Pot-pourri

Stepping Out On the Ice

Stepping Out On the Ice

In a few weeks, my girlfriend and I will be stepping gingerly out on the ice that we hope will be thick enough to provide some support for us in the years ahead as she contemplates leaving the work-a-day world and giving more time to her business as an independent consultant for Norwex and as a […]

Things to do

What to Do!

The weather these days is a big tease!  40 degrees one day and 70 the next; talk of snow, rain, wind mixed in.  It plays havoc with my sinuses but it also primes the pump for Spring thinking … and the formulation of the yard “to do” list.  I was up at 4:30 this morning […]

Grampy's In the Kitchen

Grampy’s In the Kitchen

I like to cook.  I learned much of what I know about cooking when I was a teenager, cooking for a family of 9 people.  In those days, before the days when parents lost control and the kids took over and laid down the rules, children accepted the fact that they were expected to contribute […]

Grampy Gets His Wings!

Grampy Gets His Wings!

Since the birth of Margaret Alleene, on June 5, the regular routine of the Dubuque Jeske household has been totally “fly by the seat of your pants” except for one thing.  Grammy is camped in the home of our daughter and son-in-law!  She’ll be coming home though on next Monday … I’ll stop alternating two […]

Imminency Becomes Reality

Imminency Becomes Reality

There is, I think, some sort of mysterious and perhaps mystical connection between a mother and her daughter that is greatly intensified during the daughter’s pregnancy and delivery of a child.  I know that it’s foolish for me try to analyze it and I’m certainly not equipped to understand it, but I have witnessed it […]

“Just bob-bob-bobbin along” at the Red Robin

Decided to treat my girlfriend to dinner after church today so I took her to the local Red Robin restaurant.  We were greeted by the hostess who immediately informed us that there would be a 15 minute wait.  Now, confession time:  I have a limited capacity for patiently waiting … for anything.  That capacity is […]

Praying While You Sleep

Praying While You Sleep

Dear Mini-Muffin, Grammy and I had such a great time watching you for a few hours last night while Daddy and Mommy went out on a date.  I stepped into    your room this morning while you still slept and enjoyed watching you for several minutes as I reflected on what a wonderful spot of […]

The Toilet Paper Chronicles

The Toilet Paper Chronicles

Grocery shopping in the Jeske household is something that is not delegated to one person.  Sometimes I do it, sometimes Linda does it, and sometimes we do it together.  Tonight was one of those occasions when we did it together as part of our “date night” which consisted of eating at the Hy-Vee grocery store […]

Crabby Old Woman

Crabby Old Woman

I had an appointment today to have an eye exam in preparation for getting some glasses.  The appointment was tucked into the midst of several errands so I anticipated a full morning.  The appointment was scheduled for 10:05 am.  I thought it odd when they set that time a few weeks go, but as I […]