Returning To Country Moon


| 1/27/2015 9:28:00 AM


Tags: Blog, Country Moon, Loss, Lois Hoffma,

Country MoonMany of you have inquired as to whether I was going to keep writing “Country Moon.” Indeed I am, and the next blog post should be in next week. As many of you know, I have taken the last two months off to be with Jim through his illness and subsequent passing.

However, the very reason I started writing these blogs is the same reason it is important for me to continue; that there are so many wondrous things around us that will enrich our lives just by exploring and learning about something unfamiliar to us. Long before I started writing, Jim and I would do just that. Sometimes it would take us a day to go a mere 20 miles because we would see something interesting as we passed a yard or business and would pull into to investigate. Remember the column “Where Do Old Tractors Go When They Die?” that I wrote back in September? We stumbled across the “tractor graveyard” as we were coming back from a ballgame.

Jim and Lois in Ellsworth, Michigan - a favorite spot for both of them 

Jim and Lois in Ellsworth, Michigan, a favorite spot for both of them.

There are so many items and phenomena that pique my interest that I would like to share with you as I learn about each one. I have never “gotten it” as to why we can have freezing rain today and sleet tomorrow. Isn’t it all the same? I plan to find out. Steam power has been a huge part of our culture and has always intrigued me. I want to learn more. Old barns. They simply fascinate me. The list is endless, there is always something new to broaden our horizons.

Most of my blogs are country-oriented because that is who and what I am. That will never change. I hope you can feel the enthusiasm for each topic I choose to write about because, if there is one thing I have learned through these bumps in the road, it is that time is indeed the greatest gift of all and if you are not passionate about what you are doing, then perhaps you should be doing something else.

aridacres
1/29/2015 6:16:14 PM

So sorry for your loss. While words will not ease the pain, I'm sure Jim is in a better place and glad that you are back to writing. I know we are!


nebraskadave
1/29/2015 5:28:49 PM

Lois, I'm so sorry for your loss. My wife passed 13 years ago and still I will have a day of melancholy every so often. It brings smiles to remember those good times instead of tears as it used to right after she passed. When life together starts, never a thought is given that some day most likely one or the other will end up being alone. Life passes by too fast and I was faced with that issue way too early. ***** You sound like you are doing as well as can be expected. Making you way in life alone can be difficult some days and we all grieve in different ways and for different lengths of time. Surround yourself with loving friends and family during this time. Again so sorry to hear about your loss.





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