Amanda’s Visit at Christmas – Part 2

In Part 1 of Amanda's Visit at Christmas 2016, I left-off on Christmas day in Ft. Myers, and in case you missed it, this has become my favorite part of Christmas - when we sing Happy Birthday to Jesus at Dave's cousin's house. She goes all-out, birthday cake and all. I love it, even though … Continue reading Amanda’s Visit at Christmas – Part 2

Amanda’s Visit at Christmas 2016

Three hours north and then a half hour west in the middle of nowhere, was about all I knew of the road trip I was taking to go get Amanda from the Sanford Airport. Although not in the middle of nowhere, much of the two-lane road ran right through the St. John's River. And right … Continue reading Amanda’s Visit at Christmas 2016

Saturday, In the Parker – Part Two

Exactly a month after Dave's dad passed away, we were at his house, just Dave and I, on a Saturday night. Earlier that day, we had attended a celebration of life for Dave's cousin, Peggy, then went to see the sunset when we "accidentally" wound up going over the bridge on to Sanibel. Since we … Continue reading Saturday, In the Parker – Part Two

The Six-Dollar Sunset

Heading west, Dave made an impromptu move, and changing lanes said, "Let's go over to Sanibel and watch the sunset." "I don't care," I said, with no enthusiasm. "Okay good," he responded, as if I had said, "Yeah, wonderful idea!" I sat there amused at first, that he chose to take my "I don't care" … Continue reading The Six-Dollar Sunset

Saturday, in the Parker – Part One

Two memorials in three weeks with the Raffey clan - In 2016, November was a month of mourning. First, on the 5th, we had a funeral mass for my father-in-law Gus, and then on the 26th, a memorial for Dave's cousin, Peggy. Emotions ran the gamut on that Saturday. Funny and sad were both had … Continue reading Saturday, in the Parker – Part One