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Baby to Thirteen! How fast time flies.

Happy thirteenth birthday dear granddaughter Anna Catherine.Here is your birthday blogpost.

You are a lovely young woman.  You are the one who made us grandparents.

You are kind, thoughtful, responsible, generous and loving.  (Just a few adjectives to describe your character)

What a happy day when you were born.

30190413046_fa01a356b7_oSunday night October 9 (can you see that the chocolate cupcakes form a one and a three?)


Here you are brand new with your grandmothers- Ruthie and Marlene.  You gave us the name Froo Froo. So now we are Froo Froo Ruthie and Froo From Marlene to all the grandkids!





screen-shot-2016-10-09-at-11-13-33-pmHappy Birthday to you!  Here you are with your family at the Mellow Mushroom tonight.


And without the corny balloon birthday hat. 10-6-2016

I remember your 10-10-10 birthday post when you were so skilled at the Hula Hoop! You can watch on youtube

Eleven Years in a blink

Last year it was a Dozen Years of Love


your FF Ruthie



Happy Birthday dear DIL

Got the four together this afternoon to wish you a very happy birthday. They were bike riding around the cul de sac but took a moment to pose. You are a good mom!  Xxoo  Love your MILimg_0233


Tundra Wilderness Tour in Denali National Park

This is the way the day started out when we left the hotel at 8 AM.  Our competent guide, Cassie, told us that only 30% of park visitors actually see the mountain. and even then it is usually bits and pieces of it.  She drove us 62 miles into the park and then the 62 miles back, about 8 hours round trip.  There were stops for the facilities and a box of snacks and we had ordered a box lunch, too.  There is not even a water fountain once you are in the park.

This is what it looked like in the morning.  43 degrees

img_1348we were driving through clouds in the Denali National Park and Preserve

But looked what happened as the day unfolded

We got to see a clear view of “The Great One” which is what Denali means to the Athabaskans.

img_1506It was a great birthday for Mary as the gift was we got to see the mountain.

We saw some wildlife- two grizzly bears, Dall Sheep, two caribou and two moose.


There aren’t guard rails along the route and the road turns from paved to gravel/dirt and gets narrower

img_1436Another tour bus


img_1445Don’t look down is my best suggestion!







Fellow tourists try on antlers for photo ops.

This is the stop where Alaska Geographic was selling gorgeous books in a big tent.

img_8460Another view of Denali

This post is just the highlights of our tour today.






Eleven Years Old Today

Everyone loves Michael. 

Happy 11th birthday, August 21st.

(Top left-at your baptism by your namesake Fr. Michael Joseph Zeps, S.J.  Then your Godfather Joe, Dad, FF Marlene, Uncle Joey again, Aunt Lala-August bday club and your Mom holding you on the bottom)
He is one loveable young man. (Last year I might have said boy)

Concentrating on his yo-yo skills in Pittsburgh. Summer 2016

Language camp last week -photo by parents 

After your swim meet-June 26, 2015 with new cousin Charlie at the hospital

Teasing  old Grandma, making me think your head was stuck!

Michael if you want to see how quickly you are growing up, here are some blog posts documenting your growth! 

Seems as if you just turned 10- tenth birthday post 

Florida Rainbow appeared when you were born. 9 years old 

*Seems you were 8 not so long ago 8th birthday post

* Here’s your 7th birthday

Laura made you an Alvin and the Chipmunks cake when you were Five – Chipmunks Cake

Don’t know what happened to six but you were my first photo on the blog with Murphy the Airedale

And here you are with Henry the Airedale

Love you lots

Happy 11th Birthday to you Michael Joseph


FF Ruthie

P.S.  I need a photo of me with you, please.  Birthday mail on the way. 

Happy Birthday Lala

You were one not so long ago.

Now you’re mom to a one year old!

Happy Happy Birthday to you Laura. 

You make life nice. 


Your Mom

P.S. Refer to last year’s birthday post to see how time flies. 

(It’s something old people say to younger people and then suddenly you experience it.)

Summer Bouquets

IMG_3331Love to all, near and far.

Count the Places You See Numbers

Count the places you see numbers. 

Numbers tell time

numbers on clock

Reading Terminal Philadelphia

Numbers keep score

IMG_0031LazerKraze Columbus Ohio


Numbers on a bus, train, trolley or flight numberIMG_8462

Numbers to phone


Numbers to remember



Numbers to celebrate

Numbers  identify players and participants

Numbers for weight and price per item or pound


Numbers determine which lane you swim in and times determine which ribbon or medal you receive


Numbers from another time, WW2, a ration book



Numbers to playIMG_0863

Numbers found in odd places


It was Forty Years Ago Today

“You don’t remember, I’ll never forget …”
Me holding Mark, Fort Knox, Kentucky – a Polaroid

May, 1976. Bicentennial baby!

My mom and dad with first grandchild, Mark. Philadelphia PA – July 1976

My mother was the exact age in this photo that  I am now. (63)
Quick, the photo albums with the sticky lines are ruining all the old photos!!

Young mother but oh, those glasses….
















Aunt Bobbie needlepointed that patriotic bear.
Anyone else have a plaid Herculon couch?

Two proud grandpas -Mark’s first  birthday! (or maybe the month after)

And I will title this one Jubilant

It seems one minute you have a baby-`

and then they become grown up with a family of their own!!

Happy fortieth birthday, Mark.  

love, Mom



(I never did embroider Fort Knox on this birth sampler I found, folded up in my dresser drawer recently)   Forty years goes by fast!!




and there was the year I got you the gift you never got as a child

John Patrick is 9

Here’s your birthday post, Jack. 

Happy Birthday Jack!

9 is fine!

Dear Jack, 

Have a great day!  I hope your present came in the mail.  I’ll see you very soon.

Love from your Grandma, FF Ruthie

p.s. If you want to see your past blog posts, here are a few

Jack Runs to First Base and Guest Blogs

Jack’s Sock Monkey Tie

May 2015

Eight is Great


Happy Diamond Birthday, Bonnie

A special birthday wish for a good friend, blog follower, dog lover (actually all animals)  and former colleague. Bonnie! We taught together at Greenfield School.

And we worked the After School Program together for about 5 years. I can’t tell you how many students she taught to swim.

Another of our friends hosted a fun surprise party and we gathered together to honor Bonnie as she celebrates 75!


May your birthday wish come true.


Here’s Bonnie surrounded by former colleagues and friends. Surprise!

Arleen took the one on the left so I could be in it, too. Thanks Arleen.

Happy Birthday Bonnie.  Love, Rutie