Happy birthday, Dad!

Happy birthday, Dad!

Shoutout to my Dad for joyful birthday wishes! Love you lots and wouldn't change a thing about ya!

Mom ❤️💕

Mom ❤️💕

This Thanksgiving was especially difficult for me because of my Mom's regressing health. It was an incredibly exhausting weekend both physically and emotionally. I haven't talked much about it out of respect for her, and for my family's, privacy. But with many aware by now, it feels like the appropriate time to discuss it, and [...]

Fastnachts 2020

Fastnachts 2020

Today I was with my relatives for the annual fastnacht-baking festival. Fastnachts are traditional Pennsylvania Dutch doughnuts made from potatoes. The dough is cut, rises, and then we fry it. Before: After: Traditionally they are eaten on "fat Tuesday" in preparation for Lent. We just eat them fresh off the fryer. And there's always plenty [...]

Castle on the hill

Castle on the hill

Today, my parents visited and we went on a guided tour inside the Fonthill Castle where Henry Chapman Mercer once resided: he was an archeologist and tile maker. Snow walk I've never actually been INSIDE the castle! It was incredible with 40-something rooms and we only saw about 15 or so. Mercer read over 6,000 [...]