Enjoying the freedom of an empty nest, but miss having a companion to share the good times with. It's time to remember what it was like prior to having a family: go where I want, when I want, with whomever I choose. It's just that it's more fun with someone else to help make those plans. I love to travel. My most frequent cohort in crime is my sister, but she lives 6 hours away. I serve on the vestry and attend my Episcopal church most weeks. I have two thoroughbred mutts from a rescue agency that keep me company and provide entertainment. When the weather is nice, I enjoy being outdoors, during the winter I enjoy curling up with a good book, watching football, and puttering around the house. I like to share decision-making, unless it's a fun surprise, or what to fix for dinner ... sometimes simple decisions are more difficult for me! Respect and kindness are important, and I love to be pampered (and also reciprocate.) I enjoy music, live performances, dance, history, museums, antiques, driving with the top down, water, reading on the beach, animals.....etc., etc., etc....having fun! Saw the Stones last summer in Pittsburgh with an old friend/college roomie. Car club activities (including challenging myself with autocross) have become a hobby I've enjoyed for the last 3 years/4 autocross seasons.
Over the 39 years I've spent in education, 15 were as a principal, one as a central office coordinator, and the remainder teaching. I'm currently back in the classroom where it can still be fun teaching History. Each year I wonder if it's time to retire, but am not sure what I would really do if I did. I think I've probably got a few more years until I finally hang it up.
I've been widowed for 26 years, had a very brief second marriage that ended due to circumstances with a stepchild who was abusive to my younger son. While I'm very used to living alone and am self-reliant, it would still be nice to have a comfortable relationship with a stable, financially independent, fun-loving person. A good sense of humor is a must! I believe that life is a journey, not a destination!
Hmmm, I am very cautious, preferring a first meeting in a public venue such as a coffee shop, restaurant, museum, outdoor area, etc. As far as restaurants, I enjoy many ethnic foods as well as traditional American fare.