August Disappeared

So, I knew it had been a long time since I actually sat down and wrote a post for this here blog, but when I checked the dates I was surprised -- somehow I managed to completely skip August! Not a single post! How'd that happen? Hmm. I guess there just wasn't much going on, or was there? Let's see... In the beginning of the month, we moved SonnyeBoy from Ocean City to Baltimore, so... Read more →

Fix It Again, Tony

So... I bought a car! That's it, right down there -- the shiny pearly tiny cute little Fiat 500! Cute as a button! I have lusted after a Fiat 500 ever since the first ad for them appeared on TV. Then I spotted this one at the used-car dealership near our home. I looked it up and wow - a great price! A 2012 - not too old. More miles than I'd normally like, but... Read more →

A Luxurious Anniversary

Almost All of the Bedford Springs Resort This is where we spent our anniversary weekend - Bedford Springs Resort! This view shows *most* of it; there are three more buildings off to the right! Our room was in the Spa Wing; it's marked by that red X over to the left. What a fabulous resort!! We had a simply wonderful time, once we got there. I think Joe was ready pull over and melt along... Read more →


On June 9, 1911, Mabel Whitney Shauck gave birth to a baby girl named Anna. Yep, Mom would be 104 years old today. Happy birthday, Mom! Here are 10 things about my Mom. 1. She met my Pop when his family moved into the house directly behind hers. She was 8 and he was 11, and she decided right then and there that she was going to marry him. 2. Her first date with Pop... Read more →

At Long Last, Update!

Well, hello there! I, of course, have been meaning to post since the last time I posted, but... Oh, no excuses. I've been shirking. So let's get caught up! The health stuff. I did meet with a nutritionist in my health plan's Diabetes Management Program. She went over the basics about eating properly to control blood sugar, then we discussed the details. It's pretty much low carb, with the allowable carbs (about 90-100 grams a... Read more →

Christmas Passed

Oh, hello! So... Christmas happened, and it was lovely. Originally, we were going to go to my younger sister's house for the traditional family Christmas Eve dinner, but we didn't. It was pouring rain when Joe got home from work. Traffic was a mess. It would have been a white-knuckle flight for two and a half hours and we would have arrived exhausted and frazzled. I was sad about missing it, but not sad about... Read more →

A Little Sketch

In addition to Make Way for Ducklings, my RealtorĀ® surprised me with an old copy of Ivanhoe. This particular edition was given to my Mom on her birthday in 1938 by her friend Bill (who I think was female, but I'm not at all sure). Mom subsequently lent it to my Realtor's Mom, and now it has come back to me. On one of the blank pages in the back of the book was this... Read more →

Here Kitty Kitty Kitty

I have some pretty sunsetty boardwalky pictures to share, but first, a story of fear, panic, worry, and finally, trust. I took a couple days off so that we could stretch out the weekend -- and what better way to spend a stretched out weekend than to go to the beach? So we packed up our bathing suits and headed on down the ocean. Oh yeah -- we took the cat, too. We were just... Read more →

Family Matters At The Beach

Whoa. Three weeks. Sorry about that! We had our mini family reunion and crab feast the last weekend of July -- my Facebook friends already saw the pictures -- and it was grand! I took Friday and Monday off so that we could avoid some -- not all, of course; I know better than that! -- traffic. Sure enough, we crawled around Wilmington. Most of the rest of the way was smooth sailing, except for... Read more →

Out with the Old; In with the New

Here it is - New Year's Eve once again. I can't say that I'm sorry to see the end of 2013, but I'm hopeful that 2014 will be happier for all of us! This little vacation has been great. We've done lots of nothing and enjoyed every minute! Okay, maybe I've done a few drawings and seen a movie and hung out with my wonderful family. The main thing is that it wasn't work! The... Read more →