On the Way to Cape May…

  I’m feeling a bit guilty, for not posting as regularly as I normally do. It’s not for lack of inspiration. So much is happening around here, and lots of it is worthy of a blog post, but finding the time has been a problem. When I find time to be alone and think about writing I can’t always seem to put the thoughts into words. I suppose you could call it sensory overload. If you’ve followed the journey to Cape May, which has been my life for the past several months, you know a bit of what’s going on.
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Crazy Stories That Won’t Make the Book

    My friend, Susie, suggested I write a love letter to our beloved beach house, and maybe turn it into a little book. Great idea, I thought. And even though I haven’t written anything, yet, I’ve been putting it together in my head. What I’m going to share today may not make the book, but it is definitely memories we won’t forget. Over the course of fifteen years there are bound to be some, let’s say, less than fond memories, but things you never forget. When we moved into the city of Philadelphia we rented a house with off
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It’s Father’s Day…I’ve Had a Few

    It’s father’s day. I’ve had a few. The closest to a real father would have to be my grandfather. He was the constant in my life, as father figures go, and I know he loved me a lot. I adored him.   My father-in-law would be the second, in the real father category. He’s been my father the longest, that’s for sure. I like to think he loves me, even though he’s reached a very cranky stage, at 95 years old, and seems to be crankiest with the women in his life. He’s never let go of his
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Four Years and So Much to Share!

Because there have been many newcomers to this site, and my facebook page, I thought I would re-post this so the newbies can catch up, if they want to. I’m also doing it because I’m entrenched in preparing a house to sell, and time is limited. Next week a brand new post, Promise! Thanks for your patience and support! YOU are the best!   We are in the middle of anniversary month, here on the blog, and I planned to give you random links to some of the posts you may have missed from the archives. Putting the links on the
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Mourning Changes, and Sharing the LOVE. It’s Time.

    We’ve been at the beach since Friday. It is time to get some of the work done we weren’t able to do in the winter. It was listed for sale for six months, with no buyers.     Our realtor was an ass, which is unfortunate. But, he wasn’t the only reason it didn’t sell. I had an ‘aha’ moment when I awoke this morning. Here’s some back story… We decided last fall to sell both of our houses, Philly and Ocean City, and buy one house in Cape May. We love both places dearly, but we’re at
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A Melange of Thoughts…

    Today I have, for you, a mélange of thoughts. Meaning, my head is kind of mangled, at the moment, with so much going on around and within me. Ready?     Let us begin with the journey to ultimately have our dream home in Cape May… We have closed on our house in Philly and will rent here until June 30th. However, the timeline to Cape May has changed, a bit. I often say, ‘everything happens for a reason’, and this time it’s true. I was having second thoughts about the house in Cape May. Lying awake at
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Our Real Life Cuckoo’s Nest

  I can’t recall the exact time in my life I realized my grandparents were working at a State Mental Hospital, but I couldn’t have been more than seven or eight, which would have been 1957-58. It didn’t have anything to do with me, of course, but it created a lot of buzz in the family. I remember the summer my aunt came to visit. She was very concerned for my grandmother’s safety. She and my mother lectured her throughout dinner one night about the, what ifs… “What if one of those crazy patients attacked you? You can’t defend yourself,
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Zero to 60 and beyond Got a Facelift!

Welcome to the newly improved Zero to 60 and beyond!   Since everything in my life seems to be undergoing change, it made sense to do some spring cleaning here on the website. We are still tweaking things a bit, but overall I like the crisp, clean feel of it. I know some of you are contemplating blogging, and I encourage you to do it. It has broadened my horizons in ways I never could have imagined. It’s also been frustrating, even infuriating at times, but well worth it. I started on a free WordPress site, and then switched to
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God, Spirit, Ethel? What Do You Call Faith?

I’ve probably mentioned before; I’m not, technically, a religious person. I am definitely a spiritual person. I believe in a higher power, whether you call it God, or Spirit, or Ethel…matters not. My grandfather scared me off religion when I was a toddler. He was Southern Baptist and raised his children in the ‘spare the rod/ spoil the child’ philosophy. He never mistreated me in any way, except the fear he instilled in me in church. I’m kind of grateful for it, the fear. It made me search for my own spirit, over the years. Others in my family helped
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Moving is Challenging…Change is Good!

You may remember my post about the power of intention? You’ve heard the saying, “Be careful what you wish for.” That’s crossed my mind a few times over the past few weeks, but despite things getting crazier by the day, it’s all good. Let me back up for a minute… Our house in Philadelphia went on the market Thursday March 13th. Our Realtor was bombarded with appointments, and scheduled them throughout Friday and Saturday. At one point we had so many people overlapping I was tempted to issue numbers and ask them to wait outside! At the end of Saturday
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