Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Cousins Meet for First Time


J.P. Weddle (24 months) and Lizzie Hamilton (18 months) listen to Ryan Weddle (424 months) read.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Saturday, October 20, 2012



Sunday, October 14, 2012


J. P. Weddle's jack-o-lantern

Saturday, October 6, 2012

October Leaves

Cool autumn day!

Saturday, September 1, 2012


Though I consider myself to be "Pro-Choice" I can certainly understand and relate to this by Joan Chittister, a Benedictine Sister and a best-selling author and well-known international lecturer on topics of justice, peace, human rights, women's issues, and contemporary spirituality in the Church and in society.

‎"I do not believe that just because you're opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed.

 And why would I think that you don't?

 Because you don't want any tax money to go there. 

That's not pro-life.

 That's pro-birth.

 We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is."

Saturday, August 18, 2012

On Change -

 "It's been my habit of mind, over the years, to understand that every situation in which human beings are involved can be turned on its head.  Everything someone assures me to be true might not be.  Every pillar of belief the world rests on may or may not be about to explode.  Most things don't stay the way they are very long.  Knowing this, however, has not made me cynical.  Cynical means believing that good isn't possible; and I know for a fact that good is.  I simply take nothing for granted and try to be ready for the change that's soon to come."

from Canada by Richard Ford

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Our Beefeater

With the Olympics going on in London there have been a few features on TV about the Tower of London and the Yeoman Warders who serve as guides.   I was reminded of our visit on July 14, 2000, and the excellent guide we had.  I didn't remember his name but I was able to read his name tag and did some Googling to find out he is Mick Casson  who served as a Yeoman Warder for 15 years, retiring in 2003.  He still gives talks about the Tower and his experiences.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sunday Wildlife

 Deer down in the stream, raccoons in the foreground
This is the first time we've ever seen raccoons out back.  They have probably been around but we saw them today.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Bastille Day Horseradish!

Today I dug, cleaned, chopped, processed, and jarred about three and a half quarts of horseradish!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Monday, June 18, 2012

Weddle Tea

I just received a box of Weddle Tea that I got on eBay. In 1969 I visited the Weddle Tea Company in New York. It was located in a building at the corner of Wall and Water Streets in lower Manhattan where a skyscraper now stands. The owners were not Weddles but they did offer me a job - I think it was to be on hand when a creditor would call and ask to speak to Weddle! Back then every shipment of tea entering the U.S. had to be tasted by official government tea tasters, I saw the special table that they used. I am not sure when the company finally went out of business - I would guess in the seventies.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

New Plants

We put in some new plants this evening. Heather's cat supervised from the window!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Shopping with Grandma and Grandpa

Trying Watermelon!

Grandma's Cap is Fun!

Sunday, April 8, 2012


Back at home after church and a big lunch!

Thursday, April 5, 2012


Due to the warm weather in March the tulips are at least two weeks early this year.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


Very warm temperatures for this time of year have made many blooms appear!

Sunday, March 18, 2012


A storm passed through - gave us some hail - nothing worse.

Monday, February 27, 2012

New Resident

Last fall we found this bird house at a yard sale and hung it from the tree out back. Recently we found that we have a new resident.

Monday, February 20, 2012

John Glenn!

In 1962 - fifty years ago today - John Glenn orbited the earth three times. As soon as he was safely back on Earth it was announced that the U.S. Post Office had issued a stamp commemorating the event. Post offices all across the country had been sent sealed packets of the new stamp with the instructions that they were not to be opened until directed to do so.

Here are some first day covers from various places.

These were all autographed by John Glenn different times in 1986 and 1988 when he maintained a residence in Grandview Heights, Ohio. His voting place was in the school where I taught.

I most recently saw him in September of 1998 when he visited the Ohio Statehouse after a parade in his honor for once again being a space traveler in the space shuttle becoming the oldest astronaut.

A teacher friend lived in the same apartment building as John Glenn. One time they were in the elevator together and she noticed his lapel pin and told him the that she knew someone who would like to have one like it. He took it off and gave it to her and she gave it to me. I'm wearing it today.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Saturday, February 11, 2012

A Winter Day!

Here it is February 11 and this seems to be our first real wintery day. A little snow and 19 degrees F at noon.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Chilly, Wet Morning

Spring is officially some weeks away, but recent temperatures have not been typical - sometimes reaching sixty degrees F in the last few days.