Thursday, February 26, 2015

Ancestry spins my head....

A long time ago, I was entrusted with
information about our family, by my
Aunt who did so much research on
 our family (my father's...her brother)  side.
This was before computers and Ancestry.com.

It was during the time of talking to each relative
who was still alive ... be it siblings or aunts
uncles. And writing to city halls and states.
And coming up with papers from her mother.
Somewhere there is about a 20 page diary
from our grandmother, from before she got
married to after the children were born.

Also she shared many pictures.. So when
there was a book put out by the town that
my father was born.. and there was no mention
of my family... I was ....well.. pissed off.  I wrote
the ladies who wrote the book, and told them
how important my grandfather, uncle and etc.
were to the town. The island... My grandfather
had the first Ford dealership in the area. He ran
a horse and buggy taxi before there were cars.
Taking people from one side of the island to the
other, to meet the ferry which took the people
to the main land.  He had I think it was the second
store on the island.. and delivered groceries by
horse and buggy to the summer residents. And
took them to the ferry and back.  Later adding
a gas station and then the dealership. Which
my uncle took over.  My grandfather with two
other gentlemen, built and started the movie
theater that is there.. Which is now a small shopping
mall.

I asked my cousin who is the daughter of the uncle,
to help out in this outrage of omission of our family.
And found out that when her father passed away, that
his wife (her mother had passed away years ago) then
passed away... and no one knows what happen to all
the family history he had.  So I have been sharing with
her.  Also my aunt's daughter, received all the paper work
of  the family history, that her mother had worked so hard
on.  She has shared some with Ancestry.com. And some
with us... With promise of more to come.

After sending all I had to my uncle's daughter, I was done.
Let the younger ones carry it on.. But then.. my oldest
daughter decided she too, would like to get the history
of the family for her family.  So we worked on it over the
weekend.. Copying pictures and papers and emailing
them to her.. finding more things and adding to it. She
found a source on line.. and we had to smile as that
source was my aunt's daughter. So the circle has come
full circle...  Which is wonderful.

Then I got to thinking.. about the background stories I
had heard over the years... some from my dad, some
from my aunt.. some I saw... And thought I should write
this all down. Because one of our sources ... my other
uncle's son, has beginning dementia.. and we are about
to lose that information..  And while I have shared my
pictures and paper work.. there are the stories. So I
am working on that. But after awhile, your head hurts
with all the information and you don't want to leave any
thing out. So my head spins.

By the way, one of the two coolest things I have copies of
is 1. the citizenship paper for my great grandfather when
he came here from Sweden.  2. A letter written by my
great grandfather (on my mother's side) who was Chief
of Police for Newport, R.I.  to  my grandfather (on my
father's side) asking him to come in to the court house
on a certain date, to be a witness, and talk to him, the

day before he appears to testify.  

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Abundance of stupidity.....

I don't know why, but Idaho seems to have
more than their share of stupidity.  And it
always seems to go viral when it happens
here.

The latest is where a state representative asked
a doctor ..during a hearing...about an anti-abortion
bill.. about whether a woman could swallow a pill
containing a tiny camera for a remote examination
of her uterus....obviously the representative does
not know where what he swallows goes... as the
rest of us do.. being we know where the bathroom is.

This isn't his first rodeo either.. seems he got into
trouble with his math figures and then tried to cover
it over when he was caught red handed with poor
math, with he was just throwing out figures.. which
is not a good idea if you are trying to get the voters
to take you serious.

He is far from the only one who has embarrassed
us Idahoan's .. too many to list.. going back to
toe tapping Senator Larry Craig. Or Senator
Steve Vicks who was mad that Idaho passed
the law that gays could get married.. so his way
to solve this was to just eliminate marriage licenses
in Idaho all together.. No one can get married.

They say we don't have the full market on stupidity
here in our state, that other states suffer as well...but

ours seems to hit the internet in a fast fashion. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Good Grief...I almost forgot again...

The King and I were talking yesterday about licenses.
OH...MY...GOSH....  I grabbed my wallet... and sure
enough, this is the year... 2015 big as life on that card.

See in Idaho, they don't send you a reminder.. guess
most states don't. .. you are suppose to remember those
things. 

I use to get it for 8 years.. but after the age of 65, they
make you get it in 4.  Guess they want to see if you are
still walking around.  I remember as I walked out of the
office that year.. when I turned 67 (that is when it expired
after 8 years) and seeing 2011 on there.. I wondered if I
would still be alive at 71 or even be able to drive... as in
your 60's the 70's still seem far off. 

But sure enough.. at 71, I was alive and well.. and no tickets.
So they renewed it as soon as I passed the eye test.
And I left with no notice of the year coming for the next
time. Which was amazing as I forgot to get my license
that year... I was at the store and had to show my license
to the clerk, and she said those horrible words.. do you
know your license expired 2 months ago?  HOLY COW.
And it was a Saturday... had to wait until Sunday. 
My in laws came up that weekend.. so had my sister in
law drive me home... So the fact that on Monday they
didn't nail me.. (had my girlfriend take me down, didn't
want to get a ticket for driving with an expired license).
And gave me my license with no problem.. she said it
happens all the time.. you have 6 month grace. WHEW.

So now I have to make sure I get down there before
the end of March.. and hope my eyes pass. lol...  And
see if the state of Idaho will let me get a license with

out a driving test. Or a written test.. I hate written test. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

TAXES

The Federal giveth and the State taketh away...

This is the time of the year, we all dread...unless
you know for a fact that you are getting a refund..
Then you are down to your local tax person.. or
adventure enough to do it yourself... I say adventure
enough, because they keep changing the rules, so
it is hard to know if you got it right.

This year is a little tougher as you have to show
proof of insurance.. health insurance that is.. because
this is the first year of "no insurance", fines.  Some have
gotten hit for a little over $100...  some talk about $600.
Which when you think about how much it cost for
health insurance...it might be cheaper IF YOU ARE
HEALTH, to just pay the fine.

So Friday, I went into my local guy and laid out
my proof of income, my proof of outgoing... and
at the end it was... what do you want to hear first?
The good news or the bad news... Being I like to
get the bad over with.. and enjoy the good... I went
bad first... I OWE the state... BUT the good news is
I get BACK money from the Federal...so will have
enough to pay the STATE... and that is good news.

At least in my book... 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Tennis elbow?

I think I have tennis elbow... and while I am
at it.. I think I have bowler's wrist...

I decided to alternate my Wii disc...On
Monday, Wednesday and Friday... to do
exercise disc.. And on Tuesday and Thursday
to do the sport disc, that I finally found.

Well, I did some last Thursday and then
on Friday, my wrist hurt a little.. wondered
how I might have strained it.  Then put
it out of my mind.

This week, went well.... well, as well as it
can go for exercising...  Remember I HATE
exercising.  I don't mind walking outside..
but confined exercising is not my forte.

Then Tuesday night, again with the weak
wrist.. with pain.. and the elbow... On to this
morning.. and it is back with a vengeance.

Then I had my AH HA moment.. Last Thurs.,
this Tues. and Thurs.... what was I doing?
Playing tennis, baseball, and bowling.. and
I love to bowl. I use to do the real thing for
years. In fact they thought I was going to have
my twins in the alley on my last game, spring
that year. 1968.  And I only wish I did as well
as I do with the Wii... as I get a lot of spares
and strikes.. but anyway.. each day that I
played, I increased my amount of games.
Especially the bowling..  wa la... now I know

why my wrist hurts and my elbows hurt.  

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The yard ....clean up time.

While the East Coast still gets hammered with
snow.. and I feel bad for them...  We have had
rain, wind and fog.  So my once 2 foot of snow
in our yard, is gone.  Only skips of snow we have
here, is where we piled up snow out of our drive
way...and even that is disappearing.

So as I walk around the yard, I see so much work.
And I debate ...should I be removing all those old
leaves from the lilies and etc?  As they do provide
shelter to the new growth.. And there is new growth
under all that..

This is the time of the year where the yard does
not look its best. Dirt, and old leaves, brown grass..
junk that has blown into the yard... 

This is only February, so I don't think I should be
pruning my bushes and etc.. As I found out about
3 years ago in March, when I foolishly thought we
might have a early spring.. only to have a foot of
snow dumped on my pruned Clematis and etc.
Thought I lost them for sure.

So I look with dread, and yet excitement of Spring
to come.. Dread with all the stuff I have to rake and
pull up.. cut back.. and etc..

Weather man has forecasted an warmer winter,
and that is true.. also a drier winter.. but that
so far is not true, as we have had a week of rain.

What do I do... clean up or wait... and I am so out
of shape from last year's yard work.. muscles I haven't
used over the winter.. and etc...  Not looking forward
to that. 

Update... did the work this afternoon.. 
 up went the kits on a stick...

and the flags..


 bird feeder needs cleaning




Pots waiting to be filled...
 scarecrow needs some work but ready for seeds..and birds..


 in the shade it was 40 but in the sun it was 52


 GOOD BYE... SNOW MAN... not quite hello clematis

some of the yard art... bear is 30 years old.. got at Silverwood when it first open and they
had crafts day there..  dog we have had before Misty.. about 9 years.. and the
girl on the left got at a yard sale 2 years ago and had the King paint her.. the
then my Portuguese woman...we have had about 12 years.. she needs a touch up too.
can't wait until we get the table and chairs up on the deck..

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Working in a man's world.

Every time I say that or hear someone else say that,
it brings me to the song that James Brown sang..
It's a man's world... Just the one line... don't know
what the rest of the words are.

Working in a man's world runs thru our family.
First is my daughter's... each one works in a
job that usually is done by a man.  All 4 of them
at one time or another has had that kind of job.

Me, I use to work with my husband who died in 1986,
and we smashed cars for a living..  My job was to set
them on fire, so we could reach in and pull the wire
harness out.. It was copper wire. Also it burnt the
seats and left the metal... Then we would smash it,
load it up on the truck and take them to Seattle.
My job was, as I said.. burn the cars.. also pull
out the wire... and when loading them, I would
stand on the top of the cab and line up the car
we were loading so it was straight, and then give
the signal to lower the car on top of the previous
one.  One time when my husband was out of town,
he called and said he was heading back home to
start a load... So with his partner, I smashed 7
cars, so they were ready to load. Our smasher
was a card table piece of iron.. about 4 or 6 inches
thick. It was connected to a cable, which was on
pulleys.  There was a wheel that the cable would
wind up on.. and then I would hit the lever and it
would fly down on top of the car... By moving around
the car, I would have it all about 3 feet high, when
done...

My mother, was well known for being a woman fishing
net seamstress.  She would sting two white fishing nets
thru our living room in the winter.. and sew them together.
They would be about 50 feet long.  They were used for
trapping fish by a commercial fisherman. And in the summer,
they would drop the nets in to the tar pit.  And during the
summer they would bring back difference nets.. (they
had about 3 of them) and string them out across the field.
She would stand out there all day, going over each section,
finding the holes and repair them..  This brought her a
very dark tan and skin that was almost like leather. Giving
her a round look the rest of her life.  This went on for about
10 years.  She was the only known woman net seamstress
on the East Coast.

My grandmother, was a teacher... while there were some
women teachers in her time..  most were men, especially
when they were on an island.. She taught at Prudence Island
first and then Jamestown.
So we come from a long line of "working in a man's world".

By the way, I just went and checked out the words to that
song.. and like one of the lines... 

This is a mans world
But it would be nothing, nothing
Not one little thing
Without a women or a girl


that is very true.. at least in our family...



I help load this.. my job was to stand on the cab and hold the car that is held in the air.. and
make sure it is straight with the rest of the load, before I nod my head to have it lowered... 
I had smashed 3/4 of this load while Marv was out of state... already to be loaded and then he smashed the rest. 


Monday, February 16, 2015

President's Day???

Happy President's Day.. I think.
Why are we celebrating President's Day
on February 16th?  I know.. some idiot
thought it would save government money
if they did it on ...what?? second Monday?

It makes no sense.. First of all, when I was
young.... I know, I know...no one wants to
hear those words.... but still... At least I
knew it was Lincoln's birthday on the 12th
of February....and I knew that it was
Washington's birthday on the 22nd of February.
How the heck are the kids suppose to know
with this type of stuff...

Oh, I get it.. the schools and government
don't care if the kids know when Lincoln
and Washington were born. That is not
important anymore.  So why did WE, have to
know when it was? It was on many test, as
we grew up and had civic classes and history.
And I suppose that now, that it is called
President's Day, that  includes  ALL Presidents.

Why bother?  Presidents aren't as important
as they use to be. Now they are just some
one to hold up to ridicule....be it Obama or
Bush.  So why bother...

HEY, I got an idea.. why not have employee birthday
day off...  that way it is staggered.. or if they want to 
do it all the same day.. how about the last day of 
June.. that way it is in the middle of the year. 
After all the place I worked at did that.. because we
didn't get holidays off.. You had to put in 2 months 
ahead if you wanted a holiday off.. other wise we got
paid time and half. 

President's Day cancelled.. due to lack of interest. 








Thursday, February 12, 2015

Trying to keep the circle small.....

As I told you a year or more ago... I have
gave up on keeping a close eye on things
of the national or even international sort.
It started mostly in the election year...where
I got discussed with all the things going on.

Don't get me wrong, I watch the news with
cynic view and following the old saying of...
believe 1/4 of what you hear and 1/2 of what
you see.  And when it comes to the media..
well maybe 1/8..

Brian Williamson hasn't helped the situation.
Sad, as he seemed to be such a nice young
man. Why he chose to lie to make his story
be more important, I don't have a clue. But
here it is 10 + years later it comes to bit him
in the butt.  making one even more cynical
than before.

But of late, it is even harder to read the news
or watch the news.  The horror of the so called
adults, torturing children.. throwing them off
bridges, burning them.. drowning them.. starving
them and keeping them in closets for months
to year..  I have wrote before...CHILDREN ARE
NOT DISPOSABLE..  God entrust us with these
sweet innocent children.. If I had my way,
people would have to go thru parenting class
before they would be allowed to have a child.
I know, I know, there are some wonderful
parents out there.. I have them in my own
family, who I watch with amazement and pride.

I never have been able to watch a show about
abused children..  I was slightly abused as a
child. A woman who never been around children,
who had no clue how to deal with them.. and
only knew discipline side of things.  I say
slightly because it is nothing compared to what
you read in the media... And at the time I was
going thru it...I didn't think much about it, as I
thought all parents were like that.  My father
was a loving man, and my salvation.  And later
I thanked my mother for raising me as she did.
Because without it, I wouldn't have made it thru
what life threw at me.. I was already strong, and
stood up for myself. For that I thanked her for.
She didn't quite understand.

As I close the circle closer...meaning letting go
of the world problems.. as I can't do anything
about them... letting go of the national problems
as I can't do anything about that either. I vote..
Every time.. but even that only goes so far.
Votes are bought on the national level.
Letting go somewhat on the state level.. as
other than voting there isn't much I can do there.

I stand up for what I can do.. that I have a possibility
of changing.    Like they say, "if you don't stand for
something, you'll fall for anything"..
But most of all I have closed the circle around those
who I love..  be they family or friends... with my
motto... do no harm...

But it saddens me that others don't feel the same
for their love ones.. how can they destroy those
around them.  It is one thing to walk away.. but
why have the need to destroy..  especially a child.

I had an ex who said I saw the world thru roses
colored glasses.. guess I still do.. or maybe want
to. wishing other would.. And the older I get, the

closer the circle, has gotten. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Balance and coordination.. NOT...

It is amazing I can chew gum and walk.
I know I am not the best, but I thought
I was doing pretty well..... but then again.

When I think about my dancing.. or lack of..
well, let's just say  white girl has no rhythm.

As I was working out on my Wii today, I
decided to try out the boxing set.  It is
easy peasy they say... lol.. they don't know
me.  They have the mimes or what ever they
call them.. show you the moves.. it is a matter
of stepping one foot off the Wii board and take
the ones in your hands and wave them at the
tv set in the motion of punching the punching
bag.  Easy right?  I made the first 3 moves
pretty good.. but then they step it up.. and
all a sudden I am moving the wrong foot off,
and throwing left when it is suppose to be
the right..  It is easy, just watch and move
when they do.. but I get so into the punching
I forget what my feet are doing.

So I moved on to the dance steps, on and
off the board.. step up one foot, then the other
and back off again, skip the blanks, and back
up again and back off... Some times it tells
you it is ok.. some times and rarely for me,
it says PERFECT... and then you do one step
up, and then to the side, and back to the board.
Well, the more I try the worse I seem to get..

But I ever was very good at that stuff anyway.
That is why I flunked square dancing classes.
I was glad the hokey pokey was slow, or I would
have been putting the wrong foot in..

Thankfully, my walking is still working...