This photo has nothing to do with the post but ya'll know I like to include at least one regardless. I'm not sure what type critter this is but I suspect it is a type of hornet maybe? It was much larger than any wasp I have ever seen.
Anyway, I worked many hours last week and didn't have much time for my blog or reading any of my favorites either, so forgive me if I haven't been dropping by or commenting on any. I only had to work 8 hours today so I managed to do a little catch up reading this evening. I'm afraid my work may be finishing up even faster than what we first suspected. I had hoped to at least make it to September before being laid off again, and may yet, but it is really getting slim now.
I did manage to spend a little time with the new man last weekend and a little this weekend too, after work. It's all kinda funny (odd) how that has worked out. See, this guy is my Mom's neighbor and happen to read the article the newspaper up there did on my house a few months back. He is interested in building a house debt-free also, and self-sufficiency, so he asked Mama if she thought he could meet me. I said sure and we have just been corresponding since then, with him making an occasional visit when in town. His work requires him to travel quite extensively so we emailed for a long time. He finally asked me out to a movie and dinner a few weeks ago, which I agreed to but was really not sure what his intentions were. He was never flirty or anything of that sort and, with the age difference, I figured he was just interested in being friends. Now, I can hear a lot of you saying 'oh, come on!' because he also often brought small gifts for me but I never assume a man is interested in me until they come right out and say so. I'm kinda stubborn that way. Anyway, he asked me out again later but then was immediately scheduled to go back out of town for an extended period of time. Now, I did suspect, or hope, that he was interested in me and I thought, you know, that is just my luck. I finally meet someone that I have many things in common with and enjoy being around who seems to enjoy being around me and the circumstances of life and work screw it up. I think I even wrote a recent post with that on my mind and kinda expressed some rather grouchy sentiments because of it. But I was irritated, darn it. When was my luck gonna change? Then, the very next day he emailed and said his circumstances had changed, he was in town, and wanted to see me. Turns out, he got laid off too, but we have been able to spend some decent time together.
As I said before, I have had some reservations because of the age difference and he professes that he never thought he really had a chance but thought, 'what the heck.' Now, I have dated older, and younger, guys before but was really kinda set on finding somebody closer to my age this time. Unfortunately, most guys my age are married at the point. You know, 10 -15 years into a marriage with kids. So, do you just say no, I only want this particular idea of what I have in my head, and thus possibly spend many years alone, or am I willing to be open to other things and get to spend some time with someone very interesting? I guess that depends entirely on the person. I have to admit I find this man very intriguing but still remain wary. However, I have spouted off for a while on here about life being about adventure and experiences and I think I may actually have stumbled upon one who can give me the adventure that I have longed for. He has survived a war (former Marine) and a couple of marriages, traveled all over and seen, due to his job, many very interesting and historic things. I very much enjoy a man I can learn from and who has a strong desire for life and he seems to be strong enough to handle me. So, we'll see what we'll see. The guys call him Capt. Jack, so that will be his name here. And last but not least, he is so damn funny. Anybody that can make me laugh like he can has got to be somewhat okay.
EDIT! ok, I may have some of you really wondering so I'll just say, Capt. Jack is 20 years older than me. He was in Vietnam.