Farmer’s Market

John and I went to the farmer’s market in Ft. Pierce this morning. I love that place! Live music, fresh food and artist. All good stuff. Today the Empty Bowl project was there. A few years ago I bought a bowl from them. School children and local artist make and donate ceramic bowls. They are [...]

My second mama.

Yesterday, my second mama turned 86. I first met her on my 29th birthday, which is some time ago. John and I were already engaged so it was great that we loved each other from the first day. When John and I got married I slipped naturally into a groove where I called her Mom. [...]

Heading south.

We are making our way to the airport today. Time to put life in Pittsburgh on hold for a few weeks and head south. It has been a long winter and the thought of warm sea air and sunshine is fantastic. I miss my Florida friends and my home away from home. I’m excited. I’m [...]

Dad in HomeGoods

Yesterday, John and I were in the HomeGoods store. There was quite a line of people waiting in line to make their purchases. As John often does, he was smiling and laughing with a little boy who was with his mom and grandma.  I saw him sitting in the cart laughing and I said, “He [...]

Papa J’s.

Sadie sent me a text this morning letting me know that there was a fire at Papa J’s. Papa J’s is a restaurant on Main Street in Carnegie. It is within walking distance to Sadie’s apartment at our house in Carnegie. Papa J’s is one of the reasons that I wanted to buy and restore [...]

National Old Stuff day.

Today is National Old Stuff day. Always observed on March 2nd, National Old Stuff Day is a day to give notice to all that old stuff and try something new. Well, maybe not ALL the old stuff, but some of it. It’s a day to break out of the old routines and try something new. [...]

The Month of March

Today is March 1st. Since 2011 I have found March to be a month of dread. A reminder of loss. The month that took my son, dad and mama. It is 2018. It is a new year. It is time to stop dreading a month. Each year consists of only 12 months. It doesn’t seem [...]

Call your mama.

This photo popped up as a memory of mine from February 28, 2014. Three Tischler kids and their mama. Wow, four years ago. I remember that day so clearly. I suggested getting our picture taken together. We were all together at our condo in Florida. That never happened. It was a tiny special moment in [...]


“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” Marianne Williamson I have to admit that recently I have been focusing on and giving too much energy to the things in my life that hold me back. Things that are obstacles. Problems. Pain. Today I am going [...]

Dream job.

I saw this quote from Steve Jobs: “I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know [...]