Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Thank you to my Followers!

I just want to say thank you to my followers that took the time to comment on my last post.  You all made me feel so wonderful!  💓  It has been hard on me not having my daughters happy for Scott and I.  I have gotten used to the idea that they may never come around.  I had to search long and hard and I have come up with that I am finally going to do something for me-I am going to be happy!  I know the girls loved their Dad and so did I.  Unfortunately, he passed away and I cannot bring him back.  Scott's wife, Becky died one month before my husband.  We both have had alot of grief, sadness and finding our way in the world as a widowed person.  We have been able to stand on our one two feet, get through the days of grief, sadness and heartache.  We will never forget our spouses, but they no longer are alive.  Again, I just want to say thank you to all you followers who comment on my blog, or lurk in the shadows.  I am forever grateful for all of you!


Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Lots of News!

 I have to start by saying I am so sorry for just dropping out of sight on my blog.  I had every intention of keeping this blog going and I'm going to start doing a better job at posting almost on a daily basis.  I have so much to tell you!!

You know I went to NJ in October for my Mom's 85th birthday.  Well I brought her home with me for 2 weeks.  We had a great time and then it was time to take her back home.  When we were driving down to SC from NJ, my Mom was chatting away.  We had just crossed into NC and she asked if I had heard from a former co-worker of mine.  I told her no and said that he probably remarried.  I had worked with Scott when I was at Myers & Chapman when I lived in NC.  It was actually my second job when I moved to NC.  He was a Project Manager and I was the Project Assistant for all the PM's.  We worked well together and found out he grew up in PA, which would have only been about 1.5 hrs. from where I lived in NJ.  We worked together for 10 years.  I left to pursue another job and he stayed there for awhile but then he left also.  We always would touch base every few months just to say hi.  Well when I called him in 2019 to tell him John, my husband had died he told me the month before his wife had died of lung cancer.  We saw each other for lunch about a few months later.  We called each other every once in a while but I hadn't heard from him in about a year.  Well the day my Mom and I arrived in SC, we were sitting on the couch chatting and my phone rang.  I looked at the phone and said to my Mom I couldn't believe it but it said Scott Lee.  I chatted with him for about an hour.  I hadn't heard from him for that year because he had multiple surgeries and was only now feeling better.  When we hung up we said maybe we could meet in Charlotte, NC and have lunch.  I told him I was taking my Mom back home on November 1st.  He said to call him on the way home to break up the boring drive.  I told him I would.  I did call him and he said you are coming right through Statesville so if you can do you want to have lunch.  I said sure.  We had a lovely lunch-caught up on everything and then it was time to go since I stayed longer than I planned on.  When we were leaving the restaurant he said don't be a stranger.  I told him I would definitely call.  Now mind you Salisbury, NC is where he is living and I'm in Lake City, SC which is over 3 hours away.  Calling is good though with maybe lunch every once in a while in Charlotte.  Charlotte is 2 hours away from me.  It would take him about 1 hr. for him.  He called me after I left the restaurant later that day to see if I was doing ok with the drive and he talked to me until I reached home!  We both hated to hang up with each other.  He called the next day and we talked about him coming down here to see my home.  Well I think you can guess where this is going!  We have been dating and now I am moving to an apartment on 2/24 in Salisbury, NC to be closer to him.  In April I will be selling my house in SC.  I can't sell it now because I would have to pay capital gains on it because I haven't owned it for 2 years yet.  We both thought we would never find love again after losing our spouses, but we have.  We will never forget our spouses, but we realise they are never coming back and life is too short not to be happy.  He has 3 kids.  He got married later because he was a Marine in Desert Storm.  He didn't marry right after he got back for a few years.  His children are alot younger than mine.  He has 2 twin boys (Mason and Ben) who are 18 and then he has Katelyn, who is 16.  They are great kids.  Unfortunately my 2 girls are mad at me for dating, so they are not speaking to me.  They will just have to become more mature and realize I am old enough to know what I want to do.  They say they are happy for me dating, but in truth they are not.  Megan said I should have had a meeting with them before I told Scott I would date him.  She was also not happy that Scott took me away for the weekend of 11/27.  John passed away on that date 3 years ago.  I asked her if she was coming up to spend the day with me.  She said no, she was decorating for Christmas.  I asked her if Jenny and the boys were coming over and she said no they were busy.  Scott wanted to take me away with him because he didn't want me to be sad.  He wanted me to be happy.  It is unfortunate that they just don't get it.  Hopefully some day they will.  Scott and I have been seeing each other almost every weekend and I'm telling you, I can't wait to move closer to him.  This commuting back and forth is a pain!  We are both so very happy!

I have other news that isn't as happy as the news above.  Because of moving into an apartment and my 2 dogs barking so much, I have had to re-home them.  I miss them but they have gone to really great homes and are doing so very well.  Ginger was re-homed to my dog groomer and pet sitter.  Emma went to my dog groomer/petsitter's daughter, Olivia.  They are both being loved by the petsitter's grandson and Olivia's husband is over the moon with Emma!  Olivia loves her too.  She works for a vet 3 days a week, so I know the dogs will be very well cared for.  Scott has 6 dogs at his house, so if I get missing my dogs I just go pet his dogs.  One of the dogs is a puppy (Katelyn got a mini dauschund for Christmas), so there is plenty of loving going on there.  

So the moral of this whole wonderful story is:  Love happens when you least expect it and maybe from someone you don't expect.  Just enjoy your life with that person and be happy!  

Everyone have a wonderful day!


Welcoming 2023

 I'm a little late getting here this year!  I have been extremely busy (I'll explain in the next post).  I wanted to list the books I read for 2022.  I think I hit a record in how many books I read!

1. Tell All the Bees I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon.

2.  Caught by Harlan Coben.

3.  Coral Cottage by Jan Moran.

4.  Good Wife by Seraphina Nova Glass.

5.  The Last Garden in England by Julia Kelly.

6.  The Summer House by Jenny Hale

7.  The Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson

8.  Maiden of Ireland by Susan Wiggs

9.  I Have Something to Tell You by Susan Lewis

10.  Nantucket Affairs by Pamela Kelley

11.  Nantucket Weddings by Pamela Kelley

12.  Nantucket Threads by Pamela Kelley

13.  Nantucket News by Pamela Kelley

14.  The Secret in the Keys by Hope Holloway

15.  Picture Pefect by Jodi Picoult

16.  Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson.

17.  Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter by Lisa Patton.

18.  A Week at the Shore by Barbara Delinsky.

19.  Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver-I read 7/8ths of this book and couldn't finish it.  Boring.

20.  The Magnolia Palace by Fiona Davis

21.  The Sculptress by VS Alexander

22.  The Nantucket Hotel by Elin Hilderbrand

23.  Who's Lying Now by Susan Lewis

24.  Through My Eyes by Barbara Delinsky

25.  It’s always the Husband by Michele Campbell

26.  Under Gemini by Rosamunde Pilcher

27.  Honey Roasted by Cleo Coyle

28.  The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis

29.  The Homewreckers by Mary Kay Andrews

30.  Tea Shop Cozy Mysteries Book 1-6 by Katherine Hayton.

31.  The Bookwoman's Daughter by Kim Michele Richardson.

32.  Before I Met You by Lisa Jewell.

33.  Haven Point by Virginia Hume

34.  The Girls in the Stilt House by Kelly Mustian

35.  The Kingdoms of Savannah by George Dawes Green.

36.  Yankee Doodle Dixie by Lisa Patton.

37.  The Widow by KL Slater.

38.  The Woman in the Green Dress by Tea Cooper.

39.  Beach Lane by Sherryl Woods

40.  The Getaway by Ross Armstrong

41.  A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

42.  Murder in Galway by Carlene O'Connor

43.  The Outsider by Barbara Delinsky

44.  Southern Lights by Danielle Steele

45.   The Couple at Causeway Cottage by Diane Jeffrey

46.  The Lost Daughter by Gill Paul

47.  Those Who Lie by Diane Jeffrey

48.  The Rose Garden by Tracy Rees

49.  We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz

50.  The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

51.  The Rose Garden by Tracy Rees