Friday, December 31, 2010

Sunset and Sunrise



2010 is almost gone. Today is the 31st of December. The sun is shinning and it is breezy and crisp. Elinor and I both have colds but we've survived long enough to enjoy all the family that have been here for the past few days. The Wedding was beautiful and joyous even in the rain that prevailed the whole day. It didn't dampen anyone's spirits.
Isabel and Johnny were married at the Portland Temple and then a ring ceremony was held at the reception for those of us who couldn't attend the Temple sealing.
The reception was lovely. There was good food, fabulous cookies(the theme of the wedding was milk and cookies which both the kids really like), and some cool dancing. There were four generations of love from all the families involved. People had flown in from as far as Kasikstan(my niece, Cindy), Pittsburgh, PA, Morris Plains, NJ, St. Louis, Provo, and Phoenix. People had driven from Silverdale and Vancouver, WA and Corvalis, OR. We all
had a fantastic time. Izzy and Johnny are now in Hawaii enjoying their honeymoon(I hope) and everyone else has left to return to their respective homes.
Elinor and I have been Blessed by her sons and we feel blessed as we look forward to 2011(THE SUNRISE).
I wish all who may read this a safe and healthy New Year and I thank God for all I have learned in 2010(THE SUNSET). PEACE. LOVE. JOY!!!!!!!!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Sicker than a dog


I hate being sick. Diarihha and upset stomach. Not good. Everyone is down in Corvallis for the rehearsal dinner. I stayed home because I really felt sick. I hate feeling sick.
The wedding is tomorrow but I don't think I will be going.
We shall see.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

It's Christmas!!!!!


We started celebrating Christmas early this year. My niece, Cindy, arrived from Miami and that was great. We so enjoy her visits. She resides some of the year in Kasikstan which is a long way away. So we are delighted to have her back in the States. Her daughter, Leigha and her fiance, Stephen, are also here from Logan, UT. Leigha has just graduated from College and we are all so proud of her. She and Stephen haven't set a date yet, but there is another wedding in the future. Yesterday, Elinor and I drove down to Eugene, OR to pick up her son, Isaac and his lovely wife, Heather, and their two children, Elijah and Charlotte. It was really fun to see Elijah again. And I finally got to meet my great niece, Charlotte, who is 5. The kids flew to Eugene because they got a great air deal. Today is Christmas day but unfortunately,
Elinor is not feeling well. That didn't stop us from opening gifts. Cindy brought us some lovely things from her travels to Greece, Turkey and India. Elinor gave me the makings of a Dominos
party, complete with plates, napkins, and prizes of other games. She also gave me two watches which I am wearing on each wrist. I gave her a movie pass for three movies which includes popcorn, a gift card to our favorite restaurant(Rib City) and a blues buster to her favorite antique shop and $25.00 to spend there. Elinor gave Cindy tights, slippers, and lotions and coffee to enjoy while here. We gave Stephen a backpack and hat and gloves. Leigha got all sorts of dodads. Rachel sent us some things she had made including an album of pictures of her family which we will treasure. Laura also sent some pictures of her tribe and a cute little travel bag for Elinor and I. All in all, it has been a nice Christmas. We got four new movies and three new puzzles(two from our dear brother, Ross and his wife, Sharon).
The two pictures above are from Christmas's past but memories are what Christmas are for me. As Elinor and I were driving down to Eugene, she read aloud from The Christmas Carol. Mom use to read that every year. She wrote in the book her own little message and that made us both feel warm and toasty. Then last night, Elinor read The Littlest Angel. Traditions and memories..............that's Christmas for me.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas Cactus




I am not sure how this poor little plant has survived but it has. In our house, this is positively amazing and profoundly beautiful. Our Christmas cactus has bloomed and it is cheering our hearts during this very rainy time. So feast your eyes and enjoy some yuletide joy and wonder. I would like to believe this is a gift from my Dad. He loved plants and he even did a little cactus gardening when he went to visit my Grandparents in Tucson, AZ. He 'd be down on his knees in the garden and would inevitabley back up into a cacti or two. Ouch!!!!! Thanks, Dad.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Getting Off The Ground


I feel like a real klutz today. It seems that I mis-counted the money in our money jars. I thought we had $400.00; we actually had $200.00. We took the money to put in my account because I am the one who put the purchase on my credit card. The bank ran the coins thru their machine and low and behold, it was short. At first I was mad, but then I thought about it and realized I just screwed up.
I am not sorry for the purchase which was really cool; I just hate feeling like a fool. But I also recognize a growth in me today. Before, I would have sulked and made everyone miserable. Today, I was angry at first but I calmed down and took it in stride......much to my sister's relief. Live and learn. I am blessed. At least, I am not without funds. The purchase we made will make a lot of people happy and I am ok with that.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Izzi's Shower







Now is this a bride or what?
Isn't she lovely?
We had a shower for Ms Izzi up in Silverdale on Saturday. Elinor and I left at 6am and drove up so as not to miss the 10am beginning. The shower was held at a dear friend of the Coleman's. Most of the women were from their ward and it was delightful. The gifts were thoughtful and most generous. The big stack in the picture above is all from Izzi's grandmother, Elinor. She went nuts in creating charming Chirstmas tree ornaments but there was also a special hanger for the wedding dress and the guest book. If you want to see the guest book, go to epbdolls.com and go to Elinor's blog. The book is fabulous.
The food was delicious and a good time was had by all. Getting the stuff back to Utah is going to be a trick but I believe they do have a plan. I haven't heard if it was a success or not. We shall see.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Giving Thanks


This picture was taken 3 years ago. Unfortunately, I don't take pictures like I use to but the scene is the same.
This morning, many of the family participated in a Turkey Trot( a 10 k and a 5 k). So with that in mind, we didn't rush quite as hard to get over to the Fox House. Elinor had to make her famous cheese ball and deviled eggs(Joe Coleman's favorite). We finally got over there and the eating began(appetizers, that is). Some of the late arrivals decided to have the annual football game so most of the guests trooped down to the school field. The rest of us sat and talked and cooked.
After the sport fans returned, Christian Fox welcomed us to his home and we said grace and the serious eating began. There was the turkey, of course, nicely carved by Joe. This
was followed by a lovely salad, mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet potatoes and apples, and Evie' s delicious rolls. There was cranberry sause(one by Evie and one by Mo......both good), Martinelli's sparkling cider, pickles, and olives.
After dinner, we had music by Evie. We sang carols, Christmas music.........the Coleman Girls
sang "I'm gettin' nuthing for Christmas" and we even had a Christmas polka danced by Ellie and her friend, John.
Finally, it was time for desert: PIES!!!!!!! Pumpkin, pecan, cherry, and Tom's famous Chocolate Pie. I just gained another 10 lbs writing this entry.
We sat around the table and everyone said what we were thankful for. This is probably one of the most beautiful traditions we have. There are a few chuckles, lots of love, and quite a few tears. We are a blessed family. We've had our share of problems but we also done pretty well in dealing with said problems. Every family has them. Some fall apart but we pull together. I love this family. I am thankful for every member whether I hear from them or not. They are a part of me........perhaps the best part.
Thank you, God, for this wonderful, crazy bunch. God bless us everyone.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Turkey Day Minus One


Here's the latest Thanksgiving news. Evie and Maggie broke out of Silverdale and made it down here safely. Joe should be here now as well.
Elinor and I have always been a little miffed that we didn't have leftovers to make sandwiches out of so this year, we decided to cook our own turkey. It has been a long time since Elinor has cooked a bird so her estimation of the length of the cooking was a little off........like about 2 hrs and 15 min too long. We now have some turkey jerky as leftovers. We haven't tried it but she doesn't have a great deal of confidence. I figure if we have a lot of gravy, who cares? Elinor figures this overcooking will come in handy when the family goes to Missouri(when Christ returns).
Oh well, and so it goes.............

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

And I Thought I Had It Bad......


It snowed here last night and it was cold but I was fine because I didn't have to go any place. My niece, Evie, was not so lucky. It snowed up in Silverdale and she lost electricity. She was suppose to be down here today but she couldn't get out. Her husband, Joe, was due home but we haven't heard if he got there or not. Ev says it is 47 degrees in the house........BURRRRRRRRR.
We have heard they will not get power on until Friday. That is crazy!!!!!!! and COLD!!!!!!!!!
So when you think you have it bad, just remember there are others who have it far worse. I hope Joe gets home quick so he can warm his wife up.

OK, now it's snowing!!!!!!!


We are having our first snowfall tonight. It is cold and it is icy and I hate it. This is not fun to me. I dread going out because I am so scared of falling. I use to not mind but now, I really don't think I would be able to get up and the visions in my mind terrify me. I hate being embarassed and I would be. I also do not want to land in the hospital because that would really do it for me.
I can only hope this clears up by Thanksgiving and this coming Saturday. If anyone is reading this, please say some prayers for this fat old broad. Come on Springtime.......

Saturday, November 20, 2010

It's Raining


I had heard the rumors long before I moved out here. It rains alot in Washington State. They are NOT rumors. It does rain alot here and when the sun doesn't shine, it is COLD. Both Elinor and I are cold but it is fact of my life .It has been raining on and off for about a week now. I feel soggy and who knows, maybe a little moldy too. Oh well, Thanksgiving is coming and that means family. We started our celebration early by going to the midnight premire of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows. It was fantastic!!!!We took John and Thomas Fox with us because how can you see a Harry Potter movie without kids? We also took our trainer from
Curves, Louise, with us. She is lots of fun and we sat in the second row(that is all that was left). I am glad it wasn't in 3 D because there were two parts that I would have gone thru the ceiling if they had been. Yesterday, we went to a craft fair where our friend, Nancy Palomino was showing her stuff. It was very pleasant and Elinor bought a few things. I didn't. The calenders will have to do for Christmas presents this year.
Evie will be down on Tuesday and the girls(Ellie and Izzi) are flying in from Utah on Tuesday evening. I assume Joe and Maggie will be here on Wed. Thanksgiving should be alot of fun. Saturday, Elinor and I will go up to Silverdale for Izzi's bridal shower. Her wedding is in December (28th). The next few weeks will be nuts.
It can rain. I suppose it is necessary. I would be very grateful if it didn't snow but it is not something I have control over so I will leave it in the hands of one who does. Thanks God.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Great Aunt Evie and the Little House


My Great Aunt Evie was a neat lady. She and her sister, Great Aunt May(whom I am named for) owned a lovely little house in Three Rivers, MI. It was a farm and it was beautiful. My parents were married there in 1937 on June 26th. Elinor was looking for something and came across the guest book for the Little House. Sure enough, there were all the names of the those who attended my parent's wedding. There was my Grandfather McDonald's big signature and Grandfather Totman's neat and tidy New England scrawl. My father signed as the "trembling groom". His brother, Jack's signature was very neat. Mom signed twice: Once as Evelyn G Totman and once as Evelyn McDonald, Bob's wife. I recognized most of the names and oh, the memories they brought back. Aunt Fay (Aunt Fay is the other one I was named for) and her boys, my mom's sisters...Barbie and Pat, my Grandmothers. How lucky I was to know these wonderful people. How they added to my life. I have fond memories of the little house and picking blueberries and raspberries. Of eating fresh corn and swinging in the hammock. I dearly loved Aunt Evie. She was a cool lady with a wonderful sense of humor and a smile that wouldn't quit. Thanks, Aunt Evie and Aunt May. Bless you both.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Secretariet


I wish with all my heart I had a picture of Secretariet back in 1973 but I don't. This picture was taken at Churchill Downs but not at the Kentucky Derby and not that year. I wish I had been there. But I saw it on tv. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was so excited because this horse was special. You could see he was. The race was fantastic and so was the Preakness, two weeks later. However, it was the Belmont that really did it for me. I yelled and screamed the whole race and then I cried. He was so magnificent, so effortless......totally wonderful and he won by 31 lengths. UNREAL!!! I am not sure why this horse has meant so much to me but I have always been in love with him. I cried when he died. Even now, I watch his races on You tube and they still thrill me. I have seen the movie SECRETARIET and it was wonderful. I knew how it was going to end but that didn't make any difference. It was a great story. This is a movie I will own and this horse will always be a part of my life. Big Red.....YOU ROCK.....now and forever.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Negativity


I am really fed up with the election this year. I don't know about anyone else but out here, there are so many negative ads that I am ready to say to hell with the whole process. In stead of telling what they can do to change our situation, these candidates just call each other names. I don't want to vote for any of them. I wouldn't mind if we just had to hear it once but you have to listen to four and five of these ads in a row. And they all say the candidate's name and that they approve of this message. Well, if they approve of these messages, I don't approve of them. Negativity is not helpful. Tell me what you would change and how you would change it. That is helpful. I put new words to a tune from ONCE UPON A MATTRESS called Sensitivity.
Negativity...negativity...what's the matter with that? Too much hate and too depressing. It's just a bunch of crap!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

What Was Lost Is Found


Yesterday was really weird. I got up and was going downstairs to drop off some laundry. I had to make a pit stop and I took the laundry in the john with me. On the way out, the phone rang so I answered it. I then proceded downstairs. Somewhere along the way I lost a pair of underware. I got down to the laundry room and they just were not there. I went back up to the bathroom and they weren't there either. I looked in my room. I looked on the stairs. Nada. I became convinced that I had flushed them down the john. I couldn't believe that I had done that but I was left with no alternative.
Then this morning, I was preparing to go downstairs again with some more laundry when I looked over at the window where the phone is and there were my undies.
I had a good chuckle and thought I would share it with my readers.
They were lost but now they are found. I was blind......now I can see.
Too funny!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

And The Sun Shines Thru


Did you ever have one of those moments when something becomes very clear? Well, I did.
Last Wednesday, we went out to lunch with some friends and they told us we had a flat tire(actually, it was leaking but it was getting flatter).
We decided to take it to the tire place and let them take care of it. We got there at about 30 min. before they closed. Elinor went in and they took the car and examined the tire. They told us there was no problem. When we got home, the tire still looked flat(low) but Elinor said it was fine. I fussed but let it go. On Sunday, my nephew, Joe Coleman, said "You have a flat tire". I was mad at the tire place but I couldn't do anything until Monday. I fumed about it but then I began to go over what had happened and BINGO! The light shone thru!!!!!!
The flat tire was on the back right side.......that is, if you are sitting in the driver's seat. If you are standing in front of the car, it is the left rear tire. Elinor probably said it was the left rear tire because she was looking at the car. The tire place,checked the left rear tire but they based it on if you were sitting in the driver's seat. (I found this out when I called AAA. They always go by sitting in the driver's seat). It all depends on where you stand.
The other thing I learned was that when you gut tells you to do something, you really should do it. If I had gone back to the tire place the next day, I wouldn't have had the flat tire Sunday. The light shone thru AGAIN. How cool is that? A twofer!!!!!!!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Goodbye Old Friend



( Baja Sunset and Mulnamuth Falls)

(Privoloff Islands birds and an arctic fox)








(siberian indian woman)

On September 18, I lost a old friend:CruiseWest Cruise Lines. This was a small ship operation that started in Alaska and grew to take in fantastic cruises in Baja, The Snake and Columbia River, The Wine Country, Japan and the South Seas. They offered an up close and personal view of some of the most beautiful places on earth. I was priviledged to make three journeys on this line with my good friend, Carolyn Shoup. We went to Baja and Copper Canyon, Alaska, and the Snake and Columbia River. The ships were not fancy but the trips were incredible. We saw lots of wildlife, met wonderful people and saw breathtaking scenery. I am sorry to hear this company has gone out of business. The travel industry is poorer for it and so is anyone who enjoyed seeing nature at her best.
Well Done, Cruise West. Thanks for all the memories.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

It Just Keeps Blooming


Relationships are strange. They change with time. Sometimes they fade away and sometimes, they become stronger. That is the relationship I have with my brother, Ross. It just keeps blooming and getting stronger with age.
Today is his 68th birthday. I called and sang Happy Birthday to him. I made the mistake of calling on my cellphone which doesn't always last so I didn't talk very long but the love was there as it always is.
I love my bro. The love just keeps blossoming into something better and better. Please God, bless my bro and keep him safe. Oh, and THANKS for giving him to me in the first place.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

I Don't Want to Be Angry Any More


I have been known for holding a grudge but tonight I wish to release this anger. I have been mad at my minister because I gave him a picture and he ignored it.
He was just returning to the pulpit after suffering a heart attack two Decembers ago. I wanted to do something nice for him so I gave him one of my pictures of a sunrise and suggested that he go to Utube and type in the Celtic Women/ Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring. If you haven't heard this, you should listen to it. It is haunting. I thought it would make him feel really good. I am proud of my photography and I wanted a little acknowledgement. A really lousy reason to give a gift. I never heard anything from him and I was hurt. I did ask him but he didn't remember it. He said he would look but he never did so I have been angry with him ever since. How dumb is that?
Well, no more. I release this anger. Tonight it is gone. If you are going to give a gift, you should not have any expectations on how it will be received. Just give it from the heart and let it go.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Explanation of Life




I received this from my softball organization and thought it was just right for the blog.
"On the first day, God created the dog and said: 'Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of 20 years.'
The dog said: 'That's a long time to be barking. How about only 10 yrs and I'll give you back the other 10?'
So God agreed. On the 2nd say, God created the monkey and said: 'Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I'll give you a 20 yr life span.
The monkey said: 'Monkey tricks for 20 yrs? That's a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back 10 yrs. like the dog did?
And God agreed. On the 3rd day, God created the cow and said: 'You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves, and give milk to support the farmer's family. For this, I will give you a life span of 60 yrs.
The cow said: 'That's a tough life for 60 yrs. How about 20 and I'll give you back the other 40?
And God agreed again. On the 4th day, God created man and said: 'Eat. sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this I'll give you 20 yrs.
But man said: Only 20 yrs? Could you possibly give me my 20, the 40 the cow gave back, the 10 the monkey gave back and the 10 the dog gave back; that makes 80, okay?
'Okay,' said God, you asked for it.'
So that is why for our first 20 yrs we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves. For the next 40 yrs we slave in the sun to support our family. For the next 10 yrs, we do monkey tricks for the grandkids to entertain them (or nephews and nieces in my case). And for the last 10 yrs, we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone. That's me.......I'm barking.........WOOF!
Life has now been explained to you.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

62


Today, at 3:15PM, I officially turned 62 years of age. I started my day by getting up to take my sister to the airport at 3:45am. I returned home and went back to sleep. I awoke to a cheerful "Happy Birthday" from my cousin, Margaret calling from Virginia. Shortly thereafter, I received a delightful call from my brother, Ross. Elinor followed suit with a call from Nebraska telling me she had arrived safely. I got a call from an OA pal, emails from a Golden Girl teammate, facebook greetings from a great nephew and two great nieces, three birthday cards, a invite to lunch with the Domino Queens, and 20 days of gifts from my sister and roommate, Elinor.
I am truely blessed.
It was topped off by a dinner cooked by my niece, Maureen, who made the MOST DELICIOUS lasagna I have had in many moons. She invited two couples to join in the celebration. We had salad and garlic bread as well as several desserts. The best dessert was brought over by our dear friend, Cherrie-Sue. She made the most fabulous pear pie. I have never eaten one in my life but I am hooked. All in all, it was a delightful day. To those who took the time, Thank you from my heart. I truely appreciate your love.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

9/11


If you have been listening to the news lately, then you have heard about the Florida preacher who wants to burn the Koran on Saturday. I would like to say something to this guy. First of all, you are not being a good shepherd. You are leading your flock astray. Jesus Christ said .....You will love the Lord your God with all your might. This is the first commandment. Second, you will love thy neighbor as thyself. How is burning the Koran loving thy neighbor? If we have not learned this lesson, then all those people will have died in vain.
I do not want to forget 9/11. I want to remember those people.......the victums and the
rescuers. We must lift ourselves up and honor those who were there.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I am always a little off center


This was taken on our infamous cross country trip with our mothers in 1961 I think. I am sure Margaret will correct me when she reads this.
It was in Old Tucson, Az which use to be an old movie set for westerns with John Wayne and others. If we posed behind these figures now, you would see us sticking out on both sides (at least you would certainly see me).
As always, I had a great time with Margaret. It is with real joy that I wish her a fantastic birthday today. I called her at 12:15am this morning(that was 9:15pm our time) to sing Happy Birthday with Elinor's help. I dearly love my cousin. For some reason we hit it off and are still hitting it off. She is my even keel. She keeps me steady. She is my dearest friend, my pal..........and I wish her all the best in all she does. May the wind be always at your back, Cuz. Safe Journey.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

An A Ha Moment!


I went to an OA meeting this morning. I didn't really want to be there. I dozed a little but then one of the members spoke up. She talked about the difference between losing and releasing. She said that when you lose something, it means you have to find it. She said that if you release it, you don't have to go looking for it.........you just let it go.
Now I know why I had to be at that meeting. AAAA Haaaaaaa!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Choices


I went and had my eyes checked today. I haven't been able to take pictures because I can't see without a bit of a blur. I miss my photography. I miss it more than I thought possible. It is my only form of creative expression and I feel empty without it.
The news was not real good but it wasn't real disasterous either. It seems I may have the beginnings of Glaucoma. It requires that I get some blood tests for that as well as cholesteral. I don't have a medical plan so getting this done will not be easy but I will get it done. I am scared not just for the medical but the financial things as well. Just getting glasses and being tested cost $500.00. That's a lot of money so that upsets me. I have no idea where this will take me......I just know I don't want to go but I have no choice. Being without sight is too horrible for words.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Oh My Gosh! She is 70!!!!!!!



Who would have thought? The old lady is 70 today!
Only she doesn't seem old to me. She has decided to clean house on her birthday. That is not how I would celebrate but to each her own. We will be having a party on Sunday when George, Evie, Ellie, and whoever else is around is there. It will be at Maureen's. The next day, she will be off with George to

California, Utah and Missouri. That's my sister!
May God Bless and keep her. Her name means light and she is a light to me. She shines big time!

PS. The part of the house that she cleaned was my room. Words can not express..............

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Trust! Now!







Anyone who has ever done a 12 step program knows that there is one step where you have to list your faults. Admitting your faults to yourself is really hard. After you do that, then you have to admit them to God. OHHHHHH Boy! I am having a really difficult time with that. What is so funny is that God already knows what I have done so what is the big deal? It is not like I can hide anything from Him but I keeps trying. I have been doing this for most of my life and it hasn't done any good whatsoever. All it does is hurt me. For the past two weeks, God has been sending me messages thru meditations that it is safe to tell Him but I am afraid. Why can't I trust Him. HE ALREADY KNOWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Stubborn. I just can't let it go but I will. I am determined. I have to...............

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

What Is It About Taste ?


When I was a kid, the only vegetable I would eat was green peas. Now I can't touch them except in salads or casseroles. I hated onions when I was little and now I love
them. I use to love to read. Now I don't open a book except to read my scripture each morning. I use to watch all sorts of movies. Now if there is a lot of violence or sex or swearing, I am not interested. Ads about drugs and such never bothered me before. Now they offend. Shows I use to find funny aren't any more. I had a favorite movie called "Author, Author" starring Al Pacino. It is about this playwright who has 5 kids living with him. Only one kid is his. The others belong to his wife who has been married 4 times. She can't commit. I wanted to show this to Elinor but there was so much swearing that I turned it off. I felt really bad because I know it offended her but it offended me too.
Of course, I think my sense of humor has died anyway because it sure has been a long time since I have laughed at any movie. Do I need to amputate my funny bone? Obviously, I have changed as a person and perhaps I have become more sensitive to other people. I don't know. Thank goodness my brother can still make me laugh. I don't know what I would do without him. He can almost always get me chuckling. God Bless my Bro and I guess He has blessed me too.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Where Do I Go From Here?


I am feeling old today. 61 isn't all that old but it sure feels it. It is not that I would like to be a kid again because I wouldn't like that at all. I see all the things that kids go thru now and I don't think I would make it. I see all the ads for colleges and jobs where people are real excited about what is in their future and I wonder why I never felt that way. I don't remember be excited about doing anything. The future scared the crap out of me.
I remember my shrink asking me to picture myself in 5 years and I never could.
So what am I looking for? Where do I go from here? I haven't a clue. I keep asking but I am not hearing an answer. Guess I better clean out my ears again.

Friday, July 9, 2010

A Triple Birthday


Today is a day celebrating 3 birthdays: Cindy Foster, Wendy Lane Bailey and Sam Fox. Since I only have a picture of Sam, I will talk about him.
This is a great little boy. He is 6 years old today. He loves to swim, and play Star Wars, and paint. He has a terrific smile and beautiful eyes. Sam is a joy. He has had some hard times but he is still a sweetheart.
I wish a happy birthday to my two nieces as well. Cindy is overseas in a place I can't spell. She is a wonderful person and I love and admire her. She has had to show a lot of courage lately but she has done that and more. Way to go, Cindy.
Wendy is a go getter. She has become an extraordinary cabaret
performer and is trying to cut her first album. I support her 100%. I can't wait to hear the album. If you are interested go to http://kck.st/cwfBal It is definately a winner.
Happy Birthday, Gang. Best to you all!!!!!!!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Izzi's in Love


More than in love.......she is engaged. We met the guy last night and he is a sweetheart. His name is Johnny and he adores Izzi which is only right. They make a wonderful couple. The date is set for December 28th and they will be married in the Portland Temple. Johnny is a returning missionary who will be attending BYU where Izzi goes. They both want to complete their education so that is good. More info to follow. Needless to say, the Coleman Clan is delighted and Johnny has Papa Joe's appproval. He has our appoval as well. Way to go, Izz.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Summer Visits





When I was growing up, we would always travel out to Illinois to visit my Mom's side of the family. We would usually stay at 808 Sunset Ave in Winnetka with my Grandfather Totman and Aunt Eloise(known as Auntie) It was a fine old house with lots of noocks and crannies for kids to play in. Often, my cousin, Margaret would be there too. We slept out on the screened in porch and Gran would tell us stories of Elephant Titus and Elephant Mitus and Skeezix and about Maine where he grew up. I loved those stories. I wish someone had written them down.
We would also visit my Great Aunt Evie over in Three Rivers, Michigan. She had a farm and a wonderful old house. There were raspberries and blueberries and fresh corn. Then there was Aunt Barbie and Uncle Way(known as Thompy) They had a beautiful house on the edge of a golf course. Aunt Barbie had lots of beautiful flowers in her garden and her home was immaculate. They are all gone now but what memories they bring up.
Right now, I have some great nephews and a great niece visiting us from St Louis. I wonder how they will remember me when they are grow up. I hope I am giving them good memories to look back on. The nephews are a little young but maybe Lily will remember. I hope so.
By the by, the picture of the one lady is my Great Aunt Evie. The one with the man and woman is my Grandfather Totman and my Mom. The one with the three ladies is my Aunt Pat, Auntie, and Aunt Barbie. I miss them all.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Birthday, USA


Right now, I am listening to fireworks exploding in the air all around Vancouver. I love it! It is the 4th of July and our country is celebrating. We should be. For as many things that are wrong with our country, there is so much that is right. I would not want to live anywhere else. I like that we try to do what is right. We may not always be right but at least we try. If we are so rotten, how come so many people are trying to sneak into our country illegally?
Tonight, we celebrated with a really nice meal, good friends and lovely family. My niece, Laura ,is here with her three children: Lily, Luke, and Grant. There was Maureen with two of her boys: Thomas and Sam. John is out of town. There were some neighbors from across the street and their two kids. One of Thomas's friends was there and then we had the missionaries.
It was fun and it was the way we are suppose to celebrate. I started of the day by going to church. All in all, I had a great day.
The only one who isn't enjoying this is Cashew. She does not like fireworks. Oh well, you can't have everything.
I am proud to be an American and I thank my Heavenly Father for my country. I thank the men and women who are serving both here and overseas. They keep our country safe and I pray for their safe return home.
Happy birthday, America and thanks.