He Is Here!

He Is Here!

A girl..

A boy..

An angel…

An announcement





More waiting..

A trip..

A manger

A Birth!!!!!


The waiting is over, the anticipation is done. A child is born to bring hope, love, joy, goodwill and peace on earth.

May your days be filled with the hope, love, joy, goodwill and peace that He brings to all!

Grandma’s House

Grandma’s House

I loved going to my Grandma Pete’s to stay overnight.  There were always those Grandma things that she had that didn’t exist in our house!

♥ Peter Pan Peanut Butter- we had Jif

♥ Crest Toothpaste- we had Colgate (yuck)

♥ Black Cherry pop- we were pretty much a Coke and ginger ale household

♥ Charles Chips- ok we did have those, but they still bring back memories of her house

♥ Frisky, the dog- we didn’t have a pet and I just loved and was terrified of him.  I loved walking him around the block.  I felt so grown up!

This was just a little bit of Grandma’s house.



Parma Pierogi’s

Parma Pierogi’s


Yesterday was National Pierogi Day!  There are a couple of things I definitely miss about the Cleveland/Parma area and Pierogi’s are most certainly on the top of the list.  Almost every Friday was fish fry night in our house.  My mom would go over to St. Josaphat’s on State Rd. where the little old ladies in their babushka’s were sitting at long tables diligently making these wonderful little dumplings.  They were fascinating to watch as they sat filling each of them with either mashed potatoes, sauerkraut or prune filling.  They would gently pinch the edges together and on they would go to be slightly boiled.  Mom would always purchase at least a 1/2 dozen of each.  The warm little dough dumplings were placed into plastic bags, still warm.  If I remember correctly my mom would buy fresh Lake Erie perch at the local store or once my dad started working in the Sandusky area he would stop at a fish market on the way home and bring home freshly caught Lake Erie perch (my mouth is watering right now at this point as I am writing this.) Mom lightly sautéed the pierogi’s in butter, the fish would be breaded and fried and there was always homemade coleslaw, something that I just cannot seem to replicate! Our feast was ready and we would sit down to an incredible Rath Friday Night Fish Fry.  What’s even more fun about this is that this continued on into our married life and whenever we would travel to OH to visit it was a typical Friday night dinner.  Our sons still talk about it and to tell you the truth Long John Silvers, Mrs. Paul’s Fish Sticks and Grandma’s Lake Perch was the only kind of fish our sons would eat.

I miss those pierogi’s.  They bring back wonderful memories.  And sadly this is what we are relegated to eating now in the Pierogi department.


Just not the same.  Maybe my brother’s need to ship me some real pierogi’s.

Update: November 11

We recently made an unexpected trip to Cleveland (sadly for my dad’s funeral) and in our trying to decide what to have for dinner on Friday night we decided that in honor of my dad we should have at least a little bit of a typical Friday night dinner. We headed to the church in Parma for our purchase! Same, church, same room, a couple of changes though.

  • The ladies were not there making them as they now are made on Thursday.
  • The room seemed so much smaller
  • They no longer make prune ones. Apparently they are very difficult to make because the filling is messy to keep inside as they pinch the edges.

But, the kitchen was jam packed with boxes of them and they are still put into plastic bags.

And the verdict is… they were just as delicious and delectable as they ever were. As Jon and I, my brother, sister-in-law and our one son sat around the table eating our pierogis and kielbasa we reminisced about our Friday night dinners and some of the other things we all grew up eating. Three things missing

What Would You Do?

What Would You Do?


We have a huge murder trial about to begin here in SWFL.  In 2015 Dr. Theresa Sievers was bludgeoned to death in her home upon returning from vacation.  Her husband and 2 other men have been charged in her murder.  One of the hit men took a plea deal and is serving time in prison now.  The trial of one of the hit men, Jimmy Rodgers, is about to begin with jury selection taking place right now.  Mark Sievers trial will follow.  Read more about the story behind the murder here.

Anyway, this is a pretty big trial here.  It’s a death penalty trial.  It’s all over our local &, national news.  Court TV, Law and Crime  are in Ft. Myers.  Along with Netflix is here making a documentary.   We’ve been following it on Court TV & WINK as the jury selection takes place, which is now on Day 4.  The big question is about the death penalty.

We talked about the big question this morning.  Is it up to us to decide whether someone lives or dies?  I remember a religion course in nursing school called “Come Let us Play God”.  What I learned and took away from that class still sits in the back of my mind.  I’m not sure I could conceivably, without a doubt, decide that someone should receive the death penalty over life imprisonment.

What would you do?