October 2019

I started on Blip on January 10, 2010. For quite a few years I blipped nearly every day. Now I am being more relaxed about taking a daily photo. I also have done quite a bit of back blipping so that I could look at my lifetime before I joined Blipfoto. I got back as far as 2005 and hav Read more...

October 2019

I started on Blip on January 10, 2010. For quite a few years I blipped nearly every day. Now I am being more relaxed about taking a daily photo. I also have done quite a bit of back blipping so that I could look at my lifetime before I joined Blipfoto. I got back as far as 2005 and have more to do when I get some time and am in the mood.

In the beginning my journal was more about my photographs and less about my life. I took many photos of the beautiful Pacific Northwestern part of the US where I live and of the birds and animals that live here.

In 2013 my life changed and I became a caregiver. My husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and we faced that life together. While I was caring for Arvin my journal became the story of our journey together as he slowly lost himself to Alzheimer's. 

Move forward to 2017 - filled with more than a human being should experience in one year...

January - I planned to travel to Belize and to place Arvin at Silverado as I could no longer care for him at home. Before I left I got a detached retina. I was still able to go and Arvin settled in uncomfortably while I was gone. His daughter Helena and I visited him regularly after I returned.

February - I signed up with Overseas Adventure Travel for two back-to-back trips to Africa in the summer of 2018. Because it was so far ahead I was able to reserve a solo spot at no extra charge.

May - After Arvin realized he wasn't coming home, he moved quickly down the Alzheimer's slide. He passed away on May 14th. We had a small, beautiful ceremony of green burial a week later.

June - We had a celebration of life for Arvin. His daughters lost their mother, Arvin's first wife, exactly one month after he died.

August - I downsized and moved from a 3000 square foot house into a 1350 square foot house-like condo. This was a huge endeavor choosing what to keep and what to let go in a home we had lived in for 27 years.

November - I went to Paris with my good friend Helen to celebrate the nomination of her daughter's wife's book in the Paris Photo Exhibition. Three artist ladies and three young women spent a week together and it was a blast.

December - I had signed up for a group from the college to travel by bus to Seattle to hear the symphony. A man sat next to me and we began to talk. By the end of the trip I was enchanted. This was the last thing I had on my mind at the end of this very taxing year. Lucky for me the attraction was mutual and we are now a couple. I moved to a condo in his complex in April of 2019. We are right across the driveway from each other and it is wonderful being so close while each having our own space.

I call myself ArtistAnnie because I am an artist and show my work in the city where I live. I paint in oils and really enjoy making a blank canvas become a new world. You can see my paintings at http://www.annchaikin.com/.