I just celebrated a birthday with my two daughters. I chose one of my favorite restaurants and ordered coq au vin (it is time consuming to make for one person so I don’t make it at home much anymore), drank a great bottle of 10 year old zinfandel, stored in my wine cellar garage along with many other bottles waiting for that perfect occasion to open. It was a great day. I crawled into my crisp white cotton sheets that night with a smile on my face.
I am in a great place in my life. My kids are grown, live together, and still love to hang with me. I wake up each morning and see a pond with lots of ducks floating and ducking (is that where the term comes from?) under water, reeds blowing in the wind, vineyards with bare vines, yellow mustard swaying in between the rows, my vegetable and flower gardens, and bike riders yelling “no cars” as they turn the corner and stream by.
I live in what I call paradise. My surroundings, my family and friends, and my weaving and my work fill me such joy. I would love to be able to share my life, to hike and explore, travel, build fires, cook dinners, discover new music, open new doors and take a chance at the unknown – to the space in my heart. I will make coq au vin for two, open old bottles of wine, tell funny stories and make you laugh (not because I have told a joke - I always forget some major part) but because my friends call me “Gracie” from Burns and Allen. I am always up for a new adventure, have lots of energy to hike in the Sierras, stroll on College Ave., or swim a few laps of the butterfly.
I treat my friends with respect, honesty and an open heart. My best friend since we were in first grade in New York lives out here – she came to visit when we were in our 20’s and decided California was the place to be. I have felt that since the day I arrived in the summer of 1974. Before I know it another birthday will be here! This is the bittersweet gift of aging. I get how precious life is and how quickly it passes. I want to hold on to the days and savor them – they are always so full.
Life is sweet and even sweeter when I can share it. Losing my partner of almost 30 years made me grow in many ways. I have found my own rhythms, and gotten to know who I am alone. I find myself talking out loud as some thoughts just need to be heard and even repeated! I am ready to move forward. I’d like to get lost in conversation, make new memories, create new special places and have lots of fun with you!