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My days of intemperance--of gambling, womanizing, and drinking--are
done. Whether my sins ended when the cannon burst , nearly taking
my leg, or whether they ended last month, when my affianced, an endlessly
forgiving lady whom I’d at last agreed to wed, fell from her horse and broke
her neck, matters little. My dear lost Wili, fool that I am, I took you for granted, thought you would
always be there, arms open, ready to love and forgive!
That part of my life, full of deception and lies,
those days of selfish pleasure—are over.As my confessor says, God has granted me wealth, position, strength and
grace of form, but I have taken His gifts for granted, have evaded the duties and
tasks which are required of a gentleman.
I am to marry my lost bride’s little sister and take up the
duties of lordship, tending to neglected family property and assisting my father with
diligence and honesty. My young cousin Caterina will not make an easy wife, for
she justly blames me for her beloved sister’s years of unhappiness. Caterina
is, to all intents and purposes, a child, with little knowledge of the world or
of the duties required of a gentleman’s wife. There is almost nothing about her—beyond
her lanky promise of beauty—which interests me, except for her surprising knowledge
of horseflesh, which rivals that of any man I've ever known.
I am to fulfill the promises I’ve made to my family and to God, I must be
patient with my young cousin, be at first far more a stern and loving father than a husband. This will not be easy for me, as I have
hitherto been accustomed to always have my way with the ladies...
It's that time of year again. Usually by now I'm done, but I've been putting it off this year. Probably due to the weather. However, this past weekend was absolutely beautiful and motivated me. So far my living room is half done. Curtains are down, cobwebs removed, and furniture vacuumed. There was a time I flew through the room. Not so anymore. I'm not as young as I used to be, so I had to take a break before I dust the furniture, wash the windows, vacuum the floors and hang the new curtains. Wow, looking at that, I realize I'm not even half done. Age does take its toll. Part of the reason I'm procrastinating is I'm thinking about buying new curtains. I do like the ones I have a red and white plaid, it gives the room a fresh cottagey look. So why do I want to change them? Hubby is making new pictures for the walls. Sail boats and sea gulls and they're predominately blue. I'm hoping to find a blue and white plaid similar to the red and white. They're a linen type material, but sort of sheer. So far I've not been able to find anything like them. I bought them at Penney's a few years ago. I guess I'll just save the money and put the red and white ones back up. So it's back to work. By the way, two of my books are on special right now from Amazon, Secrets, Lies & Love is on sale for 1.99 for a limited time and Deadbeat Dads for 99 cents.