Saturday, July 15, 2017

Holly (Jolly)

For the last 3 years, we've rented a 1 room cabin at Holly River State Park for 3 nights. Deer, trails, beautiful scenery right outside your door. No electronics with the sound of a rolling creek outside your window. Fully stocked kitchen (take your own food) though we walk to Kathy's restaurant most nights to buy her handmade dessert. A nice pool on site too. Only 2 1/2 hours from home. What fun!

I journaled notes from each of the 3 days we spent at the park.  It is totally relaxing.  For crafts, I made 15 Christmas cards!


Monday, July 3, 2017

June Cards

My nephew Brian was 36 this month.  The picture on the card is Brian at a young age.  He is such a sweet young man with a lovely wife and baby who just turned 1.

"T is for terrific
H is for hunny
I is for irresistable
R is for ravishing
T is for tantalizing
Y is for you.

S is for super
I is for icon
X is for xtra special"

This birthday card is for April, a lovely single Mom who has done well by her daughters.

My nephew Steve was 41 this month.  He's a great Dad and very young at heart.

This Fathers Day card is for my brother Jim.  He is a patriot.  The picture is of him with his adult children.

"It's the day to have a rest
And do what you like best!"

My Fathers Day card for Bob.  I also made a display with a few pages featuring him and a place for his other cards.

"Hard work, loyalty, generosity too.
Are just some of the traits that I see in you.

It may not seem so, but I'd bet it holds true
That our boys were watching and seeing them too.

As your wife and their mother thought I'd take this cue
To say I'm so glad they've grown learning from you!"

A birthday card for John, one of my nature loving friends.
"Here's wishing you a wonderful day
With lots of best wishes
On this your special day."


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Potomac Eagle

For Fathers Day Bob and I rode the Potomac Eagle Train.  We boarded in Romney, then ventured across Rt. 50 along the Potomac River and through a mountain trough.  We spotted eagles and hatchings along the 3 hour run.  

In these photos, you can see some of the beauty of West Virginia.  

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Dedicated Date

On our drive back home from our Sunday picnic, Bob proclaimed this 3-year tradition as a "Dedicated Date".  His devotion to me goes much deeper than that.
  • He always comes home at the end of his shift.
  • He protects us from harm.
  • He sets a good example to his boys on how to treat women.
  • He helps me with all my endeavors-and enjoys them@
Here's Bob at our monthly Farmers Market Sampling.  Bob brings people in, fully explains the ingredients and promotes the farmers and my profession.  Most of all-he enjoys these times spent with me!


Wednesday, June 7, 2017


As historian for the West Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, I've had the pleasure of adding a visual history to the historical data compiled by the previous historian, Annabelle Cruise.  "Snapshots of the First 75 Years" is the resulting commemorative book.  I gave a summary at our 75th gala.  There were mementos and old friends present as well as the national president of AND.  Best of all-Bob was as my side.  2017

I am pictured with Annabelle Cruise and my good friend and mentor, Evelyn DiTrapano.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

May Cards

My Mothers Day Card for Mom.  (She was a Rosie the Riveter during World War II).

"Just in case I forget to say
You are special to me in every way
Love you Mom now and forever".

A Mothers Day Card for my sister Terry, mother of 3 grown boys, now Grandmother to 3.

"Today is just for Mothers
So that of course is you,
You're someone who is loved a lot
You're thought the world of too.
So sit back and relax
Let others run around,
For another Mother as sweet as you
On this Earth will not be found." 

For my lovely and creative friend Debbie on her birthday.

"I wish you joy, I wish you flowers,
I wish you many happy hours,
That having a special birthday can bring,
A wonderful day that makes the heart sing,
So enjoy every moment,
My very dear friend,
May your day be memorable from start to end."

 For my nephew Jake, who graduated summa cum laude from Ohio State in May

"Congratulations on your graduation
You've been a roaring success,
Hope your new life and career
Brings you nothing but happiness."

For my colleague Richard whose body is rejecting some of the treatments received last year.  Richard is a mentor and leader in our professional association.  I sent him a copy of the 75 year commemorative issue published in May.

"Our little road is really blue
Because like us it misses you."

A wedding card for a young colleague.  He and his new wife love similar things as Bob and I, including taking picnics!

"This day will be etched in your memory,
The events are about to unfold,
Your wedding day is upon you,
You are about "To Have and To Hold",
Because from "From this Day Forward",
You two become husband and wife.
To treasure and love each other,
Together, for the rest of your life."

Betty retired from her job as a cook at the senior center where I take my Mom once a week.  (The other days, the center takes her meals on wheels).  Betty was a lovely lady, neat as a pin, who always wore pretty aprons.  I included a picture of her. 

"Have a happy retirement
We are certainly going to miss you.
Have fun doing all things you want to day
Rather than all the things you have to do."

An anniversary card for our son Greg and his lovely wife Michelle.  (Married 5 years-together 14 years!)

"To a very special couple,
This card is sent to say,
That on your anniversary.
May it be a wonderful day.
A day to look back over the years,
And remember when you first met,
But also to look to the future
For many more happy years yet."

 A birthday card for Jean, a former work colleague-lovely in every way.

"Someone special, someone kind,
It is you that comes to mind,
Birthday wishes, Birthday treats,
A wonderful day that's hard to beat,
Firends to party, friends to care,
It's a day all want to share,
Enjoy the time and what it brings,
Hopefully joy and beautiful things."

 A thank you card for Marty, the chef manager at Huntington's Kitchen, who helped me with my demo earlier in the month.  He is a fun young and talented man.

"I'm just sayin' thanks,
For all the stuff you've done to help me through,
I hope one day you'll call on me
So I can help you too."

For Linda, owner of a cheese factory and farm, who donated white cheddar for our "Pesto Egg" farm fresh sampling in May.

"We appreciate your donation
We had a wonderful day
Everything went according to plans
Thank you is all we can say."

My great nephew Benjamin was 1 last weekend and we celebrated the event at a cook out with many well wishers.  My mother (his great grandmother) attended and loved watching the kids play.

"You are such a special boy,
and special boys deserve,
a birthday that is full of joy,
and all the love on earth."

Another former coworker, Rachael, had a daughter 2 months ago.  Rachael has 2 boys, probably 8 or more years old.  She is lovely and I printed a picture of mother and child for the cover.

My Mom and I love Mr. Arthur-Carl- who turned 90 today.  Carl was at the invasion of Normandy, a naval gunner who lied about his age to fight in World War II.

" N is for nice
I is for irresistible
N is for naughty
E is for everyones friend
T is for terrific
Y is for you
Happy Birthday

Card verse from 


Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Greatest Generation

Just after graduating high school, my Mom made airplanes at factories in Akron, "manned" mostly by woman.  Her work there has been recognized in many venues.  One of her comfort keepers ordered the official bandana for her and of course, I took her picture wearing it!  I rescued it and her Christmas card ("The Greatest Generation") to display on a page hung in her living room.