“Last Blog Story” – by Debbie Ambrous

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.

If you would like to do so, just click over to purchase your copy of “A French Opportunity” in paperback or Kindle.

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.

10 thoughts on ““Last Blog Story” – by Debbie Ambrous

  1. Thank you for sharing your stories that enhanced my day since I too have a love of France and fortunate enough to experience bits of it from time to time. I also enjoy your book.

    I just lost my sister totally unexpectedly and looking at my own life through different eyes, and I’m so sorry about the loss of your brother.

    Enjoy whatever you do, life is precious. We need to drink it in.

    • Kathy, I’m sure that you can understand that I will continue to love France and hopefully have more experiences there. I am especially happy that you enjoyed my book! I may change my mind about leaving the blog and revamp it later in a different format. I will wait and see if my decision sticks. You are right about how precious life is, and I don’t want to waste any of it. I am sorry to hear about your sister’s death. I know it isn’t easy for you. Take care. All the best, Debbie Ambrous

  2. Debbie I’m going to miss reading your stories and seeing all the wonderful pictures you have posted. Thank for sharing with us your beautiful trips to France. I pray that you enjoy what you plan on doing exit. Sorry for your loss but the hope we have is so helpful getting through the pain.

    • Becky, it has been my pleasure to compose the page with words and pictures and hope that others would enjoy it. Maybe I will find another way to keep it going, and if so, I will let you know. Thanks for the kind words about my recent loss. All the Best, Debbie Ambrous

  3. You may have already received an almost finished message from me. My phone rung and I could’t fine it to go back to . Anyway, I have enjoyed your writing and photos. However, I understand I do a lot of just watering my flowers. Write and or sent me pictures anytime. Take care. Love, Judy

    • Judy, you are such a dear person!! I am touched that you enjoyed my writing. I will be sure to let you know if I get bored of watering flowers and take up my computer keypad with stories again. All the best, Debbie Ambrous

  4. Sorry to hear that your interesting stories will no longer be appearing. I have been enjoying them regularly for a few years now. Thank you for sharing your travels with those of us who may never get to see such far away places. Your writing style is entertaining as well as educational. Maybe we will visit Alabama again someday and see you again. Sorry about the lose of your dear brother.

    • Kathy, thank you very much! I always tried to enrich the stories with points the general public would not know and include the simple things that Jim and I did on our travels. I may continue my stories later in a different format and will definitely let you know if it happens. I will let you know, but not sure that I will be able to keep all contacts in my current database. I do have yours and I would love to see you if you come to Alabama again. I’m still missing my brother and greatly appreciate your kind words. All the best, Debbie Ambrous

  5. I have enjoyed your blog posts and photos over the years. I had an on again/off again approach to blogging. I always felt like I’d go back to it, but after both Barbara and Aunt Marjorie died, I didn’t feel the same about it. I think they were my biggest supporters, and it just changed things.

    As a suggestion, you could move the blog to wordpress.com (free account) and that way the stories and comments would still be available. I know I haven’t read all of your posts and would still love to be able to go back and access them.

    Also, if you’re looking for a creative outlet, I’m enjoying the 52 Frames photo project, and you can jump in any time.

    • Audrey, the website is still open so you can look back at posts that you haven’t read. Jim paid for another year. I looked at wordpress and it seems that I would need to pay instead of “free” and the cost is with $20.00 per year of what I have already, plus I would likely have to go through another set-up. I know that I have an audience, but still uncertain about what I will do since I definitely enjoy creating those pages of words and photography. Thank you very much for you kind support and suggestions. Keep on with your beautiful photography! All the best, Debbie Ambrous

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