Although I'm a few days late in sending a New Year's message, I do want to wish all of my friends and readers a very happy and healthy 2018.
The title of my blog comes from one of my favorite songs from the TV show Nashville. The lyrics talk about the simple things we need in life to satisfy us. Indeed, this is a happy and much less complicated time in my life, without the often intense pressures of my job and the freedom to pretty much do whatever I like.
After years of living in rented condos, my husband and I were lucky to find the perfect retirement nest in the Dallas suburb of Rowlett, TX, complete with a pool and outdoor living spaces. We're just blocks from our daughters and three young grandchildren, and play a significant and satisfying role in their lives (our son Pete lives in Richmond, VA). Andy and I just celebrated our 48th wedding anniversary. Our health is good and we have all that we need and want.
In this third year of my eighth decade on the planet, I'm well aware that nearly everything about this existence could change in an instant. Some of those closest to us have already experienced these painful transitions in their lives, which has made us value what we have even more.
So...I look forward to sharing my thoughts with you. Sometimes I'll look back, sometimes forward and often just focus on what's good about the present day.
I'm Chris Barabasz, retired from a 35-year career managing communications for health care development (that's fundraising for you civilians). I'm a wife, mother, grandmother and freelance writer. My husband Andy and I moved from Delaware to Texas to be closer to our daughters and three adorable grandchildren.