Thursday, January 30, 2014

I Can't Believe I Did That!!!!

I can't believe I did that!!!! One of the Domino Queens, Sue Moore, asked me to speak at the Relief
Society meeting on the 13th about genealogy and I said yes. I hate speaking in front of people and I certainly don't want to be involved that much in the Relief Society. It is not that they aren't a great group and they definitely get a lot done for the Church but that is too involved for me. Yet I said yes.

I love genealogy and if I can spark someone to jump in and get their feet wet than that is good. For me, genealogy is more than just names and dates: it is the stories. The stories are what make the people real. I am so sorry I didn't get caught up in this sooner. I would have listened more closely to my Grandfather Totman's stories about his childhood. I would have tried getting some information from my Grandmother McDonald or listened to my Grandfather McDonald. Maybe he would have told me when he changed his name. He did it somewhere between 1900 and 1906. I know this because he was Oliver Ross Ewing on the 1900 census and he was O. Ross McDonald when he married my Grandmother in 1907. I figured he wouldn't have changed his name after he met her

. We always wait too long........bummers.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Happy Birthday, Robert

I had to look hard to find this picture. I remembered someone saying this was a symbol he liked.
I do like to remember the " gentle giant" who would go out of his way to help. Of course, he could be ferocious when it was called for. I loved how he would give a big hug in greeting. He was a good friend. I can still see him gently holding his little cousin tenderly in his arms. What A guy!
Hope you have a nice celebration today, "He of Shining Fame". Happy Birthday. 

Friday, January 3, 2014

Bye Bye Love

I just read that Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers died. All I can hear in my head is  "Bye, Bye
Love" and Wake Up Little Susie". It brings back memories of Horse Haven Inn and Jeanetta
La Rosa cooking up some of the best French fries I have ever eaten. It was there I learned the "Twist". It is the only dance I could ever do. I didn't have the rythem for anything else. Oh well, the gal standing next to me could do it all. If you are wondering what she is wearing, that was our gym
uniform. Can you believe it?
As I have watched the end of the year memories of those who have passed away, I wonder how many will remember the Everly Brothers and Peter O'Toole and Jean Stapleton. Well I remember them and as long as someone does, then they are still here. "Bye Bye, My Love, Goodbye.