A call from Joe.

The last two nights I have had dreams about Joe. Each time he has called me on my cell phone. He is happy, cheerful and funny. When I asked him what he is doing he laughs and says that he is so busy. And, he said, “Mama, I just love it here.” So, with that [...]

$1,000 Scholarship in memory of Joe.

Last night we went to the “Best of the Best” night at South Fayette High School.  We were there to present a $1,000 scholarship in memory of Joe. To receive this scholarship the student must be a kind and compassionate person. They must have great character and see the good in helping others. The person [...]

Little Free Library

A friend of mine told me about the Little Free Library that was placed on our street on 6th Avenue. I then received an email with the details. I just LOVE that this is now on my street! Hello Neighbors! We have added a Little Free Library to our house on Sixth Ave. in Carnegie, [...]

The Pittsburgh Neighborhood Flea

Yesterday morning, Sadie, my neighbor and friend, Michelle and I found ourselves at the Pittsburgh Vintage Neighborhood Flea at the Heinz History Center. I was in search of old suitcases, picnic basket and a Schneider’s Dairy milk box. I was barely in the door when I spotted the picnic basket. The walls were lined with [...]

Earth Day.

Today is Earth Day. Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which day events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now celebrated globally in more than 192 countries each year. I have another memory of Earth Day. About twenty years ago [...]

Diet Coke.

It has been one year since I have had a a Diet Coke. One year! Wow! I never thought I could do that. I had a strong addiction to Diet Coke. I loved that feel good feeling that I got every time I drank one. I have not had caffeine in a year as well. [...]

One step at a time.

I know a lot of people struggling right now. In the words of Kahlil Gibran, “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” While life may seem rough right now, with time, situations and conditions will improve. And, in the end, you will be better and stronger [...]

Find your passion.

I believe it was Confucius who said,  ”Do what you love and you never work a day in your life.” I love that quote. I am blessed that I have a job that I enjoy and it allows me the time and energy to do the things that fill me up. Things that feed my [...]

A garage of possibilities.

I love that the weather is getting warmer! Before I know it the backyard bucket will be open. This week we are working on cleaning out the garage on 6th Avenue. It is a big space and I look forward to painting many a piece of furniture inside those walls. Yesterday I cleaned the newel [...]

Happy Birthday, Treenie!

Today is my sister, Kathi’s, birthday. I rarely, if ever, call her Kathi. To me she is Treenie or Katrina. I am blessed and thankful to have her in my life. She is my best friend, accountant, neighbor, seamstress, therapist and second mother. I was named Susan because that is what Treenie called her baby [...]