Friday, August 15, 2014

So here's how it happened...

Guess you're waiting for the rest of the story, right?  Without mixing in any of the other family details, here's the scoop...

About a year after Mark died, my BFF in all the world, came to me and said, "When you are ready, I know a GREAT guy.  He's handsome, charming and all alone.  Let me know if and when I can give him your number."

About a month later, my BFF, Nancy, came to me and said, "When you are ready, I know a GREAT guy.  He's handsome, charming and all alone.  Let me know if and when I can give him your number."

The following week...and the week after get the picture?

One day, I said...okay!

A few weeks go by, I hear nothing.  Then I dreamed he married Nancy's cousin, Connie.  I woke up and  thought it was a sign.  Who cares?  I'm perfectly okay alone, I have a full and good life, I have friends and family, I have faith, dogs, memories and plans.  Who needs a stinkin' date.  Right?

One Tuesday night, I'm on my way to the mall when my phone rings.  I don't recognize the number, so I let it go to voice mail.  Later I listen.  It's HIM!  He asks me to call him back. 

I drink three cups of coffee and eat chocolate.  I'm ready.  I call him. 

One ringy dingy.
Two ringy dingy.
Three ringy dingy...

He answers!  I hear lots of noise in the background.  He says, "Let me turn down the hockey game."

Hockey game?  He likes hockey?  HE LIKES HOCKEY!  Of course I'll meet him for lunch on Saturday!

(to be continued)

Friday, August 08, 2014

But first...

Ten years ago, I held my dad's hand and said good bye. He left behind many to miss him, but also some wonderful this one...
Me, my sister Carol, who died in 1999, and my dad, who has been gone for ten years now.  I have wonderful memories, but I miss them something fierce! 

I'll see you both again, before too long.  In the mean time, I know Daddy is repairing those pearly gates with duct tape and staples.


Wednesday, August 06, 2014

You ain't gonna believe this...

I don't know how to break the news gently...

Meet the new Mr.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

It's beginning to look a lot like...

I'd better get my buns out and get shopping!

I remember those days, when the kids were little, when the shopping started early and ended late. 

I remember those days when the decorating and wrapping seemed to go on forever!

This year seems so different...the wreath is not on the door yet.  Not one gift bought, no tree in the living room yet...

But my heart is singing!  The festivities are in my heart, not my living room!

I am blessed!

Tuesday, October 08, 2013


Tonight, we're getting together for one of Mark's favorite desserts, apple pie and cinnamon ice cream.  I'm sure we'll share a Mark story or two and celebrate his life.  We'll hug because we have one thing in common:  we miss him.   It's been two years.  Hard to believe.
Mark and Arnie
We miss you but will see you again!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

River time!

Not too long ago, Andy, Tony, Morgan and I hit the road for a very exciting destination...


We raked, swept, polished and planned.  We made lists, plugged things in, drained the rest.  

We sold the boat (!), after one last cruise.  


We also got to try out our newest toy:


We hit golf balls...

We smiled because we were at the river!

~happy sigh~

Now go out and be a blessing to someone.  I'm right behind ya!


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Take me out…

Tonight I'm going with friends to watch the Pirates play. I'm not a baseball fan, but I love to go to the park.  I'm a people watcher, a boat spotter, a river rat and I love Pittsburgh's skyline!  

It should be a fun night, With food and friends. 

It's starting to green up around here, the weeds in my yard are taking over, you can hear the grass grow, and flowers are showing up every day.

I've been getting out to run most mornings, new orange running shoes are such an incentive!  I love my camera phone or is it phone camera?



Guess what really matters is that if I vary my route every day I see something fun to photograph. Sure wouldn't be able to do that it wasn't for my phone. I can't imagine carrying my SLR around with me.

This morning I passed a house that had more stuff outside than any house on the block. The kitchen sink wasn't there but everything else was including a flower basket hanging from the railing.

No flowers planted in it, but the cat thought it made an excellent cat bed. 

I'll leave you with this photo. Soon as I shower off the sweat, I'm going out and share a smile with someone. Why don't you try it?

Remember, I love you.
God bless you!