Archive for November, 2014


As we begin the holidays, I wanted to once again share my favorite poem. Desiderata “Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others, [...]

Small Business Saturday.

Today is Small Business Saturday. Although we are not able to shop today, many of the Christmas gifts that I have bought this year have been from small businesses. Back in the day the only place to shop was in small neighborhood stores. Many families are immediately effected by the sales of their products. Get [...]

A good day.

I am not a black Friday shopper. Most of my Christmas shopping has been done for some time now. Today, I will finish getting our house ready for Christmas. Sadie and I put up the tree yesterday.I love putting the tree up. Each ornament triggers a wonderful memory. Yesterday was a great day. Any time [...]

Giving thanks.

Thanksgiving is a great day to take inventory of our lives. Slow down and take a deep breath. Look at your life with fresh and grateful eyes. What do you see? This is the fourth Thanksgiving since my son, Joe, has moved on in spirit. The third without my dad. I often say that when [...]

Our Children.

It is so nice to see on Facebook, all of the photos of college students, at home with their families. Happy moms, dads and siblings. When one of your family members branches out there is a new appreciation for them and for your family when they return home. I love seeing that. During this week [...]

A better day.

Okay, so with no sleep the night before, I popped an Advil PM and slept for ten hours last night. That was well needed! Life looks so much better through well-rested eyes! It is amazing how quickly the Christmas season catches up to us. I know that I sound crazy when I am Christmas shopping [...]

Panic at night.

I woke up so early today. Sometimes when I wake up in the middle of night my mind starts thinking and I cannot go back to sleep. I started making mental lists of all of the things we need to do before Joe’s spaghetti dinner on December 20th. It has been a very long time [...]

Home again.

Well, we are back in Pittsburgh and it is cold! The beautiful mums that I left on my front porch are now frozen and withered. It is officially winter here. It is time to take down my Halloween decorations and put up a little Christmas. When we got to baggage claim we were greeted with [...]

Homeward bound.

It is predawn and I am up. We will finish cleaning the condo, pack the car and head north to the Orlando Airport. We arrived here on Hutchinson Island on November 7th. John’s birthday. That seems so long ago now. We are fortunate to spend two weeks here in March and November each year. It [...]

Magical music.

Just over the causeway, in downtown Fort Pierce, is the Sunrise Theater. Last year, John and I saw the band America. Last night, we saw Dave Mason. There is nothing like music from our childhood to take us straight back to all those old memories. I don’t know what it is about music, but it [...]