Friday, April 1, 2011

New Beginnings

As some of you may have noticed, it seems as though I've dropped off the end of the earth.  I've been occupied with life-changing events.

City Girl got accepted to Roanoke College, and will be starting there in 5 months.  She will have a brand new beginning in a beautiful town at a wonderful school just down the road from her grandparents.  

She turns 18 in June.  Unbelievable.

I decided 2011 was a good year to start anew as well.  I chose to leave my company after 24 years.  I gave my two weeks notice yesterday.

Sometimes things just really get stale.

Actually I was really stale.

Despite the crippled economy, I've been fortunate enough to find a different job with better pay and will be starting in two weeks.  It is a small company with less than 25 employees.  24 years ago I was employee 129 at a small company that, over the years, got acquired a few times until I was one of 65,000 employees.  I want to go back.  Smaller companies are more risky, but can be so much more rewarding to work for when people see and acknowledge the work you do.

Alongside all of this, I also chose to try a new therapy for my knees called prolotherapy, which appears to be helping quite a bit.  I have moved from a crutch to a cane and don't look quite so ridiculous any more.

With all of this change, I just haven't been able to concentrate on blogging.  It seemed like all I wanted to write about were things that couldn't be made public.  Hopefully, I won't be so preoccupied and will be able to concentrate on Tree Ring a little bit more.

In my next blog I hope to show you the progress Retro Man and I have made on our trail.  The path around the back 10 is complete, and now we are focusing on widening it.


  1. I DID notice and I'm glad to see you're back and doing well. Sounds like a lot of good changes and look forward to the update on your property.

    Congratulations on your new job and on daughter's college acceptance. Your nest is about to be empty... another change.

  2. It's funny when I look at my RSS feeds, if a name doesn't pop up in a while I sometimes forget about them. I glad you were brought to my memory again. Looking forward to hearing more stories. Also would enjoy hearing about the company you quit and why. I'm in the process, albeit, five year process of reinventing myself, too.

  3. I came over from FC's blog and just finished reading about your camping adventure. I had tears streaming down my face from laughing! Thanks!

    Note to self: Bookmark and come back often.


    PS Good luck with your new job, your knees and adjusting to your daughter being away!

  4. Sounds like all very good reasons to miss a few weeks of blogging. Welcome back!