Sunday, April 12, 2020

If I had to reduce life down to a few boxes, this plate would be in it.

This Easter, it was filled deviled eggs using mom’s recipe.

Chicken wing

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Casey likes to paw at Edie, especially her hind legs and give them a little tug and call them “chicken wing.”

Sometimes she lets him pick her up.


Friday, April 10, 2020

Received a package with homemade tallow soap and balm from Erik.

Stay home

Thursday, April 9, 2020

I didn’t follow the rules and stay home, but I did wear a mask of sorts.

An ice cream sandwich

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Everything is still reeling at this point.
Small comforts are welcome

Plant in sunlight

Monday, April 6, 2020

I’m going to rapid fire fill in the days. I think my goal by going back and filling is the blanks is to force myself to see a pattern and break it and find new ways to see.

Not pictured: More Stouffer’s French Bread pizzas. Lunch on the patio. A Skype call with Joseph and a night of tacos.

The process

Sunday, April 5, 2020

There was a video that gained lots of attention on how to disinfect groceries.

So this is what we did.

It was a tedious process.

One that was replaced with a more straightforward approach: Put things away, then wash hands.

Still life

Friday, April 3, 2020

For Bill

On April 3, 2020, I lit a candle for my sister’s best friend and my brother in law, Bill.

He was her bright, joyful sidekick and my heart aches for his passing.

As I publish this months later, it still very much feels surreal.

So much has happened since.

There has been hardship, worry, uncertainty and loss all around.

But I believe the pendulum swings and we’re due for some good.

I am happy to know that at this very moment, my sister is surrounded by all of her children and grandchildren.

Lifting their spirits, and Bill’s.



William L. Steck Jr.

We called him Bill.

He loved and enjoyed life deeply.

He served our great country proudly in the Air Force after graduating from Bishop Timon.

He was enjoying retirement from Erie County Corrections where he spent his career as an officer.

All Bill needed for a good night was spending time with friends and family around a bonfire for a great night. Throw in some fireworks or a dip in the hot tub.

He enjoyed spending time with a crossword or a good book.

He enjoyed nights of Texas Hold ‘em with his friends and a cold Stella Artois.

He loved his hometown of Buffalo and never missed catching the Bills or Sabre’s play. Even better if there was a double pepperoni sheet pizza and wings from Imperial to pass around. (He also rooted for his brother’s alma mater, Notre Dame.)

He loved meat and potatoes. (In fact, potatoes were his only favorite vegetable.)

He loved the Boss—catching Springsteen and Little Steven anytime they toured.

He loved to travel. You’d find him with a smile on his face if there was sunshine or a beach involved. He also loved heading to Cincinnati to spend time with extended family.

Along with his wife, he loved Halloween a little extra, as was apparent from all the decorations overflowing from their house and on to the lawn. Their yearly celebration in October brought friends and family from all over.

And Bill loved his family, his wife Robin Steck, his sons Nick and Brendan, his Bonus sons Mark, Matthew and daughter Gabrielle, and his 5 grandchildren. His mother Peggy and recently passed dad, Bob Nesslin. He’s survived by his brother and sisters Nick (Kathy) Steck, Cindy (Tony)Turton, Lori (Ray) Conroy, 9 nieces and nephews.

Bill left us too soon.

Until it’s safe for us to get together and celebrate his life—which we will— let’s raise our hearts to him above. May his spirit soar with all the joy and love he put forth in this world.

In lieu of flowers, please wash your hands and hold your loved ones dear. Donations can be made to St. Joseph’s Hospital for all the brave staff.


Remote workout

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Tired old man using workout straps

I’d been getting my trainer set up with Zoom so we could continue our morning workouts. And though bands are no where near as nice as some heavy weights, they work extraordinarily well.

The real reason I like working out with Larry is that he listens to my highs and lows and lends perspective. Keeps me balanced.