I didn’t realize it had been so long, but turns out I haven’t written a letter to myself since June 19, 2013.  My bad.  I’ve been busy.  I know, that’s not an acceptable excuse, but what can I say?  I haven’t been paying attention.  I’ll get better.

We’re just barely starting to see the slightest glimmer of the light at the end of our 4th season in this life known as keeping the inn and I readily admit I am tired.  Working non stop for 5 months straight – without even one single solitary day off – takes a bit of a toll,  but it’s a good problem to have.  And I offer it up as my pathetic reason for my lack of attention to the little details I appreciate in this life.

I recently wrote a post about taking a moment to think about – and appreciate – the simple joys in life, something I’ve been quite lax in doing, so I decided it was time to write a 2nd letter – albeit long overdue.


The beautiful Rogue River – southern Oregon

Ashland, OR

August 20, 2014

4:14 p.m.

Dear Life ~

It’s me again, finally.  Let me just say right up front that I continue to be exceedingly grateful for each and every day that comes my way – no matter how much I might whine grouse grumble gripe (man there’s a lot of synonyms for whine) and flat-out complain about being tired as we work our way through season 4.  Abigail’s has been good to us – and for us.

Thank you for the incredible moment of watching our son marry the love of his life, as they stood together on top of a mountain in Virginia.  It is a moment that will stay in my heart forever – and a day.  Thank you for 36 years and counting with the love of my life.  Even when we make each other nuts – there is no where else we’d rather be – than right next to each other.

Just me and my shadow

Just me and my shadow

Thank you for the strength of conviction in expelling caffeine from my life.  Okay, I cheated once twice during the wedding weekend in May, but that’s not too bad, right?!  Now if only I could resist sugar a little more often, could you help me with that?

Thank you for leading me down this blog-o-sphere path where I discovered I do in fact have a voice; it’s been nearly two years and there is so much more to learn – and say.

I continue to be thankful for my new book, my new socks and the exciting adventure(s) awaiting us in the not so distant future.  Thank you also for this delicious secret I’ve been keeping; it won’t be too much longer before I can spill the beans.

As always, thank you for chocolate (the exception to the less sugar rule), pepperoni pizza and really good Mexican food.  And Margaritas. And I suppose I should be thankful for Tequila and limes (what’s up with the price of limes, by the way?) because without them there would be no Margaritas and that would be unthinkable.  Thank you for the discovery of Lactase because really, life without cheese is just … well, it’s just wrong.

Until next time ~


p.s.  And thank you to Kim at So Many Places who inspired me to write my first Dear Life letter, a little more than a year ago.

p.s.s.  I now challenge each of you to stop for a moment and appreciate the little details in your daily life.  And if you feel so inclined, share with the rest of us, via a comment.  Here, I’ll get you started.  Dear (fill in the blank),



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