Workshops Have Value Before signing up for and attending, I knew grief, loss and transition workshops have value. I knew their value from more than an intellectual understanding. I had attended a twelve-week course on three different occasions. In 2006, my late wife and I attend the classes offered by our church following my mother-in-law’s… Continue reading Grief, Loss, and Transition Workshops
Coffee and Oatmeal It’s 6:10 AM on Monday morning, January 6, 2020. I’m out of the house and at my favorite coffeehouse. I have a tall Pike Place Roast coffee and a bowl of oatmeal with brown sugar. Writing, walking, paying property taxes, house cleaning, and doing household budget/tax stuff is on my day’s agenda… Continue reading Open-Mic Poetry Reading
Scary Flash Grease Fire The picture is not my oven. However … I had a terrifying flash grease fire in my oven this past Sunday. I had been broiling burgers and had a “boom” and flames shooting out from around the oven door about a foot on all sides before dying. The fire was hot… Continue reading How to Survive A Grease Fire In Your Oven
6 Tips on Figuring Out Your Bills for Widowers The Way We Were I married my senior year of college. When I graduated from university, I received a commission as an officer in the US Army and was selected for active duty. I soon found myself gone from home on training assignments or lengthy deployments… Continue reading 6 Tips on Figuring Out Your Bills for Widowers
EPISODE 3 Buying Groceries Tuesday, December 5, 2017, was the last day my late wife went to the grocery store and purchased groceries. It’s not unusual I would remember a date. She usually shopped on a Tuesday. She worked retail for over fifteen years for the big box retail store based out of Northwest Arkansas.… Continue reading Running Out of Groceries
EPISODE 2 The Way We Were Before my late wife and I married, we went through premarital counseling. A treasured part of the process was a couple of session on budgeting. We listened to the instructions. We talked about the process and our priorities. Finally, we set up a simple budget. The person leading the… Continue reading What Bills Do I Owe and When Are They Due?
EPISODE 1 Fitted Sheets Did you know 27,000 men a month Google how to fold a fitted sheet? (1) Yes, they do. Google never says if even one man succeeds. I know I haven’t succeeded in folding the sheets. Instead of appearing neatly folded, they look as if they were wadded up. My efforts seem… Continue reading How Do You Fold Fitted Sheets?
Buying Groceries Tuesday, December 5, 2017, was the last day my late wife went to the grocery store and purchased groceries. It’s not unusual I would remember a date. She usually shopped on a Tuesday. She worked retail for over fifteen years for the big box retail store based out of Northwest Arkansas. As a… Continue reading I Ran Out of Groceries
Cooking One of the opportunities I have daily in my new normal as a widower is cooking most meals. Going out to eat every meal is not a realistic option for me. Dining out is cost prohibitive for doing it every day. Special Diet-requirements About the time my late wife was going on hospice care… Continue reading Episode 2 – The Challenges of Cooking