Saturday, May 19, 2018


Hello, friends!  I am so busy these days that it is hard to keep up.  Blogging has definitely taken a back seat in my life.  One more busy week to go and then hopefully I will have more time to connect with you all.

Today was the third annual Ladies' Brunch at church.  I invited a lot of my friends, but only one showed up.  I was having a good time eating and talking and forgot to take pictures until the end.  But I do have some to show you.

The food was so good.  Dorothea made it all except for the muffins which I made.  Late last night I got to baking the blueberry and the chocolate chip muffins.  They obviously turned out good because there were only four left which I brought home to Joe and he devoured.

For brunch we had fresh melons and pineapple, scrambled eggs, cheesy potatoes, bacon, sausage, rice and chicken, and salad.  And of course muffins.  There was orange juice, coffee and tea.  Yum!

Carolyn, our pastor's wife, introduced the guest speaker.

Ellin North was so interesting.  She spoke on looking in a mirror and seeing ourselves not just as we look to us, but as God sees us.  Every year our speakers get better and better.

As a take-home gift she gave us a mirror and a list of verses to look up that tells us how God sees us.

It was a great day even though I was really tired because I got up early to watch the Royal Wedding.  Hopefully I will catch up on my sleep sometime this week.

Have a wonderful Sunday!


Tuesday, May 15, 2018


Hello, friends.  Thanks for stopping by and forgive me for so long between posts.  Last week and the next three are non-stop for me -- something going on every day.  And even though the things are enjoyable, it leaves me little time for anything else.

But I wanted to show you some pictures from Joe's great birthday party last Saturday.  It was an wonderful time.  Everyone told me they had a blast.

Beware, there will be picture overload.

Joe and I were the first to show up and this time we didn't get lost.  There wasn't any street parking, so we went to the lot a block away.  I had to take my cane to walk and Joe had an umbrella because it was pouring when we left the house and even though the rain had let up, we didn't want to be caught at the restaurant.  I was so glad we had taken the cake the day before.  It would have been awkward carrying that along with the favors and the big posterboard I had.

We decided to sit at the table nearest the fireplace facing the doorway so we could see people come in.  But in doing so, the window was right there, so some of my pictures came out dark.  Like this first one of Joe.

This is the little tag I had attached to each favor bag.

Carol and Donna came in right after we did and they helped lay out the favors at each place.  We were admiring the room and especially the chandelier.  Isn't this beautiful?

Since they were the first there, we told them to sit across from us.  We saved the other four seats at the table for my brother and sister-in-law and my sister and our friend that came with her.  So here's Carol and Donna.

Carol took a picture of Joe and me.  This is not what I was going to wear, but Joe wanted me to wear my top that says "Celebrate."  You can see the "Happy Birthday" banner and the poster on the fireplace.  We had such a nice waitress that took care of everything for us including the decorations.

I was curious what was in the room behind us and so took a peek.  There was just one table there and several chairs.  I suppose that is where the staff take a break but it reminded me of a secret room from the Revolutionary War.  And who knows, maybe it was since the restaurant has been there since 1681.  I can just see George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson with their heads together over some secret plans.

Soon some more people came in.  The center table filled up with all people from church and the end table was all miscellaneous friends.

There's nothing better than the sound of people talking and eating to let you know that they are having a good time.

The party started at 1:00 p.m. and about 1:15 p.m. Staci our waitress and another waiter brought out all the food for the buffet.  Joe and I started the line and then everyone went up to get their food.

Everything was delicious.  There was a salad with Ranch or White Balsamic dressing, rolls with rosemary in them, mashed potatoes, green beans, baked ziti, grilled chicken with artichokes and balsamic cherry tomatoes, and the most delicious broiled salmon with a cream sauce and wild rice.  There was no salmon left when we were done.  That was the best thing on the table in my opinion.

Our pastor said grace and everyone dug in.

There was a small table where everyone was putting their gifts and cards for Joe.  This despite the fact we told everyone NO GIFTS!

Here's my brother, Larry, and sister-in-law, Kim.

Another view of the fireplace.

Joe asked me to go to each table and take pictures of the guests.  So I started at the end.  Here are Loretta (girlfriend of Rich), Marion, her husband Rich, and another Rich who went to high school with Joe.

This side is Mike (boyfriend of Chrissy), Chrissy who lives next door to us, Karen and Bud (friends from church).  Strange fact, Bud and Joe's friend Rich used to work together.  What a small world!

The middle table was all church people:  Dorothea, Edward (Pastor & Carolyn's son), Carolyn and Pastor Ralph.

And the other side is Carol and Jim, Walt and Carole and Kathy.

My sister, Elaine, and our friend, Frank.  They drove two hours to be there.

I found this pin at Rite Aid and gave it to Joe.  He wore it all day.

A picture of the birthday boy.

Since some people had to leave early, we cut the cake at 2:30 p.m.  It was very good.

Of course we all sang to him.

And despite his asthma, he blew out the candles in one breath.  Yeah, Joe, that's why I only bought two candles!

The restaurant also supplied a tray of cookies, petite fours, mini lemon bars, and mini cheesecake.  So good!

I had a lemon bar and a chocolate raspberry petite four.

We moved the cards and presents to the windowsill and used that table for the treats.  They were a big hit.

I love this picture of Mike and Chrissy.

Modern technology.  Kim, Larry and Elaine were all on their phones.  Facebooking I think.

Best buds for life.  Joe and Rich have been friends for over 40 years.

After everyone left we were gathering up our things and Staci was clearing up the room.  We asked to take some of the food home and she got us boxes and bags.  This girl took care of 25 people and did an excellent job.  She was so sweet and nothing was too much trouble for her.  I asked if I could get a picture of her with the birthday boy and she said, "Sure!"  I'm writing a letter to her boss to tell him how good she was.  She said we were a great group because we were all polite and no one gave her a bit of trouble.

Are you bored yet?  Well I hope not because this is the end of my photos.  It cost me a bit of money but was so worth it.  Now we are talking about going back for lunch or dinner soon.  But we have to wait until our Social Security checks come in.  We're broke!

I'll be back later in the week with another post for you.  I have a couple of things in mind, so stay tuned.

Have a great day!


Friday, May 11, 2018


I have been super busy getting ready for tomorrow.  Even though Joe's birthday isn't until May 20, this was the only free weekend for his party.  This afternoon Joe and I picked up the cake at the bakery and took it to the restaurant where we will be having the party.  The cake is beautiful.  I can't wait to take pictures tomorrow and show you all the wonderful things that are planned.

I have been to King George II Inn many times.  But I'm never really sure what happens after I get off of I-95.  We had the GPS on and I thought I was following the directions, but it wasn't clear and the next thing I know I'm heading over the bridge to Burlington, New Jersey.  Uh...  no.  The restaurant is in Bristol, Pennsylvania.  So I had an unplanned trip to New Jersey that lasted about 2 minutes until I turned around and took the bridge back to the correct state.  Whew!

We finally did get to the restaurant and dropped off the decorations and cake.  The people there are so nice!  Everyone has gone out of their way to help me make this a successful event.  I asked if we could see the room, and a nice lady named Lorraine showed it to us.  She explained where the buffet would be set up and where the cake table and gift table would be.  It is a small room with three tables each of which holds 10 people.  Joe is very happy with it.  He says it feels cozy.

I have favors made to take tomorrow.  It took me three days to make them up.  The first day I went to Party City and got the bags and some things to go in them.  But it didn't look like enough. So the next day I went to Rite Aid and got some Hershey kisses.  I took everything apart and added them.  Then yesterday I made up a tag for them and taped it on to the twist tie with washi tape.  The theme colors are white and blue.  All the tablecloths, napkins, dishes, etc. are white so I made little blue bags for each person.  I will show you that too.

Tonight I am putting together a poster to put on the gift table.  I printed out a bunch of pictures of Joe and his twin brother John.  I am putting them together as a collage.  John passed away at age 34 from leukemia.  I wanted to honor him in some way, so decided to do this.  Also, it's fun to see Joe change over the years.

Joe felt like having pizza for dinner so we ordered from Dominos.  It should be here any minute.  I may be too busy to post tomorrow but next week for sure.

Hope you all have a good evening!