One Year Blogging Anniversary

It was a year ago that I started this new blog (I’ve been blogging since 2007). There is NO advertising here. There are no supporters. I never ask for money or any donations. It’s simply a blog about my experiences with life and my so-called retirement. There is no talk of politics here nor religion (but I have been known to make a smallish reference to both of them anyway).

My readers are absolutely thee best ever! I have never gotten a disparaging comment here nor has any troll made my life miserable. For that I am most truly grateful! A heartfelt ‘Thank you‘ for that!

What I have learned along my journey is that I am about as flawed as the next person. We humans truly don’t know what the heck we are doing. Yet, each day we wake up and try, try again to make sense of what we’ve been given. I can’t give anyone advice because we are all different. What works for me may not work for you. All I can do is tell you my experiences and if handed a choice, what would I do in the situation. That’s about it.

For the first time in my retirement life (since 2001) I really am happy right now. I find myself in a very good, contented place. Along my journey, things didn’t work out quite as I had planned and sometimes I became very bitter about that. I also had a lot of trouble understanding other people’s lives and choices. Sometimes it just didn’t make sense but it never meant that anything was wrong. I suppose I lived a very, very sheltered life. I can’t blame myself for that. Nor should you. Blogging opened me up to a whole new slant on how to view life: from other people’s eyes. No school education could have taught me such valuable lessons.

So, here’s to Year Two. Nick and I plan on doing a lot of traveling this upcoming year. That’s what happens when you get a health scare. We think we have all the time in the world. Well, we don’t. I’m grateful for all the travels already taken. But I’m looking forward to the travel less taken. Those are going to be the fun parts.

Live well and prosper, my friend. Live well and prosper.


  1. Hi Cindi,

    I just wanted to thank you for your wonderful blog. I am starting to plan for retirement and it is very helpful to see how you and Nick save and budget. You inspire me to continue saving and planning.
    It is interesting to see how life in New York differs from the West coast. I know I can always expect a fun informative read from you.
    I hope you continue blogging for years to come.


    • Thanks mbrudder. As long as at least two of my fingers work and I have the internet, you can expect me to keep on blogging. Thank you for your kind words.
      Why two fingers?
      Cause I’m using one finger now on my iPhone and two would be much better. Lol.
      Thanks again.


  2. Thanks for all the insights and the beautiful photos. I wish you happy trails and continue contentment with where you are in your life journey. Sincerely, Lara


  3. Happy ‘1’ year on this blog. LOL. Have I been with you since the start of your blogging? I think so. 🙂

    Health scares do make you start to live a bit differently. After my tumor scare, hubby and I have taken 5 cruises and are about to embark on our 6th. We just can’t get enough. My parents, who are struggling with their own health, keep insisting on us going (and generously paying for 1/2 of them. 🙂 ). There is something to be said for living each day as if it were your last. Seriously. I look forward to following your travels! 🙂


    • Hi Sharon. I think we have been loyal internet friends since almost the beginning. Time flies, right.
      My sister just got back from a month long international cruise and she is on cloud 9. She adores them. Goes every year.
      They are planning a smallish cruise on the Greek Island next year. Now that I am interested in!
      That’s amazing about your cruises and how your parents chip in. How wonderful. May you cruise for 6 X 6 X 6 more!!
      Life is long but life is short. If you know what I mean.
      Thanks for your comment.
      Have fun!


  4. Here’s the funny thing. A couple of years back I stumbled across a blog written by a retired woman in Florida. I liked the way she told it like it was and didn’t pretend her life was a bed of roses and her adult children all just adored her. Then suddenly she was gone. I couldn’t find her.

    Flash forward and i’m reading this blog and I found out it was you. Hilarious. Glad you’re back.


    • Hi Anne. That’s a great story. My writing seems to attack the same readers regardless of title or content. Good for us! Glad you’re here. Thanks for reading my blogs.


  5. Happy 1 Year Anniversary! Your post is so inspiring, and I’m thankful our paths have crossed in the blogosphere – you always make me smile! Happy Travels – I’m taking notes, someday, I’ll retire too!


    • Shelley you are one of the most kindest authentic sincerest people I’ve met on the internet. You rock woman.
      Of course you’ll retire one day. We all eventually do.
      Thanks for your comment.


  6. I stumbled onto this site through your comment about healthcare on Retirement Manifesto. Sunday morning, chill rain outside, drinking coffee and reading your blogs for past 2 hours. Wow, what a great morning! You have this gift of making it real, nothing pretentious, motherly street smarts and providing so much wisdom. I’ll be back every Sunday morning!


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