May 28, 2017

94 years

 We visited my grandfather who is 94 years old.
 He is Paul's great grandfather.  Olivia knew 3 more great grandparents, who have passed away since, and Hannah also met my grandma, who passed away when Hannah was just 9 months.
My grandfather collects canes.  He started collecting them before he ever needed one.  I should've asked him, but I think his father may have started this collection.

He will turn 95 later this year.  He was father to my father, who passed away 2 years ago.  It was very hard for him to hear of his son predeceasing him.  His daughter, my father's sister, also predeceased him.  Her name was Martha and she passed away in a car accident, the year before I was born, so that's how I got my name.  I wish I had met her. 
 We all went to my father's grave.
Our time at Otsego Lake was nice.  Rob sailed his NEW 1969 Potter for the first time.  I finished reading Echo and highly recommend it.
The day we can see the lake in the background!

May 24, 2017

2 years

Two years ago my father passed away.
My daughter took the photo with the dandelion garland (that she made just before the memorial service).  She posted it on her instagram account:
And the photo of my mom and two of her grandchildren taken by my sister, posted to her instagram account:
Our favorite nearby cafe, in Cooperstown, younger daughter got a beautiful red raspberry smoothie.
Such a pretty book, by Dinara Mirtalipova!  I'm currently reading a book called Echo (written by Pam Munoz Ryan) that Dinara illustrated...aimed at a juvenile audience, but historical fiction around the second world war, a harmonica, and children.

May 15, 2017


Over the weekend, we went to see my in-laws. We brought a bouquet of peonies from our yard for Rob's mom.  And Rob made pulled pork, we also brought salad and mango sorbet, I chopped up a pineapple and my mother-in-law had pound cake and strawberries.  We had a nice picnic.
My mom came over here Sunday afternoon and we got ice cream sundaes together.  It was another great day....the weather just perfect!  We have had so much rain that these sunny days are very welcome.
We participated in a lovely May pole tradition.  And there was a beautiful buckeye tree there in full bloom.
One more photo a friend sent from last week, after the dinner at the Peterloon estate.

May 9, 2017

Prayer request

I found out yesterday that our friends, George and Vera, were in a car accident and need prayers.  ♥ Above is a photo of me and George at ORPR camp, and below that's Vera, who is in charge of admissions and meal planning and overall most things involving ORPR camp.
Over the weekend, my husband and I were lucky to be able to go to a lovely dinner and fundraiser for the church at the Peterloon estate.  We arrived there in a horse drawn carriage.  The weather was sunny and just perfect.