Saturday, December 26, 2015

I love this. It made me think of my friend who lost her precious son this year. Anyone struggling with loss or doubt, this song is for you.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas

As we remember this night so long ago when a tiny Babe was born to save us, let us thank God for sending us salvation.

Merry Christmas 
Pat and Mary Ellen

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Painting Done!

The sofa and chair were delivered this morning. The painting is finished. Everything looks so fresh. I can't wait until the carpet is cleaned tomorrow.  Stephanie is coming to clean out the cupboards,  wash the floors and the windows.

Bill and Karen and Pat worked very fast to get the painting done.

I went to the post office to get a key for our mailbox on the corner of the condo parking lot. Knew we had moved to a small town when they handed me the key, no questions asked.

And an added bonus... there was an eagle flying over our condo today! Oh yeah!

Monday, December 14, 2015


Oh my goodness. More drama....

But we are here. Painting and can't wait to move in Saturday.

Friday, December 11, 2015


So we had a "soft close" today. We met at the title company with the credit union lawyer, loan rep and our realtor.

We signed a gazillion papers. Handed over money. Now we wait until Monday for the sellers to close. Of course that means everything the three sisters sent snail mail is completed correctly!

Still can't wait.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Yes... Yet another glitch

Paperwork did not make it on the airplane in Alaska.

Soft close. Asking to be able to go in tomorrow anyway since we have insurance. Say a prayer they say ok.

Otherwise can't get in until Monday.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Looking for a good day

Yesterday was worse than Monday. Seriously, this is our last move. Again our Friday closing was close to postponing.

We did have a good thing happen though. We have been with Arbury Insurance in Midland since we were married in 1972. First for rental and then for home owners.

A family friend of our sister-in-law,  Paula, was working there. Vi Schmeck was such a nice woman. I remember calling her as Pat and his Dad were cutting down a tree in our driveway when we lived on East Ashman.  I asked, "If the tree falls on my neighbors house (Yes Kay, your house!) is that covered?" She laughed and asked who was cutting the tree down. I told her and she answered, "Yes, we would cover that, but if it's Paul and Pat, don't worry then."

She was right, they knew what they were doing. She died several years ago, but I always think of her when it's time to renew our insurance.

So a few weeks ago, Kate from Arbury called. She said it looked as if our insurance cost had risen a lot and did we want her to research changing companies. I told her yes and that we would need to add the condo at closing. Yesterday we stopped to talk with her. It looks as if the new company has quoted the same amount as the old company. However it includes the condo! Good deal. Thank you Kate.

Monday, December 7, 2015


Buying a new home comes with a lot of drama. Crisis today, resolved... Time to open that bottle of wine....

Getting Closer

Just hired Two Men and a Truck. Move date is December 19th.

Now, if we could get a confirmation on the close date!

Sunday, December 6, 2015


I wish I knew two weeks ago, what I know today!!!!!

I'm telling you when I unpack we are sending half the stuff I packed two weeks ago to Goodwill, Bethesda, or Salvation Army!!!

We are now in the basement and my stomach is turning.  I can't believe what is down there.

Heaven help us to stay married through this......  Patrick hates this more than I do.......

I keep saying my mantra from when I was called into the Principal's office in high school......  "This will all be over in a month!"

Thursday, December 3, 2015


This is so different planning to decorate the condo. In the duplex we have our walls painted Tuscany yellow in the bedroom, Thousand Island dressing in the living room, Metallic green and blue in the kitchen. The condo, I decided all white walls.

The sofa and chair are the background color of the pillow on the left. And the material on the right will be the new covers for the dining room chairs. So beige, white and gray. Thank goodness Jan was home when I was buying material. She helped me figure out how much to buy.

Can't wait!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Friday, November 27, 2015

Fastest Sale

We are almost home! Appliances purchased. Erica at Maytag is a very good salesperson.

Gas convection
Refrigerator with ice maker

Local store
5 year warranties
No sales tax
Stainless steel

Only $100 over budget.

Thank you St. Anthony.

Could have had a free breakfast but there was a line and we have to go decorate church.


Off to buy appliances for the condo as soon as Pat is out of the shower.....  Even though we haven't closed we cannot miss this opportunity for the sales today.  So say a prayer that the owners do not change their minds!!!

Going stainless for the first time ever.  When I saw this picture I really liked the charcoal grey with the stainless stove. We are painting the whole condo white - such a difference from absolutely no white in the duplex.  I will paint the cupboards later in the spring when I can paint outside.

The ad says that the Maytag store will pay the sales tax, but nothing mentions delivery.  We also cannot have delivery until after the 11th.  I don't see a gas stove in the add, only electric.... that would be a deal breaker!

So, as usual, St. Anthony, Patron Saint of Lost and Found, help me while I look around to find just what we need for the condo at the best price possible.  Thank you.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Plowing through

I don't know how I could do this without Joanna. I so appreciate her help. Today we worked on my clothes. Wow they were packed in the closet, tucked away in the basement and in the other closet too. Joanna just kept climbing all the stairs with her hands full of clothing.

Pat is at his parents today and going to spend the night with them. We both know how much his sisters have taken on with his parents. They have been so dedicated to giving their parents care.

I've been watching Caroline and Jesse care for Romeo after his surgery. Jesse watching over Caroline because she is still healing from her surgery too.

Family means so much. Indeed we are filled with so much love for our families.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Busy Day

Joanna and I finished packing the living room and closet today.

Caroline, Javier and Ayva came to go through some of Grandma Shea's treasures. It was fun watching Joanna and Caroline picking out what they wanted.

Danielle, Caroline's best friend, came to pick up my painted houses. They have been on my shelves going up the stairs for years. She puts some of hers up at Christmas. She said she would love them.

She went right home and decorated her mantle. She sent a picture.

I love that she has them.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Lessons Learned from Mom

When you make a peanut butter sandwich make sure you spread the peanut butter all the way to each edge. My Dad came home for lunch every day to eat a peanut butter sandwich and she wanted every bite to be delicious.

If you are lucky enough to have a cleaning lady then you better clean for the cleaning lady. She told us often she wasn't paying someone to pick up our clutter.

When you take off a pair of socks, put a safety pin through the top of the toes. Never match socks again. And we each had a metal bar hanging on the inside if our closet door where the clean socks were hung.

Campbell's soup wisdom - tomato soup is served with crackers. Chicken Noodle soup with toast. Pea soup can be sucked up with a large straw. You could use cream of mushroom soup in your tuna casserole on meatless Fridays until Mrs. Slaggert told her to read the ingredients and we found out we were going to hell from eating chicken broth for the last ten years.

If you are making calls to ask people to donate food for the PTA bake sale and your kids are misbehaving you can snap your fingers and glare and they would know they had better stop immediately.

When going out for a fun night with your friends if you tell your kids you are going to a meeting they won't beg to go with you.

Setting the table with care the night before a party. Making lists of what foods you are serving so nothing is forgotten. Using the good china, real napkins, Waterford glasses and candles in beautiful Heisey holders makes your guests feel welcomed, special and appreciated.

You don't have to try on clothes at the store. Just tell your daughters they can take them back and keep the money.

Red lipstick is all the makeup you ever need.

The best one..... God will always provide. If you think you just received a bonus at work because you are great, know that the washing machine is about to break and you actually have the money needed to replace it.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Kindle Countdown - Sale Nov 11 - 16, 2015

Click the book!

                 My grandson, the inspiration for my character Noah Miller in A Light Shines Forth, is home on leave this week.  To honor his service, and the service of so many others, I have lowered the price of my book throughout this week honoring veterans.

                When I began writing A Light Shines Forth, my grandson explained what called him to serve our country and I knew I had to include it in my book.

"Noah Miller was just finishing his senior year.  He didn't care much about his grades this semester; his eyes were focused on his military ambitions.  It seemed forever since he began planning to go into military service.   He was part of a very patriotic family.  He had been born on an army base.  When he was in first grade the terrible 9/11 tragedy unfolded before his eyes on their television. Noah had grown up watching the disaster over and over again throughout his school years. Every year on the anniversary the newscasters would retell the horror and show the film of the towers collapsing.  Just as the airplanes used as weapons that morning changed direction, that tragedy forever changed the path of his life. Right then, in first grade, he had wanted to help.  He promised himself that he would always take care of those he loved. And now he couldn't wait until June when he would finally graduate from high school.  The week after graduation Noah would begin basic training in the United States Air Force."

                Follow the story as Noah graduates from high school, goes through basic training and on to his assignment in Okinawa.  Feel the pride, worry and love of his family back home. A book to read together or alone, to share with family and friends, the perfect gift for someone you love.  To honor my grandson and all our military personnel, A Light Shines Forth will be on sale November 11 - 16th. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Happy Day

What a happy day!
Robbie home with us.
Alicia stops over.
Marina has a talk with both.
Papa has a long talk with Robbie.
I get cuddles.
Happiness abounds.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Best Friends

This is Joanna's best friend. She came from Virginia to make Robbie and Alicia's wedding cake. She started baking on Tuesday. Today the last two layers are ready to go in the freezer. Our house smells soooooo good!

This is a best best friend.

Baby Steps

Inspection done....  One minor glitch, but Pat can fix it.

Painter hired.... Just need permission to start painting

Addendum signed..... putting it in the trust

Now we wait....
and wait....
and wait...

Found a video online from when it was for sale before.

Monday, November 2, 2015


Locked in interest rate today.

Went to Art Sample, Art Van and Godwins. Didn't like anything. Then we drove to Pinconning to Idzior and had several to choose from. Ordered a sofa and chair. They threw in the pillows. That was nice.

Then he asked if we wanted the protection plan. Pat said two words and I said yes!

Can you guess?

Saturday, October 31, 2015

On a journey

Mortgage approved!

Good faith down payment delivered....

On to inspections.......

We will probably not be in by Thanksgiving....  But for sure Christmas.....

We are both so excited.

Friday, October 30, 2015

One Step Closer!

Our purchase agreement was signed!  Today we turn in our paperwork for the mortgage.  Tuesday the inspection is scheduled.  We are so excited.

Our friend Karen is going to paint.  We are going to look at appliances this afternoon.

Things are moving along very quickly.

We even went over there the other evening to stand on the back porch!

When we first saw this condo a couple years ago we never thought we would be able to buy it.  Things just moved into place.  This has been an answer to prayers.  I am glad it was a yes this time!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Oh My

Yup... we went back and looked at the condo next to the one I didn't like.  It turned out to be the one we went to an estate sale at a few years ago and we loved it then.  We didn't want to do anything until our mortgage and home equity was paid on the duplex.  That happened this month.  Even though it is just across the hall from the other one the view is thousands times better.  It is right on the banks of the Tittabawassee.  It reminds me of Mom buying the house on Jefferson.  She and Jane had seen it across from the allergy doctor.  It was her dream home.  This one has been mine and Pat's. Say prayers.  Both of us are so hopeful.

Friday, October 23, 2015


Looked at a townhouse yesterday.  Didn't care for it.  But it was a big step to start looking for something.  We still want to keep the duplex for a year or two.  We'll see if we get serious about anything.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

New Review on Catholic Fiction

So happy that Webber House has a new review on the Catholic Fiction website.  
Spoiler Alert!  She tells most of the story of the book.  

Monday, October 12, 2015

Weird Fall

It seems as if the leaves are falling off the trees before maximum color. Only a few areas in yellow and a few red.

Thursday, October 8, 2015


I HATE marketing my books.  Yesterday on Facebook another author complained that it was easier to write than to market!  I had to reply.  I would much rather write than try to market my books.  However, I have to get over this and start working on it again.  Books do not just sell themselves!  I am going to make a real effort beginning in November.  I'm going to focus on giving my eBooks for Christmas and don't want to start before November.  So I have to get busy writing this month.

Say a few prayers that I hit the right markets.  And if any of you have any ideas about marketing let me know.  

Friday, October 2, 2015

Jubilee Holy Year of Mercy

Working on some Mercy art for the upcoming 
Jubilee  Holy Year of Mercy
Starts December 8, 2015

You have my permission to copy these to use as worship/class aids