Miss Trudy On Patreon

Miss Trudy on Patreon!


This is an invitation to join with me as I share with families the Importance of their role as the foundation for happy, healthy children. Children do not come with an instruction manual. Every child is a unique individual with temperamental characteristics that are theirs alone. It is my desire to spend the remainder of my years delivering an understanding of child development into homes with children. I bring compassion along with a depth of hands on experience and education. I want to offer encouragement to caregivers of young children. The tools I will use will be varied and fun. Your support means I can be there for others and you will be a part of my work.My heart and my home will be open via the internet. I will share my love of my husband of 50 years, my son and my home. A strong foundation of education and years of working with young children and their families will enable me to outreach with understanding. The format of all my offerings will be love. As I developed my lesson plans while teaching, I will plan in co-ordination with the seasons and holidays. The range of my interests is vast, but all will be offered with joy!

Personal Information:

  • Christian wife of 50 years
  • Retired from Healthy Families Lower Shore serving as home visitor to families living on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland
  • Experience presenting “Growing Great Kids” curriculum
  • Experience presenting “Parents as Teachers” curriculum
  • Opened and directed a Christian Child Care center
  • Preschool Teacher of children aged 2 to 5 years.


  • Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Recognition and Certification of Achievement Maryland Child Care Credential Level Five

Hobbies and Interests:

  • Fabric arts including quilting, hand-spinning, applique, crochet and sewing
  • Baking and cooking
  • Mountain dulcimer
  • Reading including my Bible, mysteries and love inspired suspense


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my grandfather's desk

I am finishing up the fourteenth chapter of my book in process.

When Amy died in September I found myself at a loss for words. It wasn’t writers block, it just hurt to remember. When I married Amy I made her my true north. I thought all of the adventures were just steps that led me into her arms. Without her I questioned everything. Lost with a broken compass. 

On Monday night I worked with adults getting started on the guitar, while all around me kids were teaching each other ukulele and a young boy learned the basic frailing strum faster than anybody we have ever encountered.

The young banjo student doesn’t have a banjo. His dad is serving in the Navy right now. On the ride home my father and I talked about helping the young man get a banjo of his own. We laughed over some of the trouble I got into when I was the same age, and for the first time in a while the memories did not hurt quite as bad.

I am never going to get over Amy. The good and the bad, the bitter and the sweet, are carved in me all the way down to the bone. I will, however, find a way to keep working. To use the good and the hurt and transform it into words and music as I have always done.

I will have Chapter Fourteen up for our Patreon sponsors soon. Thank you all for your patience.

God bless,

5,000,000 And Counting

Last night we reached another milestone when we passed five million views on YouTube.

Five million plays on YouTube. The number boggles the mind.

Our top ten most popular videos:

Some of our shared experiences on YouTube have been life-altering.

Other YouTube moments were . . . welll . . .

Through it all we have been sharing a message of love, joy, simplicity and creativity. 

Here’s to the next five million views! And the millions after that!

God bless

Teatime With Pooka

Oolong tea gongfu style

Unwinding at the end of the day with an exceptionally nice oolong tea. Peaceful right?

Pooka wants some tea!

Intrigued by the sweet scent of the tea, Pooka decided to join me. Uninvited.

In gongfu tea there is a tradition of placing a clay figure on your tea tray. Oxen, frogs, fish – even little human figures. As you perform gonfu tea there is always excess water and tea that needs to be discarded. Some of this excess tea is poured over the tea. They call these sculptures tea pets.

Apparently Pooka is my tea pet.

It all worked out in the end, I put a watered down drop of tea in one of my cups for Pooka. Happy to be part of the goings-on, the cat sat with me quietly as I finished my tea.

By the way, the tea was incredible. I got is from Yunnan Sourcing in China and it is delicious. I am already saving up for my next order.

Happy and with a belly full of wonderful tea, I sat down to write this post. Pooka jumped up and trashed my desk. Torn paper, framed family pictures and writing implements went everywhere. Sigh. 

Hulu has a scary movie coming out called Perhaps I named my feline companion a bit too well . . .

I don’t know if anybody has noticed, but I managed to type this post! I don’t type as fast as I used to, but that will come in time. No obstacle is insurmountable. 

I have to take things slow, so I will continue working on the book in pencil. I have fallen in love with the feel of the writing implement scratching on paper, the scent of cedar and writing at my grandfather’s desk with Pooka on my lap. Chapter 14 is almost ready for prime time. I will be uploading it for our Patreon Sponsors soon.

Goodnight, and God bless.


I went to bed tired last night, but I had every intention of getting up early and getting back to work. We have a lot of irons in the fire, and there is a lot of work to do.

I woke up with a headache. Rather than trying to work through it like I usually do (something that always seems to make the headache worse!) I listened to my body for the first time in ages and went back to bed. I wound up sleeping all day. Pooka finally woke me up to feed her.

Surprising nobody, my headache was nearly gone.

Just a while ago I made myself some oolong tea and made some music entirely for my own enjoyment. After I post this I’ll creep downstairs for another epic leftover sandwich. I’ll go back to my  work schedule and vegetarianism tomorrow.

Tonight I’ll watch a goofy old horror movie wrapped up in blankets with my tortoiseshell calico companion content in the knowlege that I have heeded the advice of Lin Yutang:

If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.


There are lots of good things about Thanksgiving, but the best thing about this wonderful holiday is raiding the kitchen and making a monstrously huge sandwich from the leftovers.

I am a vegetarian, but this year I decided to have a little bit of turkey at dinner. Since I already had meat today, I saw no reason to leave it out of my sandwich!

Everybody has his or her own personal preferences when it comes to a Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich. I like to use really good bread, cranberry sauce, stuffing, turkey, a dash of mayo and pinch of salt and pepper .

It is sooo good!

Thank you for being part of our Thanksgiving this year. 2018 was been a year marked with loss, pain, grief and sorrow – but thanks to you and my wonderful family there has also been love and joy. 

God bless each and every one of you.


Qian Li Xiang “Thousand Mile Aroma” Wu Yin Rock Oolong Tea

Enjoying an exquisite oolong tea gongfu style and scratching a few tunes on my fiddle. Life is good.

I didn’t have coasters for my tea set, so I pressed sweet gum leaves from my back yard.

I ordered the tea from Yunnan Sourcing. This particular tea was made this past spring and it was delicious! Preparing the tea gongfu style forces you to slow down and savor the entire experience of preparing and drinking the tea. It is a great way to wrap up a practice session or take a break from writing.

By the time I finished my tea Dear Old Dad hollered for me. He made one of his breakfast suppers! Joy! Life is better than good!

Thanksgiving Dinner – Live!

We will be setting a place at our table and setting up our camera so that you can take part in our Thanksgiving dinner.

To tune in, just head to our YouTube channel on Thursday, November 22 at 2:00 PM Eastern Time.

Why are we doing this? Well, 2018 has not been an easy year for me. Health issues, the death of a dear friend and the death of my wife turned my whole world upside-down. As the holiday season crept closer I became painfully aware that there are a lot of people who will be feeling lonely on Thanksgiving. Setting a place at the table and offering people the opportunity to tune in to the kitchen sounds and conversation struck me as a way to spread a little bit of sunshine.

If you haven’t met my family yet my mom’s latest video is a good introduction:

I hope you will tune in this Thanksgiving!

God bless,