Florida, Day One

Here is yet another picture I took on the way there.  I took lots of plane pictures!

Also, if you were unable to see the second video on my last post, please try again.  I think I fixed it, but let me know if I didn’t.



By that afternoon we were dragging.  My sister had been up early to get my brother in law to the airport (we coordinated my flight times for when she would be there with him so she wouldn’t have to make another trip – he was visiting Maryland while I was visiting Florida).  We decided to just go to the grocery store and pick up a few things and relax for the rest of the day.  I may or may not have taken an afternoon nap….

Publix is one of the grocery chains there.  I’m not used to seeing alcoholic beverages sold in grocery stores and this sign in the store made me laugh.


Andy works at Giant here at home.  I texted him this picture and told him I would like to make a suggestion for aisle 12 in his store!

My sister has different kinds of critters living around her than what I am used to here.  In her community on the way from the airport I saw this.  They are sandhill cranes and they just walk all around the neighborhood.  These two have babies with them.



Then a little further down the road we passed a pond in the neighborhood where I saw this.  It is a small alligator.  Definitely not used to seeing this in Maryland!


Well now I guess I’d better get some work done today.  I will write more soon.  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  Happy Monday, everyone :)


My Trip To Florida

I had a wonderful, wonderful week in Florida with my sister.  We did something every day except for one, so there is lots to share.  I’ll be breaking the trip down into different posts and because I have a book review overdue, there will be one of those stuck in there too.

I absolutely loved the plane ride.  I took a video of taking off and landing on my way there.  Unfortunately, it was about 6:00 in the morning and the plane was wet at takeoff so there is water on my window which makes the view blurry, but hopefully you can see it okay.  The video is pretty bad.  I watched the sunrise from the plane.  Beautiful!

Here is takeoff:

There were only 50 of us on the plane.  This was the view from my seat throughout the flight (well, except most of the time I was looking out my window!)



And here is about 2.5 hours later, landing in Tampa.  Watch the wings as we are landing, and listen, if you can.  Again my apologies for the poor video quality.

My flight was at 6:30, boarding started at 6:00.  We left home at about 2:30 AM and were at the airport at about 4:15.  It was a very early morning.

So that was my trip there.  I’ll be writing soon about the rest of the trip.  Lots to share!

Happy Saturday, everyone!



Dearest blog readers (all three of you, probably two now….)  I have not forgotten I have a blog.  I have been working 8-10 hours a day, 7 days a week, and that is not an exaggeration.  In a nutshell, there are three of us doing transcription for the whole hospital.  The other two are mother and daughter, and they own the transcription company, so it is the two owners and me.  They both had medical concerns at the beginning of the month so I offered to step in and do the work for the 3 of us temporarily.  Then the hospital added to their staff, which about doubled the dictation that we were getting.  One of the two is back working limited amounts but the third person is not back and may not be back.  I have been an employee for them for the past 21 years and I really love them both like family.  The hospital is concerned about the turnaround time of the reports, and rightly so.  So, what that means is I have to get caught up on the backlog.  It won’t be forever, though.  We just can’t risk losing the hospital contract.  The threat of work going overseas to be cheaper and faster is an ever-present concern.  I made the decision to put my Etsy shop in vacation mode temporarily.  In reality I would not be able to handle a cookie order right now.

On the bright side, I am typing my fingers off now, but I have Plans.  With a capital P!  Next month I am flying to Florida to spend a week with my sister, and I can’t wait.  Yes, me, flying.  Alone.  I told my sister I am scared, but it’s the good kind of scared, the top-of-the-rollercoaster-about-to-ride-down kind of scared.  I have only flown once and that was when I was about 14, and I don’t really even remember anything about it, so for all intents and purposes, this is my first time flying.  I bought my tickets yesterday so there’s  no turning back now!

Side note – Jerry, Andy and I were discussing this trip a couple of weeks ago and I mentioned that if they bought my airline tickets it could be considered an early Mother’s Day present.  Jerry looked at Andy and said, “I’ll buy her ticket out.  If you want her back, you buy her return ticket.”  Nice, huh?!   I bought my own tickets yesterday.  Not taking any chances!

We got snow this week and I took some pictures which I will share soon.  Today it feels like spring and I have opened the house windows to enjoy the fresh air.  My daffodils are just about to bloom.

So that’s about it.  I hope everyone is having a wonderful week.  I will write more and visit blogs when I can.

Happy  Tuesday :)




If I Run by Terri Blackstock – Book Review

Casey Cox discovers her best friend murdered and because she was at the crime scene, evidence will point to her.  She can’t go to the police, so she runs.  This story is a gripping tale about what happens to Casey while she is a fugitive, and about a man named Dylan, a friend of the murder victim hired by the victim’s family to find Casey.  The story is written back and forth in first person, between Casey’s and Dylan’s viewpoints.  This story is so good that I read it in a day and a half.  It’s hard to write too much about the story in the review because there are twists and turns, and I don’t want to give anything away.  Please, read this book for yourself – it’s a great one!

If I Run is the first in a series of books so unfortunately I will have to wait until the second book is released to find out what happens next, and I am truly looking forward to reading the next one when it becomes available.  I had never read any of Terri Blackstock’s books until this one, but now I most definitely want to read more of her work.  She has a new fan!


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The Forgotten Recipe by Amy Clipston – Book Review

Veronica’s fiance Seth has died in a tragic workplace accident.  His friend and coworker Jason was with him when the accident happened.  As Veronica mourns Seth’s death, Jason feels a need to comfort her as they both knew Seth, but did not know each other, but he does not know how to approach her.

Veronica discovers her grandmother’s recipe box in the attic and begins to bake to help her in her grief.  Her pies become famous when she starts to sell them.  Jason uses buying pies as an excuse to see Veronica but before Jason can tell Veronica that he knew Seth and was there when he died, he falls in love with Veronica and then she returns the feelings, which makes the truth harder for Jason to reveal.

This book is an okay read.  I thought it was slow going at times and the characters did not always seem realistic in their dialogue.  I had a difficult time believing that the men in the story would have said some of the flowery things that were said, and the point of Jason not telling Veronica the truth about knowing Seth was dragged out too long.

This book is an easy read and an okay one if you have a free afternoon or an evening and want something to fill your time.  It isn’t a page turner, though, and you’ll probably be muttering, “Just tell her already!”  as I found myself doing while reading the book.



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Happy 2016!

Happy New Year to everyone.  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season.  I know I haven’t blogged in a while.  Here’s what’s been happening around here.  Work has been extremely busy, which is a good thing, but keeps me from getting around to blogging.

To recap, towards the end of November the boys and I did the 5K we do every year.  This year it was rescheduled from its original date in October because of a weather system that moved in that weekend.  It was really cold the day they had it.  This year we just took it easy and walked – and tried to keep warm.  Also this year we had four others walking with us which made it really fun.  We had Lucy who is Tom’s friend, Jerry’s mom, Sarah who is Andy’s friend and coworker, and Wrex who is Tom and Lucy’s dog.  It was a good time.


I am in love with Wrex.  How can you not love this face?!

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I gave Tom my bank card to use at Starbucks for us afterwards, and we both forgot about it until he got home and then Wrex did this before he could put my card in the mail….

wrex1 But I wasn’t upset – he’s just doing what puppies do!  I am probably going to be a terribly spoiling grandmother when that time comes – I can’t even get angry at my grand-dog!

Thanksgiving was quiet and nice.  Tom and Lucy had to be in New Hampshire to attend a wedding so it was just the three of us.  We had a good time, as usual.

Then I got a cookie order for five dozen snowflake cookies needed by 12/27.   They were fun to make.  Here they are drying and then packaged and ready to ship.



On Christmas day Tom, Lucy, Wrex and my father came here.  We had a big breakfast and a good time.  While we were all sitting around the table we Skyped with my sister in Florida and had a nice virtual visit.

I forgot to take any pictures on Thanksgiving or Christmas.  Too busy eating and talking, I guess!

I was sent a book for review just before Christmas which I haven’t even started yet.  I seriously need to get to that.

I have been reluctant to let Christmas go (as evidenced by the fact that my tree is still in the living room!), but i guess it’s time now.  It’s just finding the time to dismantle it.  Or, that’s what I tell myself as I’m still enjoying looking at it!

So, there’s a condensed version of my last couple of months.  I really hope that 2016 has started out as a wonderful year for all of you and I pray that you all have a healthy, happy, truly blessed new year.

Happy New Year :)



The Case For Hope by Lee Strobel – Book Review

Lee Strobel has written another thought-provoking book in his journalist/reporter style.  In The Case for Hope, Mr. Strobel looks at different aspects of the hope we have in Jesus Christ.  He gives us proof of the crucifixion and subsequent resurrection of Jesus Christ, thus showing that we have hope that is beyond question of spending eternity with Him when we leave this life.  He also goes into hope for our futures while we are still here on earth and how we can live our days here hope-filled and joyous because God has a wondrous future planned for each of us.  Mr. Strobel weaves real-life stories into his journalistic facts which together create a book that is a pleasant read.

At the end of the book is a 30-day Journey of Hope, each entry beginning with a scripture passage and then a blank page to record your thoughts and observations.  I highly recommend this book for anyone who may be doubting about eternity with Jesus (a subject addressed in this book also, and assurance that doubt is normal), or for anyone needing a spiritual lift and confirmation that Jesus is waiting for us with open arms.


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Stuff and Randomness

I’m back after my unplanned blogging hiatus.  Life got very busy.  Very good, but very busy!  Work has been crazy and that’s a good thing.  It seems that the doctors aren’t liking the voice recognition as much as they were told that they would and the reports are awful, so many of the docs have now refused to use it and have come back to good old dictation, which keeps me employed.

For about the last month I have been working much more than I have in the last two years.  I have been in this field for 29 years now and I have definitely seen ups and downs in medical transcription, but I really hope that maybe it will come back, and that the doctors will actually care about what their reports look like instead of just looking at the bottom line and how much they can save by either having a computer type it (voice rec or voice wreck, more aptly named), or having it done overseas  where they get it done for pennies (and you get what you pay for….).

Dear readers, please get a copy of your medical reports when you have anything done or go to the ER.  You are entitled to those reports and you just have to ask your doc for them.  I have always gotten copies of every ER visit and every operation note for myself and my family, and I have found mistakes that needed correcting.

Okay, enough of that!  On to sweeter things.  Like sweet potatoes!  Our friend, who keeps us in wonderful produce all summer and fall, came over this weekend.  Look what he was delivering!  There are white and red sweet potatoes.  He gave us a bucket of reds and a couple white ones too.  So delicious!  We are always grateful that he shares his bounty with us.  He said he has kale and turnips for us soon, too.


Then, I got a big cookie order.  I have been working hard at those and got them shipped out today.  They are going to California.  I always pray for safe traveling for my cookies, but California?!  Today’s packages got extra prayer covering (there were two boxes).

Here they are heat sealed in the bags and ready to be tied with ribbon.


Well, that’s it for now.  I think I will sit and read for a bit.  I am currently reviewing a book by Lee Strobel and so far I’m really enjoying it.  My father had told me about this author and recommended him but I have never read any of his work, so when I was given the opportunity to review his latest book, I couldn’t pass it up.

Hope everyone has a lovely evening :)

A Reluctant Bride by Kathleen Fuller – Book Review


Sadie is an Amish woman who works in her parents’ store.  She has two sisters and a happy life except for the bishop’s son who has a drinking problem and makes advances towards Sadie which she cannot tell anyone about.  Sadie’s life is changed tragically when her parents are killed in an accident and one of her sisters is seriously injured.  Sadie has to make some tough decisions and determines to continue running the family store herself, but the bishop has other ideas.  The bishop, who actually has his own selfish interests at heart, tells Sadie that she will not be allowed to own her own business and that if she wants to keep the business she must marry his son.  The bishop has a second son, however, who has always liked Sadie and steps up and rescues Sadie from his alcoholic brother by telling a falsehood and saying that he and Sadie had been seeing each other secretly and want to marry.  Sadie is caught between wanting to keep her family’s business and marrying someone she really doesn’t even know.

This story was a page-turner for me and I read the book quickly.  Kathleen Fuller is a talented writer and paints an Amish picture that is quite different from many of the other Amish fiction books.  Definitely a good read.




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