Hi, I am M. Estes. I am a retired nurse with many interests and a full, good life. Reading and studying whatever tickles my fancy is a major pass time. My four most recent studies have been in personal growth, belly dancing, my spiritual life and energy healing.
Up until now I studied different topics such as psychology, Native American Culture and stories, sewing, trees fixing things, nature, and I even studied Bonsai Trees in the past.
Then photography inspired me to get a good camera and take a class or two to develop my skills. Capturing moments of beauty has always been a favorite hobby of mine, whether captured on my phone or camera.
I have two sons, two daughters-in-law, who are all the best I could have asked for. My second son and his wife have blessed me with two grandsons. I have two cats, feel like I have led two lives (married and unmarried). I love my family that I grew up with and have lots of dear friends, and several very close friends.
Since I have two cats with various physical problems, my nursing skills still come in handy. They often make great topics for my blogs and continue to motivate me to do research on their problems.
Traveling mostly short distances by car also adds flavor to my life. When I was young my family traveled to Mexico, Canada and several other amazing places in our travel trailer and later a mobile home. I flew to Germany twice to visit my sister in law’s family. I love to go to Busch Gardens in Virginia, and planning trips to other places of interest in our country.
Some of my days are spent recovering from the previous days’ activities, during which I accomplished all the goals that should have been done several days before. The rest of my time I am going out with my girl friends to see a movie, reading, writing, eating out, or traveling.
I volunteer at a local thrift store once a week for a cat rescue agency so I can meet people, help the kitties, and get out of the house. Blogging is a form of volunteering to for me. It helps me feel like I am helping someone somewhere and sharing some of my own sentiments about life.
I enjoy being with people so at least every other day I get out to visit or be where people are. (Mental and visual stimulation are good for someone my age. LOL. I am 67 years young.)
My mind gets boggled thinking about and keeping up with how far our world has come in the fields of science and technology. Growing up with a black and white TV that had only three channels gives me a great appreciation for the internet, YouTube, and all these connections. All of which greatly enhances my life and teaches me so much.
Positivity (after an initial freak out) is one of my personality traits. Viewing problems as challenges to figure out has contributed to that part of my coping mechanisms for stress. I have survived a lot of stress from working 17 years in Intensive and Coronary Care Units. (I was a nurse for 37 years.) My husband’s illness and finally his death was also a major stress in my life.
It is said, “Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Well I must be Wonder Woman by now! I have a good sense of who I am because of my life. But these experiences have given me some wisdom, humorous stories and experiences which I plan to offer in some of my blogs.
Writing is important to me because it helped me find my voice. I was a member of an online group of friends with which I shared various funny incidents and stories about my family. The readers’ responses became a motivation to write. Amazingly I was told how interesting my stories were!
Through blogging I learned that I could meet like-minded people and learn from them. By reading the blogs of others I could connect with people from all over the world. It is always good to know there are others who feel and think like I do, regardless of how “unique” I might consider myself. lol
Since keeping my blog fresh is a challenge I will periodically post some of my favorite photos. (Beauty is always a good thing to share.) I hope you enjoy my stories as much as I enjoy telling them and at least feel like smiling and making the world at least a little better.