Tuesday, December 4, 2018


At times when I start to feel overwhelmed with life, and worries of the future start to consume all my thoughts, and my sense of peace and serenity, I need to just stop ... and focus on all that is good and right in my world.

There is so much to be grateful for.

Is it that I'm getting older, or is it this fast paced world, or maybe a little of both that make things so hard to deal with sometimes? I don't know. All I know is that if I let my thoughts get away with me, life can seem so hard to manage.

There is so much to be grateful for.

It does no good to worry about most things. Time has a way of settling things out. I need to remind myself of this more often.

I am thankful for all my people and all that God has given me.

I really am.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Celebration of Life Service at Chapel View

Today we went to the Celebration of Life Service at Chapel View for Dad and the others who had passed away recently there. It was wet and blah outside, but inside Chapel View it was warm and bright.

I know that I was feeling a little anxious on the way over, as was Mom. But once we got inside and saw some familiar faces, that feeling went away. Chapel View is good, and it was a big part of our lives these last two years.

Dad never wanted any fuss, but Mom did want a little church service for him, so this was perfect.

Reverend Nancy had gotten to know Dad, and talked about his kind eyes and his signature hat. She also said that she had lost her own mother a year ago this November, and I noticed that she cried during one of the hymns.

It was a sweet, little service. Mom looked pretty in her purple pantsuit, too.

Bruce got up and shared a few memories. People laughed when he told a story about ice fishing, and Dad re-using the same large walleye that he had caught over and over again throughout the next few weeks, trying to fool people into believing that he caught huge walleyes all the time. Dad liked a good joke now and then, but he was also a guy who would give the shirt off his back or the food off his plate if others were in need.

And as Mom kept saying what a nice service it was, I thought again about how lucky we were to find a place like Chapel View.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Soup Weather

Our cabin days are slowing down, but we did make it up one more time to deal with the leaves. Of course it's been raining, so they were heavy and wet. However, we went to work and now the bulk of them are taken care of. Good job, people!

Bruce then climbed the ladder to clean out the gutters, and we gave all the Hosta a haircut.

I think we're good to go.

It's soup weather now, too.

As I'm trying really hard not to buy any more cookbooks (note that I said I am trying hard, didn't say that I'm always successful 😏), I've started "borrowing" recipes I happen to see as I peruse cookbooks in the stores ... and with just a quick snap on my phone's camera, I have a new recipe without the added clutter! This Kielbasa & Cabbage Soup recipe sounded so good. I found it in a book at the Dollar Tree, of all places.

I decided to make it the night before so all the flavors could meld together. And with some deliciously oozy, toasted cheese sandwiches, we had a lunch full of cozy comfort. Yums!

My next soup creation just might be split pea with country style ribs. A friend said it was delicious, so I googled it and it really is a thing. An Estonia recipe, it said.

I never get tired of soup.