20 Sep

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis


As I am writing this post, my husband and I should have been driving across the line between Florida and Georgia, on our return trip to western North Carolina. But life happens.

My first inkling that our plans needed changing came on Tuesday. Our daughter volunteered to chair a Christmas Tree Walk and Market as a fund-raiser and community outreach project for our church. One of the ideas, is to give local business the opportunity to sponsor a decorated tree that would be auctioned at the event. Excellent publicity for the business. So Tuesday I began visiting businesses to invite them to participate. Did I mention the heat index was 104 degrees F or 40 C? My husband was kind enough to drive me around and keep the air conditioner running which was a life saver.  Since this took up one of my days I had planned to get ready for travel, we decided to push our departure to Friday.

Wednesday afternoon, we had a big thunderstorm with lashing rain. It seems that storms from east and west met above our town. Unfortunately, a roof leak that our daughter’s home sustained during 2018 Hurricane Irma reared its ugly presence. It is almost impossible to get a professional to repair a roof, so thanks to our delay, my husband was there to “save the day.” He’s that kind of dad. ❤️💛💚

So, not sure when we will hit the road. Retirement goes hand in hand with whenever!

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I'm a winnerAfter my retirement, I decided to re-learn the canning and preserving skills I learned from my mother but hadn’t practiced for twenty years. I titled the blog Old Things R New to chronicle my experience.  Since then I have been blessed to have six other bloggers join me, DiVoran Lites, Bill Lites,  Judy Wills, Louise Gibson, Janet Perez Eckles and Melody Hendrix

In addition to blogging, I work as the publicist/marketer/ amateur editor and general  “mom Friday” for my author daughter, Rebekah Lyn. I also manage her website, Rebekah Lyn Books  where we frequently host the best in up and coming authors.





3 Responses to “Whenever”

  1. ludyja September 21, 2018 at 6:59 pm #

    One of the best things about retirement is the “whenever.” I really enjoy that time with Fred, and the times we just “up and go.” Enjoy!

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  2. itsrebekahlyn September 20, 2018 at 7:25 pm #

    I am so thankful dad was here to see what the leak is doing. Hopefully it won’t happen again.

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  3. divoran09 September 20, 2018 at 2:49 pm #


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