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

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Like Dad

On our trip to Columbia (SC) to visit Greg & Michelle, we took a Sunday walk along the Congaree River, where we enjoyed the turtles sunning and a picnic.


Monday, March 13, 2017

When I'm 64

It happened last week-I turned 64.  I woke up Sunday and said to Bob, "We should go to a museum!"  So we did.  We drove to Weston, ate brunch at a diner and enjoyed the glass museum.  No question, I still need him!

The title and words are from the Beetles song:  "Sunday morning go for a ride, doing the garden, digging the weeds-who could ask for more?  Will you still need me, will you still feed me?  When I'm 64!"

Thursday, March 9, 2017

You & Me (Greg & Michelle)

Another one of the beautiful photos Greg & Michelle's friends took of them at Christmas.  Love the photo, but most of all, love my kids!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Real Romance

When our oldest son, Greg, and his wife Michelle were home for Christmas, a friend of theirs asked if she could make their portraits.  The photos were gorgeous.

Greg turned 30 last week.  He and Michelle are a smart and charming couple who are compatible and loving.  I'm thinking we set a good example for our children.  Michelle has great parents too!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

February Cards

Our youngest son Chris was 24 years old on February 8th.  He weighed only 4 1/2 pounds when he was born.  Now he's a towering young man-still a sweetheart.  This card is for him:

"It's your 24th birthday our wonderful son,
We think in amazement where all the years have gone.
It seems like only yesterday you were a babe
We were protecting you comforting you
Keeping you from harm.
Now you stand before us and with pride in our eyes,
We see a young man who's handsome and wise,
A man who will always do his best.
With a son like you we feel truly blessed
So celebrate this occasion, it's your special day
May good health , wealth and fortune
Always come your way."

My Valentine for Bob!

"This card is for you my husband
My first and only love.
No other man can match you
You shine & line the stars above.
With love"

My valentines for Mom and sisters:

"This special card is sent your way,
Filled with love this Valentines day." 

Our son Greg was also born in February.  He celebrated his 30th birthday on the 23rd, and we traveled to South Carolina to celebrate the special day.  Friends of mine made special cookies-some from the SC Palmetto cutout and some from the WV State cutout. Seems 2 of those cookies disappeared on the way down!

"Memories stay with us of when you were a boy
The adventures we had, the years playing with toys.
How quickly time's flown
Now a man you've become.
We're proud of you son!"

Card verse from craftsuprint.com.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Adore Me

For my weekly trip to see Mom in Maryland, she decides that instead of going to the senior center, she'd rather go to Dennys.  Here she is in the Valentine shirt Amy sent her after she orders scrambled eggs, toast and sausage.  She always sees people she knows!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Dirty Dishes

"John and Betty worked a combined total of 80 years at the Health Sciences Center.  They met here and later married.  John's work included washing dishes-he hustled!  Both were devoted to me and their work."

The lyrics and title are from the song by Scotty McCreery.  "Your long hours and those dishes in the sink, Means a job and enough to eat!"  There's much more to it than that.  The lyrics to the entire song are printed on my background paper.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

January Cards

My sister Terry celebrates a birthday on January 10th.  This is my card for her:

"My sister is one of the most precious parts of my life.
We share special memories of time spend together.
Have a very happy birthday!"

A former colleague, Maria, celebrates a birthday on the 10th as well.  She is a sweet, caring lady, who loves her elderly Mom, now living with her.

"It's that special day again
How quickly does time fly.
But couldn't let your birthday pass
Without a cheerful "Hi".
So hope your day just sparkles
With happiness all day through
For yo deserve a brilliant day
That's especially made for you."

 My friend Brenda, a child of the 40s, celebrates a birthday this month too.  Brenda's a beautiful, stylish lady.

"Hoping that your birthday
Is a very happy day
for someone that is wonderful
In every single way.

Also lease remember that
Each day the whole year through
The best of things are always wished
Especially for you."

 I worked with Evelyn in the late 70s and learned so much from my more experienced mentor.  When I went to the state capital to do a little advance work for the dietetic association, I contacted Evelyn to get together for a short lunch.  What a nice surprise when I went to her house-she'd made us a delightful meal!  This thank you card is for her.

"A note to thank you and to say
The memory of your thoughtfulness
Will be remembered
For many a day."

 My young "hippie" friend, Tesla, graduated college in December.  I made her this card and sent it along with a pretty blouse I got at a scrapbook convention a few years back.  It had beautiful embellishments, but was just "too young" for me.  I think Tesla liked it.

"To wish you good luck
And the best of good cheer
A host of good friends
And a jolly career."

 A former colleague-Jim- celebrates his birthday today.  Jim is an excellent cook.  I recall he went through a few whisks back in the days.  This card has whisks across the top!

"May your day be very pleasant
Every moment that it's here
And leave you with the promise
of a bright and happy year." 

Verses from craftsuprint.com 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Letter from Cindy 1964

My grandparents, Harry & Marie (Pop Pop and Grandma) lived next door to my Mom & Dad my entire childhood and teen years.  Some of the winters they would spend in Florida near Pop Pop's sister Della.  That's Della in the bottom photo on Pop Pop's left.  

When they went to Florida, we would move their Canary birdhouse to our house.  (We had cats, which made for some intense scenes.  When I played the piano, the bird would sing and sing.  The cat would sneakily climb the piano bench.  

This is an actual letter I sent to Pop Pop and Grandma in 1964.  I was 11 years old.

"Mickey (the canaray) is ok.  He is very cute.  He likes singing when Terry and I play the piano.  He likes to sing espesially (spelled wrong) when I play a song I had in last weeks lesson called "There is a Tavern In the Town".

Only 25 days till my birthday (March 8) You better send me something from Florida-maybe a dress:  I hope so!

Did you do any fishing yet Pop Pop?  Did you get a suntan Grandma?  What is your Motel like?  The painter has finished the house.  It looks nice-but longely.  I miss you.  So does Jim, Terry, Mommy and Daddy.  Pleas write soon!

Love and kisses,
P.S. Take care of yourself!"

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Got You Covered

He's our youngest son-a townie-and single.  Chris found a great job right out of college.  He bought a brand new town house at age 23.  When he needs help with moving or home improvements, we're here for him.  When he's under the weather, we're here for him.  When he wants to do something his friends aren't up to, we're here for him.  No matter when or what-we got you covered Chris.  Happy 24th birthday!

Those are bandaides on the strip across the top of the paper!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Jr. Life Savers

I am a summer gal, and a swimmer.  As a teenager in the 60s and 70s, my friend Nancy and I took junior and senior lifesaving courses at the tri-towns pools.  They weren't easy, and the class at the Piedmont Pool was extra hard due to the cloudiness of the unfiltered water.  We became friends with most of the kids in this class.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Forget Me Not

As a young teenager in the mid-sixties, I loved the images of the wide eyed girls on these postcards.  As you can see, I could not fix my hair as smooth as those pretty young ladies.  The postcards include one my sister Terry sent me, then one I sent her.  The messages are on the back of this page.  The notebook page has excerpts from a note Terry sent me when I was a girl scout at Camp Tioga.  The "art work" is by brother Jim.  "Forget Me not" is from Terry's autograph page.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Festive Fare

We were so happy to have our oldest son Greg and his wife Michelle journey from South Carolina to spend 10 days in Morgantown.  Our son Chris lives in town and we so enjoy that closeness, spending at least some time every week together.  Michelle was born here too-but her parents moved to the west coast when they retired.  With her sister in town, and more friends here too, Michelle's parents are happy to visit.  Bob's brother loves their company and leaves his bachelor home to spend time here too.

I'm a career meal planner, and wanted to document our holiday feasts in some way.  Here are a few pictures and menus we did together as a family.  Most of the food was made from scratch.  

"Three days of family feasts-the first two days with just us and the kids-the third day with David and the Hunts.  It was fun working in our loving home, enjoying each others' company and treating David and the Hunts to a holiday away from home."

Christmas Eve Taco Bar
Mongolian Beef, Sesame Wild Rice, Brocooli Slaw
Taco Chicken, Black Bean Salsa
BBQ Pork, Slaw
Homemade Tortillas (White, Corn and Whole Wheat)
Shredded Cheeses
Apple Annie's Canolini
Mulled Wine

Christmas Day Brunch
Veggie Pizza
Brown Sugar & Pineapple Ham
Crab Stuffed Shells
BBQ Beans
Gree Beans
Buckwheat Pear Bread
Italian Bread
Shorbread Cookies

The Day After Buffet
Michelle's Meatballs
Mexicana Shrimp Kabobs
Rainbow pasta with Sundried Tomato Pesto
Maple Roasted Carrots
Christmas Tree Cheese Filled Dinner Rolls
Apple Cranberry Pie with Ice Cream

On January 1, Greg and Michelle made everyone an egg sausage tortilla bar-another winner-on the day Michelle's parents returned to California.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

December Cards

This is the card I made for my former colleagues-the HSC kitchen staff.

"Making a special card to send
To people such as you.
To wish you love at Christmas time
And each day all year through."

Bob's brother David celebrated his birthday on December 19th.  This card and book (he is a train buff) is for David.

"Like all antiques
You become more
Valued and
Appreciated with time!"

My nephew Dan was 38 years old on December 28th.  The book (we got him the 2017 edition) and card are for Dan.  Dan works a full time job, then goes to his Dad's restaurant to work.  He never quits.

"Today is very exciting,
It's a day that's just for you
It's a day when you're made a fuss of
for you deserve it-that is true.
You do so much for others,
So relax, have fun, unwind,
It's your turn to take the spotlight,
Because you're special-
You're one of a kind!" 

A former coworker, Tammy celebrated a birthday on December 27th.  I particularly love her kids!

"A very happy birthday
This greeting comes to you,
To wish you all the nicest things
In everything you do.!

My Christmas card for Bob.The words are to a song by Neil Diamond.

"And when people ask how we stay together
I say you never let me down,
And you make it feel like Christmas
Even when things go wrong
I hear the sound of Christmas in your son
All year long."

Thank you notes.  One for my sister Terry who sends thoughtful notes and gifts year round.  The other card for Sarah at the Senior Center who helped my Mom get heating oil.

"A generous spirit
Warm hearted too
People like you are very few
My thanks is only a touch of what you're due."

Verses are from craftsuprint.com .