Friday, February 20, 2015

Not a Happy Fiddler

It was 1934 when Grandma Marie decided that Mom, then 9, should take violin lessons from the sisters at the Catholic Church.  She bought a violin for $9 and a bow for $5.  Mom hated it but enjoys the memories of her friend Hilda.


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Summer Home

Valentine's Day is approaching, so this one is for Bob!  The song is from Jewel, the paper from Graphic 45 and the selfie from last summer's Teter Lake picnic.  

"I'm gonna build myself a summer home in your arms............built with all your charms."


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Duck Dynasty

For many years I've taken the first week of February off from work.  I start out every calendar year with a revised 4 week menu cycle, and after 1 month of testing-it's time to take a break.  Monday we took a ride out nearby Opekiska Road where the back waters of the Monongahela River provide refuge for birds.  There is actually a sign for "Duck Crossing".  Sure enough, near the painted rock with the West Virginia state outline-there they were!  

We were out of town a couple nights, and I cut my frame with nail scissors.  I had a lot of fun with this page.  Have a good week!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Remembering a Hometown Hero (Dad)

My Dad passed away last Monday.  He was 92 years old and married to my Mom for 68 years.  There were many notes of admiration and comfort from local towns folks who knew him.  The family loved this one:

"Mr. Reeves lived as a hero among us for nearly a century.  A decorated World War II veteran and a family man who owned and operated a prominent local business for decades."  

Read the newspaper obituary in the  Cumberland Evening Times.   Thank you for all the prayers.

Sunday, January 25, 2015


Bob knew we needed to get out last Sunday, after an emotional trip to my Moms'.  He studied his map (he calls the paper map his GOM, for Good Old Map), Bob asked if I wanted to ride to Stonewall Lake, about an hour from home.  It was a dreary winter day, with a forecast for rain.

"The sun came out just as we exited I-79 on our Sunday drive to Stonewall Lake."
January, 2015

Friday, January 16, 2015

Family Feast

Christmas is Christmas when the kids are all here together.  This year Michelle's parents, who retired to the west coast, returned home to West Virginia too.  Greg and Michelle treated us to Christmas Eve hors' deouvres and we all helped in Christmas Dinner preparation.  Michelle made the pies with Chris and Greg doing the chopping.  The menu included:
Peppered Herb Beef Tenderloin with Gravy
Homemade BBQ Buns
Mexicana Shrimp Kabobs with Colorful Peppers, Onions and Butternut Squash
Maple Roasted Carrots
Long Grain and Brown Rice
Tomato-Mozzarella-Basil Salad
Apple Cranberry Pie
Pumpkin Pie
Warm Cranberry Wassail

Our little house with one great room was comfortable and full of love.

Many of the recipes are on my food blog:

Sunday, January 11, 2015

So life doesn't take a toll

On Bob's new job driving a flag car, he drives on new roads and spots places where he wants to take me.  That makes us both happy.  The Searight Toll House on Rt. 40 (the National Pike) was 35 miles from home, west of Uniontown, Pa.  We'll go back this summer when the house is open.  The cost is only $2.00-the same toll charged to the smallest wagon in 1830.