And you know what folks? The title of this song says it all. We literally can make the world stop. Just think about it. Have you ever wanted anything bad enough that you would do just about anything to achieve that goal? I have. I have achieved almost all of my goals in life. At the age of 72 I have achieved them. I am so happy, satisfied and content.
Seventy-two - that adds up to "9". Nine is my lucky number. I was born on November 9th, 1941. Add that date up and you come to 9. Add my home address up and I come to 9. But I digress (I have a thing with numbers).
|Wasn't I one ugly baby though?|
I've often thought during my life that I could achieve just about anything I set my heart on. Oh sure, I've had my setbacks but who hasn't. The important thing to remember, don't let the setbacks set you back. Just keep going forward.
|You have to keep smiling no matter what setbacks. Never give up!|
A few days I marked my 50th anniversary of my relationship with a wonderful man who is now my husband, Bill Kelly. A more devoted and loving individual I could not find in a thousand lifetimes. And we continue.
|Bill and I on our wedding day July 2, 2013 in Georgetown, DE|
I live in a wonderful area of the country. An area ("near the water") where I always dreamed that I would someday live.
I have a wonderful home that I also dreamed of my whole life. From my earliest memory, growing up in very humble circumstances, I always wanted to live in a "nice home." I do now folks. Not a mansion or a luxurious estate by the seaside but just what I wanted for this time of my life. Our house is in a nice neighborhood, wonderful neighbors, mild climate and a wonderful backyard (where I should be now on this beautiful day) where I can putter around to my heart's content.
|Home Sweet Home - Casa Tipton-Kelly, Milton, Delaware|
I have a wonderful job. Oh sure, not perfect but pretty damn good if I do have to say so. Great co-workers, great manager, smart, generous and understanding owner….what more could I ask for? Well, maybe a raise but I'm thankful for the job. I like the work and I like the guests I get to meet.
|Mike (my manager) and Robert (my co-worker) at the hotel - one of my impromptu sneaky shots - they're used to it|
My health is good, relatively speaking for a 72 year old geezer. Sure, I've had my bouts with kidney stones and a major interaction with prostate cancer but I am on the road to recovery now. My prognosis looks good for many more years of stirring the pot.
|I wore more "gowns" last year than a Rehoboth beach drag queen (dressed for yet another prostate procedure)|
|One of my THREE visits to the Beebe Emergency room this time last year for kidney stones - this one I thought I was permanently checking out - resulted in a two night hospital stay - I survived but oh what memories! Drink more water Ron!|
And friends, oh do I have good friends. My blogger friend, my longtime friends from school and my new friends (you know who you are).
|By the way, the "IMG" number on this picture is "0063". Know what that adds up too? NINE! See what I told you?|
So friends, let me be the first to tell you in case no one else has already done so, you too can make the world stop. Just have a dream and go for it! I did and I made it!
|Some great blogger friends from the 2014 Bloggerpalooza at the hotel|