Sunday, November 22, 2015

Thanksgiving Cornucopia Placecards

I saw these on Pinterest featuring sugar ice cream cones covered in jute.  I took the easy way out and covered mine with burlap using a glue gun.  I printed a digital image with the names and attached with decorative pins.  Now for planning the feast!

Friday, November 20, 2015


Picnic season is over, so we're scouting for pretty places to picnic next year.  We've driven by this Wildlife Management Area, only 40 miles from home, many times.  This Wildlife Management Area was built by the Corps of Engineer and is managed by the Department of Natural Resources as a place where  people can hunt, fish and camp. Where there's camping, there are picnic tables!

"At Pleasant Creek Wildlife Management Area, the lake had been lowered for the winter which created a landscape that looked like the moon."

November, 2015

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Time Travelers

In the late 1800s, folks paid $1 to ride the train from Cumberland, Md. to the Ferncliff Resort where they danced, ate in the restaurant and enjoyed the scenery.  The beautiful scenery remains today in what's now Ohiopyle (Pa.) State Park.  2015

Though we've had a frost or two, we've also enjoyed Indian Summer here in West Virginia.  Some gorgeous days to visit the pretty areas we have all around us!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

October Cards

October birthday celebrations are many, as are fall decorative elements, which make craft making fun!  This card is for John, a Healthy Cafe employee.  John has the most years of service of the entire Nutrition Department with over 40 years.  He retires the end of the year.  John also met his wife at HSC-Betty is a fan of owls, so I added an owl to the card!

"May today be the start of a wonderful year
Where all your dreams come true.
A year of joy and happiness, ineverything you do.
For you are a special person-
Unique-you're one of a kind.
So you're wished a great birthday
And may the next year be kind." 

 Virginia is the Administrative Assistant in the Healthy Sciences Cafeteria.  She has many pets and a heart of gold.  This birthday card is for her.

"A home is not a home without a pet or two
Doesn't matter what it is, they cheer and help us through.
Pets give purpose to our days, they add a lot of interest,
With their curious little way.
So I hope an animal is sharing some time with you today,
May they love you and cheer you on this your birthday."

I had several thank you notes to write, so I made all 4 of these cards alike and added person handwritten notes along with the verse.   

Rebecca is a singer and dulcimer writer.  She entertained Bob and I during our anniversary luncheon.  I bought a CD, and when I asked her to sign it, we talked, then she "gave" my another CD.  Her business card has a picture of her as a child in her cow girl outfit-the card is sweet like her! 

Julie is a former HSC employee who now works at the local rehabilitation center.  She also lives with and cares for her aging parents.  Nearly every year, Julie sends me personal items she's collected about our family.  This year she sent me a picture of me at the a previous Health Fair, run in an ad.  In the box were homemade kitchen items with fall decor. What a surprise to find the box when we returned home from Nashville.

Fritz is an editor with the Food and Nutrition Magazine, responsible for soliciting blog posts for their Stone Soup Blog.   I met him at the reception they held for us at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Conference and Expo.  The invitation to the reception was very creative.  The event, held on a rooftop over Broadway, was special.

Annette is  a Human Resources Specialist for WVU Medicine, who organizes the service award banquets every year.  As a recent retiree, I was invited to this years event.  The guest lecturer, WVU's basketball coach-who's mother was treated at WVU-gave a moving speech. When I went on stage, the CEO gave me a hug.  The gifts of logo glasses and comfy blanket are in use and much appreciated.

"A note to thank you and to say
The memory of your thoughtfulness
Will be remembered
For many a day."

 Diana is a long term employee of HSC who now works as a baker.  She always remembers special occasions.  My favorite memory of Diana is when she was pregnant with her second child (I was pregnant at the time with my first child):  Diana had crocheted turkeys for all of the patient trays (those who had to stay in the hospital on Thanksgiving Day).  Diana was in labor and sent her husband into the kitchen with 100 some crocheted turkey pins.  

"Wishing you a birthday 
that is happy all day through,
For no one else in all the world
Deserves it more than you.
Have a great day."

Toni is a retired colleague who managed the food service at the psychiatric hospital.  She as 70 when she retired.  Toni was always complimentary and lovely to talk to.  She read people well and didn't take any crap.  Toni and I often went to conferences together. This birthday card is for Toni, who cares for her mother and every Sunday makes meals for her large extended family.

"Because you're very special
This comes with love to say
You're wished a birthday that will bring
Much happiness your way."

 Mike works at HSC where he services the salad bar.  He is very attentive to his guests and very loyal to the department.  I miss the conversations we had and very much appreciated his call last week, where we talked for a long time and never had a silent moment.  Mike is a dog lover, and though I couldn't find a picture that resembled his dog, I did like the logo on the cat paper that sad something like "One cool cat".

You know you are always thought of very warmly
Throughout the year, and now your birthday is here again,
My wishes once again sincere.
Have a wonderful birthday and
A year of happiness."

Marylene works in catering at HSC.  Though her bones don't always feel good, she walks and completes her work without a complaint.  Marylene is great mother of 3 grown men and loves the outdoors.  Her husband is a biker.  I grabbed the 7 Gypsies paper to adorn her card.
"Whatever you wish yourself today
I'm wishing it doubled-in the nicest way.
Have a wonderful birthday."

This birthday is for our very special daughter-in-law, Michelle.  Greg and Michelle have been a couple for over 12 years.  She is a brilliant engineer, musician and seamstress.  Michelle and Greg are so good for each other.

"You are so very wonderful
and fill our lives with cheer.
Today's a celebration for a daughter-in-law so dear."

The verses are inspired by Craftsuprint.


Friday, October 30, 2015

Professor Land

On Michelle's move to join Greg in Columbia, the car breaks down and I drive the pair and the contents of the car to their home in "professor land", South Carolina.

Our oldest son, Greg, recently began his job as Assistant Professor of Computer Sciences at the University of South Carolina.  His wife, Michelle, who worked as an electrical engineer in Minneapolis, was able to keep her job as a software developer and move with Greg to South Carolina.  I was more than happy to help and see their new home.

The Palmetto tree is the state tree of South Carolina. While not quite a palm tree, I thought I could get away with the palm tree paper!


Wednesday, October 21, 2015


My magic potion, no matter the season, is time with Bob.  The beautiful scenery is therapeutic too.  Pictures from Teter Lake, Prickett's Fort, the Reservoir, home, Casselman and Route 19.


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Nashville Wouldn't Be Nashville

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Meeting 2015 was in Nashville, Tennessee.  I love to attend the conference and expo, and especially like when Bob can go with me.  This year I got Bob a "guest" pass, which gave him access to the opening session and the 300 + exhibits.  

We drove to Nashville, taking our time and staying half-way going and coming.  While the weather was cold and raining on opening day, the rest of the trip was warm.  We dined every evening on Broadway Street, where there are country music performers providing entertainment in most of the establishments.  As a Nutrition Network Blogger and Stone Soup Blogger, I was invited to two receptions (both on rooftops) and Bob and I got to enjoy appetizers and I tasted some pomegranate moonshine.  

The verse is from song lyrics by Tim McGraw:

"It'd be just another river town.
Streets would have a different sound.
There'd be no honky tonks with whiskey rounds,
No dreamers chasing dreams down.
No tourists takin' in the sights,
No stetsons under Broadway lights,
No pickers playin' for pocket change,
No rhinestone boots in an old church stage.

You know it's true. . . 
Nashville wouldn't be Nashville
Without you."