The Trauma 10 Years Ago

On this very day ten years ago - February 22, 2008, at this same time - 8 p.m., I took this picture.   I was following Dave, who had flipped his ATV. The ambulance took him to the nearest hospital - Lake Placid, I think, and they said they simply could not handle such a … Continue reading The Trauma 10 Years Ago

Let No One be Left Behind

Having passed people-pleasing on the rung below me, the rung on the ladder of life, I am now on a new rung. A new rung does present new challenges, however, I feel ready for this rung. For¬†I saw this quality in myself some time ago and shared these thoughts with friends. I shared with them … Continue reading Let No One be Left Behind

Let’s Talk about Suits

I discovered my love for displaying memories in a scrapbook long, long ago, a trait I also loved about my grandmother. My first album I believe was from her - back when they were comprised of what looked like black construction paper. For my 13th birthday, I got a fancy one with hard plastic covering … Continue reading Let’s Talk about Suits

The Q-tip Quip

For years, when I would complain of not feeling well, Dave would listen to me the first or second time and then suggest I not focus so much on the ailment. Although he meant well, this usually did not go over well with me. Whether it was my inflamed sinuses or a migraine headache, a … Continue reading The Q-tip Quip

It’s a bunny, it’s a monkey, it’s Susie!

People may have thought (and with good reason) that I was likely the latest resident of Royal Palm Beach to loose their driver's license (or their home ūüėČ ),¬†but thank God that was not the cause of my peddling more than nine¬†miles around the town yesterday. "No, I am not a homeless person loitering in … Continue reading It’s a bunny, it’s a monkey, it’s Susie!

Cake of Cheese

Dave is good. He called on his way home and after we hung up, I thought, "Poor guy, he's probably wondering, does 'I don't want cake' really mean I shouldn't get cake, or is this one of those times when I should know better?" Then I prayed for help accepting whatever he would decide to … Continue reading Cake of Cheese

It was a good day to have a good day!

I almost started to wallow and wonder why I had forgotten to change my appointment for my semi-annual teeth cleaning, for who wants to go to the dentist on their birthday? I decided instead to feel grateful that I can. I decided instead to call it a 'celebrate me' day. And after getting my teeth … Continue reading It was a good day to have a good day!

Reel Big Fish at the Fair

I think it is funny, how I had never heard of Reel Big Fish¬†before exactly one month ago. On that day, December 26, 2016, we - me, Amanda and David - were driving the three hours from Ft. Myers to West Palm ¬†when David asked if we wanted to listen to a CD he had. … Continue reading Reel Big Fish at the Fair

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

Positively Sensitive, although now, not so much

I recently came across a most interesting document, dated over six years ago from when I was active in a local church. At the end of what could be called "a weekend retreat" (the simplest way I know to describe it), I was presented with a seven-page printout outlining my Spiritual Gifts, what each one … Continue reading Positively Sensitive, although now, not so much

Here’s to You, V!

I have more ideas for blogs than you can possibly imagine. Okay, I exaggerate, but my ideas are many. And can I tell you how I have planned? Countless hours spent planning, figuring, and planning some more, have left me with fifteen different sites to manage (no exaggeration) and a confused manager of it all. … Continue reading Here’s to You, V!