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Sunday, November 05, 2006

a Wonderful Wedding

What a wonderful wedding! Ryan and Jennifer exchanged vows on October 21 in Tennessee. The day was sunny and the leaves were just beginning to turn. The Mountain Valley Chapel was the perfect setting for such an elegant wedding. I am so happy for both of them. They honeymooned in Cozamel, Mexico where they snorkled and Ryan went scuba diving.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Three Sisters

Here we are...the three of us. Everytime we are together we renew our love for each other. We can't wait for the opportunity to visit together even though it is only a few times a year. This time it was at Linda's house to help her with her garage sale. We celebrated our Septmeber birthdays. Linda made a pumpkin roll which we enjoyed eating. Dad made us the witch's shoes which say..if the shoe fits...! Of course, there was the obligatory shopping trip. I had great luck finding curtain material for my new bathroom in the addition. I found a curtain rod, a brushed nickle waste paper basket, and a nickle soap pump. I have a design in mind for the bathroom and can't wait until I can get it all together. I also visited with Chris and the boys. It was so much fun to hear Dan play in the band and see Scott with his new bird. I love going down to stay with them for a weekend.

Friday, September 15, 2006

I'll never watch another movie set in San Francisco without thinking of the great vacation I just go back from. Joan Mansour, Lisa Zurat, and Linda Rook..coffee buddies of mine...and I went for 6 days to California. Our first day was spent doing all the touristy things like riding the cable car and taking a tour of the city, going to Fisherman's Wharf and Boden's sourdough bakery. The second day we took a bus trip to Carmel and Monterrey where we were drive by Pebble Beach Golf course on the 17 mile drive. The next day Linda's son Ron came and took us to a Monet exhibit at the art museum, had a great experience eating Vietnamese food at the Slanted Door, rode the ferry to Sausalito shopped, and bought our take out dinner at the Ferry Building. The last day we took a bus to Napa Valley and rode the Gourmet train through the valley observing all the vineyards and eating a fabulous meal. We had the best time!

Saturday, September 02, 2006


This is a picture of my second mom, Rose, and her daughter Charlotte. Not everyone is lucky enough to get a second family, but Don and I were embraced by the Lashers and feel like we beong to them. Don's dad Paul passed away this year but we were so fortunate to know him for 5 years. The love this family has is a bond that everyone should possess. It is a very special family and we hold them close to our hearts.

Monday, August 28, 2006


Who do you love unconditionally? My husband, my children and grandchildren, my sisters
What does being loved unconditionally mean to you? someone knows you so well, but likes you anyway
Have you ever been loved unconditionally? By whom? My husband, my sisters
What nourishes you? husband's attention, friend's understanding, talking to my children, being with my sisters
In what way do you indulge yourself? I buy jewelry
In what way do you wish you could indulge yourself?Buying best sellers instead of getting them at the library
List three ways in which you could make that indulgence happen (even if they seem far-fetched now). Join a book club, choose to spend my money on books, go to a book store more often
Do you remember the phone number of the house you grew up in? 362-2770
Do you remember the phone number of your first boyfriend or girlfriend? no
What fragments of your past stay with you even though they seem insignificant? memories of my childhood neighborhood
Do you prefer to collect and save things or live sparsely? I'm a collector
Are you a night owl or a morning person or something in between? I am an afternoon person Do you know when this habit began in your life? I've always felt sleepy at ten o'clock.Do you think people’s sleep patterns are really a part of who they are (like hair color) or can be changed with circumstances?I think cercumstances dictate how and when you sleep.
If you could share a deep soul kiss with someone today, who would it be? Don, of course
Is your love life today what you thought it would be when you were younger? I met Don when I was 16. We have gone through many changes but it is all I thought it would be and more Is it better or worse? Why? What would you change? How could you bring about that change?It keeps getting better. THe only thing I would change is making more time to be together and enjoying each other.
Who loves more – you or your partner? (If you don’t currently have a partner, address the question to your last serious relationship.I think we love equally.
What is more important to success; intelligence or good manners? I think good manners are very important.
Who makes you laugh? RyanWhat about that person touches you and allows you to open yourself up to them in that way?Ryan has a great sense of humor and always tries to be positie.
Name three adjectives that describe your mother. sweet, caring, great cook
Name three adjectives that describe your father. steady, creative, curious
Of the above six adjectives, which, if any, do you feel apply to you. Do you think they are related to your relationship with your parents, or something you developed separately from them. creative, curious about the world, caring...my parents had a great deal to do with shaping the kind of person I have become.

Friday, August 25, 2006


On Wednesday we went to visit our friends, Aline and Jerry, who were vacationing at Cook Forest. What a fantastic day we had. The weather was absolutely perfect in the mid 70's. It was a super day to go canoeing on the Clarion river. We were taken upstream about four miles and canoed back down. The river is very shallow and had a slow current. There were a few rocks to steer around and a few ripples but nothing trecherous. I loved paddling the canoe and enjoying the beautiful scenery on the river. Afterwards Aline fixed us a spaghetti dinner and we made a campfire. Their log cabin was really nice. What a nice way to spend a summer day!

Monday, August 21, 2006


It was a big day when Don flipped the switch and we had electricity to our new addition. Each little project makes the room more livable and it looks more like a room. I couldn't resist putting a piece of fabric at the window just to see what a valance would look like there. It is still so rough that it is hard to visualize how the final room will come out. I'm sure that we will spend all our time in this room when it is done.

Saturday, August 19, 2006


Things you may not have known about me.....
A) Four jobs I have had in my life:
1. Teaching
2. College library
3. babysitting
4. bookeeper at a pharmacy

B) Four movies I would watch over and over:1. American Graffiti
2. Four seasons3. Somewhere in Time
4. The Sixth Sense

C) Four places I have lived:1. Bradford, PA2. Savannah, Georgia
3. elberton, Georgia4. DuBois, Pa

D) Four TV shows I love to watch:1. Everwood2. Oprah3. Anything on Home and Garden
4. West Wing (how I"ll miss it!)

E) Four places I have been on vacation:1. Paris
2. The south of France, Provence
3. Denmark 4. Cape Cod
F) Four places I visit on the Internet:1. Wish Jar Journal
2. lately, anything involving digital scrapbooking
3. amazon
4. decorating magazines & articles
G) Four of my favorite foods:1. lately, anything at Panera bread
2. pasta
3. chocolate
4. picnic foods

H) Four places where I would rather be right now:1. dining with friends in Provence
2. a family vacation in Florida
3. at a great Broadway play
4. Sitting around a campfire with grandkids

Thursday, August 17, 2006


It has been a long time since I went over to Allegany State Park even though it's very close to our house. When I was a kid we went often at night to feed the deer and raccoons marshmallows. Now it's against the law to do that.
Chris, Dan, Scott, Don and I had a great time on Saturday climbing on Thunder Rocks, visiting the Stone Tower, and playing bocce ball and frisbee on the lawn at Redhouse.
It's wonderful to spend time with my son and grandsons!

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Here's what I like to daydream about

Here's a little daydreaming activity. What would I like to do just for fun. Ideas without censorship.
Become an artist, paint, draw, use color, paint outdoors, frame my artwork.
Be a photographer. Use the digital camera and photo programs to enhance my work.
Float down a river in an inner tube.
Go to New England, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket.
Take more time to listen to music and play the piano and keyboard.
Get in the car and start driving...destination unknown. Just go for a few days without plans and stop whenever the mood hits and stay as long as I care to.
Take a fantastic vacation with my husband, just the two of us alone.
Walk on the beach in the early morning.
Visit a large library and spend all day looking at decorating books.
Do something passionately..enjoying myself totally.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006


Picture this: Cruising Lake Chautauqua on a dinner cruise boat called the Summer Wind.
Enjoying the great company of all my old, old friends from our sorority, Beta Sigma Phi.
A simple but absolutely delicious meal of roast beef, potatoes, pasta, salad, and carrot cake.
A breathtaking sunset and a full golden moon which gradually turned to silver.
Standing on the top deck with the cool wind blowing while moving gently in the water.
Dancing and singing to a Neil Diamond singer, clapping and shouting and having a ball.
Ending it all with a remarkable rendition of "coming to America" when everyone stood up for America and sang along.
This was a perfect night!

Monday, August 07, 2006

A French Country Kitchen

This is a picture of my kitchen, one of my favorite rooms in my house.

Rooster in the Kitchen

Mr. Rooster finally made it into my kitchen. When I first redecorated over five years ago I wanted a French Country theme using roosters. But I restrained myself using fruit as a theme instead. But this weekend in my travels to Boiling Springs to visit my grandchildren and son I went shopping at Michael's and couldn't help but purchase this lovely ceramic rooster and tin vase. It makes a great addition to my kitchen since my chadelier has a rooster on it too.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday.

Random musings with given prompts
I feel contented.
I am a thinking person.
I am wearing a cool top without a bra..too hot!
I hate people who drone on and on about mundane things.
My best friend is supportive and has a listening heart.
I am becoming more interested in digital photography.
The song that I'm playing is Bruce Springstein's Seager Sessions.
My favorite vacation place is Provence, France.
I want more patience.
I am making an effort to become more organized in my life.
I want to pick up my watercolor brush more often.
I try hard to be there for people when they need me.
My fear is being alone.
My hopes are that my family will always have peace and prosperitiy.
I enjoy having a great time, laughing, and playing.
When I get older I want to remain active.
I'm trying to decide on a decorating scheme for the new addition.
the leisure book I'm reading is Fannie Flagg's When I get to Heaven.
Little luxuries of mine are pretty teacups, soft pillows, good cd's.
One of my weaknesses is trying to hurry too much.
My favorite tv shows are Everwood, Er, Survivor
A person I adore is my wonderful husband, Don..
a place I would go in heartbeat is Paris.
I love the way the hills look in autumn.
A vexation of mine is having to file.
My favorite time of day is warm mornings on the porch swing.
One thing I can't be happy without is my sisters.
The best things about life are talking to my family and friends and being with them.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006


These are the hazy, lazy days of summer, the first day of August. All winter I peered outside my living room picture window and dreamed of something other than snow and cold. Now the days are here. In Bradford we live for weather like this to be able to enjoy the outdoors. But this heat spell has driven everyone indoors. It's time to turn on the air and read.
I remember when we traveled to Georgia each July to visit my mother's family. In those days we didn't have air conditioning in the car. How we envied the big cars sailing past with their windows rolled up. We sweltered with all the windows down which were only letting oven temperature air blow on our faces. One time we had just had it with the heat and stopped at a Snake and Monkey farm that we thought might be air conditioned. It wasn't and I have a mental picture of my mother standing in front of a large fan trying to cool off.
Another hot memory was when we were helping dad break up housekeeping after my mother died. The air conditioner broke and Georgia was pretty hot. My sisters and I dove into a park pool after a day of sweating. That water felt so cool I can still remember it.

Friday, July 28, 2006


This is the latest picture of our family room addition onto the back of our house. Don just finished enclosing under the eaves, painting, and putting on the gutters and downspouts. It looks terrific!

Monday, July 24, 2006


While my sister, Linda, was visiting we talked about how too many possessions can be a problem in our lives. Especially when you know you have something, but can't find it. We both agreed that we need to simplify our lives and pare down. I have been on that mission since I retired four+ years ago. I've done well to not buy as much and bring it into the house. I've also cleaned and organized and tried to find a place for everything. I still have a long way to go, since I've been a collector for years. Linda and I wanted a sign that said "Simplify" just as a reminder. I know you can buy a wooden sign like that at a lot of stores that sell crafts. But I told her that if we really were true to the concept we would make our own sign. So we foraged through some left over wood scraps from the addition and found a rectangular piece for both of us. But leave it to us not to do it simple. We looked up the phrase "Lighten up"and translated it into French....Eclairassez. We put this on our sign with a stenciled fleur-de-lis on each side. Eclairassez can mean lighten up your possessions, but it can also mean lighten up your spirit, don't take life so seriously. Or, as we laughed, it could mean "Eat more eclairs!!"


Happy 40th Birthday to Don's brother, Tiger! We celebrated his milestone at Charlotte and Don's house at Treasure Lake in DuBois. After a delicious meal of grilled chicken, salad, and potatoes Charlotte brought out chocolate cupcakes with small black candles in the shape of letters which spelled "over the hill". Tiger got a kick out of them and the baseball cap which had a flashing red light, a horn, and some buttons that said "slow moving". Charlotte really knows how to make a day special with her thoughtfullness. Her ability to give to others makes her very high thought of by everyone who knows her. It's always fun to be around her and her husband, Don because of the laughter and happy times. We are so lucky to have them as family.

Sunday, July 23, 2006


This former Bradford mascot is a rarity. Slick, the oil drop that won't stop till Bradford's on top, is nowhere to be found. An APB has been put out for him and a reward posted. Be On the Lookout!


What a cold, rainy, miserable day it was on Saturday, the second day of the Zippo-Case Swap meet. My sister, Linda, and I were grateful on Friday to have a good spot near the outside of the huge tent and happy for the breeze which kept the high temperatures from annoying us. But the next day the torrential downpours forced us to move our table nearer to the center of the tent. The long rain caused puddling and people were walking through inches of water. Linda had brought some knives and lighters to sell and luckily just the right buyer came along in the afternoon. It was probably our first, and our last, swap meet.

Friday, July 14, 2006


This random word was suggested to journal about by the Muse Newsletter. I can't but smile when I think of the word jitterbug. There are many images that come to mind from my teenage years. I grew up in the 50's and 60's and dancing was one of my favorite activities. I recall rushing home from junior high in time to go to my friend Carole's house in time for American Bandstand. For an hour and a half we would watch the latest dances and imitate them. On the weekends I went to The Stable (YWCA) to dance with the boys who would brave walking all the way across the gym to ask me to dance. I can picture in my mind the time I went with friends to Alleghany State Park and danced to "SPlish, Splash" in their rec building. But my favorite of all my jitterbug memories was when I danced with my mother in our basement during one of the famous parties she would throw. That memory brings a tear to my eye, since I lost my mother over 5 years ago. I will always associate jitterbugging with pleasant times.
They've got forever written all over them.
Ryan just recently met Jenny, the girl of his dreams. The words "love at first sight" were written for these two. Introduced through friends they immediately were attracted to each other. Everything about them seemed to click--their interests, their goals, their sense of humor. They knew from the start that it was meant to be. When Ryan brought Jenny to Bradford to "meet the parents" he also took her to his favorite haunt, Rimrock, to purpose. He choose a beautiful rectangular cut diamond which Jenny loved. Now they are busy planning a wedding in Tennessee for October 21.

Let Me Tell You About Sisters

I have been blessed to have two of the most remarkable sisters in the world. The joy we get by just being together is indescribable. We call our vists the "sister fix" because it cures all our woes. Let me tell you about their best qualities.
*honest, but not hurtful *No worried about keeping tabs or taking turns, but doesn't take advantage of you or take you for granted *sincerely shares in your successes without being competitive *accepting of your faults and insecurities *loves you for your actions as well as your intentions *loyal *loves you no matter what * can laugh with you and not just at you *trustworthy with even the things you hold closest *no matter how much time passes or how far away you live you can call or visit and it seems like you've never been apart *you can be in the same car and be ok with silence *forgiving *someone you can laugh with. someone you can cry with. *listens, not just with their ears, but with their hearts and then remembers.

Up On The Roof

What a hot time to be roofing. Don got up early today to start before the heat of the day would drive him indoors. The roof of the addition and the back of the house are almost finished now. Don's "thing-to-do" list is extremely long. He will do most of the work on the addition family room himself including plumbing for the powder room and heat and electricity. It is good that he is so versatile and talented. He often claims that he had to learn how to do everything from scratch as he didn't have anyone to teach him. He learned well!

Thursday, July 13, 2006


I was looking for a picture of me to add to my profile and realized that because I am a usually the photographer that I have very few pictures of myself. I've colored my hair red which I love and wish I had done many years ago. This picture is pre-red, about 5 years ago. This was taken on the porch of a restaurant when we celbrated by retirement from teaching. Things to know about me:
1. I love my family. I love to be with them, talk to them, interact with them.
2. I love the arts. Any artistic endeavor or musical selection will tickle my fancy.
3. I loved teaching. I put all my creative effort into being the best teacher I could be.
4. Simple things make me the happiest. Sometimes the way the sun shines through the window and illuminates the arrangement of my French tray that I made myself with menus from my trip to Provence, a vase of yellow tulips, and a marble apple make me smile.
5. I like to keep busy. Every day is filled with "doing". I get up each day to exercise, meet my friends for tea, do housekeeping chores and use the computer.
6. I love to read. I'm a voracious reader and will read all genres. I love best sellers and self help books. I am currently listening to a book on tape called..simplify your life.

Find Something Each Day that makes you Joyful

I am looking for as much joy in my life as I can find. It doesn't take a lot to put a smile on my face and my joy last night occured as I was winding down for bedtime. I turned on PBS and to my surprise there was a Bruce Springtein concert on. Now I never was a Bruce fan before. His gravely voice and sometimes guttural muttering didn't appeal to me. But one day on CMT I caught some of his special called The Seeger Sessions. Bruce and company went to a house in the country and proceeded to create this acoustic folk album in just a few days. The songs were familiar, such as Erie Canal and We Shall Overcome. But there were new (to me) songs like Pay Me My Money Down. The music was so well done with solos from the band that just were fantastic. I liked it so much that I immediately ordered the Cd/dvd from amazon. So when I saw the special on tv last night I just had to watch it. How full of joy was my heart to see this amazing concert. What I really loved about it was that Bruce and the band did not copy the identical album played in the same way, but added many variations to the music. And he took time to give a little background about each song and added new ones. I thoroughly enjoyed the program even though it took me way past my bedtime. What a joy!

Sunday, July 09, 2006

End of a busy week

It's good to be home, but there is a lot to catch up on. Today was a visiting day. Aline and Jerry came by with their new little puppy. Don spent time up on the roof. Chris came up to help him shingle.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Celebrating the Fourth of July with family

What a super vacation Don and I had! The fourth of July weekend at my sister's Lake house near Roanoke, Virginia was a time for family to be together. My son, Chris, and his two boys, Danny and Scott, were there along with his girlfriend, Suzy and her daughter, Kelly. My younger son Ryan came over from Tennessee with his new fiance, Jenny. Diane's family...daughter Becky and son in law, Jeff, son Josh and wife Caron, husband Jeff were there. My sister Linda also came from Virginia. My dad, who is 87, was there also. It was very hot, almost 100, but we had the lake to swim in and a nice cool house to be in. The boys played pool and poker and the girls enjoyed chatting and being together. My sore back caused a lot of pain so I was lowkey all weekend. On the fourth we traveled over to Tennessee to visit with Ryan and Jen for a few days. It was great to be with them. They make a darlling couple and I went with Jenny to see her wedding dress. We also picked out the centerpieces for their reception. They will be glass pillar candle holders with a ring of fall berries around them. How beautiful they will look on the tables. I was so happy to be a small part of their planning. I also saw their wedding rings. I know they will be a very happy couple.

Friday, June 30, 2006

In Boiling Spring

Tonight I am in Boiling Springs, Pa at my son Chris' house. It is the start of a holiday weekend an the traffic around Penn State was getting bad. I'm glad we got through there early. We love our new van and the back seats fold down completely. It's a good thing because we already have the back filled up with paraphernalia for the trip , bathing suits, food ,etc. We will have a fun time at Smith Mountain Lake. I brought my camera so I can post some pictures at a later time. Right now Chris and Suzy are out getting Chinese take out. Later we will probably watch a movie. Then first thing tomorrow we are off to Roanoke for a family weekend.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Grandkids are great!

Scott and Dan just spent two weeks visiting with us. They are amazing children. Scott has such a talent. He always carries a bookbag with him where ever he goes. He has a notebook and is always drawing or sketching. He is very creative and writes stories on the computer. Dan is so musical and has such a natural talent. He can play the piano easily. He is athletic and plays soccer this year. While they were here the boys and I built a horseshoe court. Dan practiced and made a ringer. Both boys helped out their grandpa by carrying shingles from the roof to the dumpster. It was so nice to have help. They love to play games and our favorites are Shang-hi and Marbles.

A Summer Day

My view out the window by the computer has drastically changed. No longer do I see the entire large back lawn with large elms and maples, but a structure instead blocks part of the view. We had an addition put onto the back of our house. We had been contemplating and analyzing for years if this would be the right move for us. We are retired now and most people downsize, but we felt the need finally for more room. Our ranch house never did have the extra space for guests. Even though there were many times we crowded people in for parties or overnights there wasn't space to spread out. So Memorial Day weekend the contractors broke ground. Now at the end of June their job is finished. The structure is done. Don wants to complete the roof and inside work on his own.