Hi, I am M. Estes. I am a retired nurse with many interests and a good, full life which I am thankful for and enjoy tremendously. My friends and family are a major part of my life. I have had two lives (married and unmarried).
Since I enjoy being with people, 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 too. LOL. I am 70 years young.) I stay busy with various hobbies.
My personality has many facets. One is “Positivity” (after an occasional initial freak out) is one of my personality traits. Viewing problems as challenges to be figured out, has contributed to my methods of coping with problems and stress. I 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 long term illness and finally his death were also major stressors in my life.
As the philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” As someone else later added “Then 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 offer in some of my blogs.
I am basically a “Happy Camper.” I try to see the good in situations and people. I used to be accused of ‘looking at the world through rose colored glasses.” But since I have had more life experiences now, I see the down side of things often enough to be realistic.
Another survival trait I have is a sense of humor. This helps me make sense of some parts of life that bewilder me, well at least sometimes. It definitely helps me relate to people better.
My family consists of two sons, two daughters-in-law, who are all wonderful and love me. My first son and his wife have a sweet golden retriever. My second son and his wife have two adorable sons and a daughter.
I love the family I grew up with and have many wonderful memories and experiences from the time we had together. I have lots of dear friends, and several very close friends.
I used to have two cats but I had to euthanize one cat, Sister. Norie is thirteen years old and has a few physical problems which gives me the opportunity to use some of my nursing skills. The cats have been great topics for my blogs and Norie continues to enjoy her life and loves to lie in the sun on her back.
Reading and studying whatever tickles my fancy are major pastimes. 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 even Bonsai Trees in the past.
Photography inspired me to buy a good camera and take two classes to develop my skills. Capturing moments of beauty has always been a favorite hobby of mine, whether captured on my phone or camera. For over two years I was a photojournalist for a small town newspaper and had a small business too.
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.
Several years ago I flew to Idaho to see my sister, her husband and their daughter, my niece and my great niece and two nephews for the first time. They are in their teens!! I also got to see my other sister in Missouri. I also have an awesome sister in law from Germany.
I enjoyed going to Busch Gardens in Virginia with my best friend and the Asheboro Zoo. But as I get older and my back gets more irritable I can’t drive far any more or walk a lot without tiring my back. Now that I am older seeing my grandchildren and sons and daughters in law are a treat.
Some of my days are spent recovering from the previous day’s activities. (Actually activities done in one day which I should have done over several days.)
Before Covid, (and hopefully after) the rest of my time I go out with my girl friends to see a movie, eat out, or travel. I also enjoy quiet time at home and even in a restaurant. While by myself I read information on the internet; write this blog, keep up with Facebook friends, play Poppit, Sudoku, and continue to get rid of things I no longer need.
I volunteered at a local thrift store once a week for a cat rescue agency so I could meet people, help the kitties, and get out of the house. I have also bought some really neat things there at great prices! I had to retire from that when my back problems flared up.
Blogging is a form of volunteering in my mind. By sharing some of my own sentiments about life, I believe I am helping someone somewhere start their day with a smile, or “Aha” moment, or inspiration.
Why should I blog? Writing my blog is important to me for several reasons. 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 meet like-minded people from all over the world and learn from them. 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 and pictures as much as I enjoy telling them. Maybe you will feel like smiling and making the world a little better place too. Love, Peace and Joy to each of you!