Wednesday, February 22, 2017


It's time for another Rockwell Wednesday.  Here's one of Norman Rockwell's paintings that I have never seen before.  And it's done so well, I thought it was a photograph.

Many of Norman Rockwell's illustrations honored the dedication and sacrifice of America's military personnel.  During World War II, particularly, he used his skills to help unite citizens behind our armed forces.


Monday, February 20, 2017


It's been a week now and I can definitely see an improvement in Joe.  He is still hurting a LOT but things are beginning to heal up.  Bruises still pop out here and there, but I guess that's to be expected.  He told me I could take pictures of him and post them, so all of these are with his permission.

 This didn't come out very well, but there is a huge bruise covering most of his upper arm.

This is much better.  The redness is gone and it is scabbing over.

This is the huge bruise on his leg.  There is a lump under there that he says hurts.  The doctor in the hospital seemed to think it was nothing and so did his primary.  I'm glad he's going to see his VA doctor next Monday to get a third opinion.

His broken thumb is changing colors and not so black anymore.  You can still see the bruise at the bottom of his thumb where the bone is chipped.

His finger is still in a splint and this finger is what gives him the most pain.  This is the finger that was dislocated.  The knuckle is still swollen.

 Some of the scab on his chin has come off and we can see the stitches better even though you can't really in this picture because of his beard.  He hasn't been able to shave because of the stitches and the injury although he made a good attempt to shave around the area after this picture was taken.

 The scab on the cut above his eye fell off and the abrasions are healing up.  He still has somewhat of a black eye, though.

Joe said to say thank you to each and every one of you that has prayed for him and has cared about him.  He is very thankful for each one of you and you have touched his heart beyond belief.

Thank you from me too.


Sunrise:  6:46 a.m.
Sunset:  5:43 p.m.
10 hours and 57 minutes of daylight
Partly cloudy
Temperatures:  57*/42*

Sunday, February 19, 2017


Going back and forth to the hospital last Monday was a different experience each time.  While taking Joe down at 11:30 p.m. I found almost no traffic.  Center city with no traffic?  I was glad though because I made good time and got there quickly.

At 11:30 a.m. later that day it was jam packed with cars and trucks and even a fire engine that I tried to get out of the way of.  (I finally had to turn the corner even though it wasn't where I wanted to go.)

And when I went back at 7:00 p.m. to pick him up to bring him home, there was some traffic but not like at noon.

I wanted to show you some pictures of Philly at night.  It's a very different place than in the middle of a work day.  Some of these are my pictures and some are from Google.  I grabbed my camera every time I got a red light.  I love Philly day, night or any time.  I hope you enjoy them.

 This is my picture.  The tall lit up building in the background is the Comcast Building.

Fourth and Market Streets.  You can see how light the traffic is.

 This is Spruce Street.  I was just about a block away from the hospital at this point.

This is Independence Hall.  I got this photo from Google.  I wanted to take this shot.  I was right there and even had the camera in my hand but the light changed.

 Another photo from Google.  Again, I was right here but couldn't stop and get a shot.  The Comcast Building is on the left and Liberty Place One and Two are on the right.

I must have driven through Chinatown about six times.  Another Google shot.
 This is City Hall and Broad Street.  The Academy of Music is on the left where the bright white lights are.  I wasn't here that night but I sure do like this picture.  (Google shot)

 And finally a shot of center city from the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.  Again I wasn't there and it's a Google shot.  This is another one I love.  I used to work right around there and would love walking to the train station to go home at night and seeing all these tall lit buildings around me.  I find the city beautiful and invigorating.  I guess I'm a real city girl.

I hope you enjoyed your visit to the night time city.  I will have an update on Joe tomorrow.  Thank you for your prayers.  He is getting better much faster than expected and I know it is because of everyone praying for him.

 (Yes, I'm in the bathroom.  No, I'm not on the commode.  My husband asked me that.)

Sunrise:  6:47 a.m.
Sunset:  5:41 p.m.
10 hours and 54 minutes of daylight
Partly cloudy