"Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one. "
~John Lennon


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

First Post In New Blog


 Post Number One in this new blog.

There has been so much going on in my life lately. I have been growing as a person and going through some difficult situations as well. I am definitely not the same person I was when I began my first blog over five years ago. It was time to end that blog and put things in the past. One of the names I was considering for this blog was Starting Over Without Looking Back because that is how I see my life today: In a positive light, and having learned enough to appreciate the hard lessons as well as the surprise blessings.

This year my goal is to explore my creativity and enjoy life more. I have a new camera, Olympus Stylus, so that is my  companion during long walks and some drives. There is country, farming, cattle, fields, barns and silos surrounding this little town. I have much to see and capture on the camera. Some of the time my husband will be with me but as his bike rides are therapeutic and healthy for him, my walks are good for me.

I am going to do some watercolors. Many years ago I worked in oils and then did some watercolors, so I am excited to have a new watercolor set soon and re-familiarize myself with my style and visual technique.

A handicraft I left behind many years ago is crochet. It brought joy into my life long ago. I have some new crochet hooks, some yarn, and a long memory so it will be fun to familiarize myself with the yarn and the hooked needle and my imagination.

Gardening is new for me. This past spring I bought some flower seeds and planted them in flower beds. I had no ideas what I was doing, so I used more seeds than I needed but there were flowers all summer and fall. I found joy in trimming the flowers, removing dead heads, embracing the abundance of color. The lovely flowers enticed many butterflies and bees so I will be planting flower seeds again each spring.

I have been planning a vegetable garden, again something new for me. Spending time online learning the best methods of growing vegetables from seed and when to begin the planting for the different vegetables is an ongoing project now. I have a file on my desktop for gardening, so like most things I tackle new, I am organizing the info that will help yield the most produce. Since I am retired and in good health, I have time and energy for the first time in my life to have a garden.

The one thing I bring with me to this blog is my wheat free existence. That will never change. I live wheat free, gluten free, low carb. This is the very best lifestyle for me. I don't plan to write much about this aspect of my life in my blog, no recipes, no weight loss updates. It is just one of the very best parts of my life now.

I am also growing out my hair, no more short hair. Of course, I will see how much I can deal with longer hair next summer. It has been many years since I had longer hair and since I cut my own hair I am able to trim my hair as it grows out to keep it neat.

Like I said, this is the first post. Welcome to my new blog. I will be reading my favorite blogs and leaving comments,  using my real name. By the way, my name is CiCi.

Graphic found on techiemania.com.

33 comments:

Barbara said...

Hi CiCi! Congratulations on your new blog. I'm glad you didn't wait long to get it going! I look forward to all of your new creative ventures. I have to fight hard to hang on to my creative side, too, so I appreciate the inspiration.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Well, this is a huge relief! I was afraid we had lost your wonderful spirit and pithy insights. Welcome back, Cici! I look forward to reading about your many creative endeavors - we have many interests in common. It's very good to be here.

Jeni said...

Welcome back! You weren't really absent that long but I'm very happy to be part of your new blog venture. Love your new place -very pretty!
Only other comment I have on this post is about the hair and letting it grow -sounds very much like my attitude about my own tresses. Mine is back now from last year's baldness -thankfully -and I think I may have to make an appointment to get it trimmed as it's now beginning to get very unruly. I found this summer I enjoyed it short again and especially so since the way it grew back, it was very much like my Dad's hair with a great natural curl to it.

Rock Chef said...

Good to see you got started again nice and quick!

OK, first question - CiCi - is that with hard Cs (Kiki) or soft ones (Seesee, or Sisee)?

Cheryl said...

Oh how delighted I am to be able to follow your new blog. I can "feel" its lightness, its calmness and I feel a bit lighter for reading this today. Thank you.

Hilary said...

CiCi, I'm so glad you've permitted me to join you in reading your new blog. It sounds like there is an abundance of wonderful pastimes to keep you more than busy. I look forward to seeing your art in photography, watercolours and needlework. I'm thrilled that you've opted to keep your online presence.

Hugs to you.

oceangirl said...

Hello CiCi, what a unique and wonderful name. And everything here is so pretty and I love your blog name. It evokes a desire to explore.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

go CICI! :) nice look here, love the John quote up top, suits you and this blog!

Ina in Alaska said...

Spread your wings and fly beautiful lady CiCi! xoxo

bill lisleman said...

Hey CiCi welcome back to the blogland which you really never left I guess. I certainly enjoy your creativity on your blog. That John Lennon song is a favorite of mine. Oh don't forget to drop a few jokes or funny stories in this new blog too. We all need a laugh at times.

Stickup Artist said...

Hey CiCi, cute name (I can imagine it could make a great logo). Love this flush of creative energy and the idea of new beginnings, new projects, and a new lifestyle. It is all very inspiring and I wish you the best here, at your new home base, a springboard for all the wonderful adventures and discoveries that await you!

CiCi said...

Wow, this is amazing, all the wonderful comments and the love and encouragement from each person. I appreciate your joining me on my new adventure. I will speak to each individual comment soon.
Hugs to you all.

CiCi (spoken like see-see)

Ms. A said...

Thank goodness... so glad to see you!

Brian Miller said...

nice...thanks for inviting me in...i am excited to see your journey...sounds like you have some amazing things in store...i wanna see your painting too, that is awesome...

Charlie said...

Hurrah, a brand-new grown-up person rediscovering her life and revelling in it! Wonderful for you and wonderful for us.

otin said...

I love the new you...not that the old one was bad. :)

Eddie Bluelights said...

Hi CiCi - what a lovely name, if I may say so. Looking forward to getting to know the real you. Thank you for pointing me to your new blog. I can feel the excitement and look forward to reading your posts. Hugs ~ Eddie

Stinkypaw said...

Nice to meet you Cici! Have fun with this new blog.

terri said...

I'm thrilled to see you have the new blog up and running so soon! You have some very compelling reasons to give your writing a fresh start. Welcome back!

CiCi said...

Barbara, thanks for helping inaugurate the new blog. I have so much going on right now, most of it fun.

heartinsanfrancisco, so glad you made it to the new blog.

Jeni, the look of this blog is more to my taste, and my words will be more about me and not about family.

Rock Chef, soft C.

Cheryl, so glad you felt the calmness in the new blog. Very good word and it fits.

Hilary, I enjoy blogging, most importantly reading other blogs and learning from others.

oceangirl, I am so ready for a new phase in my life in real life as well as online.

Gary, yes John Lennon is special to me.

Ina, exactly, I do feel like I am soaring.

bill lisleman, I have some funny stuff ready to write. Things aren't all serious and deep, lots are fun.

stickup artist, I do feel like I have so much to explore and share here. Starting fresh is healing and invigorating.

Ms.A, I would not be out of touch long. Too many great people I am attached to.

Brian, glad you joined me at the new blog.

Charlie, the grown up person is key to this new blog. You sure caught on to that.

Otin, I like the new me too. Thanks for your kind words.

Eddie, this blog is definitely for the real me.

Stinkypaw, thanks. Glad you came to see the new blog.

terri, thank you. I have been thinking of making the change for a few months. This is the very best timing and the right change for me.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Congratulations and I wish you success in all your new ventures.

Cricket said...

Heh, heh. I thought I "recognized" you from the comment you just left as it appeared in my email. Checked the pic/link just to be sure. Welcome "back." Glad you didn't take a long break.

Jilda said...

I loved this new post. Interesting that you are letting your hair grow, after my storm Tuesday, I cut my hair. I love what I do and I hope with all my heart that I can continue with it just a little while longer. I am glad that you are facing your changes, it is hard isn't it?
Blessings to you, Cici.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Hi CiCi, Sorry I'm late to the launch party but I'm so happy to see you back in blogland. You have so many exciting plans and I look forward to hearing about your journey and reading your new blog. You're already up on my sidebar so I'll be back again soon... but you knew that already. ;-)

I'm so excited for you! xo jj

PS My word verification is "WeLike" Perfect.

LL Cool Joe said...

Hey this sounds like it's going to be an interesting blog!

Hi CiCi!

DJan said...

How do I follow your blog? I have noticed the comments you have left on mine and checked you out. Your "family" is a whole lot of my friends, too! So just tell me how I can be reminded when you have a new post up, okay?

KleinsteMotte said...

I have found a way to follow you. Bookmark! I'm so happy that you have decided to push ahead in your own way and style CiCi. Congrats!! -Heidi

Anne H said...

So very nice to meet you!
And I am so very very glad you love the LC life.
I love that for you!!! Who KNEW???
Love your new blog!

TALON said...

CiCi, the new blog is lovely! And I can feel the creative energy building. Isn't a camera a lovely companion? Mine always makes me stop and really look at what's around me. So happy to see you!

Suldog said...

By the way, would you drop me a line, at suldog@aol.com, telling me where to find your hubby now? I most certainly would like to pay him a visit, too. Thanks!

Mrs4444 said...

I'm confused, but I'm working on catching up. Cici, here's to your new beginning :)

Unknown Mami said...

Already something seems brighter.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Ok, I came for coffee and a visit. Where are you? Is everything okay?

xxx