I am 61 years old.
I have been a widow for just shy of 8 years.
April 23, will be that 8 year mark.
We had 2 children - a daughter, and a son.
Thru them, we have a daughter-in-love, and 4 "perfect" grandkids!
Grandkids are all grown up now, no babies to snuggle.
But oh how I love them all!
Kids and grandkids.
Everyone knows that I love coffee.
The anticipation of that first sip, with every cup.
I will drink coffee in the morning, or at night.
As well as any time in the day.
My favorite creamer flavor is either the sweetened original Coffee Mate, or Italian Sweet Cream.
I enjoy trying new flavors of coffee - today's flavor was Southern Pecan . . . oh so smooth and good!
Coffee cups are a passion to me.
It's very difficult for me to pass up a coffee cup!
I enjoy reading.
At one time I was a very voracious reader.
And occasionally I still am.
These days, as a widow, I find it more difficult to concentrate.
If the book does not capture my attention in the first chapter? I'm pretty much done.
Later in this section I share some of my favorite authors.
I will also be sharing some of the books I have read - as well as what they have meant to me.
I enjoy a good movie, or TV show.
I do not own a TV presently, but I watch some of the older shows on different streaming services.
Pretty particular about my movies.
- romantic comedy. But it needs to have substance to it, a strong story line. I do not enjoy the highly sexual movies. I also have to be in the right mood to watch a romantic comedy.
- dramas & life stories. Again, it needs to have substance to the plot. No rambling in the first 30 minutes or I am completely lost.
- Faith based movies. "Amazing Grace". "The War Room". "Facing the Giants".
- western. Such as John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Glenn Ford, Clint Eastwood . . . and others of the older set.
- classic movies. There are many on my "life list" to watch, either again, or many for the first time.
- I don't enjoy gory, blood and guts.
- I don't watch war movies.
- I don't enjoy the "dumb" movies. I'm sorry. I know a lot of people do enjoy those. About the extent of my "dumb-ness"? The Three Stooges. Now, Rick LOVED Blazing Saddles. I simply shake my head at the mention of it. LOL!!!
Genealogy is a passion of mine.
So is finding the meaning of names and words.
Love taking a long walk down a country road, or in a park.
Strolling thru cemeteries is something that I have always greatly enjoyed.
Taking a drive down a back country road, winding this way and that way.
Finding a country store that serves ice cold drinks, and perhaps a bologna sandwich - nothing better!
I enjoy sewing and crafting.
Mostly taking what people would call trash or junk, and turning those into something beautiful. Everything has a purpose - and a re-purpose.
Of course, writing, and working on my websites and blogs.
I love taking pictures.
I do not consider myself a photographer.
I simply enjoy taking pictures, and sharing them.
That's a snapshot of me - as I think of more, I will add it here.
I have always loved to read ...
reading takes me wherever I want to go - to another place, another time.
However, grief has changed my reading habits.
It is more difficult to keep my attention in a book,
for my thoughts and memories wander more often these days.
I get lost in remembering the many, many, many books that Rick and I shared -
how that we would read them often aloud to one another ...
and how that we always discussed the books we were reading individually or together.
I miss that.
I am going to be writing about the books I read in some of my posts.
For my own memory, and perhaps to encourage someone else to find their joy and peace in reading.
I am finding that I read more and more these days,
and I have a growing list of books that I want to read.
But also finding that some of my "tastes" have changed, which is interesting to me!
Being a widow has changed a lot in me.
So, here I am ... being this adventurer in reading once again - and yes, that makes me happy!
Some of my favorite authors & books - -
Grace Livingston Hill
Brenda Wilbee & the Sweetbriar Bride series
Just about anything published by Bethany House
The Love Inspired stories
The Green Mile by Stephen King
I love history - especially American history, or Texas history
loving our Confederacy history more and more
as well as the stories I am finding within the genealogy searches.
I have a passion about names.
Well, the meaning of names.
I found this very interesting, and most of it true.
Positive Traits - compassionate, loving, generous, responsible, humble, charismatic, spiritual, inspirational, idealistic, dreamy, intuitive, strong, powerful, ambitious, perserverant, self-disciplined, outgoing, friendly, flexible, upbeat, versatile, easy to talk to, analytical, intellectual, contemplative, focused, honest, down to earth, well grounded, stable
Negative Traits - emotional, too generous, nervous, sensitive, too dreamy, stubborn, impatient, restless, distracted, too impulsive; sometimes creating your own obstacles and difficulties, expecting honesty from others
Greatest fear(s) - Being alone, lack of harmony, evidence of disapproval, uncertainty.
Loves to help out.
Strong sense of responsibility.
Very conscientious about the activities in which they are involved.
Loving, friendly, and appreciative of others.
Often too generous, sacrificing your own needs for others.
Exceptionally intuitive and insightful.
Thrives on autonomy.
Loves life and the freedom to explore.
You are often thought of as a loner.
A rugged individual, able to endure.
Thoughtful and introspective.
Enjoys helping others.
You have a small but close circle of friends.
You relate well to many cultures and concepts.
One of your major outlets is music.
You have psychic power.
Having a reservoir of inspired wisdom combined with inherited analytical ability.
You can carry on for others with joy.
You have a receptive nature and may bear burdens for others.
You are pragmatic, thorough, strong-willed, practical and stubborn at times.
You are hardworking, often martyr to duty.
You like home and security above all.
You are bold, independent, inquisitive and interested in research.
You know what you want and why you want it.
You are always looking for an opportunity to achieve financial and emotional security.
You are basically peacemaker.
You understand the law of harmony and desire to balance your life with those around you.
You may feel incomplete without someone to share your love, ideals, wealth or work.
You can be very sensitive and could appear a bit shy and perceptive.
You have developed intuition, patience and the ability to nurture others.
You can achieve the state of happiness if you are willing to accept your needs in a complimentary relationship and go to create them.
You love more than others, but you also suffer more than others.
You give more than others, but you are more deprived than most.
You have learned to let go, therefore you do not get attached to things as easily as others do.
*This was gathered from an Internet search of names. Urban Dictionary. Baby Names. Wikipedia. Among other sites.*
I LOVE movies!
"No good movie is too long ... and no bad movie is short enough!"
"Every great film should seem new every time you see it."
Some of my favorite shows are:
*Everybody Loves Raymond
*The Andy Griffith Show
*Gimme a Break - surprised me with the wisdom there in being a widow, and living this life.
*Friends - Joey & Chandler are my go-to guys when I need a laugh
*CSI - I like them all, but I really like the original ones with Grissom on.
*Law & Order - all of them. Jerry Orbach is one of my favorite actors.
*NCIS - Jethro is my "hero" ... LOL
*I LOVE LUCY
*The Big Bang Theory
*Welcome Back Kotter
*The Cosby Show
*Little House on the Prairie
*Grace Under Fire - Grace is my "hero", I want to be like her! lol
*Wheel of Fortune
*The Three Stooges
The first time I was called "Sunshine" I was about 10 years old, walking out of the Sunday School room and I met our pastor in the hallway.