Friday, February 13, 2009

Life is a Puzzle

Even though it's been awhile since I've done it, I LOVE putting together a jigsaw puzzle. Always have, always will. The excitement when you get down to those last few pieces is hard to be beat!

But when it comes to putting together LIFE'S Jigsaw Puzzle...let's just say I'm still looking for the pieces, or maybe just finally finding them?

It's been a month since I last posted here, noticed by some of you. Thanks for your concern. The short story is that Donica and I are splitting up and I've been putting the house in order for the market...and getting Donica's stuff packed up. The house is now For Sale in this, yes, terrible economy, but it is as it is and we still wish for the stars. Donica closed on her new condo closer to the airport today and will move out when she comes back from her next trip in early March. I will remain until the house sells.

Remember all those Boyds' figurines from Donica's collection? Every single one of them had to be boxed up, so seek-and-find Nicholas spent another two times helping me find the pieces to the puzzle!

The figurines were in different places on 3 different floors of the house, so it really was seek-and find! Donica paid him $.25 a box, which ended up being $10/hour, more than I made at Starbucks, I told him. HA! One lucky boy.

See what I mean about a puzzle? There's not only a box for each figurine but a special way to fit into the box once you find it. That was my part of the job and I actually liked it. I told Donica later that I wouldn't mind making $10/hour doing a mindless job like that part-time. Much easier on the body than making coffee, I guarantee you!

And that began the next part of the puzzle, filling up half of the garage with boxes and boxes of everything Donica owns. After all her things are moved out the first week in March, I'll start packing my own boxes. Another piece to the puzzle!

So as you see, Life really is a puzzle and has kept me quite busy of late! But I'm alive and well, full of mixed and bittersweet emotions...wondering exactly what and where and when the next piece will be. The good thing is that God has always been bedrock for me. There IS a next piece and that's all I need to trust for right now!


  1. Wow Ginnie... So my and everyone else's question is probably what will be happening to you next? Do you think you will be out there seeking some fun job? Do you plan on staying close to the fam?

    I'm all too curious but just want you both to be happy! Here's to knowing that the puzzle pieces will fit together...


  2. I was worried about you, too. Wondering where you've been and I'm sorry to hear that it's been a bumpy road. Whatever the conditions or reasons, relationships that end are gut wrenching. But it's good that you see there is another piece to the puzzle. Lots of juggling and sorting, but it's always there.
    Blessings to you dear friend.

  3. I'm sorry to hear about this as I know breaking up is a challenges process (have been through it twice). I do understand you've mixed feeling, but hope you can split as friends. You are an experienced and warm hearted person, so I'm sure you'll find a good end in this life puzzle too.

    I'm thinking of you and hope the best for both of you.

  4. You found a good metaphor, Boots. The photos and your words brought tears, and showed me that beauty is sometimes painful. I don't really know what that means, but that's what I feel.

  5. ET: Thanks for your support! If the house sells quickly (within 3 months?) I will probably rent an apartment near Amy's house for indefinitely. Instead of getting a job, I will probably take out a monthly stipend from my Roth IRA to add to my Social Security, which should be fine. I'll save the jobs for those who need them more than I!

    Mad: Bumpy roads can often end up taking us to wonderful places and that is my hope and intention! This is when I trust the Universe to be there for me! Thanks for caring!

    Renny: So you know what I'm going through! And I will use your upbeat and positive spirit as an example to me of intentional living. Thank you.

    Ruth: Beauty is often painful, you're right! Bittersweet. Roses with thorns. All of that. I'm beginning to see this as the greatest leap of faith I have ever made. At my age it feels very scary but in the end, I am aware that all there is is Love, and it suffices. "I don't really know what that means," but I do believe it is true. Thanks, Ruth, for your tears. Donica and I are both on the edge of something very exciting, if we view it with positive thinking!

  6. Ahhh, Ginnie, thank you so much for letting us know how things are going. We know you have a stable base to work from with your loved ones all around you. Every ending is a new beginning and I'm SURE there are more good things and more adventures in store for you.

  7. Thanks for letting us know. You are loved and cherished by so many souls. Best to you both.

  8. Ginnie, Hard to be so far away and not feel that I can help - but you know I am here and thinking of you both. I always feel that things happen for a reason and are a step in the direction we need to go - so step on with confidence. On the light side - I also think humor helps when things seem darkest - looks like you could be a world class "organizer - for hire". Maybe I could be your first customer! Love you!

  9. I'm also a great believer that things happen for a reason, Ginnie. I'm sure that this new road - although bumpy at the moment - will smooth out and lead you to happiness in the end. Just trust in the future and enjoy the ride.

  10. Christina: Thank you, dear friend, for trusting all things for me/us!

    Susan: Thanks a million. That means the world to me.

    Judy: HA! I could probably be talked into helping you, when the time comes. :) Thanks for your love and care in the meantime!

    CS: Yes, dear friend, I believe this as well. It's scary and exciting both! Underneath it all are the Everlasting Arms.

  11. hahaha Ginnie,
    No-One but you can make a great title like you hahaha , and than the photo's with the words....
    I was smiling and laughing, you are such a nice woman with great stories,

    Happy valentineday/weekend
    for you and donica

    Your blogfriend from HOLLAND
    JoAnn's D Eyes

  12. Dear Ginnie,
    I just called Renny, who right now is in his leisurehome in Sweden.
    We talked about you. We really did.
    In a very positive way.
    We both want to meet you, as said many times before.

    In Oslo or in Michigan? Somewhere in Europe?

    btw. I'm sorry I have not been very active on my blog nor as a commenter the past months. It's job. In a way, that's positive considering my age.


  13. There are no such thing as endings... only journeys that intersect for a time and then diverge. It isn't easy but you are a very strong woman and you'll get through it.

    If there's anything I can do... just shout. How about coming to Albania for a visit??

  14. ginnie, my blogging has been so sketchy lately, that i had no idea you have been gone for a month or so.......i am sorry about not staying in touch.....and I hope you find the next piece to life's puzzle as easily as Nicholas could find the right boxes for right figurines.........sending you tons of love and wishing you health and happiness in life.........

  15. Hi Ginnie:
    I had noticed that you hadn't blogged for a while and I was wondering.... and as I know only too well from recent experiences, it's when personal things are going in a downward spiral that blogging suffers, I think successful and inspired Blogging is only possible in happy times. I wish you and Donica good luck and happiness and I hope you are making the right decisions. I know what it's like to be suddenly on your own... it takes a bit of getting used to!
    Thanks for telling us.
    It really helps to bring the facts out into the open.
    I wish you success in your house sale. It's not an easy time to sell, but I don't think you'll have much trouble, it looks like a lovely house!
    I hope you keep blogging and keep in touch.

  16. JoAnn: By now you know what "splitting up" means, so you're now in the loop. Sometimes English leaves much to be desired! :(

    Tor: Your hugs will get me through this time, believe me! Thanks for keeping up with me!

    T1: Thank you, dear Kim. If not Albania, maybe you'll come to AMS and spend some days there. We WILL meet one day, I'm sure of it!

    Moi: If it's as easy as Nicholas found the boxes, I will be in heaven! Thanks for that very wonderful thought...and for your support.

    Sham: The interesting thing to me is that my photoblog is just thriving for me. But there I don't have to write much of anything...just feel the therapy of working on my photos. Thanks for your thoughts because I have a feeling we're both experiencing similar things. I still wish I had your e-mail address!

  17. I'm sorry, Ginnie - but relieved to hear everyone is well, I was starting to get worried about you.

  18. Thanks, RD. Everyone is well in the sense that no one has died, as an ex-BIL always used to say. :)

  19. Well, I don't blog for awhile (computer issues not to mention shopping for a car for the son...his first at 26)and see what happens when I check back in? I am so sorry about the split....but...sometimes things happen for a reason. Life goes on for us all....I hope it goes well for you from here on and your house are in my thoughts and prayers.