June 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 m Read more...

June 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. I cared for him at home until January 2017 when I placed him in a memory care facility called Silverado. They took very good care of him for the four months he lived there. On Mother's Day, May 14, 2017, Arvin passed away. It was much sooner than I expected. But I knew it was a good thing. The quality of his life had deteriorated and it was a relief to know he was free and so were I and the rest of the family.

In August 2017 I moved to a small house-like condo. Our big house had been a burden for some time. I had a big estate sale, moved the things I kept, and settled into a new kind of life living on my own. I found that I was happy doing that and made plans to travel on my own to Africa summer of 2018.

Just when you think things are not changing anymore, something happens. This time it was something wonderful. I joined a group that takes a bus down to Seattle to the symphony. In December a couple asked if their friend Shelly could sit by me. "Sure," I said. Little did I know that we would quickly become attracted to each other and find so many things we had in common. Over the next couple of months we began to date and now we are a couple. I am so lucky to have found another best friend and love of my life. I thought you only got one.

I traveled to Africa with Overseas Adventure Travel summer of 2018. It was a trip of a lifetime and I loved it. I traveled to southern and east Africa and saw an amazing amount of animals. And I was enthralled with the kindness and beauty of the people.

Recently (April 2019) I moved again to a condo in the same complex where Shelly lives. We are now “Living Alone Together” LAT, a new approach to a close, loving relationship. We each have our own place and they are right across the driveway from each other. It feels like the best of two worlds: being close and having our own territories. Life is good.

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/.

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