Blog BHAY, #13 in my 14-part series on “Good to Go, Hard to Leave”: Joy Comes in the Morning, My Penultimate Post in this Series.

After a long, miserable night I went off to my first day at my new job, and I’m so glad I did! I received a gracious welcome from Betty, a lovely member of the hiring committee, who in a rainstorm brought me a cloth bag with my favorite Pro football team’s logo. In it wereContinue reading “Blog BHAY, #13 in my 14-part series on “Good to Go, Hard to Leave”: Joy Comes in the Morning, My Penultimate Post in this Series.”

Blog 12, aka the Antepenultimate blog in my 14 blog series of “Good to Go, Hard to Leave” part of my Big Hairy Audacious Year Blog

The title of this blog, Antepenultimate blog, is one of the very few times I’ve been able use that word since I learned it in 11th grade. As I recall, it means next to the next to the last. Ultimate = last, penultimate – next to the last, and antepenultimate – the one that comesContinue reading “Blog 12, aka the Antepenultimate blog in my 14 blog series of “Good to Go, Hard to Leave” part of my Big Hairy Audacious Year Blog”

Blog 11 in the series of 14, “Good to Go, Hard to Leave” as part my BHAY

The cats are suspicious, they’ve been both more interested in me and clingy than usual and also more skittish, shying away if I move too fast. I have recruited a friend to help me wrangle them into the car. People who don’t know my cats have many suggestions on how to get them moved. ButContinue reading “Blog 11 in the series of 14, “Good to Go, Hard to Leave” as part my BHAY”

Blog 10 of 14 in my series, “Good to Go, Hard to Leave” as part of my Big Hairy Audacious Year!: Taking Hold in Order to Let Go

In the movie, “The World According to Garp”, young child Garp climbs out onto a roof. He begins to slide down the roof and is soon hanging onto the gutter to keep from falling. The gutter begins to pull away from the roof, and the little boy clings to it to keep from falling. HisContinue reading “Blog 10 of 14 in my series, “Good to Go, Hard to Leave” as part of my Big Hairy Audacious Year!: Taking Hold in Order to Let Go”

Blog BHAY, #9 in series of 14 about “Good to Go, Hard to Leave”: Letting Go to Take Hold

I’m moving in stages. I’ll be creating my new home carload by carload, and then in one big truck load. Today I’m making room for the first carload: the cats, their letterboxes, litter, food, and scratching post, plus my bedding, towels, some cleaning supplies, kitchen goods, just enough clothes to see me through my firstContinue reading “Blog BHAY, #9 in series of 14 about “Good to Go, Hard to Leave”: Letting Go to Take Hold”

Blog for my BHAY, day 8 of 14 in my reflections of “Good to Go, Hard to Leave”: DeLallo’s and Peach Pie

My friends Sue W and Matt very kindly hosted a “so long’ gathering for me at their home. We sat on their deck, under the darkening western PA sky, watching chickens do their chicken thing in the yard. The conversation ebbed and flowed and wove us together as a group. We enjoyed grilled vegetables, greatContinue reading “Blog for my BHAY, day 8 of 14 in my reflections of “Good to Go, Hard to Leave”: DeLallo’s and Peach Pie”

BHAY Blog 7 of 14 in series“Good to Go, Hard to Leave”: Energy Conservation

It’s been so hot and so very humid with lower air quality here in SW Pennsylvania; my window air conditioners have been running non-stop for over a week. This gives me two rooms in the house that are comfortable during the day, two rooms where I’m willing to put forth more than minimum effort inContinue reading “BHAY Blog 7 of 14 in series“Good to Go, Hard to Leave”: Energy Conservation”

BHAY Blog 6 of 14, “Good to Go, Hard to Leave”: Course Corrections – Tweaks Happen

My car’s navigation system is not yet synced with my phone’s app, so I haven’t used the car’s system for directions yet. But that hasn’t stopped by Navigation System from providing directions: it will tell me, turn left in 1. 4 miles, turn right in 15 miles, continue straight for 20 miles … I haveContinue reading “BHAY Blog 6 of 14, “Good to Go, Hard to Leave”: Course Corrections – Tweaks Happen”

BHAY Blog: Day 5, “Good to Go, Hard to Leave”. Getting By with a Little (Actually, a Lot of) Help from My Friends

One of the loveliest things about moving is that it makes time spent with friends more precious and appreciated. Although they will still be within reach of a phone call, text, email or Zoom meeting but the easy visit on a porch or over a cup of coffee is over. Even though I know I’llContinue reading “BHAY Blog: Day 5, “Good to Go, Hard to Leave”. Getting By with a Little (Actually, a Lot of) Help from My Friends”

BHAY Blog, day 4 of “Good to Go, Hard to Leave”: The Tantalizing Joy of An Empty Bookcase

As my doctor and I discussed upcoming changes, she asked, “Are you looking forward to the move, getting excited about your new job?”  I told her, “No, because it’s so hard to get ready to go I don’t have joy about the new thing’s possibilities.”   It’s been agonizing dealing with the stuff, and veryContinue reading “BHAY Blog, day 4 of “Good to Go, Hard to Leave”: The Tantalizing Joy of An Empty Bookcase”