More Delays and Winter Days…

The wisdom is that a watched kettle never boils. That being the case, I almost wish that we were not getting weekly updates from our builder. It’s kind of like peeking into that slow-simmering kettle. With each week, there is a new delay. There is apparently a shortage of concrete, and winter weather has becomeContinue reading “More Delays and Winter Days…”

A Plumbing Fix, The “Sticks”, and a Motel 6

Let’s see. Where were we? Oh, that’s right, our water filter was erupting like Mount Saint Helen’s and we did not have the proper hardware to fix the problem. On the bright side, it’s easy to get 10,000 steps registered to your Fitbit when you have to use the bathhouse for all of your dailyContinue reading “A Plumbing Fix, The “Sticks”, and a Motel 6″

Bye to the ‘Burgh. Aloha Alabama. The Saga Continues… Volume II

It’s always bittersweet to say farewell to the holiday season. The cookies are eaten, the ornaments are carefully put away until next year, and the sparkling, colorful lights fade into the long winter ahead. Yet, the new year brings new beginnings, new adventures, and new milestones to achieve. We had such an outstanding respite inContinue reading “Bye to the ‘Burgh. Aloha Alabama. The Saga Continues… Volume II”

A cup of kindness for Auld Lang Syne…

“Celebrate endings—for they precede new beginnings.”  Jonathan Lockwood Huie, author Christina Rossetti wrote the lyrics to a beautiful Christmas Carol about the “bleak midwinter”. It celebrates finding hope when surrounded by feelings of being forsaken. The Holiday season is like that. Celebrating the birth of a savior, hanging sparkling lights, telling Santa stories, and carefullyContinue reading “A cup of kindness for Auld Lang Syne…”

Santa’s coming to the Steel City

My mom’s family was from Beaver Falls, PA, which, is not technically Pittsburgh, but it may as well have been. She had endless Pittsburgh pride. She had a deep appreciation for the hardworking, blue collar laborers, who made up most of the population of her hometown. Her brothers were good ballplayers, and she became anContinue reading “Santa’s coming to the Steel City”

Wait! It’s Already October?

I’m not sure how it happened, but pumpkins and scarecrows are beginning to appear in stores, on lawns and all over the campground. The evenings are dark and chilly. The early mornings are starlit and downright cold. I stepped out of the camper to walk Gypsy the other morning, saw my breath, and had toContinue reading “Wait! It’s Already October?”

Fall, Football & Fearless Friends

I’m back to work, at least temporarily. I’ve gone from lazy, leisure-filled mornings, sipping coffee and solving word games to 4:30 a.m. wake-up calls and battling the Beltway. Stars illuminate the path for my early morning jaunt with Gypsy, then it is off to the gym for a pre-workday workout. When I-95 is being kind,Continue reading “Fall, Football & Fearless Friends”

Somewhat Stationary and Semi-Retired

After a whirlwind of summer travel, we have temporarily settled down in the Washington, DC area. We are in a campground that is close enough to the kids and grandkids that we can enjoy some much-needed family time before resuming our quest for a quieter, lakefront life. It’s been a long, erratic expedition. Ten monthsContinue reading “Somewhat Stationary and Semi-Retired”

Coasting into Summer’s End with a Lifelong Friend

“The crickets felt it was their duty to warn everybody that summertime cannot last forever.” ~ E.B. White I love summer. I love the long days, and the embrace of the sun. I like flip flops and tank tops and sultry, starry nights. I love wading in the warmish water. I love the smell ofContinue reading “Coasting into Summer’s End with a Lifelong Friend”