Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year, World!!!!!!!!

It is 11 minutes before midnight here in Washington State. There are already fireworks going off but they are too soon. People like to shoot off fireworks just to make a lot of noise and to scare my cat. Cashew is nowhere to be found. Can't blame her for that.
Elinor and I celebrated by going to see "Saving Mr. Banks" this morning. It was a delightful film but the part I liked best was the end when you see Mr. Banks sing "Let's Go Fly A Kite". What a happy song and what a good idea. Let's all go and fly a kite. Let us be happy and share that happiness with others.
I know we all have problems but being miserable about them isn't helpful. Being hopeful is the key.
There is a solution if we are willing to look and try and work. Sitting back and doing nothing gets nothing. Doing a little bit is better then not. I am one of the worst offenders but I think I will try to change that. It is a thought.
Happy New Year World, especially to you, Cuz.
  

Friday, December 20, 2013

Getting Into The Spirit Of The Season

 Today was a nice day. I got several calls from members of Elinor's church asking me if I was going to the ward dinner tonight. I said yes because it is nice to get out and not have to worry about cooking. The dinner began at 6:30pm and I managed to get a table near the door. My dearest friend, Carleen and her husband joined me. Another domino queen, Berta and her husband, Jim also sat down. Finally, we added three others and we were set to go.   
After a prayer, we all went up to the buffet and there we were greeted by ROAST BEEF. I haven't had roast beef in ages and it was beautiful. There was a table loaded with salads and hot veggies as well as another table with potato dishes and rolls. Finally, there was a dessert table. It was delicious.
After dinner, we were treated by a concert. The first up was the Garner Men who sang a lovely song.
Then there was a piano rendition of carols. The third presentation was my favorite. It was a song sung by our State Representative, Paul Harris. That man has a beautiful voice. I have become very fond of it and of him. I even voted for him and considering the fact that he is a Republican, that is saying something. Paul and his lovely wife, Lori. sit behind Elinor and I and we have become friends.
The program closed with a terrific piano recital by a young man who was at death's door a few years
ago. He is very talented and it was a joy to hear him. All in all, it was a nice start.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Celebration Of Nativities

 We went to see the Celebration of Nativities today. It was absolutely fantastic. The place looked like old town Bethlehem including having the water fountain looking like a well. There were Nativities
from all around the world. All different sizes, shapes, colors, made of different materials. Amazing.

 This is one of Elinor's. She made Mary and the Baby one year. The next year, she made Joseph. Last year, she mad the three Kings.
 There were exhibits for the children. I didn't see them but I have seen them before. Everyone seemed to be having a great time. What a lovely way to start off the Christmas Season.
I'll take this over Black Friday any day.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Courage Comes In All Shapes And Sizes

Today was a day for courage. Early this morning we got snow. I looked out my window and there it was. I was devastated. Today was the Domino Queens Christmas Party and I really wanted it to happen. The thing is.....I am afraid of falling. I know I will not be able to get up and that terrifies me so the thought of going out on snow was frightening indeed.
I got a call from my buddy, Carleen, who is the planner of our games asking me what to do. Before I knew what I was saying, I said I would drive. Of our little group, there are three walking disasters and three who get around great. I am one of the disasters. I thought it would be wise if Berta (our oldest member) could be driven by her husband because he could load her in the garage and her chances of slipping would be less. The other disaster is our only male member, Gene. Carlene suggested I pick up her and Carolyn and then they could help Gene. That is what we did. We all got there safely and had a ball. It was a wonderful party.
When I got home, Elinor said how proud she was of me because I overcame my fear and drove in snow. Tonight, we watched INVICTUS, the movie about Mandela in his first year as President of South Africa. Now there was courage. I love that movie and as always, I noticed things I hadn't noticed the first time I saw it. Morgan Freeman was so dynamic as Mandela. It made me appreciate what a great man he was and what a loss is death is. Even at 95, he still was making a difference.
Courage......we all have it somewhere inside of us....we just have to call it forth.  

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Thank You, God, For Watching Out For Her.

 
You just never know when something is going to happen. Elinor got up early this morning
because she had to get her nativities over to the Stake where they will be on display for the Church's
Nativity Celebration. Each year Elinor's church puts on a celebration of Nativities where they
show Nativities from all over the world. They also have concerts and kids activities and it is open to all free of charge. I have posted several pictures over the years of her creations so she had a lot to take over. When she came home, she was going to meet with her daughter, granddaughter and grandson for lunch. She got in the car and off she went.
10 min. later, I got a call from Safeway (our grocery) and low and behold, it was Elinor. The car had broken down and she did not have her cell phone with her so walked to the store and they allowed her to use their phone to call me. She said to call AAA and then call her daughter. This I did and I called her back. She then headed back to wait in the van. On the way, a member of her church stopped and offered her a ride. Would you believe.......the guy repairs Dodges. He asked if she would like him to look at it and of course, she said yes. AAA arrived and they towed to car to Tim's place of work and Maureen arrived and they brought her home.
Well, it doesn't end there. Tim came by later this evening and gave me the bad news: the transmission was gone.  Actually, gone is the wrong word. The term is BLOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Kaplooooey!
It gets better. It seems that our wonderful neighbor, Todd( the repairman extraordinaire) has a car
that he has been trying to sell. In fact, he was going to list it on Craig's List. He doesn't have to do that now because we are going to buy it. It is in great shape and he has taken care of all the repairs.
If that is not looking out for someone, I do not know what is. We don't have to go and listen to
salesmen, kick tires, look under the hood at something we have no idea what we are looking at..........NONE OF THAT!!!!!!!!!!!
Our God is a wonderous God and a generous God. Thank you, thank you, thank you. 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

A Lot To Be Thankful For

Elinor and I have just returned home from a lovely Thanksgiving meal at my niece, Maureen's
home. There were 19 of us sitting around a beautiful table with the most delicious food ever.
There was a big turkey which had been cooked at our house(boy, does it smell good here. I might
sleepwalk tonight to make myself a turkey sandwich except there is no turkey), mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and apples, brussel sprouts, rolls. cranberry jello salad, stuffing, gravy and pies.
As usual, we ate and enjoyed good conversation and then we began my favorite part which is telling
what we are grateful for. We go around the table and each person gives their list. The kids are basic but then you get to the adults and we get all misty-eyed because we realize how blessed we really are.
We have so much and as we talk about it, it becomes clearer. It is the little things that make the special differences in each of our lives. For me, it is doing things with my sister that make her life a little easier. It is helping Maureen by taking Thomas to band practice at 6am when she can't or buying Sam a concrete at Sherry's (getting Sam to eat is a major victory any time). It is getting a hug from John and knowing that he means it.. It is talking about my tv shows with my cousin, Margaret or doing my Bible study long distance with my good friend, Lynn. Little things mean a lot.
I am very grateful and I do thank you, God, for being in my life.   

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Henry James and Izzy Harris

 Now there's that face....a face that somehow I trust.......and love.
What a kid!!!!!!! This is my great great nephew: Henry James Harris. He is as cute as a bug's ear and
happy to boot.
Here he is sitting with his Great Grandma and Mom and he is just lovin' life.
And who wouldn't love having a Mom like this? Izzy is as beautiful as ever. Motherhood agrees with her and she is good at it. I am happy for her and I am glad to finally meet Henry. He is a keeper.

Christmas is Coming.......

 Christmas is coming and so is Elinor's newest creation: This years Nativity.
It is made from one of those things used to grow tomatoes. The Angel is shouting for joy the
great tidings. Next come the Kings and then Mary, the Babe and Joseph inside the circle with the
shepherds outside.
 I love the Angel. She is joyous.

 The other figures are made of wire, masking tape, and paper mache.  Then they were painted.
There are doves and mirrors all over. It is a masterful piece and I am sorry my pictures do not
begin to do it justice. I am so proud of my incredible sister. Her art fills my whole being and brings
the true meaning of Christmas to my heart. This Nativity will join some of her others at the LDS
Celebration of the Nativity the first weekend in December. The Church brings together several hundred Nativities from all over the world along with musical concerts. It is a fun place to see
and a great way to start the Christmas Season. You can have your Black Friday....I will take this anytime.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

It Was A Colorful Summer

It really has been an amazing year of color..... at least out here in the Northwest. The fall hasn't been bad either. In fact, we are just finishing up. Since I haven't been able to write about it, I just thought I would show a little of it. I'm not real sure what these are but aren't they cool?
God definitely did a great job with color and aren't we lucky to be able to see it !!!!!!!!   

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Frustration Personified

I have been trying for months to update this blog but to no avail. Finally, a good friend cleaned up my computer and now it seems to be working. I am not a tech person. I admit to being an old fogey but all technology drives me crazy. I like some things about it but most of it just stinks. Here's to the beautiful things in life. Have you stopped and smelled a rose today or were you texting.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Witch Hunt: Salem Is Alive And Kicking

Salem is alive and well. There is a real witch hunt going on and the witch who is being burned at the stake is Paula Dean. I do not know the woman nor have I watched her show but to try and convict someone for something they said 30 years ago is wrong.
These companies who have dropped her are cowards in my opinion. She has done a lot of good for them and now .......nothing! I have never liked Walmart and now I like them less. As for Target, well, they lost me with their Spanish ad. Sorry but this is the USA and our language is English. It is alright to put a Spanish ad on the Spanish speaking stations but not on the regular stations. When they make Spanish the national language, then I will have to change my tune but I hope I am dead when that happens. Meanwhile, I support Paula Dean. If I had had a gun to my head, I might have used the "N"word too.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

I Am Technically Out Of It

All you hear nowadays is texting, tweeting, aps, insta-grams........ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!  There is such a thing as tooooo much info, too quick, and tooo much time looking at a little hand held instrument. People have things growing out of their ears. They are always looking down. That is great if you are looking for change but we are going to have some bad postured people walking around before long. And for what? What is so important that we have to know right now?  It is like this stupid blog. I use to be able to put things where i wanted to, go back in and edit but not now. My mother use to love reading a letter but she would have one hell of a time now. We are so busy tweeting and texting that we have accidents on the road. And I getting real sick of BING and GOGGLE. Frankly, they are both lousy. Looking up stuff used to be fun but not anymore. And no one carries pictures anymore. They just whip out their phones or ipads or whatever and show them. Somewhere out there is a four generation picture of Elinor, Evalyn, Isabel and Henry but do I have it? NO! Can I look it up? NO! I am fed up with technology. Yes there are some good things but my money, I have had my share and then some. PHOOEY!!!!!!!!                                                                                                                                               

Monday, June 24, 2013

Motherhood Blooming

 Elinor Coleman Cox in any shape is nice but  pregnant is truely a joy. She look lovely and healthy and vibrant. Ellie came to visit us while she was in Portland for a Peace For Paul meeting. Peace For Paul is Ellie's foundation which rescues children in Uganda from the streets.

 When you have a creative Grandmother, you have to have a project and what more fun then a banner
for the new baby's bedroom. There was the discussion about what colors to make it, what size it should be and all  that. The results were fabulous. This is one lucky little girl.
And this is one happy Grandma.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Do Not Forget The Old Ones

Do not forget the old ones. You will lose something so valuable and once lost, you can not get it back. Include us in your gatherings. Listen to our stories. We are your history.

 For some, you are already too late but there are still those that remember. Do not forget us.


Sunday, May 19, 2013

A Little Bit Of History......Family Style

In 1936, my Grandparents announced they were going on a trip around the world. My mother, who was just a semester short of graduation from Smith College, said "You are NOT going without me".
So they left Winnetka, Illinois and traveled to the West Coast to begin their trip. The passengers included my Grandmother, Grandfather, My Great Aunt Marie(known as May), my Aunt Pat(Mom's youngest sister) and my Mother. It was one of the most incredible trips ever. They went to Hawaii, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Bali, Ceylon(now known as Sri Lanka), India, up thru the Red Sea to Jerusalem and then on to England. It took six months because it was all by ship.

While in Tokyo, Japan, they stayed at the Imperial Hotel. The Hotel was designed by the great Frank Lloyd Wright. It had been built in 1917 and was a masterpiece. He had many challenges ranging from earthquakes to designing patterns for hotel furniture, silverware, china and even notepaper. To decorate the banquet hall, Wright used a peacock motif. The above design was suppose to be for the carpet which never did arrive from China. The Hotel is no longer in existence. It was demolished in 1968.

Just one other tidbit. 1936 was the year in which the Imperial Army tried to over throw the government. The Army was coming in the front door while the Totman Family was sneaking out the back. They managed to get on a train and head south and over to China. 50 years later, my Mother graduated from Smith College as a Ada Comstock scholar. It was one of the proudest moments of her life. Well done, Mom. 

This was one of the most difficult puzzles Elinor and I have ever done but was worth it.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

I See Your True Colors

 I can't believe it but at one time, we looked alike. My Mom was a cute little girl and so was I.
Life happens and looks change but our true colors do shine through. My Mother always loved people
and I can still see her smile whenever I think of her which is often. She had a knack of making people feel welcome and she was a good listener. My knack is encouragement. I like to think that I am the biggest cheerleader in the world. I may not be able to do the splits but I sure can yell. I know that some people can see my true colors too.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Memories

Feeling old again. This happens every so often. I am revising my will and it makes me think. I don't have much to leave; certainly nothing of value. The only thing I had that was of any worth was a ring from my mother. I gave it to my niece but I wonder if she still has it. It makes me wonder if anyone will remember me for me. Of course, my sister and brother will and my cuz, Margaret but who else?
I leave nothing of value. Was I really here?
I remember my great aunts but this future generation that is coming of age don't really know me. I'm not that much fun to be around with anymore so and most of them don't see me at all. I'm just a name.
They won't know about the pictures, the knickknacks, the medals, the blog. They won't know me.
Too bad. But I was here.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Spring As Seen From The Van

 I don't get around on foot as I use to so I have to rely on the van. I just drive up and roll down the window and shoot.

 Occasionally, we surprise ourselves.
 Today was a lovely day and who knows when the sun will shine again. Meanwhile, I enjoyed myself
alot. I hope anyone who reads this will enjoy this too. Happy Spring and thank you, God.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Sometimes A Song Says It All

Sometimes you find a song that says it all. I hearsd a song by Sarah McLaughlin and it captured me.
 
 "In the arms of the angel, fly away from here.
 From this dark cold hotel room and the endlessness that you fear. You are pulled from the wreckage of your silent reverie.
 You're in the arms of the angel. May you find some comfort here.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

What Is It About Spring?

What is it about Spring that is soooo special? Winter has its lovely moments but Spring is just
so wonderful. Everything is fresh. It takes away the blahs and boy have I had the blahs. Elinor has
been dealing with a bout of depression. She just got overwhelmed and there wasn't anything I could
do but be there. She received a blessing from two members of her church, she went to see her doctor
and slowly but surely, she is coming back to normal. She is creating again which is huge.
I'm lucky. When I get depressed, Cashew has taken to getting on my shoulder and purring in my ear.
I just found out that cats often purr to relieve a stressful situation. I didn't know that. I always thought it was a little weird when my cats would purr at the vets. Especially when the vet was taking their temperature. Very strange.
Oh well, back to Spring. It is almost here and I am very glad. I think I will just purr.

Monday, February 18, 2013

It's Like Being Run Over By A Mack Truck

I hate colds. Elinor and I have both got one and it is lousy. It is like being run over and then rolled over and run over again. PIT CITY!!!!!!!!!!!
We feel cranky, we are coughing and wheezing.....in short...we don't feel good.
However, tonight we tried a new strategy: we prayed. If nothing else, we do have each other.
This is just one of those trials we are suppose to overcome and we will (with God's help).
We are going to get up tomorrow with positive attitudes and tell these colds to VAMOOSE.
So there!!!!!!! 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

For Someone Who Is Retired, She Sure Is Traveling

She says she is retired but she is still going strong. Already she is traveling to Utah, Reno, St. Louis,
and Australia. Ok...so two of these trips are for graduations but what the heck. The Utah one is for Izzy and Johnny Harris's Graduation from BYU. I still think Izzy might have her baby on the stage but Elinor says no. The Reno one is a gig that her partner, Beth Watts, set up. St. Louis is her youngest son, George's Graduation from law school. Too Cool, George.

The Australia is a last hurrah gig with four of Elinor's dearest friends and hosted by the Grand Dame of Australia. Don't ask me her name but Elinor says she is fantastic.

Great Ceaser's ghost! I forgot the trip to Nebraska. That is happening in July. I love it. You go, girl!!!!!!!!!!!  

Monday, January 28, 2013

A Ray Of Sunshine From Nebraska

 Her name is Roxann OHare and she hales from Lincoln, Nebraska. She is one of Elinor's dearest friends and mine too. She came for a visit and to create and boy, have they been creating up a storm.
 Elinor has taken Roxann to all her special places such as Camas Antiques, Bolt, Scrap and Cargo. At Cargo, they saw these necklesses that sold for $80.00. Roxann and Elinor looked at each other and said "We Can Do That!!!!"
 And so they did just that. Here are their creations. Is that wild or what?
As you can see, Cashew was not impressed but I was. It is fun to be in this environment. I love it.and I will miss Roxann when she leaves tomorrow. Come back soon, Rox!!!