Well, it has been almost a year since my husband passed away, and I’m just beginning to see my new life ahead of me. Although I haven’t been building miniatures, I have been extremely busy and at the same time, considering what my future will hold. Around about September last year, I realized I no longer could, nor wanted, to live in our house in Southport, NC, without my husband. Leaving our happiest memories behind as well as my saddest times now didn’t feel so wrong. There were several reasons for this momentous decision, one being I found out 3 weeks after Dave’s death that I now had breast cancer; two, that I needed a total hip replacement, and three, that I needed to be near my two grown boys and what remaining family I had in northern Ohio. So, I started packing up my whole house bit by bit. Because my hip was in such bad shape by then ( I never realized I had worn away all the cartilage already – I had just thought it was an aging process, which it is, but repairable), it took me 5 months to finish packing besides repairs, downsizing, and general updating. Finally listed my house for sale the end of January, and sold it in 2 days for over asking price and all cash. I then secured a wonderful ground floor apartment to move to in NW Ohio near my sons upon the completed sale of my home. In the meantime, I had also contracted with movers, as well as scheduled surgery for my hip replacement on January 11th, I believe it was. Well, my hospital was closed the Friday before due to increased Covid cases, and my surgery was cancelled. I didn’t have time to reschedule and still heal by the time I had to move, which was March 4th.
Cut to the chase already….so here I am in lovely Vermilion, Ohio, in my spacious and beautiful apartment right on Lake Erie. My hip surgery was on May 4th, so I’m almost 4 weeks out and ready to resume my life. Endless months of pain, depression, loss, and physical and mental healing have culminated in a positive revealing of my new life. I’m ready to rejoin the human race at nearly 72 years old.
Which brings me to my true passion, building miniature houses. I had thought I wouldn’t rediscover my interest, but as I stare at the unfinished remains of Nantucket Cottage, I think a revamping of my original thoughts will realize my vision and renew my enthusiasm. So, someday soon, I will bring it down off the shelf and start revamping the interior to my new settled vision. Not quite yet, but soon.
So, you’ll hear from me when I restart this project. I will be investing in a table saw or jig saw or whatever to make my life easier. I have lost my sounding board, my assistant Creative Developer, but he’ll still be sending me input and encouraging me along my way.