Archive for November, 2015

Stay home day.

Today is national “Stay home because you are well” day. How great is that? I received this in my email this morning and thought I would share: Did you wake well rested, feeling vigorous and ready for the day? Then you are ready to celebrate Stay Home Because You’re Well Day.  This day is celebrated [...]

The smell of cookies.

John is out for an early morning hike. Sadie is asleep upstairs. I think the best way to round off a wonderful weekend is for Sadie to wake up to the smell of chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven. When my kids were little I rarely bought cookies, but made them chocolate chip cookies [...]

Christmas and smiles.

After a day of visiting downtown Pittsburgh, Sadie and I settled in for our annual viewing of The Holiday. We have seen that movie so many times. Each year we talk about how much we love Iris’ little cottage and Mr. Napkin head. I loved snuggling on the couch with my girl. The only lights [...]

Being grateful.

I hope that everyone had a wonderful day with family and friends yesterday. Living your life from a place of gratitude is a great way to live. It is all good.    


John and Sadie are still asleep. It is predawn on Thanksgiving. We all have memories of Thanksgiving and what it has meant to us. As a child I loved waking up to the smell of a turkey cooking in the oven. I would sit and watch the Macy’s day parade. When I was that small [...]

Sadie is in the house!

When I came downstairs this morning the first thing that I saw was the pair of Uggs sitting inside the front door. What a wonderful sight! Last night my favorite ball of energy blew into the house. Sadie is home. It has been too long since I have seen my girl. I am happiest when [...]

Warmer because of you!

Thank you to everyone who donated to the hats, gloves, scarves and socks collection! Because of your thoughtfulness many many of the homeless in Pittsburgh will be a little bit warmer this winter. We continue to collect hats, gloves and socks throughout the year. Please join us for dinner on December 19th at Our Lady [...]

Attitude adjustment.

I woke up this morning with a pit in my stomach. Before my eyes even opened I recalled the dream that I was leaving as I entered my daylight state. It was a dream of an ordinary day. A 2009 kind of ordinary day. There were drums playing loudly in the basement, teenage boys everywhere [...]

Back to reality.

John and I travelled back to Pittsburgh yesterday. While I am not a fan of the travel day, I always love when we turn the corner and drive down Pin Oak Drive. Yesterday, we noticed right away, the trees that were packed full of beautiful leaves are now nearly bare. A sign that the seasons [...]

Blessed Mother Mary.

Today is the feast day of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Some people say that it is the day that Mary passes in front. I prayed a lot to Mary right after Joe died. I prayed that somehow she could help me to survive. I know it may sound silly, but I knew [...]