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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Sunday, September 23, 2012


Hi from Wales, everyone!  I'm happy to announce we shall be home Wednesday - all things going well.  I must say, though, that we are both completely knackered from traveling and from all the stress of DL having had surgery requiring a 3-week stay in the hospital.  We will both be needing a lot of sleep in the next week or so.  One good thing was that I had packed so many knickers that I only had to do a couple of loads of laundry!

Another good thing, too, was that DL was well enough to accompany me to the home of his ancestors, Wales, to stay with my friend Jane and to see that Great Britain is much more than just London.  The green hills, the friendly people, the delicious lamb and other delicacies have helped to soften his mood and give him a better perspective on the entire country.  I have lots and lots of material to share with you over the coming weeks and months - maybe even years!   

In the meantime, we have decided that we will look into getting a female yellow lab puppy when we feel rested enough to deal with a "baby."  Now to find a name for her!  Any ideas?
Just to let you know, too, that I did meet up with the kind-hearted Mrs. Nesbitt.  Tea and scones were served in her kozy kitchen beside her new kooktop.  And - she does not have knobby knees.  Klick HERE to check out other contributions to ABC Wednesday!


Kay L. Davies said...

Ooh, a puppy! That will make up for the stress you`ve been through, and will keep you laughing as well as exhausted.
My sister used to breed labs, so I`ve met many a lab puppy, and never met one I didn`t like.
However, if you don`t find a lab pup who is ready when you are, you might consider a golden girl. Our Lindy is the light of our lives.

Roger Owen Green said...

labs are nice, but golden retrievers are my faves too

nancygrayce said...

We had a wonderful yellow lab for many years....Sam was the best friend! He would let children climb all over him and never did realize that his always wagging tail could be dangerous! The only downside was the shedding! Yikes! Get a very good vacuum. So glad DL is doing better and spirits are higher!

Reader Wil said...

How great that you had an opportunity to enjoy your visit to the UK. I always feel happy when I am in Great Britain.
I wish you a happy return home.Take care and relax!

Meryl said...

Oh what an adorable puppy!!!!! My kids are dying for us to get a dog - but you know who's going to take sole care and responsibility for it!!!! And, I just don't have the time (and I travel a lot - which is no fun for the dog...)

Good luck with a name!

photowannabe said...

Leslie, I'm so glad you have had a good vacation or should I say Holiday?
Sorry your dear L. had to have surgery, but am glad to hear you still got to travel and that he is recovering.
Can't wait to see all your fabulous photos when you return.

Anonymous said...

glad to hear everythings going well and that you'll soon welcome a new addition.

Carver said...

I'm so glad that you were both able to go to Wales in spite of your DL's health problems. Can't wait to see the new puppy when you get it. Golden labs are great dogs. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

chubskulit said...

Oh what, it must be a fun meet up with Denise!

Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

Hildred and Charles said...

I'm so glad you have had a 'happy issue out of all your afflictions'!
A puppy and a meeting with Denise, - wonderful compensation for all your problems.

Paula Scott said...

Knickers and knackered are not words in my everyday vocabulary, but they sure are fun.

Trubes said...

Hi Leslie,it was wonderful to meet you and your lovely friend Cathy, I'm so glad that you enjoyed your stay in my beloved hometown of Liverpool UK. I sincerely hope that you and DL will be able to revisit the UK again and incorporate another visit to Liverpool, there are so many other places in and around the city, we would like to show you, and not forgetting, the long promised dinner at Chez Trubes!
much love Di..xxx

Ann said...

Knackered or not, it looks like you had an unbelievable time. Meeting up with Denise must have been a super treat! Anxious to see many pics to come.

Lmkazmierczak said...

Glad you had a great visit...A name I am enamored of is ABCD (Rhymes with rhapsody)♫♪

Liz said...

Ah, so the puppy question is resolved!

Lynette Killam said...

Being British, I love when 'knackered' shows up anywhere...people look at me oddly when I use it here.

And the puppy is beautiful. The first name that came to my head was Sugar Bean, even thought sugar doesn't come from beans...lol. I still think Bean would be a great name for your new baby, and a short name makes training them easier, I've learned from experience.

Trubes said...

Beauty... because she will be beautiful !

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Ha - a girl can never have too many knickers! Glad you had a nice toime in Wales.

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