Mom’s Birthday Party

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Today was mom’s 97th birthday party. We had mom’s senior social friends from Bethany Lutheran Church and several of my bridge buddies and mom’s card playing friends in attendance. It was great fun even with the rain. I made weight watcher chocolate /banana/peanut butter cupcakes for the event. Sorry I did not get great pictures of the birthday cake. I was serving and hosting the games and it was kind of hard to master picture taking too! I did get a few which I will share.

The party started with Mom trivia questions. The idea was if the question could not be answered, ask mom. If she got the answer right, the contestant got a prize. (everyone got a prize!) It was enlightening to see how much my mom remembers about her life. I had pictures displayed of her wedding, my dad, family, grandparents, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and brothers and sisters as clues. I also had the family bible, her high school year book, baptismal and wedding certificate available to answer the key questions. We definitely celebrated her life today.

In attendance were Toby Rubin, Helen Shockley, Faith Willing, Sandra Gardiner, Kaye Thompson Schutt, Ginny Wiese, Judy and Bob Scherr, Joan Linkswiler and Cheryl Gronbach.

After playing a few group card games, we sang Happy Birthday and mom opened cards and presents. Everyone knows we like to eat out so there were plenty of gift certificates to her favorite dining spots. Presents also included lots of candy and cookies, sweet tooth alert! We then played Bingo and guests won all my prizes.

Thank you to all that helped celebrate the day! Happy Birthday mom!

Love Jennifer

 

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A trip to Dollar Tree!

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When I have no money to spend and want a “pick me up” I go to Dollar Tree! Sounds like an ad but it is true!

I had to get some items for my mother’s Birthday party and decided to visit Dollar Tree because everything there is a dollar. Sometimes you come out really good “money wise” but you have to know what is a bargain and what seems like a bargain.

The first thing we saw were items for Spring and gardening and it put me in a great mood. I splurged and bought some solar flowers to put where the daffodils used to come up. I also bought a wind flower that rotates when the wind is blowing. I stuck it in a pot we could see from the window and it has been happy spinning ever since. It is amazing what little things can do. I think Spring will be here soon.

Till Spring arrives I am spending my time quilting and sewing!

Jenny

 

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My mother’s 97th birthday

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I am planning a party for my mom for her 97th Birthday. Someone asked me if this Birthday is special? I said all birthdays are special for my mom.  My mom does not like the fuss so I can not talk about the party to much around her or she will get upset and worry about something…?  Nice thing is she will forget about the party within a day so I can keep on planning and inviting her friends.

We will be playing a game of trivia questions about mom as well as playing Bingo and having a social with Birthday gifts, cake and ice cream.  I thought I would refer all unanswered trivia questions to mom to answer. I have placed pictures of all the relatives around the room as decoration. Mom gets to look at the pictures for about a week and memorize who they are.  She can remember quite a lot about the past.

Most of her church friends and some of my friends will be attending. She loves to play “Kings in the Corner” ( a card game) and Sequence. If you do not pay attention when you play games with her, she will beat you. 

I thought it would be fun to share the pictures of my mom’s family. First are the Weitknecht’s, who were her maternal grand parents and aunts and uncles.  Next are the Brown’s, who were her parents. I even found a picture of my grandmother Estella holding baby Mildred. There is a picture of my grandmother Estella and grandfather Edward on my mom’s wedding day. My mom had 2 sister’s and 3 brother’s. The bride and bridesmaid are her sister’s Lillian and Ethel. My mother is from Bethlehem, Pa.

I also have several collages of Jenny’s Sewing Studio. My mom was my bookkeeper for 25 years. Pictures of my dad and my brother’s are every where in the house. I did not include all the pictures, but just a few to make it interesting.  The guests will learn a lot about my mother at the party, we will celebrate her life of 97 years.

The birthday party is February 23rd. I reserved her birthday February 24th for my brother Jim to take her out. I hope she has fun!

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Corner Sanctuary – Pocomoke Community Garden flower arranging event August 20th

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Thank you Kaye Thompson Schutt for leading the flower arranging demonstration with flowers from Corner Sanctuary-Pocomoke Community Garden and Thank You to Delmarva Discovery Center for providing an indoor space for the event. If you have not seen the community garden in Pocomoke, MD it is an effort of love shared by many gardeners. The garden brings many people from the community together to share the love of nature, harvest great produce and to beautify the city through flowers and vegetables.

My mom and I were invited by Kaye to attend a flower arranging class using a the bright and colorful flowers that were cut from the community garden. Kaye and other flower enthusiast also supplied tools, tables, greens and beautiful flowers for us to use. Kaye shared information on how to use soaked oasis and cut it for the container, how to use the container to determine the size and shape of the arrangement, how to pick colors and how to make a lovely arrangement. 

Thanks for the great class and the memory. It takes me back to when I first learned flower arranging in the Girl Scouts. The classes I took then were held by the Acorn Club in Seaford, Delaware. We did yule logs, wreaths and did some formal flower arranging. I always have loved flowers.

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More wild life visitors at Jenny’s

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I have never seen so many creators in my yard as I have this year. 2 weeks ago I watched a huge snapping turtle cross South Schumaker Dr and come into our yard to lay eggs. She was big and fast so I stayed my distance. This week we have a ground hog visiting. I did not know they can climb trees. That is were I caught this one. It was really big and ugly and if he had not moved I would have missed him. I was teaching Grace to finish her quilt when she spotted him coming across the road from the park. I have seen him on 2 other occasions and am glad I do not have a vegetable garden. Please! Please, Mr Groundhog, stay out of my yard!

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Bridge Buddies

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Since 2008 Arlene, Toby, Eileen and I have been bridge buddies.  Our original group included Pattie and Patrick. We all took bridge lessons at the Wicomico Civic Center from Jean McKinney. If you ask around the area, there are a lot of bridge players who took lessons from Jean.  Once our group graduated from the intermediate class, we decided to play bridge every Friday afternoon. Our group has played at various locations, including our homes. About 8 or 9 years ago I joined the Elks in Salisbury, MD. The four of us have met for lunch and played party bridge at the Elks or my home ever since.  My mom started coming to lunch at the Elks with me in 2014 after my dad pasted away.  She will not learn bridge but she is always up for going out to lunch. We treat her like one of the group.

This year we are going through a major change. Eileen and Patrick are moving away to be closer to their children. Today was our last bridge game as a group. We will miss them very much but hope that their new home will be an exciting new chapter in their lives. Eileen says her granddaughter Jane, who is 3, will be very excited to see her. They will be living 5 minutes away. It has been great knowing Eileen and Patrick and we wish them well.

Arlene, Toby and I will still be playing bridge on Fridays. We are trying out new partners and hope they will enjoy our 4 some.  Once you get bridge in your blood it is hard to quit. Eileen is hoping she can find a new 4 some too.

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I graduated from High School 50 years ago!

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I had been planning on attending my high school 50th reunion for months. Due to some unforeseen events I was unable attend. Even though I could not go, I did get some great pictures of the party from class mates. I was there in spirit and it was great to reconnect with a few old friends. I could not let the event pass without sharing some of my memories of Seaford Senior High school and Seaford, De with you. Maybe I will be able to attend my 55th reunion, only time will tell! Thank you to all the class of 68′ who kept me updated! I also placed a link to a wonderful website on memories of Seaford, Delaware. The link to Seaford Delaware, a look back in time !

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My Mom’s Favorite Restaurant

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I just had to show my mother in her favorite place, Chick Fila. Every week we go to the local Chick Fila and everyone knows her name. She loves it. Here she is eating her favorite sandwich, a grilled chicken sandwich on a whole wheat bun. We go out to lunch everyday and she has social followings in Lombardi’s, Chick Fila, Denny’s, Dayton’s and Bob Evans. Usually we do a little shopping and then it is home for a nap.  She is 96 so she can do naps anytime she wants.

She does not do the internet or computers so she will not see this unless I show her. Of course if you see her tell her you saw her on-line.

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