Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Yes, I know it has been a very long time since I have been here. It's as though I fell off the face of the earth with absolutely no warning. Truth is.. that's pretty much what happened. I struggled through the entire 2015 year with issues surrounding my work and my health. It was a very dark time for me. While my intentions were good to continue on with my blog, the sad fact is that so much just got in the way and before I knew it, it just seemed that things were so complicated that I couldn't resume my blogging.

I had many choices to make, many chances I needed to take and changes that were necessary. In a nut shell, my health really took a "hit" and my work situation was not making it any easier or better for me to be my best. I struggled all year long to face what would be the inevitable.

I would have a long road ahead of me that only I could walk and make the decisions that would be necessary for a lifestyle of changes. 
  So after a completely miserable year in 2015, January 2016 arrived and with it, my decision to retire from a career that I had held for 35 years. One that was passionate about and would miss with everything I am. It was in part what defined me or so I thought. It was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make. Through all of this, Sir... was right beside me. He went through the worst of times with me and also helped to guide me all with out telling me what my choice should be. After looking at many other options to be able to continue working but hopefully decreasing my stress level it became quite apparent to Sir that "we would need to take a different direction." And with that, in one fell swoop he sent a text telling me to give my notice that day and that my career was done. We were going in another direction. How did I feel? I felt so many things it is hard to express. I do know,
I felt "relief" Sir made the decision for me that I had struggled with all year long. And while I certainly felt some sorrow, anxiety and a loss, I obeyed him without further discussion or question.
It's been a long road, but it has been so worth it. I ended my career the last day in January 2016. And I started a new part of my journey working side by side with Sir in our business. Giving up the power and control I once had has not been easy. My health has improved tremendously and I am happier than I have been in a very long time. Learning to work side by side with Sir, and being together 24//7 has certainly been an eye opener. I am not nearly as compliant as I should be. But he has a fix for that too. We have continued on our journey of TTWD. It is continually evolving. It is an essential part of who we are and how we will move forward.
Anyone recognize what the above picture really might be? Hummmmm. A familiar Home project center? Yep... Home Depot has these quite lovely and I might add conveniently located yardsticks at every checkout counter. One day.. Sir told me to go and purchase one and decorate it so it could be on display in our bedroom without anyone else really being able to guess it's true use. And so I did.
Sir was pleased. My rear end was not!!!! That simple yard stick in the hands of your HOH is probably not the best thing you could hope for. It does however serve as a great reminder to mind one's self of what is expected of them to avoid this at all costs!! Just thought I would show all of you I can be artistic!!
And so whenever the mood strikes for me to be Ms. Sassy Pants..... I need only to remember that acting in this manner, will get my pants lowered and this nicely decorated yardstick across my bare bottom. A pretty good deterrent wouldn't you agree? Well it's good to be back, hopefully I will have more time to explore TTWD and catch up with everyone. It's good to be back in blog land.


  1. Welcome back, Annabelle,
    You have been missed. Sass is one sure way to go ver Jack's knee. Be careful. That yard stick can hurt like heck!

  2. Ah, Annabelle, so good to hear from you! What an adorable yard stick you made....bet that baby's not adorable when applied! I'm so sorry your 2015 was rough but relieved that your Sir helped you make that needed decision. So glad you're feeling better!

  3. Hi Annabelle, I am glad you are back. It seems like you and I have faced many of the same challenges recently. I too have retired from my career after a long time. It was a very difficult decision and I understand how you have felt. I am glad your health is improving and hope you will stay around Blogland a bit more
    love Jan,xx

  4. Welcome back Annabelle. Love what you did with that yard stick...and i am very sure it is quite a deterrent. Happy to hear that this year is a much better one for you.
    hugs abby

  5. Annabelle,

    What a wonderful Sir you have! It does feel wonderful to have your special someone make a difficult decision for you. Sounds like you are coming back to life.

    Love the yardstick! Sounds like a Martha Stewart craft project!

    Hugs From Ella