Sandra Thompson’s 61 Birthday

Great!
Like I need a reminder!
I get home from a rough day at work and unlock my computer to check my emails and what pops up?

Sandra Thompson’s 61st Birthday is tomorrow!

Couldn’t they turn it around? Couldn’t I be just 16?
No that wouldn’t do at all. I had no eyebrows when I was sixteen. I’d shaved them off because David Bowie didn’t have any and I was (and still am) his biggest fan. He’s gone now of course, on a new adventure. I hope I see him again some day.
If I was 16 I wouldn’t have my beautiful daughter, I can’t imagine a life without her smile.

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I’d not have met my eccentric, quirky husband.

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Hey 61 is middle-aged now. I have a few years ahead of me still, and I intend to cram lots of good things into them.

I might be 61, but I’m not dead yet.

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Jobless!

Unemployed! Not been in this position very often. I didn’t work when my daughter was young! We needed the money, but it was so lovely to be at home with this little cherub.

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When we first moved to the United States I couldn’t work. It was nice for a couple of months while I got acclimatized, but then it drove me crazy.

Since 1997 I’ve been in full-time employment. Yes I’ve complained about it at times, but money helps with book publishing, traveling and all of those other things we amuse ourselves with.

I’m by no means idle in my current state. I spend a couple of hours each day job hunting and meeting with recruiters. At first I was a stressed out mess, but now, after five weeks, I believe I’m finding my feet. Whats the use of worrying, the right job will come along eventually. In the meantime I’m going to enjoy long walks, writing, taking photographs and generally making the most of my time at home. Being laid off sucks, but I’ll get over it.

 

2014 Trickles away – A bitter-sweet year!

As the final few days of 2014 trickle away I think about all that happened. It was a bitter-sweet year with a weird beginning. My basement seemed cursed. Burst pipes, fires, but I handled it, and moved on.

Most of the year was filled with planning a beautiful wedding, and it was beautiful!

A weddingSeeing my lovely daughter so happy was a pleasure. Gaining a son-in-law was an added bonus. Getting together with family and friends I hadn’t seen in a long time was the icing on the cake. June and July were special months and I will always remember them with a smile.

The rest of the year passed in a blur. I had an extremely busy job which made my brain hurt so much I would escape for long walks during my lunch hour to prepare me for the afternoon. I guess I don’t have to worry about that anymore. After sixteen years of loyal service, covering several positions because of previous layoffs, I was a casualty of another downsize and cast aside without a second thought. I guess it happens. Yes my feelings were hurt, but I learned from it and I’m sure it will make me stronger.

As 2015 approaches I think of what it has in store for me. A vacation in Italy (providing I find a new job) and challenges I’m sure I’ll overcome.

There will be more tears and laughter, joy and sadness, all of the things that make up life. You can’t control life, but you can control the way you handle it.

Heres wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!

Dance like there’s no tomorrow!

I was in my mid twenties and a young wife. My husband was in the British Army and we lived in Dorset, far away from my parents, who lived in North Yorkshire. We always travelled home for Christmas, which made my mum extremely happy, but I didn’t realize how happy….until I saw her dance. It was Christmas day, and she was in the kitchen preparing the Christmas Feast. The radio was on and she didn’t hear me open the door. I’ll never ever forget the look of sheer happiness on her face as she danced to a tune I can’t remember. She twirled around the small kitchen, rocking to the beat of the song that played on the radio.

As I think about it now, it makes me emotional. My mum was 65 at the time, but danced like a teenager. She was embarrassed when she saw me watching, but it’s a site I will never forget. I miss you mum.

I wish I had a photo to share, but all I have are memories.

A Word of Advice – Make Time for Yourself

I’ve been irritated all week with my crazy work schedule. My irritation kept me awake at night and made me grumpy in the morning. I was out of sorts, annoyed and just plain miserable. Now it’s the weekend! Yes, I have a lot to do at home, but in my own time, so I am prioritizing. I’m making time to do what I like best, writing. I’ve blogged another installment of my ‘Dark Angel’ story on my other blog Words From Beyond and now I’m going work on the final edit of ‘Fire and Darkness’, my next short story.

Guess what…….I’m not irritated anymore. The cure for irritation…….make time to do the things you love to do! Have a lovely weekend.

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In tune with your body!

In TuneAs I’ve grown older I’ve learned to pay heed to my body, listen to what it’s telling me.

My body thanks me for organic foods.

It hungrily slurps juiced green veggies.

It begs for as much water as I can drink.

It reminds me to take a lunchtime walk.

My body openly rejects prescribed medicines. Oh I know one day I may need medication of some kind, or maybe I won’t!

I deeply inhale the fresh morning air and linger outside as the sun sets.

I laugh long and hard even when I’m alone.

Life is but the blink of an eye, so stop when you can and listen to your body, it’s telling you what it needs to make your journey more pleasurable.

Tranquility – A couple of lines of gratitude.

My work for today is done. I sit peacefully watching the sun go down.

The log fire is crackling, warming the room.

Candles cast a dancing glow on my glass table.

It is beautiful, tranquil and I am truly blessed to have so much.

 

 

ALWAYS the Optomist!

Tomorrow will be better.

Do you feel like you say this to yourself on a daily basis? I do!

Does life seem to get more complicate as you get older? Mine does. Why is that?

 

When I moved to the US from England I planned on getting a little part-time job. Not sure what happened, but this cartoon pretty much hits the nail on the head.

As well as having a demanding full-time job, I have a home with three acres of land, I am a fiction writer and I manage my husband’s small business.

 

All this is fine as long as there are no hiccups. Last week there were lots of hiccups. My office moved to a new location, yes moving is always stressful.

 

 

 

I drove a different route to get to my new office EVERY DAY, in search of the shortest way. I did find it, but it meant paying to use the toll road…..AHHHHH!

 

 

 

The office movers broke my NEW computer.

My file server at home broke.

I found bat in my house (the brown furry type).

My patio door started leaking.

How do I handle the added stresses  – you got it! Picked myself up and shook myself down – and kept my wine glass full. (filled to the bloody brim)