Didn’t I use this title once before? I believe I might have!
Doesn’t matter…it’s still true! Found a good read, want to share it with you! ((And that wasn’t intended to rhyme either!))
When You Went Away, by Michael Baron, is free on Kindle. This is a contemporary romance published by The Story Plant.
Only a few months ago, Gerry Rubato had everything he thought he needed from life. He was passionately in love with his college sweetheart after nearly twenty years of marriage, he had a bright, independent-minded daughter, and he had the surprising addition of a new child on the way. Then everything changed with stunning rapidity. With little explanation, his daughter ran away with her older boyfriend. Then, only a month after giving birth to their son, his wife died suddenly. Now, Gerry needs to be everything to his infant child while he contends with two losses he can barely comprehend. And when a woman walks into his life as a friend and their relationship verges on something more, Gerry must redefine all that he knows about himself, about love, about loyalty, and about his dreams.
An emotionally charged novel filled with warmth, humor, wisdom, and unforgettable characters, When You Went Away is a novel you will take to your heart.
So what if I’m reading it to get my mind off “Other Things”…it was exceptionally nice last evening just to sit on my porch swing and read and listen to birds and not have to talk out loud or do ANYTHING.
Before my porch-swing-session, Sadie and I took a little walk around the neighborhood to see what has bloomed in the last 2+ weeks that I’ve been gone!
But first…you see this new slab of concrete on my driveway? You can tell, it’s a different color than the rest…
It’s not an exceptionally WIDE driveway….just fairly normal. It does curve, and it does go down-hill toward the house…but you wouldn’t think it to be exceptional in any way---However, I will NEVER complain about the price of fabric rising again---This little slab of new driveway to replace the broken cracked bits? $1200.00!! UHHUH! Which would you rather have? $1200.00 worth of fabric to play with? Or $1200.00 worth of rock and concrete?
I’m just glad we didn’t have to replace any more than we did.
The next thing to be done on the house this year? A new roof…and get rid of the skylights that were installed wrong ((Before we moved in)) that require the NEED for a new roof, and to replace the sheetrock that the leaking skylights have ruined, and find out how BADLY things are ruined INSIDE the ceiling. I have a feeling this would buy “A LOT” of fabric too. But we’ll do it. It will be worth it. We are thinking metal roof, since we are kind of in a woodsy area…and I’m pulling for RED. And paint the shutters red too to match. Not Green, I don’t want the place to look like a forest ranger lives here.
At the end of my driveway, I was greeted by a beautiful sight! Though it is hard to tell because of the angle of the sun in the pic…these trees of my neighbors are just GORGEOUS!
They have a lovely yellow house that looks so springy too…..as I walked down the street, I had to stop and take a pic of this lovely tree also:
I’m glad I got the pics yesterday…today is kind of windy and it is blowing around snow of a different kind…..PETALS! I know the blossoms will be gone within the next few days.
Further down the road and across the creek ---- These are the forsythia bushes I found Emmy Lou under! They are full of yellow blooms….and this is not a shy yellow at all, it just shouts SPRING out loud! I love the color of forsythia blossoms.
The sun was lower by the time I got to this house for this tree….and the color is WAY off. But it was just GORGEOUS, like a flowering weeping willow or something…the pink just cascades down the limbs.
The bradford pears are almost DONE with their blooming and the leaves are sprouting out now….There are a couple places I want to get pics of before they are all gone. Maybe this evening I’ll get out earlier and walk that way….my favorite place has some other pink trees blooming around a curve…So pretty.
Mail order is done. Post Office run done. Bank run done. Lunch with Karen also done! ((Thanks Karen!)) And tomorrow Miss Lisa and I are taking a trip down to Raleigh to go look at some antique quilts in the museum! Should be a fun day!