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Tuesday, November 25, 2008


"Daddy, why are you stealing my fire?"

For the record, Kaylee was in front of the fire first. Jeff muscled his way in later.

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Friday, September 05, 2008

The girls' evening with Daddy

(I got a new computer with Vista, so I'm playing with some new toys...)

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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Happy birthday, Jeff!

Oh dear.

Rock on, old man!

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Bye, Grandma.

Ronnie 06I've been avoiding blogging as a way to avoid admitting the inevitable to myself: my maternal grandmother died on June 13.

I guess I kind of figured that if I didn't blog about it, then it wouldn't be true. But didn't feel I could blog about anything else if I didn't mention her.

But I think it's time now.

Jessica Bim Ronnie ChrisMy Grandma Ronnie - short for Roena - was a huge influence on my life. My brother and I spent a lot of time at her and my grandfather's house on Rhoda in Youngstown when we were growing up. Mom and Dad worked a lot, and we were lucky enough to spend many of our summers at their house.

My grandmother instilled in me my love of nature. She knew the name of every plant and wild animal, and if she didn't, she relished helping me look it up. One of my fondest memories is riding out to OH Camp with her with her pointing out all of the wildflowers we could see from the van.

Grandma Ronnie also inspired my love of reading. I discovered many authors that I still love to this day on the wall of paperbacks in the basement. I spent hours down there in the heat of the summer, reading Anne McCaffery, Larry Niven, and Mary Stewart, among many others.

Jessica RonnieMy grandmother was never one to keep quiet about something she didn't like, and while she didn't always like what I did with my life, I know she always loved me, especially when I was an obnoxious teenager. She taught me to be strong, be independent, to do my best, and to never let people walk all over me. There's no way I can ever thank her enough for that.

The family worked hard on tribute that truly reflected my grandma, so here it is:

Roena “Ronnie” Scherl, 85

Ronnie 01AUSTINTOWN - Roena “Ronnie” Lorraine Soelberg Scherl, 85, passed away early Friday evening, June 13, 2008, at her home from complications of emphysema, surrounded by her husband, children and grandchildren.

Roena was born in Miles City, Montana June 8, 1923, a daughter of the late Ivar and Irena Soelberg.

She married Robert “Bim” Scherl June 5, 1945, in El Centro, Calif., where they were both serving in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII.

Ronnie served two years in the Marine Corps during the war, taking the motto, “Free a Marine to Fight,” to heart. She joined the U.S. military because none of the men in her family were eligible for the armed services, and felt that a member of her family should serve the country. She was trained and worked in the field of aerology and served on both coasts.

Mrs. Scherl was active in Girl Scouts for over 60 years. In those years, she touched countless young women’s lives, introducing them to new experiences, encouraging them, and showing them they could do anything if they tried. One of the accomplishments which she was most proud was leading the “OH” (orthopedically handicapped) day camp for children with orthopedic disabilities at Girl Scout Camp Millwood. She recruited Girl Scouts and neighborhood boys to serve as counselors. This was the first time that boys were permitted to become members of the Girl Scouts. To ensure the safety of the children at the camp pool, she became an American Red Cross First Aid, Water Safety, and adapted aquatics instructor at age 50. The young camp counselors as well as the disabled campers learned firsthand from Ronnie that differences among people are on the outside, not the inside.

Ronnie’s love of music and nature was well-known. She was active in Sweet Adelines International Singers, singing in and directing the chorus, and sang in a quartet named the Rag Dolls. She taught previously inexperienced young girls to sing in harmony and to experience the joy and satisfaction of creating beauty. She knew most of the wild flowers growing in northeast Ohio, and passed her appreciation of nature to children, grandchildren, and scouts.

Her thirst for knowledge was legendary, and the family would say, “Ask Grandma Ronnie,” if they ran into a question they couldn’t answer. She continued her life of service well into her 70's by becoming a literacy tutor.

In later years, a great source of joy in her life was getting to know the alpacas at Day Star Alpacas in North Jackson. Dan and Kim Coulter, owners, generously shared their love of alpacas with Roena, recently naming a newborn cria (baby alpaca), “Roena” in her honor.

She is survived by her husband, Robert, of 63 years; seven children, Charles (Teresa) Scherl of San Diego, Cal., Alice (Lloyd) Slusher of Boardman, Edward (Cheryl) Scherl of Poland, Martha (Keith) Womer of Round Rock, Tex., Cecelia (David) Wilson of Blacklick, Monica (Jeff) Enterline of Austintown, and Connie (Michael) Csernik of Lousiville, Ky.; 17 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Norman and Richard Soelberg, and her sister, Wenona Walbaum.

There were no calling hours. Services were held on Saturday, June 21, at St. Brendan Church.

Roena’s family requests that material tributes take the form of donations to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, 44512.

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Thanks for your patience while I've been grieving. I think I'm ready to get back to posting now.


Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day, Mom!

Mom, Me & Chris, 1976

I love you, even if you did make us wear matching leisure suits. :)


Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Happy birthday, Mom! Kaylee and the other pets send kisses!

Kaylee & Grandma


Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Ella says to cut out the middle man and just get right in the fridge to stuff your face.

Ella in the fridge

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Sunday, November 04, 2007

Kaylee & Grandma

My mom came to visit her granddogs this weekend...

Kaylee & Grandma

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

This picture is for my Auntie Connie

This one's for Auntie ConnieMy Aunt Connie in Louisville just subscribed to my flickr photos (and possibly my blog), and mentioned how much she liked my lunches. So I photographed one in my big container for her.

I used this to carry veggies as car snacks on our trip this weekend, and it worked wonderfully. It was one of the rare times on the weekend that I had veggies (the other time was at the wedding reception - great food!).

Today's lunch was black beans and rice, a spinach salad, apples, steamed broccoli and red peppers, and some Japanese dark chocolate.

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Jeff's comfort reads

So, after Lindsey posted hers, and DKM chimed in, I posted my comfort books. Then I asked Jeff what his were. Jeff's quite the reader, so here's what we narrowed it down to:
Except for Dark Knight Returns, they're all my favorites, too.

*These include, in order, Guards! Guards!, Men at Arms, Feet of Clay, Hogfather, The Fifth Elephant, The Truth, Night Watch, and Thud! and, you know, some others.
**The link is just to the first one. There are ten or so trade paperbacks total.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007



Aren't we cute?

More pictures here.

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Monday, May 21, 2007

We're back from Paris!

Paris Las Vegas

Oh wait. I mean Las Vegas. I got confused. :)

Las Vegas

We had a great time. I've only got a few photos on my camera from the actual ceremony (thanks, S!), but I've got a roll of film to get developed and maybe even digitize the VHS tape they sent home with us. Plus, pretty much all of our guests had cameras, too. Here's a photo to tide you over until I get more for you.

Renewing our vows 1

Thanks to everyone who came!

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Oh, Hey. Hi.

Sorry about the radio silence. I've been busy with the new job and unexpected home repairs (all taken care of now, thankfully).

Jeff & I are off to Las Vegas this weekend to renew our wedding vows - it'll be five years on May 25. I'll have pictures when I get back. Maybe video, if you're lucky. There'll be some Elvis. :)

If you feel like it, take a look at some of our wedding pictures. If you're really feeling like you have no life, you can even check out our secular wedding ceremony and our wedding program.

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Monday, March 19, 2007


bento03192007Jeff and I traveled to Youngstown this past weekend to visit my family. This is a rare thing, since Jeff is deathly allergic to cats and mom has seven (indoors. There are four feral outdoor cats she takes care of, too). Jeff survived with only some stuffiness after drugging himself to the gills, so we'll probably do it again.

What does this have to do with salad? Well, I stuffed myself on perogies and Wedgewood Pizza all weekend, so salad and applesauce for lunch today to make up for it. :)

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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from our family to yours.

Our family photo 11/2006


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