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October 3, 2015

Wow, Another Month Gone By

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September! Poof! Where did it go?

For me it was a month of adjusting to a new pattern of life, the beginning of this new chapter. This house still feels quite lonely, but I guess I am starting to adjust to the new routine. Once I leave work, the hours are mine to do what I want or need to do on my own schedule. I never thought I’d say this, but I do find myself missing the running around from dance classes to track practice to getting the things my girls needed in between. The dogs are certainly lonely for their girls as well:



It is a more leisurely pace. I’m continuing my workout routines and eating well, without worry if anyone besides me will like what I’m cooking. I made this for myself the other night:

Delish dinner
(filet mignon, sauteed asparagus, stuffed portobello mushroom cap)

I’ve been reaching out to friends too, who when life’s pace was busier, I had less time to see. I was lucky enough on Labor Day weekend to have plans with two friends. One lovely morning, Sherry and I took our dogs for a walk up a small local mountain. Teddy made the walk with me while I left senior citizen Daphne at home. She wouldn’t have been comfortable for the entire hike and I certainly wasn’t going to carry a 65 pound dog when she decided she was done. Dog walk Peaked Mountain
Here we are at the peak, and it was rather beautiful. A large hawk circled in front of us and dozens of very large dragonflies hovered near by.

On Labor Day, Julie and I went out to lunch at a restaurant at a small local lake, and spent the afternoon in the sunshine talking and catching up.
Visit with a friend
It was a beautiful day spent with a friend I don’t see often enough.

The best parts of September came from getting to see Sarah. Jennifer and I had been planning a visit to the Cape to see our mother and celebrate Jennifer’s birthday. The day before we were going, last minute plans came together for Sarah to join us on the trip.
On the way to the Cape
(the sunshine backlighting the clouds on our journey)

She took the train from Boston to a station along our route to the Cape, where we picked her up and then surprised our mother with Sarah’s appearance. It was a great moment.

The weather was beautiful and we even had the chance for a visit to the beach in the warmth and sunshine.
Beach visit Orleans MA



beach group shot
(left to right: Jennifer, Mom, Sarah, me)

Two weeks after our trip to the Cape, Sarah decided she’d like to come home and go to the huge six-state fair, The Big E. We did what we do best at the Big E and ate all kinds of delicious bad-for-you food, shopped and saw the sites. You know I can’t resist an Oreo cow…
Oreo cows!!!!

And this year I couldn’t resist a Big E selfie with my girl:
Big E selfie

September was a beautiful month, full of sunshiney weather and emotional highs and lows. October is creeping in with cooler weather and the leftover flickers of rain to this area from Hurricane Joaquin. I’ll have bright spot today though – I’m headed out to see Meghan for some “girl time” with shopping and dinner. And I have a gathering of friends at my home to look forward to for Columbus Day weekend. It is the moments like I’ve just told you about, and having more to anticipate that are getting me through as I continue my adjustment.

I hope all is well in your world, and you have the positive energy of the people who bring you the most joy in your life surrrounding you.



  1. Bright spots in your month! It will take awhile, but the adjustment will happen and you’ll develop your own rhythm. My favorite things about being the only human in the house are the eating what I want when I want, following my own time schedule and having control of the TV remote. I can overdose on HGTV if I want to!

    Comment by Carol — October 3, 2015 @ 1:58 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Carol – those are all good things.

      Comment by Karma — October 4, 2015 @ 7:39 am | Reply

  2. I found myself saying “awwww” out loud when I looked at the first two images. Even with the adjustments, it looks like you had a good month and that you are finding ways to fill the time with things that are good for your soul. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — October 3, 2015 @ 4:27 pm | Reply

    • Sometimes I wish the dogs could talk so I could explain to them what’s going on, lol. It was a good month – things to do and good weather helped. I’m worried a bit about that season that I don’t like so much!
      Thanks Robin.

      Comment by Karma — October 4, 2015 @ 7:41 am | Reply

  3. Sounds like you’ve found a perfect balance of what to do with your time. The looks on those dogs faces sure expressed what I think YOU were feeling.

    Comment by sybil — October 3, 2015 @ 5:26 pm | Reply

    • I’m working on it – sometimes I find myself just waiting around for those bright spots and feeling kind of low on regular days. You’re right about the doggie expressions!
      Thanks Sybil.

      Comment by Karma — October 4, 2015 @ 7:44 am | Reply

  4. This is a great post Karen. Love the pictures and sharing of your thoughts and feelings. It really was a great moment when Sarah jumped out of the back seat..a really awesome surprise.
    The picture of the sun and clouds on your way to Cape Cod is so unusual and pretty.

    Comment by trish49 — October 3, 2015 @ 8:27 pm | Reply

  5. September DID fly by in a flash! It was mostly beautiful here, but we weren’t here for most of it anyway. Glad you are adjusting. Hope that this year the season that you don’t like won’t be so horrible. For either of us!

    Comment by dawnkinster — October 4, 2015 @ 10:53 am | Reply

    • Thanks Dawn. I’m hearing dire predictions about that season unfortunately!

      Comment by Karma — October 4, 2015 @ 2:29 pm | Reply

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