“Hey Dad!”

What do you do for Father’s Day? Expectations for the day may be wrapped up in expectations of the parent—both fulfilled and unfulfilled. Was that man the father you wanted him to be? Last weekend one of our adult children asked if they and their children could come over this Sunday. I think it’s a … More “Hey Dad!”

A Day in Venice

On a warm spring morning we drove to downtown Venice. Venice, Florida that is. We parked our car as close to the shade as possible in the free parking lot and checked the city map at the kiosk beside the public restroom building. Downtown Venice offers plenty of shopping and restaurant choices (several with outdoor … More A Day in Venice

Nokomis Beach

Near the end of our drive on Casey Key we stopped at Nokomis Public Beach. Plenty to do here: swimming, sun bathing, etc. Sandcastles anyone? Plenty of shells, too, for hunters and collectors. This beach was covered with shells—mainly broken ones. Ouch! The tide must have brought them in. Head north up the beach for … More Nokomis Beach

Memorial Day 2019

Memorial Day Weekend National Observances occur on Sunday, May 26 and on Monday, May 27, 2019 If you will be in D.C. on the weekend you’ll have several events to choose from. • Pay your respects at the war memorials on the National Mall. • Visit Arlington National Cemetery. The Memorial Day Roses Foundation provides … More Memorial Day 2019

Casey Key

Fancy mansions on a narrow winding road provided a different viewing pleasure on Casey Key. This yellow home in the photo above and elsewhere in this post was my favorite. Not because it was so big, but because of it’s architecture. Although, it certainly was BIG. You’ll notice I couldn’t back up far enough. I … More Casey Key

Der Dutchman

Comfort Food and More at Der Dutchman’s restaurant. Last week I mentioned the two Amish restaurants a few blocks apart from each other in Sarasota, Florida. We chose to eat lunch at Yoder’s, which I’ve affectionately given the pet name: Yoder’s Gravy Ladle in honor of their generous fine gravy (see last week’s post). Immediately … More Der Dutchman

Yoder’s Restaurant

Amish food and comfort food are synonymous to me. While in the Sarasota area of Florida, we had our choice of two Amish restaurants within a few blocks of each other. Yoder’s and Der Dutchman. Yoder’s was in a simple clapboard and brick building. Der Dutchman had more of a polished corporate look. My husband … More Yoder’s Restaurant

Venice Pier

As far as I’m concerned the best time to be on a beach is at sunset—provided the beach faces west. Since we were on the gulf side of Florida this certainly worked. The Venice Pier afforded us an extra treat with the appearance of two dolphins. They were probably attracted by the activity of the … More Venice Pier