Bunion Surgery: Part 3

DISCLAIMER: Some readers may find the following pictures disturbing. Please be advised there are images of my foot post-surgery and during the healing process. The first two weeks post-op and non-weight-bearing were pretty rough. I was in a lot more pain than I ever imagined I’d be. I was over getting my hair washed outside or in the sink or on the edge of the … Continue reading Bunion Surgery: Part 3

Let’s go Back to Being Good People

This pandemic has brought out the nastiest side of people and quite frankly, I’m appalled at the things people are saying and doing. What happened to not saying anything if you don’t have something nice to say? What happened to spreading kindness and joy and love? I’m challenging all of you, myself included, to state what you are thankful for, what you are grateful for, … Continue reading Let’s go Back to Being Good People

Fish Fry Finale

During the global pandemic caused by COVID-19, the Norvelt VFD and Ladies Auxiliary put an abrupt stop to the Lenten Fish Fry season due to the safety of our volunteers and supporters. Our biggest fundraiser of the year. Stopped. Not even halfway through the season. No fundraisers. The club is closed. The hall stopped having events. Members of the fire department and ladies auxiliary were … Continue reading Fish Fry Finale

Quarantine Thoughts During a Global Pandemic

Now is the time I wish I had the words – the magic words that would make everyone’s fear, anxiety and worry go away. But unfortunately that’s not how it works. I keep thinking of hope. A word, feeling and emotion that I’ve clung to heavily since high school. When all seems lost, hope is the thing that keeps us going. Hope is there for … Continue reading Quarantine Thoughts During a Global Pandemic

Christmas is a Feeling

Christmas is more than just a season – it’s a feeling. Sure, we call Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day “the holiday season,” and there are a lot of expectations society has made us feel we have to live up to during these months. But Christmas is more than that. It’s pulling Nana’s special recipes out of the cookbook and baking yummy goodies. It’s dancing around … Continue reading Christmas is a Feeling

Filled with Gratitude and Joy

At what age do you stop crying when you leave your parents? Asking for a friend, of course. Time doesn’t make the distance any easier, and spending 15 hours in a car each way doesn’t get anymore enjoyable, but spending Thanksgiving with my parents was well worth the long drive, the traffic, a cracked windshield and stiff legs. My mama and I started Turkey Day … Continue reading Filled with Gratitude and Joy