ABOUT ME

SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

The years seem to fly by, and unfortunately this past year has not exactly been fun.  Hopefully now that I finally gave in and had my pneumonia shot, flu vaccine and a pacemaker I will have a terrific next 6 1/2 years. (That’s how long the battery in the pacemaker will keep on ticking).  I’m ready to start venturing out and exploring interesting places so stay tuned — we’re going to be going to some places that on the surface don’t appear to be too exciting, but upon a closer look have a lot to offer. 

Time to see how I measure

“Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes”

 

JUNE 29, 2013

I have lived 70 years or 25,550 days plus however many February 29ths occurred during those years.  I’ve been thinking a lot about that lately.  I suppose partly because I always figured after age 70 you really were living only by the grace of God.  And then there’s the philosophy that each of us has a mission here on earth and you don’t die until you’ve completed your mission — kind of makes you not want to be too ambitious.  (Just Kidding)  There has been one person and one song that has made me reflect on exactly how I’ve spent those 25,550 days and ask myself how much did I miss?  Life is a trip–  was I a tourist or a traveler?  I believe I might have been a tourist – one who does what they came to do and saw what they needed to see.  Beginning tomorrow I’m going to be a traveler and just see what I see.

There’s a song in the musical “Rent” that asks the question:  “Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes How do you measure, a year in a life?”  Then there is Luke Heikkila “a [Minnesota] suburban husband and father looking at his daily life through the lens of a camera”.  He takes a picture of his “life” each day and is working on improving his photographic skills.  I have to wonder when the year is up and he reflects on his photos how much he may have learned about himself.  He has inspired me to take a picture every day of my 71st year.  His blog “each & every day” is brilliant and I urge you to check it out.

Tomorrow I begin my journey.  I strive to be a traveler and see what there is to see in my daily life, and then perhaps I will know how to ‘measure a year in my life’.

JULY 21, 2012

Recently retired – three weeks ago – I began another chapter in my life.   Perhaps this will be the most exciting chapter!

Retirement and Travel seem to be synonymous, and I do like to travel, but not for long periods of time.  I’ve never had a strong desire to cross the  oceans, but I really like America the Beautiful and I love America the Strange.

Born in Iowa, raised in Minnesota, became an adult in California (literally and figuratively) My late husband, Steve, and I returned to Minnesota to raise a family.  A great place to live, work and play.   Widowed in 1996, rewed in 2001 to Bill Toninato whom I met on the Internet.  So glad I didn’t hit the “delete” key.  My daughters are grown with families of their own and I have two terrific sons-in-law and 4 of the most brilliant, caring, and witty grandchildren.  Life is good!

Having a modicum of artistic ability and a better than average ability to write/create I hope to share our travels in many mediums for fun and (I wouldn’t be adverse to) profit!

I look forward to my blog followers comments and would welcome their suggestions for finding the bizarre and wonderful places the USA has to offer.

JUNE 29, 2013

I have lived 70 years or 25,550 days plus however many February 29ths occurred during those years.  I’ve been thinking a lot about that lately.  I suppose partly because I always figured after age 70 you really were living only by the grace of God.  And then there’s the philosophy that each of us has a mission here on earth and you don’t die until you’ve completed your mission — kind of makes you not want to be too ambitious.  (Just Kidding)  There has been one person and one song that has made me reflect on exactly how I’ve spent those 25,550 days and ask myself how much did I miss?  Life is a trip–  was I a tourist or a traveler?  I believe I might have been a tourist – one who does what they came to do and saw what they needed to see.  Beginning tomorrow I’m going to be a traveler and just see what I see.

There’s a song in the musical “Rent” that asks the question:  “Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes How do you measure, a year in a life?”  Then there is Luke Heikkila “a [Minnesota] suburban husband and father looking at his daily life through the lens of a camera”.  He takes a picture of his “life” each day and is working on improving his photographic skills.  I have to wonder when the year is up and he reflects on his photos how much he may have learned about himself.  He has inspired me to take a picture every day of my 71st year.  His blog “each & every day” is brilliant and I urge you to check it out.

Tomorrow I begin my journey.  I strive to be a traveler and see what there is to see in my daily life, and then perhaps I will know how to ‘measure a year in my life’.

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