I can sew beautiful clothing and have made a few tailored pieces. Generally, though I am happy to know that my closet is filled with stuff I made. It is workable in my lifestyle, somewhat stylish and I made it myself.
I can cook food which people enjoy eating, and sometimes they even ask for the recipes. It makes me happy to serve my friends and family with food I prepare. I wouldn't win awards though.
I make some art-all of which I enjoy and some others might like. Most of it probably puzzles other people, especially the odd collages or the books filled with ephemera.
I can ride most any horse and have trained a few to be good all around citizens. I rescued a scarecrow of a horse and nurtured him to a point of health and pride. He and I rose to "good enough" in endurance riding but excelled at our relationship and we were happy together.
I have been married for 43 years on May 23 and I know we make each other happy as well as allow each other to grow as individuals and as a couple. We are lucky to have found that key for ourselves.
My life is personally successful, but I have never won an award for excellence in any competition I have entered. Some also-rans, a few thirds, one or two reds but really never the blue ribbon. Now don't start feeling bad for me because I sure don't. I am proud of myself. I know where I came from in the 1950s. I remember what happened in my home and in my family and how a dream was crushed by circumstances and choices. I know who I was as a little girl and how I looked at that debris and said to myself "This is not my life".
|Catalina State Park 2018 Nick is learning to handle vertical ascents.|
|We made it!|