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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

Monday, April 25, 2016

104 Candles: Come See How Margaret Spent Her Centennial + 4 Birthday!

Tom Anderson subbing for Shady Del Knight today. I am delighted to welcome back my dear friend and guest host Kathleen Mae Schneider. Last week, Kathleen's mother, Margaret Brown Schneider, affectionately known to her many fans around the world as The Oldest Living Dell Rat, celebrated her 104th birthday. Today, in this special report, Kathleen brings us the highlights of Margaret's celebration.

B is for 


Kathleen Mae 

"You're not 104...

You're 25 with

79 years of experience."

- Anonymous (modified)

April 18, 2016, dawned bright and sunny,
almost as if Mother Nature celebrated my mother's
birthday along with us by pulling out all the stops.
Flowering trees, tulips, daffodils and pansies were
in full glory, as well as violets that carpeted the
grass, as they did on that day she was born in 1912.
Mother was so happy this day was here and so were
we, since she soldiered through and recovered
from a serious illness just a few months ago.

Here are some scenes from her birthday week.
(We celebrate over several days, so as not to
overwhelm and tire Mother out.)

Mother's house was decorated and ready for
drop-in visitors, extended family members,
and a small family party. Her living and
dining rooms were hung with streamers,
a flower banner and the colorful balloons
Mother loves. Fresh flowers were everywhere.

There was even this balloon, an homage
to the pet monkey that lived in the Dell
house attic when Mother was a little girl.

We made sure to decorate with lots of gerbera
daisies, butterflies and bright shiny colors.
 The heart balloons symbolize what I personally
think is one of Mother's keys to longevity -
She says simply, "I love everybody!"
After 69 years of knowing her, I've seen
her demonstrate this time and time again -
no exceptions. She means it.

One very special first birthday visitor
was Toni Deroche, who saved and restored
Mother's childhood home, The Shady Dell.
Behind them are some of her 53 (and counting!)
birthday cards, displayed on a shutter rescued
from the Dell house. When Mother saw it
she said, "That shutter is as old as I am!"

Another pink rose bouquet thrilled Mother,
sent by a grandson from Seattle. Her other
large bouquet of mixed roses is seen in
Photo #2, from an old friend. Both
came with very sweet notes attached!

A photo collage showed many past times
and events of Mother's long life. She marveled,
"Was that the way I used to look?"

Mother's birthday cake featured a photo
of her at age 20 in a pair of knickers that
she still has in a trunk in her attic!

Mother's gifts included sweets, clothing,
a pillow for her back, a warm pair of slippers,
lottery tickets (winning $31!), a teddy bear,
an origami star made by her granddaughter
who taught in Japan for two years, and a
butterfly mug that read "You are
Awesome!" inside.

I asked Mother if she could guess another
special surprise that arrived early on
her birthday. She was stumped...

Here she is with the wonderful gift of a
tribute post from Tom and the readers of
Shady Dell Music & Memories which
amazed and pleased her very much. Given that
her century of life spans so much technology,
from the first telephones onward, getting
messages from around the world and seeing
her picture on my very thin iPad just astounds her!

Mother never had a birthday party or gifts when
she was growing up, so it really means a lot to
have one all these years later. Her 104th birthday
was a time to remember and treasure. She was
surrounded by much love and many good
wishes, and thrilled by all the attention.

Thank you so much for the part

you played in making it so!


103 Candles: Margaret's 103rd Birthday Party
Margaret's Birthday, Age 103
Margaret's Birthday, Age 102
Chapter 8: Curious (about) George
Chapter 7: The Demise of the Dell, Pt. 2 Fighting City Hall
Chapter 7: The Demise of the Dell, Pt. 1 Harvest of Tears
Chapter 6: The Dream Becomes a Nightmare
Winter Count: Margaret's 2013 Birthday
Happy Birthday, Margaret! Oldest Living Dell Rat Turns 101
Chapter 5: Home Sweet Dell
Chapter 4: Allie's Rats, Pt 2: Margaret's Pig Tale
Chapter 4: Allie's Rats, Pt 1: Hill and Dell
Chapter 3: The House on the Hill 
Chapter 2: Margaret is Born...and So Is the Dell 
Chapter 1: The Beauty and the Butcher
Introduction: My Shady Dell "Roots"
Margaret's Birthday


  1. Beautiful, simply beautiful.
    Will this ole bird live another 40 years.... Mmmmmmm
    Love it
    #A2Z challenge

    1. Kathleen Mae SchneiderApril 25, 2016 at 4:18 AM

      Well, Caz, no one knows that, do they? I've always known Mother to say she took "one day at a time", but nowadays, she tells everybody it's down to one hour! No matter, she takes whatever time she has as a gift.

      Thanks for your visit and compliment!

  2. Sounds like it was a wonderful day/week Hope she enjoyed it all and the surprise of the guest post. :) :D
    I'll bet it was overwhelming to see how much love and well wishes were offered by people from around the world.

    1. Kathleen Mae SchneiderApril 25, 2016 at 12:47 PM

      As you can imagine at 104, celebrations are different than for someone younger, but Mother did enjoy her special day(s).

      I use my iPad (She calls it the "iThing".) every day with her to look up all kinds of things that interest her. I also use it to take photos of the flowers blooming outside that she planted years ago, but can no longer see from her windows due to limited eyesight. Then I can enlarge them so she can see them.

      So when I showed her last week's post she was very impressed seeing herself there and really happy that so many people knew about her birthday and wished her well. One of her favorite things to tell visitors is that even though she is very old, she has friends on the "Inner-net"!

      Thank you, Jeffrey, for your visit. I'll be sure to extend Mother's birthday even longer by reading your comment to her!

  3. Looks like you had a wonderful birthday, Margaret! Those flowers are beautiful-- and the streamers and balloons added to the festive scene. You received lots of gifts and cards-- and I am sure that photo collage brought back countless happy memories.

    Once again I wish you a happy birthday-- and I hope the spirit of the day stays with you throughout the coming year. Bless your heart-- Margaret!

    --Kathryn Anderson

    1. Kathleen Mae SchneiderApril 25, 2016 at 1:03 PM

      What wonderful remarks, Kathryn! I'm glad the pictures conveyed the spirit of our celebration for Mother's birthday.

      We tried very hard to demonstrate how much she is loved by friends and family alike, and how her life has given so much meaning to the lives of those of us fortunate enough to know her.

      She will be glad to hear from you because she often asks about "Tom's wife". She knows you are a
      medical professional who often works with the elderly and that you see a lot of people like her. If you were to ever meet her, you would have to field a LOT of questions, and you and Tom would definitely be recipients of one of her hugs!

      Thank you so much for "C & C" - Caring and Commenting!

  4. I just wanted to add a belated birthday wish. Happy Birthday Margaret! Sorry I missed your day as I was on vacation and not paying much attention what else was going on in the world. Hope you had a wonderful day. From Jerre another old Dell Rat

    1. Kathleen Mae SchneiderApril 25, 2016 at 1:14 PM

      Another birthday wish to add to Mother's list - thanks, Jerre! Dell Rats, old and otherwise, need to stick together...

      No worries about lateness. I always think just one day isn't enough to fully savor any birthday, especially Mother's because she needs to have things like this experienced in small doses. We plan even more surprises and treats spread out in the days ahead, especially for the upcoming Mother's Day.

      Your stopping by and comment is much appreciated!

  5. Looks like a great celebration for the milestone!

    1. Kathleen Mae SchneiderApril 25, 2016 at 1:21 PM

      Thanks, Mike. It truly was an especially fun and memorable time for all of us.

  6. Thank you, Kathleen - for sharing such a wonderful, heartwarming birthday celebration! I love that it was extended over a few days so as to prolong the daily cheer:-) Toward the end, I made every sunrise an event for grandma by exclaiming "Can you believe what's happening? Won't you join me for this?" Some days, she thought it had happened just for her and I couldn't help but agree;-)

    Nice picture, Shady!

    1. Kathleen Mae SchneiderApril 25, 2016 at 1:39 PM

      April 18th was as celebratory as we could make it, but also bittersweet, as you most likely experienced with your grandmother. That's a terrific gift you gave her, Diedre. Time spent interacting with her in such a sweet way is priceless, and one many people don't get the opportunity to experience.

      Although Mother doesn't catch too many sunrises because she sleeps late mornings, she does watch sunsets with me sometimes. She finds all of nature amazing and says all the beauty we see around us is a gift from God. She instilled that awareness in me when I was growing up, and it just gets more pronounced as I get old myself.

      Thank you for telling us the "custom-made" sunrise story. Mother will like that idea for sure!

  7. I love the "wall of fame pic", friend Shady ... have one myself in my condo ... Love, cat.

    1. Kathleen Mae SchneiderApril 25, 2016 at 1:45 PM

      Hi Cat, and thanks for commenting.

      It took a while to collect and arrange, but I'm glad we could put the collage together in time, not only for Mother to see, but also for any visitors and family who dropped by and enjoyed reminiscing.

  8. Such a wonderful celebration! Happy birthday, again, Margaret!

    1. Kathleen Mae SchneiderApril 25, 2016 at 1:47 PM

      Thanks from Mother and me, Ashton!

  9. Hi Kathy and Margaret!
    There's no mistaking the amount of love that radiates in these pictures! The cake is so nice with a pretty pic of Margaret --looks delicious, I might add! Margaret's house, Chock full of sentimental memories that she so proudly and lovingly points out when I visit, looks so festive. What a celebration! The presence of love is always in the air and smiles when I see you both. It tugs on the ole heartstrings!

    1. Kathleen Mae SchneiderApril 25, 2016 at 6:57 PM

      We are so glad that you've come to visit Mother and see first-hand where the world's oldest Dell rat has lived for the last 65 years.

      Her surroundings are like her, aren't they? She is unassuming, unsophisticated, humble and comfortable where she is, and has never wanted any other station in life other than that of wife, mother and housekeeper. I think this is another clue to her longevity - satisfaction with what she has, and not striving for anything else.

      This is where I grew up, and the love you sense has never diminished, only grown. So I also have heartstrings that are really getting a workout!

      Thank you, dear Toni, for your visits, compassion and warm, wonderful friendship. We are incredibly blessed to know you!

  10. She is a well-loved lady! You have made her birthday celebration very special. Love all of the decorations and beautiful flowers! Thanks for updating us on the festivities. And again, a very happy birthday to Margaret!

    1. Kathleen Mae SchneiderApril 25, 2016 at 7:14 PM

      Thanks for your return visit, Sherry, and taking a look at our pictures of Mother's birthday. I'm glad you liked the decorations and flowers that are some of Mother's favorites. We are pleased that you were able to share our happiness through the photos and grateful for the time you took to comment and send more good wishes.

  11. Sounds like she had a perfect birthday. Thanks for sharing:)

    Happy Monday, Shady.

    1. Kathleen Mae SchneiderApril 25, 2016 at 7:24 PM

      It was as perfect as we could make it for Mother, and happy to share it with you, Sandra.

  12. You decorated right and the photo collage was a nice touch. She looks awesome for someone over a hundred.

    1. Kathleen Mae SchneiderApril 25, 2016 at 7:46 PM

      Part of my 30+ years as an art teacher was to decorate various venues, so it comes naturally. Now that I'm retired I'm glad to do it again, especially for Mother because she enjoys it so.

      Every morning, Mother puts on her makeup, calling it her "health", so that contributes to her 'awesome' appearance!

      Thanks for your comment and compliments, Alex!

  13. Glad I was able to throw a wish in!

    1. Kathleen Mae SchneiderApril 26, 2016 at 7:32 PM

      We are too, Chris. It means a lot to Mother and me. Thank you!

  14. Such a wonderful day.
    The decorations look perfect.
    Thank you for the photos.

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

    1. Kathleen Mae SchneiderApril 26, 2016 at 7:38 PM

      Hi Parsnip,
      I'm glad you enjoyed the way we decorated Mother's house for her birthday, and that you liked the pictures we chose to share on the blog. You are very welcome!

  15. Talk about "Pretty in Pink"!! I'm so glad she had a lovely celebration. I think all birthdays should be celebrated for more than one day! Maybe this has already been done, but if not, maybe on her 105th birthday you should have a star named after her because she truly is one! (I'm doing that for my Mom's 90th next month, but don't tell her!) Happy Birthday Margaret!

    1. Kathleen Mae SchneiderApril 27, 2016 at 7:14 AM

      Hi, Yaya!
      Mother's favorite color is pink, so of course that had to be the color of her birthday outfit and corsage.

      How do you get a star named for a loved one? That sounds like a really great honor to bestow on your mother. Congratulations on her 90th birthday!

      It was good hearing from you, Yaya, and thanks so much for your kind comment.

    Hey Shady, sorry i've been absent for a bit, but what a post to come back to!!! I'd forgotten about this beautiful lady until now, and what a beautiful day this must have been! We'll never know, i suppose, why some are gone so soon and others are blessed with astounding years, but i think her existence is such an inspiration, thanks for taking the time to share these sweet sweet pictures!

    1. Kathleen Mae SchneiderApril 27, 2016 at 7:34 AM

      Hi there, Abigail!
      We're so glad you got to be part of Mother's birthday, and wrote your kind and thoughtful comment.

      Ever since the love of her life passed away in 1980, Mother has often asked the same question: Why are such good people gone too soon? She misses my father terribly but has endured her widowhood with quiet acceptance and a still-strong faith that God is taking care of both him and her.

      We're glad you like our pictures of her special day and week.
      Thanks for stopping by and adding to our happiness with your comment!

  17. What a wonderful celebration! And so much to be thankful for. Congratulations on the wonderful family and so many dear friends. Have a great year ahead until the next gala for the 105th!

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

    1. Kathleen Mae SchneiderApril 27, 2016 at 1:39 PM

      We certainly are thankful for so much, Arlee. Mother has three children, 6 grandkids and 6 great grandchildren, and she tells everyone that she "know(s) they love her". Add to that her extended family and scores of friends, and you can see the influence she has had over so many. We hoped we could help her realize this by our party.

      We are also very grateful that her mind is good and she isn't showing signs of anything other than normal age-related cognitive slowing-down.

      Our celebration is ongoing, for cards are still arriving and people come to visit when their schedules permit. Besides, any excitement tires Mother easily and we keep things subdued because of that, except for the decorations. We keep them bright and colorful, and they will remain in place for days where she can see them.

      Thanks for your comment, congratulations and wishes for the next year. We will be sure to let you know next April if we pulled off another party!

  18. Oh I love seeing pics and hearing about Margaret's birthday celebration! Everything was so lovely and put together with so much love. I love the fact that your mom "loves everybody" -- that love has obviously come back to her one hundred-fold plus!
    I'm happy to know that she celebrated her birthday over several days -- the way all birthdays should be celebrated! Her cake was fabulous with that photo from 1920! Wow!
    And the photo collage had to surprise and thrill her so. I love photo collages. So many memories.
    You created a spectacular memory for her and I was beyond thrilled to be a part of it. May she have many more wonderful birthday celebrations! Thanks for sharing her with us!

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. Kathleen Mae SchneiderApril 27, 2016 at 2:57 PM

      What a pleasing and sincere comment, Michele!

      Since Mother's eyesight is failing, any decorations must be big, bold, shiny if possible, and colorful. Some might find them gaudy or in bad taste, so I'm glad you liked what you saw!

      Mother finds many new technologies incredible, among them this iPad/Internet, and a cake with her photo on top. When she asks me how they do it in either case, I can't tell her. I'm amazed right along with her. She simply says, "They can do such wonderful things nowadays!"

      The collage of photos represents a timeline of sorts that show many phases of her life: from a young wife and mother all the way through to a grandmother and great-grandmother. Mother's visitors also enjoyed seeing not only her, but themselves at earlier times of their lives in some of the pictures. It was a new and fun addition to our party.

      While I was growing up, our house was a haven for everyone, many times for people that others rejected. This was a place where even unexpected visitors could truly be themselves - shy, loud, uneducated, bold, silly - you name it. I learned from that atmosphere that everyone has worth.

      Not only were unusual or in some cases, downright weird people welcomed, entertained and listened to with good conversation and a snack. They would also leave with a box of vegetables fresh from our garden, baked or home-canned goods, a bottle or two of homemade root beer, and sometimes a bouquet of fresh flowers from the yard.

      Everyone remembers that and you're right, it comes back in full measure now to comfort Mother in her extreme old age. It is instructive, I think, that her nonjudgemental acceptance, caring ways and myriad kind gestures shown toward others throughout her long life have not gone unrewarded. I wonder, at the end of however long my life will be, what my own kindness tally will show.

      Thank you for becoming a new visitor to our mother's life through the internet, Michele, and for sending us such a caring and enthusiastic comment!

  19. What a fabulous birthday party! Thanks for sharing this with us, Kathleen and Tom. It warms the heart. Just goes to show that love truly "makes the world go 'round".

    1. Kathleen Mae SchneiderApril 27, 2016 at 9:22 PM

      We're glad to know our party post was heart-warming, Debbie. Since it isn't every day that someone turns 104 years old, and especially our mother, we felt a subdued celebration calibrated to her energy level and comfort zone was appropriate.

      That's just one way we show our love for her - accepting where she is at her age and making her life as peaceful and happy as possible.

      Thanks for your visit to our post and your kind comment!

  20. I like the 25 with 79 years of experience:)
    Have a great one, Shady.

    1. Kathleen Mae SchneiderApril 27, 2016 at 9:27 PM

      This is an all-purpose quote, simply adjust the math accordingly for your own use, Sandra!

  21. 104 that is something, I would like to live to be 104 if I am still with it and not like my nan who will be 95 next month and bed ridden and unable to feed herself or speak, if I was like that I would rather be in heaven just saying. 104 candles would be a fire hazard especially if one tries to blow them out and the instead blows them over and then the something catches fire then that would be on hell of a lot of excitement just saying

    1. Kathleen Mae SchneiderApril 27, 2016 at 9:46 PM

      Mother is as surprised as everyone else that she still is here, and wonders what God is waiting for before he takes her "home". She claims she knows more dead people than alive ones, and she's probably right! Her other common statement is "It's no fun to get old." Longevity for its own sake, without quality, is certainly not my goal!

      There's another take on the excessive number of traditional candles needed for Mother's cake. One of her birthday cards said they would contribute to global warming! We generally use candles in the shape of the numbers we need and then also have one for each 10 years she has lived plus any singles beyond the decade.

      Thank you for commenting, Jo-Anne!

  22. How precious!!!! She is so dang adorable and looks amazing for 104. Thank you for this follow up post on how her birthday went. My mouth watered of the thought on her trunk in the attic with vintage apparel,etc. I love antiques!

    1. Kathleen Mae SchneiderApril 27, 2016 at 9:53 PM

      Mother blushed to hear your compliments! She said "Thank you."

      You would have a field day in Mother's attic and basement, Holli. She saved everything and most of it is in pretty good shape for its vintage, just like her!

  23. A lot of love went into the decorating and preparations. Kudos.

    Hey, Shady.

  24. Kathleen Mae SchneiderApril 27, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    You're right about that one, Sandra! Lots of work and time were involved, but we feel it was worth it.

    1. You can tell:) You can also tell it was a labor of love:)

      Happy Thursday, Shady:)

    2. Kathleen Mae SchneiderApril 29, 2016 at 5:45 AM

      Of course it was. Everything we do with and for Mother as her caregivers grows naturally out of our love and devotion to her!

      She sometimes says she feels like she's a "burden", but I tell her that she took such good care of us our whole lives and that now it's time for us to do the same for her.

      Thanks, Sandra, for your return comments!

  25. Kathleen Mae SchneiderApril 29, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    Dear kind readers,

    I finally finished reading aloud to Mother all of your comments about her birthday posts. We took our time so she could hear and savor them all, but I must say unequivocally that because of this blog, her birthday officially lasted over a week!

    While the blog post and your comments added something very special to this year's celebration, the kindness and thoughtfulness expressed to Mother (and me!) in your comments will remain always in our hearts.

    She and I want to make sure that each one of you understands how grateful we are for you and the time it took for you to read the text, look at the pictures and send us your impressions and good wishes.

    We hope to see you back again when we re-engage our In-Dell-ible Memories series. Many of the stories in Mother's mind are as fresh as the day they happened - a century ago! I mean to get them written down and share them with you as soon as I am able.

    Thank you again, everyone!!

  26. Kathleen Mae SchneiderApril 29, 2016 at 1:17 PM

    Dear Tom,

    How do we thank you enough for your time and hard work putting the last two posts together? It had to be tough to with the raw material I sent you (at the last minute like always!), and whip it into shape to produce the wonderful posts that resulted.

    It was the best gift you could ever give to Mother:
    seeing herself honored so, and making new friends from all over the globe. She really was surprised, and so enjoyed seeing herself online on the 18th, and then marveling at pictures of her birthday decorations and her party a week later.

    Her happiness continued as she got a kick out of the comments that rolled in each day for both posts. It was like opening a big stack of presents a few at a time - for two weeks!

    She just said to me, after revisiting the posts and my read-aloud of the last few comments, "I bet no one else my age had a birthday like this one!" I think she is probably right.

    You are incredibly kind and good for thinking of her and doing this unique and great thing by devoting the last two weeks to her on Shady Dell Music & Memories. It was a gift to me as well, for I casted about for months trying to think of something that she would enjoy and would make her 104th birthday extraordinary. You solved THAT problem handily!

    Thank you so much, Tom. She, and I, will never forget your friendship and this very special gift to us!

    1. You are very welcome, dear Kathleen. I could turn it around and thank you and mother Margaret for your immeasurable contributions to the Shady Dell story and this blog over the last few years. These birthday posts for your mother are a labor of love for you and for me. I am happiest when I know that I have made others happy. Your remarks letting all of us know that we brought Mother great joy during the week of her birthday, are gifts to me and to all the other readers as well. I for one will remember your kind words always.

      God bless you, Kathleen!


  27. Wow, just wow! Her birthday sounds like it was wonderful! So much love and so much life! Brought a tear to my eye. :')

    1. Kathleen Mae SchneiderApril 30, 2016 at 7:19 PM

      Hi Jessica Marie!
      It was a wonderful time for us all. We are so proud of our Mother and how she persevered through so many illnesses, heartbreaks and tragedies in more than a century of living. Her body might be tired and aging, but it seems to me that her beauty deepens.

      Thanks for adding your comment to her list of thoughts and well wishes in honor of her 104th birthday. Every one of them makes her smile! (Me too!)

  28. So sweet of you to do this. What a celebration. What a journey for her, isn't it?

    Makes me wonder what lies ahead for me in the coming years.

    Happy birthday to this beautiful inspiring woman.

  29. Kathleen Mae SchneiderMay 1, 2016 at 7:40 AM

    Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment, Lux.

    Mother and I often talk about her eventful odyssey through the twentieth and 21st centuries. She sure has been through a lot, and experienced both happy and tragic events. Miraculously it seems, she survived them all. Being with her, or even hearing about her, does give one pause to contemplate the future and speculate about the course our own life might take.

    As Mother endured and thrived, she learned many lessons along the way. She is a source of knowledge and insight, and a guide as to how to endure. I thanked her on her Mother's Day card for not only giving me life, but also showing me how to live it. She was, and is, an excellent teacher by example.

    As a little girl and young woman, she never imagined she would live this long. She sometimes asks me what "good [she] is doing", now that she needs more help. I watch and learn how she handles aging with dignity, grace and calm acceptance, and I tell her she is still a blessing and source of love for us. Then I add (which always makes her smile that tender smile of hers), that she is teaching us how to grow old.

    Again - thank you, Lux - for visiting our birthday posts, and sending your compliments and reflections on Mother's life. We hope to hear from you again!

  30. Tom, thank you for featuring Kathleen's account of Margaret's 104th birthday celebration and photo gallery. First off, WOW! Does Margaret ever look good for her 104 years!! I would not guess her age. It looks like Margaret's special day was ever bit of that - SPECIAL! She has many adoring family and friends who care and lover her. What an amazing lady. May God smile upon her all the days of her life! This was an excellent read. :D

    1. Kathleen Mae SchneiderMay 1, 2016 at 2:54 PM

      I'm glad Tom could produce a "Dell-ightful"post that conveyed the spirit of this special birthday for my mother, and that you got to see it.

      Everyone who meets Mother tells her she doesn't look as old as she is. I kid her sometimes and tell her she doesn't look a day over 99!

      She is good mentally - a tremendous blessing! Although sometimes disappointed that she can't do what she used to do, she always seems content with what she has and has a positive outlook on life.

      She remains productive by doing small tasks that aren't affected by failing eyesight and hearing. Friendly with everyone, not expecting more than anyone can give, she loves and forgives unconditionally.

      She takes very little medicine, never smoke or "drank", and worked hard all her life. She still sleeps on her side of the bed that she shared with my father, even though he's been gone since 1980.

      We hope to keep her in her home for all the rest of her days. I love taking care of her and I'm glad for this opportunity for SDM&M readers to see, read about, and be as inspired by her as I am.

      Thanks for being one of those people, Cathy!

  31. Thank you, dear Kathleen, for conscientiously replying to comments these last two weeks and thank you, dear readers, for the tremendous response to these two birthday posts for Margaret Schneider. We all appreciate it!

  32. Ok....somehow I missed this as well and I feel so bad because she deserves all the mentions. What a great cake and balloons...she must have been tickled pink. What a nice tribute and it shows how much she is treasured and loved

    1. Hi, Birgit!

      Kathleen was babysitting the blog for two weeks as she guest hosted/posted for me. I will be sure to let her know about your comment. She reads all of the comments aloud to her mother Margaret and I know they will both appreciate your visit.

      Thank you very much, dear friend Birgit!


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