Holding on

What day is it? This Day, That Day, The Other Day, The Next Day…it’s another Quarantine Day. For all of us, whether we’re confined to our homes or still going out into the world for essential work, it’s a surreal experience like none we’ve ever had before or imagined. We all have our challenges with … More Holding on

A Star is Reborn

Or at least the Star Barn anyway. This particular barn really is quite something. Built in 1877 in the Gothic Revival style, it was first used as the main barn for a horse-breeding farm. Over a century later it stood empty and decaying, despite its listing on the National Register of Historic Places, with the … More A Star is Reborn

Life in Between

A line from Jesus Calling daily reading for September 5th – Living in My Presence means living in two realms simultaneously: the visible world and unseen, eternal reality. I was given this book of daily spiritual thoughts and reflections last Christmas and have endeavored to keep up with it. Most days, the readings are encouraging … More Life in Between

First Time Cruiser

Wasn’t sure what to expect from my first cruise, but had a great time! I was joined last week on the seven night Royal Caribbean cruise aboard Oasis of the Seas by 20+ other members of the family. The cruise was a treat from my father-in-law and step mother-in-law, who invited all of their kids … More First Time Cruiser

Land of My Life

That would be the good old USA. The third of my “special lands”. Angola, Portugal and America – each is special to me for different reasons (see Land of My Birth and Land of My Heart). America is where I grew up, where I was educated, where I married and raised my family. It is … More Land of My Life

A Life’s Impact

I’m getting on toward my later 40s and I’m having a mini mid-life crisis of sorts. I married young, at age 23, and had my first child at age 26. My full-time professional work experience lasted all of three and a half years. I chose to make raising my two boys and focusing on my … More A Life’s Impact

Hot Chocolate Heaven

It’s a drinkable dessert. The yummiest hot chocolate I ever had. I can’t take credit for it. Just sharing the yummylicious goodness. Whoever came up with this must have been inspired by the patron saint of hot beverages! I found it posted on Pinterest by Jill Nystul of One Good Thing By Jillee fame, who in … More Hot Chocolate Heaven

Cake and Memories

I have a tradition I’ve stuck to for almost all the birthdays, holidays and special occasions that have been celebrated in my home: I make the cake. There’s nothing better than old-fashioned homemade cake from scratch, provided of course that you’re good at making cake. I like to think I inherited my great-aunt Alice’s talent for cake-making. … More Cake and Memories