Who, What, Where, When and Why
I am a Canadian blogger who has chosen to write under a variation of my childhood name – Margy. I have many other names – dearest, mother, grandma, aunt and probably the name my son-in-laws call me when I am out of hearing range…
I have moved from house to house and country to country, but now I am home again. Home is a Red painted House in Canada on land that we share with white tail and mule deer, coyotes, skunks, weasels, owls, hawks… and mosquitoes..
I am “Grandma in the Red House”, which makes it very difficult to contemplate painting the house some other colour. I am also a Canadian Snowbird – my winter home is a ‘Bland Beige’ bungalow in Arizona.
I started blogging in late 2009. My original blog is here: Fueled by Chocolate, but it didn’t start out with that name!
November 2009: On Being Invisible and Red House Diaries
I was investigating the Island of Invisible Women. I had discovered I was one of the occupants. I was at that awkward age – that one between 55 and 65. It is when a woman is older than all of her kitchen appliances, older than the house she lives in, but not as old as the dirt in the yard. It is an age when women are deemed to be too old to be beautiful and energetic, and too young to be wise and full of character. It is called the “Invisible Age.”
March 2011: A Lighter Shade of Grey
While crusading in my Coat of Invisibility, I discovered a powerful band of thieves were at work in the Wasteland of Superficiality. They had created an empire whose sole source of income depended on making women think they are not beautiful. Older women were offered dangerous potions to banish grey hair and wrinkles. Younger women were enticed into halls of cosmetics and lairs of surgeons who promised to make all their dreams come true – for a price. Even young girls were made to believe they were not pretty enough or thin enough.
June 2012: As I Age
I was contently following my cosmetic-less Map of my Aging, when suddenly I stumbled into the Swamp of Shattered Dreams. My husband was in a motorcycle accident, several family members became ill, and my beloved Happy Place – the cabin – was destroyed in the ‘One in a Thousand Year Flood’. Stuck in the Mud Flats of Disillusionment, I shut the blog down for 4 months.
March 2014: Serendipitous and Curating Serendipity
For several years my tagline was “What I see when I’m looking for something else”. That suggested blog names like Serendipitous, then Curating Serendipity.
October 2015: Fueled by Chocolate
Dark Chocolate is my ‘go to’ treat. When I’m on my deathbed, I will eat nothing but chocolate. In the meantime, I have to limit my chocolate intake drastically, but celebrate the happiest food in the world by renaming my blog Fueled by Chocolate…
August 2019: New Blog – Amusives
It was a summer of change. With my tenth anniversary of blogging in sight, I accepted I wasn’t going to reach my goal of 1000 posts. I also realized I was no longer a gogreygirl dot wordpress dot com kind of gal. Time to move on to the next decade. So I started a new blog and called it Amusives, and I hope you will find it entertaining, engaging and interesting!