Battles on the Homefront – A Mother’s Tale (Re-Blog)

I’ve been dreaming about my Mom lately. A lot. This is still the best post I’ve ever written While you read it please think of all the moms you know, whether living now or in the past.

Cordelia's Mom, Still

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMother’s Day is coming up. With that in mind, today’s re-blog is of my own first post (which I still consider to be the best one I ever wrote). 

The post was originally published on Cordelia Calls It Quits and was republished on the first day of my own blog with Cordelia’s/Kelly’s permission.  It’s a story that never grows old, and I present it today in honor of my own mother who died on April 29, 2013, and whose memory inspires my Teddy Rosalie series.


Battles on the Homefront

(A Mother’s Tale)

My mother once told me that raising children is the hardest job anyone can ever have.  At the time, Cordelia was all of a week old, so I thought “Yeah, right, Mom.”  But over the years, I’ve learned that, as usual, my mother was right.

I don’t know about other people, but in my small sphere of the world, no one…

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Moving to Western New York?


The note inside the card said to be sure to take a photo or video of the scratch-off and post it to the realtor’s Facebook page.

Being me, I decided to go one step further.

So, Gigi Jankowski of The Certo Team/MJ Peterson – you are now “famous”! (Or as famous as you can be with my limited readership, but hey, every little bit helps, right?)

Note to readers – Gigi is among the best realtors in the Western New York area, and I consider myself lucky to have found her.  She represented both my daughter and me in our recent transactions, and she is a treasure.  She gets the deal done no matter what the obstacles, and it’s done ethically and timely.  On top of her incredible knowledge and professionalism, she managed to keep us sane during the normal ups and downs of selling a house – and in my case, the stress of simultaneously purchasing a new home and enduring the mortgage process.  Trust me, my deals were more complicated than usual, but Gigi got us through it.

(My only issue is that the scratch-off was not a winner, but I’m sure that was just an oversight.)

Should you ever be in the market for Western New York real estate, give Gigi a call (click on the link above).  Be sure to let her know I referred you, and let me know you’re coming so I can meet you.  Heck, I might even buy you dinner!

In the  meantime —

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Photos Only Today

Gotta head out for a medical appointment, no time to write.  The folks over on and seem to like these, so I decided to share:



Repeat. Reverse. Repeat. Again.


Door No. 1 or Door No. 2?



They’re mostly gone now.  Hopefully, it will stay that way.



Hope you all enjoyed today’s eye candy.

BTW, if anyone wishes to use a photo for his/her own site, feel free to do so – just be sure to link back here and give me proper credit.  Thus far, my photos are all Creative Commons.

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Seeing It My Way


Which of the three lines can you read best?

Say what?  There’s only one line at the bottom of the screen.  Am I going blind?

When I relayed to the technician that I only saw one line, she looked at the screen herself, said “oops”, and readjusted the set.  Now there were, in fact, three lines, and I could see all of them.


I’m getting old, but apparently not losing my eyesight yet.

Despite the fact that once I took off my glasses, I couldn’t even see the screen, much less the letters on it.  But that’s ok because with glasses, my eyesight is 20/20, and the technician was able to stamp my DMV eye test card so I can renew my driver’s license.

Which, I’m sure will make everyone (including Archon) happy, knowing that I will still be driving around on Western New York roads.  (But Archon lives in Canada, so he’s safe until he next comes to visit, which I hope will be soon.)

Having finished my annual eye exam, and confident that I’m not going to be joining my mother in the near future, I decided to visit her grave.  I couldn’t actually get to the grave due to the snow, but did get close enough to take photo of the church.

The small graveyard is on the far side of the church.

Pretty, isn’t it?  I think my mother is probably enjoying her rest there.  At least I hope she’s at peace.  I assume those patrolling police keep the neighbors from becoming too rowdy.

And thank heavens, they didn’t stop to ask me just what I thought I was doing standing in the slush alongside the road …

Happy Friday, folks.  Enjoy your weekend!

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