The last eight months in Salem Ohio before moving to Sarasota Florida I was in the Salem hospital five times for five surgeries.

Now my daughter Dr Pamela Drake has prescribed a new diet to help her now 94 year old mother have a better life. And……. much to my surprise and delight it is no less than miraculous !!

I still have my cup of hot coffee first thing in the morning. Although she didn’t prescribe my breakfast she did purchase this cereal for me.

So my breakfast each morning I have a cup of hot coffee, a bowl of that protein cereal and a bottle of Ensure chocolate drink as shown above.

Lunch is a plate of fresh raw vegetables with a dip.

It is broccoli, cauliflower, snow pod peas, baby carrots, celery, sometimes radishes. To this I add about ten small olives for the omega 3 that helps my heart keep ticking.

Most days Pamela makes a serving of scrambled eggs for me that gives me protein.

If Tracy bakes or fries chicken in the late afternoon I have a serving of chicken.

I can’t get through the day without desert. That can yybe chocolate chip cookies or chocolate cake from the freezer or Breyer strawberry ice cream with strawberries chopped up and added.

I also drink a bottle Bai or Zero vitamin water every day.

Would you like to see what I use to get around inside our home?

This three wheel walker makes getting around so easy.

But for outside the house I use this four wheeler with a padded seat for resting if I get tired,

So now you know the life of this 94 year old. Well, almost!!!!!

Besides reading lots of good books, but to keep my mind sharp, propped up with pillows in my bed, I play Spider Solitaire medium, and am up to 4026 straight done correctly.

My new diet has done the most to help my mind and is……………



I’m a bit late for this but the saying is “Better late than never” so here goes!!!

My son-in-law Tracy Drake, much loved by his daughters Evin Nicole Bender and Sarah Christina Drake remembered their father for his special Day.

Evin is now a medical Doctor and doing residency in a little town in north east of Pennsylvania where she lives with her husband Mathew Bender (I call him a genius) who has Prenault Version Creative and puts my on the internet for me.

UPS dropped off two packages to Tracy for Father’s Day, at our front door.


This adorable set of book ends from Evin and Matt Bender is so appreciated besides being so fitting as Tracy had gone to and graduated from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis on a scholarship and after graduation was inducted into the US Navy as an officer on a naval destroyer ship.


Evin and her husband Matt Bender above


This Japanese bonsai tree from Sarah is also very appropriate since while serving as CEO of the Columbiana Port Authority in East Liverpool on the Ohio river, he went to Japan and convinced Mitsubishi to place a plant in Columbiana county Ohio.


Tracy’s two daughters Sarah and Evin above


The picture above is Evin and Sarah’s father Tracy relaxing while he and my daughter Pamela were on vacation in Northern California coast just above San Francisco.




They board a United plane out of Tampa Florida Airport to start their direct flight to San Francisco where they load their carefully packed luggage in a rented car and take off for a cottage on the bank looking out at that beautiful Pacific Ocean surf washing up on the rocks. Let’s have a look-see.



My daughter Pamela and her husband Tracy Drake are here for this gala vacation. Pamela said with the sound of the surf she slept like a baby.

Now for an overnight excursion to Napa valley and the famous vineyards and wine making.



birthday07  And here in Napa valley they celebrate Pamela’s 65 birthday.


And now back to that beautiful cottage looking out on the Pacific Ocean and the restful sound of the surf washing up on the bank.

So this was THE END OF A PERFECT WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Above. My beautiful daughter Pamela Dawn and her handsome husband Tracy Drake


Well actually…….I did have company. Here are pictures of them.

Rambo and Kiki

Rambo and Kiki


Rambo licks my broken toes, he is a seven year old Yorkshire

And I have wonderful neighbors who were constantly looking after my needs. Pat and Darlene, who live across the street came immediately when I called to tell them the rain had filled our pool close to running over. Since we continued to have cloud bursts they came back one morning and ran off the excess water before I was even out of bed. Aren’t they Sweetheart neighbors?  I’m so fortunate to have them!!

And every morning when I opened our front door right there leaning against the wall was the morning paper that had been thrown just to the end of our driveway. Those lovely girls had brought it over to the door for me. Then in the mid afternoon, I’d find my daily mail had been brought to my door.

My daughter Pamela and her husband Tracy Drake are taking a weeks vacation on the California coast north of Napa Valley.

Kiki and little Rambo would miss Tracy and Pamela so I brought each of their beds into my bedroom where I spend most of each day playing spider solitaire on my iPad while propped up with pillows. However, since we had rain every day accompanied by loud thunder, tiny Rambo spent much time on my bed. It makes him feel safe.

They are paper trained so I don’t have to take them outside which this old lady couldn’t do anyway. And Tracy left packages of padded papers for me to keep replacing.

I give them a treat of dry dog food in the morning and at 4:00 in the afternoon they get a serving of Wellness dog food from a can. They both try to tell me it’s feeding time from about 3:00 all the way up to the actual time. They are kinda smart thinking with Tracy gone I won’t know the difference.

Pamela is a Medical Doctor and sees patients at her down town Sarasota office, Tracy is a retired lawyer (actually he didn’t like lawyer work and after a couple years he started working at the Port Authority and was CEO at the Columbiana Port Authority on the Ohio River at East Liverpool Ohio for many years).

He left enough good food to last me a month although they were gone only a week. He is really a terrific chef,  besides being a great terrific son-in-law.

Pamela and Tracy are back home now and Rambo, Kiki and I are STILL ALIVE AND KICKING!!!!!!!!