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Monday, October 5, 2015

View Outside My Window - October


It's the time of year that change is noticeable....however, in my woods the trees still retain their leaves and very few have changed color yet.  Here's the view outside my living room window. . . .

I've been thinking lately about how quickly time seems to be moving on.  There have been a lot of DVD movies about aging couples lately.  I've come to the conclusion that older people talk about the past as a way to avoid looking at the future.  We recently watched a movie about NOT aging called "The Age of Adeline." TRAILER.  Adeline has a near-death experience in 1937 that causes her to stay 29 for the rest of her life!  "Don't you wish!" you say.  The movie, however, shows us the downside of not aging.

When I was a young child I remember envisioning myself in the future as a "little old lady" in a rocking chair.  I can remember where I was and what I was doing when I "saw" this.  At THIS point in my life (I'm on the cusp of being able to get Medicare) I'm hoping that was a premonition--that I'll make it to THAT point.  In the meantime, I have a lot of living to do between "points" and I don't want to miss a thing!

My question to you this month is this:  Do you have, what another movie called, a Bucket List?  TRAILER  It's a list of things you want to do before you kick the bucket!  If so, what's on it?

My List:  Learn to draw and paint so I can illustrate and publish my children's stories; walk in a  Redwood forest; spend a month in England; live to see all my grandchildren reach adulthood

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Take Joy!

19 comments:

  1. My bucket list is short and sweet, I have been blessed with achieving most of the things I wanted, I would love to move home to the Isle of Lewis, Scotland and like you see my grandchildren to adulthood.

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    1. That is very interesting that you are from the Isle of Lewis. I'd love to know more about how it was to grow up in what seems like a remote area! Do you still have family there? Do you get to go back to visit very often? Have you blogged about it on your web journal? Please tell us more about it!

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  2. I have a list as long as to the moon and back, for I am like a little sponge soaking things up, processing and then wanting to do. Sadly, as a full time carer, my time for achieving is very limited. I would love to be able to draw with accuracy, visit New Zealand, Tibet, Nepal, Mongolia, Italy, Spain and generally visit the world off the beaten tracks. I would also love to publish a book of poetry, prose, and photography. I'm sure I could go on, but this is enough for today!

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    1. Which one are you planning to do first? Or at least get started on? I hope you've been reading my Take Joy Society posts. I'm posting articles about such things as finding time to do the things we really want to do. I'm learning along the way, myself, how to know what I want and then how to go about achieving it.

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  3. Having lost my sister when she was only 57 years old has made me think completely different about aging, Cathy. I feel so happy to have reached the age of Medicare and feel so blessed to say I am growing older and I refuse to complain about it. I don't have a bucket list as such--but I do hope we are able to continue to travel. I'm hoping to return to Great Britain and see Scotland and Ireland and Wales. I'm kinda a vagabond and would love to see Africa and Asia as well. Seeing my grands grow into adults would be icing on the cake! ♥

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    1. My brother-in-law, who is visiting right now, thinks of a bucket list as something you'd regret if you didn't do it....but that's not how I see it. My list is just things I'd like to do if I can....after all, once I'm gone, it really won't matter anymore to me! Having a list makes it more likely I'll do it in my case.

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  4. Our autumn leaves are only now just starting to change too. My bucket list included living closer to the sea. There are many things I would like to do but until I give up work I won't have the time to pursue them. Sarah x

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    1. If you read my reply to Martha Ellen, above, you'll see that for me having a list helps ensure my dreams will come true. Otherwise, other things could get in the way and what I really want to do could get shoved to the back and forgotten about (sorta like the things in my closet!)

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  5. I haven't thought much of a bucket list, actually … but we do hope to visit California together; I've never been there. We have traveled the world a lot so that is not on my list, but living for a month in a cottage in England sounds good to me. To settle down and not be a tourist. But I know that what's ahead for me is so far beyond my wildest imagination of wonderful, that if I don't get something done I want to do. I'll probably be able to do it there, or just not care about it anymore. That's a wonderful thought to me and great comfort. But, all that said, maybe, like you, I should start a list!

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    1. Dotsie, I agree about what lies ahead! So I won't have any regrets if I don't do the things on my bucket list.....but I think having something you're planning to do while we're still here helps keep us healthy and interested in life--something that IS important...otherwise, we might waste the time we have left!

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    2. I think I'm inclined to agree with you Cathy! Thanks for your great posts. As you discuss with Vivian below, you are gathering a community together here!

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  6. Good Morning Cathy, your posts are always a joy and encouragement to read. As I age, I am 61, I have found that I become more of a home body. As I was raised military, I have seen many places in the world, it was a great blessing and history lesson I have valued always. We lived in almost every country in South America when my dad was in. As a young adult in my 30's I have traveled to Japan, Thailand and Russia, again, great blessings and history, of which is a passion for me. So maybe with all the traveling in my youth, I have had my fill "). Now, our working farm would keep me from traveling, but England would be the place I would choose if I were as free spirited as I was in my younger traveling days. With the world the way it is, I would not go. Which is why I am so glad to have found your blog and the blogs of the other interesting ladies you mention on your side bar, I am greatly content to 'travel' with each of you as you go, see, and share. Thank you so much.

    I do pray that God continues to give me and my husband the strength to continue with our farm, we love it, and the one main focus in my prayer is that I keep my mind, that it will remain sound. And as already has been said too, that I live to see my grandchildren to adults.

    In Joy,
    vivian

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    1. Thank you Vivian. Your comment makes me realize I should have a post where everyone introduces themselves. I'd like to know where your farm is, for instance. Next month, that will be my View Outside My Window post--I'll ask everyone to write something about themselves so that we can envision where they live, what they do, etc. So be sure to look for that.

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  7. Wonderful post, Cathy! I don't think of it exactly as having a bucket list, but I do have a few things I want to accomplish, and they parallel yours in many ways. I wanted to get a book published, and can now check that off my list. I would love to temporarily live in the UK, but for me it would be Scotland (preferably Shetland), and for about six months. And more than anything else I want to live to see my grandchildren grow into adulthood, and be healthy and active enough to enjoy them.

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    1. You can be sure that for part of my month in England I'd visit Scotland, especially since my ancestors came from there. I'd also go over to Northern Ireland, where they immigrated before coming to America in the early 1700's.

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    2. When you journey over to Northern Ireland be sure to go on down to the Republic of Ireland too! It is stunningly beautiful, especially on the west coast.

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  8. As always, interesting post and interesting comments. Well, I just turned 62 last week, and I envision myself at 80 still pottering around my garden. My bucket list .....1) A long tour of Britain,same as yours.2) I want to finish my "Hopalong Hollow" book series, which contains at least 6 more books.3) Make our farm SO wonderful, with all the gardens in order, a large gift shop for visitors, and garden tours every year. I want to make Hopalong Hollow a destination for lovers of storybooks, antiques and cottage gardens. It will take a lot of work, indeed.

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    1. Happy Birthday, Jeri! I'm a little ahead of you in years, but behind in my list! I hope you have those garden tours every year because I'll try to be there if I can.

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