Friday, September 16, 2011

A Change is Gonna Come

Gail Sheehy said "If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living."

Well, I am all for "really living."

Well, okay - so I tend to exaggerate.  This kind of "really living" is too much living for me, I'm afraid.  I'm basically a weenie.  That is not me riding that wave just in case you were wondering.  Pfft.

Each of us have, I think, spent some period of time just existing, and those of us who are lucky enough to finally discover the difference between just existing and really living are the lucky ones.  But even then, it's pretty easy to allow ourselves to fall into a rut and "just live" as opposed to "really live."  There's a huge difference.  And that difference can help you find joy in life or you can just mark off the days till you're surprised to learn there aren't that many days left.

(Today's my day for quotes; here's another favorite: "We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same." ~ Carlos Castaneda)

But - enough philosophy for now.  We'll do lots of that in the future.  We can have a virtual pajama party and pretend we're back in our earlier years with a bunch of friends drinking bad chianti just to be able to drip candles down those cool bottles while pondering "Life" (with a capital "L").   Speaking of which - have any of you read Keith Richards' LIFE?  I loved it.
Anyhooooo . . . .  

This little piece of scribbling is just to let you all know Meanderings and Muses is going to go through a little bit of change next year.  Nothing drastic.  We're still going to have guest bloggers, just not as many.

If you've been following Meanderings and Muses for awhile, you've probably seen the occasional comment from my friend Hank Phillippi Ryan when she says to me, "remember when you worried that no one would come?!"   

(wish i had thought to put on some lipstick here!  dang.  Hank, remind me next time, ok??!)

And she's right - I did.  Worried and fretted.  But, I should have known better.  (Psst!  Did you hear?!  Hank has a new series coming out next year - Yay!!!!  I "borrowed" this from her webpage"THE OTHER WOMAN, the first in Hank's new series, will be published next year by FORGE Books. Sequel in 2013.

A Boston reporter on the trail of an ex-governor's secret mistress...a Boston cop on the trail of a suspected serial killer. What happens when they realize they might be hunting the same person? As one character says: "You can chose your sin, but you cannot chose your consequences."'
Can't wait!!

The mystery community is every bit as generous as I've said here and all over the interwebs oh so many times.  And almost every single person I invited from that community to come play and share a little about themselves said yes.

They've written about their writing, and shared photos of where they write.  They shared photos of their pets.  They've shared personal stories that have made us laugh out loud, and some have shared some stories that made us cry.  They've made us think.  

And, if there's one thing I am so proud of I can hardly stand it, it's that we've introduced writers and readers who may not have discovered one another without the loveliness that is Meanderings and Muses.  I wish I had kept every email I received from every reader telling me thanks for that.  We're going to continue doing a lot of that, but for at least this upcoming year I'm going to scale back.

Instead of the three guests a week that we've had most weeks this year, we're going to only have one guest a week. Or, at least I hope we are!  I haven't sent out invitations yet.  Who knows, everyone might be sick to death of us and turn me down flat.  Lord - pray that isn't so, y'all!

After wondering how I could possibly choose a small group of people from the very large group of people who have been gracious enough to take the time to participate in the past is a tough one.  Very tough, to say the least.
So, the only fair way would be to draw some names out of The Magic Willie Nelson Baseball Cap.

But, frankly, I don't really want to do that for all the names I'd like to see on next year's schedule.  There are some folks I very much would like to have back, so I'm first going to choose names of a few people I feel especially close to  -   readers and writers.   And a few writers who always manage to ring my "Fan Girl" bell.

Like this guy!  Lee Child!  Yeah, he'll be here! (Well, okay, so that was lie.  He's probably not gonna show up here, but a girl can dream, can't she?)


otay - back to business . . . .

Then I'm going to separate the remaining writers from the remaining readers and draw names from those two groups so we still end up with a nice mix of both.   

All this to say - if you have ever participated as a guest blogger with Meanderings and Muses, please don't feel as though you have been purposely over-looked if you don't receive an invite.  That's just simply not the case.  Not at all.  And - who knows, the next year we may go back to the three guests a week format IF you're all willing.

But let's try this in the upcoming year.

And, just why are we making the change?

Well, I thought you'd never ask!

Simply stated, as much as I love having all the guests we've had, and as much as I have sincerely loved every single blog contributed, it's just taking up more of my time than I want to give again next year.  Most of you live in the real world of high speed technology, so you probably can't even begin to understand trying to do this over dial-up.  Sometimes I'm able to take a nap while some photos are uploading.  'Course, on the up-side - I'm able to get quite a bit of reading done while all the uploading is going on.  (With my fingers crossed that all goes well).

And there's a whole world of things I'm itching to do.

(But, not this)

I want to do a little more blogging of my own, for starters.  There's still lots and lots to talk about, after all  -  Books to share.  New authors to discover.  Recipes to share.  Things to rant about.  Things to giggle out loud about.  Memories and stories to share.

I want to do Julia Cameron's THE ARTISTS'S WAY on-line workshop.  (Any of you done this??)

I have a new Canon G12 camera that I still don't know how to use other than just "point and shoot."  And once I've learned all the features on it (and re-learned the ones Jill already tried to teach me), I'd like to take a photography class.

I took a mixed media collage class and would like to spend a little time doing more collages (and hopefully I can come up with something a little better than this which was my very first in-class attempt).  What can I say, it may not be great, but I had a great time doing it.

I have a wonderful piece of needlepoint I'd like to finish.  (I'm a little embarrassed about how many years this piece has been in my "To Be Stitched" stack!)

A delightful little piece of counted cross stitch that may dry rot if I don't finish it soon.

A scarf I'd like to finish knitting.

And I want to continue going to The Gym most days. 

My "To Be Read" stack has grown since I retired rather than diminished (especially that stack on my iPad). 

Okay, I admit it - I've just told you another little lie.  Those books you see above are not part of my TBR stack, but probably will be re-read at some point, if they haven't already.  I didn't post a picture of the "To Be Read" stack 'cause there were so many dust bunnies.  

And, finally, who knows, I may try my hand at some fiction . . . .

 I have a couple of muses who are nudging me in that direction.

I don't believe you've met Mudd.  Mudd is a "Muse" who has gotten a little overly assertive from time to time.  That's how he lost those fingers.  heh heh heh.  Mudd was a gift from one of my dearest friends ever, Michael, who is no longer with us.  It's a story I want to share at some point, but it's still hard for me to talk about - and to think about.

But, you have met SissyFriss SockMoney and LouLou Skiptoo.  Two more "Muses."  The girls are a mess, what can I say.  We'll be hearing more from them next year, for sure.  They have had some serious adventures I think you'll enjoy hearing about

In the meantime, I'm planning on continuing my scribblings here at Meanderings and Muses.  I hope you'll drop by and join in the conversations, the meanderings and the muses. 


( Want . . . )

I also want more time to spend with my mom.


And I want to spend more time with Donald and Harley.

I want to take more walks with them.  There's always something new and magical to be found around here, and they are usually the ones to lead me right into the middle of it.  I love that!  I'm a big fan of magic.  Sometimes we have to seek it out, but it's there for the finding.

There's a world of new things I want to try.  If I hate doing them, so be it, at least I'll feel as though I gave it a whirl.

So, that's my news.

Pretty soon, some of you will be receiving your invitation to come back and do another piece next year, and I hope you'll find it in your heart (and the time in your schedule) to say yes.  Probably I'll do that this weekend.  CORRECTION:  Why on earth would I send out invitations THIS weekend when so many people from the mystery community are kicking up their heels in St. Louis at Bouchercon?!  Oy!  I just wasn't thinking clearly, was I?  (obviously not).  So.  The new plan is that I'll send them out on Thursday, 9/22/2011, along with a schedule, so those who are interested can get back with me with the date they'd like.  The sooner the better, since we're only doing about 50 (possibly less) dates.  And since our writers have deadlines and book launches to consider, I'll send those invites out first.  And then maybe send the reader invites out the next day.  I'll post next year's schedule as soon as it's complete.

And repeating myself, those of you who have participated in the past but who might not receive an invite for next year - I hope you'll find it in your heart to understand and not misinterpret it for anything more than what it is.  

And those of you who stop by to see who's here and what they have to say - I hope you'll continue dropping by and enjoying what you find.

As you know, I truly love Meanderings and Muses and I am very proud of it.  But I'm a teeny bit burned out, I guess.  And if I can't give it my best efforts, it's time to make some changes.  I hope you agree. 


Jill said...

Well...Kaye...I am always here for more camera tutorials and we probably should do a field trip sometime. Smudge would love to be a guest blogger. She has a lot to say.

Meredith Cole said...

Sounds like you're embarking on some exciting new adventures, Kaye! <>

billie said...

I thought you were going to say you were stopping altogether!! Relieved you're not, and think it's wonderful that you are taking some of your time back for things you really want to do. It's important to do that. Can't wait to see some of your photos!

LJ Roberts said...

Your plan sounds like a great one, Kaye. You go, girl!

Anonymous said...

Kaye, good for you, and go for it! Sounds like you're up for some real adventures, and I wish you well.

Good heavens, if anyone could write a mystery it would be you, with all the things you've done and all the people you've met.

Hugs, and good luck!

Pat Browning

Pat Browning

Mason Canyon said...

Kaye, you've always had wonderful posts (with and without special guests) so whatever you decide will be great. Just as long as you decide to continue blogging that is. You did have me a little worried that you were going to stop for awhile. So very glad you're not.

Have fun.

Thoughts in Progress
Freelance Editing By Mason

Patricia Stoltey said...

I think it's a great idea to change it up once in a while, Kaye. I find one regular weekly guest and an occasional second guest works fine for me because I do like writing about other stuff and taking the weekends off.

And when we have all these other interests, we need to make time to indulge in them. BTW, my TBR stacks have become whole bookcases full and overflowing. It's an addiction of the most delightful kind.

Lesa said...

I'm so excited to see what you're going to grow up to be in the next 20-30 years. You're one of my role models, Kaye. Of course, my own mother is my primary one. And, I'm looking forward to your rants. You know how much I usually agree with them.

It's going to be a fun year, Kaye. Enjoy it with gusto!

Diane Chamberlain said...

Kaye, good for you! Life is too short to spend it burning out. I'm so glad you'll be taking some time for yourself and your family and friends...the fact that you'll still be continuing the blog at all is a bonus for the rest of us. Take care and have a fantastic 2013!


Anonymous said...

Kaye Alan, I am thrilled to see your UFOs (UnFinished Objects). The sight of them all beautifully laid out waiting for your caring fingers to nurture them to life is so rewarding to me. Since I am the queen of UFOs, I truly appreciate putting them down only to pick them up again with renewed excitement. I'm excited about the 'new' M&M. It promises to bring to print the things I too cherish -- the joy of magic, the recipes, the exploring of new things, the overall experience of finding and relishing the gifts life bestowes upon us. I think it takes an open mind and an open heart to accept these gifts and an incredible friend to share them with others. Kaye - girlfriend - that would be YOU!
Love ya muches,

PS If I should be in your mystery, please make me the 'tart' with an incredible body, long skinny legs, flat tummy and smart as hell! aahh

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

Whew! What a RELIEF! I thought this was going to be your farewell post. I may not comment much, but I am an avid reader of your blog. Change is good, I think. And personally, I'd like to see some of those projects of yours completed -- the cross stitch of those ladies looks so cute (work on that first). Anyway, change is what keeps us fresh, alert, and motivated. I'll be looking forward to something new. Just glad it is something!

bo parker said...

I've said it before; "I don't know how you've manage it all." To now read that you're doing via dial-up blows my mind completely.

I've also learned that during seven decades plus of life as a grain of sand on the beach, one can meet thousands of people. Many become accquaintances. But only a few become a friend. Thank you for being one of the few.
"Bonus fortuna" in 2012 with all you want from life.

Mary Welk said...

Kaye, like everyone else, I'm so glad to hear you're not giving up on Meanderings and Muses. You had me worried there for a while! :) I can totally understand your desire to back off a bit and do some of the other things that give you pleasure in life. Never feel like you have to apologize for your decision. You've done more to bring together readers and writers than anyone else I know of in the mystery community. Be proud of your accomplishments and confident of the good wishes of your many online friends. Relax and enjoy life, Kaye! Best wishes always --

Sylvia Dickey Smith said...

Good for you, Kaye--sounds delightful. I wish you well!

Morgan Mandel said...

Time to spread your wings!

Morgan Mandel

Bobbi Mumm said...

I can't wait to see what comes out of your murderous mind, Kaye! Both on the blog and in your fiction writing. So much for a lazy, peaceful retirement. Sounds like fun!

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

Jill, Hey!!! OH OH OH, let's do take a field trip. Todd, over Snake Mountain to Creston . . . and maybe we can still make it to Seagrove before winter hits. and I would LOVE some more tutorials, please!

Meredith, hey there girl! Thank you! Looking forward to seeing you at Malice in April!

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

Billie - Thank you!! And hearing this from you means a great deal to me. You know you're going to be subjected to more and more photos as I get more and more into it. I'll be pleased if you have the time to share your professional photo opinions with me.

LJ - Have I told you today that I love you?! :->

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

oh, Pat. You made me cry (in a good way!).
You are one of the VERY best storytellers/writers I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. You, my friend, are such an inspiration to me, and have been for a long time.

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

Mason, Thank You! And I hope also by cutting back a little I'll gain back some time to start visiting my favorite blogs again. I've missed my visits with you! I discovered some very good authors at your site and will be forever grateful. (Carolyn Brown pops immediately to mind! LOVE those cowboys!)

Patricia - I think you're right. It took me a long time to decide to do this, but I think it's the right thing. (Funny how retirement has our TBR stacks growing, huh?! What's with that?! LOL!)

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

Lesa! Sweetie - you ALWAYS say the nicest things and have always been one of my most supportive friends. Even when I've made a total fool of myself walking around the mystery community with my foot in my mouth. thank you. (WHEN do I get to meet your mom?!)

See you at Malice in April! Squeeee!!!

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

Diane, hey there!!! thank you for stopping by. (WHY aren't you busy right this minute writing us another great book, girl?! ). Hope to see you in Raleigh for MM's launch.

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

Nitney!!!!!! oh my, what fun to see you here, hunny bunny! and thank you, my friend, for the kind words.

PS - YOU'RE KIDDING, RIGHT?! the 'tart' with an incredible body, long skinny legs, flat tummy and smart as hell will be ME ! Pffffftttt!

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

Pattie - Thank You! Just getting those projects out today helped get me motivated to finish, and yes! the women is first on the list!! I'll keep you posted.

Bo - Thank you my friend. and I hope you know the feeling is mutual (and dang, you made me cry too!).

Oh, Mary - you too! YOU made me cry too. My poor laptop is gonna die on me tonight from all these tears. You are one of blessings of this community and I am so glad to call you friend. (but hate that you won't be at Malice! Teasing!!!! all these lovely things you're having done will make it all worth missing one con).

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

Sylvia, thank you, sweetie!

Morgan, It IS time, isn't it?! thanks much!

Bobbi - Oh, Bobbi. I really tried to be lazy and all it got me was a fat bum!!!! For Real! (Hence, The Gym every morning until I croak on the Hip Abductor!)

Julie D said...

Bravo for not putting all your eggs in one basket, for deciding REALLY living is better than 'just'.

In whatever form and however often, I will enjoy what you bring.

Change is GOOD!


Tim Myers said...


All I can say is, good for you! I think it's a fantastic idea, and I wish you the very best with your new leaf on the tree of life! Enjoy yourself!

All my best,


Earl Staggs said...

Kaye, Darlin', I like the new take on LOL used by a TV network:

LIVE out loud.

I'm happy to see you're doing that. Retirement is not from life, only from work.

You go gettem, girl. I'll be cheering for you.

Suzanne said...

Go go go Kaye! Yes, you are retired. Yes, you should be doing all that fun stuff -- especially the walks with Donald and Harley. And I look forward to reading your mysteries. Can I be a beta reader, please?

Keep telling us what yummy food you're cooking.


Mike Orenduff said...

I share your philosophy, Kaye, and cutting back to one guest a week is reasonable. What I wonder is how you managed three a week to begin with. I have blogged on my own site twice - yes, that is twice as in 2 times - in the last six months. And my TBR list is as deep and dusty as yours. So since I couldn't very well cut back on my blog activities (there being almost nothing to cut), I gave up teaching as an adjunct in the honors program. It is amazing how much time one course consumes. I will miss it, but giving it up was made easier by the fact that my daughter was selected as my replacement. A win/win - I get more time to really live life and the honors program gets a better teacher.


Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...


Why on earth would I send out invitations THIS weekend when so many people from the mystery community are kicking up their heels in St. Louis at Bouchercon?! Oy! I just wasn't thinking clearly, was I? (obviously not). So. The new plan is that I'll send them out on Thursday, 9/22/2011, along with a schedule, so those who are interested can get back with me with the date they'd like. The sooner the better, since we're only doing about 50 (possibly less) dates. And since our writers have deadlines and book launches to consider, I'll send those invites out first. And then maybe send the read invites out the next day I'll post next year's schedule as soon as it's complete.

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

Julie - hi! I agree, "change IS good" For the right reasons, and I'm very happy to have your support in this, sweetie! It means a lot. Thank You!!!

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

Tim, hi!! Now that I'm retired I'm gonna have to drive down this mountain to Hickory and buy you lunch. I think I owe you at least one!!

Lucy Burdette said...

Kaye, this is such a wise idea--must evaluate how we're spending our time so we don't regret it! I'm just glad I got my name on the schedule:).

I said to my own dear hub just yesterday--just think of what I could be doing if I wasn't spending hours and hours of every day trying to write and surfing the web! Not ready to change that yet, but I think it's good to keep asking the question.

best wishes for all the new projects! xoxo

Roberta Isleib/Lucy Burdette

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

Earl Darlin' - You, my friend, have been SUCH a great cheerleader since the day we met. I appreciate it more than you will ever know.

Heaps'a Hugs to you!

Jenny Milchman said...

Kaye, I love--positively love--this plan of yours. I can't wait to read original pieces of yours--and if you wrote a book! Oh my. You probably have trusty readers coming out of your ears, but if you ever need another first reader (or last) please know that I'm here.

I'm glad you won't be going up any avalanche-prone mountains, but I think that collage is lovely. What a sunny piece of hope you captured for this next stage of yours.

Props to you for knowing what's important. Your mom and hubby and pup. Exercise. Novelty. Your inner artist.

Balance and passion. That's all we can ask for, right?

I can't wait to read the new M&M.

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

Mike! What great news! Yay!!!!!!
You know, I know you're going to miss the teaching, but man oh man - you need more time to give us some more great Hubie books! For Real! (AND blogs - let's not forget those pesky blogs!). And I think your daughter must be pretty proud to step into your shoes - almost as proud as you are. And she already has a built in substitute when she wants to take a vacation! Thanks for stopping by (I think I still owe you an email. Just wait till you find out how easily your days can get filled once you're fully retired).

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

Suzanne - Hey There! Thanks for stopping by. Now you KNOW we're gonna be talking about food here! LOL!! Sadly, Donald wishes I would actually "cook" it instead of just "talk" it!

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

Roberta/Lucy - I'm dying to read your new book in your new series and have been meaning to say so, so please don't stop the writing yet!!!

See you in Malice??

Lillian Stewart Carl said...

surgrYou have an ambitious agenda, Kaye, and it all sounds wonderfully positive. Go for it! I've found the exercises is The Artist's Way very interesting, although I haven't done them in a workshop. But see what you think.

Take care! Enjoy!

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

Jenny Milchman - what would we do without you?! Seriously! You have become the SUCH huge and integral part of this community. You spend so much of your time being there for all of us, along with being the perfect nurturing, fun spouse and mommy, I don't know how you manage to write! But I'm awfully glad you do; and it will just be one more way you enrich our lives and I thank you.

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

Lillian - Hi! Thanks for dropping by. I keep trying to the "The Artist's Way" but keep getting pulled out of it by "life." I'm thinking (hoping) the workshop will give me the structure I need to make it work. I'll keep you posted!

Kate Gallison said...

Way to do retirement, Kaye. What a woman. Your ambitions are not unlike mine, except that I seem to have dropped the gym part and three-quarters of the craft projects, and I've probably taken all the classes I'm ever going to take. Party on!

Victoria Hamilton said...

I loooove all the photos that accompany this piece! It's inspiring. I love your bookshelves and all the stuff on them.

I have to say, the Gillian Roberts how-to-write-a-mystery book is the best I've ever found: pithy, wise, witty and above all else, helpful!

Anonymous said...

Forgive the anonymous - seems that's the only way I can post.

Wonderful blog, Kaye, and have you ever thought about having a gallery show for your photos?

New news: I've been promoted to Senior Editor for Five Star Mysteries.

Deni Dietz

Karen from Mentor said...

Stepping away from "living out loud" for sanity sake from time to time is absolutely necessary.

Unplugging and regrounding in the real world in order to refil the spirit well is an absolute requirement for a balanced life.

Boils down to (1) Change is good (2) You need to do what makes you happy (3) As long as you still have the occasional reference to sock monkeys, I'll be ok.
[so,no worries]


N. J. Lindquist said...

I can't believe all that you've done - and on dial-up! Yikes! Amazed you're willing to continue even partially.

I see relate to both the renewed purpose and the unfinished items, although in my case they're mostly writing projects that have been started and left unfinished. On the other hand, my house could sure use some paint, etc. It's been totally neglected. Ah well... Priorities.

Rethinking mine these days, too.

I wish you all the best. What you've done has been good and well worth the doing, and I'm sure what you choose to do in the future will be too.

N. J. Lindquist said...

Okay - editor needed. Make that "I SO relate...". Sigh.

Shane Gericke said...

You don't need lipstick to be gorjus, Kaye Barley. You are beautiful just as you are. However many authors you put on, or don't, I will read you faithfully and admire you from across the country, for you are a tonic to us readers and authors who see the reading world shrinking ever smaller. Thank you for doing what you do, and can't wait to see you at a future conference! Hugs and giggles from a big fan, me!

Clea Simon said...

Good for you, Kaye! You're allowed to make changes and enjoy your life. Of course, I hope I'll make the cut - but if not, I'll still enjoy reading your blog... and I'll know you're out there reading, writing, and just plain having fun with those you love!

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

Kate - Hi! thanks for dropping by! Surprisingly, the gym is the thing I seem to be enjoying most. Good thing, since I have "spread" a bit since retiring! ugh!!!

Victoria, hi there! Those shelves are just a teeny little bit of the clutter that is "home." too much, and some things need to go . . . . (we like to call ourselves "collectors" rather than "hoarders." Pfft!)

I also love this book by Gillian/Judy, and it is especially special to me 'cause it was a gift to me from her. She is a doll, and I love her to bits!

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

Deni, Honey!!! Senior Editor - Yay!!! Congratulations and Big Hugs for your well deserved promotion.

Karen, Hey Girl! Thanks for dropping by! Yep, we're gonna have more SissyFriss SockMonkey next year - we'll have to reintroduce your poem!!! (I love that poem!).

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

NJ - hey there! We need to figure out a way to add a few hours to our day, don't we?! Now why did you have to go and mention paint?! We had grand ideas about painting our downstairs several months ago. So far, only the guest bathroom has seen any activity. big sigh. Always something, isn't it?!

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

Shane - Hey there,cutie! You ALWAYS say the sweetest things - thank you. But now I want to hear how the writing is going!!!

Clea, Hey!! You know your name will be in that magic hat, and I appreciate all your support - always. Thank you!

Vicki Lane said...

Loud applause for you, Kaye! This sounds like an exciting new direction for M and M!

Anonymous said...

As usual, I am late to the party, but I heartily commend the changes you propose to M & M for 2012. I look forward to seeing more of your own pieces (art, photos, words, whatever) because I enjoy your distinctive voice and your enthusiasm for life, both virtual and real world. I only wish you had as much influence on my joining a gym as you have had on my reading since I too have found retirement a "broadening" experience.

Phyllis (in Champaign)

N. J. Lindquist said...

Kaye, I have to get a slate (very heavy) regulation size pool table out of my living/dining room before I can do anything like painting. I think the plan is now to put it in our third floor loft, which involves moving book cases around.

Let's just say this is the first domino that has to fall before we can finally paint our ten-year-old house which still has builders paint in every room except my office, which I got desperate and painted a few years back.

It means hiring people who know how to do it, hoping it doesn't come through the ceiling, etc. etc.

Nothing is simple. My rule is that everything needs 10 times more time and energy than you think it will, so you'd better allow that up front if you can. Sounds like you're thinking that way too. :)

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

I think this sounds like a great plan, Kaye! I love that you sat down and figured out all the different things you wanted to do and made a plan for doing them!

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

Vicki - Thank You!!!! Stay tuned!

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

NJ - If I had to deal with moving a pool table, I'd probably just let all those dominoes stay in place. LOL!

Donald has a big foosball table and we have an old original Pinball Wizard pinball table which I love to pieces, but they're kept in what is referred to as our "storage building." Which is, in fact, storage, lockshop, house of games (see above) and woodworking shop. I rarely enter that building . . . .

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

Elizabeth, Hi! I think it has all come about 'cause I'm beginning to realize just how quickly times passes. I hope I'm able to accomplish some of the things I want to do. We'll see!

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

oh, Phyllis, Thank You!!! Nice words are always appreciated, and yours touch me.

Now, let's talk about this gym thing. I'd recommend a Curves. Is there one near you? That's what I started with after NEVER exercising. Never ever. hated it. But fell in love with Curves and then just fell in love with exercising. I'm still pretty stunned by it all, truthfully.

Joanna Campbell Slan said...

Okay, when are we getting together so I can teach you to Zentangle, my friend? I know you don't need another "hobby," but I've done the Artist's Way--actually attended a seminar on it in the UK--and this fits very neatly into the idea of centering your thoughts! LMK! Meanwhile, thank you for the generosity you've shown so many of us, and for the amazing way you've shared your time and interests with all of us. Much affection--

Wendy said...

Kaye I am EXCITED to hear that there will be more blogs by you. I enjoy the guests, but I like your posts best, and that's why I read M and M, so that's awesome.

Also, you can send that cute counted cross stitch project up north and I will finish it for you in a jiffy. I'm serious!!

Hugs to the boys!