Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day 2012

Remembering all who served our country in troubled times and peace:

E.E. Snodgrass, US Navy, deceased; 
Ray Snodgrass, US Army, deceased; 
Edward Straight, US Army air corps; 
Philip Hayes, US Marines; 
John Miller, US Army;
David F. Lucas, Sr., US Marines, deceased;
John Reed, Sr., US Marines; Johnny Reed. US Marines;
Jason Lucas, US Marines ?;

I don't want to forget any of our send me names so I can  add them.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Let the weekend begin!

Fantastic weather! the weekend is beginning! I'm looking forward to going to Trisha's sometime over this holiday. I have chores to do, but I think the heat and the fact that there are no expectations of finishing anything (except the laundry and taking out the kitty litter) will spur me into action.
So I will post some random photos to keep the space filled and you can guess what I was doing before I wrote this blog.  happy Memorial Day weekend celebration. See you Tuesday.
I can't remember where I saved them. I'm going to lie down. Love to you all.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Here we are again...

Here we are again. Sunday evening - the end of a weekend. What a glorious weekend of sunshine and warm temperatures. Mom's rambling roses are blooming out front - they're red and old-fashioned (not big and rose like, more like the 4 petal kind.)

My backyard project is well underway: many bags of marble chip are now empty - the new location - off the back porch, under the eves, along the boardwalk.   Half way done. Still have to go round the corner to the front by the deck...

I've been flower selecting since last weekend. got some beautiful purple petunias with white borders and some pink to orange sherbert colored geraniums in a big pot. Today I got some more shade loving orange to red double bloom impatience, and a couple of plant stands.  this could be a great place to sit during the summer evenings, if I get most of it done pretty soon...  The peonies are blooming all over the place - pink and white beside the patio, pink by the driveway, red under the maple tree up on the hillside by Mr. Vance's driveway.

I washed the car at the car wash yesterday. and got the next two bags of marble chips at Marsh's along with the geraniums.

I took the electric lawn mower out for a spin, too. Long cord-just annoying. Need some black electrical tape to "FIX"  a part of the cord I must have cut at one time, but the mower and cord still work.  the boy who now cuts my grass is cutting corners, not coming every week either. I cut a small patch under the maple tree; will have to trim the down hanging branches for easier grass cutting pretty soon,

The boulevard looks bad. I took some weed killer over there today and hit the weeds in the sidewalk and the landscaping wall. I need to get the hedge trimmer and the long electric cord to get into the hedge, which is blocking the sidewalk.  The hedge is not mine, but the tenants next door don't know that evidently.

Joy called. Uncle Timbuk is still in Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh. His ulcer is being treated with antibiotics. He still has much fluid. Probably because his heart is not pumping very well. His feet are red and somewhat swollen - making it difficult to walk - which is important to recovery. 

wondering what the survey crew will find when they get here... made me think about the drainage from the highway that I can't get to now that the big tree has never been taken away... thank god for a mild winter - no water running down the driveway from the overflow bathtub in the system = I'm not going up there with a shovel. Not me.

Two weeks til freedom. Then I'm going to Charlottesville with Leah for a week. I bought the rooms in the hotel for 5 days, so we'll have a place to sleep ;-)  Then - look out world: I have no more excuses.  Well, maybe.  I want to take Trisha and Zoey (and maybe Delia) to DC. And I want to take all of them to the beach for a couple of days, if we can work it out... Why not, I say!  

Got any suggestions?  Send them my way.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Happy 90th Birthday, Mom

Her Roots
through the years

going to San Francisco

 On Stonewall Jackson Lake when we were all together

She missed this but she would have loved it.

Things that made her happy:  1. Family - Uncle Stanley and Aunt Donna visited as often as they could

Things that made her happy: 2. She loved her grand kids and great grand kids.

Things that made her happy: 3. her memories from her family before we were on the scene. She cared for these - she brought them from Mannington.

Things that would make her happy: 4. She held Zoey as a baby, too.

Things that would make her happy: to know her grand daughters and grandson grew up to be loving, caring, successful, happy people.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Wedding reflections 3

We were flattered; the first day of married life they spent with family and friends. Amanda and Pam, here pool-side at the Biltmore.

We used the cabana to change into pool attire.

Joey, Todd, others...

Joey Trisha, Barbara and others...

The Camero and "Just Married" on Saturday night.Love those kids!

Wedding Reflections part 2

We spent the morning of the wedding at the pool in our hotel. Barb n the gals went to the Biltmore. Ed and Joey came back to take us to lunch at Arriba...

We saw these sprites as we disembarked the van at the front door of the Biltmore on Friday evening. Amanda and Todd were already taking photos of the "get-a-way"...

Random shots as the photographer took the real thing: Barbara and Joey - Ed off to the side. Check out Todd's shoes!

Bride Amanda and her brother, Joey. See the shoes?

Better Photo of Amanda, if it can be cropped by the experts ;-)

Family photo for the Bride... getting ready for the two families together.
 Great, if you can crop it ;-)

So here are the next day's photos - the Real Wedding Day.

Wedding Reflections

Trisha and I arrive at the hotel. King size bed. Plush room and we love this destination wedding vacation.

After the rehearsal, we all went to the pizza place. Mary, Todd's daughter, is studying for the AP finals next week and enjoying the festivities.

Bride's Mom and Dad, Groom's Dad, too. We are all anticipating the speeches and tons of food to come. Salads, MANY Pizzas, special finger food, and lots of wine and beer.

A better photo of half the wedding party- Todd's Mom n Dad, Todd's son, Pam and Johnny. We are not seeing Bob n Sandy, Joey, Todd and Amanda and Brenda. I suck as a photographer. Trisha is across from Joey and beside Mary.
Hey everyone - I have pictures from my I-Phone to share. I was not the photographer of record, so, the photos will be from random places. I hope they can add to the joy of the occasion. So here goes...  Well, I see I need another entry for "the rest of the story".