Monday, August 20, 2018

A Day with a Dear Friend

Returned to Wooster late last night after spending a wonderful day with dear friend Holly Hoff in Canton.  
A lot of laughter, a fun lunch at BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse, a trip to Taggarts, and a great visit made for a very special day and more memories for me to carry back to Virginia.
The orange sun last evening was spectacular!!


CCHS Class of 1966 ~ 70th Birthday Party

Canton CCHS Class of '66 ~ 70th Birthday Party at La Pizzaria Fresco Room ~ August 18, 2018
A great venue, good food, fun, and more memories! Just a few photos from a memorable night.
 Ed Roth with his wife Katy
 Jim Angello and Diane
 Joe Bartolone
 Sue Jacoby and Liz deBord
 Phyllis Martindale and Audrey Gallagher
 Christine DeMarsh, Ann Thomas, Kathy Laubacher, Gail Raftery, Lynne Smith, and Molly Belden
 Joe Bartolone, Audrey Gallagher, and Jim Angello
 Connie Manzella, B J Casper, Grace Marchino, Sue Jacoby, and Jean Fox
 Leto Paumier and Sue Jacoby

 Jeanne Franz with husband Jim Stanford
Jim Kutka, Dennis McDermott, Becky Fye, and Lenny Novelli

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Canton St. Paul's School

Had a wonderful morning here in Canton, Ohio.
Some of my grade school classmates (Canton St. Paul's School) met at a local restaurant for breakfast this morning.  Many, I haven't seen since 8th grade graduation in 1962.
We spent the first 8 educational years of our lives together and attended daily Mass before school every morning.
Most of us lived in close proximity.  Our Catholic upbringing and a close knit community made us like family.
I had such a good time catching up and visiting with each of them.
Ed Meyer * Randy Schaeffer * Randy's wife * Garry Rhoads * Ann Thomas * John Micklavzina * Florence Morgese * Susie Spear * Chris Yacona * Audrey Gallagher * Carol Burnett * Scott Germain * Christine DeMarsh
 Rick Pope (Rick left before the group photo was taken)
 Susie Spear and Ann Thomas
 Ann Thomas, Christine DeMarsh, and Ed Meyer
 Rick Pope, John Micklavzina, and Scott Germain
Carol Burnett, Flo Morgese, Chris Yacona, and Chris's Wife Sharon

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Queen of Soul

R.I.P. Aretha Franklin
1942 ~ 2018
You rocked my world with song.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Holy Day

Today we celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018


This was my view for 3/4 of the trip yesterday. Ugh!!

Over the New River

Yesterday, in Narrows, Virginia, before the rain began.

I'm in OHIO

Been chatting with my sister and it's now after midnight and I am tired.  Drove most of the way in heavy rain, and sat on 77 for 1 hour due to an accident.  It took me 8 hours, but I arrived safely at 8:30 with no problems.  I thank each of you for your prayers and good thoughts.  I will post some photos tomorrow.
This is Mr. Magic and Jake as I was pulling out of the driveway.  Both looking pretty sad. 

Monday, August 13, 2018

Here I Come OHIO

I am off to Ohio for a while.  Many friends to see and functions to attend.  Jake is staying home with Mr. Magic and I know I will be in tears in a few minutes as I say goodbye for now.  Jake and I have little daily rituals and he follows me all day long.  I'm sure Mr. Magic is in for some sleepless nights as Jake barks while looking for me.
I would love and appreciate a quick little prayer that my travels will be safe.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Double the Beauty

The last hard rain today had sunshine follow it and then this beautiful double rainbow! The sky is clear and blue now.  No telling what will be next.

Hard Rain

We had several very HARD rains this afternoon. Lost a number of blooms from our beautiful crepe myrtle.

Downtown Roanoke

We drove downtown for brunch this afternoon. There is always something that catches my eye.

 Beautiful planters all around the center of town.
Mosaic in sidewalk at entrance to The Market Building.

"Holy Family" Estate Sale Find

Disposing of some match sticks that mom had in the house.  I don't have matches around.  I am terrified of fire!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Lunch with Page

 Well, bless you and thank you, Page Turner, for bringing happiness to several friends today.
Over lunch, I had the most delightful conversation with Page.  The hours slipped away as we discussed life, treasures found in the woods, bear encounters, art, family, friends, and much more.
Page is a tiny girl, but SO full of life and positivity!!  It is a joy to spend time with her.
Below are two pretty prayer flags made by Page.  The small art piece has a story that goes along with it, but I will just say that Page painted the quilt pattern on this piece of board that is from an old family farm in Galax.  I love it and am going to mount it in a frame.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Jake Again

My mom can't stop taking pictures of me because I am SO cute.


Wondering what I might find if I walk on through...

Sunday, August 5, 2018


A few treasures I purchased this weekend at the estate sale of a local artist.  Love!  Right up my alley.


Mr. Magic planted potatoes in his garden for the first time this year.  He dug some up this afternoon and was half disappointed/half amused at their size!!