We broke the ice yesterday when I picked up my mail. We said hello to each other and she asked how I was doing. I told her about throwing my back out. Tonight, she asked how my back was doing and I told her it was much better. She was talking to my next door neighbor's boyfriend, while they sat outside smoking and relaxing. I ended up hanging around the porch and joined in on the conversation.
During the conversation, the topic of having an open mind came up and she mentioned that she has a gay friend, and she can tell him anything. She also has a female friend who is gay as well. I didn't mention that I was gay (I wasn't trying to hide it, but I didn't feel the need to tell her), but when the time is right, I can see that she will be cool with it. That put me even more at ease than I already was.
The time flew by and before I knew it, 3 hours had passed. For someone who has been keeping like a hermit for the past few months, I was pretty surprised.