2014 Catchup Post


Well! Hello all. I’ve been a bad blogger this year. I have lots to tell, tho! I was determined that 2014 was going to be about focusing on positives, and a happier and healthier new me. It’s been quite a year, for sure. Where to start…

I got a tattoo. A memorial tattoo with angel wings and Greg’s “G” in his own handwriting. I love it and no regrets. Would like to have another someday.

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On the fitness front, I became more dedicated and consistent with my workouts than I had been in forever, along with eating a healthier diet. Always saving some calories for chocolate!! I actually went past my goal weight I had set in my mind, and reached my ideal weight of 125, which I had previously decided was never ever going to happen again. And, I wasn’t “skinny”. I put on some lean healthy muscle, too. That was earlier this year. Before I had a problem with my ankle come up, and before another new development in my life happened. A great big upheaval named Efren. 😊

Efren came along in May of this year. Let me introduce you.

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Efren has been a wonderful addition to my life, but wasn’t so good for the diet 😂 He was born in Mexico, and loves the traditional, authentic Mexican food, as do I. Now, I’m cooking a bit more and eating it all, too. We went through that “new relationship and eat everything in sight together” stage, lol. He has a regular workout routine, too, and now we are both trying to undo the damage we did together. In time for….THE WEDDING!! In MARCH!!

Yes! I said yes! When he proposed in August!

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We had a great summer together!

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Building a life with a new partner after 14 years of happily married and being widowed does have its challenges. But, the rewards are great and I am so thankful to be twice blessed with a special love!

Do the blessings stop there? Not at all! Many of my favorite moments this year were from times shared with my 4 yr old grandson. He has blessed me more than I can say. And then, on September 9th his precious baby brother made his arrival into the family! On my mom’s birthday! So special! I absolutely love being their “Mammy”!! It’s truly awesomeness! Sorry, but I won’t be sharing pics of the grands on my public blog. Their mom isn’t completely comfortable with that, and I totally understand, as I have my own reservations about that, as well.

My son Derek graduated college with his bachelor’s degree this month. I am so proud of him! He kept up with his studies online for the past 2.5 years after getting married, and working full time, and being a full time husband and father. So happy to see him complete that goal! Here is with my beautiful daughter-in-lawlove, Amanda.

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I have been quilting a bit, too!! Working on this for
my four year old grandson. Quilting is all done. Binding is next! It’s something like 110″ X 99″.

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On another note, my parents are struggling a bit. Daddy has Alzheimer’s or some type of dementia. It’s so stinking cruel. Mom seems to be developing some confusion of her own. We are in the process of getting them relocated here, in a brand new home of their own. They currently live an hour away from me, and I was so relieved when they finally agreed to make the move. It will be so much easier to help them! That will take place in April, most likely. Once the new house construction is completed. That can’t get here quickly enough!

Oh! I can’t forget the new puppy! Meet Bella, pronounced Bay-ya. Efren wanted her so I got her as one of his Christmas gifts. She has added a lot of action around here and keeps me on my toes!

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So….after compete silence for months, I come back with a mini novel! Lol. I’m off to do 45 minutes on the elliptical now. I have a wedding dress to fit into!! 😄

Happy New Year to you all!! I hope to be keeping in touch a bit better! Just so busy living LIFE!!

17 thoughts on “2014 Catchup Post

  1. Oh Randi! I am so happy for you! After 44-1/2 years of marriage, then widowhood, I am also in a wonderful new relationship! No plans for marriage, but life does go on, and can be very good! Hugs…..Margo

  2. You sound so satisfied with life and that’s what you deserve. A new grandchild is wonderful and that you’re quilting in between all this says something too. Life marches on and you found the beat. Happiness to your future.

  3. So happy for you Randi! You deserve all the happiness and joy that life can bring. Blessings to you both! Hugs, Michelle

  4. YAY! It’s great to hear from you again. So happy that you are loving life and opening a new chapter. Very best wishes to you and your new love!

  5. I can’t tell you how happy I am for you Randi! You deserve all the happiness you can get. Keep enjoying life my friend, and all the best in your new wonderful life!

  6. So good to hear from you, Randi! I’m so happy for you also…what exciting goings-on! Efren – what a cutie! I wish you every happiness and I’m happy to follow along with you in this space!

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