There Are So Many Beautiful Reasons to be Happy


My dad was just here for a whole month, which for me was a beautiful thing. He’s in his mid-eighties and still living independently in Maryland, and I get to see him maybe twice a year. Mom left us – trotted off this merry earth, as she liked to say – not quite two years ago. Mom is a whole beautiful amazing subject in herself, but for today we will suffice it to say though we are still grieving, and because we are, time spent with Dad is so very precious. I am blessed.


Me-and-dad-beautifulDad DOES have a head… we were just searching for sea glass


 I was fortunate to spend lots of time with him while he was here. We talked and talked and talked and talked, laughed a whole lot, and cried a little. We went exploring up and down the coast, visited Florida friends, and had a number of friends and family come to the Beach House. He discovered he does love pizza after all (we have the best pizza place right down the street) and we went out to lunch and to dinner way too many times. When even my stretchy yoga pants are tight, I find myself longing for salads!


good-of-me-and-Mom-and-Dad.2From our wedding in 2006, Anna Maria Island, Florida


Dad’s eating habits consist of mostly sweets and carbs. Unlike most people – and by most people I’m really talking me here – he will have a tiny slice of cake with his (sugary) coffee and that’s it. Confession time:  I occasionally decide all I want for dinner is an entire bag of Ruffles. A pan of brownies lives just one day in our house. And if you ever tell me I can only have one slice of pizza?  You can hit the road, Jack.


Dad retains his boyish figure and has no major health problems. And though we now know that cancer cells feed on sugar- I learned that from reading Cancer Killers – at the age of 84 and still kicking, still having an intellect that inspires awe, if he wants a sliver of cake or one cookie in the afternoon, I say Have at it, Dad.


me-and-dad-siesta-keyA little blurry but one of my faves, Siesta Key, Florida


Here is what I baked for him during his visit:


  • Mom’s Famous Carrot Cake
  • Starbucks Lemon Loaf
  • Salty Caramel Snickerdoodles
  • Classic Coffee Cake
  • Ina Garten’s Outrageous Brownies


You probably get the picture now:  Not only was I longing for salads after his visit, I was actually pining for the GYM! And blogging regularly just flew out the Beach House window. I’m trusting you understand. And are happy for me, as I was so very happy, to have had that time with Dad. Lucky girl I am.


And while 90% of the time I make food that has no sugar and very few carbs, and vegetables reign, if you’d like Mom’s Famous Carrot Cake recipe, comment below.




  1. I’d love to have it! And thank you for sharing your beautiful photos and experiences with your beloved father <3

    1. Thank you Katy. I would have included the recipe with the post, but I can’t FIND IT! I have friends/family who have it, so I will post it soon!

  2. I will let you make it for me next time we see each other :)

    1. Okay, Lynda, it’s a deal. I hope that happens soon!

  3. loved reading this and your sweet love for your daddy ❤️

    1. Thankyou Normajean. It felt good to write about it; it was a very precious time for me!

  4. Beautiful post. The pictures speak volumes as well as your words. Thanks for the glimpse into such personal and intimate moments. I can only imagine how happy he was to have that gift of time with you, as well. Oh, and yes, dig up that recipe. I’d love a copy as well :)

    1. I finally remember where I stuck that recipe, Georgea! Thank you for your lovely comments, I appreciate your sentiments so much.

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