Latest from Jonco, the cat

As you know, Dad’s friend Derek got two kitties recently and named one of them after Dad. He updates his fb page every week with cute kitty content, like this:

“Derek, we’ve been reviewing the report you sent in, and while it was a fascinating read, we were hoping you could provide some clarifiCATion on the several pages that read ‘u7u7u7u7u7u7u7u7u7u7u7…'”

Thanks Derek

Happy Birthday Jonco!

Today Jonco would’ve been 74.. I found this video below from a post 4 years ago..

He writes:

On this date waaaay back in 1948, I was born.  We had a party with family and friends a couple of weeks ago and I made this video of pictures from my life that was playing all day at the party. It’s better viewed fullscreen. Time: 10:07

Today I plan to hang out with the fam, play some games, and have pizza – which is something we would’ve done anyway for Dad’s birthday.

Dad – If you can see this from the great beyond – I miss you. I miss just being able to call you up and ask you an Excel question, or coming over to pick up or drop something off and just seeing you at your computer. I miss hanging out playing games with you, I always loved being on your team. I’m looking for the patterns that you told me about in that dream… I’ll keep looking… always and forever.

Cheers to you, Dad

I might’ve had the best dad in the world – there’s no way to really tell. And I’m not saying he was perfect. But he was perfect for me. When we buried his ashes we toasted with his favorite. I’ll try to post more pics of that day soon.

But today – here’s what you get – courtesy of my niece, his youngest granddaughter. <3


Some of my favorite feet – my dad’s and my daughter’s. I like this photo’s angle.. but I always think of how it was setting this shot up. Dad laying on the bed all stretched out and fitting the little munchkin way down to the edge of the bed – it was weird but worth it! 🙂 Also – look at the date.. she’s gonna be 30 next year!!

Supper Club

Mom and I have instituted a “Supper Club” once a week. She has a week-day off, so she gets the ingredients and when I get off of work, I go over and we cook and play a game (Canasta or Rummikub, so far). Then we package up our left-overs for lunches and plan our next week’s meal.

We’ve done Taco Pie, Li’l Cheddar Meatloaves, and this week was Taco Stuffed Shells. Next week – we’re thinking Chicken Bundles. All comfort foods. Honestly, neither of us are fancy, experienced cooks.. I’m more of a baker – but it’s been fun – and filling!

What’s your favorite comfort food?

Here are our recipes:

Taco Stuffed Shells

Taco Pie

Chicken Bundles

Li’l Cheddar Meatloaves

It got me.

Covid-19 finally caught me.

Stats: I’m fully vaccinated. Took 3 tests; 2 positive, 1 negative. My doctors office said to quarantine until end of Day 5 and that my first positive test day was considered Day 0.

Symptoms: Woke up in the middle of the ‘Night 0’ feeling headache-y and like I should take something for that. Spouse happened to be up and gave me a hug, said I was ‘HOT’ (not the good kind of hot, though) 😛


Update: I quarantined and then back to work I went. Today was my first day back – and it was a doozy/very busy/lots to catch up on. My brain is still a bit foggy, but otherwise I’m ok. Still have a headache – but that’s normal for me, and especially at the beginning of Spring.

During quarantine; I did some blogging, finished a jigsaw puzzle (minus 1 piece – that’s another story), finished looking at the whole internet twice, watched way too much reality TV, did some continuing education, and napped. So, it wasn’t too bad or too boring – I’m by no means complaining at all – I know I got lucky by getting whatever newer variant this was, rather than the original one.

In other news – I had set up ‘Friday Firesmith’ to post at 2am this morning.. but had it in ‘draft’ mode and didn’t realize it (I blame brain fog). But it’s now posted – CLICK HERE – if you missed it. Or you could just scroll down 😉

Anyway – stay safe out there guys.


What do you do with ‘cremains’?

The majority of Dad’s ashes will be buried beneath this brick. A new brick will be made with his name, of course. And I guess this brick will go to a new location.

And when that day comes – we’ll gather and pour probably a little (or a lot) of alcohol under that brick with his remains.

Side note: Who thought of the word ‘cremains’? Just genius.

We did keep a small portion of ashes that were divvied up in these small vials for the grandkids and a couple of Mom and Dad’s closest friends.

Finally, we had 3 glass orbs made; for Mom, me and my brother. You can see the lines of teeny tiny white-ish specks there – those are his ashes. I picked up an LED light stand that changes colors. It’s definitely something he would’ve done. 🙂

Currently my orb is sitting beneath my TV, so Dad gets to watch Netflix with us.