Archive for October, 2014


Today is Halloween. John’s favorite holiday. Unfortunately, he will be on a plane, flying home from Dallas, during the “candy hours”. Each year, the children that live on our street, look forward to seeing John and picking their XL candy from the Halloween box. I took this photo last year. I love watching him as [...]

A purple surprise.

I did not sleep well last night. I do not like being the only one in the house. John is out of town. That puts me in charge of putting the garbage cans at the end of the driveway. So, I dragged my tired self outside to get the cans. In the backyard, growing in [...]

Too quiet here.

It is very early. John has already left the house, heading to the airport. He will be working in Texas the next few days. John travelled a lot when the kids were small. Fortunately, with new technology, he is able to work from home nearly every day now. We both work from home. I really [...]

Grief, loss and Heaven.

I am at an age where death is really becoming a way of life. Yes, death and taxes are two things we can count on in life, so dying should not be a surprise to anyone. None of us are getting out of here alive. However, none of us like saying good-bye to someone we [...]

National American Beer Day.

Today is National American Beer day. I do enjoy an ice cold bottle of American Bud Light every now and again. This is me enjoying a beer that was nearly as tall as I am. Here are a few fun facts about American beer: There are more than 2,100 breweries that manufacture beer in the [...]

Sunny Sunday.

It is a beautiful fall morning! I did plan to spend the day painting the walls in the downstairs family room, but I think I will do that tomorrow. I am so happy to be back home with Johnny. I think today would be a good day to explore a corner of our city. Two [...]

I’m back!

I am on dry land! After taking a few days off from my blog and my life in general, I am back home. Mom, Kathi and I left Pittsburgh last Saturday. We spent two nights in Orlando before boarding a Royal Caribbean at Port Canaveral. After we got off the ship yesterday, we drove down [...]


For the last 1,226 days I have written a blog each morning. Once, when I was in Costa Rica, John stepped in as a guest blogger. This week, John is working out of town and is far too busy for blogging. I will not be writing a blog for the next four days. My mama, [...]

Right now.

It is sunny, and will soon be 85 degrees. We are in Orlando. The Tischler girls, once again under the same roof. I love spending time with these two ladies. I am so blessed. Fortunately, at this time and place, I am very aware that this time is precious and will pass quickly. We often [...]

St. Luke.

Today is the feast day of St. Luke. St. Luke wrote the story of the prodigal son. The prodigal son was always one of my favorite bible stories when I was back in grade school. In a nutshell, it is the story of one son who leaves the family, uses up all of his resources [...]