It takes a long branch for Miss Kitty when it comes to helping another, which I believe is mostly due to fear. She can appear to be mean with her “I’ll get you before you get me” attitude, although I know she is not really mean. She is just scared. Miss Kitty is different and… Read More Miss Kitty needs a long branch
My mom and her birthday cakes, so far. (The sorting of photos is far from complete.)
Without thinking ahead, I have started several blogs over the last seven years, mostly because I got hooked on buying domain names I like. A new domain called for a new blog, or so I thought, and pretty soon, it got complicated. Shortly after that, life got complicated and my blogs took a back seat.… Read More Uncomplicating Me
Quite a bit, lately, I have been hearing, “We make plans and God laughs,” and although I like it okay as a saying, I do not truly believe that. More so, I believe that, “We make plans and God Ponders.” Then He laughs. I believe that God laughs in either one of two ways –… Read More We Make Plans and God Ponders
This morning it was crystal clear, I could respond in love or react in fear. I awoke with an attitude, That unfortunately, was very rude, I thought, “I don’t have time to help decorate, Because once again, I am running late. Behind schedule, I am, on all I wanted done Before heading to Florida and… Read More 11.17.19
I found myself feeling a little worried today And then a voice said inside my head HEY! Have you forgotten how you felt just the other day, You had a calm sense of peace and knew everything would be okay. Give no attention to the negative in your head, Turn that talk around, generate positive,… Read More 11.13.19
Today we mostly chilled, quite literally. We dreaded the drive to Duncan in the 27 degree weather Then we realized that the car was the warmest spot altogether. Cleaned out the car from our 9 day trip, we did that too, And now the house looks like a zoo. The cats don’t want us to… Read More 11.12.19
We made it back to Hastings fine Although I thought it would be about 7 And it was more like 9 (eastern time). It was raining in Dallas And the wind was fierce And my nerves, Google did pierce. My maps app kept rerouting us, With no ability to discuss. “Accidents,” the voice would say,… Read More 11.11.19
My brother and I went on a road trip to go our nephew’s wedding (our other brother’s son). We went from Oklahoma to North Carolina and back. I put videos on YouTube along the way for our friends and family to follow, and so Dave wouldn’t feel left out. Here they are. The audio could… Read More Me and My Bro, Road Trippin, Yoe!
Every year for many years, we could count on my parents to stock our pantry with cases of home-grown pickled asparagus due to their abundant asparagus field and their talents in the kitchen. Even if we told them we still had plenty, my dad would say something like, “It will keep for years, and you… Read More Annual Asparagus Festival
Brevard, North Carolina Transylvania County October 2018
Trippin in Transylvania Susie (Arnold) RaffeyAdventures, Expeditions October 20, 2018 Transylvania County in Brevard, North Carolina, is where Dave and I went to celebrate our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary in October of 2018. Our anniversary is actually in September; we took the trip in October because I wanted to see the leaves change and Dave was busy with… Read More Trippin in Transylvania
I was somewhat shocked to see the figure, after counting the states that Dave and I have driven through in the last nine months – nineteen. Nineteen states in nine months we have seen. “Pretty impressive,” I’d say. “Like a rock star!” Eleven states had us overnight and seven of the eleven for more than… Read More The Rock Star Tour of 2018
There was quite a spread served-up today at the weekly Wednesday lunch (as usual) and thankfully a handful of people walked in right at noon, helping to keep the Hastings Senior Citizen’s Center open. Six bucks is all it costs to have a home-cooked meal, including dessert and an ice tea or ice water. The… Read More The HSCC
Tonight I was standing in front of my parent’s house in Hastings watching the sun set at the end of their street, which I thought was pretty neat!
Best I can figure, I am a Cathodist Misallievangelical with close ties to the Baptist’s. However, I am mostly Catholic, then Methodist. The other two churches I elected to become a member of, I did so during my seeking years. I spent a few looking for a place where I would feel that I “fit… Read More If you really want to know… I’m a Cathodist
What a difference a decade can make. Dave finally got me out on what I call “the big boat,” on March 1, 2018. I was terrified. Not a natural boat person myself, I was scared about everything and anything that could go wrong. He had spent the previous five years helping me to feel safe… Read More Love it or Fear it
On this very day ten years ago – February 22, 2008, I took this picture on the way out of the ATV park where we were meeting friends for the weekend. I was following Dave, who had flipped his 4-wheeler. The ambulance took him to the nearest hospital – Lake Placid, I think, and they… Read More The Trauma 10 Years Ago
Having passed people-pleasing on the rung below me, the rung on the ladder of life, I am now on a new rung. A new rung does present new challenges, however, I feel ready for this rung. For I saw this quality in myself some time ago and shared these thoughts with friends. I shared with them how,… Read More Let No One be Left Behind
For years, when I would complain of not feeling well, Dave would listen to me the first or second time and then suggest I not focus so much on the ailment. Although he meant well, this usually did not go over well with me. Whether it was my inflamed sinuses or a migraine headache, a… Read More The Q-tip Quip
People may have thought (and with good reason) that I was likely the latest resident of Royal Palm Beach to loose their driver’s license (or their home 😉 ), but thank God that was not the cause of my peddling more than nine miles around the town yesterday. “No, I am not a homeless person loitering in… Read More It’s a bunny, it’s a monkey, it’s Susie!
Dave is good. He called on his way home and after we hung up, I thought, “Poor guy, he’s probably wondering, does, ‘I don’t want cake’ really mean I shouldn’t get cake, or is this one of those times when I should know better?” Then I prayed for help accepting whatever he would decide to do.… Read More Cake of Cheese
I almost started to wallow and wonder why I had forgotten to change my appointment for my semi-annual teeth cleaning, for who wants to go to the dentist on their birthday? I decided instead to be grateful that I can. I decided instead to call it a ‘celebrate me’ day. And after getting my teeth… Read More It was a good day to have a good day!
I think it is funny, how I had never heard of Reel Big Fish before exactly one month ago. On that day, December 26, 2016, we – me, Amanda and David – were driving the three hours from Ft. Myers to West Palm when David asked if we wanted to listen to a CD he had. We… Read More Reel Big Fish at the Fair
In Part 1 of Amanda’s Visit at Christmas 2016, I left-off on Christmas day in Ft. Myers, and in case you missed it, this has become my favorite part of Christmas – when we sing Happy Birthday to Jesus at Dave’s cousin’s house. She goes all-out, with a birthday cake and candles. I love it, even… Read More Amanda’s Visit at Christmas – Part 2
Three hours north and then a half hour west in the middle of nowhere, was about all I knew of the road trip I was taking to go get Amanda from the Sanford Airport. Although not in the middle of nowhere, much of the two-lane road ran right through the St. John’s River. And right… Read More Amanda’s Visit at Christmas 2016
I took this video on Christmas day in Ft. Myers. Not a rare sight for those whose yard we were in; however, I was amazed. It was really something to be standing in the middle of! And I couldn’t help but think of my grandmother. I never will forget the time she started reciting a… Read More Big Block Party of Birds
Exactly a month after Dave’s dad passed away, we were at his house, just Dave and I, on a Saturday night. Earlier that day, we had attended a celebration of life for Dave’s cousin, Peggy, then went to see the sunset when we “accidentally” wound up going over the bridge on to Sanibel. Since we… Read More Saturday, In the Parker – Part Two
Heading west, Dave made an impromptu move, and changing lanes said, “Let’s go over to Sanibel and watch the sunset.” “I don’t care,” I said, with no enthusiasm. “Okay good,” he responded, as if I had said, “Yeah, wonderful idea!” I sat there amused at first, that he chose to take my “I don’t care”… Read More The Six-Dollar Sunset
Two memorials in three weeks with the Raffey clan, we had. In 2016, November was a month of mourning. First, on the 5th, we had a funeral mass for my father-in-law Gus, and then on the 26th, a memorial for Dave’s cousin, Peggy. Emotions ran the gamut on that Saturday. Funny and sad were both… Read More Saturday, in the Parker – Part One
That’s right – I am officially an Independent AVON Sales Representative – ready to assist you in all of your skincare, hair care, and beauty needs! Check out my online store for more, including my bio about AVON being the only makeup to have never given me a stye. You will always find great deals… Read More AVON Sold Here
I recently came across a most interesting document, dated over six years ago from when I was active in a local church. At the end of what could be called “a weekend retreat” (the simplest way I know to describe it), I was presented with a seven-page printout outlining my Spiritual Gifts, what each one… Read More Positively Sensitive, although now, not so much
I have more ideas for blogs than you can possibly imagine. Okay, I exaggerate, but my ideas are many. And can I tell you how I have planned? Countless hours spent planning, figuring, and planning some more, have left me with fifteen different sites to manage (no exaggeration) and a confused manager of it all.… Read More Here’s to You, V!
The mojo around the Raffey Compound has definitely changed ever since the loss of our two dirty white boys. The male felines that snuggled their way into our hearts will laze around our bed no more. Yes, I am sad to report that Big-Foot and Indee have both said good-bye to this world. It was on… Read More Saying Good-bye to my Babies
Dave will say he was tired of hearing me complain; I know that my increasing comfort of never leaving home had him concerned. And so knowing how much I love surprises, he came home in the middle of the day to get me and go look for a car. Within 2 hours, we were sitting at… Read More Susie’s Subaru
Some may say it’s strange to have such feelings for a chicken and that’s okay, I am going to tell you about it anyway. Squockers wasn’t just a chicken, she was our pet. She had personality and made us laugh. Making the discovery that I did this morning, was upsetting. I am sad to say that… Read More Just a chicken, yet a cool pet
About six weeks ago, my son (David) urged me with excitement to come outside and see his new pet that he had found. “Where did you find it?” I asked. “Out front,” was his reply. “Out front where?” “Just out front, come on!” So I followed him, having no idea what to expect and half-way… Read More Who would have thunk!
It’s funny how my husband comments every single time on how much stuff I bring with me on the boat. “Oh my gosh honey,” he exclaimed this morning, “we’re only going for a half a day!” From my standpoint, the length of the boat ride or amount of time we will be gone doesn’t have… Read More Everything but the Kitchen Sink
What is it about trains that fascinate children so? My nephew, Christopher, loved trains more than anyone I’ve ever known. Anytime he heard a train, whether on television, the radio or real life, his face brightened as he bellowed out, “CHOO-CHOO!” And if he saw one in person? Oh forget it – the excitement this… Read More CHOO-CHOO!
Have you ever wondered why the conception of adult cartoons for television didn’t happen until “Generation X” came on the scene? I have, so I googled it. It turns out that the proper name is adult animation, I’m guessing because cartoons are for kids. I also discovered that while this generation was the first to bring adult animation… Read More Animation Domination Anyone?
I think it’s interesting how the weather at my house has changed since the power plant went in, and I’m amazed at how many people have no idea there’s a power plant in Loxahatchee. A few years ago, I noticed that a good number of storms rolling through the area would go around our house,… Read More Which Way’s the Wind Blowin?
Mother Nature Knocks outside of our office
Here’s Indee, my lover-boy, who boldly makes a statement occasionally when he gets jealous of our big baby boy, a pitbull. He steals his bed.
The newest addition, Miss Kitty, adopted us last November. She looks adorable, doesn’t she? Well when she’s sleeping, she is. Then she wakes up and becomes Miss Bully. I’m sure she had a home prior to us, as I took her to get “fixed,” thinking she was a baby, and was informed that she was… Read More Miss Kitty, have you ever thought of running away?
Although lately I’ve been calling him, “Old Man Big Foot,” he will always be my “Baby Boy Blue Eyed Big Foot.” He is now 15 years old. I interrupted him kneading his claws on daddy’s chest…
Our solar system includes the Sun, eight planets, their moons, and all other celestial bodies that orbit the Sun. There are 146 known moons in orbit around the planets and another 26 awaiting final approval before being added to the list (according to NASA’s website in July 2013). And that’s only within our small solar system. The… Read More Solar Systems, Galaxies & Universes
After twenty years of marriage, my husband and I finally did it – we took our first vacation – just the two of us, without any other agenda, event to attend or person in tow. We choose to go somewhere we have never been and have wanted to check out – the Florida Keys. Marathon,… Read More Our First