Tuesday, April 22, 2014

At Cayo Costa

We had a fantastic day at the beach on Cayo Costa.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Erin and Kylie Are Here

Kylie and Michelle just love each other.

Having a fun cookout. First row left to right: Mike, Sally, Gary. Back row: me, Bill and Nancy.

Kylie and Erin taking a camel ride at the Shell Factory.

My sisters and I. Wish my brother had been here, too.

We took a ride up to Venice to meet my friend, Anne, on the right, and her two daughters, Leah and Beth, at a restaurant called Bit o' Boston.

Went to Ponce de Leon park today and Kylie waded in the water.

So happy to have my girls here! Just wish my son and Danielle could have been here, too!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Day 5: Whispers

My sister-in-law, Sherrie, gave me three words and I picked Whispers for today...or, rather, it picked me.

I kind of wrote this in my head yesterday about a half hour before Bob died.


Somehow, for a little while yesterday,
I ended up alone with my father-in-law.

I moved to a chair near his head
and held his hand still warm and soft.

His breaths were coming rapidly
and his cheeks were pink and healthy.

I talked about heaven and the big nap
waiting for him. Gary had already told him

it was okay to let go. He tried to open his eyes
but couldn't so I know he was listening.

He squeezed my hand then continued his journey,
each breath a whisper of goodbye and thanks.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


I'm still liking this monthly format.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

This, That, and the Other Thing

The sun was sparkling on the canal one morning so I just had to click a few pictures to catch bokeh.

And, introducing.......

Emilyn Jane Ryan. My brother's son and his wife had a baby last Thursday.

Here is Dustin holding his daughter with my brother, Tim, and sister-in-law, Sherrie.

Two days later...all dolled up ready to go home.

Last Wednesday we took a ride up to Tampa to meet with Nathan and Danielle. We stayed at the Marriott Waterside overnight.

Here they are sitting with Gary in the sunset. We had such a good time!

Yesterday, Gary and I took a ride in the Thing to Bokeelia at the northern tip of Pine Island.

It was such a beautiful day!

And, when we got home, Erin sent this picture of Kylie and her with their friend, Bodie, riding a chair lift.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

February and a Peek at March

I'm enjoying keeping track of my life in this calendar format. It doesn't mean I can't do regular pages, though.

When we got back from this ride, Michelle wanted to do a page so I was happy to let her. It all fits in just fine.

Last weekend Sally, Mike, and Michelle invited me to go to Universal with them. We had a blast! Michelle took me on all the roller coasters and I loved them!

The only ride we didn't go on was the new Harry Potter one because the line was 75 minutes long and they don't honor Express Passes. Since we stayed in a Universal hotel, we got Expresses Passes so the longest we waited for any ride was maybe five minutes. We got spoiled and couldn't imagine standing in line for over an hour.

Alissa posted this cutie on Facebook yesterday.

And, I got to visit another baby yesterday. My cousin, Donna, and her family are renting a house about 45 minutes away from us for the month of March. We drove up and so enjoyed chatting and playing with this little guy whose name is Courtland.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A Day at the Beach and Eden

We invited our neighbors to go to Cayo Costa with us today.

We got a kick out of how the guys all dressed alike. l-r: Michel, Gary, and Roger.

Gary's fishing hat.

Willa's sun hat.

She's almost seven months old, now!

With big brother, James