I am completely re-writing this. I want those who take time to read it to walk away with a better understanding of me and who I am. First I have many labels (mom, artist, friend, daughter, animal lover etc....) but those do not define who I really am. I was once told that my heart is too big for my body (which is going some if you have looked at my pictures lol). I am a very giving, caring and affectionate person. If you choose to get close to me you become family. I choose to live a positive life and seek joy every day. Life is too short to live one moment of it unhappy. I have plans to move to the Tampa Bay area more specifically Riverview. This will happen the first week of July so I am getting a jump on things and changing this now.
I am well aware that my weight is an issue. That said if it is a real problem for you then that is YOUR problem not mine. I am actively working on my weight issue for my health not because of how I look or because of how others perceive me. My philosophy is that if you can't handle me at my worst you don't deserve me at my best. I have lost 21 lbs (update make that 32) since October and I am involved with a fitness challenge to log 1000 miles this year ( I am at 23.72 for the year slow progress but I am getting there). I have about 76 lbs to go to be at my goal. I will never be a skinny barbie type. I was graced with a large bone structure and a healthy appetite. lol
Now for how those labels apply to who I really am.
I am a mom of five boys. I have been a single mom most of their lives even when I was married. That said my boys are great kids for the most part. They drive me crazy at times and worry me to death all the time. They are 22, 19, 17, 16 and 9. The 22 year old is on his own. The 17 year old lives with his fiance and has enlisted in the US Army. (I am one proud mamma) The 19 and 9 live with me but the 19 year old will be leaving for Job Corps within the next few months. The 16 year old lives with his dad by his choice and visits as often as he can. We all spend weekends together when we can but my role in their life is shifting and so I am offered the opportunity to focus more on myself and who I am besides their mom for the first time in many years.
I am an artist. My primary medium is photography however I do love to paint, do resin casting, knit and several other craft type things. I have done shows with my photography in St Louis MO, and Pittsburgh Pa as well as having shows in galleries here in Springfield, MO. I love being an artist and the view that it gives me in life. The ability to appreciate textures, colors, tastes and just the variety of the world around me.
I am a fiercely loyal friend. I cared for my best friend in 2008/2009 as she fought her final battle with cancer. I held her hand as she took her last breath and helped the nurse give her her final bath. (that is the kind of love you get from me) It is an experience that taught me a lot about living. When we realized that she would not survive this battle we made a conscious choice and that choice was to live and I really mean live while we could and we did. We did whatever suited us to do as long as she was able. My friends become more family than anything and I am willing to walk through fire for my extended family both blood and other.
As a daughter I see it as my job to take care of my 70 year old dad as much as his stubbornness will allow. He did it for me and now it is my turn. My mom has been gone 13 years now and I miss her every day.
Animal lover..... pretty self explanatory but I have one dauschound. I stop to pet any dog that seems friendly lol. About the only animal that I don't like is a snake. (actually I am the kind of terrified of them that causes me to make a new door or window if one suddenly appears)
The other part....... I am a free spirited free thinker. By that I mean I don't follow one political or religious doctrine, I have a brain and I use it for something besides keeping my ears apart. I don't get into politics or conspiracy theories. I am a fun person to be around because very little gets me down. I choose to live my life looking for the joy in each moment.
Ok my best friend read my profile and she says I need to add some humor in here (she says I am really funny guys but I am not so sure lol) So insert random humor here and call it good.....
Thank you for taking the time to read a bit about me and I hope to get to know more about you. Please if you are into games or looking for a cheap thrill keep moving......
With all this said I am looking for a guy who can keep up with the randomness that is me. One who can be working on a car in the driveway in the afternoon and be all spiffed up to go dancing or to a gallery opening at night. I am looking for a guy with a brain somewhere north of his belt buckle.
First date sets the tone for how a couple will interact in the future. I believe that with internet dating common sense is to have one public meeting and then have a date. I don't call the first meeting a date. It is more like "lets make sure this person is not an escaped convict, ax murder etc....."
The real date should be something fun and quirky and fit the personality of the two people on the date. Anything from bowling, to dinner and a walk on the beach.. (and if you like to walk in the rain BONUS)
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