Monday, September 22, 2014

Who Says Good Friends Are Hard to Find

So these folks are our old neighbors that we met 9 years ago.  We had lots of fun when we were neighbors.  Our times include late night bonfires, watching their evil cat, meeting their children and many other memories.  And then we moved away from them and they couldn't keep away.  We had a blast with them at the wedding this weekend. 
What do you think....maybe Adam has a little crush on Joe?  Not sure if it was just the drinks flowing or his true feelings.


Thanks for the photo bomb, Kerri, you made this picture priceless.
Joe and I after the ceremony.  The ceremony was right on this lake.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Wonderful Times

This weekend we had a wonderful time in Plymouth, MA.  We had a weekend long wedding that started with a pre celebration clam bake.  Joe and I stayed in a hotel on the beach and got up to see the sunrise yesterday morning and we even saw some seals swimming in the water. We were able to capture these fabulous once of a lifetime photos:


And of course we went downtown:


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sympathy Card

Entered this card into a housewarming party at:

Housewarming Party

I ran into our neighbor in Walmart the other day, yes up here in this part of the world this is how we usually see our neighbors.  For those of you who don't know we live remote from most of our town.  Our house sits on top of a 100 feet driveway on a 180 degree angle and we have one neighbor through the woods.  However, this neighbor that I made this card for moved a while back and now lives about 1 1/2 miles away instead of half a mile.  He proceeded to tell me that he lost his best friend last Tuesday, his dog.  This dog has  been his little buddy and went everywhere with him just like my little shadow.  A few years ago, not sure how many, his wife got sick and passed away.  BJ sat on her bedside while she was ill taking care of her.  Bob said he will never forget the love that BJ has shown him and will miss him riding shotgun.  Bob and BJ were among the first people that we met in our town when I was walking Skippy by one day and he always has time to chat with you for a couple of minutes.  Skippy and BJ got along great.  The hardest part for me is to tell Skippy that another friend of his has passed.  So far Skippy has lost about 5 or more friends. 

So here is the card that we will send to Bob:

And I'm adding this into the card.  I printed it out and laminated it.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


This is the wall of all the letters and photos I have gotten from our heroes.  Looking pretty good and making me proud of what I do with getting all the appreciation letters.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Double Letters

I got two letters in the mail today from some of our grateful heroes.  What a great birthday gift!

Sunday, August 31, 2014


Where oh where did August go?  Flew by in our neck of the woods.

My head is much better.  I still have some pain occasionally and the two lumps on each side come out when I don't wear a head band.  If I have a head band on they keep the lumps down.  All in all it is a long journey that will continue for 6 months until a year until all scar remodeling is finished.

Anyway we went on vacation this month to Wildwood, NJ which is on the south Jersey shore.  We had a blast and went with my mom, dad, sister, brother-in-law and Skippy got to join the fun as well.   My cousin, Alex and Aunt Maryanne were staying in AC with my other cousin and made an early morning drive down to Wildwood to spend the day with us.  They headed back to AC after dinner and a little walk on the boardwalk. Our brother-in-law didn't make the whole week but was with us for 2 days.   We even did an old time photo which came out real cool.  Before we headed to the shore my family threw me a surprise birthday party.  So nice of them, isn't it?

Skippy loved being on the beach and I even got him to run in the ocean a bit although he was not a fan of this.  He did love the sand and he said it was the best vacation that he has been on.  The only other vacations he has been on has been to my parent's house in PA.  This took care of half of his bucket list - the other half is going to Central Park in New York City and we hope to be able to do that in October if all goes as planned.  I hope he does not keep adding to his bucket list, but he is so demanding so he probably will. 

Oh yeah, looks like OWH will be on hiatus for a little while on my end.  I have a couple of personal projects to get completed before I move on with my shipments for OWH.  Hopefully, I will be back to making OWH cards before the end of the month.

Here are some photos from our trip, the best souvenirs to bring home:

My dad, sister and cousin, Alex.  The only photo with my dad other than a professional one.

Joe loves animals and will make sure that they get fed.

The best lifeguard that Wildwood has ever had.

Joe with his big waffle sundae.  Don't worry he ate it all,.

What a beautiful family photo.  Joe, Skippy and I.

Skippy's first time on the boardwalk.

Skippy just hanging out at the house. 

My sister and bro-in-law, Thomas.

My sister and I.

This is in front of the big fire hydrant on the beach.  They just opened the dog beach park this past June.  Skippy met lots of new friends during the week.

Our first night in town.  Just took a stroll down to the beach while waiting for the duck race.

Joe and I took a dolphin cruise for our 9th anniversary.

Mom, Cindy (my sister) and I

My cousin, Alex and I

My mother and her sister, my Aunt Maryanne

Cindy and Alex

Cindy and Alex

There were over 7000 ducks in the duck race.
Joe didn't quit until he rung the bell.
This took a lot of courage to do. Cool photo because before Joe and I got married I was DWO, but now I'm DLO.
Having fun on the boardwalk - my sister, Cindy and her husband, Thomas.
Thomas, bro-in-law, catching some waves.
Joe taking a splash.
Skippy trying to be a good boy so he would come back.
My cousin, Alex, sister, Cindy and I.  Joe told Cindy she was looking pretty this day which got a laugh out of all of us.

My mother and Mr. Rubber Ducky.