Monday, May 18, 2015

Bra Pappa

Our son Chris, who graduated from WVU in December, now works as a Chemist at Mylan Pharmaceuticals here in Morgantown.  After starting his job at Mylan, Chris moved into an unfurnished apartment.  He bought a mattress and 5 pieces of unassembled furniture from IKEA.  Bob kidded that he'd have to look up cuss words in Swedish.  (since IKEA furniture originates in Sweden).  He very patiently put the furniture together.  "Bra Pappa" is "Good Dad" in Swedish.

April 2015

Friday, May 8, 2015

He Gets Things Done

Last week we proudly watched our oldest son Greg march in the University of Minnesota's graduation to receive his doctoral degree.  After the ceremony, his adviser found us and stated that Greg "gets things done".  I don't think Greg honestly knew what his adviser thought of him and really appreciated hearing that.  He and Michelle will move to South Carolina where he's accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of South Carolina.

May 2015

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

April Cards

My friend Betty was my mentor since the 70s.  Betty asked her Kansas friend to make this fun apron and pot holders for me when I retired.  Betty and two of our other RD friends met for lunch on Good Friday when she presented this gift.  The friend card is a thank you for Betty.

"The company was a pleasure
The time we had a treasure
Thank you for the gift
You knew it would be
Just perfect for me".

Wilma retired from our HSC Kitchen many years ago.  She was a great cook and I've always missed her.  This birthday card is for her.

"You're always though a lot about
But especially today,
I wish you a world of happiness
on today your birthday!". 

Administrative Assistants Day is in April.  While Virginia filled that role at the Healthy Cafe, Tina, Lorrie and Stefanie in the Nutrition Services Department also helped manage a staff of 200 food service and nutrition employees.  These cards are for them.

"Here you are with a joyful heart
Working well and working hard
Helping gladly, quick and bold
Bringing joy to young and old." 

The card and book are for Allie, a gorgeous, sweet dietitian, and her husband, a respiratory therapist.  They are expecting their first child soon.

"To the lucky pair who now will share 
Their love with someone new.
The tiny baby I welcome you
And my best wishes to you." 

My friend Helen celebrated her 30th birthday just a few days after the birth of baby Claire. Helen is a dietitian and scrapbooker.  She makes beautiful quilts.  This card and book are for her and her husband Phil.

"May this very special day
Leave memories you will treasure.
May all your hopes and dreams come true
In every fullest measure."

Nancy was one of my best high school friends.  Her Mom, Gertie, was our girl scout leader.  Nancy and I were ornery and always had a lot of fun.  Her birthday is May 6th.

"A little taste of heaven
a little touch of grace,
Warm sunshine on your
shoulders, a breeze upon
your face, deep feelings
of contentment, a sense
that life is sweet - -
If all of these are yours
my friend. . . my wish
will be complete.
Happy Birthday"

I loved the label "Good Friends', cut from a piece of clothing.

We'll be gone for a few days to watch our oldest receive his PhD!  A few proud and happy occasion!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Quiet Renewal

For many years in my working career, we took a vacation in early February.  This year we found a deal for the West Virginia State Park Blackwater Falls Lodge.  It's located in Tucker County, a section of the state in the high elevation.  The road there was uphill, snow covered, with no traffic.  The seasonal beauty was unsurpassed. 


Thursday, April 23, 2015


After the spring rains, the waterfalls in the tributaries to the New River were spectacular.  Bob carefully climbed to the waterfall to talk to this fisherman who said he caught and released 100 trout in a few days after the rain this week.  The fish like the deep pools under the falls.

April 2015

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

1920s Coal Town

Thurmond, West Virginia is now a New River Gorge National Park, population 5.  During the heyday of coal mining, it was a prosperous C & O Facility with many businesses.  The film "Matewan" was made here in 1987.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Timeless Beauty

Bob and I take camera adventures nearly every week.  Last weekend we took an overnighter to the New River Gorge area of West Virginia.  The weekend turned into a camera safari.  These are pictures from the road under the New River Gorge Bridge and the road to the river to see the railroad bridge across the river.  The pictures on the right are from Hawks Nest, a West Virginia State Park.

The poem verse was from "Advice from a Mountain".  This verse reads:

"Stand in the strength of Your True Nature
Be uplifting
Follow the trails of the Wise Ones
Protect and preserve timeless beauty,
silence, solitude, serenity,
flowing rivers, 
ancient trees" 

"There is no prettier a place than the Hawks Nest and New River Gorge ares of West Virginia".  2015