Day 10 of Giving Thanks – My Pets

1965 My dad and me with our cat Jetty

1965 My dad and me with our cat Jetty

When I was born my parents had a beautiful black cat, Jetty. They told me he wasn’t real fond of me when I first came home. He didn’t know what to make about that noisy little thing in the bassinet. Eventually we warmed up to each other and became friends. My love of cats only grew over the years.

After Jetty passed my parents found a new fur baby to love, Fluffy. They still had him when I got married. The last cat they had was Peaches.

I went a few years without a pet when my oldest was young. We had a dog for a bit, but I still loved cats more than dogs.  When I remarried we adopted a stray cat, Banana. Soon after we added a miniature Pomeranian, Little Red, to the household and another adopted cat, Midnight.

When I married Jim he had two dogs; Scamp and Samantha as well as two cats; Snickers and Cleopatra. I love how pets know when you need love. During the time my father was very ill I would sleep in my clothes on the sofa with the phone by my side. One night I woke up and the dogs were laying tight up against the sofa on the floor and the two cats were laying on the back of the sofa. This was rare as the two cats rarely shared the same room, let alone being that close!

Queen Cleopatra on her throne.

Queen Cleopatra on her throne.

Now, I have loved all my pets dearly, but Cleopatra shines among all of them. She had the most wonderful personality for a cat and spent a lot of time with us. She always laid on top of the monitor of the pc when I would be working at the desk. She ruled the house, case in point; my husband bought me a flat screen monitor and put it on the desk. That night I sat down to work and Cleo jumped up on the desk and jumped up to where her normal perch was. She ended up on the other side of the monitor. I looked at my husband and said he had to put the old monitor back, which he did. The flat screen did not return until sometime after Cleo’s passing.

By the time we moved back to Pennsylvania all of our pets passed. It seems odd not having a pet. Where we live now we cannot have them. But when we visit a home with furbabies we enjoy getting to know them.

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Day 9 of Giving Thanks – My Grandchildren

Our Beautiful Granddaughters

Our Beautiful Granddaughters

Ah, grandchildren, or grandangels as I have always referred to mine! They are the reward of raising your children for sure.

We are blessed with 3 beautiful granddaughters with another grandangel on the way.

April 2015 Proud Grandparents with their Granddaughters

April 2015 Proud Grandparents with their Granddaughters

My husband and I have made many special memories with our grands and hope to make many more. The motto has always been “What happens at Nana’s, stays at Nana’s”!

Grandchildren

 

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Time To Make The Fruitcake!

FRUITCAKE LOVERS UNITE!

In order for the full flavor to shine through you want to make your fruitcakes soon to allow them to “age”.

I have shared a tried and true family recipe here in my Nana’s Kitchen section. Why not try this old fashioned favorite? AUNT BERTHA’S FRUITCAKE

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Day 8 of Giving Thanks – My Children

Our Girls - Summer 2014

Our Girls – Summer 2014

Raising three girls was wonderful, challenging and one of the greatest blessings of my life.

Now, if they only came with a manual. What worked for one, didn’t work with another. I made my mistakes as a mom along the way, but my guiding force was always love. Of course I could do things so differently now with the wisdom gained during the years the girls were growing up. I did my best and hope they always know that and just how much I love them!

Daughter

 

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Day 7 of Giving Thanks – My Husband

17 years ago today we were married at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Lebanon, PA. These past 17 years were filled with much joy, many challenges and passing of loved ones dear to us. Together, we faced it all and are still standing strong.  I pray we have many more years together ahead of us. I give thanks for Jim every day, many times a day. God blessed me with a good man when he brought him in to my life.

We laugh, we cry, we hope and dream, we banter (this is not fighting!), we discuss and yes, we quarrel. I am certainly not perfect and my knight has a few chinks in his armor. Most of all we love! And that love is built on trust and caring deeply for each other. I know he has my back and I have his. We are a team, partners for the rest of our lives.

Sharing a few favorite snapshots of us over the years. 

In 1998 when we were still dating.

1998 – When we were still dating.

Dancing on our Wedding Day.

1998 – Dancing on our Wedding Day.

2002 Not long after Jim had open heart surgery.

2002 – Not long after Jim had open heart surgery.

Christmas 2005 A favorite picture of hubby and me at Virginia Beach

2005 – A favorite picture of hubby and me at Virginia Beach during Christmas vacation

2011 on one of our road trips

2011 – Road trip to Mount Gretna

2011 - St. Augustine FL

2011 – St. Augustine FL

April 2014

2014 – At our nephew’s wedding

2014 - Hanging out at the airport

2014 – Hanging out at the airport

2015 - St. Mary's , Georgia

2015 – St. Mary’s , Georgia

 

Our Sunday School Picnic this fall.

Our Sunday School Picnic this fall.

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Day 6 of Giving Thanks – My Friends

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For fear of forgetting someone, I am not going to mention names but instead just say THANK YOU to all who are my friends and a true blessing in my life. So many of the people I call friend today are from my church family. It seems each week I continue to meet new folks there that I connect with. Some of my friends I have known for ages and others I have met more recently, such as my DAR Sisters. In the past few years I have been blessed to reconnect with some friends from my younger years that I lost track of. All of you are a wonderful piece of my life.

While in our lives we have many that we call friend, there are always a few we consider extremely close friends. Those dear ladies have seen me at my best and worst. We have the type of relationship that is based on complete honesty and trust. They are there when I need a shoulder to cry on or someone to share my joys. They offer honest advice and support. I do hope I have been as good a friend to them as they are to me. One is now far too many miles away and I miss her terribly. We haven’t seen each other in person for 7 years but continue to stay in touch online. Thankfully the other is close by. She lifts me up, inspires me and encourages me. We have fun adventures together and are growing in our faith together. We joke that I am the Martha to her Mary. Balance!

True friends have been there for me, supporting me, loving me, even when it might have been difficult to do so. I appreciate your presence in my life. It is my hope that I have been and can continue to be the friend you need as well.

When I look at the group I consider friends I am reminded of this song we sang often in Girl Scouts.

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