Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Isn't that the truth?  So before the summer left, my friend Carol and I went to a retirement party for our friend Patty whom we used to work with.  Patty was at my wedding.  And so were five others that were there:  Chris, Gail, Carol, Wil, and Marianne.  It was so good to see everyone again.  I was at a table with all retirees and we were all saying how good it was to have worked together but not be working now.  I thought you would like to see a few pictures from the party.  It was held in the meeting room of the Bushrod Library.  And yes, it is another of the many libraries I was sent to as a substitute when they needed help.

Miss Pat and me.

Patty and Marianne

Patty is so photogenic!

Wil and Chris.  I went to high school with Wil (and then ended up working with her) and Chris was my supervisor for 8 years.

A not so good picture of Cathy who put the party together.

Patty and Wil.

There was so much food!

My friend Carol.  You hear me speak of her often.

This is Allison.  She was the head librarian at the Fishtown Branch when I worked there.

The cake looked good, but I didn't have any.  It was half chocolate and half yellow.

This is Andrea.  I worked with her when she was a Children's Librarian.  Now she is an Administrator.  She read the letter from the City thanking Patty for her service over 36 years!

Another nice shot of Patty.  She's so pretty.

I don't know the name of the gentleman, but the lady is Mary.  I worked with her also.  They were representing the Union.  They read her a letter from DC33 and gave her a gift.

 Patty was almost in tears as she thanked everyone for coming and thanked mostly God for giving her the opportunity to work with all of us.

This was Patty's niece who said some very nice things about her.

Another library person that Patty worked with at the Donatuci Branch.

And finally Patty showing off the gold watch that the Union gave her.

I've been seeing Patty's posts on Facebook since she retired.  She's been going out to lunch a lot with various people and just loving not having to get up early and being able to do what she wants to do.  Retirement is great!


Monday, September 18, 2017


Summer is fading away and I don't know about you, but to me it went so quickly.  It is hard for me to believe it is already the middle of September.  How did that happen?

I have had a chance to watch some more movies and I thought I would share them with you.  I had another theme this week -- dogs.  Yes, I watched a lot of movies starring dogs.  All of them are Hallmark movies.  Here's what I saw:

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September 9th -  Love at First Bark (2017) starring Jana Kramer, Natasha Burnett, Anna Van Hooft, Jaime Callica, Kevin McGarry and Reese Alexander. A single woman with a new, out of control German shepherd turns to a handsome dog trainer for help. As they make progress with the dog, she realizes she may be developing feelings for the trainer.  You know from the beginning what happens, but it's a good clean mindless movie.  Just right to knit to.

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September 11th I watched Like Cats and Dogs (2017).  It starred Cassidy Erin Gifford and Wyatt Nash.  Cassidy Gifford was also in the movie God's Not Dead if you saw that one.  Spencer and Lola couldn't be more different. He's a cat person, and she loves dogs. When a reservation mix-up lands them -- and their pets -- in the same vacation house, they have to find a way to get along without killing each other.  This was cute and some parts had me laughing out loud.  The cat and dog got along better than the humans did.

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 September 15th the movie was Eat, Play, Love (2017) with Jen Lilley, Lucie Guest, Jason Cermak, and Carey Feehan.  Veterinarian Dr. Carly Monroe secretly loves Dan, the owner of a dog shelter. Unfortunately, Dan is about to marry his glamorous girlfriend and move to New York.  Another good one.  I really liked it.

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And today I watched Unleashing Mr. Darcy (2016) starring Ryan Paevey, Cindy Busby, Elizabeth McLaughlin, and Frances Fisher.  When Elizabeth decides to show her dog in competition, she clashes with the arrogant, complicated judge Donovan Darcy.  And of course you know how that ends.  But this had more twists and turns than the usual movie.  I had a bit of trouble keeping all of the characters in order.  I kept getting all of the names mixed up.  Even so, I would watch this again.  It was good.

If you like dog movies, you might want to check these out.  Some of them are on youtube so they aren't hard to find.  What have you been watching?


Sunday, September 17, 2017


Yesterday Joe and I celebrated our eleventh wedding anniversary.  How can it be that long ago that we took our vows?  I remember that day so well.  I was scared out of my mind.  I remember saying to my brother, "I can't do this."  And Henry replying, "If I could do it twice, you can do it once.  Get your butt down that aisle."  Ha, ha!  My hands were shaking and like ice.  But I did it.  Once the ceremony was over, I was fine.

Yesterday Joe went to a "Biblical Discipleship" seminar at church.  I am so tired so I stayed home.  I was going to get the house straightened up, but got only a few things done.  I am determined that this week will be the week things get done.  I did get some more fall decorating done and I will show that to you later this week.  I did take a nap though, so I'll blame my lack of work on that.

Joe surprised me by bringing home a single red rose.  That is a special thing between us.  I was so surprised and happy.

Last night we wanted to go out to dinner but couldn't decide where.  We finally ended up at one of our favorite places Hibachi Grill.  I ate so much -- much more than I should have.  But the food is so good.  I had sushi, sashimi,  a chicken stick, chicken wings, glass noodles, gyoza, a spring roll and, of course, a fortune cookie.  I think I rolled out of that place.
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We are going to go to Lancaster in October to celebrate our anniversary.  It just didn't work out for this week.  And of course I will take you all along with me.

And now it is time for me to get myself ready for church.  We have a guest speaker today -- the speaker from yesterday.  Joe said he was excellent. 

Have a good day, everyone!