30 Day Blogging Challenge Day 17-My Highs and Lows

Day 17 – List your highs & lows of this past year.

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I’m A Tennessean Now!

What were my highs and lows this past year? This has been a transitional year for me with moving from Saint Petersburg Florida to Nashville Tennessee. The move has brought both highs and lows like the mountains and valleys in Tennessee. 

The lows were leaving my home behind in Florida. Feeling homesick initially was difficult to deal with, but I knew the homesickness would fade as I established my new roots here in Nashville. Also, I missed my Pug, Puglet. He is such a cute dog, but he was very attached to my ex-husband and would have missed him if I took him with me. So I brought Guinness, my dog who is more attached to me and Cleo, my cat. Both have come to depend upon me and I admit that I depend upon them too for love and companionship.

Another low is that I miss my friends and my old church, Christ the Cornerstone. I had not been able to attend during my last six months in Saint Petersburg because my health had deteriorated so much and I could not drive myself. I needed to move with my daughter and her family because I am disabled and need help with daily activities. It was hard to give up my independence but necessary. I was very depressed when we first moved to Nashville, but most of it was related to my health change and becoming more dependent on my daughter. 

The highs this last year are the move to Nashville. Although homesick in the beginning, I got into a routine as part of this larger, crazy household. I live in an in-law suite and still have my privacy but also have the benefit of living with my daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren, ages 3 and 6. It took some adjusting to the noise level of two small children, but I could always escape to my suite when I wanted too. 

Now, I love it here. Nashville is my home and I am loved daily by everyone in my family. I’ve grown closer to my daughter, gotten to know my son-in-law and what a good husband and father he is, and love being with my 3-year-old grandson and my 6-year-old granddaughter so much. It is a blessing. 

I wasn’t sure I would like to live with changing seasons again, but I really enjoy it. Of course, it is easier to love it when I don’t have to go out in the cold weather unless I want to with me retired. There are so many positive things happening in my life now that this could be a novel if I listed them all. I have grown stronger since moving and I drive again. I still need the electric carts when I shop, but I can drive myself there and go when I want to.

I am able to listen to my church’s radio broadcast on Sundays and still keep up with my friends on Facebook. I’ve made some new friends as well in Tennessee. Now that summer is here, I am babysitting my granddaughter while school is out and we both enjoy each other’s company. Also, Guiness and Cleo adjusted to the move rather quickly and seem happy. I am very happy as well in my new home state of Tennessee.

How about you? What have been your highs and lows this last year?

Susan…

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Playing Solitaire

Sunday Photo Fiction – June 7th, 2015

 

The goal of Sunday Photo Fiction is to write a piece whether it is a story or poetry using the image below as inspiration. Wherever the inspiration takes you, use that. You are to keep the story around the 200 words and add the story once published to the LinkUp so others can enjoy what I’ve written.

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Genre: Memoir

Word Count: 194

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Playing Solitaire

 

I play Solitaire every day with my life. Even when I was married, I was playing this game. A single parent in a two parent household tells the story of my life. You see, my husband was an alcoholic and, therefore, an absentee parent. Oh, he was physically there, but not involved. He was too busy drinking.

But, I digress. This story is about me, not my ex. I married thinking that with love from me, he would change and wouldn’t need to drink. Within two years, I added my daughter before realizing that I was in fantasy land. I entered counseling and was referred to Al-anon, a group for those affected by someone’s drinking.

Al-anon taught me to pay attention to what I could control…myself. I learned coping skills which helped me to change and grow. As I grew into a stronger, self-confident person, I chose to end my marriage.

Would I do it again? Not the same way, certainly. The best gift that I got from my experience was my daughter, a strong young woman, married with children of her own. Today, I play Solitaire by choice and enjoy my singleness.

 


 

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30 Day Blogging Challenge Day 16-Music Soothes My Soul

Day 16 – What are your views on mainstream music?

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Music Soothes My Inner Soul

What are my views on mainstream music? I’m going to be honest (I usually am.) and tell you that I had to look up the definition of “mainstream music.” Wikipedia described it as the popular music of the time. Then, I googled “2015 mainstream music artists” and Billboard Top 100 was listed. When I looked at the 100 artists listed, I recognized the names of mostly country music artists plus a couple of pop or rock artists like Kelly Clarkson, Rianna. That is when I came to the realization that I don’t really follow popular mainstream music. 

My taste in music varies from some pop (mostly from the 60’s), some Christian, some country (mostly 90’s), some New-Age (mostly meditation), some Classical (mostly piano). Well, I could go on, but it would be better to look at my Amazon Playlist (see 30 Day Blogging Challenge Day 11). I love a variety of music genres.

I love music that “speaks” to me, my inner soul or my inner voice. This music is from the 60’s to current day and I just like to let it soothe my soul. My favorite pop music is the Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel music. I even like Elvis music. But I also love John Legend and some songs that Kelly Clarkson sings. It all depends upon the song, the artist, and the music itself, as well as, the lyrics or words to the music.

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Each day, each time that I listen to music, my mood may be different. That is why I mostly listen to my Amazon library and playlist or Pandora with my favorite genres of music. Recently (I am a little behind), I have been listening to music videos on YouTube. When I do a search there according to genre or specific artist, the type of music I prefer comes up and then YouTube becomes very intuitive according to my searches. I am collecting specific genres and/or artists that I am following. 

Do I not like mainstream music? I wouldn’t go that far, but I will tell you that I do not like Rap, Hip-Hop, or Hard Rock music. The sounds of these genres hurt my ears and my inner soul. I prefer to be soothed music,  not disturbed by it or its lyrics. Old -fashioned…you may say that, but I prefer to say opinionated.

What do you think about mainstream music?

Susan…

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