I have just returned home from spending three restful weeks in southern California. This has been a very busy year for me with little down-time. I needed to get away and relax. We cashed in an airline voucher, so we did not have to spend two days driving. That was nice.
The weekend before we left, my son warned me that he might be out of town for two of the weeks we were there. I crossed my fingers and prayed that the project would be delayed. Thankfully it was.
We arrived two days before my brother-in-law was set to take off on vacation. At the time we planned this, he thought we would be maintaining his house that was for sale. However, the house sold, he moved, and we still planned to come.
Life was able to move at a slower pace. We did nothing extraordinary. No sight-seeing. We simply enjoyed the company of our son and his family. It was a special treat to be with my son for Mother’s Day. He brought me a bouquet of flowers and took me out to lunch, followed by an afternoon of conversation. I savored that day as I am not usually there. Another highlight of this trip was meeting Kim, but you read all about that last week. It was quiet and peaceful.
My peace was destroyed when I turned on my phone in Dallas during our layover. There were multiple text messages and voice messages all carrying the same information. Your email has been hacked. A serious sense of dread washed over me, my stomach dropped. There were many concerned friends out there because the email they got said I was robbed in Madrid, Spain and needed some money to get home. Fortunately, no one thought this was true.
Unfortunately, the hackers erased all my contacts and every email file I had. Once I got home, I called the email provider and spent the next hour and a half on the phone resetting passwords. There was no way to retrieve any of the lost information. I must apologize to anyone who may have received this malicious email from me (because there are several of you who were in my address book). I am so sorry.
Besides the email issue, there was a message on the phone from the credit card company to call them immediately. The woman informed me that ten days before someone tried to use my card number to book a flight on Moroccan Air. The charges were denied (thank goodness!). That card was now cancelled.
What a homecoming!