About Me


My name is Sandra and Hubby and I are retired and live in northeast Indiana.

I retired from a major truck manufacturing company in 2002.  And then for the next four years I worked as the Matron at the County Jail.  THAT was definitely the most interesting job I have ever had!

I have been married for over 40 years to my soulmate, who I first fell in love with when I was 15 years old.  We married when I was 19 and he was 20.  He was a county police officer for 36 years, the last eight as Sheriff.

Our son retired as a Gunnery Sergeant after 20 years in the Marines.  He and his wife and their teenage daughter and son moved from North Carolina to Oklahoma when he retired so that he could begin his post-Marine career with a major roofing manufacturer.  But he has recently changed careers and is now a high school math teacher, and is LOVING it! Their oldest daughter is married to a young Marine. They have a little boy three and a little girl one.  They live in North Carolina, but plan to move to be near her parents when his current enlistment is up in 2012.

Our daughter lives in the Chicago area with her three young girls.  She is currently coaching 5th grade volleyball at her girls’ school and also coaches in a club volleyball league.  She is the one who dragged me “kicking and screaming” to blogging and I’m so glad she did.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I hope you find some stories here that will remind you of good memories of your own, or that will inspire you or make you think, or that will tickle your funny bone!

God’s blessings.


32 Responses to About Me

  1. Sandra Kay says:

    Dear Sandra,
    I have to tell you this is the strangest thing I have ever done. I was writing a cover letter for my resume, and they said it would be a good idea to google your name. I never even thought of that, they said that is what the schools do ( I am looking for a teaching job after raising my family). And to my suprise I clicked on your site and was intrigued by your story of the fishermen. I am a christian, and I love Jesus with all my heart! How funny to find someone with my same name who I will see some day in heaven. Just had to drop you a line and tell you, I hope this makes sense, as it is very late here and I really should have gone to bed hours ago ( I also am an early bird).
    God Bless, Sandy

  2. Beth says:

    Beautiful blog–I’m looking forward to reading more of it later on.

    I love that you have been married so long. My parents just celebrated their 36th anniversary. Beautiful!! My husband and I are going on 9 years and hope God blesses us with at least 50 years together. He’ll be 80 on our 50th anniversary…very doable, right?

    Thank you for visiting The One Minute Writer. As you can see, it’s a brand new blog. I’d love to know how you heard about it, and please let me know if you have any ideas for it.

    I’m sure I’ll be back with more comments on more posts later.

    God bless you!


  3. Kazzy says:

    kazzy said…
    I appreciate your visit to my blog and your honest response. Yes, I understand where this idea of Eve making a good choice would not be agreed upon by other people, but we believe in our church that Eve’s decision was crucial. It was because of the Fall of Man that we, as well as generations and generations before us, were able to exercise real faith, being outside the garden. Eve realized that they would now experience the joy of redemption and eternal life through obedience. These things were not possible until their faith was tried and they were removed from the garden. Also, it was then possible for them to have children and raise them under the teachings of the gospel. I hope this helps you understand my position as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Feel free to email me if you would like. Thanks again for your comment!

  4. Dawn says:

    Once in a while, I enjoy “following the blog rolls” to see whom I meet and what I find.
    Your blog was the gem that i discovered today.

    God Bless You, Sandra!

  5. Sandra says:

    Thank you for stopping by, Dawn! It’s always nice to be “found” by a new reader! 🙂

  6. Luther says:

    nice site! I stumbled upon it, and I think that you might like mine: http://www.stuffwhitechristianslike.com.

    Check it out, and if you like it, I’d love for you to link it.



  7. Katharine says:

    Awww… thanks for including the dogs’ blog in your blogroll, Sandra! We’re enjoying your posts tremendously.

  8. Janet says:

    What a wonderful blog! Especially after reading this, I think I could walk into the room and pick up where we left off…18 years ago?

    What a great way to share your sense of humor and faith!

  9. Sandra says:

    We probably could, Janet. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  10. Michael Turpin says:

    Sandra, discovered your blog and was delighted. I have got the bug as well and as as a healthcare veteran and parent of teens, I have been writing on a range of subjects for the last several years in a small CT town newspaper. The blog is a compilation of all my columns – some serious, most humorous but all trying to achieve what you do which is a candid and heart felt lens to the world that can help uplift and also educate those who happen to stumble across our musings. Best of luck and feel free to visit. The most recent post is about taking my daughter to Paris. I have several columns on healthcare opinion in my categories as I was a CEO of a major health insurer before fleeing back to consulting so I could more openly opine on what needs to change – You can forward those to your HR manager …Just addressed a room full of them today in NY giving ideas on how HR can drive reform. I even wrote a column called HR Should stand for Health Reform ! Kind Regards, Michael Turpin


  11. C. Beth says:

    Sandra–I will be out of town next week. You mentioned once you might be interested in doing a guest blog post for me. This is last-minute so don’t feel at ALL obligated–I have a few already lined up from last time that I didn’t end up using them! But if you’re interested, just e-mail me. Thanks! 🙂

  12. Kim says:

    Sandra, I am glad your daughter was able to drag you into this world. I can’t wait until I have time to read back over some of your archives.

    I am looking forward to the day that I can say I have fallen in love and have been married for x number of years. Until that day…I learn from the wisdom who have blazed the trails ahead of me!

  13. Sandra says:

    Kim — Thank you. I’m glad you stopped by, and look forward to future comments from you. 🙂

  14. Mother,

    Sue (Sleepless in OL) has her mother in Kosiosco (sp?) at the hospital. She is really stuggling. No matter how old you are it’s difficult when your Mommy is sick and possibly dying.

    Two things: 1) please mention sue in your prayers (and her mother) but also, since she reads this blog every single day 2) you could write something that would ease her pain. I believe your writing is a gift from God and you are able to do his work through your blog. So, (no pressure 🙂 please will you do this?


  15. carlahoag says:

    Thanks to your Gunnery Sergeant on this Veterans Day.

  16. Sandra says:

    Carla — Thank you! We are very proud of Gunny’s service. I will tell him about your kind comment.

  17. Maryanne O'Dowd says:

    Sandi — I just wanted to say hi and let you know I enjoy your thoughtful and entertaining blog. Hope you and Jim are doing well. Happy holidays.

  18. sravan953 says:

    Hello Sandra,

    I want to get in touch with you regarding your blog, so if you can give me your email address or something like that, I can contact you.


  19. Mrs4444 says:

    Hey, Sandra! If you send your email address to me (my old computer croaked, so I don’t have it any more!!), I’ll send you a present!

  20. supagran says:

    Nice to know a little bit more about you.

  21. Ken says:

    Hi, found your blog very interesting. My wife, the quilter is going to open a quilting store in a historic building.
    We were surfing the web looking for posters, photographs, etc that could be used on the walls. Quilts will be used as well.
    Is it possible to buy copies of the photos that could be framed with some of your Mothers comments on the matting?
    I can remember visiting my Grandparents when I was very little, they had a feather bed. The house was small and hat a pot bellied stove for heat. My Grandfather would put bricks on top of the stove to heat them and then wrap them in towels to put in the bed to warm your feet. They would put me in bed, covered with quilts and those bricks to sleep while they played cards. It was a simpler time. Too bad we have lost a lot of the old traditions.
    Thanks for your blog.

  22. Sandra says:

    Hi, Ken! I enjoyed your story of simpler times.

    I think that might be fun to have Mama’s pictures and words on the wall of a quilting store. I’ll e-mail you and we can “talk”. Thanks for stopping by.

  23. sandralife says:


    I love your blog and your ideas…it is very interesting and funny in some parts. I am new in this world of blogging, and lately going trough some blogs to give me idea what else I can do to make my blog interesting.
    You are inspiration!
    Best Wishes!

  24. Sandra says:

    Well, SANDRA, I certainly like the title of your blog!! Welcome to the blogging world. I hope it is as much fun for you as it has been for me! 🙂

  25. C. Beth says:

    Hello, Ms. Sandra–I just tried to email you to respond to a comment, and it bounced back to me. Would you mind emailing me at cbethblog@gmail.com? Thanks!

  26. Marika Ujvari says:

    How do I sign up for your blog?

  27. Bob Bishop says:

    Hi! I cut the poem, “You are writing a Gospel, a chapter each day….,” from a Presbyterian Church Bulletin in Hagerstown, Maryland, around 1953. Carried it for years! The Author is Gilbert. I may still have it in my Treasures at home! Powerfull theme!
    Bob Bishop r.bishop@ieee.org 903 815 8788 mobile

  28. Gigi Fowler says:

    I have had the best afternoon reading your blog. I look at the date and realize you haven’t posted since 2014. Leaves me to wonder what happened to you. I have much more left to read but wishing you and your loved ones blessings upon blessings.

    • Thank you for your kind comment, Gigi. When I approached 1,000 posts on my blog I just ran out of steam. But I still treasure many of the posts I did write and have always thought there’s a book in there somewhere! Best wishes to you and yours also. Thank you for stopping by — and leaving me a comment.

  29. VB Vicki Brain (Stickhorse V) says:

    Hi Sandra! Stickhorse C and I were remembering our visit with you the other and just wondering how you are doing! Are you on Instagram by any chance? Miss our blogging friends! We are thinking about reviving our blog!

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