Sunday, April 26, 2020

Let Her Eat Cake

The birthday girl gets the first piece of cheesecake. Yes, she liked it. It's a Happy Birthday.
Julia is 4 years old. Hopefully next year, she will be able to share this  special  time with some friends. But meanwhile, for a Pandemic Birthday this was GREAT.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Unicorn Rainbow Cheesecake

These  photos were taken at Julia's  birthday party last month. I am as always playing catch up.   These two pages show her with her original unicorn rainbow cheesecake which she requested for her birthday.  I'm posting these two and hopefully, next time you'll actually get to see that  she finally gets to eat it.  I love the last picture of her here with her look of anxious excitement.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Hours, Days, Weeks, Months

Time is running together. Some are having trouble keeping track of what day it is. I still have a schedule, so that has not happened to me,  but I am still into wasting time in ways that I wouldn't ordinarily.  Most of us are like that now.

Ashley follows in the path of her mother and grandmother in some ways, for example, she likes puzzles. The only thing different is, she now has time to do them. So here she is  placing piece by piece...

Thursday, April 23, 2020

This and That

When Brittanie took Ava to Florida in March, she was able to spend some time with her Uncle Brandon and his 'family'. They had some fun at Pirates' Cove.

Just today  I got this news from Chelle about our grandson Mason. The NSA Choral Conservatory put together one of these to honor each senior. This is our handsome Mason. Congratulations Mason!

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Restaurants Closed

Sure some restaurants are  doing 'to go' orders, but that is just not the same. It does matter...especially if it is your anniversary.

On March 26, Chelle and Greg 'celebrated' their anniversary. So what does one do in a case like this? There has not be a precedence set over the years. That just hasn't  happened before.

Well Chelle and Greg got creative. They decided  since this year was so different, they would spend every minute together at home for 14 days.

It must have worked. I haven't heard otherwise.

Monday, April 20, 2020


I have to admit that Florida is looking better all the time.  Of course that may be because  I haven't been there in summer for a long time, maybe never.

This picture was taken in mid March as the pandemic took hold.  So glad Brittanie and Ava are back home safely, but also happy they got to visit and enjoy their family, Tim, Brittanie's dad and her brother Brandon.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Stay at Home Zoomers

This is what is written on the layout:

Home bound, like everyone else in this Pandemic...ORU  finds encouragement as we strive to keep our friends close to our  hearts. Meeting online through ZOOM, we have discovered we can stay close to one another, even across state lines and time zones.  This is something we’d like to continue once things go back to ‘normal’.

Thank you Kalai for the idea and your access to professional zoom ‘no time limit’.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Tooth Fairy

This is Oliver. He is 6 and he has lost his first baby tooth. It didn't affect his smile. It is just as beautiful as a smile could never be.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Pandemic/ Snow

This is life as we had never dreamed.  It is known as a Pandemic. Many people are getting the coronavirus and many, many more are scared that they will get it.

But one's attitude can  make a really big difference in one's life. It can turn a trial into joy.

A big snow on April after everyone  has been confined to a house for weeks is a reason for celebration.

Here they are, ready to cut loose and really have a big time together.

May God bless us with good attitudes and may we trust that those who love the Lord will come through this all right.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Major Accomplishment

It is good to see Quinn taking matters into her own hands. She just made  her very first sandwich.  Since we are in different states, I did not get to taste it, but it sure does look good to me.
Way to go Quinn.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Pi Day

I'm not sure whose idea it was to make it a special day, but Pi Day has been an annual celebration of the mathematical constant TT (pi)  since  1988. Pi Day is observed on March 14, or 3/14 since 3,1,and 4 are the first three significant digits of TT.

I'm not sure how mathematicians officially celebrate this day, or if they do, but in the real world we throw pie at one another. After a few times, it gets harder  to hit our target. For those who are aware of Pi Day are on the lookout; so you must catch them by surprise.   After all these years, I'm not sure how Chelle was able to do that, but here is Mason with the evidence. Evidently, he was not able to pay her back, because I have no picture of that. Good job Chelle.  Watch out next year.  

I've been corrected. Mason  did get her back; however the video is not good enough to catch a still that shows what happened.  Fun and games! ,,,Now we wait until next year.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Spring Break

Well it is spring break and it isn't. I like to think of March as spring. Some years it is, but not necessarily this year. Actually it was springier then than it has been the last few days here. We've had some pretty  hectic  weather, from 70  degrees to snow and of course an F1 tornado.   

Ava's mom, Brittanie, had a birthday and they got on a plane and headed to Florida, where her dad lives, to celebrate.  It was a good break, spring or not...and of course the weather down there was quite a bit nicer than here at home.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Masks ... A Necessity

Today I had  a phone call and 4 minutes later a knock at the door. Actually, she didn't have to knock. I was waiting there for her.  There  stood my friend Ann with a really cool mask she had made for me after asking me what my favorite color was.

As usual, I'm copying the notes from the layout here: As you can see, I’ve aged 5 years each week lately.

A  ray  of sunshine came to my door!  It was my friend from Curves, Ann. She delivered a mask
she had made for me.  I love it!

Thank you Lord for loving friends.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

I  like this layout I made today of me and the gifted jewelry  I was wearing.  I didn't realize until now that is not the right size for a page in my books.  I really must be losing it. I don't know how I did that. I'm thinking it probably won't be long until I'll need someone to take care of me.  LOL

If the print, which is small is too small for you to read easily, this is what it says," I am blessed. For no reason a friend at church, Theresa Curry, gave me a pair of earrings. They were perfectly me. Then less that a week later, Paulette pulled out this necklace at an ORU birthday  lunch and  said she had gone through her jewelry and she no longer needed this piece. Since I thought it just looked like me, I spoke up. she gave it to me. Perfect. I love the combination. Thank you both,      Lou Ann 3/1/2020

Monday, April 6, 2020

It is hard for me to understand why I can't  find enough time each day to publish a post here. After all so many people are complaining about not having anything to do.

I am back to the blog after missing a couple of days.

Our daughter April had a birthday on Saturday. I haven't yet made a layout about her 'celebration' but tonight I'm posting this layout of two of her grandchildren, Reagan and Quinn. I don't get to see them
very often, but I'm glad their mom takes plenty of cute.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Love Forgives

Izzy the cat has been called the problem child  by her 'mother', our daughter, Chelle.  Here she is with her 'brother' Mason.  You may not be able to read on the layout. It says  "Izzy doesn't like closed doors. She will scratch at a door until someone opens it. But when she is on the other side, she scratches at it until it is open again."

This picture was taken back on January the 19th, but that habit has not changed.  I imagine it has grown worse since the family is there with her 'all the time' in this pandemic. She is an inside cat, making life harder.  But you know, she is ok. She is loved. Love forgives, so she is  safe.

We are nearing the Easter weekend soon and we should celebrate this year knowing that God loves us and forgives us once we ask.  We most likely will not be able to meet together in our church buildings to celebrate Easter, the death and resurrection of out savior; but we can take communion in our homes instead and be thankful that God sent his only son to suffer,  die and arise so that our sins can be forgiven and we can live with him in heaven for eternity.  

There should be no one in a rush this year. We have time to sit and really take in the meaning of all this. Think about it.

Thursday, April 2, 2020


It has been revealed to me, Oliver's gramma, that he prefers this outfit  to any other. On this day, he donned his  spy glasses as well.

While he was in school, it was impossible for him to wear this often, but now that we are all home all  day, I guess he is in his element with his sheet and spy glasses. There really isn't much of a dress code, at least not one that  would rule  out this regal  robe (sheet).

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Playing Catch Up

I'm hoping for warm weather, but still thinking  cold. I have lots of cold weather pictures for layouts.
One would think I would have caught up with this pandemic keeping me home, but time just keeps flying by. That is a good thing. Otherwise I might mind being confined to home.

It really doesn't seem like it has been three weeks since this pandemic started affecting us here in northeastern, OH. but it started for me on March 23, when I went to Sam's Club for my weekly visit and there were a million people there with baskets piled high and several tiles of bare shelves.

I'm sure you've 'heard' that before. I'll never forget.

Back to my scrapbooking. It is not getting done as quickly as it once was.  So here are the kids back on new year's day 2020.