4 thoughts on “Altered Horizons 10

  1. Jacqueline Preston

    Hi Robin! I am enjoying your Altered Horizons, altho I have to say that I have missed your writing. It’s been ten years since we lost our daughter, and now I find myself in another life altering stage. My husband of 46 years has end stage kidney disease, and started hemodialysis in May. It’s been difficult for both of us, as I seem to have become more of a caregiver than a spouse. I hope I can find some emotional release in a creative endeavor sometime soon, tho uncertain as to what this may be. I have enjoyed many types of crafts, but, as I age, my arthritic hands don’t always want to cooperate. Still thinking of what I can actually do. Perhaps working in Photoshop could be the answer. Thanks for the inspiration! Enjoy the final month of summer

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    1. Robin Botie Post author

      Hi Jacqueline. Thank you so much for reading and responding to my blog. And for sharing that you miss my writing. I’m so sorry about your losing your daughter and that you are going through such difficult times now with your husband. Being a caregiver is amazingly hard and part of the job demands losing a good part of yourself. If you can manage to find the time and energy to start creating and producing something for yourself, of yourself – I cannot imagine how – but it might be helpful. Certainly journaling your everyday thoughts might be helpful in the future, for remembering this sacred time of caring for your husband. The method or means of how you will express yourself may simply present itself to you when you are not so engaged in the day-to-day care. I do hope you have some help and some time for yourself during this time.
      I, too, am going through more life alterings. That is why I cannot be writing these days. Knowing there is still some summer left, I need to be out bathing in it. My entire focus is on the summer that is about to change into fall. It won’t always be that way, and that is okay. I guess I’m saying that loving the who, what and where of my life right now is okay. There will be changes. And that is okay. Sending you my best wishes.

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  2. Lucy Bergstrom

    Hi Robin,
    The last few entries have not included any text, but a lovely photo-collage. Is this a mistake, or intentional?
    I hope you’re well and enjoying summer in all its wet glory!
    Love, Lucy

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    1. Robin Botie Post author

      Hi Lucy. I had to take a break from writing. It was keeping me from being present in my living. It was making me conscious, too much of the time, that I had to express myself and share my thoughts with others. I found it difficult to turn off the “expresser” mode in me. And it made it very noisy in my head. I’m starting to write brief explanations or hints about my pictures but it feels so peaceful and quiet in my brain that I think I’ll continue writing only short snatches of things. I’m much happier these days, just photoshopping.

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