Phil here again - I'd love to hear your personal updates
For the past 2 years I have been helping look after my youngest (step) grandchild - I never thought I would say this because I am an impatient guy and usually have no time for small children, but I'm loving it (mostly). It's still good to hand him back at 5 o' clock though.
Big changes in the family - My Dad died 2 years ago (Alzheimers) and my Mum had breast cancer also in 2016. She had a mastectomy, but now has secondary cancers in her lungs. She is 85 and still all there mentally.
Both my daughters now over 30, still single but have their own places. Sadly I don't see them much, but that's life. I was the same at that age with my parents.
My day revolves around the kids (3 boys), picking them up from school, and feeding them. I do contract articles in the mornings, have a nap, and then do low-key work after bringing the boys home from school (age 8 & 9)
Phil, We loved having our grandkids down for all the school holidays until they were about 15 and started work.
Then,.....it was all over... we felt as though we had become useless. Suddenly we were not needed not important. BUT that is part of life and the kids had started a new chapter in their lives and that was important to them.
No we did not regret them growing up. We just missed having them in our lives. but life goes on we just had to find another direction. That was when we decided to go traveling around Australia and thoroughly enjoyed it. Yes life is ever changing and we all need that change. Good luck and enjoy them while you can Eileen
Bringing it to the top for anyone to share. I updated my personal life in article update Can You Still Make Money Online in 2015? With a 2018 Update.
Thanks for the update, Phil. I wonder sometimes about what has happened with the people here on InfoBarrel. This place was sooo active six or seven years ago. It is a ghost town now, but people are still living their lives, and it is nice to catch up.
Hi everyone! I enjoyed reading your post, mommymommymommy and I loved hearing about your trip, Eileen.
The only site for which I write regularly now is my blog, Baby-Boomer-Retirement.com. It continues to attract a large audience and I make a small but regular income from it.
I also have written six Amazon books and earn a little money every month from them. That is fun!
We now have seven grandchildren, with an eighth due in June. Two of our grandchildren are in high school and live nearby. We see them once or twice a week, which has been a delight. I know things will change when they are in college. All our other grandkids live a long way from us, so we only see them a couple of times a year. Such is life.
I'm in great health and in my late 60s. My husband, however, is in poor health. He is 73 and has advanced kidney disease. He will probably be on dialysis within another year or so. He also has had a heart attack and is developing a problem with his blood. They suspect it could be "emerging blood cancer." We've been married 46 years, so it is hard to watch him decline, although he is normally in good spirits despite his health issues. I appreciate that about him.
I feel as if life is going to be changing for me in the next few years, but it is hard to say exactly what form that change will take.
I'm very grateful for the online writing I have done and the friends I have made here and on other sites. I miss the old days on the InfoBarrel forum and all the help everyone gave each other.
Anyone can always contact me through the contact section on my blog. If you leave an email address, I will normally respond!
I enjoy reading your retirement blog Deborah-Diane, it always has a lot of interesting articles. Living in Canada things are slightly different with pensions etc, but still love to read what others are doing. I turn 60 this year and so does my hubby! It seems like only yesterday our two kids gave us a party for our 50th birthdays! Time Flies
I love writing online still, and now do so for my own sites and also sell my artwork on Etsy and my own website. I have some health issues that make it hard to hold a regular job, so I enjoy this and bring in a few bucks. My hubby has to travel for work more and more and it gets difficult, so having some online friends keeps my spirits up and I too miss the old Infobarrel days.
But as they say "nothing in life is more constant that change" not sure if that is the exact wording, but I will admit changes are a little harder to handle as I get older. As internet marketers we all have to deal with constant change! No grandchildren yet, my kids are 34 and 36 and find the world to crazy to have any of their own, but we will see.
Here, it is the Easter long weekend, so I hope everyone out in "web land" is having a great weekend.
My wife has become disabled so I had to take a straight job in late 2016 to get insurance. It sucks up a lot of my time, but I expect to be back soon. Just updated a coupla things here.
STILL HATE DONALD J. TRUMP!!!
Best to everyone!!
Vic, I am sorry to hear about your wife's health. I hope to see you back soon. Take care.