Monday, June 29, 2015

As the Nation turns..changes

Life as we know it, has changed.. last week.
Some think for the better, some are upset.

Affordable care and same sex marriages..
The subjects have been in the news for years.
And in the hands of the Supreme Court for months.
And now the decisions have been brought forth.
Finally.

But I am sure that will not end the debate.
That people won't just let things be.  The Republicans
have been trying over and over to get Affordable care
thrown out how many times? 33 I think the last count was. 
So will this finally end the hashing and rehashing? 
Will the forth coming elections with the many candidates
who have thrown their hat in the ring, drop how they
will get rid of Affordable care?  One can only hope..
but I am not holding my breath.  Will they drop the anti
gay marriages debate?  We can only hope....but
again, I am not holding my breath.

It would be a wonderful moment in history, if the
decisions would just let people be. Let us all get on
with out trying to force our opinions on others. Get
on with life, keeping our jobs, decent wages, owning
a home.. keeping our home fronts safe. 


Let the same sex get married. What does that do to
you, personally? Are they going to get married in
your house? No... are they asking you to attend?
Unless you are a friend.. then No.  Let's get to the
point of no matter where you are on this subject..
that when a gay person in your office, or wherever,
says they are getting married... you can just say...
that is nice.  And let it go.

But somehow, I don't think that is going to happen.
Maybe those of us who are happy for the gays to have
the same rights that the rest of us do.. can stand up and
say to the others.. when the rant starts.. "Oh, just
drop it.. I don't want to listen to you".. and walk
away.  After all, it is a form of bullying..

To all of you who now are free to get marriage.. welcome
to the club.. you get all the glee, joy and bumps and lumps
like the rest of us..   Some one to come home to, someone
to go out with for dinner, some one to go on vacation with,
someone who will love you..... and of course, some one
to fight with, to divorce, to have community property to
have to divide.. child support payments.. and visitations
rights..   just like the rest of us.   But it will be worth the

ride. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Visiting the past....

I bought a magazine from a yard sale about a month ago..
And just getting around to reading it.. It is LIFE magazine
January 1, 1940.

Being I was born in 1940.. it peaked my interest.. of course the
magazine is about 4 months older than me.

The car ads are a hoot... first of all, they list the price.. which you
don't find any more.. Pontiac can be had for $783...deluxe 4 door
for $970 but you had to pick them up at the factory for that price.
More of the dealer got it.  Chevrolet could be had for $659 +shipping
and wait there is more... the shift is on the steering column now!!.
Also GENERAL MOTORS must have been feeling the pain of the
competitors as they have a full page ad about the quality of the
their vehicles.

An article of how the Germans were sabotaged their big ships,
because they were at war with England and British ships were
hunting for the their ships, be they war ships or merchant marine.
The Columbia was running out of food and fuel, so they did in
their ship where the American's could see it, so they could rescue
the men from the ship...  Remember we aren't in the war yet.
There is the ship, Admiral Graf Spee too.. who after being rescued
by the Americans.. the captain shot himself in disgrace.
Also I didn't know that there were Americans who volunteered
in the Canadian Army so they could fight the Germans.

Douglas Fairbanks had died... the moon shiners were alive and well,
and well sorted after.. New safety glass is now available.. the old one
could get water in side or dry out from the sun.. but this has a polyvinyl
in it.. so heat or cold doesn't bother it..   And some of the ads.. cough
drops... Smith Bros.  (do they still make them) my favorite was cherry.
Martini and Rossi vermouth.. ads.  Paul Jones Gentleman's Whiskey.

Movie of the week.. Hunchback of Notre Dame.... an 6 page
article about England going to war, and the darkness of the
nights.. no lights allowed.
6 page article on a JOE MARTIN who was a Senator from Mass.
from poor beginnings, ended up a publisher.. and then a senator.
(see not all congress are lawyers.. lol actually they listed several
different occupations.. veterinary, meat packer, dentist, druggist,
stagehand, train engineer and even a co owner of a large ranch..
didn't say who). The article was about the newly voted in
Congressmen and he was made the Minority Leader. And the
high hopes of his term, as he was a nice man with common
sense..   (now that is a rarity now days)

And of course you have to have entertainment news.. a debut
of one Ms. Camilla Davis.. coming from great money, enough
to hire Elsa Maxwell, to throw the party for her..

The coffee ad here.. talks about the good of coffee, yet doesn't
name a brand.. don't know why.




Anyway, it was a good read.. to see where the world was before
I was born.. before we went to war... and how bad it was for
England to be at war.   My mother use to have a subscription
to LIFE magazine.. and I would devour it when it came. We
all remember the end of the war picture.. of the sailor kissing
the nurse.. LIFE was a great magazine.


AND Happy Birthday to my oldest.. she is now the
legal speed limit... the double nickels.. 



Wednesday, June 24, 2015

IT'S A GUN.... IT'S A FLAG.... IT'S A..............

Do you remember in the days of comics and early
television.. when Superman came on.. IT'S A BIRD
IT'S A PLANE,  IT'S A MAN...NO, IT IS SUPERMAN.

Watching the news on the South Carolina church murders,
I get the same feeling of the people, especially in the media,
are running around pointing and trying play the blame
game...

First off, the usual... the gun.. let's get rid of guns.. that is
the first cry when ever there is a shooting..
Now it is the flag fault, that flies from the state capital.
What is next to be blamed? 

And why isn't the real reason yelled?  The same reason for
all murders, especially public mass murders?  The obvious.
At least it is obvious to me...  why aren't they screaming about
mental health? The warp mind, the radical mind? Why not
that?

Nothing makes me more sick, then the interview of the
friends and family, or the local police.  HE/SHE has had
many problems in the past. Some times HE/SHE scared me
with their way of thinking..... I knew some day he/she was
going to go off the deep end.  Yes, we have been called on
this person several times, the police will say.  HELLO...
why something wasn't done about getting help for that
person...

Oh, I get it.. Let's talk about taking guns away from
millions of sane, respectful, legal gun owners... that is
ok.. but for the love of God, let us not infringe on the
rights of an individual who might go off the deep end?

Now I am not from the South, so I don't get excited about
the call of the rebel flag of the civil war.  To me, it is just
a flag.  Should the flag stay or go? Should it be placed
somewhere else besides the state capital.. only the people
of the South can decide that.  To me it is just a flag, a large
piece of material.. which represents the people of the Southern
states, who decide to take on the Federal government. Which
brought on a war... a war, by the way, didn't not have actually
to do with slavery... slavery was the side cause... at least that
was the reason given when I was studying it in high school
many years ago.. And read a couple times over the years.

The honest truth is ... Mr. Foot, if he had no access to a gun,
would have found another way.. like bomb, fire or what ever
came to his demented mind.  Keeping all guns away from
people will not stop murders.. but getting help for the people
who have broken minds, just might help a great deal..

Take the money that is given for banning guns.. and use it
for mental health.  Mental health, sadly under funded...

Also years ago, I said, that I thought in 2nd or 3rd grade,
there should be a class in tolerance. To be re-enforced
every 3 years... like 6th...9th... 12th... Maybe if we are
all taught tolerance there would be less hatred.. after all,

we hate what we don't understand. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I went, I saw... I am blessed

This is going to be a long one.. about 40 some odd pictures..
and sorry, but they are not in any order... hope you 
enjoy them as much as I have.. this is a once in 
a life time day


 my feet stepping for the first time in 16 years.. in to the beach of Seaside
 my feet touching the water of the Pacific Ocean for the first 
time  in 16 years.. 

 The King and Misty.. not so thrilled..


 I was not the only one celebrating 75 years.. but the aquarium did it 3 years ago..

 YAHOO
 ALL OF US TAKING PICTURES OF EVERYONE..


 EARLY MORNING COFFEE WITH OLDEST SON AND OLDEST DAUGHTER


 COUSIN'S ENJOYING TIME TOGETHER.. IT HAD BEEN ABOUT 8 YEARS






THIS IS WHAT I CALL MY BOYS TO MEN PICTURE.. THE TOP PICTURE
WAS TAKEN 16 YEARS AGO.. ..BOTTOM ON  JUNE 13TH THIS YEAR
 they are lined up opposite of the top picture.. skipping the first young one.. as he couldn't make it..



NOT ALL THE GRANDKIDS HAD TWO LEGS... THE 4 LEGGED ONES ARE
JUST AS IMPORTANT AS THE OTHERS.. AS ALL OF US ARE DOG LOVERS.


THIS IS 1/5 OF MY GREAT GRANDCHILDREN...


 MY OLDEST AND MY YOUNGEST... A NICE LADY OFFERED TO TAKE
A PICTURE OF THE THREE OF US.. AND WE GLADLY ACCEPTED.

WALKING AND TALKING AS WE TOOK AN EARLY WALK ON THE BEACH,
WITH COFFEE IN HAND.. AND NECESSARILY FOR THE 3 OF US...





 COUSIN'S MAKING CONNECTIONS AGAIN...





 THE PEOPLE NEXT TO US, LEFT THEIR THINGS UNPROTECTED..AND THE
SEAGULLS HAD A FIELD DAY....
BUT HAVE NO FEAR... SUPER DAD AND SON RAN THEM OFF WITH
QUITE A DELIGHTFUL GIGGLES BY SON...  WE FOLDED THE CHAIRS
OVER WHAT WAS LEFT.. AND THE PEOPLE CAME BACK SCRATCHING
THEIR HEADS WONDERING WHAT THE HECK.. WE EXPLAINED.



 THE GREAT GRANDKIDS AND GRANDKIDS GOT QUITE A HOLE GOING...

 THIS IS ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS I WANTED  "MEET ME AT THE BEACH
DAY"... THIS IS THE GROUP OF COUSIN.. SOME HAVE NOT SEEN EACH
OTHER FOR 16 TO 20 YEARS... 12 of the 22



 EVEN AFTER ALL THESE YEARS... ONE THING WE ENJOY WITH EACH
OTHER IS THE LAUGHTER... THIS IS 6 OF THE 8

HERE WE ARE... WITH SPOUSES ...THIS IS THE GREATEST BUNCH OF
WONDERFUL PEOPLE.. THAT IS THE FOUNDATION OF OUR FAMILY...
I AM TRULY BLESSED...  


 THESE ARE THE WOMEN WHO MAKE MY LIFE A BLESSING..
I HAD TOLD MY SON'S THAT THEY WOULD GROW UP AND HAVE CHILDREN JUST LIKE THEMSELVES.. AND THAT IS TRUE.. BUT THESE LADIES HAVE MADE IT
A WONDERFUL LIFE FOR THEM.. AND ME..


 HERE ARE THE MEN OF MY LIFE...

 THIS IS THE GROUP... 27 STRONG BY THE END OF THE DAY... WE HAD
SUCH A WONDERFUL TIME... AND I AM TRULY BLESSED..



 EVERYONE SO ENJOYED EVERYONE.. LOTS OF TALKING, UPDATING
ON THEIR LIVES WITH OTHERS.. AND HUGS...






 NOW THESE TWO..... YOU KNOW THERE WAS A LOT OF HUNTING STORIES
TOLD THAT DAY... AND A PROMISE TO VISIT SOON WITH HIS WIFE.





 FATHER WALKING TO THE WATER EDGE WITH HIS CHILDREN.


 THIS IS THE ONE WHO CAME THE FURTHEREST... HAWAII.. HE MOVED
THERE 4 YEARS AGO... HE IS THE ONE THAT LIVED THE CLOSEST SO
I HAD A LOT TO DO WITH HIS GROWING UP.. THE KING AND I... IT WAS
SO WONDERFUL TO HOLD HIM AGAIN.. BUT HE LEFT ON SUNDAY BACK
TO HIS BELOVED ISLAND...  AND CAN YOU BELIEVE, THIS HAWAIIAN
RESIDENT, BURNT?  AREN'T HAWAIIAN'S PRETAN FROM LIVING THERE?
GUESS THE OREGON SUN GOT THE BEST OF HIM..  ALOHA

 THE ADULTS GOT IN TO THE DIGGING IN THE BEGINNING...


 THIS LITTLE GUY WAS ON THE MOVE... AND HAD A BLAST WITH HIS
SECOND COUSINS..

 SO HERE WE GO WITH THE FAMILY PICTURES... THIS IS THE OLDEST
DAUGHTER'S FAMILY...
 THIS IS A 4 GENERATION PICTURE...

 THIS IS #3 SON'S FAMILY... HE HAD THE YOUNGEST OF THE GRANDCHILDREN

 THIS IS #2 SON... WITH HIS 4 LEGGED CHILDREN... WHO WERE SO WELL
BEHAVED...

 THIS IS THE OLDEST SON.. AND HIS FAMILY... WE HAVE 4 GENERATIONS
THERE AS WELL...


 THIS IS MY YOUNGEST CHILD AND HER FAMILY... HER'S IS THE HAWAIIAN
RESIDENT WHO CAME ACROSS THE OCEAN TO SEE US ALL..


THIS IS THE #4 SON'S FAMILY.. AND HOPEFULLY A NEW DAUGHTER IN LAW..





THE OLDEST AND HER HUSBAND... WHAT A GREAT GUY.. HE GOT TO
SEE WHAT A CRAZY FAMILY HE MARRIED INTO..



AND AT THE END OF THE DAY... WE ARE ALL STILL ENJOYING THE DAY
INTO NIGHT..  DID I SAY, I AM SO BLESSED?  IT DOES BARE REPEATING..
I.......AM.... SO... BLESSED...  

hopefully this wasn't too long for you all.

Monday, June 22, 2015

2's and 3's and teens

June 22, 2015
2's and 3's and teens......

Your children will not start to understand
you, until their children reach their 2's and
3's.

And that will open the door part way to
understanding. Then when those children
reach their teen years, it will blow the doors
off to your child understanding you, thru
raising their own.

What is the old saying.. that your child thinks
you are so old fashion, don't know anything
when they are in their teens, and when they
reach their 20's they are amazed at how
smart you are.

It is hard to get across to another, the reasons
of life, especially your own children.  They
just don't get you, after all they know they
can be trusted.  Right?

So don't give up hope, sadly it will take a
while for them to get the ah ha moment.



Tomorrow.. hopefully I will have my pictures

in order ... to show you where I went last week.  

Sunday, June 21, 2015

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY....

To all the Dads...

to all the Dads of past
to all the Dads of the future
to all the step dads, uncles, grandfathers
brothers who stepped up to the plate for
those who didn't... or couldn't, or passed
away...
to all the dads who stuck around after the divorce
even when it was NOT easy

To all the mother's who had to do double duty,
by being mom and dad...

To all the dads oversea, who can't make it home
for Father's day.....

To all of you DADS ... may you feel the blessing of this day
not just today.. but everyday, thru thick and thin.. thru
days of great joy and days of sorrow...

Remember while the child is your blessing.... YOU
are theirs blessing...

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Taking some time out....

I am going to take some time out, as for the
next two weeks, I am going to be so busy,
not going to have time to blog.

I have several days of prework to do.. and then
next week, we are going to do some fun things
that will take all day long and parts of nights..

But when I return to blogging, I should have some
great pictures... which should be cool.. but maybe
boring to some.. 

So pardon me, while I disappear for 2 weeks or so.
I should be back at the computer the Monday after Father's day.

In the meantime.. have a great time. enjoy the days, and
have fun in your gardens.. see you later...
  

and happy anniversary to my sweet man.. the King..
tomorrow it will be 16 years. 


Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Adult AAD

Hello, my name is Cis... I suffer from Adult
Attention Deficiency

I am not making light of those children who do suffer
from this real disease.  Thankfully they have meds to
help these children find a norm in the middle of all
the craziness of the world.

But I am acknowledging the adult side of this.. Some
have this very seriously as well.. and some think it leads
to Alzheimer.

But  the rest of us, can have some humor for this.

So you see for years I thought I was multi-tasking. But now
I find I have a hard time staying on the same task. Still
doing many task.. but going at it like my life is a maze.
I have to really discipline myself to stay in the one room and
finish the job. 

Otherwise it goes like this.. Gather up the wash and take it
to the washer.. push buttons and start.. Go over to the sink
and take dishes and put them in the dish washer.  Go to the
table and take a plate off the table, place it on the sink, and
take the papers you need to shred to the back room and shred
them in the shredder, and see a envelope on the bed. Take
the envelope to the file cabinet.. place it on top, because
you see the pen you have been looking for .. for 3 days.
Take the pen back to the table, You see a book you were
going to mail...so you go to the bedroom and get the large
envelope, and straighten up the desk while you are there.
Pick up your shoes and put them in the closet, and head
out of the room, then remember placing the envelope on
the bed..  Take the envelope to the table, ... dog needs to
go out to pee, so you walk out the door with her.. see the
plants need to be watered... then get the pots you left
yesterday off the deck and place in the shed.. You hear
the washer buzzer go off,   You put them in the dryer.

So you take the wash out and
put it on the couch to be folded. Go back to the bedroom
get the other wash and take it to the washer..  Start it up,
forgot to take some thing out of the freezer, bring that in
the house. While grabbing the broom on the way out
of the garage.. so you can sweep the deck. Phone rings,
and you answer that.. conversation for a few minutes.
Hang up.. oh, so and so is on Facebook.. that shoots down
a half hour.. Buzzer for dryer, so  you take the wash out and
put it on the couch to be folded

Oh, there is the envelope for the books to send out.. Get
that set up,  Where did I put the keys?  Oh, there is the
other pen you lost a couple days ago.  There is the book
I was going to start today..   Uh, ho there is the clothes I
didn't fold up..  Now what was it I was starting in the first
place? Oh, it was chopping up the stuff for salad for to
nights dinner...  Well, you get the idea..  Instead of

mulit-tasking.. it is mixed up tasking.. 

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Memories with the kids....

Building great memories for the kids...and it doesn't take much.
Camping by the river on the ground in sleeping bags... my
oldest son had to make the fire because I can't start a fire
to save my life...   And at the age of 10, he swirled the stick
on top of another stick and got the fire going.. Heck I can't
even with matches..  Waking up at sunlight and fishing.
Great memories..

When we moved to R.I. for my husband's Marv's health, we
had  few adventures...   We did what is called Stuffies..
Stuffies is clams that are boiled in water.. more like steamed.
Then ground up, with onions and bread crumbs...mixed with
clam juice and salt and pepper.  Then that mixture is rolled
up into balls, and put back in to the quahog shell.  Wrapped
in silver foil and put on a cookie sheet and baked. 
We had an assembly line going. There was my 5 kids, and
my brother's two, his wife and I keeping the line going and
helping out. My brother was the clam cooker and grinder.
He had I think 3 gunny sacks of Quahogs. 
For those from the west coast, that is a large clam. 
And Stuffies taste so good..  My husband
Marv thought we were crazy and he wasn't going to eat that
stuff..  Well, talked him in to one.. and he ate 6 more.

We did things as a family.. team work.. be it going out to
the woods to get wood for heat or going to the beach.. It
was all fun.  The wood....we would find old slag piles that
the loggers or forest dept. left behind.. They would be burnt
in a couple of days.  We would go up and Marv would cut
sliced logs.. and the boys would bring them to the truck and
my daughter and I would load it.. And then once home with
a load, we would unload it and it would be split. Not always
a fun thing.. but it was something we did. Now memories.

There were plenty of fishing trips to the rivers near where
we lived over the years in different states.  Something the
kids still like doing.
There were snowmobile rides, and races..  Making snow
men in the middle of the night.... as I would get the kids
up if we had a large snow fall after bed time..
So always do things with your kids.. leaves lasting memories.







Monday, June 01, 2015

Graduation and then the hard part......

As the many students head down the aisle, to walk
up those stairs, to shake the hand and reach for their
diploma, they have great joy in their hearts.  Be it
high school or college.

As a high school graduate... it is harder. They haven't
had the hard lesson of being by themselves yet.  Only
the safety of their own parent's home. 

And there is the decision... the big decision.. Will
it be a job or will it be college?  That is a hard decision.
If they have been A students, they have a chance for
scholarships.  Maybe some big ones if they are lucky.
Other wise it is student loans.  Student loans that cost
more than a house, with interest double or triple what
a house loan will be.  Depending what their goal of a
job to be on how big it will be.

If they have chose a job for now.. and have been lucky
to be doing summer jobs in that line.. they have a way
for now... maybe.... to go into that full time.  But the
hard part of that is .. that college will be put off for
quite a few years.. sometimes 20 years.. if they get
married shortly after high school.

They have a choice of vocational schools. Little
cheaper and faster to get a education in a particular
field and get on with life.

But what ever they decide.. the high school student,
it is all fun and games until Monday morning after
graduation, and reality comes.  Hopefully they have
a plan.

With college it is only slightly better.  If they were lucky
enough to pick an education in a very high needed
area, they will be lucky. But the competition will be
stiff.  But even they, who have learn not only the
education of school, but of life and the fair and unfairness
of it all...it will be hard.  And worse part is that loan, that
now becomes due, in payments. 


I wish them all well. It will be hard but worth it all.