Greetings, good people, and thank you for dropping in on my little chunk of Cyberspace.   I’m Eleanor and I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  I’ve been around the blog world in various incarnations since February of 2002, so I suppose that I can call myself  a seasoned veteran at this point.   One with itchy feet, as those who have followed me around the blogosphere over the years can attest, but perhaps this time I can settle down in one spot for a good long time.

My interests and passions are  many and varied, so it’s hard to make any kind of list of them.   Some come and go, but there are a few constants.   I definitely have a lifelong love of learning and am on a constant quest for new knowledge and ideas.  My brain craves stimulation and if it doesn’t get it, I soon feel totally out of sorts.  Sometimes I’m a bit slow to recognize the symptoms of brain hunger, but eventually I clue in.   I’ll also plead guilty to being a major history, music, arts, and classics junkie.  Not in a snobbish, academic way,  but in a “they bring me an immense amount of pleasure” sort of way.   My tastes are very, very broad when it comes to music, books, etc., and there isn’t a genre which I would ever rule out entirely.  I have definite favourites, but am willing to give just about anything a fair go. I’m a little pickier when it comes to movies and TV, but again, my tastes are quite broad.  Other loves include gardening, genealogy, crossword and other word puzzles, nature (especially forests,  birds, and wee woodland creatures),  astronomy, writing, some crafty things, etc., etc.

I grew up on a farm, many miles from anywhere, which gave me a natural preference/need  for peace, quiet, and simplicity in my day-to-day life.  I’ve lived in cities all of my adult life, but the hustle and bustle of urban life has never managed to take over my soul.    While there are many things that I like about city life, I’m ever so grateful for the lingering effects of my rural upbringing.  I don’t need a lot of stuff, or a lot of people around me to be truly happy, and we country mice learn to be pretty resourceful and independent at an early age.   I’m the eldest of five, and had a lot of responsibility at a very early age, so that definitely shaped my character, too.   A bit more childish play certainly wouldn’t have gone amiss as I’ve always been far too serious and “nose to the grindstone” for my own good.  It’s never too late for an old middle-aged dog to learn new tricks, though, so I’m working on the it’s okay to have fun concept.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has changed my life dramatically since late 2004, but enforced change definitely hasn’t been all bad.  Certainly there are frustrations, and the unpredictable nature of the condition makes for major challenges, but it could be a lot worse.  I have a sister blog that deals specifically with the challenges of living with a chronic illness, but of course I can’t really avoid talking about it here, too, to some degree.  Should you be interested in the other blog, please leave a comment somewhere on here, or drop me an e-mail, and I’ll point you in the right direction.

Welcome to my space and I hope that you’ll enjoy your stay.


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