I seem to have lost some of my enthusiasm for blogging as the blogging world changes. And I know I am not the only one…..

But I am hoping that it will return in a bit.

I’ve been a little saddened by the several people whose blogs or newsletters I read who have died, had a loved one die, had a sad anniversary of this or had terrible life changing accidents befall them.

Probably related to my age! And one person who left this earth and whom I had thought much younger, a writer of an excellent diabetes newsletter, turned out to be 81 years old, and died from an obscure disease not at all related to diabetes. But still, very sad.

However, life goes on and while it’s going on I want to be part of it.

So – what has been happening around here…Monday my dd Alice and her husband Mike celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary.  She was married in the last century. Her younger sister wed in this one.

Alice may 2017 happy anniversary the 18th

They had a wonderful date together exploring Cleveland, for the most part. Alice had especially wanted to visit Lakeview Cemetery where many famous people are buried. She wanted to see the stained glass in the Wade Chapel, too, which her stained glass instructor recommended. It’s a Tiffany window, famous, and visited by people all over the world.

Alice May 2017 Stained glass wade chapel lakeview cemetery

You can read more about this here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_View_Cemetery

And the next day she was being the fireman on Andy’s steam launch at Chippewa Lake.

Alice may 2017 fireman on Andy's steamship

Nathan went on another Boy Scout camp and was the cook for their Saturday morning breakfast. He was very proud that several fellow scouts told him his bacon was the best thing they ate all weekend.

Nathan may 2017 cooking for his patrol at boy scout camp Alice chaperoned

His new haircut makes him look lots older and feel lots cooler. (I meant physically cooler, but I guess he also felt more in style!) He’d been resisting but gave it to his mother for a Mother’s Day gift!

Clara continues with her drawing and designing and plans for the future.

Pretty good for an artist who is just finishing second grade!

(She has moved on from her old desire to be a Princess when she grew up.)

Clara may 2017 many meetings

Life does move on and it is full of goodness and happy moments. It’s spring, a rather cool one, but the peonies and Iris and roses are blooming and I am counting my blessings.

Do you like the title of this post? It makes me smile and remember that quote which Winston Churchill may or may not have uttered, “Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.”

But we have been up to quite a lot, culminating in the three days just past when our family and a small army of friends moved my daughter Emily and her family from their house on Partridge Road to their new location on Thistledown…(I am not using the real names of these roads for privacy.) On Partridge they were renting but for nearly three years they have been looking for the house of their dreams, which may not be everyone’s dreams, but are certainly dreams that make everyone in our family smile, sleeping or awake.

I am past the time of my life for carrying heavy boxes – which seemed to number in the thousands – but made food for the movers. I made my mother’s Johnny Muzette from the 50’s. (And another vegetarian casserole with the same Penne Rigata, many vegetables, and Al Fredo sauce.) I am pretty sure this is just a riff on Johnny Marzetti, an old Ohio recipe. For a completely off-topic divagation, you may read about it here:


This is a recipe that is great to make for large numbers of people. I served it at Chautauqua for decades! My mother’s version has a lot of mushrooms and finely chopped bell peppers in it and no sausage.  It is served in her enormous red dansk ware round casserole dish.

But you don’t want to read about ground beef casseroles, do you? You want to see Emily and Ingmar’s new home. And here are some photos my son in law sent me last night since I seem to always forget my camera.

em apr 2017 new house

It sits on nearly four acres and borders the National Park. The neighbors seem wonderful. It was one of them who told Ingmar about the house before it was on the market.

Em apr 2017 new house 2

My grandchildren are in the same school district and their old bus driver introduced them to their new bus driver.

Em apr 2017 new house 3

There are bird houses everywhere! And birds, too. We all love the natural world and here you are very close to it….May they have many many years of happiness in their new home.

Animals lambs grass

Art stones in a river




Mysteries, Yes
by Mary Oliver

Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous
to be understood.

How grass can be nourishing in the
mouths of the lambs.
How rivers and stones are forever
in allegiance with gravity
while we ourselves dream of rising.
How two hands touch and the bonds
will never be broken.
How people come, from delight or the
scars of damage,
to the comfort of a poem.

Let me keep my distance, always, from those
who think they have the answers.

Let me keep company always with those who say
“Look!” and laugh in astonishment,
and bow their heads.


Art bowed heads


A Week Ago Today

A week ago today I was still enjoying the luxury of 80degree weather and sunny skies. It was the last day of my week on Siesta Key on the Gulf Coast of Florida and the day I drove to Fort Myers Airport, turned in my rental car, and flew back to Ohio.

All was not totally smooth. I managed to leave my Ohio key chain (which I didn’t really need to have taken with me) attached to the rental key. Last Monday, after many phone trees and investigations, I talked with the woman who runs the lost and found there and she said she had my keys, had packed them up and printed the label and that FedEx would pick them up on Tuesday. I still do not have them. One lives in hope. And it was my own fault. I was quite nervous by the time I got to Fort Myers. I hope that is not a mistake I shall make again.

And yesterday we had the most glorious snowfall of the winter. It was almost alarming in the morning. The snow was so wet and heavy it made every branch and limb appear to be closing in on me! But gloriously. My grandson Stephen made a snowman whom he named Fred. Today, when the snow is melting away, slowly, he brought his snowman to the house so he could “save it”.

Stephen apr 2017 trying to save his snowman

And the remains of Fred the snowman:

Stephen apr 2017 the remains of snowman Fred

As Alice said, “R.I.P., Fred”.

But perhaps you would like to see a few photos of the week in Sarasota? It was so busy! I didn’t always have my camera with me, either…Boo……However, a lot was packed into one week. We visited one of my favorite places anywhere, the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, and had dinner at one of my favorite restaurants anywhere, Rosebud’s, in Osprey. (Ingmar and I had the wonderful crispy duck.) We had lunch at Snook Haven in Venice, and listened to a local group of banjo players, and saw the amazing Rookery, a small island in a large pond behind the Municipal Building (also in Venice) where all manner of exotic birds nest peaceably together. Emily and her family saw the wonders of the Mote Aquarium on Wednesday and I visited my friend Nancy and saw a fun exhibit at the Venice Art Museum where members  were showing paintings based on the theme of homage to famous artists.

Usually I have stayed at least two weeks, and usually a month, but we packed a lot into a week, this time.


Our house had a heated pool which the girls adored and used often more than once a day.


Em and Ingmar enjoying a restful moment at the Selby Gardens.


Lunch at Snook Haven, beside the Myakka River. Alas, we were not able to get reservations for the boat ride. But fun, anyway! The State has taken this “Old Florida” place over as a park to preserve it. It has a very different feeling from any place else I’ve been….


You can order alligator if you want to, but none of us did this time.


Scenes from The Rookery.


After the incredible snow yesterday, tomorrow is supposed to be in the 70s. I welcome it. The garden is becoming exciting. A crab apple tree I thought had died last year is full of buds. I have no idea what happened last summer, but it seems not to have been lethal.

Stephen apr 2017 sleeping with pepper

Welcome, Pepper!

Remember when I posted that my grandsons were getting a puppy for a Christmas present? When their Dad, Mike, was volunteering in North Carolina, running a shelter for people who were homeless because of the flooding there, he came to the decision that his sons should have a dog. They found a breeder from whom a friend had bought a Golden Doodle, and made arrangements to buy one of her pups when they were ready to come to a new home. And today was the day.


Actually their new dog is not perfectly a Golden Doodle. I think one of her grandparents is partially something else. I’ll have to  ask Alice to be sure. The boys agreed on the name Pepper.

Alice mar 2017 pepper with Nathan

They don’t think she will be one of the larger Doodles, and hope no one will be very allergic to her. But isn’t she adorable now!

Nathan mar 2017 taking pepper walking with stevie

Two happy boys took Pepper for a short walk today….


It has not been a wonderful month for posting…….This is not because nothing has been happening, but, somehow, the spirit was…….sleepy?   Perhaps this will change.

Ingmar mar 2017 selling pretzels at german fest

There was a festival at the German School and Ingmar was selling his pretzels, but that is not all he did….

Ingmar mar 2017 german fest

There was some interesting dancing….But the most fun was the men’s group who did a skit in which Ingmar played Carmen Miranda, in costume……

Ingmar feb 2017 ingmar as carmen miranda

Sofia mar 2017 performing Kasper theater for the little kids.

Sofia did a German version of a Punch and Judy show for the younger kids.

Clara Mar 2017 Cleopatra

Clara did a school presentation about Cleopatra and sewed the costume you see here. She did have some help from her Papa, but she did a lot of it herself.



Clara mar 2017 with lea

Emily and her family drove to New Jersey for a weekend visit with her cousin Miki and his family. There was sledding. It is Clara and her cousin Lea you see above…. And Sofia and her Mom had a sleepover at the McKinley Museum in Canton.

Sofia mar 2017 at mckinley museum sleepover

sofia mar 2017 mckinley 4

Emily and her family are getting quite excited about their new house. They will be moving later in April. This Saturday they are driving to Florida for a week of vacation on Siesta Key in Sarasota. I’ll be flying to join them and am looking forward to sunny days by the Gulf of Mexico.

Meanwhile, as Emily was going through things to pack for the move, she had too much fun looking at old photos. The one below is of my three children about the time Andy was less than two. It does feel long ago! But a happy memory.


Em mar 2017 found old photo of the three of them.........

My grandsons have been busy, too, with swimming lessons and boy scout activities. But I could not find any pictures of them. And Nathan had to make a map of India out of unconventional materials and he stunned us all by weaving it out of bacon. It was not at all a bad job.I will leave it to your imagination.