Though born in Upstate New York, I never lived there. I spent my growing up years in Connecticut, Florida, Wisconsin, Arkansas, and Michigan. My dad's job took us all over the country. Those were fun years.
I met and married my first husband in Milwaukee, where three children were born to us. But he hated the city, and eventually we moved no NW Wisconsin to a small farm on eighty acres. That's where my children grew up, learning to love the area.
When divorce ended our marriage, and the kids were in their late teens, I headed for the Desert Southwest, alone, to the arid and warm temperatures, a far cry from the north woods where I suffered a great deal from the cold.
A few years later, I met and married a cowboy from West Texas, one of my co-workers at a wonderful job God blessed me with. It was the second interview job the employment agency sent me out to, and I was hired right away. Rather unprecedented in a transient town like Las Vegas. And, for a 40-yr-old gal who'd only been in town for two weeks. God is good.
I remained with that company for twenty-one years, retiring as an Executive Assistant in November 2000.
I remained in Las Vegas for almost thirty-three years. Then my husband passed away in October of 2012, and now I find myself back in northwestern Wisconsin. What's that old saw, what goes around, comes around?little ironic, but this is where my kids, grand- and great-grand kids are.
I've always been an avid reader. Even as a child, I devoured every book I could find—mostly fiction. I've been known to panic if I didn't have something to read, often re-reading some of my favorites. Would you believe me if I told you I've read Tolstoy's War and Peace twice? It's true.
As an adult, reading became even more important as a means of escape during the hard times.
I never aspired to be a writer, until one day, shortly after my 50th birthday, I grew irritated with the book I'd just finished. It was pretty lame, and I talked about it with a friend. She said, "Why don't you write your own book?"
And I've never looked back. I'm sure God knew this all along. He just patiently waited for me to slow down, stop for a moment, and listen to His whispers. He's like that, you know.
A Few of my Favorite Things
- Reading - mostly on my Kindle these days
- Collecting stuffed bears - but they have to 'speak' to me
- My dog, Rocky
- Listening to instrumental music on Pandora
- 'Thinking' logic puzzles and word games on my Kindle
- Playing piano - though it is in bad need of tuning
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