Saturday, February 13, 2016

Cacapon Deer Lodge

We love West Virginia Parks, in particular-the picnic areas (in the summer).  In the past few winters, we've taken advantage of the special rates the lodges at the parks advertise to attract visitors during the off season.  A few weeks ago, we chose from a handful of those lodges advertising the special rate to travel to Morgan County, West Virginia-about 3 hours from home.  We picnicked at Cacapon Park-near Berkley Springs-last summer.  It was every bit as pretty in the winter.  Did I mention they had the highest snow fall on record here during the Snow Apocalypse?  Some of the 42 inches of snow was gone. . . but it was still gorgeous.

"We reserved a room at the $50 rate one week after the big snow."

January 31, 2016

Tuesday, February 9, 2016


These are pictures of my Mom-June Bryan Mullan-(JBM) when she was a young girl. Even though she was a child of the Great Depression, she had beautiful blouses and pretty collars.  And she was happy!

When I saw this collar on the counter at the Thrift Shop, I knew what I wanted to do with it.

Monday, February 1, 2016

January Cards

My older sister Terry was 67 years old on January 10th.  A retired 1st grade teacher, Terry gives her all to her family.  This card is for her:

"Have a very happy birthday
And a year that is happy too.
These are the special wishes
sent with lots of love to you."

A former colleague, Maria, celebrated her birthday on the same day. Maria is a kind and sweet lady.

"Because you're so special
I hope your day holds in store
Many happy hours that overflow
With all you're wishing for.
And hope the days that follow it
Make up a year that brings,
Everything that you deserve
Full of happy days." 

Brenda retired from WVUH before I did.  Brenda is a gracious, kind and intelligent lady who now babysits grandchildren. This birthday card is for Brenda.

"I just can't think of anyone sweeter than you,
To wish a Happy Birthday to.
Wishing you a wonderful day
Full of surprises and happiness."

Wanda is my mother's friend who had major surgery this month with several months of recuperation to follow.  She is a strong lady who always took care of others. . . This card is for her.

"We send these get well wishes and praying for you too
For a speedy recovery for somebody as nice as you."

Jim is the entree cook at the Healthy Sciences Center who celebrates his birthday on Groundhogs Day.  This card is for Jim.  I actually cut apart a reusable grocery bag to get the canvas background on this card.  I love it!

"May today bring much pleasure
With moments to treasure,
For birthdays only come once a year.
So do things that make you smile.
Celebrate in the best of styles,
And make the memories to treasure forever."

Our youngest son Chris will be 23 years old on February 8th.  I made a scrapbook page of him featuring pictures of him when he was 1 year old.  He still has that same sweet smile.  I had one of the pictures leftover, which I featured on this birthday card.

"To think of all the happiness
That you've treasured and known.
Of all the warm and happy smiles
And thoughtfulness you've shown.
So when you think of us son
And we know you often do
Just remember that we are all
Always thinking of you!"

After the big snow storm, our neighbor Tom plowed the 1000 foot road to our development using a plow blade mounted on his 4-wheel. This card is a thank you for Tom.  I've found that people like cards with their picture.

"With more people in the world like you
It would be a much better place."  

Friday, January 29, 2016

You Melt My Heart

During and after a 2 foot snow storm, Bob and I shoveled a ton of snow.  We could not get out for 4 days, yet were with the "person we most wanted to be stranded with.  Even in the deepest snow, you melt my heart."

Words written on a card Bob gave to me this week.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Rising Son

Our youngest son, Chris, will be 23 years old on February 8th.  This is a page of him with pictures from 1994.

"You still have that same expression.  How I loved holding you in the warm and fuzzy pajamas!"

Monday, January 25, 2016

Snowed In

In preparation for the big snowstorm, I printed a few pictures in the event the power went out-I could still scrapbook by candlelight!  We got 2 feet of snow-but the power remains.  We're eating like kings (since I cooked up a storm in preparation).  And I made 2 pages!

This one uses pictures from 1994 of Greg and his Dad making a diorama of a scene from the Laura Ingalls Wilder book, "The Long Winter".  The scene was of a train "snowed under between cuts".  

"The railroad has stopped running trains till spring.  They can't get the trains through.  They no sooner get a train through a cut than a blizzard comes and snows it in again."  (Pa's words as he gives the news to his family).

"It takes patience and perseverance to contend with things".   (Pa said the railroad superintendent was an Easterner who had patience but no perseverance.  Westerners, he said, had patience and perseverance).  The train did not get through until May.

We still have the complete bookset of the Little House books.  I loved reading those with the boys.  The family survived much weather and many hardships in those days.

Bob and I persevered the storm.  We shoveled snow from our driveway every 4 hours.  My arms are sore.  Our neighbor has 1 lane tunneled out on our 1000 foot roadway through the development using a plow mounted on a 4-wheeler.  The state road has 1 lane plowed on the rural road.  The university and schools are closed throughout the state.  We hope to make it out tomorrow!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Patents & Corsets

This is a layout about our multi-talented and unique daughter-in-law.  In the top photo, Michelle models the corset she made in a recent (for-fun) class.  As an electrical engineer in her day job, Michelle has a handful of patents for her work in designing batteries and generators.  She's shown in the bottom photo attempting to explain her latest patent to family.  Michelle's proud Mother and I (the proud Mother-in-law) listen as she describes her latest inventions.