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Archive for November, 2019

Time with PA Family


Our early Thanksgiving dinner with Jodie, Bill, Liam, and my sis, Sally
Nothing better for a grama than a grandson hug!
Bill is a great host and a wonderful story teller
He keeps Bob entertained!
Liam made a chocolate “Yule Log” cake to take to school today – yummy!!
Here we are at the local non-profit theater in Sewickley, ready for the movie, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.”
Tom Hanks was a perfect Mr. Rogers.
He deserves an Academy Award! If you haven’t seen the movie, do plan to go. You will love it!
Cheers from Bob & me. Have a great Tuesday! We are headed to the Phipps Museum today with Jodie. What are your
plans for today?

This afternoon Liam and I
are going to entertain folks
at Sally’s Masonic Home.
Stay tuned. I’ll send you pictures…
and maybe a video so you can hear us.

I’ll see you later.

Preparing for Thanksgiving


As you are preparing for Thanksgiving,
That annual day when THANKS is clear,
Don’t forget to put an extra chair
At your Gratitude Table this year

I am thinking of Carol Orr
and Marcelle Zufferey
and our angelic ancestors
during this Thanksgiving season.
I thank God for their presence in our lives.

Who will you imagine to be at your empty chair this year?

Back in Jodie’s kitchen in Sewickley PA.
I’m preparing tonight’s dinner for the family. What are you up to today?

See ya later.

Headed Back


We are headed back

To my niece, Jodie, and Bill’s place

Kutztown was just great!

We attended Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church with Lisa & Allen this morning.

My favorite was the last hymn. I’d never heard or sung it before. Have you?

The congregation really got into it, clapping and singing enthusiastically. We loved it!! 💕

The sky was threatening as we left Kutztown
But less threatening as we approach Pittsburgh

I hope you’ve had a blessed Sunday, too.

Bye for now. I send my love … and I’ll see ya tomorrow.

Granddaughter’s In-Laws


We’re so grateful that our granddaughter, Faith, married into this beautiful McSparron family! Such a gift to the Beekmans to extend our hearts into Kutztown, PA!! This is a sweet, quaint college town.

Here’s Lisa, Kyle’s mom
Allen, Kyle’s dad

Their house was designed by Allen & Lisa and built by the McSparron boys & dad.

They call it their cottage
It is amazing!
Their view is beautiful.
The stained glass window was created by an artist inspired by a picture Allen took in Switzerland. It’s the church where Lisa’s ancestors, the Caveltis, worshiped.

Such fun to have Lisa’s heritage also be in Switzerland where our DeDe and her family lives.

After a delicious breakfast topped off by the wonderful pear dessert left from last night, we went “hunting and gathering” in the gorgeous countryside.

Wooden Bridge Dry Goods
I’d never seen multi-colored sheep before. Have you?
Many of the farms are owned and managed by Menninites.
Inside Wooden Bridge Dry Goods was an amazing display of every kind of fabric imaginable.
These are spools of thread!
The Reddinger’s Farmers Market had a variety of apple for sale I’d never heard of before: Faith! That’s our granddaughter’s name… so of course, we had to buy some.
Lisa is with Bob – and Allen is over at the register behind them. In his retirement, Allen enjoys working at the Pinnacle Ridge Winery.

As you can see, we are busy “hunting & gathering” in a variety of places.

So it’s wine tasting time. See ya later!

You can see that Allen enjoys his job!
And we enjoyed the wine!
We bought some Pinot Grigio to enjoy with tonight’s dinner.
What’s your favorite varietal?

Good Morning!


It’s a rainy morning here in Pennsylvania. How’s your day?

Mary’s snuggled in.
Lily is relaxed this morn.
Happy Friday to you, too.

I chose greenish eggs
For our breakfast this morning
Amazing chickens!

We’re headed to the Lancaster area today. Amish country. More pictures forthcoming. Stay tuned!

See ya later!

Sally’s Place & Chickens


My sis, Sally, lives at the Masonic Village. It’s a lovely place. We enjoyed a tour this afternoon.

A lovely sitting area near the entrance… and a beautiful meeting room where church services are held each Sunday:

Bob & I had lunch with my sis at her home’s “Friendsgiving” celebration.

The staff really got into the spirit by dressing up for the occasion.
Then we went home – and were greeted by cheery Lily.

Jodie’s standard poodle, Lily, was smiling to Hello. Such a sweet pup!!

Then Mary, their sheepadoodle, came to join in the greeting. Such beautiful dogs.

We were greeted also by a variety of their chickens… fascinating!! I wonder which one of these provided the eggs for our breakfast this morning? The eggs were as varied in color as the chickens are!

This Sussex lays brown eggs.
This gal lays green or blue eggs! She’s a Whitening.
Isn’t this a handsome guy? The hens hover around him!
This is Charlotte – a Polish bantam. Her eggs are tiny and cream colored.
This one lays deep brownish-red eggs. She is a Maran.
She wouldn’t stand still!!
This is a golden Wyndotte. She lays brown eggs.

Don’t you love this wonderful variety of hens and roosters? Such fun! There are about 80+ birds in Liam’s flock.

And Liam has a business selling “Liam’s Great Eggs.” He has a growing clientele… can’t even keep up with the demand! Come on, hens, keep on layin’. This is such a great learning opportunity for us all!

Pick out the eggs you want for your breakfast tomorrow~

See ya in the morning.

Visiting Relatives


It has been two years since my sister moved to Pennsylvania to be by her daughter, my niece Jodie.

When I last saw my sister, I knew she had the beginning stages of dementia, but it has progressed rapidly since then. Nevertheless, of course, she recognized me right away! We enjoyed time with her at a Chinese lunch yesterday. Today we will have lunch with her at her Masonic Home.

Last night we went to a Boy Scout Thanksgiving dinner. My grand-nephew, Liam, and his dad provided one of the turkeys.

Liam is proud to be a member of the Sewickley Boy Scout troop.

Liam – such a responsible young man!

The meal was quite tasty!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Bill & Jodie’s house
The swingset – on Bill & Jodie’s property
Their barn – dates back to the 1700s
The quaint little cottage
Beautiful setting!

We’re headed to see Sally.
See ya later!

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