It's been a tough couple of years - lost my mom (the world is very different without your mother); took care of my aunt for a year and a half before she past away; and 30 days after my aunt die, I lost my dad - the anchor of my life. The result is I've become much more aware of how special some people are and I appreciate them all the more. But I also no longer have the time to tolerate stupidity, greed and self-centeredness - even from family. I come across as a gruff, nasty old lady - which sometimes I am. But a small number of people know I am caring, generous and loving. I have always cared for the animals people throw away. I get great joy of providing Christmas presents for a group of children who are being raised by people other than their parents. I enjoy each day I have for the small things. I love to gossip, read, play computer games, my husband and my animals. I like being country. I'm gray haired, overweight, smoke too much and really don't give a damn what other people think of me. I like me just fine. And, Fuzz, I love being RETIRED!!