Well, I have a lot of changes going on and a lot of news to share. So grab a cup of coffee or the beverage of your choice and let’s catch up. First, I am finally in permanent housing after living seven months in a hotel and I absolutely love this community! I am living at Trinity Bell Gardens (a Fort Worth address but closer to the city of Hurst – we’re right behind Bell Helicopter.) This is like the coolest community ever…since I have been here for the past few months we have had an ice cream social, a grand opening of a dog park with weekly community doggie walks whether or not you own a dog, and a coffee and doughnuts social. We have a wine and cheese social upcoming as well as a trip to Winstar Casino! If you know anyone interested in visiting this community, be sure and have them reference “Darlene R. Ulmet” as the community offers a $100 new resident referral discount to current residents. The community is super clean, the residents are very friendly but not intrusive, and the staff is out of this world! The pool is to die for with eight chairs which actually are in the water so you can read and relax while keeping yourself cool and your book dry. We have a social director named Cindy who is so sweet you just want to hug her every time you see her. Okay, enough about the community, because along with the community comes the all dreaded nearly evil experience of “moving” which apparently I survived as I am still blogging.
Actually, the moving part is coming along wonderfully. For the first time in decades, I am getting super organized. I have my home office set up exactly as I like it, the garage still needs work but I know where everything is, and after having lived so long in temporary housing, it’s like Christmas without the expense – just open the box and see what you find that you have missed having! I am finding that mostly I have missed those personal items that make a house a home and make daily living easier – my sand collection, artwork, treasured books, special mementos and cherished gifts from friends and family, specialized cookware, etc. Also, if you know of anyone in need of camping equipment, washer/dryer, furniture to be restored, or yard equipment, have them leave me a message and I can direct them to my Craig’s List listings. Yes, I know I am spring cleaning in the fall but hey, at least it is getting done!
Now for the changes which are huge in number and intensity. The first big change occurred in August when I was put on short term disability by my employer. As many of you know, I have some very serious and debilitating autoimmune health issues. I am taking this six months to take care of my self and to investigate other less demanding employment opportunities but I am still technically employed by Baylor. I have been vigorously working on and organizing my writing and motivational speaking career. Please take a look at the Tip Scale X preview and let me know what you think about this project by leaving generous comments.
My nest is getting emptier with John, Robert and Laura all living near UNT in Denton, Chris in Plano – north of Dallas, and just Daniel here with mom and I. He is a huge help to my mother and I so I am sure that when he moves out I will feel the full force of the truly empty nest. And that of course, opens the doors to many other possibilities. I am spending more time pursuing activities that give me joy and that is a very good thing!
We had one of those “God things” happen this week. Mom tripped in the garage and fell full force on the concrete. She is extremely sore and bruised but miraculously, NOTHING is broken! The doctors were amazed – very unusual for someone her age – Praise God and thank you Jesus.
Until next post,
God Bless and stay in touch!