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When one has lived a few decades (It’s only been a few, so shut-up) and experienced the ups & downs, the rocks & rolls of life, and she finds herself recreating yet another identity (In my case writer-hahaaaa) and she discovers that this recreation is not without it’s challenges (In this case time and networking) […]

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  • RMAU - Midlife sisters who write about menopause, I applaud you. Yes, by all means do exhort midlife women to have great sex lives.  And do give us tips.ReplyCancel

When I began this little blog, I thought it would be about gardening and food.crickets-crickets-cricketsThat got boring, so I decided to let my twin out of my car’s trunk (where I always hide the good stuff).But, what would I write about?Life. I’d write about Life, in all of it’s minutia: travel, family, food, restaurants, gardening, […]

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  • Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest - The writing process is funny – I like #5. I very rarely know what I am going to write about, but somehow the words just come. Have a great week!ReplyCancel

  • Janie Emaus - I always take a walk before I write. The words just seem to pop out with each step.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Lucky you. I take walks between the words. I can often be heard saying’ ‘Walk away from the screen! Walk away…” Hubs wants to know what’s going on as he hears the door slam shut.ReplyCancel

  • Travels with Tam - Hmmm. I didn’t know there was a process!ReplyCancel

  • House Crazy Sarah - You were a kid in 1922??? You had me worried at the Trisha Yearwood quote! 😉ReplyCancel

  • Natalie DeYoung - You’re funny. 😉 And I like number 1; I work at cultivating that one.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Oh I don’t know… I think you write beautifully about topics that have been written about many times- but always with a fresh take. I enjoy your blog TheCatLadySings tremendously.ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda - Most of the time I know my position before I start writing, but occasionally the writing process makes me think a bit more, dig a bit deeper, and sometime realize I feel differently by the end of writing than I did at the beginning.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Insightful. As I parse my words, trying to form them into what I ‘THINK’ I wanted to say- I often times will reform my opinion along the way. Especially as I do research. Thanks for stopping by!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tarana Khan - Good tips here, especially the one about having a clear point of view. And the writing – it’s so important to just start writing!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Exactamondo Tarana. I often have to just sit and ask myself this question, “What is it I’m trying to say?” Not always easy. Thanks for stopping by! ALways great to have a new reader!ReplyCancel

  • Tamara Woods - This was fun peak into your process. I suppose it all comes down to just doing it. Write something, even if it’s not permanent or perfect. Just write.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I think your right Tamara- just write, and try to not be too discouraged. Sometimes it works. Sometimes not. Either way- you’re hopefully gaining skill. Nice to see you here again!ReplyCancel

  • Bryan Jones - You ably capture the tortured mind of a writer. Waiting for inspiration doesn’t usually work with me; instead, I simply set myself a daily schedule or word target and try my utmost to stick to it. This seems to work for me most days.

    Incidentally, your tall-shadow photograph would, for me, have triggered the urge to write about someone on stilts – but there again, I am a tad warped!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I simply can’t do it- the word target. Yes- the schedule, but so many of my posts are short worded because sometimes I feel the photo tells the story better, but, the ‘stilts’ idea is a great one. Just goes to prove that there are a million ways to express inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Froman - Very creative. (But your work always is, by the way.) Love it.ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - Never take advice from a country singer? Well, granted, they do tend to sing about their wife taking off with their brother, and she’s got the pickup and the dog and the house and the…

    Good point.ReplyCancel

  • Travels with Tam - when I first saw the title I thought….there’s an actual way to write a blog post? Relief. The answer is no.ReplyCancel

Still on the heels of retrospection concerning 2013, I find myself thinking (always dangerous)… thinking of the events that effected me, or mine, and how the hell I can avoid them in the future. I began last month by deciding to not blog during the holiday season. Just too much going on. Not enough time to […]

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  • Anonymous - Things do sound dark as this new year starts. The loss of loved ones and complications with some really do draw a dark curtain. I understand. I feel your pain and guilt at “not being there” –then again, many loved ones wait til their families are ‘not there’ to release. So maybe you’re the only one it mattered to, Maybe it freed them to go, you know? Don’t beat yourself up. Like you, I get introspective but I’ve learned to be careful about staying in the darkness too long. It’s helpful to feel all emotions, but depression can kick in if we stay in the dark past the time we should and only you know when that will be. But maybe I can encourage you. I have made several new really good friends in the past 3 years, when I moved back to CA. Women in their 50s and 60s. Keep reaching out. Friendships nurtured will often bloom in the unlikeliest places! Don’t give up. And remember, you have all of us.
    Blessings to you–
    Carol
    http://www.carolcassara.comReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I know this post will throw some people for a loop. But I’m human too! Thanks Carol. I do appreciate your friendship.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Steck - What a difficult time. I’m so sorry to hear about all the loss and pain. I’m glad you have people in your life to help you thrive and persevere. The harvest will be worth it. Welcome back.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie DeYoung - Oh, I am so sorry for your loss. 🙁 Though I’m not yet in my 50’s, I relate to what you observed about friendship. I moved to a new city two years ago, and have yet to make any friends here…ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Life is good- even GREAT! But was feeling like it was the right time to write a different, non sarcastic, kind of post. I’m nothing if not an optimist!ReplyCancel

  • Travels with Tam - I can certainly relate. I had an indescribable 2013, which ended with my husband alive and recovering from being on life support and a double lung transplant. An unbelievable turn of events. I just published a blog along these lines, http://www.travelswithtam.com/blog called Taking Stock. I completely relate….my 23 year old son called this morning to tell me he’s engaged. I need to meditate.ReplyCancel

  • Travels with Tam - I completely relate. 2013 was an unreal year for me, and I am hoping for a better 2014. I just blogged about my intentions for the new year, called Taking Stock. Change is definitely in the air!ReplyCancel

  • Rich Rumple - Life is filled with low points. Mine, perhaps is proof of that. However, the future can be tremendous, if you keep a positive attitude. I usually don’t, but what the hell, low expectations bring little disappointment. As my wife and I have grown together (not literally, you can’t become Siamese Twins through living together) over the years, I still hug and kiss her, and even grab her tail from time to time. I just have to reach much lower in order to do so as gravity does affect the human body over the years. Hang in there and stay a survivor, unless, of course, you have extremely wealthy friends that die and leave you an active producing gold mine. If that happens, party like crazy! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Thanks Rich- I am an optimist. Always have been. Always will be. Just getting a little off my chest- which is now down around my waist. HeheeeeeReplyCancel

  • Kay Lynn Akers - I think it’s good to write about the bad things in life as well as the good. It makes us appreciate those good times so much more.

    I lost my mother rather unexpectedly in 2012 and that year was just awful. Finally in 2013 joy returned to my soul and it was a very good year. I wish 2014 to be like that for you.ReplyCancel

  • Dana Hemelt - I’m so sorry you’ve experienced so many losses, Cheryl. I think about many of these things and my oldest is only 15. Only. But time waits for no one, right? I wish you the best as you think and feel your way through the future…I’m sure you will thrive.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Thanks Dana. Yes- I think no matter where we are in life we all ask the same questions and face the same challenges. As a passionate gardener I know how to thrive. You’re so sweet to stop by.ReplyCancel

  • Carollynn @ www.designGumbo.net - 2013 was a tough year for me, but honestly, not nearly as tough as yours. It sucks to compare my year to yours, and find out I may be a whiny little b-atch. But ok, so be it. I read your blog for many reasons, and the honesty you share is at the top of the list. Yes you are sometimes sarcastic, but I love that, too. Seems we’re of a similar mindset, and I’m thankful you have the balls to put in writing what I’m often thinking, but too chicken to say. Happy new year, Cheryl. I hope 2014 is amazing.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Once again- I am speechless. I think hard years are relative- whatever is going on seems hard and like childbirth- we forget and the next time is just as hard. I try to be as honest as I can without becoming bitchy- though I am sarcastic because it helps tell the story, or is part of my ‘between the line’ observation. Thank you for all your good tidings. I REALLY appreciate it and please come back, over and over again! HahaaaaReplyCancel

  • Bryan Jones - I’m 55 and have suffered few major losses to date; my parent are both in their 80s, so it is realistic to assume that death is not too far away. I know it’s a cliche, but I do try to take each day at a time and live it as if it might be my last .

    Wishing you resilience and a less eventful 2014.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Thank you for your glad tidings. I also try to live each day to it’s fullest. It helps to have this little blog and hear from people like you. I’m glad you stopped by.ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - 2013 was a bad year for me… but for you, with all that loss… that’s much more.

    What you say about your sister… it’s the opposite for me. There’s been a long, long rift with both of them, but I was willing to at least give it a try with one of them at Christmas. Instead she blew up the bridge by declaring I’m not welcome in her home.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Holy Mother! That’s bad. What is it with siblings???? That would probably be the last straw for me. How does one get over that? SO sad William. Mostly for her I think- not having you in her life. {{shaking my head}}ReplyCancel

Hello there!Nice to see you again.I wasn’t sure if you’d show up because I’ve been out of pocket for a few weeks, and well, people can be fickle if you don’t keep feeding them.But here I am. Home at last. At your beck and call, attempting to bring forth snippets of wisdom and maybe make […]

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  • Darcy Perdu - Ha! I share most of your New Year’s Resolutions — sooooo let’s time-share, shall we!? You do half and I’ll do half and we’ll both consider it a success!! I’ll handle Pierce Brosnan, your mom, and the Today show. The rest are on you!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I’d be forever grateful if you’d handle my mother. Good luck with that one I say. As for the rest- Okay, but I get Pierce! I must have Pierce. Or we could share him?ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - No resolutions. No failures That’s my motto.
    Carol
    http://www.carolcassara.comReplyCancel

  • bookworm - I never make resolutions. Ever. But the million followers part sounds nice. Happy New Year from the Frozen North.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - It does sound right, doesn’t it? And I think a million bucks to accompany it would round off the new year well. I’ll get on it- for both of us.ReplyCancel

  • enchantedseashells.com - Good luck with all that. Geez, I’m tired just reading what you have planned to resolve! I make no resolutions, just princess wishes that usually have to do with whatever I want to buy ha ha ha. Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • Tana Bevan - Regardless of the outcome of your resolutions, I wish you and yours a Wonderful, Terrific & Marvelous 2014!ReplyCancel

  • Carollynn @ www.designGumbo.net - This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.ReplyCancel

  • Carollynn @ www.designGumbo.net - Wow – pony meatballs at ikea – for reals? Yikes! On the flip side, I’m glad you’re back – you were missed.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Thanks Carollynn! So happy you missed me. Well, not HAPPY, but you get the point. As for Ikea- horse meat- that’s right- horse meat. Holy Cow (I wish).ReplyCancel

  • Lizzi R - *snorks with laughter* I think I like your last one best. And the photograph, which so PERFECTLY sums up the attitude 😀 Keep writing, Cheryl – the rest can take their chances.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Thank you Lizzie. If someone doesn’t poke the devil that taunts us daily, then I’m afraid we’d all turn to stone.ReplyCancel

  • Sue - Check Ancestry dot com, you may be related to Dennis Miller. I have to look his words up in the dictionary to figure out what he is talking about, but by the time I do that, he’s onto the next brain freeze. Happy New Year ~ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - So your saying I should attach a GPS to the posts? Happy Happy my Dear Friend. PS: Have been on Ancestry for 20 years and Miller and I are only related through marriage- not blood. Hahaaaaaa
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  • Bryan Jones - I hope (at least) some of your resolutions are realized.ReplyCancel

  • Susan Bonifant - Subpar, schmubpar. Two things come through in your blog posts every time: your sense of fun, and your creative take on things. We need that more than anything else when we stop by.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - That’s the nicest compliment I’ve received in a long time. Thank you Susan. Thank you very much. (I sense you ‘get’ me).ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - Somewhere, Anthony “Carlos Danger” Weiner is looking at Rob Ford and wondering if he can be the mayor of Toronto.

    I read that particular comic book… I have no idea why DC wussed out on it, aside from terror of the Tea Party or the Bible Belt, but it’s a real shame. The creative team walked over it.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Yes- they are both a#*@!holes. I think the if the Tea Party or any other group doesn’t like something- someone is doing something right. The creative team (from what I heard) got walked ON. What a pity. Would have made for great Fox news fodder.ReplyCancel

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