Wednesday, December 21, 2011

April 2008 - A New Beginning

April in 2008 was the first entry into my journal world.   Had only acquired a computer 2 years before that.
Really did not want one and now I wonder "what would I do without this special friend."  It has brought me so much joy, challenge, a learning experience,  but also some frustrations as I continue to learn.  I realize  I know so little  about this wonderful machine.

I wondered if I would have anything to post.   Looks like with over 800 entries there was no lack for words.
I began writing when I moved from the country to the city.  I shared about this experience and really planned on spending the rest of my days there.  I tried to adjust but my heart was not in it.   I  consider it a gift that I was allowed to return to my heart's home.  My cottage is perfect for One Woman and occasional
visitors.

 Hopefully this is where
 I will always reside  and someday my ashes will be spread throughout the woods.  Can't think of a more wonderful place to be.

My grandchildren and even children know a little bit more about their mother and grandmother by reading her rambling words.    When we write I believe we share from the heart and use different words then we would use if we were talking face to face.   That is the way it is with me.   I read what I write and sometimes think "did I write that?" 

So many special online friends from many states and other countries - they found me and I found them online and we have shared and responded to one another.

I look back and many who responded almost 4 years ago are still sending me comments.

I wonder sometimes if we met in person would we be as drawn to one another as we are through
our writing?

New goal to not write as much,  I think I have shared most about this One Woman.   Will continue looking for special images to photograph and will be sharing about my gardening   A special poem or book will come to mind.   Maybe there will still be much to share.    I know as I grow older just do not want to begin
repeating myself and for you to witness some of what happens in the aging process.  Then I have the thought that you would see how One Woman continues on through this journey in life.

Christmas Eve, family will be visiting.  Then following week dental work, then appointment with a specialist
that I have been avoiding.   Really do not think I will learn anything different but  have been urged to do this and I will see who is right on this subject.  Surgery is scheduled for 3rd week of January.  Who knows, maybe a miracle and I can postpone.... 

Wishing everyone blessings
during this special Season
The blessings you desire and need.
From my heart I thank you for your friendship

56 comments:

lil red hen said...

I am fairly new to your blog but have really loved coming to know you through your writing. I hope you will continue. My daughters wanted me to blog about my quilts, but I'm so slow now that if I limited it to quilts, everyday would tell about one stitch at a time -- boring.

Have a wonderful time with your family and Merry Christmas to you.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Charlotte, just do not want to start repeating myself:) So pleased I met you. I will keep writing but want to less. Maybe I will not be able to keep my fingers off the keyboard...

FlowerLady said...

I enjoy your writings and photos. I also know that what I write is different from what I speak in person. Writing frees me up.

I, too, am growing older. I don't want to dwell on that, but on the blessings of every day that come my way.

Love and hugs to you and I'm glad you are part of my world.

FlowerLady

the wild magnolia said...

You are a dear sweet person. Always not wanting to impose. I could not explain the way, why, and how people connect.

We are giving a connection gift we would not have had with the internet. If you are feeling to pull back a bit, there may be a reason. Do what you feel deeply.

Merry Christmas dear one.

Elsa Louise said...

In the physical world, when we gather with friends, we sometimes repeat ourselves, do we not? We indulge one another and think little of it. Maybe we have not seen one another in some time, or we have other things on our minds, or the earlier discussions simply have slipped from our thoughts.

Speaking for myself, I love to read your postings. Of course, if you would rather post less often, that is completely understandable if you have other interests to pursue! We are here when you want to write and are always glad to read your thoughts.

Happiest holiday wishes to you and yours.

madwomandancing said...

Ernestine, as you know, I've loved getting to know you from your posts. I have wondered, as well, what it might be like to see some of my fellow bloggers in person. Yes, I do think we express ourselves differently in our writings. So, who knows?

As always, this post of yours is touching in its honesty and beautiful simplicity. My thoughts are with you over the holiday, with your dental work, and with your medical appointment. Take good care of yourself. You are a precious soul. Merry Christmas!

Lonely Rivers said...

Dear dear One Woman,
You were my very first reader and encourager - and though I have rarely written over the past year, I have read your every post. I feel like you are my sweet friend down the road, around the corner, across town. I am touched by your gracious approach to life, by your honesty and your tenderness with your family,your dog, and your land. I hope you will continue to write. Wishing you great strength and good health. May your days be filled with sunshine and laughter and may rainy days find you cozy and warm. Much love. LR

lilalia said...

It has been such a pleasure walking beside you, as it were, over the last years. Your words and photos are special. Please do keep writing, even if you will write less, for so much of your world is conveyed through your reflections.

A very Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Sky said...

hope you and the family have a wonderful christmas. i hope you find you do not have to have the surgery (unless you are in pain and need to resolve that). in terms of writing - i hope you will throw caution to the wind and just enjoy life from day to day, doing whatever you please without worry. no need to try to control everything or what others see or think. if you repeat yourself, so what - who doesn't sometimes? if you feel like writing i hope you will. period. living the best life you can and enjoying the journey are the only jobs you (and any of us) should be concerned with, in my opinion - even though my opinion was not sought! hahaha

so glad we met and that you are part of my life. i am so fond of you and enjoy reading here and the letters we have written along the way. big hugs and lots of merry christmas wishes.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

FL, Sandra, Elsa Louise, Ellen, LR,
Sky, lilalia, What a gift to find your comments this early morning.
I am running a fever :( think it is sinus or cold. Your visiting
made me feel better this morning.
Wish we could all gather and sit and have tea and just be quiet together...Each of you have a good day.

judemiller1 said...

I love your blog and I love you as a woman--a strong woman. I also envy your living in the woods. Merry Christmas to you Ernestine--you have no idea how much your words help me in my life.

Balisha said...

Hi Ernestine,
I was just reading Judy's blog and read your comment. I hope that you are feeling better this morning.A cold or sinus infection can make you just miserable.
I also want to add my words to your post. I enjoy reading your posts everyday and would like to put my two cents in. As Sky said...who cares if you repeat yourself? Some of us are in our later years and would never know.I can tell that you enjoy writing and we all love reading what you write. What a waste it would be if you would stop. So, feel better, Merry Christmas and keep writing my special friend.
Balisha

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Judy and Balisha, thanks to you about finding your comment this morning. I am no worse but coughing a lot now. This is disappointing that I cannot do what I always do at Christmas.
Both of you take care and thank you for your friendship.
Have a good holiday...

Sharon said...

Ernestine, the way you share your journey adds perspective to my own. I am grateful for our online friendship. I hope you are feeling better.

I wish you a warm and wonderful Christmas ~

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Sharon, thank you. Enjoy this special time...

Cape Cod Kitty said...

Ernestine,
Being one of those people who've been "with you" a long time, I always feel honored and renewed when I read your words. Wishing you well with your health, and may each minute with family, and alone in your haven be blessed this holiday season!
Fondly,
Marcia

Pienosole said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family! Thank you for sharing your beautiful blog.
Marsha

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Pienosole, You are from Italy,
how exciting that you read this elder's ramibling from her country home. Looking forward to reading your sharing :)
Sharon, as always thank you for visiting....

Aisling said...

Merry Christmas, dear Ernestine. I wish you joy and happiness.

warmly,
Aisling (Marcie)

Beverly said...

Merry Christmas!

kerrdelune said...

My friend, this is one of my favorite caravanserais, an oasis for body and soul. I am so glad that you purchased your computer and created this wonderful haven. May your whole holiday interval be willed with light and warmth and community!

sallysmom said...

Merry Christmas,
Sallysmom

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