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Remembering Jennifer Sara, Born February 26, 1982- Passed February 28, 1986

We had some fun neighbors on Lowe Street in Fort Knox, Kentucky.

The Army Housing had eight units and they lived on the end and we were in the middle. I can’t remember a single movie we saw together but we sure laughed a lot. Years later when we lived in Germany the whole family came to visit us and we have a video of that occasion.

My friend Sally found out she was expecting her son Jonathan when Mark was just a baby in 1976.  Jonathan is headed back from his Army assignment in Korea and I know Sally is glad.

And somewhere in my house, I still have the cute birth announcement for their dear baby girl Jennifer, born February 26,1982.

Thirty three years ago.

This post is to honor and remember little red-haired Jennifer and all those who love her. xxooxx

porcelain angel

Wordless Wednesday

with alladin lamp

Memorial Day 2014 Photos from Upstate New York- Guest Blog

Across the nation there were parades, memorial services, taps sounding in cemeteries, and specific names of friends and family on Facebook, asking for us to remember a lost friend, family member and soldier.

I received these two photos from my sister where she is visiting friends, south of Albany.

Mark’s birthday was today so his tribute was up for most of the 26th but didn’t want Memorial Day to pass without a post acknowledging it.

Thanks Mary.

Bricks with Service Member Names

Some of the service member names engraved in bricks.

Bethlehem Memorial Day WreathA wreath placed by the memorial stone.


Twenty four notes. Taps. 

The Origin of Taps, The Bugler’s Cry  by  “Jari Villanueva, a former ceremonial bugler at Arlington National Cemetery”

(General Daniel Butterfield- July 1862)


Hungarian Nut Roll Slideshow

Today Jaclyn and her sister Shannon baked nut rolls together, carrying on family tradition.

Their mother, Theresa, passed last February.  This post is to remember Theresa , those who knew and loved her and to send hugs to Jaclyn and Shannon as they are missing their mom, especially at Christmas time.

Theresa was one of the four sisters in this slideshow (baking the pizelles)  showing the three sisters making nutroll in Pittsburgh- Linda, Georgeann and Theresa,  while the fourth sister Marlene communicated via SKYPE in Virginia.

You might remember the previous post of the 15 greased nut roll pans  where the retro recipe card is photographed in case you want to make them.

Marlene and I share grandchildren and her daughter Erika is married to my son Mark.



four sisters and their mom

One of my favorite photos from long ago, taken by unknown photographer

Theresa their mother Marion, Bride Linda, Marlene and Georgeann



April Showers, Richie Havens and Here Comes the Sun

Rain on Car Window

It was MIXED BAG (vinyl) in my dorm room in the early seventies.  Over and over.  Richie Havens sang Dylan better than Bob.

Here’s an email in response to the one I wrote in December.

Subject: A Message of Gratitude

Last Christmas Matthew was back from Croatia and we were sitting in Mark and Erika’s living room in Ohio, remembering the first Richie Havens concert I forced him to go to as a teenager.  We saw him together  years later in New York City at the Knitting Factory, too. Matthew and Aunt Mary braved a Connecticut snowstorm to see him together and sat right under him.


Hi Ruth

Thank you so much for taking the time to send along such kind thoughts. I will make sure Richie sees your email.

Best wishes for 2013!

Stormy Forest Productions, NYC

—–Original Message—–
From: ruthehendricks
To: stormyforestprod
Sent: Sat, Dec 29, 2012 3:50 pm
Subject: Message of Gratitude

This is a message for Mr. Havens as I sit with  my 32 yo son tonight (home from 
Croatia where he lives) listening together to RH on youtube.

When Matthew was 14 I forced him to go listen to a Richie Havens concert in 
Pittsburgh Pa at the Carnegie Music Hall.

Oh he was mad cause who wants to go anywhere with their mother at that point of 
their life?
We waited in the corridor afterwards and met Mr. Havens and my son said he emanated 
positive energy right out of himself into him. 

  Matthew saw him in concert at least six times after that and he said tonight 
that Richie Havens was able to communicate to his soul.  We saw him together at 
the Knitting Factory years later.

So powerful and I wanted to express gratitude for his musical gifts and these 
wonderful  loving memories we share of listening to Mr Havens music and energy.
Ruth Hendricks
Richie Havens RIP.  Matthew and I spoke on SKYPE last night when we heard of your passing and we will always remember you and your music which touched our souls, deeply.
for Richie Havens Streaming Audio click here

Murphy the Airedale- A Family’s Best Friend

Murphy Joseph McGrath.  Murphy passed today. He just turned 11. He was patient, loving, loyal, humorous and adored by everyone.  What a personality!

It is a very sad day for the family.

If you’ve been following the blog you’ve seen his photograph many times.  I swear he smiled for the camera.

He was one of the first posts on the blog, Murphy Waits for Michael.

So many of you expressed sympathy recently on the passing of Erika’s parents Italian Greyhound, Cleo.  It’s been a hard month.

Today’s tribute is for Mark and Erika’s, Anna, Michael, Jack and Maura’s dear sweet boy- Murphy!

When Mark and Erika brought each of the babies home from the hospital, Murphy was there to welcome them into the family.  Murphy was a pup before M & E got  married.  He was a loving and well loved member of the family. ( Erika would get mad at me if I called him “dog”)

There are no words to describe the sadness, the missing.  You may remember the photos from his  Tenth Birthday post last year.

Anna is nine now but here she is just home from Mercy Hospital

anna murphy baby

Murphy Christmas

Fall Murph


Christmas Murph


in the van

Murph in the snow

Anna and Murph

Steelers family

boys with murph

murph and anna

murph xmas

Murphy’s favorite tree in Virginia.  He represented for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful.  Murph under the tree in Virginia

Murph on stairs

Photographed by Erika

maura and murph


In Hardy Virginiamurph and kids

Rest in Peace Murphy


A Tribute to Cleo- A Much Loved Italian Greyhound

Sixteen in dog years is getting up there. 112. But no matter if a faithful dog is old or ill, she is going to be sorely missed.  She was well loved and cared for but she got sick and just couldn’t get better.

Cleo and her sister Xena, who passed on before, came as tiny puppies many Christmases ago to live with Donald and Marlene, my daughter-in-law’s parents. I heard the story that they were about the size of mice.   Cleo and Xena traveled to visit the family every visit.  And they would greet us eagerly when we all drove down to Virginia for Labor Day or Thanksgiving or Memorial Day weekends.

Italian Greyhounds grace many an oil painting or tapestry in the world’s museums.  This special dog, Cleo,was a much loved member of the family.   It’s a sad day.

Sympathy and love to you Marlene and Donald.  I know you will miss her terribly.


Xena and Cleo, sisters, in happier days


A Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt and Friend- Remembering Theresa

Theresa Simok McDonald. 

She is going to be sorely missed.  Wednesday and Thursday the family gathered in at Aunt Linda’s and Uncle Frank’s house.  One neighbor next door brought over nut horns and apricot and cherry cookies, and the neighbor on the other side brought a Jell-o salad.   There was ham and bean soup and a tray of baked stuffed shells, haluski, a chicken, hoagies from the Triangle Bar and lots of salad and fruit.  There was laughter and tears and stories and sifting through the pictures of growing up.  A round of hugs and kisses and fresh tears at every greeting and farewell.   The family drove in from Ohio this afternoon.  Doing schoolwork at the kitchen table, the little ones watching a dinosaur movie in the family room.  Aunt Linda making everyone welcome with food and drink and hospitality.

A wonderful woman Allison at the Waterfront COSTCO printed an 8×10 memorial portrait just before closing time.

Friday the family will gather together at the  Memorial Service.

Family and friends will be received from 10- 11:30 a.m. on Friday at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME, INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. A Blessing Service will be held at the funeral home on Friday morning at 11 a.m.
Send condolences at post-gazette.com/gb

Theresa,  the sister of my daughter-in-law Erika’s mother, Marlene.

Theresa had a great sense of humor and a beautiful spirit. She adored her granddaughter.  And one thing about Theresa,  she spoke her mind!

Didn’t mind if you didn’t agree with her point of view.  She’d present strong arguments for her stance.

Love and sympathy to all who loved her – dear daughters Shannon and Jaclyn and to her dear granddaughter Parker Rose.

And to her sweet sisters Linda, Marlene and Georgeann.  Rest in Peace, Theresa.


Ready to go to the wedding. Mother of the Bride Theresa


The Four Sisters Picture   L to R  Georgeann, Linda, Marlene and Theresa

at Jaclyn and Mike’s wedding


I love this photograph.  Don’t know who took it.    Left to Right-  Theresa, The Four Sisters’Mother Marion, Linda the Bride, Marlene and Georgeann


Growing Up-   Mother Marion with Linda in the middle and Theresa on the left and Marlene on the right


I took this one at Erika and Mark’s home


Theresa with her daughters, Jaclyn and Shannon293433_1947228325903_3142736_n

With Granddaughter Parker Rose at her baptism.



A Day to Remember

A neighbor’s display in his yard.  Each flag has a metal marker of a different war.  Too many wars.

They Sat on a Davenport

with antimacassars…….

Marian VanSickle married Roy Joseph Hendricks August 1939 in Durand, Illinois

This is not their wedding photo but they look like newlyweds to me.



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