What to Buy on Amazon on a Rainy Afternoon?

It’s rainy on a Sunday afternoon.  My son and his friend just moved the boat out of the water behind the house for the winter.  Summer must be over. It needs a good cleaning.  The barnacles and other organic substances are thick and smelly on the bottom of the boat.  I’ll deal with that later.

My mom passed away 2 weeks ago.  I’m not really ready to deal with that either.

In Florida, my sister says there is much more for us to go through in her condo which we plan on selling. More paperwork and stuff to go through. But today I can only think about that for a little while.

When you are in your 50’s you do not see your mom everyday anymore.  I understand that she has passed but I think of her during the day.  She loved to shop and tell me about new things she got. Well, here are some little things I bought recently that I would have liked to share with her:

I read a new book by Laura Lynn Jackson that reminds us that our loved ones send us signs after they pass.  My friend and I saw her at the Book Revue store in town.  The book is called Signs and my sister and I really enjoyed reading it.

I also have a new Revlon blow dryer that is amazing.  I don’t look like I have split ends and frizzy hair anymore.  People keep telling me that my hair looks nice.  It doesn’t take long to blow dry and it is smooth and pretty and looks like I had one of those Keratin hair treatments.  This one little appliance has literally changed my life!

She loved her Fit Bit I got her last year.  She felt accomplished that she got her mile or two in each day.  I like the one with the big numbers and pretty pink color.   My sister and I still challenge each other during the week for a step competition. I wish it would help motivate me to lose a few pounds as well.

Also, I want to tell her how I updated some old ripped cushions in the back yard with pretty turquoise cushion covers.  The dog or squirrels had really torn them up and I though about trashing them, but these covers are pretty and they look brand new.  She would love the color and my thriftiness with fixing up some old stuff.


Anyway, shopping on Amazon has been a fun diversion for me and I have found a few buys.  Unlike mom, I do not have the hobby of shopping.  I work full time and just don’t really enjoy going into stores – it makes me tired.  But it is fun to look for cool stuff on line.  If it’s a dud, and sometimes it is, you can return it easily enough by stopping at Kohl’s and walking up to the booth – you don’t even need to package it.  That is convenience!

Anyway – that’s all I have to share on this rainy, Sunday afternoon.  Now to find a scary movie and cuddle with hubby on the couch – Halloween is coming after all.

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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.


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