Sunday, November 11, 2012

Remembrance Day

Tim brought back a poppy from Canada last weekend, a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day in Commonwealth countries. Today I am reminded of the poem that we memorized in elementary school - In Flanders Fields -  at least we learned the first section, and I can still recite it by heart (except I forgot the line about the larks!).....
Thank-you to so many who have fought and who are continuing to fight for our freedom!

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
-Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae 1872 - 1918

Poppies are a common sight in German fields, especially along roadsides.

Home in Ohio

Last week-end Tim was able to spend time with his family in Ohio on his way back from a speaking trip to Toronto. He didn't have a camera with him but took a few pictures on his iphone.......
Tim's mom and niece Jessie at Shuman Plumbing Inc.

Mom's beautiful ornamental cabbage.

Cutie pie! Tim's nephew's son, Grayson.

Dad Shuman

Nephew Steve with daughter Harper.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Made in Canada

Tim was in Toronto last week where he gave 3 seminars at a teacher's convention. He had a bit of time to visit a grocery store and buy some special treats from Canada that we can't find in the States. My favorite - Coffee Crisp bars. Also, Oh Henry bars which are a happy memory of my growing up years. My dad loved Oh Henry's and would sometimes buy them by the case! They were disbursed sparingly, and were a real treat when we got to have one - or part of one.
P.S. My dad's name is Henry so I think he was partial to his favorite chocolate bar!
Red River cereal - can't find it here, so this will be a treat for those upcoming frosty winter mornings.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Tyler and Jennifer's Saturday Project

These two are amazing! Check out their Saturday project - pumpkin pie from scratch! I wish they could deliver some to our house. :) Tyler tells me there's not much left!

Friday, November 02, 2012


It is heartbreaking to see the devastation and loss as the result of hurricane Sandy! After recently visiting NYC, we recognize some of the areas that were so severely impacted. We are very thankful that Luke and Andrea stayed safe during the hurricane. They live in Brooklyn and fortunately did not lose power. Luke was not able to get to work for several days, and when he did go, his usual 25 minute commute took 2 hours.
Here's Andrea on Brooklyn Bridge several hours before the storm hit.

These 3 pictures I borrowed from our local news facebook page. First one shows the East River overflowing in Long Island City, Queens.

 Flooding at Ground Zero.

 Water pouring into Brooklyn Battery Tunnel (which connects Brooklyn to Manhattan).