Home Dec

Howdy!  How is everybody?  Are y’all getting ready for school to start up again?  Some teacher friends are back in their classrooms and the students will be arriving soon.  My classes don’t start again until August 30th.  Hopefully by then the house will be done!  It’s been quite the adventure, but I still love it here.  One of my biggest challenges has been home decor.  I had enough decorative items and furniture to completely furnish two houses of 3 bedrooms each.  Then it all ended up here.  So, I get to pick and choose.   Grab a glass of something cold, and find a relaxing place to sit a minute!  Continue reading

What do you want?

Hey there!  How are all y’all doing?  Things are going pretty well here.  It’s been cloudy all weekend, but not much rain.  That’s actually okay here.  I was able to take a beautiful drive through an impossible detour to meet with my spiritual director this afternoon.  We sat at a small table at the edge of a little pond, surrounded on the far side by trees and teeming with fish and dragonflies.  It was such a beautiful and peaceful setting. It was a bit warm, but cloudy, with a cool breeze rippling the surface of the water, so it was quite pleasant.  Grab a glass of sweet tea or something and find a relaxing spot!  Continue reading

Acts of Worship

Hey everybody!   How’s it going?  Hopefully all y’all are having a great summer.   It’s been busy here, but the house project is about to take a rest.  I’m hoping it will be done by the time school starts.  The current challenge for me is to be still sometimes.  If y’all know me, that’s a very tall order!  I’ve been blessed to read a really good book several times in my life, and it has some of the best advice. Continue reading

Urgent Care

Hey everybody!  How are all y’all?  Doing well I hope!   Summer is in full swing, and lots of activities are going on.  We’ve finished Memorial Day and Fourth of July, maybe we’ve gone fishing or boating.  Bicycling is actually the most common summer sport, according to the trivia board at my local bank.  Find a cool and comfy spot to relax, and grab a glass of something cool.   Sometimes these activities don’t go quite as planned, and we end up in the Urgent Care center seeking medical attention. Continue reading

Percolating

Hey y’all!   How is everybody?  I understand it’s been really hot back in Kansas, and I know it’s been flooding like crazy not far from here, just over into West Virginia.  People here are complaining of how hot it is, but the temps are only in the upper 80’s.  The problem is the humidity.  Like a sauna!  So, find something cool to drink and a cool dry place to relax a minute!  My pastor once remarked that there was no telling what thoughts were percolating through my head.  Percolating is a good word.  Continue reading

Exactly Different

Hey there!   How is everybody?   Hope all y’all are doing great!  I’m doing much better today.  A couple good nights’ sleep, some down time and a motorcycle ride…  yep, things are better! Sadie has a new favorite spot here in the house.  In the bottom of the built-in china cabinet in the dining room (my den).  I finally gave up and put one of her beds in there and she’s snug as a bug in a rug.  Silly dog.  🙂  Anyway, grab a glass of tea or something, and find a comfy spot to relax a few minutes.  I’ve made some amazing discoveries here… Ohio is exactly the same as KC, but completely different.

I think I told y’all that I’m taking a writing class this summer.  My topic has been house vs. home.  It has really amazed me that I feel so at home here in a state I’d never even seen until last fall, until I realized there are so many similarities!

Let’s talk just about the roads and layout of the city here.  First, Steubenville, OH is a sister city, actually considered part of a metro area with Weirton, WV, just across the Ohio River and just a few miles from Pittsburgh, PA.  Like KC, KS and KC, MO across the Missouri River.  Steubenville and Weirton are included in the greater Pittsburgh metro, just like Kansas City, Kansas, and other suburbs all make up the greater Kansas City Metro area.  In Kansas City, I could see Kansas State Highway 7 from my back porch on a clear winter morning.  In Ohio, I could see Ohio State Highway 7 easily from the Microtel where I stayed for several months.  Both cities have a Central street very near a Ridge street; both have a Steele Rd with the exact same spelling.  One has a Johnson Drive, the other has a Johnson Road.  On a motorcycle ride last night, I discovered Ohio state road 152 – very similar to Missouri state 152 I drove back in KC.

The fun thing about Steubenville: It is Dean Martin’s birthplace.  At one time, they were really going to do honors to him and named the streets Sunset Blvd, Hollywood Blvd, Lover’s Lane, Stardust Circle, and Skyline Dr., among others.  There is a mural depicting him on a red carpet at Sunset and Hollywood on the side of the Kroger store.  Each year, there is a Dean Martin festival held, with impersonators, family, friends, etc.

I feel at home here.  Steubenville has all the familiar chain stores and restaurants:  Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Sherwin Williams, CVS, JC Penney, Lowes,  JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts, Office Max, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Dairy Queen, and Applebees.  When I was a little girl, mom always shopped at the Kroger store in Kansas City, Kansas.  Kroger later left KC, and I hadn’t seen a Kroger store again until I moved to Steubenville.  It was like a porch light welcoming me home.  My first social encounter was in the produce section there, meeting a girl from the college.  It was a little ‘home town’ sort of feeling.

There are some fun parallels, too.  Back in KC, I loved eating at Kelley’s in Basehor.  They have good food, a nice atmosphere, and a bar which isn’t the center feature.  In Steubenville, the place is called “The Ville”.  Yep, one can still get a real, honest to goodness hot beef sandwich.  In KC, I had a wonderful veterinarian.  It was hard to leave that practice for Sadie; but just next to Steubenville, I was led to Dr. Sommerville in the town of Wintersville.   When Dr. David Sommerville retires in the future, I will still be in very good hands as his son, Dr. Matthew Sommerville, is his practice partner.

In KC, I was part of the GoldWing motorcycle group.  Here in Steubenville, I’ll be riding with another local bike group.  Most of them ride Harleys, but they’re not holding my rice burner against me, lol.  I’ve met several of the guys, and they are really good folks.

Of course, the best similarity is that Jesus is right here!  I’ve met a husband and wife pastoral team like some friends from back home; I’m in a Catholic church like the one back home; and Jesus is right here with me no matter where I am or what I’m doing.  How about you?  Are you in a ‘new place’ in some area of your life?  It doesn’t have to be geographic to be a change.  If you need someone to talk to, find a pastor or a priest.  They’ll be happy to talk, and they can also point you to whatever or whomever you need to make the transition a blessing.  Change can be good!