So what’s been happening in the many months since I blogged regularly? Allow me to present a summary in photos….
One of my dearest friends, Shay, treated me to an unforgettable vacation. We went to Orange Beach, Alabama, where we stayed in a spectacular hotel [with an equally spectacular breakfast buffet!] that made us reluctant to even leave our room. Most notable about the trip was the fact that neither one of us consumed alcohol. What a blessing to be completely sober for this period of relaxation and reflection. I am eternally grateful that I was able to enjoy myself clear headed. No blur of a boozy haze or drunken antics for these two. Considering how expensive it was to eat down there– I can’t even imagine the astronomical figures we’d be looking at if our tab included adult beverages. Us bobbing around in the ocean waves will forever be my ‘happy place.’
I fell madly, passionately, deeply in love with Reno. My 14. We only spent a few months together but they were some of the best of my life. I half-jokingly referred to him as my Florence Nightingale because he saved me from a ship that was sinking fast. He treated me like a Queen and told me– more importantly, showed me– that I deserved the best. Never again will I settle for less. Thank you for everything, my sweet love. You taught me how to be a Viking.
My beloved Reno now walks the halls of Valhalla. Mostly I linger in the ‘denial’ phase. It just doesn’t seem real. Or perhaps more accurately I shove it out of my mind as much as possible because it’s too damn painful. I miss him every second of every day. We had so many plans…with him went a piece of my heart that will never be replaced. One day I will write about him, about this tragic loss, but right now I just can’t. I love you, Reno. No more pain.
Freya settled comfortably into her Germantown home. Who would have thought that the tiny, malnourished, flea ridden pup that Reno and I rescued would have turned into such a loving, rambunctious, and spunky young dog? I exaggerate not when I assert that this is my canine soulmate. #freyathebrave
A brief stint in Nutbush at the glorious Pike’s Peak town homes introduced me to two women I will never forget. Lynda, I love everything about you! And my sweet Sherry, rest in peace. You were truly an angel on this earth. Even though I only knew you for a brief time you impacted my life tremendously. There wasn’t a mean bone in your body and your sweet spirit and kind heart will live on in all who knew you. Thank you for opening your home to me, being my friend, and encouraging me to follow my dreams. It is comforting to look down and see the necklace you gave me.
The kids were remarkably good sports despite getting rained out of fireworks on the Fourth. I also turned 32. That was our July in a nutshell.
Come August, Hubble returned from a multiyear stint at summer camp. To say I am proud of him is the understatement of the century. He is working, clean & sober, and staying in contact daily with his offspring. It’s been quite the journey but I can honestly say I love and respect him– and he is not only my co-parent but one of my best friends. Keep up the outstanding work, Will! Your family supports you 110%.
Adam‘s first day of third grade at Riverdale Elementary.
Tatum’s first day of kindergarten at Tara Oaks Elementary.
My rock. I thought I would never find happiness again. You found me at my weakest and nursed me back to strength. Allen, you mean the world to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your compassion and understanding. It is no exaggeration when I say you brought me back to life.
My ex, Joey, almost died after getting shot in Nutbush. We were on horrible terms but all was forgiven after I learned just how close he was to losing his life….it’s been a tumultuous ride. But I would never wish death on anyone. I hope with every ounce of my being he recovers and becomes the man I know he is capable of being.
GH Mafia! When the going gets tough, I turn to the toughest women I know. I love you all. Birdie and Brittany, thank you for dining with me. I look forward to our monthly excursion.
Brittany created a miracle! Little miss Sophia. ❤
Holly also created a miracle! Little miss Hadley. ❤
Danielle and Nathan got married after many years [and three beautiful children] together. Much love to the happy couple. I cannot wait to visit soon.
Overall…life is good. I am blessed.
With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,