profileI typically go to the About page of a new (to me) blog so I can learn more about the person behind the posts. That’s often when I make decisions about whether or not I want to read more about that person and his or her life as shared through the blog. So if you’re at all like me, this could be the determining point of your continued visit(s) or a mere click away to someone more interesting, relevant, or resonate.

Such pressure.

I am in a transitional time of life.

me and boys

Don’t be fooled by this picture – they’re both much taller than me; 6′ and 6’2″ respectively. I’m really not a short woman, either, but they’re bending over to squeeze into the picture.

I finished homeschooling our boys a couple of years ago. Both still live at home. We’re not the kick-em-out-when-they-turn-18-or-graduate type of parents. They will not live here forever, sponging off their parents, either. Both work part-time jobs and our youngest has his driver’s license (we’re working on the other). We’ve had no teen angst nor often-typical teenage rebellion. They are truly UN-typical. They like doing things with us and the extended family. Oh sure, they want to sleep in, play video games, and watch TV. But they’re good young men. They have a good work ethic, are courteous, thoughtful, and fun to hang out with.

I’ve been very happily married to John since 1986. More than half our lifetimes. It’s been very good. No transitioning here whatsoever.

john me nye 12I used to work in corporate America as an Administrative Assistant before kids. Actually, even a little while after the boys were born. I quit to stay home with them when our oldest, Caleb, was 3 and our youngest, Zach, was 1 1/2. I’ve never missed the corporate world. Not even a teeny, tiny little bit.

And now that I’m no longer a homeschool mom, what am I supposed to do with myself? I’ve had a variety of ideas about that, but I look back over this past year and wonder what I’ve been up to. I haven’t exactly ventured into any big new career. I thought I was going to have a portrait photography business. I love photography and am known for being behind a lens rather often. I’d dabbled in portraits during the boys’ high school years and it seemed like a perfect transition. But that hasn’t really gone anywhere. I don’t know if that’s because it’s not where I’m supposed to be or because I’ve submarined my efforts. Or maybe both. I’m working on that one.

I have done a little freelance proofreading and editing here and there. Given my love of words (see below) and previous administrative positions (see above), this has been a good fit. I haven’t yet developed this into anything bigger, either. I also do the books for John’s business. I guess it’s a benefit that I’m good with numbers even though I’m creative. Just so I don’t get creative with the numbers.

So I do occasional work – photography, proofreading and editing, or anything else that comes my way – but none of it could be considered an actual job/career at this point.

purple and green pond 01-fbI love Jesus. I kind of stopped writing about that part of my life at my other blog. I’m not sure why. In my earlier blogging days, I was more likely to, but somewhere along the way, I think I didn’t want to have confrontation on my blog. Maybe it was just straight-up fear. I don’t really know. And then I was so far away from blogging about faith and spiritual issues that it just never made it back into the mix.  But I’ve decided that if I want to write about those things, I will. You can read them or not. I’m not here to convert you nor will I be all preachy with every post. Just like my life, there will be a variety of topics here.

I’m a little crazy in the humor department. I love to laugh. At myself. At nonsense. At nothing. Even at you, possibly. But never in a mean way. I’m not about humor at the expense of another person.

I have a thing about words. I like words. I like to play word games, read words, proof and edit words, spell words, hand write words, type words, look up words in the dictionary, find new words in the thesaurus, photograph words, and speak (sometimes) too many words.  But that won’t prevent me from word misuse or misspelling on occasion.

I am addicted to Cherry Dr. Pepper and iced chai lattes. Although I have gone for extended periods of time without the CDP. But my taste buds somehow overtake my better judgment and it shows up in my cup again.

Downsizing and decluttering. I am all over this one. I spent many years acquiring stuff, storing it, and moving it across the country from Colorado to California and back. Now my goal is to get it out of here. I’m so over the excess. It’s definitely an uphill battle. At least our last move was into a house about 600 square feet smaller than the prior home. It was a start.

IMG_2716I just realized all of these photos show me with short hair. Which is not how I look now. But with me and my hair, you never can tell. I’m terribly fickle and get bored with it quickly. One of these days it will probably be short again. Or not. Who can tell?

Kind of long, but hopefully it gives you a little insight into who I am and whether or not you want to dig in further. Thanks for dropping by and sticking with this to the end. 🙂


4 thoughts on “About

  1. I think that we should be friends. 🙂 I love that you have successfully navigated parenting two young boys — and admirably! I have two boys, 8 and 4 years old. They are precious and wonderful, and I have grown used to being the only female in my home. 🙂
    Thanks for keeping it real.


  2. Ah, Dianne! My word-loving soul sister! I thought I was the only one who could happily spend an afternoon reading the dictionary! We must meet soon for word games?


  3. Hi Aunt Dianne it’s Maddy. I had no idea you had a blog I’m just figuring this out now, mom was on the computer and looking at your blog and I was like,”WHAT she has a blog?!?!” So I’m just now going back and reading every thing I can’t wait to see what else you put on here. I will be checking up all the time.

    From your ( extremely weird ) loving niece Madison


    • I have actually blogged for many years, though it’s very inconsistent any more. I started blogging in 2006 at a different blog. That one was a lot to do with homeschooling. I really need to make a better effort to post more often on this one. 🙂 I hope you do more with yours, too.


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