My hometown as seen from the Bay

My hometown as seen from the Bay

Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday rain

I was tired all day yesterday and ended  up sleeping in until 8:30 this morning.  First thing I decided to do was try out the latest shower cleaner I bought.  It's called Kaboom.  It sprays on blue, turns white, and then it's supposed to magically remove all soap scum.  I'm back to the drawing board and will try other methods.  It worked okay on the door but then I'd already worked on that door quite a bit with other products.  Once I stepped back and really looked at the whole shower stall itself, I realized it was in dire need of scrubbing. Plus -- the Kaboom leaves an after odor like strong disinfectant. I've had the window open all morning and it's still noticeable in there.

I just can't do it with my shoulders right now and was hoping some magic cleaner would appear.  I'm going to investigate vinegar, ammonia, bleach, and other things I've heard about.  Sooner or later, that shower is going to shine.  I've lived here six years so I guess not giving it a real hard scrub is the source of all my dismay.  I might end up paying Hunter to do the job as he's really good at stuff like that.  It definitely needs someone who can get down on their knees and work steadily.

Cancelled my ancestry subscription but can still access it through Nov. 26.  I worked on my mother's files a little bit more last night. Decided I wanted to check out the doctor who delivered her.  His name was Claude C. Leaverton and he lived in Tacoma.  His wife was named Brasfield and on further investigation, I found she was a relative of the former sheriff in Jeff. Co. He's on ancestry too so I dropped him a note. He'll probably think I'm a wacko but that's okay.  We all know how I am. Ha!

Jenni was starving at work so I took her a sandwich and then drove out to this secondhand store near the Elwha Casino that I knew had old hot wheel cars.  They were closed (second time I've gone there and they weren't open).  Decided since I had driven that far, I might as well go three more miles and visit the casino.  There's a really nice hiking/walking/biking trail on this road I took by accident. It still got me to the casino.  I went in with a $20 bill, played for over a half hour or more and then walked out with $26.

Came home and found one of the Christmas presents I ordered online was delivered and sitting on the doorstep.  After seeing a TV news story about people following UPS and FedX drivers and then stealing what they leave, I was glad I got home when I did.  I don't think we have that much thievery as seen on tv but I do know that "element" is everywhere.  And this particular gift was kind of expensive.

Got a neat YouTube video in an email today so think I'll go find it and share ....

Rain has returned and sounds like it's sticking around for the entire week.  I'll occupy myself inside.

Here's my latest morning picture of THE MAN...
While researching where my mother's family worked in the 1920's, I came across these pictures in a little booklet about the Chehalis Fir Door Company and how it relocated in McCleary, WA.  This first picture was taken on a Sunday and various employees and their family gathered for the shoot.   40 acres of land was cleared to build the new plant that made veneer door.  My g.grandparents and grandmother all worked there for a time.

I sure wish I knew if any were in these photos.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Oh.....Happy Day....

Just left the physical therapist's office and I don't have to go back!  Woo Hooooo!  Well, at least not for a while.  I will have to consult with a doctor about my left shoulder but I'm putting that off until January. And my hope is, it won't be as intense a surgery as the right one was.  Maybe I won't even have to go under the knife at all.  Probably unlikely but I can hope. They gave me a water bottle as a goodbye gift.

I stopped at Swain's to get a few more pint jars to make more snow globes.  They're in the process of remodeling and enlarging for Christmas and it seems like they've got a third more space what with the narrowing of aisles and the opening up of the back of the store.  Tons of merchandise too.

I also stopped at Safeway to try another product for cleaning soap scum off my shower doors.  I bought the liquid Bar Keepers Helper after reading about it online.  I was under the impression that a simple application would remove the scum but was a long and laborious chore.  I even had to go retrieve a shower stool to sit down because my back hurt so much bending over.  Then I stripped and got in the shower to use the hose to rinse everything off.  I was disappointed in the final result.  It's become an "issue" with me now so I picked up a can of Kaboom this afternoon and will try it out tomorrow. Basically, I want to NOT HAVE TO scrub and scrub.  I want it to come off easy.  We'll see....

News has been disgusting as usual.  Why oh why do they give Manson and his STUPID pea brain fiancee air time?  Not news you media folks who think we care.  Interesting to see ole Bill Cosby in the hot seat. I don't have any sympathy for him at all.  I've always thought he was full of himself.  Now we'll have to listen to a blow by blow recap of the entire affair for weeks!

My favorite thing to watch right now is a video of Jacob walking.  It's only a minute but it's completely entertaining and I watch it at least three times a day.  He's going to Hawaii this Sunday with his folks and cousin Catie.  Wish I was going too.  I was invited but I need to be healthier and I'm not quite there yet.

I drove through downtown on my way to physical therapy and I may do some shopping locally this year.  Was interesting to see the window displays and the large tree being decorated --and sad to see how many empty shops there were.

I'm going to begin addressing Christmas card envelopes tomorrow now that I've got my stamps all paid for.  I mailed off one Christmas gift to my half sister in NC but I think that will probably be the extent of my mailed packages.  I do need to get into PT at some point. Think I'll try the week before Christmas or Christmas week itself. Depends on the weather and how my body feels.

I've just about finished organizing my various genealogy folders with notes on each family. Course I'll never be really done as there's always more to find.  I checked out a few Family Tree Magazines at the library and one of them had a terrific article on good websites for each state.  I still have a lot of questions on several old family members.

Well, sitting here by the heat vent I've noticed a heck of a lot of dust that needs to be vacuumed so I guess I'll go pull out the machine and see about sucking it up.  My priorities have sure changed over the years.

A guy called me up from PT and ordered five of my books. What a nice surprise.  He knew my Uncle George and Aunt Lorraine from the rock club they belonged to and he thought very highly of them. We had a nice conversation about how country music just isn't as good as it was back in our day.

Turkey day is growing closer but I don't need to do a lot of cooking this year.  I am baking a pumpkin pie and making some oyster dressing but that will probably be it.  Maybe.... I'll make up a batch of yeast rolls,

50 years ago this week I was waddling around my dad's house on Kuhn Street two weeks overdue with child #1.  Man, that was a quick 50 years!

Here's a picture of my dad and brother Les in the background taken in 1965 at the San Diego Zoo. Sue was about 5 or 6 months old and I was thrilled that my dad drove all the way from Port Townsend to visit us.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Just working thru my chores

I saw this Christmas craft project on Pinterest that I wanted to try out.  Anything I settle on has to be fairly simple but it seems no matter how simple things start out, it ends up costing you money one way or another.  Such is life. The pictures I saw online were much cuter than mine but then I always feel that way.  I couldn't find the vintage cars I wanted to use but I may search again if I decide to make any more.  I also couldn't find the smaller Christmas trees I wanted.  This town has limited shopping options.

After I finished my jars, I found a similar picture with better directions but I'll know better next time.

I noticed my shower door still looks scummy even though I tried different things I found on the Internet.  This morning I found a website where this woman taped off her door into four sections and tried all the theories she found online. (vinegar, dish soap, etc.)  She discovered that using liquid Bar Keepers Friend was the best and easiest.  I'm buying some.

Read my Reader's Digest last night (Thank you Linda P for the Xmas present).  One thing I tore out to try and remember:  Mix 1 tsp. Dawn dishwashing liquid, 1 tablespoon rubbing alcohol, and 1/2 gallon warm water.  Pour the mixture over walkways to keep them for freezing again right away.

The joke that made me cackle out loud:

A child psychologist had twin boys--one was an optimist; the other, a pessimist. Just to see what would happen, on Christmas Day he loaded the pessimist's room with toys and games.  In the optimist's room, he dumped a pile of horse droppings.  That night, the father found the pessimist surrounded by his gifts, crying.  "What's wrong?" the father asked.
"I have a ton of game manuals to read...I need batteries..and my toys will all eventually get broken!" sobbed the pessimist.
Passing the optimist's room, the father found him dancing for joy around the pile of manure. "Why are you so happy? he asked.
The optimist shouted: "There's got to be a pony in here somewhere!"

I've got a little over a week left on my ancestry subscription so I'd best get back to hunting. I spent all day online yesterday looking for additional information on my g. grandmother on my mom's side.
Ava was born a Peterson, married and divorced a Stevens, and then married a Peters.  I thought that was interesting, just in itself.  Her second husband (according to his 1917 WWI draft registration card) worked for General Explosion Co, in Carl Junction MO. He was a gelation packer.
About a year after Ava died, he remarried a woman in Aberdeen and eventually retired from a lumber company in Aberdeen, moved to Yellowstone County in Montana and died there.

And here's two cute things I saw on Facebook yesterday...

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday night

My Friday nights have changed a lot over the years.  I think I'll write about that sometime. Not tonight, though; I have other things to yak about.

I may post this on Facebook too.  Been cleaning out a few corners here and there and came across three album/books that I'd like to give away.  Here's photos of them closed and open.

The red one is kind of a large journal type book with pages you can glue stuff in as well as write. The pink one has plastic pages and is oversized.  The white one (my Life book) is like scrapbook paper. Has quite a few pages.  They're all very nice and it seems a shame they're not being used by someone who likes that kind of thing.  Or who could use them to gift to someone else.

Saw this picture on Paula McDonald's page on Facebook.  Cracked me up.  Visit "bored panda" on Facebook to see more.  This one is two brothers who reenacted old family pictures for their folks' anniversary.  They're hilarious!
 I saw this on Jean Camfield's Facebook page and thought it was worthy enough to retype and share. I'm going to do this.....

Items the Food Bank seldom gets but always needs:

Seasoned salt, cayenne pepper, chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, oregano, basil 2.

Feminine Products.


toilet paper, tooth paste, soap, deodorant, shampoo, etc. Food stamps often don’t cover these.

Canned meats and jerky.

 Crackers and tortillas.
 Baby toiletries.
Diapers, baby wipes, baby formula, baby shampoo, baby soap, baby food, bottles, etc

Soup packets.

From a former homeless person: “Socks mean the world to you. They keep you warm, make you feel like you have something new, and just comfort you.”

 Canned fruit other than pineapple.
Food banks get a lot of pineapple donated. Their clients love it when other kinds of fruit are available.

And remember! Food banks love cash donations

I got this in an email and I thought it was worthy enough to retype and share, as well:

The American Red Cross President and CEO Marsha J. Evans' salary for the year was $651,957 plus expenses
MARCH OF DIMES It is called the March of Dimes because only a dime for every 1 dollar is given to the needy.
The United Way President Brian Gallagher receives a $375,000 base salary along with numerous expense benefits.
UNICEF CEO Caryl M. Stern receives$1,200,000 per year (100kper month) plus all expenses including a Rolls Royce. Less than 5 cents of your donated dollar goes to the cause.
GOODWILL CEO and owner Mark Curran profits $2.3 million a year.Goodwill is a very catchy name for his business.You donate to his business and then he sells the items for PROFIT. He pays nothing for his products and pays his workers minimum wage!

Instead, give it to ANY OF THE FOLLOWING
The Salvation Army Commissioner, Todd Bassett receives a small salary of only$13,000 per year(plus housing) for managing this $2 billion dollar organization. 96% of donated dollars go to the cause.

The American Legion National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!

The Veterans of Foreign Wars National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!

The Disabled American Veterans National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary.
Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!

The Military Order of Purple Hearts National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!

The Vietnam Veterans Association National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary.Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!

Make a Wish: For children's last wishes.100% goes to funding trips or special wishes for a dying child.

St. Jude Research Hospital 100% goes towards funding and helping Children with Cancer who have no insurance and cannot afford to pay.

Ronald McDonald Houses All monies go to running the houses for parents who have critically ill Children in the hospital.100% goes to housing, and feeding the families.

Lions Club International 100% of donations go to help the blind, buy hearing aids, support medical missions around the world. Their latest undertaking: measles vaccinations for $1.

Went  shopping after my physical therapy appointment.  Have a Xmas craft I want to make and I knew finding the right pieces would mean going from store to store.  I found one item at Joanne's but was surprised to see it was $2.  Should have been a quarter!  I went to Walmart and found the same thing for 75 cents.  I have noticed, though, that Walmart's prices aren't that great in every department.
Like their groceries.  Or maybe groceries are just skyhigh everywhere.

Guess I'll cut this short as it's dinner time and you know how I hate to miss a meal.  ha ha
Even if it is just crummy leftovers.

I put away my jigsaw puzzle and decided I needed to focus on other hobbies. Gonna stick with genealogy until my subscription runs out. Switched over to my mother's biological family to see if I could find more on the Petersons, Stevens, and Haskells.

And that's about it for now....

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Another chilly morning

I've got a few "computer things" to work on today.  I need to get some of my genealogy notes in order; I need to file pictures away in various folders; I have two letters to write; I'm going to check out the music website, Spotify; I'm going to sign up for Instagram; I'm going to recheck my Twitter account and see if I can't figure out how it works exactly; I need to check out 'Linked In' that I signed up for and never went further; and I need to browse around on Pinterest.  Might begin to sort through my Christmas cards too.

I drove over to the Morman Church Genealogy Library last night as I was told "the main lady" who knew the most worked from 6 to 9.  I showed up at 5:50 and at 6:35 she still hadn't showed so I gave up (irked) and came home.

Ended up watching a little tv (Netflix and Amazon) and then hit the sack kinda early.  I think this cold weather makes me weary.  I know my skin doesn't like it.  Temperature gauge read 28 when I got up.  Took a hot shower, ate breakfast, worked my Yahoo crossword puzzle, washed dishes, and here I am.  Yep!  Nothing much to write about today.  Guess I'll get on with my to-do list.

Here's a 1986 video with Del Shannon. I've always loved this song.

A further note...
Suffering from depression, for which he was taking Prozac, Shannon committed suicide on February 8, 1990, killing himself with a .22-caliber rifle at his home in Santa Clarita, California. He was cremated, and his ashes were scattered. Following his death, the Traveling Wilburys honored him by recording a version of "Runaway". Lynne also co-produced Shannon's posthumous album, Rock On, released on Silvertone in 1991.

Del Shannon Memorial in Coopersville, Michigan
Shannon was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of FamIe in1999. 

And while I didn't listen to The Doors when they were popular, I did catch this one on Pandora Music today and oh my....look what I missed.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


I was kind of surprised that I didn't see a lot of frost on the neighbor's roofs this morning 'cause I knew darn well it was cold out there!  That wind can cut right through you.

Today I stuck my head in a closet in the back room and realized I had a pretty big supply of picture frames. I'm taking a bunch over to Mary next month when I travel to Jake's first birthday party.
There was a time when I had frames hung all over the house with photos of the kids,the grand kids, relatives, pets, even flowers or street scenes. I still have quite a bit of wall decorations. Someday I'll have to do a walk-thru and take pictures of everything.  

Hunter walked over with Sammy as I needed a couple of chores done.  He fixed my gate but not before his hands turned numb.
He also put covers on my two outside faucets and replaced a battery in my smoke detector in the back bedroom.  I've heard it make a little ding even after the new battery was put in so I wonder if there's something wrong with the wiring.  I'll have to keep an eye on it.

I pulled out my crafting paints and discovered a paint-by-number kit that is brand new.  I'll have to think about doing it. I used to love those paint-by-number pictures but now they look kinda' hard for these old eyes.  I did paint up a square flat rock that Catie gave me a while back. I'm going to see about decorating it after I look on Pinterest.

I set out my 500-piece jigsaw puzzle that I picked up at Goodwill yesterday.  It's going to be kind of a toughie, I think, as the pieces are odd shaped as is the border so you pretty much have to complete the puzzle by color only.  The pieces are cork-backed so they're quite sturdy and thick.  If it gives me too much trouble, I'll just box it up and set up the sewing machine.  I seem to be in one of those moods where I'm jumping from hobby to hobby and not finding anything to hold my interest.

I am heading over to the Morman Church Genealogical Library but not until 6 pm tonight.  Wish it was closer but a 15-20 minute drive certainly isn't going to kill me.

I found my computer Scrabble game disk recently and have started playing with that when I need something to occupy myself.  I beat the computer most of the time.  I looked the Leader over this morning but about the only thing of interest (to me anyhow) was seeing all the people who worked at restaurants.  Most of them I've never eaten at.  Maybe I'll rectify that this spring and summer.

I was having a hard time reading the tabs at the top of the page on Google Chrome but couldn't figure out how to change the settings.  Thankfully, granddaughter Catie is pretty computer savvy and she called to walk me through the steps.  Very simple and easy if you know where to click.

Mary says Jacob is getting closer to walking every day.  He likes to make his way around the house by following the walls and large pieces of furniture.  It won't be much longer now.
I got two new cousins this week. Pearl Jean and Jonathan Leroy born in Tacoma.  Grandchildren of my cousin, Cindy Renner, in Gig Harbor.

Well, I think I'll take a quick little nap before I head across town.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

I have a hickey!

Well...maybe.... my physical therapist said I might get one after the session today with the suction cup they used on me.  It hurt, as usual.  A student has been working with her the last few times and they've both made comments about how I'm doing so good...because I keep coming back.  They know it hurts and I guess they think I'm a tough ole broad.  Ha!  I dread it every time I have to drive down there and I "think" I've only got three sessions left.  One this Friday and two next week.  At least that's what I'm counting on.  I'll probably check out getting my left shoulder fixed after the first of the year.  If I can avoid another surgery, I intend to!

The therapist was telling me about Spotify and how great it is for listening to music (free). I'm going to look into it as I think Itunes is kind of hard to navigate.  Hunter helped me charge my Ipod yesterday so I've got my cute little speaker attached to it so I can listen to my favorites. There's probably over a thousand songs on that little gadget.  Amazing!

After I finished with p/t, I ran a few errands.  Noticed a lot of cars parked at Big Lots and Joanne's so I thought perhaps they had sales going on.  I walked around Big Lots but didn't notice anything interesting.  Same with Joanne's.  I was going to buy some card stock but only needed a few pieces.  Might have taken the time to buy them but it irks me when stores hold customers hostage at the cash register by not calling more clerks.  There were too many people standing in line and I decided Joanne's wasn't getting any of my money today.  And then there's that SMELL you have to endure if you're anywhere near candles or potpourri.  Almost makes me ill.

I headed over to Dollar Tree 'cause I needed some batteries and  you can get all sizes for a dollar a package.  I also bought a few other handy things. I forget how much the dollar store has to offer sometimes.  I got a large piece of red cardstock (22x28) and thought I might use it to make some Christmas cards.

Later, I stopped in at Goodwill and found a box of really nice Xmas cards for $1.50.  There were 35 in the box (with envelopes, some stickers, and a little book for recording names and addresses.)  So now I guess I'm sending out a few cards, after all.  I also picked up another jigsaw puzzle.  Only 500 pieces, though, so it doesn't keep me distracted too long.

I stopped at Wendy's for lunch and then at the corner grocery store to fill up on gas.  Was tiring getting in and out of the car in all that wind so I was glad when I finally pulled into the garage. I hung up my flag for about an hour but the wind kept tossing it up on the roof and around the flagpole so I decided to take it down.

Hmmm...the wind is playing havoc with me today.  It tore out the latch hook on my back gate and I need it shut or the whole back yard is exposed to the alley.  I had to pull out a few bent nails and hammer in a couple more to hold the slats in and then realized the hook wasn't going to stay put in the wood so I retrieved some twine and tied the gate closed.  That gate has been nothing but trouble from day one.  Had to put on a hat and coat to finish the job as the wind was icing up my ears and face really fast.

Time to research on for a while. Gotta track down a Bert Otis Blankenship who might be my missing Charlie.  I doubt it but I'm going to check it out anyhow.