I used to respond to all comments here individually — back when I could focus and give ample time to write a blog post. At the moment, I think I’m around 5 to 10 comments behind, but I think I have to start and try to catch up somehow, if only because I’ve been swamped with a lot of much-needed love pats lately. I know I don’t hear from most of the people who read my posts — and I am grateful to each and every one of the 35 of you. (Okay, maybe 40.. LOL) You can see that I haven’t lost my knack for self-deprecating humor when it comes to my readership.
But let me just say I am thankful, and truly grateful that there is that small portion of my ever tiny readership who write and let me know that some of the things I thought made sense only to me actually make sense to others as well. Not everyone leaves a comment, and there are one or two who e-mail me directly at pinaynewyorker at gmail dot com — and while I don’t get to respond to that in a timely fashion either, reading your questions and notes are a warm hug to my heart.
I hope the others won’t feel bad if I focus on two particular comments received very recently, but I have to start somewhere. (Kim, I haven’t forgotten about you.)
Tita Clarita wrote:
I read your blog and sorry that I rarely leave a comment but this time your to do list for 2016 inspired me to restart “decluttering/downsizing” my “stuff” so to speak. I am a Lola (73 years old) and I feel this is a good time to seriously start cleaning-up. I did some crafty things (cross stitching, crocheting, knitting, jewelry making) but not expertly, I’d say the result of my efforts doing a project is very basic, passable to a certain point. I have already given away some and now I am going to sort my beads (seed beads, stones, etc) and let go or donate some of them.
I will also “try” to read books to help sharpen my ageing brain, enroll in an aquatic class to gently relieve me of my knee pains, and possibly do a little bit of domestic or overseas travel.
I am not getting any younger so I will try to do my best to reach some of my goals this year or the next.
I hope this New Year and the next ones will bring good health to you and Angelo, achieve your goals, and most of all feel content about your life which I think will in turn bring happiness. You take care.
To which the Pinay New Yorker says: I am glad to hear that people of all ages find some sense in the things I write — and always happy to contribute to your self improvement. I’m sorry I never directly responded via a blog post to your earlier comment (or I might have), but I do remember.
I am most grateful for your well wishes and your sage advise about contentment. I am trying very hard to be happy with what I have, because it has helped me to appreciate how blessed I am. The past few years have been a big challenge, and I know that I have quite a journey ahead, but I think life has been kind with its lessons, and I have been fortunate to have the discernment to know my strengths and weaknesses. The former have kept me up on my feet, and the latter have continued to keep me grounded and humble. I keep hearing the universe and the big Guy upstairs reassuring me all will be well — from the way the sunshine feels so differently when it touches my skin, to how words of encouragement come from the most unexpected people like you.
If you are ever in my neck of the woods, please let me know. I’d love to have coffee or even lunch or dinner with you. Keep reading!
And an old “friend” from Etsy and here, brought my way by another blogfriend who I have already met in real life (Lou), pops back in. Cora writes:
Hi Pinay New Yorker,(Dinna)
I was cleaning my computer and saw my old bookmarks with Pinay New Yorker on it. I clicked the link and found your site. It’s amazing to find you are still blogging. Do you remember when I used to order your hand made jewelries thru Etsy?
Well, so many years have gone by, I have a 2 yr. old granddaughter now and will be a grandmother again this coming May. My daughter and her family lives in Brooklyn and I frequently travel back and forth to NY and Chicago to help out with the kid. I was in NY last week during the big snow storm .
Hope things are well with you. God bless and keep on blogging.
To which the Pinay New Yorker writes: Okay, Cora, you owe me a date! LOL (I have written her separately to ask that she contact me next time she’s in town.) A faithful customer of my Etsy Shop (when it’s open, and right now it is!) — from way back. People must think I’m nuts when I say they can ring me up if they’re in town — and I would be more than happy to make time unless my world is totally turning upside down. (Half the time, it’s close to that!) But that is a sincere invitation and I am hoping more will take me up on the offer.
Yes, I’m still blogging and hope to keep blogging, Cora.. there is so much more that I want to write about but hardly have the time to sit here and compose my thoughts.
It has been such a perk to actually meet strangers who become friends because of this corner of the web. I had started this blog with the sole thought of being able to do an online journal for my own personal benefit, and that hasn’t changed. While I have grown in other directions, I have made a very conscious effort to keep this space the same way it’s been through the years. Other writing ventures — if there are any — are in another space separate from this personal corner.
I have always enjoyed the conversations in this space both on the blog and offline. Your comments and notes have made such a big difference in keeping me writing, through the challenges the past 11 years this blog has been in existence.
Yes, I’m feeling the love.