Tuesday, May 3, 2016

April Cards

My friend Helen celebrated her birthday this month.  Helen is an RD, a scrapbooker and a Mom with a 1 year old daughter.  She has a great husband too.  I loved the quote on the digital element that says "The Prettiest Girls are the Happiest Girls".  Helen is both.

"It's not about grand gestures,
Or fine and grandeur things,
It's all about the laughter,
That friends and family bring.
It's all about small touches,
That brighten the day for you,
Along with cards and presents,
Which hold special wishes too.
Happy Birthday Helen!"

Wilma retired from the HSC kitchen many years ago.  I cried the day she left.  This year instead of a birthday card, I called Wilma on the phone to see how she was doing.  She sounded great.  This card was sent belated:

"This card comes a little bit late
But the wish is the same-
Hope your birthday was great!" 

I paced my Mother's Day cards and gifts for my sisters and Mom, due to timing on travel times.  This card is for my sister Terry.  Terry taught first grade for 40 years. (Thus the Kindergarten paper).  The little Dalmatian chippie reminded me of our first dog-Toby.  I got Terry a fig tree for a present!

"It's your special day and I want you to know
That I think of you often and I love you so." 

Nancy is a lifelong friend who celebrates a birthday on April 6.  We always had a great time together.  Nancy never forgets my birthday.  I thought the feather complemented the feathered cap in the paper.  The lady reminds me of Nancy.

"You'll always be the nicest friend
That I could ever know.
Here's wishing you a wonderful day
The best you've ever known."

For Mothers Day, I had a digital booklet made of the paper scrapbook I made for Mom in 2007.  Mom wants to give her town's heritage center many of her memories, and this one certainly has many.  In the book, I drove my Mom and Dad around town, took pictures and recorded their memories.  She'll love the card too.
"Mothers Day wishes are sent with all my love to you,
You're a very special lady because of all you do,
So enjoy this day with love
Have a nice relaxing day,
You deserve it all and more that words could ever say."

Today I pick up Mom, eat lunch at the Senior Center, then meet my sister in Morgantown where Mom will travel to Cleveland with Amy.  So she should have a "nice relaxing day".
This Mothers Day card is for my sister Amy, who loves lizards, frogs and nature's delights.  I'm happy to get to see her today.  I hope to buy a Goji Berry bush for Amy.

"It means so much throughout the year
To have a sister like you.
You're loving, warm and caring-
Very understanding too.
that's why this message comes with thanks and special love.
To wish you all the happiness you're so deserving of."

Did I mention the girls in my family have all boys-7 sons to 3 daughters!
Today is Mollie's last day of work at the Tri-Towns Senior Center.  She is transferring to a job closer to her home.

"So sorry you are leaving
And going to pastures new.
We will miss you much
We know you'll miss us too!"


Saturday, April 16, 2016


Bob loved the Chris Stapleton album and sang the chorus to me off and on that evening.  Lyrics from Tennessee Whiskey:

"You're as smooth as Tennessee Whiskey
You're as sweet as strawberry wine
You're as warm as a glass of brandy
I stay stoned on your love all the time."

The photo is from Valley Falls State Park in Fairmont WV, near our home. Our son Chris picked us up and the 3 of us enjoyed the beautiful spring afternoon at the park. 


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

March Cards

My nephew Ashby James ("AJ") was 26 years old on the 20th.  AJ's middle name is after my brother Jimmy.  He is among the finest of young men.

"Enjoy exciting things to do 
On this your birthday.
Hope you have some fun
Celebrating with everyone
On this, your special day." 

My sister Terry sends cards for most holidays.  The St. Patrick's Day card on the left is for her, the card on the right for Mom.  Mom's paternal ancestor, a Mullan, came from Ireland.

"May the twinkle in your eye
And the love that's in your heart
Stay with you always
Even when we're apart.
Good health and lots of happiness
Reign over you this day.
And raise your glass to St. Patrick
In a typically Irish way."

My former coworker, Betty, had a birthday on March 20.  Betty worked 40 years at the Health Sciences Center and retired in January.  She loves owls.

"Listen in the woods
The owls and pigeons too.
It's your special day
Happy Birthday to you."

My brother Jim was 58 years years old on March 28.  Jimmy's been busy growing tomato seeds and preparing for gardening weather.  This birthday card is for him.

"Time to do the gardening
And to birthday wishes send.
Time is passing quickly
Before you know it
That day is here again!" 

George from the Healthy Cafe celebrates a birthday April 5.  He was the AM Lead who ordered all the food (See the invoice "Peck Grocer" at the top) and unlocked the kitchen.  (Re the key).  I don't see him much, but, after all these years working together, I want to send him a card.

"Your birthday is a special day
May it bring you love and cheer
It gives a chance for me to say
Happy Birthday every year." 

I think I goofed on this one, realizing after mailing that "April" actually has a birthday later this year.  I still hope she liked her card.  I really liked her daughters, who were pretty like their Mom.

"A birthday blessing
Is sent your way
Wishing you
A wonderful day." 

My nephew Cale was 11 on April 5th.  After receiving this card, Cale sent me an email!  (That was a keeper".)

"Special wishes come your way today
As you celebrate your special day."

I've become very good friends with the Hardesty family who run Working H Farm store.  I first met them at the local farmers market, and now stop at their store every week on my way home from Moms.  The parents and their 2 sons all work at the store, also raising and processing the animals.  This card is for Terrie, whose Mother died this month.

"Thinking of you and your family
At your time of sorrow
No words can ease your pain
But things will look better tomorrow."

My dietitian friend, Betty, has a birthday at the beginning of April.  She and I went on an adventure last week.  I packed her a bag with samples of grains and beans, also recipes on what to do with them.  The card is for her.

"Daffodils are blooming,
Tulips are coming through,
Spring is in the air,
And of course it's your birthday too!" 

Sunday, April 10, 2016


When we visit son Greg and his wife Michelle, they make us several meals at their home.  Greg often puts together the entree (with Michelle's help of course) and Michelle makes dessert.  Her Mom Janet taught her (among many other things) to cook, sew and love music.  Michelle is all around talented-last month chosen the "Creativity & Innovation" award winner for her company, where she is an electrical engineer.  Here she is at home with her yummy lemon meringue pie and her lovely smile.

For the journaling, I attempted a verse similar to the rhyme, "Billy Boy"............

"She can make any pie
Michelle Louise, Michelle Louise.
Seamstress, celloist, talents high
Engineer, creator, she questions why.
Gregory Gay's a lucky guy."



Saturday, April 2, 2016

Great Escape

Escape rooms are a fun and relatively new-live action entertainment opportunity for small groups.  While the task is challenging-the goal is simple-work together to escape the room in 60 minutes or less!  

"Son Chris (he's holding the Genius sign) and his Mylan team members and friends worked together to solve puzzles, decode messages and find clues to escape the room with only seconds to go.  2016"

Saturday, March 26, 2016

University of South Carolina

Son Greg and daughter-in-law Michelle showed us around campus and the state house during our spring visit to Columbia, SC.  Greg is an assistant professor at the University.  Michelle is an engineer with Cummins Diesel and works from home 3/4 of the time, then travels to Minneapolis to work 1/4 of the time.  

Greg talked his grad students into getting Michelle a desk and even an office in his building to do her Cummins work the weeks she "works from home".  It's great they walk to campus together, share lunch breaks, then trek home to their new sanctuary.

This was Bob's first trip to Columbia.  The trip is 1/2 the distance of the trip to Minneapolis from our home.  The ride is about 7 1/2 hours.  The trees and flowers near their home are blooming and it was such a pretty trip.

I scanned and cut the Palmetto tree symbol, the SC state symbol, from a gift bag.  The rooster-the "cock"- is a scan of the large symbol that was painted in a campus street.  The mascot of the University is the "gamecock".  


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Hug an Irishman

When I visited my Mom last week she was feeling low and did not really feel like going out.  I knew she needed to see her friends, so we made our weekly trip to the Tri-Towns Senior Center.  When she got on the elevator, there was a life size inflatable Irishman.  Mom smiled and asked me to take her picture.  She said..........that's all I wanted to do today was "hug an Irishman".

Mom's maiden name is "Mullan". The Mullan ancestors came from Ireland.

March 2016