New Years Eve

Can you believe it?  It’s the last day of the year!

This has been a very exciting year to date and we only have a few more hours left in it.  A year ago, I was spending it with my son, Ian and my sister Di.  We didn’t do anything except watch the New Year on TV in NY, then across the country until it hit CA, where my husband was living.

We had bought a house in CA but I stayed behind until the property we had in AL sold. It wasn’t moving any too soon either. In fact, it just closed a couple of weeks ago, after having been on the market since Daddy died three years ago. For us, it was like our work is done here, it’s time to go.

Don’t get me wrong, I love many aspects of AL, but it wasn’t near my family and even though neither is CA, one day is better than two to go see them and the grand kids. It was important to me for the property to sell because I had plans for the money coming out of it.  It would allow me to pay off cards and “retire”.  Additionally I wanted more time to write.

While caring for dad, I realized how much I wanted the time to do that, yet it’s funny, once I had the time, I wasn’t doing a damn thing!! Not how I imagined it anyway.  (Hence this blog.)

The other factor to selling the property was that Diana could get back to Florida to be with her family. I wanted her help and appreciated it very much but I always felt guilty and badly that she gave up her job to come up and help me.  I was so afraid that once in AL, neither of us would ever be able to get out and that we’d be stuck there.

Like I said, I didn’t mind AL in many ways, but it is a very depressed area and it’s hard to make a living there and even more difficult to prosper. Money comes from outside, or it’s old money, like the generational kind and you are definitely not going to “earn” it there. It is a poor state and the things that Diana and I had become accustomed to in both CA, CO and FL are just not available there.  They don’t even have a Starbucks!!!  i know it sounds frivolous, but it’s more than that.

Dining is countless buffets, Chinese, Mexican (or so they claim), your typical chains Red Lobster, Cracker Barrel, Ruby Tuesdays, Appleby’s, & Chili’s (that was it and some of those came in not that long ago) & lots of fried chicken & fish and fast food places. That’s it. No health food stores, organic or fine dining places or healthy anything.  Veggies available at grocery stores are pretty basic stuff. No whole grain breads just rows and rows of white!!! That kind of thing was frustrating. There was one health food store in the state and that was an hour a way.  We loved making trips to Birmingham for it though, but it was not convenient. The arts were in Bham also, so we didn’t do much in that regard, except for a couple of times a year we would go for the art or film festivals.

The other outstanding thing of 2014 is that I got to quit my job in April and I got to move to CA to be with my hubby.

My former boss and friend Robin retired and got to come out and visit. She loved CA!! I had time to go visit my kids and grand kids. That was a plus.

In 2014, I learned I had breast cancer, but I had surgery and the doc states they got it all. Radiation starts in 2015.  I’m ok with that.

In 2014 my son Ryan and his wife announced they were adopting a foster child and that she is pregnant with a girl. They already have a son, Hunter.

It’s been a busy year and we’ve lost some friends and some very talented people, but like everything else it’s a time of renewal and we are survivors.

I submitted and got good feedback from the Austin Film Festival for my screenplay “Baja Run” so that was exciting.  I’m now in the process of rewriting it.

I submitted another short screenplay to Sundance, “Lost & Found” so we’ ll see what comes from that. It’s all good.

NY had their New Year’s already, and now it’s moving our way.

Happy New Year! May it be the best year yet!!

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