january 6, 2019

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“Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe” ~ Unknown




I said I was busy last year and here’s more proof. I finally got to meet rental niece Cassie’s second-born, Ellie Rose. She turned one year old yesterday, a fellow Capricorn, and this morning, Cassie and Jeff had a birthday party for the big girl. It came as no surprise at all to find her completely adorable and fun. She was all decked out in her pink dress with matching silky underpants and rosie cheeks. Big brother Grier helped with her cake and her cousins helped with her presents. She enjoyed eating the wrapping paper almost as much as she enjoyed her incredible cake from Servatii Pastry & Deli. I think she had a great time. I know I did. Even though it took a year to meet her, she was totally worth the wait. It won’t be another year before I see her again. I look forward to watching her grow.


mama and one



october 1, 2018

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“Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.” ~ Gilda Radner


uncle and nephew


Tonight we celebrated dad’s 80th birthday. Sixteen of us were able to gather at Ramsey’s for a Monday night dinner and he was just as tickled as he could be to see everyone. Before dinner he got a call from his brother Darrell in Flatwoods, and during dinner he got phone calls from his sister Mable in Florida and great-nephew AJ at work. The clincher of the night may well have been Marcie and Steven Terry. Marcie is dad’s baby brother James’ wife and Steven, their son, is the youngest Terry grandchild. He’s also the tallest at 6’3″. Dad has always thought Steven favors his dad, but after James died, I noticed that dad longs to talk with him. He was visibly moved that Steven and Marcie drove from Stanton on a work night to be with him. It meant the world to me and mom, too. This family really pulled together to give dad a wonderful birthday. We didn’t think he’d survive to see 80, and everybody at that table was keenly aware of the gift we’ve been given to celebrate him once more. Never take your people for granted. Celebrate them at every opportunity.


photo by unknown Ramsey’s waitress


photo by unknown Ramsey’s patron (who had more energy than his golfing buddies)

march 27, 2018

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“Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family,
dreams that turned into reality, and likes that turned into love.” ~ TinyBuddha


birthday girl (snapseed)


We tried to have a surprise birthday party for Charlene this evening. I say tried because she was seated at a table for ten…before anyone else arrived. So much for the surprise in “surprise party.” Nevertheless, she was happy to see us all, and we enjoyed good fellowship with one another. I hadn’t seen the family since my birthday dinner back in January, but it felt much, much longer, I suppose because I’d spent so much time with them in the fall. I’ve missed them, so I was very happy to be in their company for a couple of hours. Tony’s daughter, Anastasia, joined us, too. You’ve met her son, JC, many time before. He’s dad’s buddy. Yes, I’d say, all in all, a good time was had by all, and we had birthday cake.


the unsurprise party (snapseed)

october 1, 2017

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“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt


birthday boy


Today was an especially important day. Today, our Hero turned 79 years old. We learned just how bad his heart condition was after his heart attack last year. That, coupled with other significant maladies, pretty much ensured he had very limited time. I can’t tell you how pleasantly surprised, and overwhelmingly grateful, I am that he lived to see this birthday. Make no mistake about it. Shorty Terry is one of the toughest men you will ever meet. Not only has he outlived expectations, he is maintaining his health pretty doggone well, all things considered. 


best friends and brothers-in-law


Losing Uncle Greg yesterday was not just devastating to the family, it was concerning for our Hero because of his own fragile health; because losing Greg, not two years his junior, drove home his own impending departure; and because he loved and respected Greg deeply. He is heartbroken. In light of Greg’s passing, mom and I had planned to hold off on birthday festivities, that was, until Lois called this morning. God bless her for always going the extra mile for her family. By 10am she had rallied the sisters and the local cousins (she would have rallied the brothers if they lived closer) for a birthday celebration in the sun. It was exactly what we all needed, and it was especially important for our heartbroken Hero. He finally had the birthday party he’d always wanted, and it took the sting out of losing his beloved brother. Once again, today proved that no matter how heartbroken you may be, there is always something to be grateful for. My plate remains overflowing with gratitude. 


bonds (not pictured is Aaron Watkins)

may 13, 2017

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“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” ~ Teddy Roosevelt




Today was Aunt Janet’s 78th birthday. Mom, dad, and I were joined by Martha Conley to help her celebrate. It was hard for her to celebrate what with being in a nursing home, but she tried, God love her, and we all enjoyed our fellowship with one another despite where we were. I’m grateful for another birthday to celebrate.


party hats



january 27, 2017

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“Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.”
~ George Washington


two thumbs up


Nifty, nifty, look who’s fifty! It’s Annie Bassoni, come to join the 50-is-the-new-30 club. There was a gathering of friends to celebrate Annie’s half-century on this planet. People I love from the bottom of my heart, and people I’d never met: my favorite kind of gathering. Happy Birthday, Annie. I’m sure glad you were born. You make the world a better place.


group shot with the birthday girl and Greg and Vanessa

january 24, 2017

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“You can’t make positive choices for the rest of your life without an environment that makes those choices easy, natural, and enjoyable.” ~ Deepak Chopra


looking like her mother (snapseed)


My mother, Shero Numero Uno, turned 75 years old today. I called my old friend Belinda Jordan who owns Another Season’s Gifts in West Liberty. She delivered this gorgeous bouquet of red roses and lilies, and the warm peach patterned scarf. The birthday card, with the little boy picking his nose, was delivered by USPS. She thought the flowers and the scarf were so beautiful that she gussied up and asked dad to take her picture. And here she is: Shirley Fay Adams Terry at a sparkly 75. Happy birthday, mom. We all love you.


75 (snapseed)

january 16, 2016

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“Say goodbye to drama, toxic people, and self-criticism. Say yes to more happiness, love in your life, and time with good friends.” ~ Unknown


spreading happiness
spreading happiness


Meet Steve and Anne Kiselewich. They joined the party back in November to welcome Grier Whitehouse to the horde. The same party when we also celebrated their son-in-law, Brett Bick’s, birthday who, of course, shared his cake and candles with his son, Jackson and wife Lisa. Steve is calm, quiet, and exquisitely kind. Anne is outgoing and I’m not sure she has ever met a stranger. She is the embodiment of happiness, and she shares that happiness every time I see her. I hope to follow her lead.

january 7, 2016

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“Please be good to each other (start with yourselves), think before you speak, practice awareness, love fiercely, live in the now and “choose” to be happy & yes I do believe it can be that simple.”
~ Bree Chapman


mall companion
mall companion


This time last year, when I turned the big five-oh, mom was in bad shape with her shoulder and unable to do much, let alone celebrate. She’s much better now, and with dad retiring just last week, tonight they made extra effort to come see me and take me out for birthday dinner (actual birthday is tomorrow). It was a fabulous treat. Of course, we had to go to the Apple store first so mom could have her devices sorted out (password problems apparently). My only mistake in the whole evening was not taking a picture of dad meeting Benita Clarke as he and I waited in the mall. (Incidentally, it was dad’s first time in Fayette Mall.) Benita recognized dad immediately, as if he was famous, and it just tickled him to death. It made me mighty proud, like I’m not already proud of my folks. I sure won the lottery when they picked me to be their kid.


birthday presents
birthday presents

november 16, 2015

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“Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.” ~ Pema Chödrön


baby blue eyes
baby blue eyes


If baby Grier hadn’t brought us all together Saturday, rental nephew Brett’s birthday would have. Brett’s son, Jackson, aka “Cincinnati Red” has not been quick to warm up to the camera as you can see. Despite aunt Cassie’s coaxing of a smile, he was having none of it. In Jackson’s defense, however, he hasn’t seen enough of me to really understand what’s going on. I’ve noticed how little kids reach a point of aggravation with cameras at a fairly early stage. You may recall my photographing Riley Morrow every month during his first year. I can see his progression from fascination to annoyance from one month to the next. It started around his seventh month and he hasn’t gotten over it yet. He’s three and a half now, just a few months older than Jackson.


one for each year
one for each year


Besides, there was daddy’s birthday cake waiting to have its candles blown out. Who’s got time for pictures when there’s ice cream cake? I’ll tell you what, Jackson is so stinkin’ adorable you just want to squeeze him and never let go. And after he had a bite of the icing he said, “De-lish-ous” in the most adorable voice. Every heart in the room melted with joy and every voice rang out with laughter. It was an unforgettable moment.


blood brothers
blood brothers


At the end of the day Jackson kissed his new cousin Grier goodbye. If this picture doesn’t warm your heart you don’t have a heart to warm. These two handsome boys are going to either love me or hate me when it’s all said and done. Then again, most people in the outhouse probably feel the same way. <insert smiley face> I’ll be keeping my camera charged. It’s just what I do.

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