The Relationship Connection, LLC

 

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Okay, so I have just short of three million irons in the fire as of this very moment.  But, I’m only behind on 2,999,998 of them.  Not bad right?

As I tend to be an over-achiever, it’s causing some level of pressure.  Not the “volcano is about to erupt” kind of pressure.  More like, “My tech skills are really BAD” kind of pressure.  And it’s clearly not the right time to take a web developer degree program.

So, I’m muddling my way through one painful baby step at a time.  I’ll get there… I know I will. (Insert pep talk here).  Really.

But…  until I do, I thought I’d let you all in on the Biggest, Most Major Thing I’m up to.  ‘Cause I’m really proud of it.  And I’m excited, like a 10-year-old on Christmas Morning!

My newest venture, as of August 2019, is to open my new business called:
The Relationship Connection, LLC
I will offer both live and online classes, workshops and consultations all related to.. you guessed it! Creating, Inspiring and Encouraging Relationship.
One class in particular, I’m very excited about… ‘An Evening With Jeannie’ will be an online interactive forum for those who register. We will have a topic to get us started. However, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and we’ll have conversation.

The Relationship Connection – Face Book page is already open. Feel free to “Like” the page to receive updates and register for live, in-person classes in Rochester, MN.
Or you can simply call  The Relationship Connection’ at: 507-251-1867.  Odds are, I’ll even answer the phone.

So, I have to tell you all how this came to be…cause that’s what I do, right?  It all started happening through the course of my every day life.  I’ve spent the last 35 years or so, working with people who are struggling in various forms and levels of relationship distress.  My career has been built on walking alongside those people.  I think they taught me so much more than I taught them.

My professional career began in nursing.  After I graduated, my first position was working in an Adolescent Mental Health Unit in a hospital.  I walked alongside youth who were coming with layers and layers of  childhood trauma.  I was fortunate enough to continue my education and learned to do psychological evaluation and worked with some amazing psychologists and psychiatrists.

At that time, I also began volunteering at a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center, and after seven years, I went on staff with that program.  I’ve remained in that field for the past 30 years.  Over the course of those years, I provided crisis counseling, medical and legal advocacy and expert witness testimony.  Spending countless hours in emergency rooms, police stations, court rooms and meeting rooms.                                        My current position is Director of Community Engagement & Youth Programming for a similar abuse center.

Throughout the course of my career, I’ve been limited on the scope of sharing the whole of my skills and experience, due to funding requirements, or position limitations.  Even when many clients have requested assistance beyond the capacity that I could provide it.   I had to refer them on.

The Relationship Connection allows me to step beyond.  To provide for those needs and share the wealth of experience I’ve gained over the years.

All the way from my first nursing class, and onto psychological testing, support group facilitation for thousands of people, community education programming,  writing curriculum, and finally, the ten years I have been blessed to Moderate a Web Forum for Dr. Nancy Kalish, Ph.D at lostlovers.com.  It has all led me right here to a brand new beginning.

Won’t you walk along with me on this next part of the journey?

The Relationship Connection      *    Live Louder.  Shine Brighter.

Hello, is anyone here?!

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Hi Everyone…   It’s been a very long time!  However, I have some exciting news to share.

I have been diligently working on a new venture that will bring me back here to my blog as well as some other ways to connect with all of you.

I have had a lot of help and guidance as I put this all together.  And this is my opportunity to acknowledge and honor all of you…

To my blog followers:  I shared once that I write, because that’s what I do.  But if it weren’t for all of you who take the time to read and comment… there really would be no point.  So, thank you to all of the followers here, past, present and future.

My ever present and supportive kids… Angie, Andrew, Nick and Hunter – you guys are amazing to tolerate all of my inept technical abilities.  And even with all of the “Geez, Mom” and “Seriously?” comments.. you still give me remedial assistance as I needed it.  (I’m certain I will need more.)

My steadfast BFF – Tammy.  Thank you for all of the late night encouraging words.  And for always just being there to cheer me on.

Thank you Mary – for always being on the other side of the wall.   For all of the spontaneous conversations and trips to The Bear’s Den for burgers and a beer.

To all of my coworkers that have to tolerate me every darn day…  thank you.  You all deserve a raise and an award.  Since I can’t provide either, I will bring brownies.

And to the Shy Guy – thank you for the webinar link that really pulled everything together.

Oh yeah, the announcement

I am putting the finishing touches on “The Relationship Connection.”

I’m beginning an online Consulting Business, that will offer classes, workshops and consultations to assist all of us with achieving the healthy relationship connections we seek.

This venture ties everything together.  My Education, Career Experiences, and Blogging.  So, stay tuned… I’m going to launch very soon!

 

 

 

Four Classes this Saturday!

It’s time to get your relationships in shape!  Yes, they need some time and attention.  And just in time for Valentine’s Day!

This Saturday I’ll be teaching 4 classes at The Metamorphosis Center in Savage, MN.

To Register just click on the link below:

Classes and Workshops

Romance, Connection a & Intimacy

Jeannie Thompson
February 8th at 9:30am – $20
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Just in time for Valentine’s Day! Brush up on your skills as we talk about Romance and the different ways our partners receive it. Connection and the various ways people make connection. Intimacy, it’s what happens before sex.

 

Relationship Fantasy & Expectation

February 8th at 11:00am – $20
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Fantasy and expectation in relationships actually harm true connection and intimacy. Learn how fantasy or expectation have caused barriers in your relationship and how to remove the obstacles.

 

Back in the Saddle

February 8th at 1pm – $20
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Has it been a while since you’ve dated? Learn to navigate making that leap into the dating world. We’ll answer the questions: Am I ready Yet? Just what am I looking for? We’ll talk about the differences between Divorced, Widowed or Never Married.

 

Breaking Up is Hard To Do

February 8th at 2:30pm – $20
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Surviving a Relationship Break Up! Have you reached a relationship ending that has left you feeling devastated, stuck or unable to move on? This class will help you pull back the curtains and let the sun shine again.

Jeannie Thompson, Owner/Consultant at The Relationship Connection, LLC is a consultant, advocate, and coach for those searching to grow healthy relationships. She has facilitated numerous Relationship Support Groups for the past 35 years, working with thousands of people who are striving to have healthy connections in their relationships.

For questions or more information about classes you can contact me:

The Relationship Connection:   https://www.therelationshipconnection.org/

 

Join the Community

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The Relationship Connection continues to grow.  New roots taking hold and spreading us out there to reach you.

On Saturday I met with Laura Strong from the Metamorphosis Center in Savage, MN United States.  She has created a wonderful and professional space for practitioners to meet with clients to hold consultations, classes or workshops.  They also hold a couple of fairs during the year here all practitioners come together to offer their services to everyone.  It is really an impressive space.  And I’m joining their community.  It will allow me access to reach out to more of you.  And I love that.

The other area we are really expanding is in our Member Forums.  You’ve never been a part of a web forum you say…  well, t’s simply amazing.  You have the opportunity to make friendships from all over and everyone has the same focus… relationship, of course.

On the web forums there are several topic headings in which forum members can post about questions, concerns, successes and receive feedback from other members.  And they’ll be asking for your feedback too.

We have two membership levels.

Free Members–  Have limited access to two topics.

First Love Stories:  Where you can post the story of your first love.  First Love is so powerful and everyone has one.  We’d love to hear yours.

Attempting to Rekindle: Have you been thinking about that First Love of yours?  Feeling compelled to contact them?  Searching for them online?  This is the topic for you.  The struggle and the confusion is real…

Full Access Members – Have access to all forum topics. Such as…

Dating Disasters:  Dating has its ups and downs.  Share the bumpy roads in this topic.

Lost Love:  Our own Nancy Kalish, Ph.D. shared with us, her research and her books about the phenomenon of first love and lost love and reconnecting.

Crisis I’m Not Okay!:  Sometimes relationships are just plain hard.  Find support to get through the rough spots.

Dating Again:  Are you re-entering the dating world after a relationship has ended? Divorced?  Or widowed?  Dating has changed.

Single Together:  Choosing to celebrate your single status, just don’t want to do it alone… we get it.  Let’s be Single..Together!

We are currently offering a limited introductory membership fee for full access at just $30 for a full year.

We have lots of new members on the Web Forums!  We’re doing a shout out, so everyone can get acquainted.

(Our current membership is 54% guys and 46% ladies)

Click on the link below and check it out!

https://www.therelationshipconnection.org/memberships/

You can access The Relationship Connection website here: https://www.therelationshipconnection.org/
Have a Tremendous Tuesday!
Jeannie

The Relationship Connection – We’re Live

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It’s Official.  The website is now live!

Check it out here:    https://www.therelationshipconnection.org/

I’m the product of the have it now, do it now generation.  Sort of like a fast food drive through.  Place the order at the crackling speaker.  “Yes, I’ll have fries with that.”  “No, I don’t wanna super size it”.  Pull up to the first window.  Pay.  Drive to the second window… and viola!  A bag full of piping hot food all within 3 minutes.

Creating my new retirement business, has not been quite that simple.  No crackling speaker to place my order into.  But, lots of wise, experienced and helpful people have fallen across my path just as I’ve needed them.   And now, a short six months later, I have a lovely website and web forum.

Foundation built…  Check.   Now we’re ready to begin.

Impatient as I am, I did what I call a ‘soft open’, on September 26th.  From there, I did schedule two consultations.  And that was amazing!  I received good feedback from both clients.  And a recommendation to schedule some classes in her area.

I’ve been doing regular networking to get the word out.  I have winter classes scheduled through Northrup Community Education, and I have contacted The Metamorphosis Center in Savage, MN to schedule classes there as well.

Everything is falling into place nicely.  I’ve very thankful for all of the encouragement, inspiration and support I’ve been receiving along the way.  I couldn’t have gotten this foundation in place without it.

So, the foundation is firmly in place.  And it’s time to take a few next steps.  I invite all of you, to join me.

Click on the website.  Offer your feedback and suggestions.  Let me know what classes you’d like to have access to.  And don’t forget, I also do consultations.  You can contact me to arrange one from the website.

Finally, join The Relationship Connection Community!  The Forums offer a place for connecting with other who have similar life situations.  You can talk with others, ask questions and receive feedback.  (And there’s a discount for full-access membership through November 2019).

Live Louder.  Shine Brighter.

Jeannie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women & Spirituality Conference 2019

Well goodness i’ts been a journey.  A year ago I was preparing to be a presenter at this very conference.  It was an amazing experience.  And that was just the first step of what would come  during the course of this year.

My career took an unexpected plot twist just a few weeks later.  And it has blossomed in ways I never could have imagined.

First the glimpses of a different future began appearing in tiny small ways.  And then in bigger and more blatant ways.  Until I started taking steps forward.  My path was pulling me in this new direction.  I wasn’t sure I wanted to take that road.  Before long though, it was as if the road formed right under my feet.

And here we are, the culmination of this past year, begins tomorrow.  At 5:30 pm to be exact.  I am doing a soft launch of my new business:

The Relationship Connection

What a gift to begin at the 38th Annual Women & Spirituality Conference.

 

 

 

A Mystery Plot Twist

Oooohhhhhh….. well lookey there.  Who might that message be from?  Well, well, well… Rick, the Mystery guy with the Tom Selleck moustache and the piercingly blue eyes.

Its sort of like a dolphin that you see skimming just under the surface of the water.  Then it dives deeper, sometimes much deeper as it glides like a hot knife through butter.  You don’ t know if you’ll ever see that dolphin again.  You assume you won’t.  It’s gone from sight… way gone.

I let my Match.com subscription expire.  I had it for 6 months.  There were several meet & greets, and a fair amount of  actual dates.  A couple real contenders, so it seemed.  But nothing solid developed.  I decided to take a break.  This online dating takes energy and focus if you’re serious about meeting someone.  Always putting your best self forward.  Giving your best effort and investment into the possibilities.  Then I had to invest my best self into a different focus.  Building my new business.  So I stopped.

Of course Match.com has their business in focus… with a whole marketing team, with a full assortment of tactics they use to attempt to keep you paying… and paying.   But I’m a smart consumer.  Hahahahahahahaha.  Sure I am.

About two minutes after I ended my subscription and closed my profile, Match.com sent me a message from …someone.  Of course they did!  BAIT!  And I couldn’t see who it was, or read the message, because I was no longer paying.   But I was determined to focus.  And I did.  Pretty proud of myself for not biting on the Match.com bait.

So, a couple of weeks go by, and that little red #1 message was still sitting there… trying to tempt me.   Alas, I knew it was a marketing ploy.  It was probably that someone had viewed my profile.  Or someone clicked ‘like ‘ on my profile.  Or the love of my life was messaging me… and I wasn’t answering.  Yup….. ’cause I have that kind of luck.  That’s how I roll,  A day late… missed the boat… jumped ship… didn’t notice… ugh.

Then yesterday morning I was on my computer before work and clicked the wrong bookmark.  (HONEST!  It WAS the wrong one!)  Immediately, Match.com opened up my closed profile page.  And right there… staring at me was the profile of a guy I hadn’t seen during my membership.  (Yes, I know… it was bait.  I nibbled, just a little bit.)

His name is Joe… a year older than me, 30 miles from me… looking for a relationship.  Hmmm.  Bait.  I should have eaten breakfast before I went on the computer.   See, it’s always important to have a good breakfast.

But, there was that red #1 message still glaring at me.  So I set Joe aside momentarily, and clicked the message.  It was actually a note from Rick.  The deep diving dolphin.  I won’t leave you in suspense, even though it IS a mystery.  Here is his message:

Hmmmmm……  glad I took dolphin swimming lessons myself and took a deep dive for a couple weeks.  “Come on in, the water’s fine!”

Creative Distance and Other Skills

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Well, I sure learned the lesson of creative distance.  Which is allowing adequate time and distance from an event to the time of its writing.  It makes for a more clear view of what the hell is happening here!

In my last post, I blogged as events transpired, literally.  I didn’t even give a breath of air before considering what to write or how I’d write it.  I just wrote.  And it flowed ever so swiftly from my fingers.  It felt pretty good to be honest.

I just thought the participants in the event would follow suit, in their creativity and courageousness.  (Great big sigh and head shaking.)  Rick, Rick, Rick…

But as not to leave any of the three of you in the dark as to the outcome of the mystery… I shall write again.

So Rick, the Mystery Guy, remains a mystery.  We bantered back and forth a few more times.  He gave me a simple clue about Tom Selleck, which I ultimately guessed that Rick also has a moustache.

But then things took a decidedly dark turn.  As in any mystery they often do.

Rick announced that he was having so much fun at this game of ‘guess who I am”… that he wanted to continue it for quite some time.  He admitted he wasn’t really ready to meet as he was shy and hadn’t dated in a long time.

To be honest, this cat and mouse stalling was getting old on my part.  He wasn’t ready to post a picture on his profile, and clearly not ready to even divulge who he is.

He had promised a picture on day 5… he didn’t even message me on day 5 or 6.  By day 12 still no picture and then the announcement that he liked getting to know each other like this.

Okay, so I called him on it.  And poof… he has all but disappeared.  He didn’t even sign on to the dating site for a few days.  It has been 8 days with absolutely no word from Mystery Rick with the piercingly blue eyes and the Tom Selleck moustache.

So as not to leave you all in a state of surprise and disappointment, I’ll fill you all in about Jim.  “The one to keep your eyes on.”

Jim and I met on a Sunday afternoon over delightful cake and coffee.  It seems I’ve chosen a favorite restaurant here to take all of my potential dates.  They have a lovely atmosphere, an extensive menu and a full bar.  Which I have never ordered from, lol. although I may have to now.

We had agreed to meet at the front entrance at 2:00 pm.  I arrived and stood waiting, sucking in my tummy, and acting all put together in my Bob Mackey dress.  ( Don’t be silly, I got it at a resale shop.)  But I get tons of compliments on it.  It’s called ‘wearable art’ and I quite like it.

I stood there as the waitresses bopped back and forth.  I stood there as an older couple entered and found their seats.  I stood there checking my hair in the reflection of the Goose picture.  I stood there until Jim came from the table he’d been seated at this whole time and started looking for me by the door.  Right where we agreed we’d meet. Oddly, there I was.

We did the obligatory ‘hug’, and took our seats across from each other a table placed along large windows that ran the length of the restaurant.  Jim is ten years my senior without a wrinkle on his face.  His eyes are a warm brown and he studies me with them.  Intently.  He comments, “You have a very young face.”  It seemed accusatory, not like a compliment.  Like I was trying to pull a fast one on him.  I’m 60. Nearly 61. I couldn’t pull off 25 if I’d had a make over and four pairs of spanx.

I responded with “thank you?”  I emphasized the ?.

The waitress brought water and menus.  We shared that we had planned on dessert.  She returned shortly with decadent dessert menus.  He settled on the Chocolate Cake drizzled with raspberry sauce.  I chose the Coconut Cake.  (I’ve had it before… really, it’s amazing!) I also asked for a box.  One piece of cake could feed a hungry family of four.

Jim shared that he had been set up before by women on the dating site.  Women that said they were much older than they really were, trying to snag a sugar daddy.  He admitted he had given money to one woman.

That ladies… is what is called “A SIGN!”

Not quite as blatant as the bolt of lightening that flashed just outside the window.  And not even the wind that was whirling the sheets of rain vertically past our seats.  Still a sign, none the less.

A sign that he is easily taken in by a pretty young woman.  Easily manipulated by a little cleavage and long legs.  And worse of all, that he was willing to pay for the fantasy she was selling him.

Cause any of you that have read even a blog or two of mine know that I’m not gonna take advantage of anyone.  Not even someone I barely know.

Instead, I went into ‘online dating class mode‘… “don’t ever give a woman money.  Ever.  Any woman worth having in your life would NEVER ask you for money.”  It wouldn’t even occur to her.”

We took bites of cake and commented on the torrential rain, now flooding the side street.  The waitress came to check on us, how’s the cake?  good.

As she walked away I noticed Jim studying my face. Without even a blink.

He’s a photographer.  So I started wondering if he was noticing my freckles, or how my nose is just a little crooked.  From that time my 2 year-old son slammed the freezer door closed and nearly broke my nose.  Or if my eye make up had smeared.

Jim asked if my eyes are blue.

He’d just been glaring at my face for eons.. they are blue.  Blue.  Maybe he was looking for a descriptive word… indigo, cornflower, sky, or baby-eyes blue?

I just said…yes.  And took another bite of cake.

Thunder rumbled and lightening flashed.  The rain lasted for ever! So did this gi-normous piece of cake.  I placed 2/3 of it in the box.  Jim did the same with his.

I thought we had reached the end of meet & greet  #2,374.   (I’m guessing here… I’ lost count like four years ago.)

But no… Jim asked if there was something happening in town that we could go see.  We walked to the cars and he followed me.  Which he shortly learned was a huge mistake.  You see its road construction season.  So over the river and through a parking lot and a bunch of orange cones that tipped over and a ‘bump here’ sign, finally lead us to a park.  Where the water runs through it!  Yup, lots of rain run off flowing and flowing.  And me in my Bob Mackey dress and platform sandals.  Yup…I dress for a date.  But I didn’t get my toes wet.   Those platforms came in handy!

We could hear thunder still rolling around in the clouds overhead.  Jim thought it was unsafe and I wanted to go storm chasing… so we hugged and parted ways.  Right after he invited me to his place for the 4th of July…  BOOM!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Mystery in the Making

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Okay, so I promised a new website, etc.  But there’s been a Plot Twist!   A mystery is unfolding.  And I have to share it all with you as it unfolds.

Generally, I give things some creative distance before I write about them.  But this is just too too mysterious not to share “live” with all four of you that are still following this blog.

So… here goes.
I began this blog years ago… to share my online dating sagas and take all of you along for the ride.  At one time there were a bunch of you reading along as you watched me plunder through singleness and dating.

Well, fear not!  I’m still single!  And as usual, I met with Tammy to discuss my dating woes and hopes.  And as always, Tammy needs the Binder to keep track of the current list of potential dating contenders.

Really, it’s not that hard.  We have:
Charlie #1 – He is completely unaware of any possible potential interest on my part.  Maybe he’s just there on the fringe for later speculation.  (He does however now know my name, and called me by it just yesterday!  Progress… really.)

Charlie#2 – Oh dear.  He captured my heart in two short passionately intense weeks.  And those were just the text messages through the dating site.  He is witty and intelligent and funny.  We had our meet and greet… success.  I played it exactly right.  Just as I knew he was thinking he had my interest (which he did) I announced that it was getting late and I needed to head home.

My statement was completely unexpected, and the sinking look on his face said “Oh my god, she doesn’t like me…she’s making an early departure.”

Just then he slid to the edge of the grey sofa, in the grey room with the grey rug under the gray coffee table that he said is fine to put my feet up on.  He did have a lovely Keith Urban guitar in the corner though…. (not grey).

Oh, back to the edge of the grey sofa…  he hugged me, a lot.  And very well, I might add.  As he began to pull away, I turned as to not slip off the edge of the sofa in a graceful plop on the floor…  as you remember, I’m graceful like that.  Tripping over the cracks in the sidewalk and all.

Again, back to the edge of the grey sofa… as I turned, his soft, warm lips pressed tenderly against mine.  Dang… that was a powerful kiss.  I’m sure you all felt it.  After a couple more tender but well-planted lip-musches… he whispered in my right ear, “what’s happening here?”

Well, we all know what he was hoping was happening.  I responded quite well I think,  for being all kissed and everything.  “I don’t know, it was sort of a surprise.  But a very nice one.”

Then I got up and walked toward the door.  He tottered on one foot as he put his shoes on to walk me to my car.  In the elevator, he reached his arms around me and kissed me again, whispering, “I’ve always wanted to do that.” (Kiss a girl in a padded elevator.)  And ‘No’ it wasn’t the psych elevator!  New tenants had just moved in and they hadn’t removed the pads yet.)  Really.

Once we arrived at my car, and we deciphered why I had a parking ticket (insert long story about one way roads)…  I drove directly home.

But I digress…   (I need a bit of that creative distance before I share further about Charlie #2 otherwise known as ‘Seven Shades Of Grey’.)

Charlie #3 –  Oh dear… and not the same kind of oh dear as the previous Charlie.  So Charlie #3 and I met half way between where he lives and where both of us have adult children.  Life is silly like that.  He arrived right on time for the meet & greet.  He brought one long stemmed red rose tied with a lovely red ribbon.  As he opened the door to the restaurant, all eyes turned toward the rose.  I”m sure everyone thought it was an episode of The Bachelor.   Except I wasn’t wearing a bikini.

It was after lunch when he shared that he had moved in with his soon to be ex-wife at the end of their first date, that’s when I knew he could keep the rose.  (Yes, I left it in his car.)  I did NOT accept the rose.

Jim –  Awww…. Jim has some real potential here.  Keep your eyes on this one.

Dan –  Okay, so this is awkward…  I know you’ve NEVER heard me say that before.  Do ya know on dating sites… you get like a bazillion profile pictures of guys to choose from every darn day.  And you look at every picture of every guy with either a motorcycle or a fish.  Once in a while a dead deer hanging on his wall in the background.  Dan didn’t have a fish, motorcycle or a deer.

But, oh my gosh!!! I’m standing there on a Sunday Morning at my church passing out bulletins as people file into the sanctuary…. and here comes this guy toward me…

Yup!  From the dating site…  grinning right at me.  He ‘hearted’ me on the dating site.   I did not follow suit.  And now here he is grinning and all.  Dang.

So, he looked me up on the dating site later that day… another ‘heart’ he sends me!   Now, I HAVE to respond, cause you just know he’s gonna be there next Sunday too.   So I tell him this lame story about a small group thing they asked me to participate in.  I told him he could share his thoughts about it. (As totally UN-romantic as I could come up with.)

And for the record… he showed up on Sunday… this time he hugged me… right.. in… the… church… entry.  In front of EVERYONE.

So let’s recap… 3 Charlie’s, a Jim, a Dan.

And the mystery guy… Rick.

So, On July 4th, while I’m at my son’s new house dancing in the living room with my granddaughter.  Rick sends me a  ‘like’ on the dating site.

Here’s what I know….

He’s a year older than me.  On his profile he says:  I love the outdoors. Walking hand in hand by the lake, watching movies and cuddling.

Uh-huh… we’ll see.

He says he has piercing blue eyes and likes live bands and something about skiing on gravel.

But he’s got no profile picture.  Just a grey square where his picture should be.

So, experienced on-line dater that I am, I messaged him saying we had quite a few things in common and politely (really) I asked him to post a picture so I would know who I’m talking with.

Two days later I receive this response..  “Hi ______!  You’re right, I believe we do have a lot in common and quite a bit to talk about! Thank you for messaging me and I’ll be back to you soon. I will also post a photo soon, but in one of my favorite places to be, so it’ll have to wait until Friday due to my work schedule! I work at the ________ ________ ________. Thank you, … Rick

Of course, You know I was not about to wait two days to respond…    “Hmmm… you are a mystery.   But __________ ____________ _________ narrows it down to a mere thousands of possibilities, lol.  Any other clues you care to share? I work near there myself. Maybe we’ve passed on the sidewalk… or even spoken to each other.  Hmmm…. I may be compelled to write a story about this on my blog. My followers will be intrigued.”

An hour later he responded… “Well, you are right! 🤪 this is already becoming quite fun! Mysterious can be good! I know we’ve crossed paths and probably have spoken. I’ll send you more hints before I post a picture! I like this.  It’ll give us more to talk and laugh about! 🤣”

So… I thought I’d up the ante a bit with this…  “I’ve already started the blog post… you’ll be famous by morning.  I’m especially hot in Brazil right now. Before long… you’ll need a disguise to buy groceries.”

A matter of minutes later…. Rick replies:  “🤩🤪 lol! You’re so funny! I’ve never been famous before! 🤓 I’ll have to stay a little mysterious for a little bit more then. Let’s stay in touch and hopefully meet in person sometime soon!🙂”  

Seriously?!  Does anyone know a guy named Rick, with piercing blue eyes?

 

Oh How Time Flies!

TimeFlies

Wow it’s been a long time since I’ve posted a blog. I’ve got the first week of my new job under my belt. It was a wonderful week! I have really missed doing victim services work. I hit the ground running. It was 3:00PM on the first day before I even made it to my office. By the time I left at 4:00 I was already behind in work. I mentioned that to my boss and she smiled. She shared that she has been behind for the whole 22 years she’s worked here. That was a comfort (I think).

The second day I facilitated a children’s group. What a great time! The kids were engaged and participated so well. Of course the hand carved school buses and color crayons they took home-made them eager for next week.

The third day I was just getting the lay of the land. I think a map might help. I have supplies in three different storage areas, and I can’t remember which stuff is in which area. SO I do a lot of back tracking, at least for now.

Day four found me meeting with the insurance specialist regarding my benefits. I’ll just say AMAZING! That covers it.

Day five surprised me with free circus tickets to take the kids to the circus in a couple of weeks. And I created a ‘what’s new’ type of calendar. Did you know that National Leap Frog Day is on Wednesday? Don’t forget to celebrate!

Chuck and I are spending the weekend in Iowa. The weather is fabulous and we have taken full advantage of it. He bought a couple of new pear trees for his yard. We had a lovely lunch in Mason City at ‘The Hungry Mind’. We stopped by to visit my girlfriend Tammy and then took a walk at East Park. All of the baby geese were out for swimming lessons.

After we got back home, my daughter stopped by for a visit with her Boxer, Oscar. Shortly after she arrived, the front door opened and my granddaughter appeared with a big smile. She stayed for a short game of Candy Crush. I’ve been stuck on level 201 for like a month… the things we do for our grandkids!

This evening it’s off to the races! Hunter is racing in the Sport Compact Class this year as is my son Nick. Competition between brothers… it could get interesting.

Okay, well that’s it in a nut shell. I haven’t forgotten all of you out there. Life has managed to fill my moments lately. Once I get adjusted to this new schedule, I will blog again in earnest.
Love to you all!