Sundays in our house


Are usually pretty laid  back.We like to have at least one day like this before the work week starts. It is also usually the one day you are almost guaranteed to find us both home. Today is no different, we were still recovering from Jet Lag but are beginning to feel human again. I’ve gotten some clean up done, and since it’s Sunday night and baseball season and that means one thing. Sunday Night Baseball. Tonight it’s Texas and Tampa Bay.  Good baseball. Mot my Red Sox but still good baseball. Relaxing with my sweetie after our hectic two weeks, the cats have calmed down and realized we are not going to run away again. I have a novella to finish, a short story to write and a new mystery to plot out. Life is good. 

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Marvin aka Great Mind


I’ve been absent for a while here and for those of you who also follow my husband michael’s posts you know why. We’ve been in NYC because his dad died a few weeks ago. We’ve been helping his mom and sisters with all that need to be done. Tomorrow we head back to our little stretch of desert to begin our LWM(Live without Marvin).  I’d like to share what I said at his memorial service this past Sunday.

“My parents have a four-hour layover in Logan and would like us to come out and have dinner with them. They want to meet you.”

Scary words. I was about to meet two people with more education than I had seen in my life time.

What would they have to say to a poor Irish girl from South Boston.

I shouldn’t have worried.

I was petrified as we waited for them to come off the plane. Then I spotted this man   crossing the terminal. He wore a rumpled rain coat and had a computer type bag slung cross his chest looking every inch the absent-minded professor.

It was Michael’s dad and I shouldn’t have worried.

We found a restaurant and sat down. I immediately felt like I had known him forever. That should have been no surprise I had the same feeling after the first date I had with his son, my husband. He made me feel comfortable asking my questions about my family, my life, my career. No matter when we talked I always felt as if he cared about what I had to say.

Marvin loved Puns, that was no secret and his children are living proof that Punning is genetic, When they returned from sabbatical in Europe we took the train down from Boston where we lived at the time.  In no time at all the puns started, One after another they flew across the table. When I finally went to bed they were still being flung, I simply got up, said goodnight and let them have their fun.

If you asked him how he was doing, Marvin’s standard answer was “I’m, full of vim, I’m full of vigor.” To which I replied, “Stop lying .” We’d have a good laugh.

Most people know the saying another day another dollar. Marvin would say another day, another Molecule. Well, the world has lost more than a few molecules with the passing of Great Mind. And like everyone here I will miss him. I was so blessed to have known him and so lucky to be part of his amazing family.

Wednesday Words


Today’s are from one of my favorite writers, Erma Bombeck

The family.  We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another’s desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together.  ~Erma Bombeck

It’s All About The Candy


I hope everyone has had a Happy Easter ! Yes Easter is one of the most solemn holidays in the christian calendar. Growing up it was a time for an Easter dress and my mothers never-ending search for a hat that fit my big head. Very heard to do,which is why a lot of Easter pictures have me with either no hat or one of those little half hat thingies that sat on the back of your head.

Of course there was the dinner, ham or lamb, with all us kids it was usually ham, potatoes, veggies and rolls. But best of all is the candy. As any kid will tell you Easter is all about the candy.

In tha spirit I thought I would share some facts on candies and Easter that I found in my local paper, the AZ Daily Star

A lot of us give up candy or any kind of sweet for Lent. That is 40 sugar-free days!  Is it any wonder that it is a holiday of chocolate bunnies, eggs, peeps and lets not forget jelly beans.   It is the second biggest holiday for candy sales beat only by Halloween

Chocolate eggs and rabbits first appeared in Germany in the 19th century. Jelly beans joined then in the 1930’s.

Some more fun facts from the National Confectioners Association.

chocolate eggs are the most popular treats.

-90 million chocolate bunnies are made for Easter each year

-76 percent of people first eat the ears of chocolate bunnies.

-16 billion jelly beans are made for Easter,

So, are you part of that 76 percent?

San Diego


I’m sitting in the airport waiting for my flight home to Tucson. It’s 2 hrs before we board and luckily we did bring at least one laptop with us. 

My in-laws were here for a conference, they live in NY and we live in AZ-this was the closest we would be to each other this year so why not spend the weekend together? Conference was over  and my husband was the only one who had ever been to San diego. It would be fun.

t was, to a point. my father in law got some sort of stomach flu and spent the weekend in the hotel. We took his mother and my husband and i took off. San Diego is a fun city to visit. We went to Balboa park twice, today we went thru all the international cottages talking to people from different countries and sampling food. it was fun. We spent a day at the zoo, rented a wheel chair for me and walked all over. We also took the air tram which we probably should not have done as the bumps when we hit a wheel jarred my back.

Yesterday we went to old town and explored or as much as we could since i was having problems going up and down stairs. We need to go back and explore the Whaley House. Reported to be the most haunted house around., 

In all it was a wonderful weekend, the hotel was amazing, we got to spent time with Michael s parents and we got to do some exploring on our own.. However, my back is not happy and is crying for my recliner and my heating pad. soon,,,