My name is Melanie and I live in Arizona in the southwestern USA. Born in Central New York State in the Finger Lakes Region, I was raised in a military home so I never had a "real" hometown. My late husband, Bob, was retired from the military. If I ever pick a hometown, it will probably be a beach in Florida. I have lived in various places around the globe and I am now enjoying retirement in the Sonoran Desert but have not ruled out returning to Florida since becoming a widow.

I am a Christian, a right-leaning Moderate, and abundantly blessed with family and friends. A Patriot, I will never "take a knee" except in prayer. I have two grown stepchildren and one granddaughter - the lovely Brooke, age 17! She is hoping to become a doctor. I love animals and currently have a sweet gray Tuxedo cat named Sluggo. He is quite a talker and expresses himself loudly. In fact, he and I enjoy conversations, gossiping and giggling about the neighbor who thinks her dog really knows what she says to him. (Just kidding!)

In my youth, I often lived near the ocean. Swimming and sailing are my favorite water sports. While a young adult, my father, a retired military aviator, and a commercial instructor pilot, taught me to fly in order to earn a pilot's license. Traveling, reading (crime fiction and mysteries), and researching family history fills my time. My first ancestor in America arrived in 1620. An avid life-long seamstress and a dabbler in quilting and needlework, the knitting and crocheting are left to my other family members.

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  1. Hello from WNY -- Niagara Falls area.

  2. Very impressive story!! Blessings for continued good health in your retirement to continue making awesome memories!💗💗💗