It’s been two years since I have checked in. Every now and then someone will come along and comment. Some of the comments are nice, and some of them are semi-snarky… like “I don’t know what happened to Mary….” Well, I just haven’t been blogging, that’s what!
Most of the people I used to blog with have moved on. I think most of them are still alive and sober. I miss blogging very much. But blogging is a thing of the past I guess. I like it because you can make a blog whatever you want it to be, and people you don’t want to see it are very unlikely to find it. A couple of people found me over the years, but it was OK.
I did get to celebrate 37 years of continuous sobriety, by the Grace of God, in July. I’m gratefuller than words can say. The older I get, the more I appreciate all that the program, the fellowship, and sobriety gave to me. I am certain I would have been dead many years ago had I not gotten and stayed sober. And to think of all the wonderful people I have met, the places I have seen, the life experiences I have had – it is completely amazing to me.
I am in a very different place now. My last day of work is scheduled for 9/28/21. I have no illusions that I will ever go back to work. At the hospital, the place that always asked me to come back, there is no one left who knows or values my skillset or knowledge. It is OK. It is life.
On December 15, I will be 70 years old. Amazing! I am SO looking forward to my new life as an elder and not a worker.
I have become very involved with a religious order and will say no more than that. I know so little, I would never ever want to come up in a search for this particular thing.
This, iconography, daily Mass, and physical exercise will be my focus in the short-term for my retirement. I am so excited about this!
You may ask, what happened to meetings? I tried zoom meetings early on, and found that it was a free-for-all, with complete strangers dialing in from all over the country. Add to that, the chicanery of people wearing political (red) hats and shirts and spouting conspiracy theories, and I just bowed out. I found a group with better control than that and attended that for a while. I have a group of women friends who have met outdoors in more informal meetings, but those gatherings are not regular. I am not going to go to meetings with unvaccinated people, and unfortunately our fellowship is full of them.
A man I have known since the late 90s, sleeping in the bushes outside of the club, died recently. My heart breaks for his wife, but it makes me so angry at him! His facebook was an illustration of how this damn thing works. In June and prior, funny jokes about how stupid Anthony Fauci is, etc. In July, happy photos of being in the stands at a baseball game! Later in July, best wishes to get well soon. Later in August, RIP. God in heaven help us!
I am so very grateful for our Loving God, who has held me in the palm of His hand for all of these years.
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