Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Well, We're Back From the Mountains..............

It's been a crazy busy week........
My youngest has been devoured by Dracula........

My oldest is getting ready to welcome her cousin, Kara on her ship for a 13-day cruise.....

My new job is the best.............

We had dinner at Pat & Gerry's last weekend and it was very fun. We enjoy spending time with them and their home is lovely. Gerry's been working on their extra room - so he's very busy and we got to see all his progress.

I did two scrapbook workshops last weekend as well and they were fun and successful.

And, Dad gave up his car.....what a tough deal. He always said "whenever you kids think I should, you'll have no problems from me!" But still, it was a terrible ordeal going through the process. Is he virtually trapped now? Relying only on us. He still likes to keep busy, so, I guess we'll be keeping busy too.

So, but it gets me to my next point.....PJ came into town because he & J bought Dad's car and he came up to drive it back home. We had a fun but short weekend together.
Patrick Joseph and Patrick Joseph:

Papa and a few of his grandchildren.....I haven't been sleeping lately (which is how I started this blog in the first place!).....and it's lasting longer than usual. I haven't had a good night's sleep since last Wednesday. Sometimes I get only 4 hours of sleep which is not very many! I thought maybe I'd really catch up when we were in "the mountains" but, it didn't happen.

Speaking of our trip to "the mountains".....we went to Hocking Hills for a couple of days. For several years, we've wanted to go down there in the dead of winter when the snow is falling. (Of course, we wanted to drive down there in perfect weather, be there while it snowed for 48 hours straight and then drive back in perfect weather!!) But, a lot of the cabin places in the hills are unreachable in the winter unless you have 4-wheel drive. They don't want no city-slicker, lexus drivin people down there that can't git there stuff up the hill and then want their money back!!!! I understand.

We stayed at Bear Run Inn and Cabins on Bear Run Road in Logan, Ohio. There are hundreds and hundreds of cabin options in Hocking County and I can't believe our good fortune at picking one off the internet that was absolutely perfect in every way. We cannot wait to return. I'd forgotten what dark and quiet were all about. You can see the "Aspen Cabin" on their website at Of course, when we were picking out a place on the internet, we were wondering just HOW accurate the photos were. The pictures of this cabin on their website look like they could have been taken the morning we arrived. The cabin was perfect in every way.
While we were in Hocking, we wanted to go over to their park system and see some of the popular caves. But, we mostly wanted to be hermits and hang out the whole time, so, we picked one cave - the most popular, being "Old Man's Cave" and drove over. It was so beautiful that we decided to see whatever we could. We spent about 5 hours in the park hiking and climbing. If you ever, ever get the chance to go down there, it's very beautiful and worth seeing. The fall foliage made it even more beautiful.....just explosions of color everywhere we went.
The horses are on the cabin owners property.....640 acres......they give buggy, hay and sleigh rides throughout the year.

Cantwell Cliffs:

Beautiful color everywhere:

Cedar Falls:

Old Man's Cave:

But, we're home now, relaxed and with the energy to see us through the holiday season. And, it's time to replace the Halloween candy we ate for the little goblins on Friday. And, it's time to prepare the garden and the yard for winter.

My roses are blooming like crazy.....sort of screaming out "hey, don't forget me!"

As if !

Sunday, October 26, 2008

It's Been a Busy Week.......

It's been crazy busy.......

So much going on...........

AND, I'm suffering my own special "seasonal dysfunction": insomnia. Which isn't very fun at all.

And, the day has come........we're heading for the mountains; right now! (Really; Lude's like: "come on Mary Ann, let's go!)

I'll call you when I get back.

Monday, October 20, 2008


I hope that you will join me in supporting the Cuyahoga County Public Library, in voting yes for ISSUE 127 in the upcoming elections.

FACT: The Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL) is ranked the one of the TOP (serving populations over 500,000) libraries in the nation.

FACT: CCPL serves 47 communities in with branches.

FACT: In hard economic times, public libraries are utilized more. CCPL saw a 12% hike in book circulation in January-June 2008, compared with the January-June 2007 period.

FACT: In November, CCPL has an important levy coming up that accounts for HALF of CCPL's operating budget.

FACT: The the library is asking for a 2mill REPLACEMENT and a 1/2 mill increase for a total of 2.5 million dollars

FACT: This will effect property taxes at an increased rate of $1.76 per $100,000 in property value per month (less than a Starbuck's coffee).

FACT: Without this millage pass, the library will likely be forced to cut its programming to youth, it's materials budget (books, DVDs, etc.), it's services to the unemployed, it's extended weekend hours, and more.

FACT: After passage, residents in the service district will still have a lower tax rate than any of the individual library systems in the county!!!

FACT: For more information about what you can do to protect our library, see:, and please protect the quality of life for all residents of Cuyahoga County.


Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Memory of a Good Person is a Blessing

I thought of you with love today,

But that is nothing new.

I thought about you yesterday

And days before that too,

I think of you in silence

I often speak your name

All I have are memories

And your picture in a frame.

Your memory is my keepsake

With which I’ll never part.

God has you in His keeping

I have you in my heart.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Dinner With Friends.......

Even though there was plenty of dish dropping, waitress interruption, baby crying and hostess conversation, we managed to have a wonderful and pleasant evening together.

We always do.....................let's not wait another six months to visit.

Come on, don't you want to hear all about my trip to the mountains?

And, we have to know how all the holiday family shenanigans go.
Love you guys...........

I HAD A VISITOR TODAY..............

We prayed together, had tea, exchanged recipes and he showed me some of his new stick drawings.

What can I's pretty quiet around here when L's away and I'm pretty easily amused!!

Friday, October 10, 2008

My Girl at Work...................

Building Bodices for Dracula ! ! ! ! !
Who'd a thought ?


See it at

Illinois State University

October 31, 2008

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

It's a very gray and rainy day today.

It's 10:30 in the morning and I'm still in my PJ's trying to decide what to do with my day.

Now that I'm working less hours (well, not really since I added 8 hours to my new schedule this week!!!), I want to be productive and not fall into a rut of just lazing around.

BUT, I think a day like today was meant for lazing around.

L's traveling.....driving to Lancaster, far a drive! I hate when he drives that far, but the air fare is horrible and he wants to be fiscally responsible to his company, so he's driving. But, the weather is good where he's at and I do believe that he is "willing himself" to have a good, pleasant drive rather than heading out in a funk on a long and dreaded drive! It's true what they say: "where there's a will, there's a way"

So, I'm here......trying to will myself out of my PJ's to make a plan for the remainder of the day.




I do believe it's Fall!

Saturday, October 4, 2008


I would have dug up some really interesting pictures of you as a baby and little girl, but those are apparently already lovingly plastered all over facebook by your sister!!!

Except maybe these on your first birthday.......

30 years old?


Are you sure?

I think I'm going to check the birth certificate to be sure........Do we really have to do this????

I'm finding it hard to find the words..............

I had a birthday during the time that Grandma was very sick and in a card to me she wrote something that will stay with me forever. Mom expressed her love for her children as most women did in the fifties: she hugged and kissed; she fed and clothed and she loved their father. We knew our mother (and father) loved us very much. It was a wonderful gift and I felt and continue to feel very loved by my parents.

In her card to me she wrote: " was the happiest day of my life when they placed my little girl in my arms....."

It may have been 30 years ago that you were placed in my arms, but I can still vividly recall that the day you were born was truly, one of the happiest days of my life. I hope that I have made you feel loved because there is no greater gift then the love of your parents and your sister. We will always love you forever.

And of course, I get out of having to buy you a birthday present because you're not here!!!! NAH, NAH.

HEY, HEY girl.............Happy to Cody - he's got a surprise for you!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Miss You, Girlfriend.............

I hope you are doing well......
I am thinking of you always - everyday and sending you good karma!