Saturday, May 20, 2017

Mothers Day

It's always nice, though rare, to get a picture with our youngest son Chris.  Here we are (can't tell we're related, huh?) on Mothers Day after meeting for dinner, where he gave me a rose, a bottle of local wine and a gift card for Loft (my favorite clothing store).  Best of all was a sentiment he wrote in my card!

This verse is from Proverbs:
"She is clothed with strength and dignifty,
She can laugh at the days tocome.
She speaks with wisdom and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed." 

Monday, May 8, 2017

April Cards

Easter cards for my Mom and sister.

"Have a very happy Easter
And may you find
Spring has left 
The winter behind."

"Bunny rabbits and Easter eggs
a sign that spring is here
We celebrate this special time 
with all that we hold dear.
Easter Wishes."

Our college friend Wayne, who is a photographer, turned 60 this month.  His wife, Mary Ellin, also our friend, asked for friends to send cards.

"The best moments are with loved ones
Yesterday, today and tomorrow
Here's to many more." 

An Easter card for my friend, Vickie.

A card for my life long friend, Nancy, on her 64th birthday.

 A card for my friend Betty who had hip surgery 2 weeks ago.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Foundation Gift Card Basket

The West Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, of which I am a member, has an annual foundation raffle to raise money for scholarships.  This year my farm store family friends and I made a basket for the event.  Working H Farms donated a $25 gift card.  I made (what else?) 25 handmade greeting cards.  Each card includes a verse that can be added on the inside or the card can be left blank.  Most of the cards have food related themes. Here are the cards:

 This card was inspired by Connie Mercer.

This card title was inspired by Veronica on

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Asheville NC

Greg and Michelle treated us to a weekend in this fun hippie town and a stay in a mountain retreat-a perfect trip!  This was a Christmas present from them.  The spring weather was perfect.  We enjoyed a trip to the NC Arboretum, where the sounds, sights and smell of birds and flowers were lovely.  After that we went to the NC Farmers Market- where the smell of fresh ramps was refreshing too!  In Asheville, there were musicians on every sidewalk, plenty of independent shops and great food.  At the house, we enjoyed watching old Netflix detective movies together.  

April, 2017

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Still Cookin'

My old high school is now an outreach center, where my Mom's birthday celebration was held 2 years ago.  It was so much fun venturing through the school and showing Chris and Bob rooms where I spent 6 years of my teenage life!  The top photo is me posing in our old home economics room.

As a registered dietitian, I still spend a lot of time working in food!  So I had to do something with that photo.  Here it is:  "I guess I made a career of it!"

Saturday, April 1, 2017

March Cards

Many of the cards I'll send for the next 3 months were made in the car on a trip to and from South Carolina when we visited Greg and Michelle.  Using my list of who has an upcoming  celebration, I pack a box of papers, embellishments and supplies-glue, scissors, a mini cutter to take and can cut and paste while riding in the passenger seat.  I have to put finishing touches on the cards when I get home, and add inside greetings . . . but this is a fun activity while I sit and in areas where I don't want to look around (Charlottesville, NC traffic for instance!)

This is the card I made for my oldest sisters' husband-an attorney-a dapper fellow.  Terry even said the man reminded her of Nelson!

"Good fortune and good health,
Is what I wish for you,
A day that makes you happy
For that is what you're due.
Some drinks with all your friends,
May the day that's just beginning,
Be perfect from start to end."

St. Patrick's Day cards for Mom and Terry.  Mom is "Irish" and sings Irish songs.  Terry's family has an Irish Pub.  I love these little clay shamrock hangers I found at a pottery store on our trip.  (They are removable).

" May the Twinkle in your ye
and the Love that's in your heart
stay with you always
even when we're far apart.
Good Health and lots of Happiness
reign over you this day
and raise your glass to St. Patrick
in a typically Irish way." 

John was a catering cook at HSC who worked a truck stop on nights off and gardened during the day.  This is a birthday card for him.

"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 style,
And make the memories to treasure forever."

My nephew A.J.-a fine young man-was 27 in March.  His Dad is a patriot and I made them both similar cards.

"To help you celebrate,
This card is sent to say,
May good luck and good fortune,
Always with you stay,
May you find much joy and happiness,
In everything you do,
And in this card is all our love,
Sent especially to you!" 

Betty worked at HSC for over 40 years.  She was dedicated to me and her work, and loved owls.  This is a birthday card for Betty.

"I hold some wishes in my hand,
And they are just for you,
I wish for joy and happiness,
Today and all year through,
I wish that you find sunshine,
In every single day,
For you  deserve good things in life,
To always come your way!"

I also sent Betty the page I made about her and husband John, who together worked at HSC for over 80 years:

This is the birthday card for my brother Jim, who was 59 years old. 

"Wishing a very special brother
A wonderful birthday
With lots of love and best wishes."

My nephew Cale will be 12 next week.  This is a card for a very sweet and growing young man.

"Of all the days to celebrate
This one out shines the rest,
Here's hoping that your 12th birthday
Is the happiest and the best."

George, a dedicated HSC employee and family man has a birthday next week too.

There's an unwritten rule for a birthday.
That you should be left always wanting more.
That friends and all your family
Have a brilliant day in store.
For you deserve a birthday
That is awesome from beginning to end.
And in this card are all good wishes
That I am going to send!"

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sunday Stroll

The Columbia Canal at the Congaree River was breached during Hurricane Joaquin.  We toured the flooded historic power plant and walked along Riverfront Park 1 1/2 years later.

Pictures from our spring trip to see Greg & Michelle in South Carolina.  2017