Friday, December 08, 2006

Now where was I??

Yes, I've returned from the U.S. and I am 110% OK. Sincere thanks to all for sending greetings via comments and email, despite my shameful neglect of you all. It is indeed wonderful to be missed.

After a fabulous 6 weeks away I have found it difficult to get back into blogging. I have been lurking in blogs occasionally and leaving comments only rarely. I am not yet ready to resume blogging but thought it was high time that I let people know I'm still around and that I haven't forgotten you. I have replied to individual commenters if I had their email addresses. In one of those emails I wrote:


I have got
my bookbinding-related purchases sorted out and put away. I bought some nice papers, a number of stamps and stickers, etc. Have made my own diary for next year, small enough to put in my bag, unlike the official A4 size I needed to buy every year with a timeslot for each half hour to schedule all my appointments. Ha! Don’t need that any more. Exult! Exult!

So that might tell you something about my current emotional state: even 4 months after retiring I am still appreciating my new freedom.

I will try to post again soon.

21 comments:

Sue said...

That bridge looks quite familiar! Glad to see all is well!
((hugs))

Val said...

Thats a very timely post, Val. Especially the bit about your new freedom in retirement... I am seriously reconsidering my own views on that topic.

And if you ever go to Japan, I know a wonderful papermaker's shop in the hills. (I feel a post of mine own brewing about that!)

John Cowart said...

Glad you're back and life is going the way you want.

Alice said...

There, there, that wasn't so difficult was it?.....lol.

Glad you're still enjoying your new career - retirement.

Meow said...

Glad you came back and let us know you were ok. Get yourself sorted, and have some fun. We'll still be here when you decide to get back to blogging again.
Have a great weekend.
Take care, Meow

Robert said...

It was great to hear that you arrived home "down under". I am playing "Waltzing Matilda" and "Tie Me Kangaroo Down" on my computer as I am posting this as a way of celelbrating your safe return.

Sonia said...

Welcome to blogosphere! I am glad you are back and enjoyed your trip! Cheers!

DellaB said...

Hi Val - thanks for letting us know all is well, you are right though, it is nice to be missed. And, of course, your retirement is new - so many things to do and explore; go for it, I say...

:-)
Della

Annette said...

Welcome home!!! Nice bridge!

Annette

jellyhead said...

Good to have you back!!

Have as long a break as you need - blogging should never be a chore. We'll still be here when you return!

Jeanette said...

HI Val
Welcome home and back to blogging.
Nice bridge. Take Care

Kerri said...

Helloooo Val! I've been too busy to visit anyone much lately, but here I am at last. Good to see you arrived home safely and are settling back in.
As Jelly said, blogging should never be a chore. We do this for fun girl! :)
Love your picture of the Golden Gate and will look forward to more lovely pictures if and when you feel like posting.
I know you're not spending a lot of time decorating for Christmas :)
Hope you're having some fun with the new book-making supplies.
Keep exulting!

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Blogging is for fun, so don't worry about it and keep having fun with your new career...retirement!!! I spent 11 years of very enjoyable retirement before I started blogging, but please don't stay away for that long.

Merle said...

Hi Val ~~ Nice to see a post from you and to know that you are fine. Glad you had a wonderful trip and you just do what you want to do. You have your book binding interest and things to enjoy.
We aren't going anywhere, so come back to us if you choose to. Take care, Love, Merle.

Wendy A said...

Take a break. I have been doing the same. I have noticed lots of bloggers are slowing down. I think it is the holidays. Merry Xmas.

PEA said...

Well there you are!!! I was just about ready to send a tall, dark, handsome Canadian Mountie to go look for you...ummmm never mind, you would have enjoyed that too much!! lol So glad I checked on your blog again to see if you had posted anything...glad you're home safe and sound! Hugs xox

Merle said...

Hi again Val ~~ Thanks for your comments and glad you enjoy the jokes. Take care,
Love, Merle.

lindsaylobe said...

Hi Val - Welcome home and I guess it wil take some time to regain your momentum with all of your projects.

Best wishes

Granny said...

I remember that bridge too. Take your time - we'll be around.

Happy Holidays if I don't get back before then.

Sharon said...

Merry Christmas to you too Val... I hope to see you back up and running in the New Year - sometimes we just need a break from the blogging world to recharge our batteries...

Meow said...

Merry Christmas to you, too, Val. Thanks for dropping by. Hope to see you back blogging again soon ... we miss you.
Take care, Meow