Monday, October 16, 2017


It's been nice spending more time with our son Chris.  We've grilled at his place, gone on trips and rides together-and he's come over more.  We love that!

Photos from Blackwater Falls and Canaan Valley, 2017.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Lad n' Lassie

Mom took us to Lad n' Lassie store in Piedmont for clothes.  We'd dress up and pose for photos taken by Dad.  I could not keep my socks up!


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

September Cards

My colleague from HSC Cafe-Susan-celebrated a birthday.  A young Mom-now a Grandmother-Susan works very hard.  She is now a lead in the hospital cafeteria.  The pretty lady in the card reminds me of her.

"Such a special person deserves a day that's bright
And filled with many memories from morning until night.

So have a special day, my friend this is my wish for you
May happiness surround you and all good wishes too."

 Bob and I were married on Labor Day 44 years ago.  This is my anniversary card for him.

"The first time you smiled at me made my heart miss a beat
And as the years went by you made my life complete.

You mean a lot to me simple words cannot explain
I love you and thank you over the years, again and again."

My lifelong friend Vicki celebrated a birthday this month.  She's still "gorgeous" at 63. 

"I wish you joy.  I wish you flowers,
I wish you many happy hours that having a special birthday can bring.
A wonderful day that makes the heart sing,
So enjoy every moment, My very dear friend,
May your day be memorable from start to end." 

Two of my retired colleagues are ill.  Both were mentors to many dietitians in the state.  Annabelle is the original historian for the WV Dietetic Association and trusted me to preserve more memories as the recent historian.  These cards are for Annabelle and Lillian.

Three friends lost parents this month.  These cards are for Linda, Mindy and Penny in memory of Ray, Corrine and Charles. 

"Memories last forever in those years you shared
May you find peace and love and comfort from all those who care." 

My niece Kaity celebrates a birthday this week.  Kaity has lovely red hair and the colors of the season remind me of her.

"Greetings on your birthday for a wonderful day
And a year that brings the very best
Of everything your way!"

 I first met Bob about this time of year some 47 years ago.  Bob was 63 on September 27.  The card on the left is from son Chris.  The card on the right is from son Greg and his wife Michelle.  My card is in the center.  In his retirement job, Bob drives an escort card for wide-load vehicles-many of which haul heavy equipment like the dump trucks on the card.  I especially love the orange cone!

"I couldn't miss this special day,
To wish you all the best,
For you my darling husband,
Are a cut above the rest,
You're honest, true and faithful,
I love you with all my heart,
So I'm hoping that your birthday
Will be perfect right from the start."

Verses from

Monday, September 25, 2017


Mom had a mild heart attack 6 weeks before her 92nd birthday.  She was happy to return to the senior center on her birthday to enjoy is with friends.  She even "led" the Happy Birthday song.

Monday, September 18, 2017


My first house was on McCoole Road above Reeves Motor Company.  The house had hardwood floors and 6 rooms.  My sister Terry was 5 years older and in school.  I played a lot alone in our big yard.  I especially loved to swing.  When I was 2 we got our dog Toby who was with us for over 13 years and guarded 4 kids.  Our yard had a rock wall in the back where we'd often see snakes.  I sang to songs on the record player.

My neighbor friend was Fred Downey.  He and I played cowboys.  He and I would get down on the ground behind rocks and shoot at each other with toy guns.  My brother Jim was born when I was 5.

The card on the lower right was from Freddy.  His mother apparently signed it!

Monday, September 11, 2017


We rescued Dallas from the Mon County Dog pound just after we were married in 1976.  He was our "first and only child" for 9 years.  Our landlord was not happy, so my Mom kept him until we found a new house.  While at Moms' he was shot and we brought him home to Morgantown where he spent a week in an animal hospital to recouperate.  In our new location, he befriended Tiki, the neighbor dog and she had puppies.  Dallas followed us to Huntington, Charleston and back to Morgantown, living in all 8 of our homes.  In each place, he made friends.  He was such a good dog, never walking on a lead and sticking with us to the end.  Some 40 years later, Bob found this picture taken in 1984 of Dallas walking at the new WVU stadium and titled it "Dallas enters heaven".  Like all our dogs, we know that's where he is.

We've been cleaning out our basement.  Most of the pictures above were taken out of a worn frame and mat stained with dirt and cob webs.  I was happy to rescue them and preserve the memories on this page. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

August Cards

My Mom's 92nd Birthday was August 31.  I brought a carrot sheet cake and we went to the tri-towns senior center where she enjoyed celebrating with friends.  She always dressed fashionably and looked great so I thought the ladies from the cut-out paper looked like her when I was growing up! 

"You taught me how to cook,
Taught me how to be true to myself,
How to be a Mother myself.
All these things come rushing back on special days like this one.
Have a wonderful birthday and many more!"

For a water aerobics friends' 50th wedding anniversary.  

"50 years of married life doesn't mean your old,
It merely means that silver now has turned to gold.
It's quite an achievement,
So I'd like to say
Hope that you had a nice golden anniversary day."

 Another couple from the tri-towns senior center celebrated 57 years of marriage.  Paul and Judy will celebrate many more anniversaries!

"As you look back over the years
Of fun and laughter, heartache and tears
Of fun and laughter, heartache and tears
Remember the day you said 'I do",
Was the day you found wishes do come true!"

My high school friend Denise was 64 on September 3rd.  Denise is a talented retired French-Spanish teacher who was quite the actress and dancer.  

"You've given so much pleasure
To all who pass your way
Given them fond memories
Each and everday
So celebrate, enjoy and remember
That I'm sending wishes to you
And with them comes all our love
For today and throughout the year"  

Verse from craftsuprint. 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Way to Go Mother Nature

Someone yelled "Way to go Mother Nature!" after the total eclipse in Columbia.  Thanks to our kids, Greg and Michelle, for inviting us to visit at their home during this memorable event.  (My primary reason to visit was to see them!).  We enjoyed a Southern picnic on the lawn of a city park awaiting the time.  When the eclipse was at about 3/4, the crescent shadows multiplied and reflected between the tree branches.  During the darkness of totality, the street lights came on.  All was quiet.  When the sun came back out, the cicadas trumpeted loudly for about 30 seconds.  A much needed rain began.  Greg yelled "Encore, encore!".  


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Toy Story

After years of filling the basement with treasures, we decided it was time to clean house.  We made a lot of kids happy at the Dominion Post Flea Market.  24 buckets of small toys reduced to 2 buckets after 2 hours.

August 2017

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

July Cards

An anniversary card for my sister Terry and her husband Nelson.  Terry loves sunflowers.

"These anniversary wishes
Comes with love today,
To wish you all the very best
On this your special day."

A birthday card for my former colleague Lorrie, who books for catering events. 

"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 you deserve a brilliant day,
That's especially made for you!"

My brother-in-law Scott was 51 this month.  He and his family have 4 celebrations this month.   

"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 for you!""

Scott sent me a nice thank you for the handmade card!

 This birthday card is for my nephew Jake who is 22 this July.

"I hope this little card,
Brightens up your day,
I'm popping it in the post box
To send it on its way.
Within it are good wishes
For a day that's just for you,
As you deserve the very best
In life to come to you!"

My sister Amy was 51 this month.  She is my youngest sister.

"It means so much throughout the year
to have a sister just like you,
You're thoughtful, warm and caring
and understanding too.
That's why this birthday message comes with thanks and special love,
To wish you all the happiness
you're so deserving of."

 I spent the day with my young colleague Mallory, the dietitian at Camp Kno Koma, West Virginia's camp for children with diabetes.  Mallory, who first attended as a camper, spends the week plus with the 125 children and other medical staff feeding and counseling the children.  All of her work is volunteer.  This card was a thank you allowing me to witness the good work that they do.  The picture is of Mallory at camp.

"You really have a heart of gold,
It's one that can't be bought or sold." 

My aunt Bernice is 96 this month.  She is still sharp as a wit!  I called her the morning of her special day.  She still lives at home-by herself!

"N is for nice
I is for irresistible
N is for naughty
E is for everyone's friend
T is for terrific
Y is for you.

S is for super
I is for icon
X is for extra special."

 Amy and Scott (in addition to birthdays) celebrated 29 years of marriage this month.

"It's a day that's stuck in my memory.
It's the day you said, "I Do".
It's the day you shared together
A day that was made for two.
The years they've come.
The years they've gone,
But one thing that has stayed true,
is the love you've had for each other.
Since the day you said, "I Do".

This card is for my water aerobics friend, Betty, who has not been able to attend due to an angle injury out of class.  Betty is also in her 90s and is so much fun to be around.  She has very white hair and dresses like she's going to church when she comes to class.  I miss her.The background paper has flamingos-we do flamingo leg movements in class.

"I hope you'll soon be on the mend
Broken bones are a pain to bear
So I thought this little card I'd send
Just to show you I do care."  


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Holly (Jolly)

For the last 3 years, we've rented a 1 room cabin at Holly River State Park for 3 nights. Deer, trails, beautiful scenery right outside your door. No electronics with the sound of a rolling creek outside your window. Fully stocked kitchen (take your own food) though we walk to Kathy's restaurant most nights to buy her handmade dessert. A nice pool on site too. Only 2 1/2 hours from home. What fun!

I journaled notes from each of the 3 days we spent at the park.  It is totally relaxing.  For crafts, I made 15 Christmas cards!


Monday, July 3, 2017

June Cards

My nephew Brian was 36 this month.  The picture on the card is Brian at a young age.  He is such a sweet young man with a lovely wife and baby who just turned 1.

"T is for terrific
H is for hunny
I is for irresistable
R is for ravishing
T is for tantalizing
Y is for you.

S is for super
I is for icon
X is for xtra special"

This birthday card is for April, a lovely single Mom who has done well by her daughters.

My nephew Steve was 41 this month.  He's a great Dad and very young at heart.

This Fathers Day card is for my brother Jim.  He is a patriot.  The picture is of him with his adult children.

"It's the day to have a rest
And do what you like best!"

My Fathers Day card for Bob.  I also made a display with a few pages featuring him and a place for his other cards.

"Hard work, loyalty, generosity too.
Are just some of the traits that I see in you.

It may not seem so, but I'd bet it holds true
That our boys were watching and seeing them too.

As your wife and their mother thought I'd take this cue
To say I'm so glad they've grown learning from you!"

A birthday card for John, one of my nature loving friends.
"Here's wishing you a wonderful day
With lots of best wishes
On this your special day."


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Potomac Eagle

For Fathers Day Bob and I rode the Potomac Eagle Train.  We boarded in Romney, then ventured across Rt. 50 along the Potomac River and through a mountain trough.  We spotted eagles and hatchings along the 3 hour run.  

In these photos, you can see some of the beauty of West Virginia.  

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Dedicated Date

On our drive back home from our Sunday picnic, Bob proclaimed this 3-year tradition as a "Dedicated Date".  His devotion to me goes much deeper than that.
  • He always comes home at the end of his shift.
  • He protects us from harm.
  • He sets a good example to his boys on how to treat women.
  • He helps me with all my endeavors-and enjoys them@
Here's Bob at our monthly Farmers Market Sampling.  Bob brings people in, fully explains the ingredients and promotes the farmers and my profession.  Most of all-he enjoys these times spent with me!


Wednesday, June 7, 2017


As historian for the West Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, I've had the pleasure of adding a visual history to the historical data compiled by the previous historian, Annabelle Cruise.  "Snapshots of the First 75 Years" is the resulting commemorative book.  I gave a summary at our 75th gala.  There were mementos and old friends present as well as the national president of AND.  Best of all-Bob was as my side.  2017

I am pictured with Annabelle Cruise and my good friend and mentor, Evelyn DiTrapano.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

May Cards

My Mothers Day Card for Mom.  (She was a Rosie the Riveter during World War II).

"Just in case I forget to say
You are special to me in every way
Love you Mom now and forever".

A Mothers Day Card for my sister Terry, mother of 3 grown boys, now Grandmother to 3.

"Today is just for Mothers
So that of course is you,
You're someone who is loved a lot
You're thought the world of too.
So sit back and relax
Let others run around,
For another Mother as sweet as you
On this Earth will not be found." 

For my lovely and creative friend Debbie on her birthday.

"I wish you joy, I wish you flowers,
I wish you many happy hours,
That having a special birthday can bring,
A wonderful day that makes the heart sing,
So enjoy every moment,
My very dear friend,
May your day be memorable from start to end."

 For my nephew Jake, who graduated summa cum laude from Ohio State in May

"Congratulations on your graduation
You've been a roaring success,
Hope your new life and career
Brings you nothing but happiness."

For my colleague Richard whose body is rejecting some of the treatments received last year.  Richard is a mentor and leader in our professional association.  I sent him a copy of the 75 year commemorative issue published in May.

"Our little road is really blue
Because like us it misses you."

A wedding card for a young colleague.  He and his new wife love similar things as Bob and I, including taking picnics!

"This day will be etched in your memory,
The events are about to unfold,
Your wedding day is upon you,
You are about "To Have and To Hold",
Because from "From this Day Forward",
You two become husband and wife.
To treasure and love each other,
Together, for the rest of your life."

Betty retired from her job as a cook at the senior center where I take my Mom once a week.  (The other days, the center takes her meals on wheels).  Betty was a lovely lady, neat as a pin, who always wore pretty aprons.  I included a picture of her. 

"Have a happy retirement
We are certainly going to miss you.
Have fun doing all things you want to day
Rather than all the things you have to do."

An anniversary card for our son Greg and his lovely wife Michelle.  (Married 5 years-together 14 years!)

"To a very special couple,
This card is sent to say,
That on your anniversary.
May it be a wonderful day.
A day to look back over the years,
And remember when you first met,
But also to look to the future
For many more happy years yet."

 A birthday card for Jean, a former work colleague-lovely in every way.

"Someone special, someone kind,
It is you that comes to mind,
Birthday wishes, Birthday treats,
A wonderful day that's hard to beat,
Firends to party, friends to care,
It's a day all want to share,
Enjoy the time and what it brings,
Hopefully joy and beautiful things."

 A thank you card for Marty, the chef manager at Huntington's Kitchen, who helped me with my demo earlier in the month.  He is a fun young and talented man.

"I'm just sayin' thanks,
For all the stuff you've done to help me through,
I hope one day you'll call on me
So I can help you too."

For Linda, owner of a cheese factory and farm, who donated white cheddar for our "Pesto Egg" farm fresh sampling in May.

"We appreciate your donation
We had a wonderful day
Everything went according to plans
Thank you is all we can say."

My great nephew Benjamin was 1 last weekend and we celebrated the event at a cook out with many well wishers.  My mother (his great grandmother) attended and loved watching the kids play.

"You are such a special boy,
and special boys deserve,
a birthday that is full of joy,
and all the love on earth."

Another former coworker, Rachael, had a daughter 2 months ago.  Rachael has 2 boys, probably 8 or more years old.  She is lovely and I printed a picture of mother and child for the cover.

My Mom and I love Mr. Arthur-Carl- who turned 90 today.  Carl was at the invasion of Normandy, a naval gunner who lied about his age to fight in World War II.

" N is for nice
I is for irresistible
N is for naughty
E is for everyones friend
T is for terrific
Y is for you
Happy Birthday

Card verse from