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

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

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

One Way For Grown Children to Keep Track of You

Where’s Dad? If you’re in good health and live on your own, your adult children don’t need to know your every whereabouts. They do not need to know everything you are doing. Attempting to do this will drive you and your kids crazy.  If you require that level of care, there are facilities and services… Continue reading One Way For Grown Children to Keep Track of You

When Can I Make Changes?

EPISODE 4 Why Am I Asking Permission? I mentioned to my two oldest children (early 40s and late 30s in age) that I was going to remove about two-dozen family pictures from the fireplace mantle. I guess if I’m honest with myself, I was asking their approval for a change I wanted to make. It’s… Continue reading When Can I Make Changes?

Running Out of Groceries

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

What Bills Do I Owe and When Are They Due?

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?