Monday, January 23, 2017

The Times They are a Changin' ...


A New Year.
My first New Year married to Patrick Gilmore.
I never would have dreamt that after moving away from California so many years ago that my path would ever cross Patrick's path again in my lifetime, but as we know things change.
I had a crush on Patrick from the first time I met him, back in 1970.
He was my first date ever ... and it was the best date.
We doubled with Randy Jones and his girl at the time.
Pat borrowed a Camaro from a friend to take us out in style.
We drove to the Queen Mary thinking we were having dinner at a French restaurant on board, and while we girls waited on board for the boys to check in for our reservation they came out with frowns on their faces and told us the restaurant had messed up our reservations and we couldn't eat there.
So off we went, starving of course to find some other place to eat.
Driving down PCH Patrick stopped on the side of Bolsa Chica Beach,
he asked me to go out and grab a map out of the trunk for him, because he knew where he wanted to take us, but wasn't sure what road to take.
I thought for sure something was up so Randy got out with me ...
and when we opened the trunk there was a picnic basket.
The boys had planned all along to start a fire in a fire pit at the beach to grill us dinner.
We had steak, salad and dessert which I believe was Smores.
We also celebrated with Martinelli's sparking grape drink,
we were only 16 and 17 years old, and Mormon.
Pat was a gentlemen all night, 
we walked down the beach and talked, 
it was dreamy.
When he brought me home I never got a good night kiss, we were both too shy.
I joke now that I had to wait 33 years for that kiss,
but it was worth it.

We've moved away from Long Beach and are currently living in South Coast Metro.
It's a small 2 bedroom condo, but I love it, it's just the perfect size for us.
I never want a big house again, they're way too much work.

Morgan is living with us right now as is my sister,
it's tight, tempers flare sometimes, but we're making do.
Pat and I hope to save some money and be able to buy a place of our own eventually.

The only sad news I have is that we no longer have our amazing President Barack Obama.
I knew it was coming ... I had hoped that his replacement would be Hillary Clinton,
but that was not to be.
We've turned the clocks back 100 years and the biggest clown ever got voted in, Donald Trump.
He's a horrible person.
I won't go any further talking about him here other than to say, let's hope that we figure out the error of our ways and vote the idiot out in 4 years, and we'll pray that he doesn't get us all killed in the meantime.

Hoping that the New Year will get better, it started off with both Patrick and I sick with colds and flu, and we hope that our friends and family all find love, hope and prosperity in the days to come.


  1. Congrats on reconnecting with the love of your life! I am smiling as I write this as I can somewhat relate to quite a bit to what you have posted! After divorcing my husband of 25 years in early 2014, I connected with someone whom I had known for years, and if I admit it out loud, thought he was quite cute! We met shortly after I filed for divorce and got married in September of 2016. I too am living in a MUCH smaller house, but we are happy and it is cozy. One day we hope to move to a larger home, one with a garage and a bigger kitchen. But even if we don't, I am content right where we are. I'm afraid of what the next 3 years and 8 months have in store for us. I too miss Barak Obama! Take care! I hope the first 5 months of 2017 have been wonderful for you!

    1. Hi Jen, I'm so happy to see you have visited my blog here, I'm not sure how I missed it from May, maybe because I don't visit my own blog very often ... it isn't well loved. I had an amazing blog before my husband passed away in 2012 but when he died I deleted it in full, I lost my passion for all things creative at that time, now I wish I could look back on the years of memories I had recorded along with photos that I just thew away. Unfortunately we can't change what we've done in the past, we can only hope to make the future better. Our lives sound very much alike, you already know my story from above, but isn't it sweet to be with someone you care so very much about (and you think he's pretty darn cute). Oh by the way ... I got married to my Patrick in September of 2016 as week, so another thing we have in common. Still pretty distraught over the horrible things that Trump has done since taking office ... when will this nightmare end? Than's so much for popping in, don't be a stranger, I enjoy your posts and I love your You Tube and Facebook Card Making.