Seven years ago I started this blog with a story about watermelons, a good-natured challenge that Alabama watermelons were above and beyond in delicious goodness compared to Florida watermelons. Thankfully, I didn’t challenge anyone to a watermelon seed-spitting contest! I’m not sure that I ever made the French connection in the story, but watermelons were the sweet subject and hot off the press with hopes of launching a large following to impress book agents. My audience has never been huge, but quite enough to make me happy. Maybe I should have tried that watermelon seed-spitting contest!
Now, here I am facing an almost blank page and looking forward to a future without the website which has been a part of me, an outlet for my creative side and a way to share the beauty that I found in France. It is difficult, even painful in many ways, to let it go. But I feel like it is time to do so. I will try something new, although I’m not sure what it will be. Any ideas for me?
My health is fine enough, so don’t worry about that, and husband Jim is fine as well. Although, recently I did lose my brother Tim who died from cancer, and perhaps the sadness has left me with different thoughts about continuing with my writing.
Tim was an encouragement to me, and he would have done anything to help me. There was only a little more than a year between our ages, and we look like twins in our baby pictures. I am going forward with a bright hope for the future, something he would want me to do.
I have enjoyed creating each story, hoping to present quality with interesting history and a bit of lively humor. I hoped you would like the personal voice, telling the actual events of the day so you could travel with me. I am not a professional, but I have aimed for something worthwhile, worth your efforts and worth your time.
Thank you for your comments on the blog page, and I am grateful to those who did not comment but returned to read many, many times. I know that many are afraid to write comments for the world to see, especially the bad elements of society, so I totally understand if you do not leave a comment. Thanks to the many people who sent messages, said kind and encouraging words to me personally, hit likes on Facebook, Google and other areas! I will never forget your generosity in uplifting my spirits and nudging me on to the next story.
Perhaps with these seven years behind me, I have the seven year itch! Now is the time, to venture forward to whatever is next! Will I climb a mountain, or overcome my fear of caves? More likely, I will be in my garden watering the flowers.
I am trying to keep this simple and easy without an emotional departure. No wallowing in the past. Time to rip off the band-aid, no matter how much it hurts. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
The roses are for YOU and my understanding husband who continues to travel with me!
The photos below are from our last day and night in Noyers-sur-Serien, France. Thanks for coming around to travel with us. There are many stories still untold. Perhaps they will still come your way.
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All photography is the property of Debbie Ambrous. The website will close by July 1st, if all goes smoothly. Take time to look at some of the stories you may have missed in earlier years.