Jill Weatherholt

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Summer Spotlight: Pauline King

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In a serendipitous turn of events Jill gave me my guest post spot on my birthday. Not just any old annual event either, a momentous birth anniversary. The one where society deems you ‘a senior citizen’. An older person, a past-your-best person – an old age pensioner, a retiree, a person with no place left to go but down..

Yes, I have reached the age of 65, from today I am officially retired and now all my time every day is mine and mine alone. Happy dance!! Tango, waltz, hip-hop, jive or jazz – dance with me, celebrate with me – I have never felt younger, or more together, or more content. I laugh out loud everytime someone says the word ‘retired’. I feel like I am playing a monumental trick on the world – I now get paid by the government to live every day with nothing to do but make myself happy?

Really?

Bring it on!!

So please – enjoy a sip of champagne, a glass of wine or a shot of whatever you fancy. Help yourself to a tasty morsel of your favourite cheese. Have some of these fresh strawberries….. please, do take a slice of double chocolate gateau birthday cake while you have a quick read.

I’m not a writer – I’m a tad imposterish here amongst you lot – these denizens of the written word. But I do love books and I do love language and I love a good story! I’m a crafter, a creator, a mixed media painter. I do over, do up and make do. I recycle and upcycle, but no longer bicycle.

I started my blog ‘The Contented Crafter‘ eighteen months ago. I knew little about the blogging world or how it operated. I’d read some blogs of artists and a couple that friends keep about their professional lives. My intention in starting my blog was simply to keep a record of the creations that were coming out of my craft room because, as a reckless and totally in the moment creator, once given away there was no recall, no reminder, no sequence to refer back to.

I soon found myself blogging about other events in my life apart from my creative work – I wrote a post about my cats addiction to Catnip, another entitled ‘I Like Blogging’, yet another about a shocking meeting in a store, one about my traumatic early years, all interspersed with a variety of work that recorded a definite progress from one genre to another.

The whole experience has been a bit like Topsy – and just keeps right on growing! It is fun, it is lively, it keeps me [almost] artistically on track and has delivered some lovely new friends into my life – I still love blogging!

 I live a busy life – though there was just me and my Maine Coon cat Orlando until recently. Then I adopted a Shih-Tzu X boy I named [in a moment of inappropriate grandeur] Sid-Arthur, a play on Siddhartha because I thought he was quiet and gentle and deep. I was wrong!

Two months have passed by though, and now he is pretty much the best puppy in the whole entire world and blogging stopped being about anything else much except him. If you do decide to pop in for a visit you will surely meet my boys.

Now to Jill’s questions:

If you could learn to do anything what would it be?
Dance. Any and all kinds of dance. I am a ballerina, an accomplished ballroom dancer, a whizz at jazz and contemporary dance. All in my imagination. I dance every day – but it is the boppy, dippy kind of dancing you do in the privacy of your own home when nobody is watching.

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
Learn to be contented with life as it is in any given moment. Learn to live and breathe and work with joy. Learn to see that my cup is always, and at least, half full. It’s taken a life time and is still in process.

If you could visit anyplace in the world where would it be?

I’d choose to go back to Italy and the Meditterranean countries – I love the vibrancy, the passion, the community and the life style! I love the way the people shout and wave their arms about and gesticulate when two scooters almost collide. I love the way everybody disappears at midday and reappears three hours later. I love the art, the architecture, the rolling green hills and vineyards, the markets and the history. I love the warmth of the people and the crazy volubility of families interactions– and I love how mama gets to rule the roost!

Life as an animal – which one?
A pampered, over-indulged and much loved cat! There’s brushing and petting and stroking and eating all done at a leisurely pace between bouts of sleeping in the best spots in the house. What a great life it is – and you get to live it with a look of disdain and a flick of the tail for all unwelcome intrusions on your comfort level as well!

Is there anything about the opposite sex that you just don’t understand?
Someone else has answered this question in this way before: ‘Everything!’
I love men. I love the company of men and their intellects. I love their humour and their practicality. But I don’t understand their inability to solve all the problems of the world whilst in the shower. This is clearly a fault in the mechanism and would have been grounds for an instant recall had the creator been a woman!

Thanks so much Jill, for this opportunity to meet so many new people. I have enjoyed reading every week and have visited where possible, though there have been times when life has interrupted my blogging!

Thank you for taking the spotlight, Pauline. Congratulations on your retirement, I know you’re going to love it! Up next week, it’s Maria…aka Brickhouse Chick.

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, will release in March, 2017. It's now able for pre-order on Amazon. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

127 thoughts on “Summer Spotlight: Pauline King

  1. Fun responses. I love the comment about men not being able to solve the world’s problems in the shower. What’s up with that, anyway? 😉

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  2. Loved your post Pauline, your energry and fizz positively bubbles over…talking of which, I will most definitely join you in a glass (or two!!) of champers to help you celebrate your birthday…and a very Happy Birthday to you 🙂 I love your photograph and your humour (and for someone who says they are not a writer, you should be, you write wonderfully). Cats and crafts? I love both so I will be visiting your blog to find out more! It sounds as if you are in a wonderfully contended phase of life…and what a fantastic place to be. Cheers to you 🙂

    Hi Jill! I loved Pauline’s effervescent post (you see, I can’t get bubbly out of my mind can I, haha!) She sparkles and shines with verve and vigour! I’m looking forward to Maria’s post next week. Have a wonderful September weekend, you and DFD 🙂 xo

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  3. Happy Birthday, Pauline! I can’t dance either. We’ll always have that.

    Have fun indulging your creative passions.

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  4. Hi, Pauline. Happy 65th. I love the way you describe your blog. Sounds like my kind of place. Hope it’s okay if I drop in for an unannounced visit. Goodness, I haven’t been dancing in years. Used to go every Friday night. I miss that. Enjoyed learning a little about you. Have a lovely day. 🙂

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  5. Fantastic upbeat interview and persona . . . here’s to being content with who you are, where you are. Have a magical birthday!

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  6. Pauline, I love how you made sure that the cat you come back as will be a pampered one. Maybe one of mine hahaha? I’m sure there is a connection between cats and dance, too! Happy birthday!!!

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  7. Hi, Pauline: I enjoyed meeting you and wish you a happy birthday and retirement! That’s quite a gift! Now, it’s off to the shower to solve all problems…:-)

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  8. Have a great birthday! 65 is a great one with lots to enjoy. Your comment about men is spot on. Not only can’t they solve the problems of the world in the shower, they can’t do it period!

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  9. Happy birthday, Pauline! I would never have believed you were 65!
    Love your description of Italy and the Mediterranean. I would love the vibrancy also.
    You are very creative! Is Orlando enjoying one of your creations?

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    • Thank you L Marie – what a kind thing to say 🙂 That gif featuring Orlando was done when I was just learning how to put them together [can you tell?] and I was opening a delivery of crafting supplies which he was most interested in. This was back in the pre-puppy days when we had more uninterrupted quiet time together ……. Those days are gone! 😀

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      • How fun! I love deliveries like that! I could use some more yarn, though I have bags of it. You know how you wind up using certain colors more than others? And of course you encounter a project where the much used color has been used up.

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      • Story of my life! 🙂 And they keep inventing new and improved fabrics, colours and ‘stuff’ generally which is just crying out to be added to the stash …….

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    • Hi L! I agree, Pauline looks great! I think Orlando and Siddy are keeping her young. I loved the picture of herself she chose to include…it’s so her…all smiles. 🙂
      Have a great weekend! I hope you get in some fiction time. xo

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  10. Happy Birthday too , Pauline! You do not look or act like 65! I love your descriptions of Italy and places in the Mediterranean! Where Mama rules the roost. And how cats rule the world everywhere. If an alien came down and looked at a person owning a cat, he would think the cat the superior being, because the cat lives in luxury, while the human has to go out and work everyday! Luckily, you and the cat are now on the same level!

    And your puppy is priceless! That free, windblown, devil may care look!

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    • Hi Hollis, thank you for the birthday wishes. I suspect you are right about the alien’s assumption. Isn’t my puppy just gorgeous! He is possibly the best puppy in the whole entire world and lives his life full on with absolute and total joy! He also looks amazingly like Groucho Marx with a cigar sticking out the side of his mouth – there’s a photo somewhere recently on my blog to proved it 🙂

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    • Hi Hollis! Thanks for stopping by to celebrate Pauline’s big day. You are so right about the aliens…Orlando is one spoiled cat. As for Siddy, I fell in love with him at first sight…he is just way too cute.
      Enjoy your weekend! xo

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  11. I do have some champagne in the fridge, but the Malbec is open, so I’ll have a glass of that to celebrate your birthday and retirement. Yours is probably the best description of retirement I’ve ever seen: “I now get paid by the government to live every day with nothing to do but make myself happy.”

    It’s interesting that you started your blog to have a record of your creations. Yesterday I was looking through a box of some old photos, and I found some faded pictures of some of the best painting I ever did. I can’t remember who I sold them to, but they’re gone now. I wish I at least had a better photo.

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    • It’s amazing isn’t it how we can be so in the moment as artists and crafters that we think we will not forget what we just created, and in my case, how I created it – but then it is gone …….. I once saw a quite nice painting in a friends house and remarked on it. My friend gave me an odd look and said ‘It’s yours’. I had no recall whatsoever!

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      • I totally believe you could forget something you made, and yet, it doesn’t seem right that we would forget something we spent so much time a creative energy to make–but it happens.

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    • Hi Nicki! Thanks so much for stopping by to enjoy the celebration. I agree, when I read Pauline’s description of retirement, it made me smile.
      Perhaps you can start posting your artwork on your blog…I’d love to see it. 🙂
      Enjoy your weekend!

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  12. Happy Birthday Pauline 🙂 wishing you many more of years of creativity and happiness! Before I got to the part where you say you can’t dance I actually thought you look like a dancer so I am betting you are more talented than you realize! Love your responses to Jill’s questions. Orlando is gorgeous!

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    • Hi Yolanda! Thanks for popping over for Pauline’s big day. Too bad Orlando and Siddy can’t talk, they might be able to reveal Pauline’s true dance abilities…I’ll bet she’s pretty good. 🙂
      Happy Weekend!

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  13. Ah Yolanda, bless!! You obviously haven’t seen me dance 😀 Thank you for the birthday wishes – it was a fabulous day! [In my part of the world it was yesterday] You are right about Orlando – he is a big, beautiful, gentle boy with a deep rumbling purr and a series of ‘hurrumphs’ and gurgles and chortles with which he communicates his wishes.

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  14. Reblogged this on The Contented Crafter and commented:
    I guest posted on the lovely Jill Weatherholt’s blog and thought I’d share it with my dear friends over here 🙂

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  15. I loved reading about you, Pauline! I feel I’ve got to know you a little after meeting you here earlier this summer, and I’ve enjoyed popping over to your blog. Hope you have a very happy memorable birthday, and I look forward to seeing you again very soon 🙂

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  16. Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you…I suppose if you lean your ear in my direction, you’ll hear my singing voice😄 happy retirement too! I enjoyed reading more about you, Pauline. I just love the picture you painted with your words. Not a writer? I disagree. Have a great balance of the month, for September is all yours to celebrate!

    Have a great weekend too, Jill.

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  17. Happy Birthday, Pauline! Thank you for that magnificent piece of double chocolate cake. Very moist and fluffy. 🙂 Happy retirement also! Based on your writing here, I have no doubt that you are going to make the best of every “free” day going forward. I like that you are a dancer in your imagination. Never ever stop dancing! 🙂

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    • Hi Maria! I agree, Pauline’s days will be filled with doing what she loves. Orlando and Siddy are going to love the extra time and attention they’ll be getting. 🙂
      Have a great weekend! I can’t wait for your post next week! xo

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  18. Thank you – I look forward to your post next week. I am intending to make the most of every day – my to-do list is quite long and my intentions are good 🙂

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  19. Happy Birthday, Pauline. We are only as old as we feel inside. Love your comments about men. I will never understand them. 😉

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  20. Lovely post, Pauline. And very many wonderful birthday wishes to you.

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  21. Loved this post. Happy Birthday and remember the best is yet to be.

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  22. Jill, thanks for introducing us to Pauline – Pauline, there is such joie de vivre coming through in this interview – have a wonderful retirement.

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  23. Glad to meet you, Pauline. Together we enter “that age”–my birthday is the end of this month–but retirement means more time to write and create and grow, right? There is a special joy in this interview. Brava to both you and Jill for this.

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    • Hi Marilyn. Yes – you are absolutely right! I have spent my working life caring for others as a teacher, a trainer and mentor and most recently a life coach – now all my time is freed up, for me and my family. A chance to follow my passions, learn and create more freely. I am so excited – I feel like a little kid on Christmas Eve!! Thank you for your kind words.

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    • Hi Marylin! I’m happy you sensed the joy in Pauline’s post as well. She’s a special lady indeed.

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  24. Pauline you sound young, fresh and full of energy to me. Happy birthday I am sure it was a grand one. Happy creating to you, your pets are gorgeous too.

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  25. Pauline, congratulations on your retirement – I love the way you phrase it – a paycheck from the government and the freedom to do what you want. Yeah, that sounds good! I’m a fan of the Mediterranean countries, too. The lifestyle, the rich history, and the vibrant people who are lucky enough to call it home. Great to meet you here.

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  26. Hello my dear Pauline, I was just snooping around and find you here with lovely Siddy and Orlando. How nice to be the star of the post today. I can see that ‘Old Age’ definitely has no place in your life. First off, I see no resemblance to it what-so-ever. You look way too young to be a legitimate retiree. I love your attitude about it. I’m still trepidatious about the whole aging thing and you are inspiring.

    I recently caught up with a couple that I had been on a houseboat trip with 30 years ago. At the time, I was merely a 23 year old kid while Peter was 53. I truly remember being pleasantly surprised and thought, “hey, this ‘older’ couple are actually a ton of fun!” LOL, what a brat I was to pre-judge based on some notions I had about age. Flash forward 30 years and now I’m the exact same age as Peter was then, LOL! I can laugh because of course, now I know you’re only as old as you feel. BTW, Peter is now 83 but hardly looks looks 65. He’s learned to scuba dive only in the past 5 years and planning another trip to Mexico this winter. As the song goes, ‘stay young at heart and fairytales can come true’ . Happiest wishes Pauline as you begin a new chapter in your own fairytale xoxox

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    • Hi there Kelly! I missed this comment first time round, apologies for this tardy response! You are right about the ignorance of youth! I remember turning 20 and being really anxious because I had just another five years left to do everything before my life would be over! Imagine – every year I find myself thinking that I’m just getting the hang of it 🙂 The greatest joy about growing older for me is that I have had so many opportunities to understand and improve my attitude – and I no longer care what the rest of the world thinks. It’s great 🙂 Great story about your friend – retirement gives us the opportunity to do all the stuff there wasn’t time for before 🙂 Thanks for coming over to Jill’s blog xoxo

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    • Thanks for stopping by to celebrate, Kelly. I think Pauline should be the poster woman for the look of the new retiree. We should all hope to look so good and be in such good health.

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  27. You do good work! 🙂

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  28. Your feet might not be dancin’ in an organized way, Pauline, but your spirit is doing a charleston, lindy hop, jive, and all other happy dances combined. Bravo on mastering the art of being content where you are – an accomplishment that many only aspire to. It was truly pure delight to make your acquaintance!

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    • Thank you Shel – I’ve had to work very hard to get the contentment thing going – but the hard work pays off and it is such a nice place to be. I simply don’t like the way I feel when I’m not content. I’m delighted that you are delighted – I’m coming over for a visit 🙂

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    • I’m so happy you stopped by to meet Pauline, Shel. She is one of the most delightful bloggers I’ve been fortunate enough to meet.
      Have a great week!

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  29. Congratulations, Pauline! So happy to hear you have reached 65, you don’t look a day older than 45!! Happy Belated Birthday! I would like to go to different countries in Europe, too. Italy and the Mediterranean sound lovely! I would also wonder, at times, why do men like wars? Why do we always have so much fighting? I would like to be a pampered human being, but could see why you would like to be a cat! I enjoyed all of this and I feel that being 59 later this year, I am in the senior citizens group! Our Strand Theater, here in Delaware, Ohio, has a nice discount card, anyone over 50 may get a movie ticket, medium popcorn and small drink for all of f$7.50! Needless to say, I am often walking there from my downtown apt. and enjoying the fine, old small town movie theater atmosphere!
    Jill, another outstanding post with a great new blog to follow and enjoy! Thanks for this one! Great questions and thoughtful answers, too.

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    • I’m always open to a bit of flattery 🙂 Thank you 🙂

      About your war question I wonder what would happen if the people just said ‘No!’ to signing up with the armed forces, to believing the stories they are fed by the war machine, to invading another country and interfering in their politics….? What would happen if we as a people just said ‘Hell no, we won’t do it!’ They can’t put every one of us in prison! That’s my question.

      I like the sound of your theatre discount. I believe I get discounts now too – but haven’t received my ‘gold card’ in the mail yet. I know I can ride the buses for free and if I didn’t have my little puppy may just have spent a day or two doing that around the city 🙂

      Thank you for your comment 🙂

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    • Hey Robin! You’re right, Pauline does look very young. I’m a firm believer that a young heart keeps the outside appearance looking young. I’m looking forward to a few of those discounts next year when I turn 50. 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by, Robin. I’m glad you enjoyed the post…I know I did. 🙂

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  30. How lovely to guest post on your birthday. You did a bang up job of it I’d say. I had no idea you had only been blogging 18 months. You also had me fooled about being a writer. I thought you were. I was thinking of you on your birthday and hope it was very special. 65 is a big deal. I was there last year. it is so nice to collect the money we put into our Social Security for so many years and not have to go to a job. I do love being able to stay home and do the things I love knowing my bills will get paid. I enjoyed reading every word of this. You are funny you know.

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  31. “I have never felt younger, or more together, or more content” – absolutely, perfectly, lovely!
    Happy, happy birthday Pauline! You are wonderful in so many ways.

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  32. Great post, Pauline! I love your attitude, your faithful companions and you! I was a bit taken aback when I read that you are a ballerina, jazz dancer, etc.! Then I went on reading and my heart returned to normal . . . I, too, always wanted to dance, but was too ‘shy’ to learn. Lessons may be on my ‘someday’ list, though. . . I think retirement is made for people like you. I can’t imagine you ever saying you miss working, as you are so bored at home! I’ve heard that more than once and was always amazed that anyone would feel that way . . . I’m looking forward to your new creations as well as the continuing saga of Siddy and Orlando . . . Hugs to you. ~ Linne

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    • Thanks Linne – yep, entirely in my imagination! You have no idea how graceful and elegant I am as I dip and swirl about that dance floor……….. The reality is sadly a little different 🙂 However Orlando and Siddy don’t care – they just join in with me. Siddy is learning to dance on his hind legs – he is VERY clever!! Thanks for popping over today 🙂 xoxo

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    • Hi Linne! Thanks for taking the time to celebrate our dear friend, Pauline. I have a feeling she will become an expert at living a happy and creative retirement.

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  33. congrats Pauline + enjoyed reading all about you:-) You are an amazing person + you look great for 65! I agree with above you look no older than 45!!!! Keep on dancing:-) robbie:-)

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  34. Thanks Robbie – of course you realise I chose a picture that was flattering huh? There is another one where I;m lolling back on the sofa with a cat and a dog on top of me – my girls guffaw with laughter when they see it – there is hair every where and, well, lets just say I don’t loll well!! Thanks for coming over to Jill’s blog xoxo

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  35. Happy birthday! And I do my best thinking in the shower so I’m baffled that men don’t. I need to start quizzing men in the pubs about this … on second thought, that might be taken the wrong way.

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  36. Hi TBM, thank you 🙂 It’s a good dinner party question – try it at the next one you hold or attend 🙂

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  37. For someone claiming to ‘not’ be a writer, you sure are doing a fabulous job at setting your thoughts down! Congratulations on the big birthday! I love your attitude of ‘bring it on’ and drink champagne! Yay!

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  38. Pleased to meet another ‘imposter’, Pauline 🙂 I wasn’t sure how I ended up on these pages apart from a dangerous habit of saying ‘yes’. Congratulations on your advanced years. Sounds like you’re going to have a ball. I know I did. I’d been screaming to be ‘let out’ for a while anyway. I would really love to be able to dance properly but our attempt nearly ended in divorce. My mild mannered husband became quite irate at my inability to coordinate my steps to his. Bit like life, really 🙂 Have fun and I hope retirement is kind to you.

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  39. Hello,Pauline, and happy belated birthday 🙂 What a wonderful spirit you have! You and Mark make me so eager to retire. I’m not putting my life on hold until then, but I know my life will be getting a huge kick in the butt when I do retire, a kick that I will welcome. As you say, “Bring it on!”

    Jill, thank you for hosting Pauline. You have a treasure trove of friends here!

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