Ever Wonder Who I Am Looks Like?

Here I am. I am the writer and photographer behind this blog. I live in Warsaw, Indiana. I have three grown children and I think, 11 grandchildren. I was a caregiver and traveled throughout Indiana for many years and then became a private caregiver for elderly and Hospice patients.

Now I have Parkinsonism/Dystonia/Ataxia. I live in a retired community building and spend my time painting, or being the photographer for the social events here. Yesterday, I was nominated for Secretary for the next year. In April I will learn whether I was voted in or not. I really don’t mind if I lose or win; I was thought of.

I am pretty quiet, but at times I can be a real chatterbox. I love to take my scooter or car and go to the lake and take photos. I love campfires, seeing the smiles on my family’s faces and making memories.

I am an Advocate for a rare illness called; Multiple System Atrophy. I have a Facebook page called Multiple System Atrophy through a caregiver’s eyes, where families, patients and caregivers can view postings that hopefully bring a smile. You may chat with me about questions you have about this rare illness.


I have published two books and am writing a third. The first book is called Dahlia. It is an uplifting story about never giving up. The second book is a general based book on Multiple System Atrophy. These two books can be purchased through Amazon or Kindle. The third book I am writing is in no holding back the truth about Multiple System Atrophy. Many readers let me know they wanted to know more. I had held back because it is such a horrifying disease; but in this third book, I will be spilling my guts. I think the name of it will be, A Hell of a Disease. We shall see if that sticks.Al_his_life_and_MSA_Cover_for_Kindle

Well, that about does it. If you have questions about who I am, talk to me.


Vegan Carrot Soup

Vegan Carrot Soup

Vegan Carrot Soup

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“Delicious carrot soup with a hint of curry!”


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 large carrots, sliced
  • 5 new potatoes, quartered
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, and cook stirring often until onion is translucent. Add carrots and potatoes, and cook for just a few minutes to allow the carrots to sweat out some of their juices.
  2. Pour the vegetable broth into the pot, and season with ginger, curry powder, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until carrots are tender.
  3. Puree soup in small batches using a food processor or blender, or if you have an immersion blender, it can be done in the soup pot. Reheat soup if necessary, and serve.

Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken

Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken

yield: SERVES 4

prep time: 10 MINUTES

cook time: 15 MINUTES

total time: 25 MINUTES

Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken has a cheesy garlic sauce with cherry tomatoes and fresh spinach! Serve over pasta for a restaurant quality meal in under 30 minutes!


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • pasta, for serving


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions while making chicken.
  2. In a large ziploc bag, add chicken. Pound until desired thickness, about 1/4 inch or less.
  3. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add chicken. Season with salt and pepper (about 1 tsp kosher salt and 1/2 tsp pepper). Cook for about 3-5 minutes, each side, until no longer pink in the center. Remove chicken and set aside.
  4. To the skillet, add chicken broth, heavy cream, garlic, salt, pepper and parmesan cheese. Whisk over medium high heat until thick and bubbly (this takes a couple minutes). Add in spinach and tomatoes and cook for a couple minutes until spinach has wilted down. Return chicken to skillet and serve over pasta. ENJOY!




Daily Prompt/ One Word Prompt


The word for today is; Wrinkle


There’s a wrinkle in his face. It presses firmly around his eyes, brows and lips. Why would an elderly gentleman have this many markings on his face? Hardship? Stress? I am a photographer. I spend a lot of time in public places looking for the perfect shot on my camera. This gives me many opportunities to look into faces and eyes of people.


Children laughing, running with no cares in the world. Trusting other children and their parents. There are no worries. It gives me a chance to look back on my own childhood and remember those wonderful times of riding my bike, playing with my dolls and eating without counting carbs and calories.popsicle-book-ice-pop-joy


There is a lot of work that goes into planning events here in my apartment building. We have over eighty apartments with lots of personalities. Week after week, I notice faces that always have a smile on their face, a good word to say. There are also faces here and walking on the streets that seem blank or so sad. I wonder what has happened in their life to bring this feature on.

There is so much poverty in our world, so much loneliness. At our age, some choose to live in this retirement community, others are faced with no other place to go. A deep longing to be on a different path is their deep desire. Realizing there most likely will not be that lucky day where life can be much different; causes a deep sadness that sometimes can not be healed.

On the streets more often I ponder on the wrinkles and sad eyes may be caused from a loss of employment, a feeling of having nothing much to fill their day or perhaps they have lost their soul mate and wish more than ever to reach heaven’s doors.heaven-clipart_csp11605916

We, of course, gain wrinkles through our aging process and I know plenty who don’t enjoy growing older. It is a tale-tale sign that we are living our last years. I know I have felt that many times myself, as I can no longer care for other people. I have turned to my photography and writing to still have that hope of making someone feel better about their day.

So, the next time you recognize those deep wrinkles or sad eyes or a frown, say a quick hello. Who knows, that may be the only response they receive that day.