I am very grateful as the holiday season approaches.... I've always loved this time of year. It was always our special time to give. This year has been a year of adaptation of huge changes in my life.
The second year after losing my love has been one of reluctant acceptance of my new life. In a lot of ways, it was much harder than the first... the blinders were off and I had come out of the fog... only to realize fully how drastically my life and future had changed....
I heard a song the other day that kept repeating "Is this the life that you choose?" ... couldn't have come at a more opportune time for me. I was feeling pretty low at the time, but I had tasked myself with bringing a dish to a loved and hurting friend. All of a sudden, I realized that I had a lot to be grateful for and perhaps, it was about time to reinvent myself....
Life doesn't have to be about pain and loss... it is NOT what I choose... I choose to look forward NOT back and I'll keep trying to remember that!
I traveled with Shar (my sis in law) and four other women to the UK recently... I fell in love with Scotland! Their way of life - slower, more deliberate... the brogue and their sense of history... the whisky (what we call Scotch and not a typo- without the e)... I had watched the Outlander and fallen in love with Jamie - the lead - who reminds me of Tracy when I first met him. So many great memories....
So, here's a smattering of photos from the trip....
|Me, Shar, Lydia, Mary Ann, Bobbi, Pat|
|Pub Crawling with Jane, the Brew Sommelier|
|Off to Glasgow by train from London|
|My absolute favorite gin!!!|
|Shar has her purse under her shirt- no she's NOT pregnant...|
|Lots of cashmere here....|
|The bridge at St. Andrews Golf Course|
|Wishing we were leaving on the Brittania|
|Smooching the Edinburgh Laddie|