Saturday, February 17, 2018

Ben and Bill

As a teenager growing up in St. Albans, Bob learned basics of photography from his neighbors.

Bill Mucklow, who worked for WVDNR taught him techniques, exposure and processing.  Bill had a business on the side.  Bob developed sheet films and made contacts for him.  He bought Bob his first camera-a 35 mm Argus.

It was neighbor Ben Edwards, who worked for Union Carbide PR, who taught Bob creative aspects.  Bob hung out with Ben in his basement darkroom where Ben made Bob an enlarger and taught Bob about flood lights.  Ben would put on a pot of coffee, get out pictures and tell him how he did it.  They'd talk for hours and Bob "soaked it up like a sponge."

I sewed the pocket on the left and placed inside a Christmas card with a picture of Ben Edwards' family.  On the back, Ben wrote "I shall always remember our Sunday afternoons in the back yard."  Card from the latter 1970s.


Monday, February 5, 2018

January Cards

My retired work friend Brenda celebrated her birthday this month. She is a beautiful lady and I made a fitting card! The weather has been so cold and snowy-so I made lots of cards.  

Bob's Christmas card to me on the left.  My Christmas card to him on the right. Note the little deer cut-out was from the cup holders at Books-a-million.  They had these and Santas, and I saved every cup holder I got!

"As we share our lives on this special holiday,
I love you more than words can say.
Merry Christmas, my love and in case you missed
You are to me the most precious of gifts."

A birthday card to my sister Terry on the left.

"Celebrate this day with joy and know that you are blessed.
Have some fun with friends and family, then you can have a rest!
Share your joy with those around and have a brilliant day,
Make memories in your heart and then you'll be blessed along the way"

My card to an old colleague-Annabelle-on the right. 

"So another year ends and a new one's just begun.
Let's pray it is peaceful with joy for everyone,
May happiness be found in everyday things 
And much laughter is heard with the delight that it brings,
May friends be many and our trouble few,
For this is my wish that I'm sending to you."

My friends Fred and Denise needed a pickup.  Fred was an early childhood friend. We played cowboys outside in our yards. Inside his card I placed a picture of us at age 4 and this verse:

"Gaze up through the leaves
Summer wishes, winter dreams,
Thoughts of years, long past.
Warm, sunny days filled with fun
And nights, to wish on a star." 

Denise lost her husband last month.  Inside her card:

"The day is short-And life is long.
Sit vigil this night, singing sun songs.
Each night since Midsummer,
He has aged and rested.
At last soltice the Oak King was bested-
But now at last, the Sun slowly returns
Minute by minute, he also yearns
To come to his people, to spread his light
On this darkest day he conquers the night."  

 To our scrapbook friend Linda who lives up north and is probably stuck inside too!

Birthday wishes on the left to my colleague Jim from the HSC Cafe, now a hospital cook.

Get well wishes on the right to my colleague Frank, who is in rehabilitation and in some pain.

Our youngest son Chris will be 25 this week.  This is for him.  (In the set-up is an old valentine fan he made me as a very young child).


Friday, February 2, 2018

Pink Collar

Virginia Stoneking and Beulah Hall were my supervisors when I started working in WVU hospital dietary in 1973.  "Stoney" the head cook and her assistant Beulah were different, one ornery and wiry, one calm and serene.  Both were dedicated and kind.

My everyday after school task was to make mashed potatoes for patient dinners.  I steamed the peeled and halved potatoes, then made four varieties of whips for specific diets.  Sometimes my potatoes were runny-but my mentors never got mad.

We wore pink uniforms-perhaps fitting as "pink collar" often refers to those in the service industry. 

My pockets contains Christmas cards from the 2 ladies.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Wedding Dip

At our 1976 wedding, Bob figured he'd be thrown in the pool, so he dressed accordingly.  After the ceremony, he changed into his jeans. . . with his swim shorts underneath!  What a pretty day we had!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Kim B

Kim was Bob's college room-mate his junior and senior years.  They lived in a private dorm-Perpont, on Evansdale Campus.  

Kim was from Pittsburgh and drove corvettes and GTOs.  Kim dressed like John Travolta on Saturday Nite Feber, yet probably couldn't dance.  When Bob and I married in 1976, Kim served as his best man.  Kim lived with us on the top floor of the house we rented.  I made dinner for 3 every nite and he'd sneak the garnishes back on my plate every time.  

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

153 Children

When Sarah Loar Llewellyn passed away in 1926, she had 153 living children and grandchildren.  Sarah was great grandmother to my Mom-June Mullan.  Mom's Grandma Mullan-Jeanetta-is the 3 year old in this 1870 portrait of Sarah and John Llewellyn with their children.  Sarah was the only living member of the Loar family, for whom Loartown was named.  In 2011 we visited the grave site of John and Sarah.  The grave site is on Dan's Mountain near her birthplace.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

The Blue Line

My Great Grandfather-James Mullan-is the fireman in the cab in this 1898 picture of the train that ran from Piedmont, WV to Frostburg, Md. on Sundays.  The picture appeared on a cacheted envelope in 1981.