Monday, February 22, 2016

Home (Booklet)

In 2014 when our mortgage was paid, I made pages of all the places we lived in our early years of marriage.  While making the pages, I attempted to make a companion "home" booklet by downsizing the original images and journaling.That was a daunting project which remained unfinished.  This weekend, I completed the book.  

In 1984 when we built our home, we'd been married 8 years and lived in 3 different cities and 7 apartments. All our experiences and "homes" were good ones, all part of building Bob and Cindy and the bigger family to come.

We married on Labor Day 1976 after Bob's WVU graduation and my internship graduation.  We rented our first house in Morgantown with Bob's former roommate Kim upstairs.  Bob started work 1 day after the honeymoon, I had a month till mine began.  I taught myself to make bread and made dinner for the 3 of us.  We went to the shelter & adopted our first "child", whom we named Dallas.  I spent the year studying for my registration exam & adapting to my job as a clinical dietitian.  Bob began working for Steve Lorenze at Superior Photo and to this day we remain friends with the family.  

The little green house on White Ave. had once been quite a place.  Rows of grape vines, basement darkroom, wood floors.  Dallas and Tiki, the husky next door, started a family.  We had a cozy living room, a large kitchen and furnished dining room with plenty of windows and light.  It was the worst winter ever when Bob left for his job at the Huntington newspapers, but I was able to walk to town to take the bus to work.  I'd stop at Bailey's Grocery in South park and anxiously walk home to meet my pet.
May, 1977-February, 1978 

Our move to Hungtington WV was exciting as neither of us had lived here before.  We initially moved into a red brick duplex on the West Side.  The rooms were narrow and rather cramped.  We had a gas heater in the bedroom with a calming light that counter balanced the scanner with the loud alarms.  Two young men, Coolie and Earl, rented the other side of the house.  Earl, a former Marshall football player and Dallas shared Oreo cookies.  I worked at St. Mary's Hospital and Bob for the Herald Dispatch.  1978

I loved the location of our second Hungtington apartment as it was 4 blocks from downtown and 8 blocks from Ritter Park.  We walked Dallas to the Park and Bob and I walked to Torlones Bakery or the Arcade.  The living room had shag carpet even up the wall.  The bedroom had wide windows.  The kitchen was long and narrow with this "fruity" wallpaper.  1979  I scanned an actual piece of the wallpaper I saved in a memory book to use for the borders of this page.

Our Henson Avenue apartment in South Charleston was so nice.  The rooms were big and spacious with wood floors.  We even had a room in the basement for our first washer and dryer.  Bob worked at the Charleston Daily Mail, where he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.  I traveled the state as a consultant for the Child Nutrition Programs.  1980

In fall of 1981 we moved back to Morgantown when Bob entered grad school and I had a couple consulting jobs.  We were poor but happy to be back to the college town where we met.  This apartment in the bottom floor of a big house had beautiful wood floors and doors and two large rooms.  It was located on South High, just across the bridge from the main street of downtown.  We spent 1 semester and Christmas here after which the heat gave out and we had to move.

The 2 story house on Sabraton Avenue had a large kitchen downstairs and a large bedroom upstairs.  The other rooms were small.  The kitchen had a window to the living room where we ate some of our meals.  I liked the neighborhood and my neighbor Mary.  Bob began teaching at Waynesburg College and I was WVU's first Dining Hall Dietitian.  1982-1984.
The collage of photos are the different stages of building, from picking out our lot by the woods, through digging the foundation, cement block, floor, walls, decks and brick
siding, paint, cabinets and the first blade of grass. The last picture was of Bob's 30th birthday, just before we moved in.

The "list" Bob is holding has final "to dos" our contractors wrote on a block of wood in 1984. I still have the block of wood and the scan of it is under the first hinged piece of my layout. Some of the to dos are crossed off. Some our still visible, "Clean upstairs and down", "Landscape", "Scrape windows" are a few I can read.  

My list is complete yet ongoing. Dreams we've captured in our little home of 30 years:
Decorate in our personal style.
Make it comfortable.
Dine in.
Plant flowers.
Feed the birds.
Walk our country road and hill.
Raise a family.
Come home at the end of our shifts.
Make home sanctuary. 

Think we've done ok.1984-2014.  

Inside Cover
All of the homes are linked to my scrapbook blog and the pages I made and posted 2 years ago.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Special Delivery

Our oldest son Greg will be 29 years old on February 23rd.  I sorted through some pictures of him as an infant and toddler and chose these.  His paternal grandmother-Maxine-always loved the picture of him on the right heading for our mailbox!  I loved it too and the memory of walking down our hill to check our mail and the memories of Greg when he learned to walk.

"Greg was raring to go soon after he learned to walk as we walked down the hill to get the mail."


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."