In Absentia … until May 21


On May 6, I turn 65. As a gift to myself, I’ve decided to go missing from most of my daily endeavors from now until Monday, May 21. I’m going to give my desk a good cleaning, close the screen on my laptop, and walk away. I want to revisit the unscheduled/quiet/uncluttered daily-ness of my younger, more eremitish self. Forty winks and a campfire, here I come. When I return, I hope to see your smiling faces again.

  1. Rae Best says:

    Happy Birthday!!! I think you are giving yourself an awesome gift. Enjoy!!!

  2. Kathy Gaughran says:

    Good for you and a very Happy Birthday, we all need to do that at some times just connect to what makes you happy and enjoy your days.

  3. Evie, B. says:

    Enjoy. Enjoy. Enjoy!

  4. Debbie Klann says:

    Happy birthday to you! What a wonderful idea…enjoy every moment!

  5. Lisa Von Saunder says:

    Happy birthday early MaryJane! remember to bring along some of those books that you promised yourself to read eventually. You know that pile.
    Love that quote, here’s another:
    ” Be here now”
    It’s been my personal mantra for 40 years.

  6. Barbara Criss says:

    I totally understand your need for a break. I often wonder how you do all that you must have to do every day. I can barely keep up with my have to dos. I live a semi-hermit lifestyle every day and I love it. I can hardly stand to have to go do something at a certain time anymore. This living in the woods for twenty years has gotten me totally spoiled to doing what I want when I want. So Happy Birthday and enjoy you quiet time to the max.

  7. Goatldi says:

    Home is where the heart is. I just the last year of my sixth decade. I imagine the next decade will only get better.

    Happy exploring!

  8. Denise says:

    Enjoy life in the slow and easy. We will be here when you return unless in fact we all take a break from the busyness of life and enjoy a little away ourselves. Cheers to you MaryJane!

  9. Mary says:

    Happy birthday, my fellow Taurean! “I must break away and get out in the mountains to learn the news…For going out, I found, was really going in…” John Muir May beauty, joy and peace surround your 65th circle round the sun!

  10. PHYLLIS SKALKO says:

    My wish for you is that this time will be everything you hope it will be and more

  11. Rebecca McCoy says:

    Happy early birthday. Enjoy your gift to yourself.

  12. Jill Yelland-DeMooy says:

    What a wonderful treat for yourself! I’m envious, have a wonderful Birthday and may this time bless you!

  13. Bobbie says:

    Happy birthday! I recently turned 65 myself and I can say it’s not bad at all!

  14. Sylvia Jacibus says:

    Have the best birthday ever. You’ll enjoy the peace.

  15. CJ Armstrong says:

    HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARY JANE! I hope you get renewed, re=energized, recharged and enjoy some special things that you want to enjoy!
    We will miss you!

  16. Diane Benjamin says:

    Wishing you all the best! I turn 65 in August, for me, it is an exciting time. I too am spinning a cocoon – so ready for this transformation!

  17. Emma says:

    I too am turning 65 May 13th. Happy Birthday. May you be strengthened during this time.

  18. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Enjoy your time and rest!! We will all be here when you return and excited to learn about all of your fun and adventures that you enjoyed.

    Happy Birthday wishes to you and BIG Farmgirl hugs on your special day!!

  19. Donna Rowe says:

    Thank you tremendously for all you’ve motivated us to do. May your solitude recharge you for the next era of your life. A wonderful happy birthday to you.

  20. Mary Lou Bender says:

    Congrats on your birthday, and most especially, taking care of yourself . Peace.

  21. Linda Segerson says:

    Hope you have a wonderful birthday! Enjoy each and every moment!

  22. Carol says:

    Happy Birthday! What a wonderful gift to someone who has given so many gifts, tangible and intangible, to all of your readers.

  23. Donna Rowe says:

    I am a may baby too. And 4 years behind you in age. I love the idea of taking a time off. Regrouping for the next 20! Thank you so much for sharing your talents and helping us make the world a little saner and homier. Happy Birthday!

  24. Holly says:

    I miss you; come back!

  25. Deb Bosworth says:

    Happy belated Birthday MJ! And it’s a milestone celebration to boot! I’m having some away time at the cottage this week and catching up with you here is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now. So glad I popped in to find you on respite. You’ve earned it!!! Fill the well with all you love and enjoy!
    Farmgirl hugs,
    Deb ( Beach Farmgirl))

  26. Avigail says:

    I too have been away and am glad to rediscover you once again! Happy b-day!

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