10 Lessons I Learned This Summer

  1.  Even if it doesn’t rain much, the weeds will grow and get bigger than the flowers. WEED THE GARDEN.
  2. If you do any weeding, be sure to wear long pants, a long sleeve shirt, socks, shoes and gloves to avoid hidden Poison Ivy or HIRE A LANDSCAPER.
  3. If the boat makes a beeping noise, it needs oil. CHECK THE OIL BEFORE YOU GO OUT
  4. If you have 2 kids away at college and have generously offered to pay for room and board, the VISA bill will be very high in September. BRACE YOURSELF!
  5. If you are a teacher and do not take the big check for the summer months and think you can just live on what you saved up, THINK AGAIN.
  6. If you leave the cat in the house all day while you go to the beach, she will find a place in your house to do her business. GET A LITTER BOX.
  7. If you’re going to a 70s party on the beach and you don’t like the plain t shirt look, you can search on Pinterest and find ways to change it. SURF PINTEREST.
  8. If you stay up until 3 am binge watching TV be sure you have dark shades in your bedroom or WEAR AN EYE MASK.
  9. When you have 15 houseguests be sure to buy lots of bacon.  EVERYONE LOVES BACON!
  10. There is no present. Only the past and the future. We can’t change the past but we can learn from it. We can only live our best life and MAKE IT COUNT.

The last lesson is credited to the movies “Lion King” and “Titanic”. What lessons did you learn this summer?

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At the age of 51 I unexpectedly became a widow. For the first 6 months after my husband died, I was in shock and numb. I journaled and with the help of friends, family and therapists was able to get back to living my old life, even if it is now very different. Before I was married, I had spent a semester in England and backpacked around Europe. My husband and I moved from New York to California for 8 years and started a family. Travelling took a back seat to raising a family and going to work everyday. Since the loss of my husband I have visited a lot of places with family and friends and took a solo trip to Thailand. I am enjoying sharing my stories and adventures as well as some of my insights to how I am traveling the path of being a widow. I hope to share my stories and adventures as well as some thoughts on being a middle aged widow. While I have some great experiences traveling to Thailand and cruising to Central America, some of my adventures involve a trip to see a Broadway show in nearby Manhattan and a shopping trip at Bed, Bath and Beyond. If I can inspire anyone to go out and continue to live a good life that would be my greatest accomplishment.

6 Comments

  1. I learned I really love making sand castles out in Montauk – perfect sand, surf & sealife. It really puts me in a calm, meditative state and I love admiring my creation. I generally just love Montauk and everything that it represents.

  2. In the Southern Hemisphere – our weather guru is still debating on Spring, so how he/she gets on with summer is anyones guess…

    but what I learned from winter, was to make sure you get the heating on late arvo – in case you wonder about that comment, most places do not have central heating/furnaces – we have mainly plug-it-into a power socket kind of appliances…

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