Monday, October 12, 2015

2015 continued

The year has progressed fairly well!

Very nice well attended Birthday Party for Nick Ban at the Yogurt Shoppe on Main Street Feb 20th

Very cold sub zero weather with a lot if snow. Worst Feb ever.
Winter continued into March with many school delays and cancelations.

BCSO concerts went very well. Rachmaninov 2nd was very well played, also Bruck Violin and Nielsen Maskarade
The the March 7th Broadway concert was very well received also.
Vocalists were outstanding.Spring trip 2015

Left for 10 day trip April 16th stop at Gaithersburg overnight at Washingtonian Center Courtyard. Then on to Annapolis for a short walk, a drive to Berlin and overnight with Damien and Katie. Sienna and Aria are growing and cute as we expected. Stayed until Sunday morning. Then off to Williamsburg and a four night stay a The Historic Pawahatan Resort. Did a presentation Monday, then historic Williamsburg. Good food stops Tuesday was a shopping day, and Wednesday a Va Historic Home and Garden tour in Newport News. Thursday we drove to Montecello, did the tour and stayed overnight in Winchester. Friday we drove to State College for Bruno’s Soccer and overnight. Saturday morning helped Mike with mulch the a BD Party for Bruno . He is seven! We drove home tired but happy to be able to visit our family. Arrived Saturday night about 7 PM

Nice Mother’s day dinner at Christina’s with a cookout, then trip to Chicago May 14 to visit with Hayley and Megan. Bryan and Pam in new digs in Winfield, very nice, certainly filling their needs. Visited Coligny Park and Botanical Gardens. A quick stop to look over Megan’s new school. Elmhurst. Stopped at Ellen Lou on the way home for an overnight. All seems well with them. Drove to Butler on the 18th of May.

Played three MCB Concerts in June and July, with good attendance at all .

Visited Ellen and Lou Sept. 3 and 4 with a stop in Amish country.

August 28th was the 61st year of our HS reunion at Tanglewood. Sat with Pintels and Judy Diehl.

Airmen of Note concert was terrific at IHS Aud. August the last.

September 8 left for Niagara on the Lake for two night stay. Lunch at Trius, breakfast at Shaw club. Shopping at large Mall near Niagara. Nice drive through the Finger Lakes overnight in Seneca Falls. Then on to Syracuse to visit Maria on Friday. Claudette cooked dinner for Maria and friends. Nice pre-game program Saturday morning on the Quad. Stop at. state College for supper with Mike and Dawn.

"Echos of the Past" Concert was great, could have been more patrons, featured Purvis, Pugh, and Heyde. Nice evening
Ethel plays a few hands

Boy and his puppy

A Bird, no a plane.......

The gangs all here

Life is a beach!

Let's eat!

Granddaughters six, beautiful!

Is this how Leai Started?

Good old 'Cuse!

Maria strikes -up the Band.
Nicely played Oct 3rd concert by the BCSO . Mozart, Rossini, and Shostakovich.

Great PSO Concert Oct 11. Rodrigo, Ravel, and Stravinsky

Monday, April 13, 2015

A Visit with Jim Anderson

Aah Easter Bread

Family dinner at Jimmy Wan's

Vincent and Jessica

Playing with the BCSO

An Obituary printed in the London Times.....Absolutely Dead Brilliant!

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who
has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was,
since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.
He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
- Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
- Why the early bird gets the worm;
- Life isn't always fair;
- And maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend
more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children,
are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but
overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy
charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens
suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher
fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the
job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses;
and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a
burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to
realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap,
and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death,
-by his parents, Truth and Trust,
-by his wife, Discretion,
-by his daughter, Responsibility,
-and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 5 stepbrothers;
- I Know My Rights
- I Want It Now
- Someone Else Is To Blame
- I'm A Victim
- Pay me for Doing Nothing

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

Corn and grain, meat and milk
Upon our table width and length
With love thought and careful craft
Through so many hands have passed
Essence of life, fruits of our labors
Bring sustenance and strength
To ours and all our neighbors
May we all be grateful for all we have
And compassion for those without.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Beach Biking

Thanks to Mom and Dad, we are on Hilton Head Island!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Winter of My Life

You know. . . time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.

But, here it is... the winter of my life and it catches me by surprise...How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go? I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.

But, here it friends are retired and getting grey...they move slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me...but, I see the great change...Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant...but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd be. Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore.. it's mandatory! Cause if I don't on my own free will... I just fall asleep where I sit!

And I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!! But, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I'm not sure how long it will last...this I know, that when it's over on this earth...its over. A new adventure will begin!

Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn't done...things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I'm happy to have done. It's all in a lifetime.

So, if you're not in your winter yet...let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, what ever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don't put things off too long!! Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not! You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember...and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!!

"Life" is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one.

Remember "It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.

Life is too short to let even one day be frenzied or frazzled or frittered away.
Life is too short not to take time to do the things that will hold the most meaning for you.
So let yourself float like a leaf on a stream, relax with your memories and let yourself dream.
Throw out your list that's impossibly long, and dance a few steps to a favorite song.
Turn off the news and go find someone real who'll listen and talk and affirm what you feel.
Life is too short and flies by if you let it, so choose what you want every day-- and go and get it.


~Your kids are becoming you......but your grandchildren are perfect!
~Going out is good.. Coming home is better!
~You forget names.... But it's OK because other people forgot they even knew you!!!
~You realize you're never going to be really good at anything.... especially golf.
~The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don't care to do them anymore.
~You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed. It's called "pre-sleep".
~You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch..
~You tend to use more 4 letter words ... "what?"..."when?"... ???
~Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it's not safe to wear it anywhere.
~You notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless"?!!!
~What used to be freckles are now liver spots.
~Everybody whispers.
~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet.... 2 of which you will never wear.
~But Old is good in some things: Old Songs, Old movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS!!
Stay well, "OLD FRIEND!" Send this on to other "Old Friends!" and let them laugh in AGREEMENT!!!
It's Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Summer of 2013 has a good start

We have had a very eventful summer start or end of spring. A T-ball game in State College, many school concerts and a graduation. Bruno was caught in a photo playing T-ball although his enthusiasm was limited. Maria was featured in a saxophone solo with the Butler Senior High Concert Band and both Natalie and Lauren participated in the Junior High Band concerts. Natalie was confirmed into the church at St. Lukes in Saxonburg. An awards ceremony saw Lauren and Natalie get some academic honors as school days wane. Maria received the Tuesday Musical Award at a Senior Awards program. The Graduation at Butler High found us sitting where the distinguished graduates parents and grandparents sit. Maria was honored for sustaining a 4.3 or better for her four years of high school.
Bryan and family (excluding Megan) arrived on June 6th for a stay in Butler and attended Maria's Graduation Party.
We are so proud of our grandchildren  and their parents and thankful for their success.