19 June 2008

56 blank pages


Last Friday was my last day at my current job. This past two years I have been working with establishing a “meeting place“ for elderly people in one of the districts in the town where I live. In your old age it’s easy to be isolated and your social network keeps getting smaller when friends or relatives die or move into nursing homes. Isolation can lead to depression or ill health but if you have a place to visit and have fun and interesting things happening in your life well then you have not only a better life but also a better health. The community had an old house with a beautiful garden and I had a two year contract as a project leader and an assignment to fill the house with activities for the elderly. And now my work is done! The house is filled with activities everyday and the elderly have a place to visit were they are truly seen and met with warmth and welcoming. Most of the visitors are in their mid eighties but the oldest visiting is 94. I’ve had a marvelous time and met so many adorable people but now it’s time to move on. I am a “project nomad” and I like to have new challenges in my life. In the middle of august I start a new job as a planning secretary for the chief of community based health care in the same town district where I work now. A planning secretary is a bit like being a political secretary only you don’t work for a politician.

Middle of august did she say? And what the heck is she doing in the mean time? Well my friends I am having a vacation! Eight long and beautiful weeks or 56 blank pages to fill with creative stuff, house renovating, visiting jumble and yard sales, blog writing, nature walks, photography and lazy days in the hammock sipping a glass of wine and reading a book. Oh joy! I almost have to pinch my arm to believe that it`s really true! I haven`t had a vacation that long since I don`t know when. My school days probably!

I promise to keep you all updated!

Take care!

Jeanette

8 comments:

LiLi M. said...

Eight weeks!! Tada!! I bet you deserve it. You can do anything in 8 weeks! Enjoy I should say and take care of course!

LiLi M. said...

Is there such a thing as coincidence??? We were reading and commenting each others blogs at the same time!!!!

Anna said...

Bra jobbat! Well done!

Loppis i Lövestad lät ju helt njutbart. Jag tror vi kommer att pricka in loppis Brösarp, vilket i så fall blir fjärde året i rad! Tack för dina goa ord - och tack det samma!
Stor kram /Anna

Maria said...

Hej!
Finns det något härligare än en oskriven bok att fylla med en massa tankar, bilder och idéer. Jag är barnsligt förtjust i anteckningsböcker med blanka blad.

Vackra vallmo:sar nedan!

Glad midsommar!

Betty Jo said...

A job well done indeed. How wonderful that you could provide the needed help for the elderly. I'm sure they love you for it. Now, enjoy your time off and fill it with all things wonderful. Whatever you do, don't forget to share those wonderful things with us. You asked about my collections. I collect teapots, tea cups (mostly floral, roses preferably, English china) and white or basically all white creamers. I don't know what it is about those little creamers that I love so much. I think it is a form of going back to my childhood where as a little girl my father operated a large dairy farm. I'm not a therapist, but I think if I dug deep enough I would find a connection there. When you can, drop by my blog to see the lovelies Carolyn brought to me. xoxo

Anna Stilla said...

Oh, jag hoppas att du får fylla dina siodor med så mycket kreativitet och glädje som det bara går.

Tack för skåneerbjudanet :)

Kram
Anna

casa nostra said...

thank you for visiting mine blog and for your kind words. i don't sell cards and i don't know if anyone would buy these, but i like it very much to make cards.
i will try to make my next post in english, so you can understand what i write. have a nice vacation and congratulations with your new job.

Homeleightigger said...

It sounds a wonderful place you have created Jeanette - enjoy your well deserved vacation. Val