Happy Sunday, Annie! I am glad Violet was able to give you some advice. Let me explain a couple of things about publishing. You can publish/post without being a writer/contributor for a publication. ANYONE can publish to their own page. Kinda like your profile page is your personal publication. The advantage to posting to an established “real” publication is to have more people read your work and to connect with those who have similar interests. I am the editor of Snapshots today so I will see if I can add you. Allan hasn’t sent me the instructions yet but I will try. He often travels so that may be why he hasn’t responded to you or sent instructions to me. He’s also starting a new publication website so I am sure that is keeping him busy.

It takes a while to learn how to get around Medium. I’ve been writing here for 17 months and am still learning!

Another thing we have in common — lots of pets over the years. I now live in town but for 20+ years I lived on 3 acres in the country and rescued many dogs and cats, as well as a pig! I figure the total of both dogs and cats is 45, only counting the ones that stayed with me. Some I found homes for quickly; most I wanted to keep.

Now, we have one Pekingese dog (our other dog passed 3 weeks ago), two cats (one is cross-eyed!), and 2 guinea pigs — all but the Pekingese were rescues. A family member in Miami purchased our Pekingese as a pup and then couldn’t keep him. He was six months old when we drove to Miami to bring him to live with us. He is now 14 — very old for a Peke.

Last June, we purchased a townhome on a lake. We love it here. Right in town and in a densely populated area but it feels more remote due to the wooded lake. A very calming place. Here are some photos:

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We have many black bellied whistling ducks and Muscovy ducks on the lake and there are a few Mallards on the lake across the boulevard from us.

Sorry to hear about your husband’s health. I know how difficult that is. My husband is 15 years older than me and also has health issues though nothing as bad as a stroke or cancer. He has diabetes and high blood pressure (both are rampant in his family) and all the associated problems that come with those. Seems like he has at least one operation every year! But, he is very active and social. He does so much at home. He does all the laundry, most of the cooking, takes care of the trash and recycling, walks our dog 5 times a day, feeds all the pets, cleans the guinea pig cages, and loves to entertain. We have dinner parties for 6 to 25 people a few times a year and he does all the cooking! Our grandson turns 11 next month and this morning we were planning his birthday party. My husband will prepare an Argentine asado (cookout). He will grill 6 different cuts of meat (but I am a vegetarian!) and make his ensalada rusa, a type of potato salad that is his specialty. He may be 78 with health issues but he sure doesn’t act like it!

Every Friday evening I pick up our grandchildren from school and they stay with us until Sunday morning. Their mom picked them up a while ago. So, I am headed to a client’s office to work and I’ll squeeze in time to do my editorial work for Snapshots. I’ll let you know if I am able to figure out how to add you as a contributor.

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