Random Musings

July 2018

It has been a very busy several months. Between my part-time job at MTSU and two very demanding freelance jobs, I haven’t had time or energy to update my own website. Since last November, we’ve had holidays, birthdays, and a couple trips. Michigan in April was a chance to visit Chicago for the first time in 30+ years. Train ride from Battle Creek to Chicago was great. The conference at the Palmer House Hilton hotel was amazing.

Just recently, we took a few days to get together with family in Pigeon Forge. I had forgotten just how crowded and congested it is over there. Decided we aren’t going back until October or November.

We also enjoyed a visit from Gary’s daughter, Jan, and her family. Two fabulous grandboys that we enjoyed getting to know a little better. Can’t wait to see them again. Also had a brief visit from one of Gary’s nephews and his wife and three boys. Great kids—all the way around. We need to make a trip back up to Michigan soon. I understand there are a couple winery tours that look like they would be both fun and good photo opportunities.

October 2017

Well, it’s officially still October but tomorrow is November 1. I haven’t paid much attention to this site for months. I’m still scanning photos. I have about 300 books on Kindle to read but haven’t read anything in almost a year. I’m still digitizing vinyl records—well, to be absolutely candid, I should say I still have lots of digitizing to do.  My projects seem to have ground to a halt over the summer and fall. I will try to do better!


Well, we made it to Michigan for Memorial week and spent several days with Gary’s sister Faye and her husband Richard. As we always do, we took nephew Jacob to Binder Park Zoo so I could feed giraffes. We connected, after 30 years, with Gary’s daughter from his first marriage and met her husband Todd, his parents, and two new grandsons. We had lunch with a high school classmate and her husband one day. Drove to Hastings and visited with my Uncle Chuck and his wife Jane and their granddaughter Krystal. We even stopped on our way up and visited with sister-in-law MaryLou and her sister Marian. Got to see lots of nieces and nephews

Since then, it’s been lots of working. Planning another trip now, to Branson, Missouri. In all our travels, we’ve never been there so we’re meeting up with Leslie, Stephen, and Connor for a few days of R&R along with Jeff, Jackie, and Ben.

Life is good!


It seems that March is a time for looking forward. March and April are really busy times for me at work so, looking forward, we are hoping to make a Michigan trip for Memorial weekend. In the meantime, we will be wishing Jeff and Jackie a very happy 25th Anniversary this month. They are going for a romantic getaway to celebrate their milestone. I’m also looking to take a couple day or weekend photo trips. I haven’t done any photography in two years and it’s time to get back at it!


Well, we made it through January without any major crises. I call that a big plus. The down side is that I’ve been working so much that I haven’t made any progress on getting more photos posted here. It’s all good, though. Happy Valentine’s day everyone.

January 2017

So far so good this year. I’m busy with work, Gary and I both passed our last doctors’ appointments (which is quite an achievement at our ages) and I’m working on my list of goals for 2017. I hope every one of our family and friends is enjoying a peaceful and happy start to the new year.

January 2017

Happy 2017, everyone. Last year was challenging, at best. We lost friends and family members and dealt with physical difficulties. At the end, we survived to tell about it and are hopeful that 2017 will be a much better year for all of us.
Not sure about what the winter will bring—not even a week into the year and we’ve already “enjoyed” our first snow day. On the happy side, being retired and working part-time meant that I didn’t have to go outside, except to take the pooches out.
I have a short list of goals for 2017 and have begun working on them already. One of my goals is to get back on top of my website: I started by moving to WordPress and updating the site a bit. I now need to cull through hundreds of photos to see which ones I will post. Looking at recipes and selecting books to read. I’m even floating the idea of starting a “virtual” book club. If anyone is interested in joining, let me know and suggest a book or two to start with. I will continue to update as time permits but I have decided that I will make time to do this.

We are both wishing our friends and family a happy, healthy, and blessed 2017 and beyond.


So happy to see 2017 is finally here. Watched the Rose Bowl Parade and will watch Western Michigan University play against Wisconsin while working on this update. I’ve made a pretty long list of goals, some of which I will be able to reach. I think that means this really is a life in progress.

December 2016

Since May, there has been much that has happened! I will not mourn when this year passes into 2017. We have lost family members and close friends. Gary and I celebrated our own 50th wedding anniversary October 8 with family.

I continue to enjoy my work at MTSU, even though I am also enjoying this two-week furlough. After much research and frustration, I finally decided to give WordPress another try and this will be my second attempt to use the WordPress platform to create my website. I’ll be happy to see what people thing about it.

May 2016

I cannot believe it is already May. Since I last posted, we spent a long weekend in mid-April helping my sister and brother-in-law in Florida celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. I celebrated yet another birthday (May 1), and the day after my birthday our foster daughter, who became a member of our family more than 40 years ago, passed away. She would have been 56 June 9th. She left two grown sons, the eldest of which has three babies of his own, and a 15-year-old daughter. Fortunately, her daughter will be in the good and caring hands of Jane’s (twice) ex-husband. They loved each other but could not live together. She will be missed.

March 2016

Spring has sprung! The weather is beautiful and I’m still inside watching NCAA Tournament Basketball!

February 2016

Super Bowl 50 is in the record books and I was so happy that the Broncos won. I hope that Peyton will now retire and do something less hazardous.

It’s been pretty cold and a bit snowy here in Middle Tennessee the last couple weeks. Middle Tennessee State University even closed twice. The one inch of snow here is more crippling than the one to two feet of snow that falls in the Denver area. I can deal with the one inch better than I could the one to two feet!

January 2016

Well, it’s official. The second snow day at MTSU this week. It’s nasty outside and I’m glad I don’t have to go out. Maybe I can make a little headway on “projects” during this off time.

January 2016

It’s hard to believe that we’ve already celebrated the holiday season and are well into 2016. Middle Tennessee has enjoyed a milder than usual winter up until this week. Now it’s officially winter! Maybe now I will find time to get working on photos and do a better job of keeping up with this website. We can always hope!

October 2015

This month marks Gary and I being settled again. In July, we moved back to Tennessee. Our wonderful grandson is now almost four and ready to start preschool. In June, our daughter left her job and is now staying at home with Connor and working on building her jewelry business while doing some contract work for a friend. That meant we are no longer needed to take care of Connor.

MTSU welcomed me back to a nice on-campus job. I only work about 15 hours a week for Creative and Visual Services, although my desk is in the Printing Services building. I do a little quality control for Printing Services and some editing for C&VS. I get to do work I enjoy while hanging out with really nice people.

We found a cute little apartment here in Murfreesboro that is easy to keep up and there is no yard work, maintenance, or upkeep. When Gary has a yen for mowing lawn, he just goes to our son’s house and cuts that grass.

Last week we celebrated our 49th wedding anniversary. All in all, life is good. These days, when I’m not working, I’m going through 50+ years of photographs and documents. What I don’t throw away or give away, I am scanning to digital files. I also have photographs that were my mother’s and my grandmother’s. It is a BIG job but now I have the time to do it. Another project I’m working on is converting about 500 vinyl albums to digital. When done, I will sell the viny. This last move has convinced me to continue to “lighten the load” and dispose of things in a disciplined and thoughtful manner. Maybe now I will do a better job of getting photos posted!