Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Thru the Years with June

My Mom-June Reeves-will be 90 years old on Monday.  This page has a picture from each decade of her life.  See how similar the "9th decade" looks to the "1st decade".  She has the same smile and the same hair-do.  She certainly is an attractive lady!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Sunflower Wishes

Who doesn't love sunflowers?  Last year, we went on an unsuccessful search for fields of sunflowers.  This year, I found them only 3 miles from home.  The horticulture students at WVU plant sunflowers on the perimeters of their experimental plots.  On the Morgantown "mileground" at WVU Farms  are several plots within the field that have a row of sunflowers surrounding other vegetable plants.  I spotted the gorgeous flowers out of the corner of my eye while driving.  Bob and I ventured there on the weekend.  His pictures were stunning.  The picture of the hummingbird moth zooming in on the seeds is a perfect "taste of summer".

The poem by William Blake is typed on the graphic 45 paper:

"Ah! sunflower, weary of time
Who countest the steps of the sun
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the traveller's journey is done.

Where the youth pined away with desire
And the pale virgin shrouded in snow
Arise from the graves and aspire
Where my sunflower wishes go." 

2015 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Fidler S. Mill

We spotted the sign to this historic mill on our way to a picnic and were happy to explore on our way home.  It was the start of summer and the cool water on our feet felt wonderful along with the sun on our faces.  The mill operated in the early 1800s.

Friday, August 7, 2015

You Got a Friend

The best part about Creating Keepsakes Convention in Lancaster is that I get to visit my hometown friend Linda, as she now lives about 30 miles from the city.

"Linda and I met in 1st grade when her Dad brought her to school on the first day and said "You sit here with the little Reeves girl."

The cutouts are from our 1st grade group photo.  Seems we haven't changed a whole lot!  We love each others company and there is never anything she does that makes me anything but happy!

1959 and 2015

Thursday, August 6, 2015

PTA

Mom had kids in public school for 18 years and was active in the PTA.  She was awarded a lifetime membership in 1975.


"You have been awarded this honor because you have given unselfishly of your time and effort so that the youth of Maryland may enjoy continued improvements of the educational opportunities in the home, school, church and community."

 This 8 X 8 page fits in an album she can handle.  The 12 X 12 albums are simply too heavy for her to manipulate these days.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

July Cards

80 year old Herold got a twinkle in his eye when he opened the thank you card "Celebrate the Past", saying:  "I've never received a card with my picture on it".  Herold is a businessman and collector of antique fire trucks and more.  Bob and I had the pleasure of riding in one of those trucks in the July 4th parade.  We shared a CD with pictures along with this card.

"We are sending this card to say
Thank you for a fun day." 

July was a month of many birthdays and celebrations.  I so enjoyed making the covers to 7 of these cards on a picnic table at a cabin getaway.  This card is for my former coworker Melisa who left her job of nearly 20 years to open her own restaurant.  Melisa has many talents and will do well in a much happier environment.
"Take the time
See how far you've come
The things you've achieved
The things you've done
So don't hold back the hands of time
Celebrate it's turned out fine." 

Lorrie is the Catering Booking Assistant at HSC and a former coworker for almost 20 years.  I picked out a color scheme I thought she would like for her birthday.

This card is for Susan and her new husband Bryant.  Bob and I enjoyed going to their wedding last weekend.  The preacher is an auctioneer (the wedding was the shortest one I'd ever attended). Susan was a great worker (she worked in the HSC Cafe), a single mother of 3, and a former Marine.  A few years ago she donated a kidney to her mother.  Her new husband was a sweetheart too.

"May this day you share
be filled with love and laughter
May all the days ahead
be happy ever after." 

 We received an invitation to join our friends Luke and Becky at a pub to drink a craft beer and celebrate his birthday.  We have been friends for almost 40 years and so enjoyed joining them.  Luke works at the hometown photography store.  Here he is 30 years ago in his Superior Photo hat on a camera adventure.

"Wishing you a happy life
longer than your shutter speed
and an imagination wider
than a fish eye lens."

Our brother-in-law Scott celebrated his birthday.  Scott has a PhD in geography, so I thought I'd go with the map theme.  He's a wonderful Dad and husband and person.

"There sure aren't many guys like you-
And that's the reason why
It sure would be an oversight
To let your day go by
Without wishing you a birthday
Like you've never had before
And hoping this year brings you
Everything you want and more."

My sister Terry and her husband Nelson celebrated an anniversary this month-their 45th.  I remember being an attendant in Terry's wedding, wearing a pretty apricot gown. 

"All our love and best wishes
Today are sent your way
To wish the pair of you
A happy anniversary."

Jennifer is a caterer at HSC and a Civil War reenacter.  This birthday card is for her.

"Today's a celebration
A gathering of family and friends
Wishing you a happy birthday
With love and laughter
Which never ends."   

Dorothy works at HSC where she runs the deli areas.  She is from Louisiana and has that sweet southern draw.  This birthday card is for her.

"Today we celebate your birthday
And toast to all things best,
And this coming year for you
Will be your happiest." 

Bernice, my Dad's first cousin, celebrates her 94th birthday this month.  Bernice and her sisters were raised in different homes but remained close and understanding of all the family members.  I love to hear Bernice share her memories of the earlier days.

"A very happy birthday to you
94 years young today.
You are bright, charming and wonderful
There's nothing more to say
but Happy Birthday."

My sister Amy celebrates a birthday this month.  I remember when she was born.  We were going to name her Adam, after Adam West who was Batman in the TV series.  "Amy" was all girl, but still loves her critters, including frogs and lizards.  

"We may not see each other much
and live so far apart.
But you're always with me everyday
Right inside my heart."

Amy and Scott's oldest son is 20 this month.  This card is for him, our nephew Jake:

"We're sending loving thoughts your way
On this your very special day
Those 20 years have fast flown by
As in the twinkling of an eye
In you we have been blessed to see
A nephew who has grown to be
Someone who has made us proud
So we just want to say outloud
with all our love and wishes too
Happy Birthday and good luck to you". 

Amy and Scott celebrate an anniversary this month.  They had a beautiful wedding, some 27 years ago. My son Greg was just 18 months old at the time.  I was in charge of the wedding food. (with lots of help) and Greg was the sampler of the melon baskets.

"Think of the good times, forget the bad
and treasure the love that you've always had.
this card is sent with thoughts of you
And happy anniversary wishes too.

 
 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Fans of the Odd & Esoteric

While traveling the backway on our trip to Holly River, where there were some peculiar things, Bob titled our adventure "Fans of the Odd & Esoteric".  I wrote that down (knowing I would use that one again).  Our 2 night stay at Holly River State Park was full of nature, beauty, adventures and memories.  We drove a historic byway on our way down and a scenic backway on our trip home.

This two page layout journals some of the details from the individual days with some of the pictures.

The last day of a trip is never sad , as we don't have to hurry home and there's nothing stressful to come back to.