No Regrets

It is my great pleasure this month to introduce you to my Guest Blogger for April, Franci, who blogs at Brew N Spew. Franci can always come up with a happy poem no matter what the topic. Today she is going to tell us a little bit about herself.

Older and wiser?

Wise OwlYou know the saying “the older you get, the wiser you become”? Well I hate to burst your bubble, however, there is no guarantee that we (you and me) are going to become any wiser as we age. I believe we can become more seasoned but climbing the chronological ladder doesn’t necessarily makes us wiser.

Who are “they”?

TheySayLiving a rich and full life can expand your thoughts, so “they” say. Well, who are “they” anyway? I have heard this forever and a day folks, and still don’t know who “they” are; and frankly my friends, I don’t care. I moved on from “they/them” long ago because we never met. It is who you are and I am that’s important. Don’t you agree?

First, coffee.


I will be honest with you, I love coffee and drink a lot of it. I lace it with cinnamon and/or nutmeg; or even chocolate. I am a motivated person, without much coaxing, and the coffee just magnifies my bubbling. I was brought up on chicory coffee, as my mother always had a pot brewing on the stove. Mom was raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, and that was her choice of brew. Chicory coffee was the traditional favorite of every New Orleans native in her day, and probably still is.

So, I got a little off track with the chicory coffee, and that is okay. My post seemed to be leaning too much toward a motivational read and that is not my intent. I tend to veer off in different directions at times, however, once I pass GO I find my way back without much difficulty. I write like I talk – pretty obvious isn’t it? Ramble, ramble, blah, blah, blah.

Now that we understand each other –

um whoops, now that you understand me, let’s move forward.

Here are some guts to my post, meaning some stuff about me. I know you’re just chomping at the bit to know, right? I am 70 years old, born and raised in Orlando, Florida before the mouse. Before the mouse means before Disney World, in case you didn’t get it. I guess you had to be there.

My youth – briefly.

194px-Child_beauty_pageantI attended college In Fulton, Mo for 2 years. I wanted to continue my education at FSU but my mom became ill and my education was shuffled to the back burner. I returned to Orlando to be with mom and landed a job at an insurance company. I also modeled, taught runway modeling to aspiring “little miss” contestants, and had some exposure to being an extra in commercials. I married at 23, divorced at 30 and moved to Ft Lauderdale. I was lured by big bucks and life in a glitzy city. Um, no regrets.

I then moved to Tampa, FL for bigger bucks and a more interesting position. A single girl has to live, you know! By the way, no regrets.

Can’t find the book? Read the blog . . .

write a bookI could write a book about my life, however, patience is not one of my virtues, so I am moving along with my blog. I remarried a wonderful man with a loving family, which I cherished. Since I was an only brat, with no immediate family, I adopted this family and they adopted me. He and I decided to move from Tampa to Hollywood, FL and open our own insurance agency. After 9 years of a lovely and fulfilling life, he passed away. I didn’t handle that so well but finally pulled myself together to move forward. A life experience with no regrets except the last act could have had a better ending.

Home again

Retired guest posterI remarried for a third time – you know sometimes I think I am not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but lack of companionship has no merit to it, in my opinion. We lived in Marlton, NJ, which I enjoyed immensely. We were in NJ for several years and eventually moved back to FL. I guess it was for a reason not known to me at that time, as he passed shortly thereafter. Another life experience with no regrets, except for the last act.

Never again

I said to myself “no more marriages for me!”. I couldn’t handle any more life changing events of this caliber.

So, a single babe I was and I worked constantly. A great way to keep my mind in good order. I’m sure you have figured out by now that this is only a briefing of my past. As I said before, patience is not one of my virtues and my 70 years has been quite eventful.

I found I didn’t mind being single, as I had a great group of friends and my own apartment. I lived in Ponte Vedra, FL, which is a beautiful area and famous for it’s professional golf tournaments.

Let me say that I am forever grateful that through most of my life, I have been employed; and I must admit the insurance industry has been good to me. A job is a job is a job. Yeah! No regrets.

I guess it was meant to be that I meet someone again. We were introduced by mutual friends, and he was married at the time. He wanted to date me! Ha!

I said “phffft – no way I am getting involved with a married man”!!

Never say “never”

Never say NeverWell, lo and behold, we have been married 11 years now. We lived in Jacksonville, FL until I was transferred to Atlanta, Ga in 2012. Again, many thanks to the insurance industry for a career and giving me the ability to relocate and retire. We just recently sold our house in Jacksonville, which now we are free to travel and just love, live and laugh. Um, no regrets.

Speaking of laughing, my husband keeps me in stitches, which I love to laugh. He missed his calling in life because he would be a fantastic comedian. Blessed with the gift of gab and showmanship – what else can I say. Yep, it’s just the 3 of us – myself, my husband and Amanda. Amanda is our cat and yes, the little diva rules! I have heard her say…

silly humans, don’t they know how high maintenance I am? – mawrrrr.

It is a good time in our lives, as we have each other and our health. Knock on wood on the health comment. Driving to little mountain towns is our favorite pastime as we enjoy the scenery, quaint restaurants and bars, and meeting people. Several of the posts in my blog pick up on our travels. We would love to have a condo or cabin on a golf course – yes, a golf course because my husband loves golf; loves to watch and play, and he is a good golfer. No regrets, indeed!

Yes, I love to blog, as it fills the void of over 40 years in the corporate world. I like to be active and keep going physically and mentally. It keeps me young and in the know. I have met so many lovely and talented people, in the world of blogging, and I am very grateful for the experience. Truly, no regrets.

There comes a time in life

lest we meet no strife

There is the need to run, and

define the meaning of fun

Oh please, my knees

a time of shaking or quaking?

Hurdles here and hurdles there

Let’s see how well I fare

Life, don’t do me wrong

I must stay strong

It’s me I want to be

can you not see?

I will never be blue

while I am with you

So life, while I’m here

I want to instill cheer

I promise my best

with no regrets.

Cheers! 🍵 ☕️


Franci Hoffman

Franci is a daily blogger who has a particular talent for putting the ups and downs of life into valuable verse. When you reach a glitch in your life, go to “BrewNSpew” for some understanding, some joy, and a kickstart to a new day. And don’t forget to unload your cares in the comments!

Many thanks for coming by, Franci. it’s great to hear your positive take on all of the different experiences you have had in life.

Photo Attributions:

Owl By Athene_noctua_(portrait).jpg: Trebol-aderivative work:Stemonitis (talk) – Athene_noctua_(portrait).jpg, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Little Misses: By LloydGallman – Flickr, CC BY-SA 4.0,



  • Hemangini

    April 28, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    loved knowing more about the blogger I have been following for a few months now…. Great to know you Franci. 🙂 Love your blog and thanks Maddy for letting us know her better 🙂

  • brendablagdon

    April 21, 2016 at 2:49 am

    Great post, Franci and Maddy. It’s good to know more about the people whose blogs we visit. Wonderful idea, Maddy.

  • jacquelineobyikocha

    April 20, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    What a fantastic read. I totally enjoy Amanpan, hmm Franci’s banter and follow her witty blog. She always makes me smile and those men must have seen the bubbly, lovely side of her which attracted them. It’s interesting to know that you modeled in the past. We share that in common as well. I really enjoyed getting to know you some more 🙂

  • thejuicenut

    April 20, 2016 at 4:03 am

    Wow, great post, now I know your name, pleased to meet you properly! What a busy life you have led and are still leading. Glad you are still having fun and new experiences ☺️

  • amanpan

    April 20, 2016 at 12:02 am

    Thank you for having me, Maddy. Wonderful job in your compilation. 😉

  • Bernadette

    April 19, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    Maddy, Thanks for the great feature. I already follow Franci and you are right she writes a great blog and well worth the time to read.

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