Tuesday, January 24, 2017


My heartfelt thanks to everyone who left the sweetest comments on my previous post, and to everyone who comments on my blog, a big thank you.  

Last week when we had family in town we were in Washington DC on several occasions.  At the request of Gregg's cousin (she and her husband stayed with us during the week) we found ourselves at Madam Tussauds.  Gregg and I have never been there before and found it very interesting.  Thanks Cuz!  Our son and daughter-in-law have visited a couple of times and I have been fascinated by their photos.  More posts to follow on Madame Tussauds.

Andrew Jackson's nickname was "Old Hickory", given by his troops who said he was as tough as 'old hickory'.  At the age of 13 he joined the army to fight in the Revolutionary War.  During his service he and his brother were captured by the British.  As President, in 1836 he survived an assassination attempt. The assailant's gun misfired and Jackson defended himself with his walking stick.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Gregg's Dad was finally laid to rest last week.  There were many wonderful family and friends from all over the country who attended.  To those who traveled near and far, we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  You were an absolute joy and source of strength to our family. 

Thursday, December 22, 2016


Hi Everyone, this is a little early but I wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas, and to those of you who are of other Faiths, I wish you a very happy holiday season.  To all of us a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year.  Those who are dealing with losses and such tragic events around the world are particularly in my heart.

I hope to be back in the New Year on a more regular basis.  

It took me longer than usual but here are part of the decorations I have put around our house.  I am also sharing some treasured collectibles, along with a few very treasured old photos which you may have seen before.  

We have a small artificial tree, one of the narrow ones that we can fit where people can pass by without tripping over it.  

Here are a collection of wooden ornaments I made in my craft show days.  The first is the one that started it all, an idea from Gregg after me buying a wooden old-fashioned policeman from Germany that reminded me of my dad, and making one for the navy craft show at the local school I participated in, thanks to Gregg's good idea.  There's a story I shared on my old blog somewhere.  This is supposed to be Gregg by the way, complete with glasses.

If my fingers had allowed me to continue, I would never have quit painting.  It was such an enjoyable part of my life going to those craft shows and meeting all the people I met from everywhere.  Special memories of special people.  Three more of mine, many more in boxes in the basement.

A few ornaments bought or given that have great sentimental value.

Thank you to all my blogging friends who let me know how concerned they were during my spell away.  Your kindness means everything.

Wishing that we all receive the Dove of Peace in 2017.