These are random musings of my life journey, the people, animals, places, and events which have woven, and continue to weave, a tapestry that is me. We all know there is no real destination, only the ongoing experiences which blend together, creating the trail. Each step gives a glimpse of what is to come, without allowing me to see the end result. It is exciting. I have a home base that is mine, that gives me a place to rest. This is it. This is where my heart is, no matter where I journey...................

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Ending a year and a decade

This will be a short post, just to say goodbye to 2009, and the first decade of the century and the millennium. I'm not going to dwell on much, but I want to say goodbye to a few things, release them and move on.

This has not been a bad time, but it is marked with significant losses for me. I loss both parents in 2000. Next was the loss of my husband of 31 years, in 2005. My three Shih Tzus, my faithful companions for over 15 years, left, one in 2006 and the other two in 2008. And in the last month, I've been hit with health concerns that have rocked my world, and not in the good way.

Conversely, during this period I've gained new family members through birth and marriage, and it has lifted my heart seeing how these family additions have added to the joy in my life and those with whom they directly belong. I've returned to my native New Mexico, found a home that I love, and gained new friends who fill my heart. I've watched grandchildren grow into wonderful young people. I've learned a great deal about myself, possibly the best being that I know I'm a lot stronger than I would have imagined a few years ago.

This last year has brought me peace of mind in simply knowing I am capable of several things that I doubted before. As those things became known to me, some of them also evaporated before my eyes, but that's OK! I'm happy that I had the experiences, and my life is fuller because of them. I'm not liking the way my health has been challenged, but I'm not despairing, and hopefully 2010 will be a portal to a better plane.

Happy New Year to everyone! May peace and love fill your lives and happiness overflow in your presence.


  1. It's like you say in your blog title here, life is a never-ending journey. Hope 2009 is a better year yet. I'm going to work on my own health issues next year. I told my wife that getting older is like walking through a mine-field of health-related concerns. Have to live one day at a time, right?

  2. Very beautifully said Lyn....your way with words amazes me and I am so glad we met..(not literally, but through your blog) Happy New Year my friend..and Peace and good health to you.

  3. Dave, as I've heard said, growing old is not for the feint of heart. Yep, one day at a time. I know this will pass and I'll be fine again, but there is never a "good" time for medical challenges! I've been pretty darn lucky to be generally healthy for a long, long time, and, yes, this is just one leg of my journey. Good luck to you, too.

    Ruth, I'm glad we "met," too! How did you find my blog, anyway? I don't remember. Thanks, and Happy New Year to you and your family!

  4. Dear Lynilu,

    I anticipated that you'd post something profound today, and I was not disappointed. Then I read your older posts to get caught up. I am so sorry to read about your health concern, but thankfully you're dealing with it with your usual optimism.

    You have been through so much in the past decade. Wow. You've inspired me to think about writing a similar post- not that my story could possibly match yours!!!

    I wish you peace, love and perfect health for the new year.


  5. Your sense of optimism draws me to your blog. Don't ever lose it. Best wishes for the new year and a good resolution to your health issues.

  6. Betty, thank you for the words and the concern. I'm not always optimistic through this, but the dips are usually short-lived. I know if I let myself vary from the positive for long, my path will so much more difficulty. And I hate feeling gloomy!

    I will look forward to reading your own post. And BTW, regardless of whose journey has had more or bigger speed bumps, each journey is personal and the greatest for that person. :)

    Thank you, Betty, for the wishes, and I hope the same for you, Blessings.

  7. Linda, thank you. I appreciate being reminded that my life, my attitude, affects others. Sometimes it is hard to keep up, but I find it is always worth it when I succeed.

    Happy New Year to you and your family.

  8. Such is life, full of ups and downs. I'm wishing you a bright future in 2010, full of adventures (only happy ones) and full of great times with those you love!

  9. Ah, Deb, thank you so much. And I'm going to send those same good wishes back to you, double-fold! Happy New Year!

  10. Hey, Daisy!! Happy New Year!!!

  11. Hey Lyn, Happy New Year and we wish you the best 2010. If we didn't have bad times, we certainly wouldn't appreciate the good times. Hang tough and be brave Lyn!

  12. Moni, I've had that conversation with several people lately. As much as we hate the bad times, they are usually less ominous once we get past them, and then the good times are just that much sweeter. Know what? I'm gonna be living in dessert when this is over!!

    Happy New Year, Moni, to you and Floyd, too!

  13. Lyn,
    When I think back on your posts over this past year, what struck me was how much you are loved by your babies, your friends and relatives. Your calender always seemed to be full, of times spent with people who want you to come to them or want to come to you. Going along with that, your posts and comments are always one of the first I look for, when I log on. I think your loving and giving spirit just draws people to you (and cute little dogs too).

    These health concerns worry me, as I hate when life hits us with things that are out of our control or when we have to depend on doctors to get better. You being so independent, it must be especially difficult. However, I know you are a strong person, who will do what you need to do, to get better. I'm just sorry that you have to go through it.

    Remember, you are not alone and the difficult times really do make us appreciate life so much more!

    Here's to a Healthy and Happy 2010.

  14. Cheryl, what a beautiful thing to say. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    And so you know, once I get through whatever course of treatment is laid out, I should be back to my old self, physically. It's just a nuisance that anyone has to be slowed down in this way, and as you say, especially when we feel the loss of control. I know you understand that, possibly better than most people. Thanks, Cheryl, for "getting it."

    Happy New Year to you also, dear girl. I hope your family finds its path to peace, as well. :)


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