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
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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.
I took a job writing/collating/editing content for some neighborhood magazines and I've been contacted several times about writing about local issues. I'm also finishing up my own books and editing other people's books in preparation for starting my own publishing company. So far I have six full-length nonfiction books and four volumes of piano technical exercises to publish, one short nonfiction book, and I have finished editing one full-length novel and am currently editing another one. I've also done a number of Zazzle stores and the newest is starting to pay off (I will eventually have about 250,000 items for sale on it). Once I have all the items pinned to Pinterest I should dominate that market :)
Phil, it sounds like you are enjoying your time!
Deborah-Diane, I am sorry to hear your husband's health is declining.
Sookie, I'm sorry to hear about your health problems, too, but it seems like you are dealing with them okay.
Vic, I'm sorry to hear about your wife's health problems.
I'm not on many online platforms any more except my own blogs (and not much of that) but I do check in here a few times a year and on HubPages from time to time under my various accounts there. I've also retained my Blogger blogs and contribute there occasionally (magazines and writing books take a lot of time!). I'm about to start a new blog at Blogger on household organization because I've discovered a lot of really cool things that other people are not writing about. To contact me, just search for classicalgeek on Google+.
Hello to all the InfoBarrel "old-timers" and not-so-old-timers. It's been a while . . . and reading your updates was bittersweet. On the one hand, it was great to read about those of you who are doing well with your own websites, e-books, and other ventures, but it was also sad to learn that some of you are going through difficult times. I wish everyone all the best.
As for me, I split my time between writing and photography.
I'm currently participating in the "Dogwood 52-Week Photography Challenge." The challenge began in 2016, and I am among the few who have been involved with the group since the first year. Participants share weekly challenge photos in the group's Flicker and Facebook pages. I've also sold some pics, and I put together a 2018 calendar for a few close friends and family members. I'm also a photo contributor on Shutterstock.
Also, like some of you, I worked on several writing assignments for folks and companies in my neck-of-the-woods. Last September, I decided to test my writing skills by applying for the Disney Parks Moms Panel. I enjoyed the process of crafting the required narrative 100-word limit responses to several questions. I was thrilled when I received an email stating I'd been chosen to advance to the next level, which would consist of answering several more questions and making a short video. I declined the invitation to proceed because I had so much going on at the time (I was participating in the Dogwood challenge; writing a review on an advance copy of a book; working on a few small projects; and in the middle of a kitchen remodel, of which I hated every minute!). I didn't have the time to go through two more levels of questions plus make a video and participate in an interview.
If anyone is interested in applying for the 2019 panel, the process begins in September, and here's a couple of tips: it's best if you're a real Disney fan—more like a fanatic, and you should spend some time memorizing the Disney nomenclature—that's very, very important! Also, Disney Parks Moms Panel is not a paying gig; it's strictly voluntary (which was another reason I chose not to go forward). People do it for the love of Disney, name exposure, and the prestige of writing for Disney.
Another exciting opportunity occurred last fall when I was offered an advanced copy of a new apologetics book from a major Christian publisher in exchange for a book review. I enjoyed the book and experience.
I have a couple of blogs (photo and writing), but they're just for fun. I don't monetize them, and I haven't posted anything lately—probably because my oldest daughter and her boyfriend decided to get hitched in the fall, and I've been busy helping with the planning.
Take care, and I wish all the best to everyone.
I am pivoting away from writing and towards entrepreneurism.
I have had various ventures over the past 18 years, so I know a lot about real world and virtual entrepreneurial stuff.
I think we baby-boomers have really f'd up the world. Our kids have no decent jobs, can't afford their own houses and have to cope with global warming and the political decisions (Trump and Brexit) that we oldies have inflicted on them.
I decide to do something about it.
More next month
Yes, Phil, I really feel for the up and coming generation as well and would love to know what your are doing about all these issues.
My main source of income is still my on line teaching. In other endeavours, I landed a contract to write content for a phonics website at the end of last year which was really enjoyable, especially when I got to play on line phonics games and write the instructions for them! I have also been doing a fair amount of academic proofreading and written a few articles for a travel website that a friend of mine runs.
I continue to enjoy travelling and yoga and have recently joined a seniors' choir. Hubby and I are also avid lawn bowlers. Our club has just celebrated its 100th anniversary and I put together a commemorative book for the occasion (all for love, of course, not for pay!).
We are still dealing with some family issues, but that's another story ......
I look forward to your update!
The world is messed up, I agree. My older daughter will be returning home in a few weeks from her work and study abroad, and has to find a teaching job. She has loans to pay, and her website and online artwork will be her side hustle to help her pay them back. One year of her college education cost more than my two education degrees. How sad! She will have to live at home until she finds employment.
While I am sad to hear of some of your personal trials, I am happy to hear that your start on InfoBarrel has launched all of you in so many different directions! I am still earning money from Girl Scouts, as I sell my rare finds in private Facebook groups. I have one more Girl Scout website to launch this summer, and may do one or two more to complete all the levels. My troop will be working on their Gold Award, which will be time consuming for all of them. I may have to document it in a series or articles on my blog!
In the real world, I still teach and am looking forward to my summer off so I can go back to writing, which I do miss. During the school year, given the choice of writing an article or listing on eBay, I list because the money is quicker and better. My kids have medical needs and our co-pays are very high.
I hope other old timers find their way back for an update!
It is nice hearing from all the old timers here! :)