Thursday, November 17, 2011


So I inherited my grandparents' home when my grandfather died this past May. Hubby and I have pretty much been living here full-time since then. It's five minutes from my parents, is close to other friends and family, as well as Sir. I was pretty much raised in this house, and it's comforting to live here.

Because of my fibromyalgia, it's not easy for me to just pack up and shuffle back and forth between the houses, which are ninety minutes apart. We'd decided to spend the holidays here, because my mom, especially, was happy to have us close by. This was the first holiday season she's really looked forward to in a couple of years.

With that decision made, Hubby, who goes bonkers at Christmas with outdoor illumination (yes, we are THAT house, you know the one, every neighborhood has one) is in the process of moving all our Christmas decorations here to this house. No small feat, because it's a goodly chunk of our garage and a storage unit full.

During some discussions the other night, Hubby asked me if I wanted to just go ahead and live here permanently instead of our other house. (There's no mortgage on this one, so that's not an issue.)

Goddess, I love this man with all my heart. He is the World's Best Husband(TM). Bar none. I said yes, if he was okay with that, which he said he was. So now we need to decide what to do with our other house. Probably will rent it out eventually. We need to do a lot of upgrades and renovations to this house (like adding a second bathroom, for starters). But here we'll stay.

I've spent a lot of happy holidays at this house, and it's truly coming home in more than one way. It's nice to think of all the nights I sat up late, pounding away at an old Smith Corona 2200 electric typewriter, with dreams of becoming a writer.

Now, I sit her, pounding away on my Toshiba laptop, thinkng about how to make my deadlines. LOL

And I'm extremely honored that Siren has asked me to participate in their first Romance Convention in August next year. I'm REALLY looking forward to going and meeting my fellow Siren authors and my readers.

I can sit and whine about my health issues and pain, but the truth is, despite all of that, I really am happy. Melancholy, yes, because I miss my grandparents. And sometimes in a lot of pain. But I get to spend more time with my parents than I have been able to in a long time, and I get to do what I love. I've got a new Siren book ("Contractual Obligations") coming in early January, with more on the way.

Life is good. :) Take time this hectic holiday season to stop, smile, and think about the good things in your life. And hug your family.

(Tymber Dalton, who also writes as Lesli Richardson, Tessa Monroe, and Macy Largo, is an award-winning, bestselling author. Her website is and her Siren author page is


DiDi said...

Thank you for the reminder, I miss my grandparents all year, but especially during the holidays. Take care!

Tammy said...

Sometimes I think our grandparents make more of an impression on us than our parents do. It made my heart feel good to hear you say it made you feel like you was coming home. Everyone wants that feel of home and security and being close to your parents is a plus.
Tymber I love and enjoy reading your books so much and I hope that being where you are now will inspire you to write even more amazing stories for us to read.

Hope you have a Blessed Holiday and Thank you for the wonderful chat wednesday night on RP.
Your greatest fan

Missy Martine said...

Your post left a "yearning" place in my heart. I always wished for memories like you have. I grew up in foster homes, but then I met and married my Nigel and his family whole-heartedly accepted me. With their help, each year we create wonderful memories with his 89 year old mother who grew up outside London on a farm that's still there. Enjoy your memories, and restore your grandparent's home so you can pass it down to your children. It's the greatest legacy you can leave them. By the way, I really enjoy your books :)

Crafter said...

I understand how you feel about your grandparents. I lost my grandparents approximately 15 years ago and miss them everyday. I drove by their house this past summer and remembered some great memories I hadn't thought of in years. It's great to get to know authors. I love to understand and know thinking behind the writing.

Anonymous said...

That was a beautiful Reflection and I'm so happy that you will be able to stay in the house that is so special to you. With no grandparents or parents left the holidays can be sweet but a bit sad. And my husband's parents sadly don't seem to be creating those kids of memories for my kids which breaks my heart.