Thursday, December 29, 2016


Whoosh - and Christmas is all packed away! It feels so good to put everything away. I may be a semi-grinch, but I don't care.

There is not much in life I dread more than packing up the Christmas each year. So every day after Christmas I look at everything with a sneer.

Happiness is everything gone!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas

May the miracle of this child's birth
bring you peace.

Looking for shelter

Traveling to fulfill the prophets promise is still riding an ass while nine months pregnant. I can't imagine how much discomfort there must have been.

And then giving birth in a strange land at the back of an inn where the animals have to be moved to make room.

Having your husband help you deliver the baby - the women in your family, St. Anne and St. Elizabeth, far away.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas Concerts

What a nice day. The Carrollton music teacher, Mrs. Williamson really did a great job of picking great music and the kids had fun. This is what they will remember.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Ayva and Grandma Caroline Visit

We had such fun. We were surprised at church when only Caroline and Ayva came in. Javier spent the night with a friend. Romeo had a sore throat.

After church we all came to our condo. The snow was coming down real good. I made pancakes and Papa warmed up the bacon. Ayva declared they were the best pancakes ever. (I used a Jiffy cornbread box, a heaping cup of Bisquick, two eggs, 3/4 cup pumpkin Coffeemate and enough milk to make it the right consistency. )

Then they went out to play. It was so much fun watching Ayva and her Grandma.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Christmas at Fandangles'

A small group of us had lunch at Fandangles'. A nice time to reconnect with my Lock. That is Celia, the person I shared a locker with from 1st through 12th grade. Alphabetically Schrems and Shea forever linked.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Museum Fun

Romeo's 2nd time and Tino's 1st time at the Children's Museum. We had such fun. Never had any problems. They loved playing and sharing.

The tubes were the favorite. But trying on glasses was a close second.

Monday, December 5, 2016

New Home

This is our 2nd Christmas in our condo, but we moved in a week before Christmas so we didn't decorate. Today was our first time to get the Christmas decorations out. I forgot I bought a couple more angels at an estate sale a few years ago.

Fran, one of your Mom's camels is hiding on the left. (And I got a card but saving it for my birthday.)


We went to a baby shower yesterday for a cousin's daughter. It was shocking to me that only two other cousins were present. That family is feuding with each other.

I don't know what I would do if my brothers and sisters took sides against each other. I depend on their love and they depend on mine.

I love my cousins - on both sides of that feud. I won't take sides. I'll love each and every one of them. I'll pray they get over this because I know they need each other as much as I need my family.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Favorite Salad

We both love the berry pecan salad from Meijer. I usually get one every time we go shopping. Always fresh and always delicious.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Woohoo - Inspiration has hit - Chapter 1 of Martha Street Market - book 5 of the Saginaw Series

I am so happy to announce there will be a fifth book to the Saginaw Series.

SPOILER ALERT - the following first chapter explains which band won the Michigan Talent contest from the last book, Daniel's Den.

Over Thanksgiving my husband's brother agreed to work on the cover of the fifth book, Martha Street Market.  D.A. Clifford is the artist for the covers of the Saginaw Series Books and I wasn't sure he would want to do another one.  But as soon as he said yes, ideas started forming.  This morning I began to write.

Chapter One - ROUGH DRAFT - Martha Street Market

Jen and Colleen walked to the Hoyt Library after school. They had a term paper due in a week and they wanted to get it done before the weekend.  They both knew their parents would never let them do anything over the weekend if the term papers weren’t finished.

Jen asked her friend, “Have you talked to Katy?”

Colleen grunted.

Jen knew what that meant, “I guess that means you didn’t.”

Colleen looked like she was going to cry.  She turned to Jen to complain, “You know she isn’t talking to either of us.  She is very angry that we argued with her last week.”

Jen nodded her head as she replied, “I know, but this has gone on long enough.  She stayed at home in her room all summer long.  She quit being a lifeguard at the pool.  She wouldn’t do anything with us and now that school has started you would think she would at least have lunch with us.  No… not the long suffering, the world is all about me, Katy.”

Colleen agreed, but she knew that Katy still felt so bad about letting everyone down when the band came in second in the Talent Michigan band competition.

It had been a long summer after that ill-fated concert in Detroit, Michigan.  They all had been at the concert.  Katy’s band, the Lifeguards, performed like pros.  They were so good, but the Wildcats were better.  No getting around it, the band that should have won, did.  After losing, the band broke up and then Katy began her summer of wallowing in self pity.  Jen and Colleen did all they could to get her out of the funk she was in, but nothing worked.

Finally they gave up and quit calling Katy.  After a few weeks Jen tried again, but Katy wouldn’t leave her house.

Colleen and Jen walked up the steps to the library entrance.  After taking the elevator to the second floor they entered the genealogy and Saginaw Historical room.  They went their separate ways to gather books for their research for the term papers. 

Jen was not happy having to go to the library.  She complained to her teacher, Sister Carmelita, that the topics to choose from were so specific that they couldn’t use the Internet to get enough sources to quote for the term paper.  Sr. Carmelita smiled as she explained that was exactly why the topics were local Saginaw topics.  She told the students that not every single thing in life was on the Internet.  While they could use the Internet as one way to find sources for their term papers they also needed to learn how to research at a real library, with real books. 

Jen chose the Webber House as her topic; it was a building close to her heart.  The summer before starting high school she had fallen down the cellar stairs of the old mansion and had to be rescued! The officer looking for her and the current owner of the Webber House eventually fell in love and planned on getting married this year; Jen took credit for getting them together.

Colleen was very happy to be in the historical section of the library.  Her topic was to report on the Hoyt Library.  She pulled out the books she needed and took them to one of the large oak tables.  The librarian had warned her some of the books were very old and needed to be handled with great care.  After looking in the index Colleen carefully turned to the pages listed and began to read.  Almost immediately she became absorbed with the story.  After reading a few pages she motioned to Jen to come to the table. 

With great excitement she whispered, “Oh Jen, our term papers are going to be connected.  Mr. Webber was Mr. Hoyt’s lawyer and good friend.  Mr. Webber actually wrote Mr. Hoyt’s will which set up a fund to build the library.

Jen became interested and read over Colleen’s shoulder.  Neither of them noticed Katy watching them from behind the bookshelves.  She felt left out and angry that they didn’t even see her.  She turned and left the room without saying a word to her former best friends.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016


 Fat chance - lol - I've been baking and cooking all day long! Tomorrow watch out!

Holiday Cooking Update


Apple crisp
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars
Pie Crust mixed and in refrigerator


Pies baked
Egg rolls and cheese rolls rolled
Corn casserole baked
Dressing assembled
Gravy started

Monday, November 21, 2016

Not too smart!

We stopped yesterday to watch several turkeys on the side of the road. They never moved. Usually when we stop most turkeys take off into the woods. These were BIG turkeys. Anyone looking for Thursday's main coarse would have been happy to see them.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

One day can change everything

Snuggled into the couch watching snowflakes falling. Today 39 degrees outside (look at the post from yesterday!)

I love Michigan!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Gorgeous Day

What a gift -
68 degrees with a warm breeze on November 18th!

We spent a lot of the day on the porch. How I wish this weather would last one more week! We are having 21 for dinner on Thursday and it sure would be nice to have the porch available.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Martinez Christmas Photo Shoot

We had fun. First time to meet baby Emerson. Such a doll. We went to the Walmart park. It was so windy, but 59 degrees and not cold at all. A friend of Caroline's took pictures, but of course so did I.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Midnight Moon

Just 5 days from the closest full moon in this century. I couldn't fall asleep so I came back out into the living room. The moon is so bright the living room looks like there is a night light on.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Butternut Squash Salad

We ate at Kathy's in Flushing yesterday. Oh yum! I had a warm roasted butternut squash and grilled chicken salad that was served with a toasted sesame dressing. The ingredients were cut very small so I had a bit of everything on each bite. I will be making my version of this very soon.

Butternut squash, chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, walnuts, strawberries, dried cherries, shredded cheese, toasted sesame dressing.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Do you see something?

I took a picture of the sun coming through the clouds this morning. I told Pat it looked like the head of a cat. He told me I'm seeing things.

Just in case you don't!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Iriquois Medicine Bag

Javier had a project for school. He is in the 5th grade at Carrollton. His first choice was moccasins but that would have taken weeks. So he settled on a medicine bag.

We only found leather at Arnie's in Houghton Lake. When Javier came over on Wednesday we were shocked to find it was a bag of remnants. Thankfully there were two pieces long enough to cut out the pattern we found on the Internet. But then Papa and Javier couldn't put holes in the leather. So we packed everything up to work on it on Sunday after church. Thankfully, Papa borrowed Grandpa Clifford's leather punch.

Nana found instructions on the Internet to show how to whipstitch.

Javier sewed the whole medicine bag. Then he added a button. We researched what goes into a medicine bag. Grandma Caroline was a little surprised I let him pick a "Janet" agate.

What a fun project. He did such a great job.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

2 x in 2 months!

You may remember a previous post about

Final Jeopardy....

It happened again! However there were no smart remarks from my Sweetie Pie!

Because I graduated from St. Mary Cathedral in 1970, I knew this answer. 

I remember telling Sr. Carmelita that I learned absolutely nothing from Sr. Elizabeth Rose and when I told her "Happy Ides of March" a few months later, Sr. Carmelita asked, "Where did you learn that?"

Anyway - we read Romeo and Juliet and Juliet Caesar in English Class.

None of the contestants knew it!

Julius Caesar 
Juliet Capulet 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Makes me smile

Sr. Theresa Aletheia and Sr. Augusta

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Thought the drive was a bust

We went out for a drive in Midland County and I got a few pictures. Most of the drive the leaves were getting brown and curling.

If we would have been five minutes later we would have missed the sun on this beautiful clump of trees. These pictures are true to color. They were amazing.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Michigan Fall Day

We had such a good day. It was 68 degrees and misting lightly. There was just enough rain to make the tree trunks pitch black. My favorite type of an October day.

Pat took Freeland Road to Meridian Road to Gordonsville Road to 8 Mile to Chippewa River Road to 9 Mile to Old 10 to 115 to 131 to 113 to Garfield Rd to 37.

The trees were spectacular! Lots of Red and Yellow. Pat was so good about turning around for me to get a picture.

Then we stopped at Peninsula Cellars. We bought Cabernet and Detention. Next stop was Chateau Grand Traverse and bought Chardonnay and Cabernet.
On to Peninsula Grill for a delicious Drunch. (Lunch and dinner)

My Tuna Club sandwich was the best sandwich I have ever had.