How absolutely dreadful. By comparison finding out that my mental
side has deteriorated dreadfully in the past year, seems like
nothing. I have had the suggestion that I should not drive anymore,
etc. etc. But after all I guess I should be content because I turn
84 before all too long. But it is still disgusting to think that my
reasoning powers are not what they used to be. Oh well, guess age
does dreadful things to some people and I seem to be one of the
But despite that little tidbit, I am otherwise healthy, my money is
still holding out (I don’t make or sell any more) AND I am
disgustingly happy that I got do to so many things in my lifetime. So
I am choosing to remember selectively, and suggest that you do
likewise. It does help tremendously, especially if I don’t, I tend to
think about all that is wrong, so I am trying very hard to think only
happy thoughts and do only happy things. To that end I spent about 4
hours out in the back yard, pruning up a hedge, and digging weeds,
and cleaning out my little fishpond so I can put fish in it again.
But anyway you look at it, it has got to feel personally awful to
come home to find your house has been robbed.
I have been spared that so far in life. And now that I am 84 and
still living alone, will give some consideration to the suggestions
that I move into an apartment complex where I can find better
security and perhaps a bit more excitement. At 84 it is questionable,
but will try it. Have lived alone so long that I hardly know what it
is like to live with anyone. But I do understand that living in an
apartment complex brings more friendships and more company than
living in a house alone!
So guess everyone has their problems. But I am finding good homes for
all my equipment and so far it has been at schools or in particular
in jewelry related circumstances. I no longer make things, my hands
just won’t function and my brain gets easily distracted. So, I have
given many of my tools away to jewelry schools, at least I can write
them off my taxes! And I am healthy in other ways. AND ONE MUST NOT
FORGET, I AM VERY HAPPY!
Just think, the other choice would be to be poor, ill, or
handicapped, so I try very hard to continue to think happy and good
thoughts. And I still give at least 8 hours a week in volunteer work,
and when I can afford it, I still make pillowcases for the kids with
cancer. Keeps me sane and keeps reminding me that I had a happy
childhood (poor but happy) and when I look at the kids that have
cancer, my heart cries softly and I remember all my blessings. So I
think all of us have things that we could do without, things that we
should be happy to have, and to have had, and most of all we should
be most grateful for the free things like Orchid, which I have
enjoyed for literally years.
Have a very happy New Year and join with me in focusing on the good
things and minimizing the bad things. After all we have been able to
create and can still in our minds create. Think what a wonderful gift
that has been. There are so many people out there who may have money,
but can’t draw a straight line with a ruler! Give me a break. Money
cannot buy what we as a group have - creativity! How wonderful.
So I say, to heck with all the bad things that will occasionally
happen and let’s be grateful that we have been able to be creative.
Think of all the people who have NEVER had the opportunity to create
something original, something that no one else has ever done or at
least done in the same way as we are doing it. I think that’s
wonderful, so please let’s not forget that we are one creative group
of people and that, my friends, is worth an unbelievable amount. Plus
I in particular think long and hard about all those who have cancer,
or some other dreadful health issue. I still have relatively good
health and I am sturdy and strong.
May the New Year bring success where needed, solace where needed, and
let’s be grateful for what we have, big or small, lots or little, but
we do have creativity - that’s for sure - and not everyone can claim
Have a good year, to all of you,