Charlie’s Favorite Author

Last Friday, March 19, when visiting my family in Ohio, I photographed this colorful set of books on top of Charlie’s dresser. I’d not seen them altogether in this format . I know they’ve been read aloud numerous times to Charlie.(5) he always tells me about a grandmother in the books who knits.

Then one week later on March 26th my sister sent me this NYTimes obituary – Beverly Cleary passed away at 104 years of age.

Her books were always a favorite at school, too.

Happy Birthday Jack

Born March 21, 2007

Jack -Five days old
Jack on his Birthday Eve

Perpetual Puppy Barks– click to see 10 second video

I’m happy to be here to celebrate your birthday!

Love,

your Grandma (AKA FF Ruthie)

A Dozen Years Ago

One of my favorite photos.

Anna’s birthday weekend. Apple picking. In October 2008. Anna turned 5.

In this photo at the apple orchard, Erika is expecting Maura (12 next month) and Jack was home napping. Michael and Anna are helping pick apples

Ohio Apple Orchard

Penny the Golden Doodle: a Family’s Best Friend

The unexpected loss of a beloved pet, who’s a big part of the family, is a painful and sad experience. Laura, James and Charlie will miss her so much. Here are some photos when Penny was featured on the blog.

Remembering Penny today and the happiness she brought to her family.

RIP Penny

Penny liked to watch TV -The Dog Show, Marie Kondo, Chevy Chase in Christmas Vacation

Penny thought she was a lap dog.
She liked to nap with her Dad.
Here she is meeting her cousin Henry when he was just a pup

Remembering Penny the Golden Doodle: a Family’s Best Friend

Homegrown Basil in Baked Pasta Dish

James gave me basil from his garden. Erika asked me to make Baked Orecchiette for supper. Perfect timing. The small dish is spaghetti see we hash instead of pasta. Fresh mozzarella, basil, Parmesan, and homemade sauce.

The Small dish was spaghetti squash instead of pasta,

1984 Ceramic Pumpkin saved from the Trash

About 18 years ago Erika, my daughter-in -Law, was pitching this little ceramic pumpkin she had created in elementary school. They were cleaning out the basement. I said No, no no and took it out of the trash. “You have to save it and give it to your children, show your kids someday.” Well her eldest is 17 at the end of this week.

I found this in the back of my China closet. I can’t wait to give her daughter the little ceramic pumpkin her mom made circa 1984. Hoping it doesn’t end up in the trash again

And

Happy Sunday Birthday to Erika.❤️