Updated the “About” page

I just updated the “About” page for this blog.  Even if you’ve been hanging around here for years, please take a moment to check it out.  Things have changed a great deal from the “Life: The Journey” days and you’ll probably want to get up to speed so you don’t wonder what on earth happened to the old blog.

“Life: The Journey” served a purpose for me in an earlier stage in my life, but the journey has changed as I’ve changed over the years, and the previous story about my husband’s illness, my church activities, and my children have all moved into new stages (or moved on entirely).

Anyway, please take a moment to read the updated “About” page.  Thanks!

About – Through My Window

~Debi

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Dreams

I’ve been trying to remember to write down at least a short outline of any dreams I remember upon waking in the morning (or after a nap).  What do you dream about?  Do you think dreams have meaning?  Do you remember your dreams?

Here are three dreams out of my notebook:

  1. I dreamed I’d flunked a class in the MFA program and wasn’t going to be able to graduate on time.  This is a recurring dream.  The flunked class was a Math class and there aren’t any Math classes in the MFA.  Plus, I’ve never flunked a Math class in real life.  Dreams are weird.  Oh, and these dreams occurred after I’d already graduated from the MFA program.
  2. I dream regularly that an estranged family member and I have a kind, compassionate, non-angry talk about what’s been happening.  The dream is so realistic that when I wake up, I feel as if it’s really happened.  But then it’s so overwhelmingly sad when I realize it was just a dream, and at this point is far from coming true.
  3. I dreamed I lost my purse and all my personal ID on a trip to Room 130.  What is Room 130, you ask?  I have absolutely no idea.

Shaded Window Box

The new format of this blog is truly just a glimpse into my life.  So, here’s this week’s high adventure.

Someone who owned my home prior to me had the bright idea of putting a flower box on a window underneath the carport roof.  Never at any moment throughout the day (or even throughout the year) does that flower box get direct sunlight.

Over the years, I’ve tried to find ways to dress up the flower box.  Various holiday decorations worked temporarily.  I tried artificial flowers/plants, but they just looked … um … artificial. And who wants that?

One day, I was in the floral department of my local store and noticed the houseplants.  It dawned on me that houseplants often never get direct sunlight, so on a whim, I bought a collection of houseplants to put in my covered window box.

They actually survived year around … until I forgot to water them this past winter.  Poor little dried out plants.  I felt like a neglectful plant mama.  We rarely get hard freezes in the Seattle area, so they had survived the winter temps, but not the human-induced drought.

Well, this week, I restocked my covered flower box with house plants.  And I promised the dear little things that I would remember to water them throughout the year.  Fortunately, the flower box is right by my front step and I have to walk past it each time I go to my car.  So I should remember that they’re there and they need my care. But I can selectively see what I want — or don’t want — to see with great talent, so we’ll see.  😉

If you have a shaded window box, maybe try houseplants?

Here’s a photo of some of my new babies (and I noticed looking at this photo that I need to clean the wall and flower box front — so yes, this is a real glimpse into my real life, smudges and all):

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Beginning this blog’s transition

This blog has been titled “Life: The Journey” ever since it first took shape many years ago.  I’ve decided the new format that this blog will undertake is more of a glimpse into my—often boring, sometimes exciting, always puzzling—life.

So, how do you glimpse into something?  Why, through a window, of course.

My intention for this window’s future is to write short blog posts, sometimes including photos of mine.  All the window photos that appear randomly in the header are mine, by the way.

So are we ready to get started?  I am!  Or maybe not.  Well, either way we’ll see as time goes along.

If you’re out there reading, could you let me know in the comment section?  Just testing the waters …

~Debi

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I may revive this blog

Hello Readers …

Is anyone still out there?

Now that my children are grown, it seems like my life journey has still continued to take unexpected twists and turns.  Some good, some not so good.  But somehow it all seems like less of a “journey” and more like a time of reflection, reviewing, and re-evaluating where I’ve been, where I am now, and where I’m going next.

Once upon a time there was a thriving community on this blog.  Lots of comments and discussion.  I disappeared when I returned to college to get my Bachelor’s degree and then a Master in Fine Arts, and stopped posting.  It felt like time to roll up the carpet and close the doors, so I removed all the posts and pretty much closed up shop.

Now, however, I wonder if there’s anyone out there who’d be interested in reading personal diary-style blog posts of my thoughts and reflections from this new stage of life? I find myself composing in my mind–as I go about my day–what I’m beginning to see as potential blog posts.  I tried to discern if there was any common thread to these thoughts that seemed to want to be expressed, and I realized many of them were thoughts about insights and even regrets that I’ve gained over the years (especially recently).  The tentative title in my mind is, “Things I’ve Learned Since I Knew It All.”

I’m not in the same place spiritually, emotionally, educationally, physically, or family-related as I was when I stopped posting here.  Some changes I would’ve considered almost heretical in earlier incarnations of myself.  Because of that, I’m still undecided if I want to revive this blog or not.  I’m more than a little bit fragile right now (long story) and not certain I could handle the big, bad world of Internet trolls at the moment (especially trolls claiming to be “sharing truth” with a wayward soul).  😉

I don’t feel wayward.  I feel like I’m finding my way back.  As Tolkien wrote, “Not all those who wander are lost.” I never really understood what he meant before.  I thought I understood.  But now I know better.  One of those things I’ve learned since I knew it all, I guess.  🙂

So, is there anyone out there who’d be interested in a friendly look into my current stage of life and present-day thoughts about life, love, faith, and other sense and nonsense?  😉

To be continued … perhaps.

~Debi

 

I’m taking the content down from this blog …


Hi, Everyone …

For all of you who have followed my journey over the past 10+ years, thank you for your encouraging and kind comments, notes, and gifts throughout the years.

As you know, I’ve stopped posting on this blog.  So much of the content no longer represents my life stage or the situations I face now.  Completing my long awaited Bachelor’s degree and then graduating this past June with my MFA (Master of Fine Arts) in Creative Writing and Poetics has opened doors for me that were previously closed due to a lack of formal education.  I will no longer have time to keep up on my many blogs as a I pursue a career in the academic world as well as take new directions with my writing (mainly experimental poetry and memoir),

Life continues to happen, but so many of the current events are things I can’t share in this public space.  I have downloaded the content from this blog so I still have a personal record of the journey I’ve been on, so don’t worry that I’ve lost access to the story of this portion of my life.  I have it all.  It’s just time to move on.

As I make changes, I will probably eventually redirect this blog to my personal website, https://debitaylorhough.com/about-me/ .  Although that blog is mainly a place where I’m just playing around with creative endeavors, there will also be occasional life updates for those of you who want to keep in touch. I hope you stop by for a visit!

Thank you so much for all your love and support over the years.  I’ve always felt I’ve had the best blog followers in the world.

All my love,
Debi