Remembering My Brother

I received a package from my sister last week filled with old photos that had been in old family albums. I wrote about it here. In among those photos were some of my brother that I had never seen before. Two years ago yesterday he died, taking his own life after struggling with mental issues for many years. Looking at the photos I was reminded of the person he was before he became so troubled, and the life he had lived. I was glad for the reminder, to remember him with a smile instead of  sadness.louis1978



If We Were Having Coffee….

I would invite you in because it is pretty chilly out there! The sky is clear blue, but it is deceiving when you step outside the door. I did go for an early morning walk spotting these early birds.. you know the saying…..

Two of our great nieces (they are cousins) came Friday morning to stay over as they have every Thanksgiving weekend for the past 7 years. We spend Friday shopping and getting frozen yogurt and going out for lunch. They are 15 years old now and I am glad they still look forward to coming even though they are teenagers. One of them told me she is “very into tradition” and loves that we have this weekend “tradition.” I was glad to hear it.

We even had some old time fun and stepped into a photo booth in the mall20161125_123630

Saturday night we went to a pottery painting place and allowed our creativity to flow- each of us painting and getting lost in our designs


Then it was off for more frozen yogurt and an end to the fun for this year. 20161126_2043460

Building relationships with my nieces is important to me – we keep in touch throughout the year but there is nothing like spending time alone with them. They know they are always welcome to share ideas or what is on their mind, and know that whatever they tell me stays with me. I have watched them grow from little girls into young women, encountering the difficulties that young girls face with friends, school and with family. They don’t need to explain any background- as I have known their mothers, my nieces, from the time they were teenagers too.

Now I need to get back to the reality of life, the laundry, the vacuuming and maybe a third cup of coffee- I hope you have enjoyed your weekend too!

Weekend Coffee Share 


Cee’s Share Your World

What is your favorite go to beverage?  Water, coffee, tea, coke, soda (non-alcoholic)

I need coffee first thing in the morning to get me going, and I usually have 2 more cups throughout the

I do drink water all day long, I try to drink four 16.9 ounce bottles a day.

Can you change a car tire?

NO way, no how, that is what I have AAA for. For those who don’t know, AAA is The American Automobile Association, a federation of motor clubs throughout North America. You join for a little over $100 and in the event of an issue with your car, you call, they come. Battery charging, flat tire etc. They also provide maps and years ago before google maps I would call and order a “triptik” a travel planner that mapped out your trip – with a marker- on a map.

Are you a listener or talker?

I am more of a listener. I can do my fair share of talking but overall I like to listen.

Would you rather have no internet or no cell phone?

No cell phone. I am definitely more attached to the internet than I am to my cell phone.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week?

Getting together for dinner with my aunts and uncles this week- all of whom are in their late 80’s and early 90’s. It is a blessing to still have the opportunity to do so. And my 89 year old is the one who made dinner!leni2016

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The Daily Prompt: Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt

Connection brings to mind the  people in my life. Those who I am most connected to- my husband, my best friend of 43 years, members of my extended family. Our connections run deep, and have been forged through our experiences together.

We are connected through words and through touch. We are connected through the places we have been, the laughter we have shared, the tears we have cried. Through the days turning into years, through the gains and the losses. It is a comfort to be connected, to know we have one another, that we are never alone.3000000600000019700b




Weekly Photo Challenge: Gathering

When I think of “gathering” the kitchen pops into my head, as that always seemed the place where everyone ended up when I was growing up. It was where the delicious smells emanated from, or the extra bottle of wine could be found, or where conversation you didn’t necessarily want to share with everyone was taking place. The big “gathering” was taking place in the living room or dining room, but the cozy gatherings were going on in the kitchen.paulinerenalinda



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A Photo a Week Challenge: Extended Family

Nancy Merrill says:

We all come from somewhere. We all have people we consider family, whether blood kin or chosen kin. The holidays are a time when we connect or reconnect with family and friends who make up our support systems, and extended family becomes very important. I hope that this holiday seasons brings you and your families great joy and closeness, no matter which holidays you are celebrating.


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