Daily Routine

Morning Writing It’s Tuesday, January 7, 2020. It was a cool 38 degrees F on my front porch in The Colony, Texas at 5:30 AM. Sunrise is still two hours away as I write this post. I’m enjoying a grande Pike Place Roast coffee this morning at my favorite coffeehouse (Starbucks, on Preston, just north… Continue reading Daily Routine

Open-Mic Poetry Reading

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

The Flu Shot Didn’t Work

Tested Positive for Type A & B Flu It’s Friday, January 3, 2020. I have a 9 AM appointment with the doctor today. I have a bad right earache as well as equilibrium issues. My right tonsil feels like it is swollen. My guess is the issues are related to my testing positive for Flu… Continue reading The Flu Shot Didn’t Work

I’m A Person of Daily Routine

Return to Normalcy It’s Thursday, January 2, 2020. I’m at my regular table at my usual coffeehouse, enjoying a tall Pike Place Roast coffee in a “for here” cup. What’s a “for here” cup, you ask? It’s china instead of a paper cup. I also have oatmeal for breakfast. I just mixed the brown sugar… Continue reading I’m A Person of Daily Routine

New Year, New Beginning

New Year, New Beginning Dating is a big step for me. I’ve been a widower since April 2018.  Last winter, I had a long-time friend have her hubby pass away. Around the first of May, I became bold and told her that when she was ready to consider going out to eat or having coffee… Continue reading New Year, New Beginning

The New Normal

I’ve been a widower since April 12, 2018. That’s the date my wife died. We had been married since 1974. That’s a long time. Sometimes I feel like she died yesterday. The memories are still very fresh. Just this week, I attended the funeral of a friend’s wife in the very chapel where my sweetheart’s memorial… Continue reading The New Normal

A Home or a Museum?

A Home or a Museum? I attended a multi-week grief, loss, and transition workshop about five months after my wife passed away. There was one statement shared during the course that caught my attention. The leader said while it is okay to maintain memories of our dearly departed, we need to be careful not to… Continue reading A Home or a Museum?

6 Tips on Figuring Out Your Bills for Widowers

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

12 Tips for Buying Groceries for Widowers

12 Tips for Buying Groceries for Widowers I was married for over forty-three years when my wife died. She did the grocery shopping in our household. Her death forced me to buy groceries. When I first went to the store, it took me over three hours, and I didn’t have what I needed. As the… Continue reading 12 Tips for Buying Groceries for Widowers

Lessons Learned from Your Late Spouse Can Save Your Life

EPISODE 6 Preventive Check-up On March 22nd I went to the dermatologist for a routine preventive check-up. My interest in getting a heck of my skin started with a kick in the seat of my pants from my late wife. She had been diagnosed with Melanoma Cancer in June 2015. She scheduled an appointment for me… Continue reading Lessons Learned from Your Late Spouse Can Save Your Life