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I'm about as ordinary and sane as a woman can be who has survived the meltdown of a 32 year marriage, the death of a parent, a major move, and major surgery, all within the past 5 years.

Hopefully I have gained some insights and maturity of thought through 30 years as a career military spouse and almost as many years devoted to newspaper advertising, being a working Mom, and even a few years as a Congressional staffer, and finally as the full time caretaker of an elderly ill parent. I'm retired now, although not by choice, so if you've got a job, bring it on!

I am not ashamed to admit that I'm actively seeking a new life partner. So, if you are a single male, between the ages of 55 and 65, intelligent, thoughtful, and have a life philosophy based on common sense and want the same ... then why not send me an email or post a tag and let's talk. I own my own home in California, but I very much want to retire on a lake somewhere NOT in California.


Genealogy, Archeology, Politics, NASCAR (what can I say, I like fast cars and the roar of the engines), Ponds, Fish, Turtles and Pets of all kinds. Mountains, lakes and river rafting. Anything to do with space exploration.

I don't like: pain, control freaks, hall monitor types, liberal & academic elitists. I'd like to see child molesters and wife beaters shot on sight, marijuana decriminalized and a winning lottery ticket.

And just for fun:

Nickname: Princess 'tude
Astrological sign: Taurus
Age: I am a Charter Baby Boomer    
Height: 5' 6"
Level of Education: College, got married, had 2 babies, college, technical training, more college in new degree program, more technical training, college again. School of life is the best and only reliable teacher.
Occupation: All job offers considered
Birthplace: Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Marital status: Divorced after 32 years.
How many children: Two, one adopted
Do you drink (alcohol): Holidays and Celebrations
Do you smoke: When I drink.
Favorite outdoor activities: My backyard pond with fish and turtles, camping
Favorite indoor activities: Blogging and Reading
Favorite colors: Red, White and Blue, okay sea green and rose
Favorite type of music: Folk and anything with a hard driving back beat, ragtime, Dixieland Jazz, rock-a-billy rock 'n' roll
Favorite musical groups/performers: Elvis, Neil Diamond, Van Halen, Bob Seegar, All Folk Groups, Fleetwood Mac, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Eric Clapton
Favorite soundtracks: "Love at the Greek" by Neil Diamond, Patetique by Beethoven; soundtrack from the movie "Chicago"
Favorite song at the moment:???
What's in your home CD/Cassette player right now: Big Tiny Little (ragtime piano)
What's in you car CD/Cassette player right now: An old Eric Clapton track, Clapton "Unplugged." Mostly I listen to talk radio in the car.
Do you play an instrument: Not really. Just gave my keyboard to my Granddaughter, still have my Aunt's antique auto harp and my ukulele from high school folk music parties.
One pillow or two: Three.
Croutons or bacon bits: Croutons
Favorite salad dressing: Chunky blue cheese
Have you ever had your appendix or tonsils removed: Yes and my gall bladder and my knee joint (replaced - I am a bionic woman).
Have you ever gone skinny-dipping: No, too afraid of getting caught when I was younger, wouldn't freak everyone out now that I'm older.
Do you make fun of people: No, unless they are moonbats and "stuck on stupid"
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up: An Olympic athlete and a world-renown dancer
What would be your dream job now: Archeologist
Have you ever been convicted of a crime: They tried but it didn't work.
Places you'd most like to visit: Space and the Holy Land
Your first car: A little grey Vauxhall that I got as a 16th birthday present.
Dream car: Cadillac XLR convertible in in pale lavender with white leather
Toothpaste: Pearl Drops
Shampoo/Conditioner: What my hairdresser recommends.
Favorite season: Fall
Favorite holiday: Christmas, I love to decorate
Favorite board/card game: Texas Hold'em, I play online; Canasta; Pinochle and Cribbage
Favorite hobbies: Genealogy and politics
Favorite sport to play: It used to be water skiing before I blew out my knee.
Favorite sport to watch: Auto racing, football
Least favorite sport to watch: Wrestling
Most humiliating moment: Biting into a sandwich and having my front tooth fall out on my plate in front of a first date.
Do you have any siblings: No, I'm an only child.
Do you get along with your parents: My father died when I was 13 while he was still in his forties, my Mother died last year at age 94.
Favorite place to chill: Sitting by my backyard pond.
Favorite place to visit: Yosemite, California - Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania - New York City
What is your bad time of day: Early morning, I'm a night owl, have trouble sleeping, once asleep have even more trouble waking up again.
What is your good time of day: Sunset and after.
Favorite perfume or cologne: None. Most make me sneeze.
Favorite scent of candle: Vanilla
Favorite flower/plant: Lilacs and Dogwood
Favorite subject in school: History
Least favorite subject in school: Math and Chemistry
Favorite authors: Colleen McCullough, James Patterson, Nelson DeMille, Tom Clancy, Ken Follett, James Michener, Nevada Barr
Favorite book genre: Epic historical novels and intricate action spy novels.
Favorite book: The one I'm reading.
Current book I'm reading: BLIND DESCENT by Nevada Barr
Favorite magazine: Whatever I find in the doctor's waiting room or at the hair dresser's.
Favorite movie you have seen recently: Who has time to go to the movies?
Favorite movie of all time: Gone with the Wind
Other favorite movies: Shawshank Redemption, Tombstone with Val Kilmer, Chicago, Ghost, Dirty Dancing, The Color Purple, Jumpin' Jack Flash, Prince of Tides, Schindler's List
Favorite actors/actresses: Kurt Russell, Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts
Favorite TV programs: old reruns of "The Nanny" and "Jag" or anything about archeology on the Discovery Channel.
Favorite cartoon character: Howdy Doody and Flub-a-Dub.
Favorite food: Shrimp, crab, anything hot and spicy
Chocolate or Vanilla: Vanilla
Favorite ice cream: Pralines and cream
Favorite Snapple: I'm not sure I know what Snapple is.
Favorite alcoholic Drink: Long Island Ice Tea
What is your bedtime: Middle of the night
Best on-line friends: Bloggers have friends, who knew?
Best friends: Michael and Martha
Worst enemies: My weasel ex and his psycho identity thieving bimbo/forger; the two sheriffs who attacked us and broke my back and put my 90 year old mother in the hospital on a respirator, they should rot in hell forever - no quarter, no mercy.
Interesting fact about your childhood: I could swim before I could walk.
How many rings before you answer the phone: That depends on where I am, what I'm doing and if I feel like answering the phone.
The first thing you think of in the morning: Wondering where the oil can is.
Favorite thing to do when you're home alone: Blog, read, take long hot bubble baths.
Things that make you feel good: Back and foot rubs, compliments, getting a rise out of pompous asses.
Things you don't like: Idiots, liberals, Barbara Boxer & Nancy Pelosi, anti-smokers, or any other frustrated hall monitor elitist metrosexual types.
Worst feeling in the world: Becoming an orphan (no matter how old you are this is a hard one).
Best feeling in the world: Being in love; finding something you thought you'd lost forever.
Do you get motion sickness: No, but I suffer vertigo from heights
Roller Coasters - Deadly or Exciting: Deadly
Thunderstorms - Cool or Scary: Very Very Cool
Pen or Pencil: Pen
Do you like to drive: Not really, but hey I live in California, what can I say?
Do you sleep with stuffed animals: No, but I collect teddy bears just because they're cute.
Did you have imaginary friends or a blanket as a child: No, unless you count the characters in books.
What is on the walls of your room: My Mother's artwork, special mementoes from my kids.
What words or phrases do you overuse: "What a jerk!" usually referring to myself.
Coolest things anyone ever gave you: A yellow rose, pressed in my memory book, that my father gave me for my 13th birthday in honor of becoming a teenager/young woman. He died 6 weeks later.
How would you characterize your political leanings: A modified libertarian.*
If you could pick one super-human power, what would you choose: The ability to talk to the "other side" or time travel.
Favorite Quotes/Lyrics/Poems: I am, I said. "Sometimes there just aren't enough rocks." -- Forest Gump

* What being a modified libertarian means to me:

Absolute belief that the Bill of Rights, which limits government and guarantees the rights of the individual, gives me the right to be biased against those (can you say liberals) who try to legislate my mind with their ridiculous political correctness and other huge government programs designed to control rather than enhance me as an individual. I strongly believe in the 2nd Amendment and the right to bear arms. I believe government's prime purpose is to defend and protect its citizens from foreign and domestic terror through a well-trained and well-equipped military. I believe in capitalism, competition, and the right to keep what I earn and I think corporations are better equipped as business managers than the government ever could be. I believe in the right to own property and the right to be left alone on that property, should I desire to be left alone. I believe that the human conscience is the closest thing I can explain as being the "spirit of God" and that the absence of a conscience (or God or good) is the definition of evil.