Memories, Making and Sharing Memories….

Memories Road trips are a place to make memories and learn of other’s memories. Road trips are something we are familiar and comfortable with. Pack the car, settle the kids, charge off to the destination, a short stay, and return to home. This weekend followed the menu with one exception, …

Missing You Still

My wife and I returned to South Texas in our RV to visit relatives and to visit the gravesites of her mother, father, and brother. Though time has passed, the emotions and sentiments expressed are as strongly alive in us today as then. Missing you What does ‘missing you’ mean? …

Vacation to South Texas in July

Vacation to high temperatures Who takes a vacation to South Texas in July? We hesitate to say it is my wife and I. And we brought two grandchildren with us. It was in the high 80’s when we left Maryland in our RV. We saw the temperature gradually rise as …

A Hodgepodge Week

What do you blog when life is great, and nothing unusual is happening? How about a hodgepodge. An RV Excursion? My wife and I will take three grandkids on an RV excursion to Corpus Christi, Texas next week. We, she and I, have got the thirty-foot RV ready. We had …

Instant Pot-A versatile mealmaker

It is not often a kitchen appliance impresses me, but the Instant Pot is one. Instant Pot Ultra 8 Qt 10-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Yogurt Maker, Cake Maker, Egg Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, Warmer, and Sterilizer Last October, I bought the eight quart size as …

A Pantser Moves to Scrivener

Word has to go A year ago, I wrote a 53k novel during NaNoWriMO using Microsoft Word 2013. In January this year, I started to edit and revise it using Word. Recently, I transferred the work-in-progress (WIP) to Scrivener. Word aficionados may disagree with my evaluation and comparison. Word is …

Dealing with a Critique Website Critiquer’s Reviews

Finding a Critiquer Critique websites provide the opportunity to have your work reviewed by persons you don’t know and have only a passing relationship. I subscribe to a critique website, and I submitted a chapter to the site, desiring an unbiased evaluation. I requested comment on whether the critiquer found the content …

Adventures in the garden

The garden includes pots This week saw changes to my backyard. My wife and I added several vegetable plants in pots to our garden. These joined peppers and tomatoes in three raised beds. The pots currently decorate part of the deck, near the electric smoker. They will need a better …

Enjoying a night at a science fair

A joint science fair Tonight, the wife and I went to Passport to Learning and Columbia, Maryland Homeschoolers science fair. There were some twenty displays, four of them were those of our grandchildren. Safe Cosmetics   Elizabeth’s exhibit identified harmful chemicals in cosmetics and created a safe recipe for makeup …

White Azalea, Dianthus, and Sweet Williams

Is Spring hiding? Winter never wanted to leave Winter fought leaving with a will. Mid-April we were seeing days in the forties and nights low thirties. Northeasters roared through Maryland several times. Everyone talked that Spring was hiding from us this year. Recently, the past few days, Spring peeked its …