No Pushing; Stop Pulling

  Calvin is nine in dog years, translated to human time - he is about 52ish.  Maybe because he lived on a leash in hot Florida for the last three years, maybe because he is older and not as strong anymore, he wiped out in the MI winter snow.  Result:  torn miniscus or ACL.  Either …

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From The Heart of an Elder and the Younger

My dad died.  Andy Ploegstra was born Groundhogs day 1938.  He told that to his oncology nurses each time he came for a chemotherapy treatment.  He wanted them to know when Groundhogs day was; know it came on the same day every year.  He wanted to add humor, a conversation in the midst of being …

Day 30: Food Love Stories

Three Food Love StoriesKey Lime LoveWhen I turned 40 (yesterday...not really, a few yesteryears ago) my hubby threw me a surprise party.  He planned it via email in one week and no one blew it.  A handmade card from the girls gifted me with "go out with dad and we will stay home alone and …

Day 29: Good Things in Stinky Cans

Part of  today's post is another repeat from 4 years ago, but it applies to this day, this moment and I needed the reminder. It is more about cat food than people food. When we moved to SoFL we knew there would be surprises.   We did not expect them to come in the form …

Day 28: Hearing His Voice

There are several places I can hear the Originator, Author, Creator.  He speaks the perfect Love Language,  sometimes in conviction, sometimes with clarity, so often summoning me to trust without understanding.  I'm learning to pay attention to His Voice, especially in these places:  ironing space, cooking space, & walking the dog places.  My heart ears …

Day 26: Interview With Mother Mary

At the beginning of this writing project, I knew I would interview my mother.  It may have been the best 2 hours of my whole week.  And this is how she began:"When I think of food - it wakes up everything in me - wakes up sight, smell, taste; it delights all my senses."We set …

Julia

"Happy Birthday to you...Happy Birthday dear Juuuulia.  #40 is a Big One.  Mom thinks you would have chosen Brats or Mexican food for your birthday supper.  I think I would have given you a great new purse.  Jeffy and Sara are visiting with the little ones - we know you would have been so glad …