Friday, October 30, 2009

Remembering Bob

Today we are remembering our good friend and neighbor Bob Maynard. Bob passed away Thursday, October 29, 2009. Bob had esophagus cancer which he survived the surgery but his battle was with infections 6 weeks following his surgery. As you can see in the picture Bob and Grandpa were good friends. They would spend many a morning with a cup of coffee solving all the world problems. Bob was a very caring man who tried to please everyone he met. We were always blessed with his delicious pies. My personal favorite was his strawberry. Bob was 80 years old. This picture was taken on his 80th birthday. Bob will be missed not only by us but all who knew him.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

51 Years

When you think it couldn't get any better, It Does. Grandpa and I have had 51 wonderful years together and looking forward to many more.

Our son, Steve, and wife Tracy surprised us with a dinner reservation at our favorite hometown restaurant, Cals. There was a table reserved and a gift card waiting for us. Grandpa and I enjoyed the evening out.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Baby Shower

I was invited to my cousin's daughter, Annette''s baby shower. This is her first baby and they tell us it's going to be a boy. The first picture is Annette opening up her gifts.

The second picture is my cousin, Maryann, with her granddaughter Anna. I just thought this was an adorable picture and wanted to put it on the blog.

Now for the interesting part of the day. The shower was probably 10 miles from home. The invitation gave written directions from Garrettsville to the shower. I also have a GPS. Wellllll, Grandpa said it's pretty easy to get there so I didn't take the GPS. Grandpa gave me different directions from what the invitation had. You guessed it I couldn't figure out where the heck I was. I called Grandpa in a panic since I was already twenty minutes late. He tried to help by telling me to go back and try and find the place. I ended up going into a store and asking how to get to this address. I was so close maybe a half mile from it. I finally arrived late of course and hugged my cousin Maryann, who is in the second picture, and my jacket got caught in her earring. I couldn't move and we had 3 different people helping get us apart. After that greeting nobody wanted to hug me. :( The baby shower got underway and was beautiful as a shower can be. Fun games (no I didn't win any prize), excellent food and delicious cake. Annette received many beautiful gifts. Oh yes, the house was in full decorations for Halloween AND I found my way back home. Hurrah!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Yesterday I spent a nice afternoon with two good friends, Becky and Fran. Tea, cookies and good conversation made the afternoon go fast. Hope to do it again sometime.

Today I have a bible study this morning and swimming this afternoon. Sewing whenever I can work it in. Sorry but no pictures of Grandma in her bathing suit. :)

Tomorrow I will be attending a memorial service for one of our men at the church and helping with the dinner. It's always hard to see a family mourn but it's part of the healing.

Hope you all are enjoying these beautiful Fall days. The colors are warm and beautiful.

The picture is of our red bush in the front yard.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Erica's LSAT score

I copied our granddaughter, Erica's, post to my blog to boast a little on her accomplishment with the LSAT score.

I got my LSAT score back, and I got a 161. That puts me in the 84th percentile. It's not a perfect score, but my goal was to get at least 160, so that's good. With this score and my GPA, I have a reasonable shot of getting into almost any law school I might want to go to (with the exception of Ivy League schools). Honestly...I'm soooooo excited about that score. I called my parents at almost midnight last night when I got the e-mail.

grandma said...
Oh Erica, we are so proud of you. Congratulations on your LSAT score. Grandparents are allowed to boast and that we will.
October 17, 2009 6:40 PM
October 17, 2009 6:41 PM

Friday, October 16, 2009


Today is going to be a pretty hard day to top. Grandpa and I arrived at Kathy and Tim's house around 10 o'clock this morning. Kathy was busy preparing a delightful brunch for us. Kathy's menu' was Ham' N Eggs Brunch Braid along with Orange Cranberry Bread, grape freezer jam and warm cooked apples, juice and coffee. I totally apologize for not taking the picture before it was served. Grandma sat down and as soon as prayer was over I was feeding my face. I remembered the camera after we were done.
What a joy to visit with Kasey, her boyfriend Jared and another surprise was Tori didn't have school today so she was able to be with us. God knew what he was doing when he made families. Lots of love and laughter around the table.
Grandpa and I came home and it wasn't long before our doorbell was ringing and who should it be but our little Amish girl with a plate of homemade oatmeal raisin cookies. Of course we had to have some while she sat and visited with us a short while.
I was so impressed with Kathy making a new recipe that I decided I wanted something new for our supper. Our Amish neighbors had a cookbook made up with their favorite recipes which we were happy recipients of. I found a recipe which I had all the ingredients and made Meatballs and Gravy. It may sound simple which it was but OHHHH was it good. I put them over buttered noodles and made enough for leftovers. Smart plan don't you think?
The only thing that could make this day more perfect is if I had a little fairy come in and clean the kitchen. Well! no fairy showed up so I better get busy.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Not much new to report other then visiting our good friend and neighbor in the hospital. He is quite a trooper and a survivor. I'm not going into details but He is an 80 year old man and an over comer of many trials. I didn't think he would appreciate Grandma taking his picture so I behaved and left my camera in my purse.

Looking forward to Friday and having brunch with our daughter Kathy and our granddaughter Kasey who will be home for Fall break from Bethel College in IN. Jared, Kasey's boyfriend, will be joining us. I'm always happy for invitations especially when it involves food. AND I WILL have my camera ready to use. :)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Dear Friends

Grandpa and I were blessed today with the visit of very dear friends of ours The Weavers. Phil, Ruth, Elizabeth, Mattie and Grace stopped in to get and receive hugs. Their oldest son, Sam, was away at college so he gets two hugs when we see him.
The second picture of the 3 girls in the tree is called (Where's Elizabeth). Mattie is standing on the ground, Grace right in front but you will have to look carefully to find Elizabeth.
Ruth left four quilting kits on our end table which I didn't realize till after they had gone. What a surprise to find them. When I was looking at them the heart started fluttering and the adrenaline flowing. If you are a quilter you know just what I mean. Excitement Galore!!
Thank you dear friends for making our day a Happy one.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Celebrity of the Day

Ta Daaaaaa Meet Valerie my Beautician. I had my hair permed today and she got me looking pretty good. Well at least she got me feeling good. The beauty shop is your typical small town beauty shop. Everyone knows everyone. I think that's where our local newspaper gets all it's information. I told Valerie she would be on my blog tonight and she gave her permission.
This is a warning to everyone I meet. Grandma carries her camera with her at all times.
Happy, Happy, Happy.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Thank you all for your nice comments. They are worth more than any blue ribbon.
Since I was judged on the quilt I'm finding out that I am becoming a fanatic or perfectionist on sewing my current projects. I don't know if that's good or bad because now it takes me twice as long to complete a project.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Quilt Show

Grandpa encouraged me to enter our quilt in the Streetsboro Quilt Show. We didn't know at the time that they changed their judging from individual categories to be judged on it's own merit. The quilts were beautiful and it was pretty scary being critic on General Appearance, Design and Workmanship: When I made this quilt I wasn't planning on having it judged but we entered anyway. I received a red ribbon which was considered second place. To be fair in telling this I should tell you there were 35 second placements. That was on Friday. When Grandpa and I went to pick up the quilt to bring home we were surprised to see another ribbon on it. The yellow ribbon was Vendor's Choice which was one of their special awards. Whopeeeee!!!! I couldn't believe it. Our quilt wasn't perfect and the judges were very good and did find my flaws which I knew were there. But that's OK. On Friday when Grandpa and I went to view all the quilts we were surprised to hear all the positive comments from the viewers on our quilt. That's because the majority of the quilts were machine quilted and our was all hand pieced and hand quilted. I thought you might like to see some of the quilts I was up against in the judging. They were magnificent.