Life, My Universe, and Everything (apologies to Doug Adams)
When I started drafting this post in my head, the first thing that popped in my brain was the title "Life, My Universe, and Everything" even though it has nothing to do with the amazing author of some of my favorite books. So I decided to just go for it. 😄
Once again, I've fallen off the blogging wagon, and my feed just has Hive Power Up Day posts from the beginning of the month. In times past, it wouldn't bother me as much, but now that I'm continually preaching the, "post consistently, engage authentically, and you'll grow your audience" message whilst doing my curation duties, I feel like I should do a better job of leading by example. 😜
And it's not like I'm lacking for content - while my camera has been gathering dust over the past few months, I still have oodles of pics I need to edit and share. I also have a wrap up post I want to do for #HiveBloPoMo and #NaPodPoMo, a sort of directory post for my AMA About Hive podcasts (and thanks for the nudge @epodcaster), some #HiveChat recaps, a bunch of writing prompts I wanted to do in November, and, and, and... 😂
So to help get the creative wheels in motion, I decided I'd do a bit of an update on how things are going in my life lately. And since my post feels naked without images, I thought I'd use a few of the dozen shots I got of some Lady Slipper flowers I took in May of this year, and have been gathering dust on my hard drive ever since (hence the photo in my thumbnail pic).
I've mentioned before (and in an effort to not get distracted, I'm not going to look for the post, lol) that I started driving again in the spring, after not driving for five years because of my Essential Tremor diagnosis. I'm happy to say that I'm still at it, and because of health issues ongoing with our oldest two (and the ridiculously busy work schedule of our youngest, which is delaying her getting her license), I'm the primary person behind the wheel of Mom's Taxi Service. My husband jumps in when he can (another one with a busy work schedule), but I'm not complaining in the slightest.
Well, I could've done without the two days of driving through a Nor'easter at the end of last week, but other than that, no complaints!
I've also mentioned our ongoing car issues, and sadly that's not much better yet. Our main car was off the road for most of the summer/fall after the steering went wonky, so we were reliant on our Jeep - which is a nice vehicle, but when we bought it, it came with off road tires which make a bit of a racket when driving on regular roads. Plus, it developed a rattle in the back (something suspension related, no doubt) and we'd planned to get it fixed over the summer, but couldn't fit it in when Bessie (my new name for our Buick, as "Albatross" seemed a bit negative...lol) went down for the count.
As of a few weeks ago, Bessie went to the shop and came back with better steering (but still a bit troublesome), however she continues to seem like she's not in the best mood. Jack (my new name for the Jeep, as it didn't seem fair to not name him too) seemed to take issue with being sidelined, and showed his displeasure last week. I'd gone out to start him up (so the battery wouldn't die...again...), then when I returned fifteen minutes later, he was spitting out some liquid from just under the front bumper. We're hoping to get him a visit to our mechanic in the nearish future, but in the meantime, we're back down to one vehicle again (not including Jim's work van). Fun stuff! Wait, I think that's the wrong "f" word. 😂
The biggest frustration (no, still not the right "f" word, but closer) is that I had high hopes of finally being able to take the family down to my hometown and visit my mother again. It's been about a year and a half since we've seen her in person, which is about a year and a half longer than I'd wanted.
Car health aside, and speaking of health, mine has been... okay. Ish. I know I've talked before about my Essential Tremor and Fibromyalgia (I'd say the joys of getting old, however neither are actually age related, just make me feel ancient), but I really try not to dwell. On here, anyway - my family gets to hear my
whining complaints on a regular basis. 😄
In the past year, I've discovered how miserable fibro can be, but I'm managing. And my tremors have settled down to the point that 99% of the time, to look at me you'd never know I have a constant... hum? flutter? in my core. Mine (unlike some, but as with many chronic conditions, people experience them differently) are more episodic, instead of continuous.
As ET and I have become acquainted, I've gotten less stressed about them, which in turn helps to lessen their intensity. The one thing that hasn't changed though is showering - regardless of the time of year (there was a moment we thought a chilly bathroom triggered them) any time I hop in, I hop out with a full blown episode. But that just means I need to plan ahead so that I don't need to do much the rest of the day, and have Jim on hand to help me step out of the tub. I can still drink my coffee without wearing it, so I consider myself extremely lucky.
While I don't talk much publicly about my family (I promised when I first starting blogging that I wouldn't share stuff about them without getting their permission first), I think anyone that knows me knows I consider them my universe. I've been privileged to be able to raise three amazing human beings, and even though their in their twenties now, they're all still at home, and I've been treasuring every moment. I know there are lots of parents who can't wait for their empty nest, and I totally get it, but I'm not one.
However, I'm realistic enough (most days...lol) to know they'll eventually move out, and it seems the time for our eldest might be soon. Like, in the next month or so soon. I admit I'm struggling - happy to see her spread her wings, apprehensive of how it will go (again, not trying to be coy, just trying to respect her privacy), and devastated at the thought she won't be in the house every day.
I get the feeling the other two won't be far behind - our youngest is kicking butt and taking names at her job, and is building up a good financial foundation to take the plunge herself. Our boy is still struggling with his health issues, but in conversations I can tell he's considering what he wants to do to be able to strike out on his own. I know I'll figure out how to adjust, but for the moment, I'm doing my best to not think about it. And for a few seconds each day, I even succeed. 😄
EDITED TO ADD: Completely spaced this bit - I know I promised @nickydee forever ago a sort of "treatise on longterm relationships" but for now, after 35 years together (33 of those married), I'll leave it at, we remain an effective team (yes, we're geeks and quote that at each other from time to time). 😂
So, so, SO many things could fall under this heading (because, everything...lol), but I'll limit it to two, so I can get this post out before next year. So I'll talk about Hive, and my WordPress blog.
WordPress first - recently, I had the amazing opportunity to switch my hosting company from my reliable-but-raised-its-price longstanding one, to another through a private deal with a friend. A friend who accepts crypto for payment.
I know there have been some on Hive who offered a similar sort of arrangement (like, they buy a hosting plan that allows for a large number to be hosted, then have people pay them directly), but I was always cautious about participating. This is a very small group that I feel very confident about.
And before anyone asks, if this ever opens up to others to join, I will be sure to shout out, but for the moment, I believe this is more a favor to friends and not a budding business.
In the meantime though, I've had some downtime on WordPress as things are migrating over, and I might have more in the coming weeks. Though I realized belatedly that what I thought was my website being unavailable in late November was actually me not being able to login - everyone else could still see my posts. Which reminds me - I still need to add the last of my NaPodPoMo podcasts over there. Hopefully before next November. 😆
Last and obviously not least (because again, anyone who knows me, knows I live and breath Hive these days...lol) is my impending (if small) whalehood on the blockchain. While my lack of posting (which means lack of post payouts) slowed things down this month, the continuing dip in the market might make it possible for me to invest a little bit of fiat (for the first time since our legacy chain) to be able to push myself over the current amount of powered up Hive needed which is 55,590 HP (and thanks to @arcange for giving me a way to
obsess over see the amount each day in your stats posts).
For my non-blockchain blogging friends, a proper definition of what a "whale" is (from Investopedia ) -
Which means (again, according to @arcange's stats post) I'll be among about 250 people who are considered Orcas (aka, a small whale) on Hive. There are currently only 37 who are proper whales with over 555, 900 Hive Power. Those two numbers might seem small, but to put it in perspective, there are currently over two million (2,432,933 to be exact) wallets on Hive. 😲
It only took my five years to hit this goal. That might seem like a long time, but I managed it without being on any whale auto upvote lists - yes, I've been fortunate enough to have had support from a number of whales over the years, but definitely not on every post. That's not a complaint, and in fact, it makes me all the more grateful for the times I've gotten those awesome big bumps, especially as it means I wasn't upvoted blindly, and someone actually saw (even for a brief moment) my content.
So I'm crossing the line of 55.5K as a result of my blogging, curation work, and a small bit of cash investment. If I do end up buying some Hive in the next few days, it will push the amount I've paid to somewhere in the neighborhood of $1,100 over the past five years.
By comparison, since 2017, I've paid roughly $1000 for hosting & domain registration, and made just over $200 from AdSense in that same time frame. The difference being - if I wanted to give up my WP site right now, I'd simply stop paying for it and it would go away, with no benefit to myself. If I wanted to start the process of powering down my Hive blog right now (start to finish takes 13 weeks), even with crypto prices in the dippiest dip ever, I'd be able to cash out somewhere in the neighborhood of $16K.
And even if the fuckery that is Sam Bankman-Fried and co somehow manages to tank the crypto world completely (which I don't see happening), I'd still be on Hive because of the community. Yes, I know I'm starting to sound like an informercial for the blockchain... again...lol... so I'll stop there before I climb back up on my soapbox.
While I try to wrap my brain around the fact I'm on the verge of hitting my goal (and as I wrap this post up), I promise to keep this in mind after I stake this last bit of Hive (on January's Power Up Day, obviously)...
Thanks for reading, and I promise not to be such a stranger. Well, no stranger than I usually am. 😊
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What to say, then in the meantime congratulations for your goals achieved, it's not easy to become an orca in a sea of small whales and in my opinion it's a great result, you will also improve and go on reaching other goals, I'm sure. As for the licence, even my wife hasn't driven for several years and she would rush back, I hope she will soon I always try to encourage her but I don't want to force her, she will do it when she feels ready. As far as children are concerned, unfortunately, we are not lucky enough to have any, but I believe that, however painful it is, it is also very satisfying to see them take off and realize their lives; I am sure you are a super mom and they are lucky to have you as is your husband and You are lucky to have a beautiful family, I also feel very lucky to have my family and basically they are pushing us to go carry on even when everything seems dark, right? Thank you so much for the beautiful sharing, I follow you and in every goal I'm rooting for you! A hug!🤗
Oh, I feel for your wife - prior to this, when our kids were little (the youngest was just a baby), I was diagnosed with post-partum depression and anxiety. Part of what happened is that when I got behind the wheel of a car, I had a panic attack and would start to black out, so I ended up not being able to drive for just over a year. Even after I felt better, I was still scared to drive, but I finally got to the point I was able to push myself to do it. My husband was extremely (mostly...lol) patient with me, and let me figure it out, which was a tremendous help. Please tell her from me not to be too hard on herself.
And thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement - hugs back to you! 🥰
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Lovely photos Traci! Congratulations on reaching Orca too. I have my eye on that but have another 2K or so to go, so unlikely to reach it soon!
Hope you have fantastic end of year celebrations and next year is wonderful for you and everyone you care about.
Hey Bruce! Thanks so much, and lots of love and best wishes to you and yours. 🥰
Wonderful post @traciyork ☺️ Nice to read a bit about yourself I didn’t know about. Thanks for sharing.
Good that you did manage to post today.
Good luck with the kids leaving home, when they decide. Such touch changes…
You did an awesome job reaching what you have reached in the years you have been here. Keep going.
To hive… and whatever happens, let’s be here 😉🐝
Yep, I'm not a fan of change, but it's easier when I know it's probably for the best. Doesn't mean I won't complain though. 😂
Thank you for the encouraging words, @littlebee4 and all the best to you and yours this holiday season. 🤗
Hahaha I so understand 🤓
You are welcome @traciyork 👋🏻😊 thank you so much!
All the best to you and yours too this holiday season 🤗
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Big well done Traci on hitting the Orca status ...
And great to see you back blogging .... and in our Silver Bloggers community as well!
Thanks in advance, @tengolotodo! And yes, I've neglected one of my favorite communities for far too long. Merry Christmas to you as well! 🎄❤️💚
Oh, too, too much, TY to use our other friend's moniker for you! Sending love to you and the family and am totally delighted and blown away to be in a soon-to-be-whale's wake!
Loved reading about your Universe. I got to know you a little from this post.
Even though I’m nowhere near as engaged on this platform as you are, I totally get it that there is not enough time to write about everything we want to.
In my head and partial drafts there are 100’s of unwritten articles and having a full time job doesn’t make it easy to catch up, but we just do what we can.
Sending you lots of love and Ihope to get to the orka level one day too. Is there a place where I can read about the levels and the requirements for each one? 💙
Oh, I hear that @fantagira! I'm forever writing responses to other people's content in my head as well - problem is, it usually falls out of my brain by the time I get back to my keyboard. 😂
As the levels to reach each fish in the Hive ocean change depending on... things I still can't wrap my brain around completely...lol... one of the best ways I've been able to keep track is checking out the charts in @arcange's daily posts. I look at his "Hive Statistics (with the most current date)" and scroll through to find the chart that looks like this -
The numbers under the icons in the top header thing are the current level of powered up Hive needed to reach each level.
If any other resource pops into my brain, I'll be sure to shout out again. Lots of love and best wishes back to you, and thanks for stopping by!
Thank you so much Tracy! That’s exactly what I was looking for.
Now that you pointed it out, I realise I saw these reports, but I didn’t notice that the HP amounts required for each levels are there too 😅 My head still spinning from overload of Hive information, as I’m barely 2 months old here.
Thank you so much! Now I know what my savings goal will be for 2023 - I wanna reach green fish level 😁
It's true that there has been a price drop in Hive lately, but I don't care because of my trust in the community and my belief in the value of Hive. We'll both reach our goals next month! I'll be a little dolphin next month too haha.
Nice! An early congrats to you @incublus - you got there much faster than I did (not that I can remember right now when I hit dolphin, but I swear it took forever...lol). And I feel the same way about Hive - for me it's totally...
Never seen a Lady Slipper and that is something!
I'm a patient woman. I'll wait for that post... although you summed it up beautifully and I get this. Team work. Bonus! And fun! (In Fortnite anyway... now waiting patiently for PsyberX to explode onto the internet)
I may stop blogging then and bury myself in that forever.
I'm glad you made the time to write. It's obvious why you've done so well with this stuff. you look and sound like a real pro here.
Currently building my website again. Slowly. And being ripped off by mainstream hosting. And their security isn't actually that good. But no funds to migrate right now. Only decent option recommended only accepts a year payment and not monthly yet. So I'll get there... It's also a third of what the mainstream does are charging and looks far, far more secure and on top of privacy. Keen. Will watch this space for more info on that.
But mostly just to hear your voice in your stuff.
had no idea about your health. Totally sucks living with health issues, but in a way I guess it does make us more appreciative of the Now. The shower thing would blow my mind. I can't live without hot showers... :( I mean I could and have in small patches but man did I miss them.
Always tag me. Please ❤️
So glad I decided to include the Lady Slipper pics then - I have a bunch of shots from over the years, and when I considered doing a post back in May with the newest, I thought, "Meh, people are probably tired of seeing them by now." 😜
Teamwork in Halo (back when I was playing) usually meant helping my husband and son with target practice. Aka, dying, respawning, and trying to get away before they killed me... again... 😂
I am starting to get excited about PsyberX though - hadn't looked too closely into the project (long story for another day), but now based on some new information I've discovered (not insider stuff, just things I didn't realize about their team) I think it's going to be pretty awesome. Who knows, I might even start gaming again - been a minute, but I'm sure I can remember how to be an easy target. 😅
Traditional blogging is becoming so... cumbersome. And expensive. If it weren't for the vanity of it (having my own domain name), and the fact I want some of my favorite WP bloggers to follow me over here, I would've thrown in the towel long ago. And thanks muchly for the ego boost.
Yeah, I try not to dwell on my health too much here, mostly because I don't want to think about it (more than I already am). I do try to balance bringing awareness (or, "Shining A Light" which was the ET support group slogan at one point), with taking a mental break from "real life." I usually try to link to my post from 2018 - An update on my health (or lack thereof), when referencing it, but I got lazy this time.
I will happily tag you. And thank you again. 💜🥰
"Teach me master Jedi!" I said.
"Too old you are!" he snorted (For real though. I collapsed in hysterical laughter. He didn't miss a beat!)
We trained. I lost. A lot!
And then I got better 😈 And he didn't like that much at all so he stopped training me :(
And now I'm a Bot again because I haven't had time to play.
Yeah! Super amped to see and play PsyberX as well. Can't wait :D And I won't have to feel guilty that I'm being unproductive. Hehehehehehe...
I hear you. Same here. Get an occasional voice in my head reminding me and I tell it to shut it and just keep on going. Seems pointless to dwell on it much. But still... you are something, lady.
Please do and it's my privilege. ❤️
Welcome home, it's good to see you back! I'd been checking intermittently for new posts from you, thinking maybe I didn't click the right follow button or simply managed to miss a post, then guessing you were exhausted from doing 30 podcasts in a row. Congrats in advance on the whalehood! 🐳
(On a side note - who are those crazy people who name illnesses? Essential to me means something one needs and can't live without, not something one has to endure. I had to look up the medical definition to make any sense of it at all: with no known external stimulus.)
Congrats in advance on your Orca achievement :)🐝
You are lucky to have a full nest, mine is empty due to life circumstances, but today I am grateful for every second of having my son at home for a few days for the holidays. But that's life, and it is also satisfying to see them spread their wings when they feel fulfilled and happy.
I hope you have a happy holiday season and my best wishes to you and your family.
Well done! That is many years of consistency.
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I enjoyed reading this content, congratulations to your orca achievement on hive because it is not easy to be handling health and family issues and still be consistent especially health issues because personally most times I will be down for days and I won't even be able to help myself talk less helping my husband so it is not an easy battle, as for the car thank JEHOVAH there is another means of moving around while you gradually fix the car.
Once again thanks for highlighting the importance of consistency.
Least I forget I love those flowers I kept on looking at the pictures .
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Traci, I'm so excited for you about hitting your goals, despite all the "life" and health things happening. I'm super thankful @epodcaster introduced us.
Let us know when you get there so we can celebrate with you!