Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Part two?

He seemed concerned that I would have to drive far to meet him.  He lived 40 miles from me.  He chose a restaurant close to my house.

Mind you..I haven't dated since 1985.  I was so nervous!  Times have changed, I didn't even know if I should plan on paying for my own lunch, so I stopped at the ATM on the way to meet him for cash!

All that worry for nothing!  He turned out to be a perfect gentleman, so easy to talk to, we spent two hours over lunch.  I remember thinking at some point, "I hope he asks me to go out again!"

He did!

We found lots to do, from plays to trips to the casino for dinner...he had a list of restaurants to try, things to see. 

I knew that he had long before we met, planned to go to Vegas for a week with his son, daughter-in-law and grand children.  They had a condo, plane tickets, and plans. I was thrilled when they invited me to go too!

It was my first trip to Vegas (all I can say is WOW!), and we even squeezed a trip to the Grand Canyon, which I had only seen from an airplane (Double wow!). 

Through it all, we always found things to talk about...

It was during a trip through West Virginia on a train excursion, that we first talked about getting married.  I thought that when you were old (like us) and had been married before (like us), you talked about it, and then you got married.

Not so.  The next day he asked about my preference in engagement rings(!) and a few days later, we walked into a jewelry store to look at settings.  I had a ball trying on all the rings in the show case, but there were details...DETAILS! 

First he had to ask my family (my kids and MY MOM) then he had to choose a diamond to put in the setting I had chosen...finally all the details came together...and YES!!! he got down on one knee and...

Hey. gotta run, more later?
God bless YOU

Friday, August 15, 2014

So here's how it happened...

Guess you're waiting for the rest of the story, right?  Without mixing in any of the other family details, here's the scoop...

About a year after Mark died, my BFF in all the world, came to me and said, "When you are ready, I know a GREAT guy.  He's handsome, charming and all alone.  Let me know if and when I can give him your number."

About a month later, my BFF, Nancy, came to me and said, "When you are ready, I know a GREAT guy.  He's handsome, charming and all alone.  Let me know if and when I can give him your number."

The following week...and the week after get the picture?

One day, I said...okay!

A few weeks go by, I hear nothing.  Then I dreamed he married Nancy's cousin, Connie.  I woke up and  thought it was a sign.  Who cares?  I'm perfectly okay alone, I have a full and good life, I have friends and family, I have faith, dogs, memories and plans.  Who needs a stinkin' date.  Right?

One Tuesday night, I'm on my way to the mall when my phone rings.  I don't recognize the number, so I let it go to voice mail.  Later I listen.  It's HIM!  He asks me to call him back. 

I drink three cups of coffee and eat chocolate.  I'm ready.  I call him. 

One ringy dingy.
Two ringy dingy.
Three ringy dingy...

He answers!  I hear lots of noise in the background.  He says, "Let me turn down the hockey game."

Hockey game?  He likes hockey?  HE LIKES HOCKEY!  Of course I'll meet him for lunch on Saturday!

(to be continued)

Friday, August 08, 2014

But first...

Ten years ago, I held my dad's hand and said good bye. He left behind many to miss him, but also some wonderful this one...
Me, my sister Carol, who died in 1999, and my dad, who has been gone for ten years now.  I have wonderful memories, but I miss them something fierce! 

I'll see you both again, before too long.  In the mean time, I know Daddy is repairing those pearly gates with duct tape and staples.


Wednesday, August 06, 2014

You ain't gonna believe this...

I don't know how to break the news gently...

Meet the new Mr.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

It's beginning to look a lot like...

I'd better get my buns out and get shopping!

I remember those days, when the kids were little, when the shopping started early and ended late. 

I remember those days when the decorating and wrapping seemed to go on forever!

This year seems so different...the wreath is not on the door yet.  Not one gift bought, no tree in the living room yet...

But my heart is singing!  The festivities are in my heart, not my living room!

I am blessed!

Tuesday, October 08, 2013


Tonight, we're getting together for one of Mark's favorite desserts, apple pie and cinnamon ice cream.  I'm sure we'll share a Mark story or two and celebrate his life.  We'll hug because we have one thing in common:  we miss him.   It's been two years.  Hard to believe.
Mark and Arnie
We miss you but will see you again!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

River time!

Not too long ago, Andy, Tony, Morgan and I hit the road for a very exciting destination...


We raked, swept, polished and planned.  We made lists, plugged things in, drained the rest.  

We sold the boat (!), after one last cruise.  


We also got to try out our newest toy:


We hit golf balls...

We smiled because we were at the river!

~happy sigh~

Now go out and be a blessing to someone.  I'm right behind ya!