|Swan on the Carrowbeg River, Westport, Ireland|
My foray into the world of blogging began like I begin all projects - gung-ho, full speed ahead, pull out all the stops. I immersed myself in finding memes to participate in, trying to build up my readership, following blogs. For a time, I even had another blog, just so I could participate in more memes. At my ripe old age, you would think I would have learned the process by now, but apparently, I have not. Anything that starts out like that for me, usually runs out of steam pretty soon. It didn't take long for me to be spending 3 hours a day blogging - preparing, reading, commenting.
And then there were the photos that I had to find for each blog. I spent many days roaming the countryside, camera in hand, looking for something to fit a particular idea I had. It was great fun...until it became work!
In the meantime, Dan had his heart attack, with all the subsequent health issues, then his pacemaker. I lost a cousin to suicide - the 3rd member of my family to take their own life since 2000. I struggled with my extreme disappointment in the election results and worried about the future of the country. Then there was Sandy Hook, another in a long line of senseless acts of violence. I can't even watch the news any longer.
All of that, while battling my old demon, depression, has left me in a place where having to think hard to have something worth saying has become impossible. Well, maybe not impossible, but certainly hard, and highly unlikely.
In addition to this, we are traveling more now, often in places where it is not easy to get online to post, or read. I will be traveling to Ireland early next year to start up a project, and will likely be gone a month. (I know - that's such a rough job!) I will also accompany my daughter-in-law and grandson to Thailand for a month in the summer, to help her while she undergoes surgery to remove the bullet that has been lodged in her back since 1999 (victim of a drive-by shooting).
So, in keeping with my extreme preference for quitting before people beg you to go away, I am shutting down my blog. I can truly say I have enjoyed reading the blogs, seeing the photos, and sharing the lives of the people I have "met". It is an experience I would have hated to miss.
This next Wordless Wednesday will also be the last. If someone wants to take it on, please do. It has been great fun.
I leave you with wishes for all the best things in life. May you walk in sunshine. Peace and love to all of you!