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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.