Thursday, June 3, 2010

Where has the time gone?

Wow!  It's been 2 months since I posted anything.  I have been very busy doing spring cleaning at home, cleaning the RV, starting yardwork, running to meetings, publishing the ABWA newsletter, the church newsletter, and the ABWA trifold.  Jerry has been in and out of the hospital but is on the mend now.

I am so lucky to have good friends, great family, and wonderful opportunities.

Saturday, April 17, 2010


Well, it's been a whole month since I wrote on this blog.  During that time the snow melted--finally.  I took the RV over to a friend's house for an oil change, tire check, and overall check-up.  Then I loaded up my cats and warm blankets, electric heaters, sewing machine, maps, etc. and headed west to Indiana for Easter. 

We were very fortunate that the weather warmed up.  It was very comfortable camping out that week.  I even turned on the air conditioning one day.  On Easter Sunday it was sunny and warm.  We played cornhole in the front yard.  You can see by the photos that it was also quite windy.

Easter pictures

We came back home and enjoyed some more warm weather for awhile.  But we've also had rain, sleet, and snow.  My daffodils are up and the redbud is in blossom.  The trees are beginning to bud.  Yardwork awaits. I bought some herbs to plant in the front flowerbed. We never count on really good weather until after the Maple Festival which will be next weekend.  Then we should be home free! :-) 

Thursday, March 11, 2010


We still have 2 feet of snow behind the motorhome. I hope I can back it up and drive it around to recharge the battery soon.

Thursday, February 18, 2010


Today was a sunny but cold day.  Although the thermometer showed 30 degrees the windchill made it feel much worse.  I took a nice walk on the bike trail and trudged through the foot of snow.  Someone else had broken the trail but it was uneven and hard work to walk in their footsteps.

I started up the RV this morning and backed it up a few inches to get the weight off of the same spot on the tires.  It felt good to go inside and start the motor.  I always like the smell - a new car smell inside.  Only a couple of months before I can get back out on the road again.

The Olympics

I have watched more of the winter olympics than I usually do.  The announcers have made it more interesting by telling the stories of the contestants.  It is pretty exciting to keep up.  Now that I'm retired I can afford to stay up late until the end.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Cleveland Playhouse

Another great show today at the Cleveland Playhouse-"Ain't Misbehavin'" 
The cast danced and sang 30 songs for over 2 hours.  What professionals!  The orchestra was excellent as well, especially the piano man.

Saturday, February 6, 2010


The last two days I stayed home and loafed.  The snow outside looked pretty with the sun shining on it.  I was perfectly happy to stay home by the log fire with my cats and play on the computer.  I did a few household chores, baked brownies and bread, did the laundry, balanced the checkbook, and watched a little TV.  This is so unusual for me.  I like to get out and run errands, cross country ski, visit Jerry and Hoby, and DO something.  I don't think I was sick but I just felt like a homebody.  I'm sure I will make up for it another day.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


The women's retreat went real well Sat. There were about 9 of us. We ate chocolate, had our devotional study, ate chocolate, played games, visited, and ended with a chocolate devotional kit. Then we went out for dinner at Joey's Grill. I loved the shrimp pesto over linguini.

Sunday I sang in the church choir, stayed for coffee hour, came home where I made banana pudding pie, and put beef stew ingredients into the crockpot. At 3:00 I went to my friends' birthday party which was fun. Jerry came over for dinner and we read the paper together.

Mon. I had to go to the hand surgeon, get x-rays of the sore lump on top of my hand. Doctor said it wasn't a cyst. It looks more like tendonitis. He sent me for a blood test to determine if it is arthritis.
Then we went to VA for Jerry's bloodraw. We went to McDonald's for lunch and then home. Good dog Hoby stayed at my house with the cat sisters the whole morning.

Friday, January 29, 2010


This has been a busy week at church as I mentioned in my last post. It is also a sad time to reflect back on what happened to my husband 13 years ago. It was Friday, January 31, 1997, that Jim took his own life. I came home from school and found him and a note. Ever since that time I asked questions and tried to understand what happened. Perhaps we will never really know what was going on in his head. I miss him.

Today the snow is covering the driveway and woods. The sun is shining down making sparkles in the snow. I see the beauty of nature. A pileated woodpecker just visited my suet feeder. This is a rare sighting of such a large beautiful bird. Jim loved nature and enjoyed skiing. Winter was a fun time to enjoy the outdoors. He was always full of life, ready to go "do" something. We enjoyed walking our dog at the nearby parks. I miss all of those things that we shared in common.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Church Week

Starting last Saturday we had our church officers and committees all-day retreat We ate breakfast, lunch and dinner together, reviewed our church constitution, church profile, church survey, and ministry plan of action for the future. It was a very full day, and rather tiring. However, I felt it was very worthwhile, a good way to bond, and fun at the same time.

Sunday we had a full morning with bell choir rehearsal, chancel choir warm-up, 2 worship services, a potluck dinner, and our annual meeting. All went very well.

The COLTS won so I am happy!

Monday morning I attended our church book study. Then I went up to the church to work on the newsletter. By 4:00 we had it printed and folded, thanks to some very nice people at the food pantry. That night we had our church consistory meeting.

Tuesday was bell choir and chancel choir rehearsals.

Wednesday night was the Alpha Course.

What will I do tomorrow and Friday? ?????

Saturday is our church women's retreat with dinner out.

It has been a very good week! I enjoyed the fellowship and studies, the interaction, the discussions, and even the disagreements that arose. It is wonderful to have such a great group of people to share your thoughts, beliefs, and ideas. I would be truly lonely and lost without my church family.

Friday, January 22, 2010


Yesterday Carane and I went to the Playhouse to see Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers." I had never heard of it before so I was quite intrigued with the pre-show discussion. This has to be one of the best plays Neil Simon ever wrote! I haven't laughed so hard in a long time. The way he built up to Grandma's entrance was so great that when she finally came out you weren't disappointed. The same was true of Gert's entrance in the 2nd act. The young boys were excellent in their roles as Arty and and Jay. We are so fortunate to have this wonderful Cleveland Playhouse with such great talent and fantastic plays.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Alpha Rocks!

We had our first official session of the Alpha Course tonight. After eating pizza, cookies, & potato chips with pop we were really "rocking!" It is great to see so many new faces and have time to sit down with new people and discuss important subjects and get to know them better.

Today I worked on the computer, went to the YMCA, worked some more on the computer, went to Alpha and came home and worked on the computer. Jerry and I started putting together the church newsletter. Microsoft Publisher worked well after we used Mary's template. We just deleted the old information and inserted the new. That was easy but took time to copy and paste articles from e-mails we received. We had fun and a lot of laughs so I enjoyed it.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


The snow is melting but rain came down and froze on top of it. Streets were slick this morning, as was my driveway. The "Mouse Man" came today and extracted 2 critters from my attic. The RV was clean. :-)

I spent some time on the computer, went with Jerry to the VA for a blood draw, read the newspaper, and watched an old western called "Comanche." Tonight our bell choir practiced for Sunday's service. We always laugh and have such a good time together. Then I stayed for chancel choir rehearsal. It was fun too.

Sunday, January 17, 2010


This morning started out very foggy and stayed gray all day. The warmer weather is definitely melting the snow. Since I love cross-country skiing I always feel sad when this happens.

Our Alpha team met after church to make plans for Wed. night. It is very exciting to see new faces at this weekly event.

The Colts won! Since I was born a Hoosier I feel some connection with them.

Henri Matisse

At the top of my blog is a picture of an old car with the steering wheel on the "wrong" side. It is an oil painting by Henri Matisse. I actually got to see it at the Cleveland Art Museum yesterday. In fact, I probably downloaded the photo from one of their brochures last fall. Cool! Its title is "The Windshield, On the Road to Villacoublay," dated 1917. Henri was riding in the backseat and decided to paint what he saw from the car.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Shot of Culture

Today was a wonderful day for culture in Cleveland. My friends and I attended the Cleveland Orchestra concert and visited the Cleveland Art Museum. WOW! The orchestra played R. Strauss' "Don Juan." Then they played the Brahms 2nd Symphony in D. Fantastic music by a world-class orchestra.

After the concert we walked back to the art museum and visited the newly opened galleries of impressionism, modern art, as well as the armor hall and some other favorites. We also visited the cafeteria for our soup and sandwich lunch.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Today I finally made it to the YMCA after a month's absence. In the meantime, I have been exercising with Hoby by cross-country skiing about 3 times this week.

Jerry and I have been shopping, running some errands, and keeping warm by the fire while we watch TV. I've been catching up with Facebook, Farmville, Tikki Farm, Zoo World, Happy Aquarium, e-mails, and all of the RV blogs.

Tomorrow our church is starting the Alpha Course. Jerry is helping me make mashed potatoes for 40 people! Wow, what a friend!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Saturday with Sunshine!

Today was the first day we saw the sun for a week! It is still very cold (in the teens) but the snow on the trees is so pretty. I did a load of laundry, sewed a rip in a jacket, balanced my checkbook, shredded last year's bill receipts, and did other odd jobs.

The Bengals didn't make it, I'm sorry to say. :-( They had a really good season but just couldn't get past the NY Jets.

In memory of Elvis's 75th birthday yesterday I stayed up late watching his movies. I had never seen Follow Your Dream or Clambake before. Elvis played an innocent, naive man in both. That surprised me. I was fooled by his swinging hips when he performed. I figured he would play an aggressive sex symbol type instead of the "good" guy. Both movies were very light and relaxing to watch. After visiting Graceland last May and seeing all of Elvis' cars, costumes, army history, airplanes, etc. it was especially fun to see his movies.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Cozy Home

Today was a good day to stay in and keep warm by the gas log. Jerry and I decided to wash Hoby in the bathtub. This was definitely a 2-man effort because Hoby is afraid of water. After bribing him into the tub I climbed in with him and scrubbed him up real well. I used my shower massage to rinse him while Jerry held him still. WHEW!

Next, we gave Taz her first real bath. She has had partial cleanings before but never gotten soaked before. She is really a little cat when wet. Her harness looked too big. I had worried that it was too tight and binding her but it is fine.

Panda was afraid she was missing out so she put her paw under the bathroom door. I opened it and let her in. Her fur is so much lighter and fluffier it didn't need washing. She really keeps herself clean and good-smelling.

That was all the excitement for the day.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Welcome, 2010! Welcome Snow!

We have had steady snowfall since New Year's. We have 27 inches of snow and then today ice. I took Hoby cross country skiing in Jerry's woods. It was more plodding than skiing. The crust of ice on top would break, leaving ice blocks between your feet to cut into your ankles. The snow was almost knee deep. We definitely got a good workout.