I’ve been told I love to ramble on, so why not pass along some of my ramblings from this past month.
Summer is officially here and boy is it hot here in Central Florida!! Hurricane season has also begun, but NORMALLY, there isn’t much action in the Atlantic until around August. Whew!
I just adore this look on a porch for the upcoming July 4th holiday. A touch of red and white with old Glory swaying in the wind. I found this cute front porch on @thefinleyfarmhouse IG page. Love all the farm pictures and the goats are just so cute!!
a hard goodbye
It was a hard goodbye when we said goodbye to a 20-year-old auto friend that has been so dependable for us. She was such a great car but we knew she was tiring and slowing down.
It took me over 6 months to find another new used car for us because of the auto shortage going on right now. I was looking for a certain model, but they just weren’t out there. I had a budget and I wanted to stick with it. Since we don’t drive back and forth to work anymore, we just need a dependable vehicle to get us around town.
Since I couldn’t find the model of car I wanted, I finally started an “out the box” search and then I found a car quickly. It wasn’t too far from us, a beautiful Chia color, very low mileage, a super clean Car Max report, and a bit of technology!! I’m a techy gal and was so happy to have some of this to enjoy.
We went with a Hyundai Tuscan. It rides so nicely, the seatbelts work smoothly, I can crank up the radio with such great sound, and there is Bluetooth! It’s the little things folks. ????
I was telling the dealer the trouble I was having finding a specific model and he told me it was a good thing you didn’t buy one of those. Seems that model is having terrible transmission troubles and every car he has sold from his lot came back. There was another buyer there and he agreed. God was looking out for us for sure!
Are any of you looking for a car right now? Having any luck? Seems the shortage will last for a while.
an even harder goodbye
A couple of days after we purchased our new car, I couldn’t wait to go pick up my mom for her next doctors appointment, but sadly, she had passed quietly in her sleep. Here is my tribute to this wonderful woman I called mom.
Born in 1938, my mom lived her childhood in Southeast Missouri.
She married in 1956 to my dad and became a Navy wife where the adventures began for the young couple. I was soon born to this young couple and a few years later my brother came along. We moved a few times and also spent 5 years in Hawaii. We came back to Southeast Missouri after my dad retired after 20 years of service.
When her children were older, my mom decided to become a beautician and work with her sister. She fixed hair for about 40 years and kept the women in our small town with the current hairstyles. She eventually had her own shop in her home. She was also a caregiver for my dad for 30+ years with his heart issues and then after he had his heart transplant.
If that wasn’t enough to keep her busy, she also loved attending all the activities that my brother and I were in throughout school and college. She also enjoyed spending time with her 2 grandchildren who are 25 years apart!
In 2004, my parents sold their house and moved to Florida, where they really enjoyed the retired life. Sadly, 3 years later, my dad passed.
I worried that she may not handle being alone very well, but how I was wrong. She traveled, went on yearly cruises, enjoyed parties with her friends, and burned up the roads in her golf cart. She truly embraced life for the next 14 years.
She was a daughter, sister, mother, businesswoman, grandmother, and a great friend to so many. She will be missed.
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Just ramblin’ on,
I’m just a country girl loving my geeky life with my wonderful husband, always taking pictures, getting my hands dirty in the garden, being crafty, exploring with travels and enjoying all this on a budget. But above all, living my faith as a child of God!