Returning to the Fold

It looks like it’s been a little over a year since I last blogged here, although I’ve thought about doing so many times. Recently several friends have encouraged me to return, and it just seemed like the beginning of this month was a good time to do so.

I’ve spent a good part of the past year doing a major declutter of the house, working in streaks as I could summon up the motivation to continue the project. Several trips were made to the Mission Thrift Store with donations, other items were given away, and trash was hauled out… and the house began to feel good again. With Papa Bear’s blessing, I decided to turn a room we’d been using for storage into my personal writing/sewing/meditation room.

I have long wanted to learn how to make quilts, so I purchased a new sewing machine with the promise to myself that I wouldn’t unbox it until I finished the decluttering. Finally, near the end of July that became a reality and I was at last ready to set up my space. I’m really happy with the way it’s a reflection of the inner me. Here’s a few pictures of what it looks like…

I’ve been staying pretty much at home, other than the weekly grocery run or the occasional trip to the fabric store. I could say that’s due to the Covid pandemic, but the truth is that I’ve been happy at home since I retired four years ago, preferring to leave all the noise off and enjoy the quiet while I work or relax until Papa Bear returns from work.

For the past month I’ve been busy working on some beginner quilting projects and loving it. I will share photos of my efforts with you as they progress. And now it’s time to sit down at my desk and do some writing, so at long last, here I am.

We’ve had to cancel two planned vacations this year, but I am ever so thankful for the wonderful trip we made to Cocoa Beach, Florida for my birthday in February before the world went crazy. We met up with fellow blogger and dear friend Ivy Walker there, and had such a wonderful time. Great memories were made and I cherished the ocean time I so crave. We have something new planned for our 12th Anniversary later this month, and something for late October. I’ll tell you more about that in another post soon. I think it’s going to be really fun, and relatively safe too.

My determination to live life one day at a time is stronger than ever. Life as we knew it yesterday is gone, and who knows what will happen tomorrow, but I put my trust and faith in God and know beyond a doubt that the universe is working things out for my life in the very best way. I have a new sense of peace that keeps a reign on anxiety and fear, and I’m excited to see how some of my dreams will unfold.

I thank you for stopping by to read my words after such a long absence. Although I’ve managed to stay in touch with some of you on Facebook, there are others that I’ve missed by not showing up here, and I’m looking forward to seeing what you’ve been up to since we last connected. I wish each of you peace, health, hope, and love beyond measure as we head into the final four months of this most challenging year.

– Josie

Author: Josie Two Shoes

I've been blogging off and on since August of 2006. I adopted the pen name Josie Two Shoes in 2007 as I began a new chapter of my life standing on my own two feet. Now I'm married to the man of my dreams; we live in dusty West Texas with a house full of furkids. I am an Aquarian by birth, and although I am past sixty and slightly frayed around the edges, my fascination with this thing called life continues. Faith, family, and friends are important to me; so are honesty, trust, tolerance, compassion and kindness. I'm pretty up front about most things, so if you want to know something more about me, just ask! :-) You can also reach me by email and find me at my Facebook page.

25 thoughts on “Returning to the Fold”

  1. Im also very thankful for last Feb trip to FA before all the chaos of covid descended. I know how how long and hard you worked on that room and I must say it totally looks like it was worth it. Its beautiful! Although those photos are conspicuously missing cats.
    Enjoy your new space and your retirement. You deserve it! I am looking forward to seeing where the universe takes you! Xo me

  2. Welcome back. Love the new adventures in your life with even more to come. Your words are beautiful as always. Looking forward to more of your musings. 💕

  3. Welcome back to blogging. It’s been forever since I’ve written in my blog – but I still enjoy reading others.
    Love this space!! What a dream to have your own creative place.

  4. Welcome back!!
    I love the room you’ve created. Pretty cool it also serves as meditation room. That is one of my goals to complete before the end of the year – to declutter. Majorly!
    Look forward to reading more posts here 🙂

    1. My new room was created to provide personal space to meet my need for creativity and reflection… a writing space, a reading space, a sewing space, a music space, and most importantly a sacred space. When I open the door and walk in, the light and energy are different from anywhere else in the house!

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