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Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Here are a couple creations that I put together for Valentine’s Day, using Photobacks digital templates.

Heart Collage

This heart collage contains photographs of my family: my husband, Bob; my stepdaughter, her husband and their twin daughters; and my brother and his family.  Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!  I love you very much.

Be My Valentine

This dog has special meaning for me.  Our exchange student from Denmark gave it to me on Valentine’s Day 2004, two days after Dad had passed away.  The dog reminds me of all the love I felt from everyone during that difficult time.

Company Christmas Party

Bob and I attended his company Christmas party this past Saturday eveninbg.  The company Christmas party is a function that I look forward to.  The companionship of friends, the Christmas decorations, a festive atmosphere and entertainment go a long way toward getting me into the holiday spirit.

As we entered the company’s recreation center, we dropped off a bag of non-perishable food items in one of the collection boxes located inside the building. Bob’s company is having a food drive to help those less fortunate. The food collected will be given to the Salvation Army for distribution locally in time for Christmas.

We enjoyed the company of many friends, especially those who sat at our table. There were six seated at our table — Tom and Liz (Bob and Tom graduated high school together), Ron and his friend Angie, and Bob and I.

Tom and Liz

Angie and Ron

Bob and I
(Liz took this picture of the two of us.)

Of those sitting at our table, I knew only Ron and, of course, Bob.  Tom, Liz and Angie were friendly and sociable. We enjoyed a variety of conversation with those seated at our table. We socialized with friends at other tables as well.

Our dinner was prepared by Wells Hog Wild BBQ.  Appetizers were served at 6:00 PM and included veggie trays, smoked sausage and cheese platters and meatballs in BBQ sauce.   Shortly before dinner was served, the huge Christmas tree was lit and a word of prayer was said. Dinner was served shortly after 6:30 PM.  The banquet table was filled with delicious entrees of beef, chicken and pork as well as side dishes of mixed green salad & dressing, dinner rolls and butter, corn, baked beans, and red potatoes.   For dessert we had a selection of different flavored cupcakes from Fifth Avenue Cake Works.  The chocolate cupcake with peanut butter icing was delicious!  The bottom of the cupcake was a flat cookie, an Oreo I think.  Inside the cupcake was a miniature Reese’s peanut butter cup.

Christmas carols were provided by the Warren Area High School Madrigal Choir under the direction of Rob Pearce.

WAHS Madrigals Performance

After the Madrigal Choir’s performance, we were entertained by Stand-up Comedian Vic Henley.  Mr. Henley was funny; there was much laughter throughout his performance.

The show was followed by the music of Logan Black of Pitch Black DJ Service.  Everyone at our table left the party soon after the music started. Neither Bob nor I dance. We find it difficult to talk over the music, so we always leave the party soon after the music starts.

We received unexpected news during the party.  In addition to having Christmas Day off work, Bob and his coworkers will have the day after Christmas off, with pay, as well!  It is not unusual for the company for which Bob works to give its employees the day before or the day after Christmas off, when Christmas falls on a Tuesday or a Thursday.  I can’t remember employees having the day off after Christmas, when Christmas Day falls on a Wednesday!

 

Thanksgiving Day

This was not a usual Thanksgiving Day for Bob and me.  It was only the second time in our 15-year marriage that we stayed home for Thanksgiving.  The majority of our Thanksgiving Day holidays have been spent in Virginia or in New Hampshire at either Bob’s brother or sister’s house.  We stopped going to Virginia for the Thanksgiving holiday, when Bob’s brother and our sister-in-law moved to Hawaii.  In 2010 we spent the holiday at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA.  We ate a traditional Thanksgiving dinner that year at the Concordville Inn Restaurant in Concordville, PA . In 2011 we spent the holiday in Niagara Falls, Canada.  We ate dinner at the Market Buffet, located in the Casino Niagara. It wasn’t a traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner but good nonetheless.  Last year we once again spent the Thanksgiving holiday in New Hampshire with Bob’s sister and our brother-in-law, where we enjoyed the company of family and the great taste of traditional Thanksgiving Day fare.

Thanksgiving Day, this year, was a laid-back affair.

Around 10:00 AM we met Stacey, Mike and the girls at Betts Park, a local park in our hometown of Warren, PA.  Earlier this month Bob and I purchased an L.L. Bean sled for Harper and June.  Yesterday morning Grampa took the girls for a sled ride.

Grampa Takes Harper and June on a Sled Ride

Grampa Takes Harper and June on a Sled Ride

One last ride around a tree
Grampa pulled the girls fast around the tree.

Harper and June didn’t have fun in the snow only by going for a ride in the sled.  After the sled ride, the girls played in the snow.

Fun in the Snow

Fun in the Snow

Fun in the Snow

Fun in the Snow

We parted ways, when leaving Betts Park.  Stacey and Mike took the girls home for a nap.  A few hours later Stacey, Mike and the girls went to Mike’s parents’ home for Thanksgiving Day dinner.  It wasn’t mentioned; however, I believe the four of them went to Stacey’s mom and stepfather’s house later in the day.  Bob and I spent rest of the day at home, enjoying the company of each other.  We watched a movie,  “We’re the Millers”.  The movie is a comedy, and there were a few opportunities for a good chuckle.

Bob and I talked about eating dinner out; however, we opted to stay home.  I didn’t prepare a traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner; however, we did have turkey.

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This turkey breast tenderloin was accompanied with some vegetables.

and, for dessert …

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It was a great Thanksgiving Day dinner for two people who are watching their carbohydrate intake!

Later in the evening Bob and I played a game of Scrabble.  I can’t remember the last time we played Scrabble.  It has been a couple of years at least!  We had a good game, and Bob came out the victor.

This is how we spent our Thanksgiving Day.  How did you spend your Thanksgiving?

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Bob and I spent the weekend of St. Patrick’s Day in Erie, PA.  The main event of the weekend was Erie’s 36th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.

At approximately 1:00 pm, in preparation for the parade, State Street at W 10th Street was barricaded to prevent the flow of traffic.

 

The parade commenced at 2:00 pm.  All photographs in the slideshow that follows were taken from the comfort of our hotel room at the Avalon Hotel.   Our fifth floor room offered a good view of the State Street / W 10th Street intersection.

Bob and I enjoyed the parade very much.  It was the first time that either Bob or I had watched a St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Christmas Day

We celebrated Christmas with our daughter, Stacey, her husband Mike and our two granddaughters, Harper and June, this afternoon.  Christmas dinner included baked ham, scalloped potatoes, tossed salad, dinner rolls, and green beans.  For dessert we had coconut cream pie.  After dinner we exchanged Christmas presents, and I took a few pictures in front of  the Christmas tree.

Later we sat around the kitchen table, while Bob played a couple tunes on the mandolin.  Harper and June listened and watched intently.

Several weeks ago I borrowed an old L.L. Bean sled from a friend. We finally had snow that stayed on the ground long enough for me to get a photograph of Harper and June riding a sled for the first time.

It was a very short ride. The girls were tired. In fact, doesn’t it look like June could fall asleep right there on the sled?

I hope that your Christmas was as enjoyable as was ours!

Our Christmas Tree

I took this photograph of our Christmas tree a short time ago, this evening.  The only lighting is that which shines from the bulbs on the Christmas tree.

Our Christmas Tree

Earlier this month I took a photograph of Bob, our cat Patches, and me for this year’s Christmas card.  I designed the card myself, with the help of a Photobacks holiday template.

This Year’s Christmas Card

 

The day after taking the photograph of Bob, Patches and me, Stacey stopped by the house.  She was enjoying a few hours personal time and looked so relaxed and pretty.  I couldn’t resist taking a couple photographs of Stacey and our Christmas tree.

Stacey and our Christmas Tree

Stacey is such a lovely young woman, inside and outside.  I am so blessed that she and her father came into my life 14 1/2 years ago.

We will be celebrating Christmas with Stacey, Mike and our granddaughters on Christmas Day.  I will return to blogging after Christmas.  Merry Christmas to family and friends near and far!

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