Sunday, July 24, 2016


Sunday, July 24 – Just a quick update on Paul’s knee replacement this past Tuesday. The surgery went super. The doctor told Marsha he had to use the biggest knee they make. Marsha told the doctor, “Now he will think he is the MAN!”

Paul is doing all his home exercises and begins PT on Monday. He is able to handle the pain…with a little help from his capsule friends.

Paul surgery

Thanks to all our family and friends for your prayers, good thoughts, emails and phone calls. We are truly blessed to have you all in our lives.

Marsha wanted to share some of her wildlife friends.

blue jay


humming bird





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Tuesday, July 12, 2016


Tuesday, July 12 - Marsha had her 5th Annual Wine Tasting Party Saturday, July 2. It was another smashing success. Carrie was in town from Houston for the 4th of July weekend. We sure enjoyed having her here for the wine party. We had many returning judges from previous years.

We started with a few games to work up a thirst and an appetite. We enjoyed several hours of cornhole, bocce ball, and the annual running race while the judges arrived. This year we divided into two groups…those 50 and under and the geriatric group. The younger group ran around the entire house… Jake was the big winner. The geriatric group ran in a straight line about 60 feet…lol Marsha’s brother, Rod, won, but Marsha wants everyone to know she came in second. What a speed demon.

The young ones getting ready for the race.running race

Marsha’s hair is flying, she is going to fast.
running race

Paul was a far third.
running race

Of course, what's a party without food. Everyone enjoyed tons of food prepared by Marsha, Kelly, and Carrie. Many of the tasters brought their favorite dishes to add to a overflowing food table. No one was going home hungry!

food table

Once everyone was fed, it was time to get down to business. Dave, our son-in-law, again filled the role of wine guy announcer, sommelier,  and did a spectacular job.



We had 5 white wines and 6 red wines to judge. We chose the winner of the “white division” and one for the “red division.” We then had a final taste off. The 2014 Nouveau, a red, by August Hill Winery won the show. We notice many of the tasters are beginning to prefer the dryer wines. Does this mean their pallets are becoming more refined?

August Hill Winery

After the tasting, we enjoyed many more hours of visiting with friends and playing games. It was another great party, Marsha!  Now to begin searching for the next winner during our winter RV travels.

While Carrie was in town, and the weather was super, we took some new family photos. The last time we had a professional. This time we thought we would take our own photos. Nearly all the photos came out great. These are our favorites. What do you think?

family photo

family photo

family photo

family photo

family photos

family photos

Regular readers of our blog may remember that Paul had knee surgery in Houston this past February. Well the surgery did not solve the knee problem. Paul consulted the doctor that replaced his hip once we arrived in Canton, Dr. Lykins reported that Paul’s knee is one of the worst he has ever seen. So, Tuesday, July 19, Paul will have total knee replacement. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

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Monday, June 20, 2016


Monday, June 20 – Yes, it is true. We lived long enough to see one of the Cleveland teams win a championship!


No team in 32 tries had ever come all the way back from being down 3-1 to win the NBA Finals. The Cleveland Cavaliers completed the unimaginable on Sunday night, a 93-89 Game 7 victory over the Golden State Warriors to win the franchise's first NBA championship. The Cavaliers are only the fourth team in history to win Game 7 of The Finals away from home. A game for the ages!

LeBron James flies over Seth Curry.
Laborn over Curry

LeBron James was unanimously named the MVP of the NBA Finals.

labron james

A parade will be held on Wednesday. Cleveland will be celebrating for years and years to come. The curse is over!!!

By the way, Marsha wants everyone to know that HER Cleveland Indians are in first place. Go Tribe!

Besides watching basketball and baseball, Marsha is enjoying reconnecting with old friends and catching up on their lives. She has also spent some days volunteering at the church and working on her hobbies. She has joined the quilting group at the church. They make quilts to send to Lutheran World Relief.

Marsha quilting

She also is tying blankets to send to a church in West Virginia. Our church does a mission trip to Webster Springs each summer. The ladies are making blankets to send to the community at Christmas time.

Marsha and tie blanket

She is still crocheting plastic mats for the homeless and making baskets and giving them away. Paul actually talked her into keeping her latest creation.

Marsha's basket

If that isn’t enough, she has another new hobby – Pleachet. This is a very unusually hobby. This is a crochet type hobby involving wool to make hot pads, trivets, or rugs. She really enjoys this hobby but has found it difficult to find 100% wool to use. This is required so the heat from the hot pan or dish does not catch the pad on fire! She makes visits to Goodwill and the Salvation Army stores. She buys skirts and jackets, tears them apart, cuts them into strips and then finally begins her next project.

Paul is trying to figure out where to add on to the 5th wheel so she can carry all these hobbies this winter. :-)

Marsha pleachat

Her first one. She said she has learned so much from her mistakes.
hot pad

hot pad

This is the first update of our June activities. We will do another one later in the week.

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