanne although I’m sad to read the post I totally understand. I’m going to go over to your other blog and ensure I’m signed up.
    I loved meeting you in Toronto both times and hope we can do it again. If you are ever in Calgary or area please let me know. Big hugs! Xo

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  3. Thank you Joanne for gracing us with your heart, writing, and a conscious goodbye. I’ve considered letting go of my blog too. Something is missing for me and yet the pull of community and connecting keeps me going. May you new ventures feed your mind, body, and spirit.

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    • You have expressed the feeling well – ‘something is missing’ and I love your closing line. I may have to borrow it sometime 🙂

      The connection of this community has been everything and it’s why I have held on for 2 years. But it’s time now to rip off the proverbial bandaid.

      I believe there are new adventures ahead for all of us.

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  4. Oh Joanne, while I totally understand your reasons for moving along, I have to admit I have a few tears in my eyes while reading this farewell. I am so grateful for having had the opportunity to meet you here & share thoughts, a bit of laughter, perhaps a few tears & most of all, to come to know you as a friend. Perhaps in the coming days with things opening up a wee bit more, we can plan a real live get together! Hiking, biking, or just hanging out, I am in! Wishing you the very best my friend.

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  5. Cheers to you for bringing closure for your readers and yourself. It’s a surreal, emotional moment – but important. You’ll look back with smiles and knowledge of doing the right thing. Yes, I say this from experience. Too many bloggers just cut and run – and readers are left hanging and wondering. Good luck to you.

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  6. Oh gosh! You’re no doubt aware that I venture rarely into the WP space these days but something obviously told me I needed to scan the Reader before going to bed tonight! I totally get it. I too have enjoyed my smaller world in these covid times. Add in a distinct lack of motivation (kicked off by lockdown fatigue) and blogging has become a rarely undertaken task.

    I’m so glad you’re keeping your other blog. I need to catch up with your adventures but I hope to be a little more regular checking in to see what you’re doing because I’m about to launch into hiking myself. Hopefully you’ve got some good tips along with the stunning scenery! 🙂

    I also hope you’ll make it Down Under one day when we are once more allowed to roam the world. Canada is definitely on my bucket list so hopefully we’ll meet up in person some time here or there.

    Thanks for years of fun and laughter. ❤ 🙂

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    • I’m so glad your instinct was to check Reader. It’s wonderful to hear from you again!!

      I know what you mean by living in a smaller world now. We just came out of lockdown again this past weekend. It’s sad I’ve just come to accept it as a new fact of life.

      I would LOVE to return to Australia one day. And if (when) I do, you will definitely be on my must-see list! If (when) you are in my corner of the world, I promise shenanigans 🙂

      Much love and hugs ❤️

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  7. I hate to see you go. Though I’ve thought about it myself, so I understand. I’ll still be following the other blog in case you post there. I wish you well on all your future hikes and travels. Stay safe and healthy and keep living life to its fullest. God bless you and all creatures in your life.

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  8. Hi Joanne – I’ve been ‘quietly’ sitting on the outside of your blog – but now wish you all the best as you rethink life, especially the blogging life – I’ll keep an eye out on your other blog – still probably on the edge – but there. Just enjoy whichever direction you take – we’ve all been re-thinking life these past two years. Stay safe – and with thoughts – Hilary

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    • I know what you mean about sitting on the edges, Hilary. That pretty well describes me with the various blogs I follow. It sounds so much nicer than ‘stalking’ 😉

      The past 2 years have forced all of us to reevaluate what we do and why. I hadn’t imagined it would come to the closure of this blog … and yet, here I am.

      Best wishes to you. I hope we will cross paths in the blogging community again 🙂

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  9. Hi Joanne.. I’ve enjoyed both your blogs and am glad we have connected on Instagram. I’ve enjoyed learning about and seeing your corner of our world and getting to know you through your words and photos. Stay true to yourself, best wishes for whatever your future holds. xx

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    • Thank you, Ruth. This online community has been a wonderful place to meet people and share the happenings in our respective worlds. As you said, IG makes it possible to stay connected.

      Best wishes to you too 🙂

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  10. I came late to the party. You were almost already the masked avatar. I’ve signed up to your other blog so if your muse strikes I will be happy to read it. Happy decluttering of something that is not serving you. I get the post less part as I know I sure have as well. Take care. Bernie

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    • We haven’t known each other for long, but I’m glad Deb (Widow Badass) introduced me to you. It’s nice to hear another Canadian voice 🙂
      I love your line ‘decluttering of something that is not serving you’. Yes, it is important to do that occasionally … if only to remind us of what’s important. I do love writing so the probability I will be back one day is high. In the meantime, I will continue to pop in on bloggers like you 🙂

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    • Thank you, Annie. I guess it’s taken me so long to finally say good-bye because I simply couldn’t imagine a life without my blog. And yet, here I am.

      My best wishes to you and Paulie. May all your adventures be happy ones 🙂

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  11. Hi, Joanne – I saw the title of this post earlier this morning but refused to open it until this evening. Will my denial make it go away? I am thankful that we will see each other again and pursue IRL adventures. Still, I remain sad at the closing of this chapter. I’ve learned a great deal from this blog and from you. For that, I am forever grateful!

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    • Thanks Donna. This was a difficult decision and one that I dragged on for quite a while. Yes, I was in denial too 😏

      Change is uncomfortable, but I believe another chapter will open at some point. Thanks for being part of this journey with me and I’m grateful for having met such a wonderful community of people – like you ❤️ We WILL have more adventures together!!

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  12. It’s been a blast knowing you, Joanne. But I’m all for new adventures and not clinging to something that no longer brings joy and excitement. Life is too short not to follow our hearts. Have a wonderful time wherever your trail takes you. 🙂 Hugs ❤

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  13. While I can’t say that I was surprised to read this, I will say that I’m sad to see you leave this space. I know that we will be able to keep in touch outside of blogland but I will miss your always interesting, thoughtful, and often funny posts. I’m so grateful we got to meet in person and I look forward to doing so again. Take care, my friend.

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    • Isn’t that funny … ‘always interesting, thoughtful, and often funny’ is exactly how I would have described you!

      I too am glad we met, and still regret having missed the opportunity to see you last summer. Someday we will make up for that!

      Be well, my friend ❤️

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  14. I’m a relative latecomer to your blog, but still appreciate the time you’ve taken to ‘say goodbye’. It’ll be 9 years blogging for me come late summer so I definitely understand the ‘sturm und drang’ of keeping one going…
    All the best, masked woman of courage.

    BTW: I vividly remember your changeout into a masked avatar! 🙂 A fun thing to see in the midst of a not-so-fun ever present worldwide pandemic.

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    • Thanks for the laugh! I remember that too … and it feels like a very long time ago. I couldn’t have imagined the past 2 years in my wildest imagination.

      Nine years is a great run. Keep doing what you’re doing – at least until it doesn’t feel like it feeds your soul anymore.

      Best wishes! ❤️

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    • Thanks Tish. It’s taken me a long time to come to this decision. It feels right as I make room for something new.
      Our paths may indeed cross again. The blogging community is rather addictive 🙂

      Be well, and all the best!

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  15. I understand but will miss you here. You’ve always made me think and smile– and I appreciate that. Should you decide to start writing on your other blog, I know I’ll enjoy what you decided to share. Take care, be well

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    • Thanks Ally. I was going to say I shall miss you too, but the truth is I still check in occasionally on your blog to catch up on your unique blend of ‘flapdoodle & twaddle’. Yes, you make me think and smile too 🙂

      Best wishes, Ally. Keep on ‘taking no shit’ 🙂

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  16. You have been missed and I shall miss your wonderful posts and sense of humour so I really do hope that you will continue on the other blog when you have something to report. It’s funny how some bloggers become really good friends despite never physically meeting, something just jells. And you are one of those people. A sad day. But I do understand, sort of, time moves on, other things to do, some things become less important. You have given me so many laughs over the years that I shall treasure and as long as you don’t remove your content or delete your site, I have a place to come back to if need be. If only to look at those amazing monthly changing seasons posts and all that snow!! Take care my friend and happy hiking and painting days ahead 💓
    (And I hope you have some success with your garden…) 😉

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    • Oh Jude – I echo back those sentiments exactly. You are one of those bloggers who soon became a friend without us ever meeting ❤️

      I was so close to getting a trip to Cornwall … and then covid. Now, who knows? I do hope that someday it will happen and we can have a long chat over a bottle of wine 🙂

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  17. Hi Joanne, I completely understand your decision. I would love to follow your progress as a painter as it is one of my passions as well. One of my favorite of your posts was the kayaking adventure you and Norm went on. It made me so happy to see that blogging can lead to such adventures! Best wishes! Jan

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    • I’ve had some great adventures over the past number of years and it was great to share them. I agree with you – kayaking with Norm was definitely one of my favourites too 🙂

      Best wishes to you too, Jan.

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  18. Best of luck on your next phase Joanne. I’m going to miss your posts and injected humor but I do understand. I have been guilty of not posting frequently on my color blog (but I have been posting weekly on my black and white blog). Between the cold weather and the pandemic I haven’t been out shooting images on a regular basis. Plus with most events cancelled in New York City because of the pandemic it gets kind of boring for me to shoot the same subjects on Long Island. I will look forward to your next endeavor in the blogosphere and of course I will be in touch with you on FB 😊

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  19. Fingers crossed you will pop up in the blog world again at some point. Even though we talk very frequently, I do miss your writing voice and hope you are inspired to create another platform for it! If I hadn’t found your blog, we never would have met and what a tragedy that would have been. Big hugs to you, my friend!

    Deb

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  20. I love your writing style and will definitely miss reading your blog. Covid seems to have sapped the life out of a lot of things and it’s totally understandable that you have come to this decision. Best wishes to you Joanne and to all of your family. Take care

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  21. I will miss your luminescent smile and your kind heart. But it’s OK! I just signed up for your other blog so it’s like you will still be in my life. You can’t get rid of me that easily. Ha ha ha ha! See you soon.

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  22. To say that I have been an absent blogger is an understatement so I get how life can change things. Like many others, the past few years have changed things, last year being the hardest for me. It sapped away my spirit and though I’ve had things to share, I either didn’t want to or lacked the enthusiasm to do it.

    I am at the beginning of trying to recreate myself, my blog and my life. I gave myself to the end of last year to change gears and start the uphill climb. For me, the simplest way to climb the mountain is to do the things that brought me joy. Blogging, photography, outings gardening and building a house were all the things that made me feel most alive and made the magic happen in my life.

    It was blogging that showed me how small the world really was and how many beautiful people there were out there. I’ve really enjoyed following your life adventures and seeing you come out of your shell…to see your awesomeness! You still amaze me with your physical stamina and I wish you many happy trails. But…you can’t get rid of me yet…I know where to find you! 😉

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    • I get it completely … ‘trying to recreate myself, my blog and my life’.
      This community of bloggers that has been a part of my life for the past 8 years has been wonderful. Thank you so much for being a part of it!

      … and yes, I know where to find you too 🙂

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    • Thanks Liesbet. It was time and I knew it a awhile ago … but it has been very difficult to say good bye to the many very good friends I have made here in this space.

      My very best wishes to you in your travels and adventures. Tot ziens en tot dan 🙂

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  23. Joanne, I haven’t been following you for a long time, but I’ve missed your posts and look for something from you every day. I was worried about you. I absolutely understand your need to put this blog to rest. This pandemic has taken a toll on all of us, whether we admit it or not.

    You have made me realize how selfish I’ve been enjoying the blogs of all those I follow, never giving any thought to how difficult it has to be to keep putting out posts while you’re cooped up at home just like the rest of us. Your sense of humor is what drew me to you. And the way you tell it like it is. I’m sad, but at the same time glad you will now have the time to pursue other interests.

    It’s been a fun ride with you Joanne. I’m so glad we had the opportunity to meet here. I wish you good health, a reason to laugh every day, and good hiking weather. I wish you all the best as you’re letting go of the old and making room for the new.

    And many thanks for letting us know and not letting us worry what happened to you! 💕
    Ginger

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    • I too am sad we didn’t get to know each other better, Ginger. I thank you so much for your kind words. They mean a lot to me ❤️

      I’ve clung onto this space for so long because I knew the hard part was going to be saying farewell to a community of people I really liked – a lot.
      After 2 years though, it was time. As you said, it’s letting go of the old to make room for the new.

      I hope we will catch up with each other again. You never know 🙂

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  24. My dear Joanne – how many times have I written something like, “Yes, my sentiments, exactly” when commenting on your posts. Well, darlin’, you can add one more to the tally. I’ll probably be pulling the plug myself. Maybe your post will give me the courage to do it. Because it’s a daunting prospect, this closure business.

    I have enjoyed our time together here and “there” in the real world. I wish you well. Be safe.

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    • Thanks Maggie. You were the first blogger I met in person, and for that reason alone, you will always have a special place in my heart ❤️

      It’s hard to pull the plug. As you said, this closure business is daunting. Our instinct is to hold on long after it’s time to say good-bye.

      Until we meet again, be well!

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  25. Joanne! I have missed and will continue to miss reading your posts so very much. You’re such a love. Maybe I’ll get to Canada one day and we can have a martini. 🍸. I’ll keep in touch on insta and check in on you from time to time. I’m sooo interested in studying tarot. It’s on my list of retirement things to do. I sure hope your feet are ok. Much love to you Jo Jo ♥️♥️

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    • Oh Pam! I really do hope we get to have that martini together one day. Hell – I’ll settle for a cup of coffee together ❤️

      Tarot is SO interesting and frustrating at the same time 😏 I’m sure I could spend a lifetime studying it and feel like I’m just scratching the surface.

      You must be shoulder deeper in planning & packing for your move. When is the target date? Speaking of bold plans, this one falls into that category!!

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  26. Joanne, I will miss you. This Florida girl cringes when temps dip low (you know, in the 50’s), so I rejoiced and cheered on all your hiking around in areas that made me gasp. You are my hero!!
    I get it, though. I hope you still ‘follow a bold plan’ in whatever way you choose. I’ll be there with you–wrapped up in a blanket in case I get cold. ❤

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  27. I hear you loud and clear. Your paragraph about the way Covid has affected your desire to put your thoughts out into the world mirrors my own thinking these last two years. I do still have a strong urge to get back out and explore the world, but I don’t feel quite as ambitious about it – in a good way. Best of luck to you with all your pursuits!

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    • Thank you so much for validating that I wasn’t alone. It’s been a challenging couple of years, and at the same time, a rare opportunity to learn something new about ourselves. My very best wishes to you too ❤️

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  28. I hit ‘like’, but can’t say I like the fact that you’re riding off into the sunset. I understand because life has evolved in ways we never dreamed of after three years of the pandemic. I will definitely miss your sense of humor. Stay well and have wonderful new explorations. I wish you only the best.

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  29. Awww, I’ll miss you! I am definitely not a snow/cold person so I live my “hiking” side through your excursions with your son and friends. It’s been a great ride and I’m glad I was on it for a while. Good luck in the future.

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  30. Ahh, Joanne! ❤ The first thing I did is check if I receive email notifications from your other blog too, and I do. It made me sad, this post, but also not – because you're well, you're just kind enough to alert us that this place is closing. You are so right: we do make each other better, and happier. You've always given me laughs, so many. Happy hikes and always yours truly from Tuscany with love.

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