Things I’ve Noticed

It doesn’t apply to me directly, but some marketing agents took a poll about what people would like as single individuals. Frozen dinners have been around as long as I can remember, in the 60’s… I recall Swansons… do they make them still? I had a mother who could work and bring home the bacon.…

Happy Gratsgiving

I know this is going to be a very tearful time in my life of loss this year. Thanksgiving is upon us… Christmas is within weeks afterwards, and Steve’s birthday falls in between, on 12/2.  So, in keeping with tradition we always say “Happy Thanksgiving,” “Happy birthday,” “Congrats,” “Happy Holidays.” Since the holiday season will…

The Money Pit

I try as hard as I can to do everything myself. Unfortunately, at 5’1” (no pounds necessary), I do have physical limitations. Luckily, I always worked in retail management and for the ripe old age of 61, not having a desk job has paid off. Not that I’m knocking desk jobs, but I never had…

Now I Know

My dad passed away on November 27, 2001. After having multiple strokes many years prior, his body slowly deteriorated over the years, leaving him mentally and physically disabled. My mom was his around-the-clock caregiver. He passed away peacefully at home at the still-too-young age of 74. My mom was only 67 at the time –…

Oh, the Places We’ve Been

As every day goes by, and I have plenty of time on my hands to think, I try to remind myself how lucky we truly were. I finished my last trip for the year that Stephen and I were to go on. I went to Charleston with my daughter. Prior to that, in July, I…

Just Another Day

Sometimes, I lay in bed early in the morning and think… what day is it? I don’t even know. Unless I have a scheduled appointment, it’s just that… another day. All my days are different, but they feel the same. It’s not because I lack of things to do around the house or errands to…

Big Girls Don’t Cry

But oh… yes they do.  I want to cry all the time, when certain things come into my head at random times. But for the sake of me and others thinking “She’s off her rocker,” I don’t.  Take, for instance, when you see a tragedy unfold on the local news – a big accident, a…

Walk the Walk

People tend to judge. They say, “Well, she looks happy to me!”  But is it a mask? I’ve come to find out, that I cry less if I am engaged in a project or activity, because it diverts my thoughts of loss versus my needed focus at the present time.  I want to be present for…

Reaching Out

I haven’t been out on my own since I went to a retirement party on 9/11. By that I mean, I attended by myself and only knew about 6 people there. I was however at a family wedding on 9/25 and did way better. But most of all those days and times in between… I…

Winner or Loser

If he thinks he’s going to crush me over this battle, he should think again. I know what Steve did at the time to get out of his marriage, many of us have been there. But he signed on the dotted line out of his love for his son, not knowing what the road to…

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