I will have cucumbers someday. I hope.
and yellow squash........
The next birthday was my baby sister June. She celebrated her 55th birthday on the 17th. June is the sister I am closest too. We share a lot of the same likes and dislikes. She loves to travel, is a whiz at working jigsaw puzzles and loves to collect frogs.
She is very friendly and outgoing and she is one that never forgets. She has so many peoples birthdays stored in her brain she doesn't even need a calendar. If I need to know a date I just call June.
One of her special loves is Idaho Spuds "the candy bar". I know in her lifetime she has eaten her weight in them at least once of twice. Now, with her diabetes and having to take insulin she can't eat them much anymore but I believe it would be okay to sneak "just one" on your birthday.
During the illness and death of her only daughter, Jenny, she exhibited a great resolve during such a difficult time. I was so proud of her for standing by her convictions and beliefs. She amazed me as well as the rest of our family.
We plan to take a trip to Vermont this fall to see the "colors" and I look forward to spending some quality time with my baby sis.
Next on the lists of birthdays for June is my Older Brother Doran. Even though we are a few years apart (He is 77 and I am 24) I always tease him about being older. I was happy to spend the last couple birthdays with him. Unfortunately this year I was unable to see him for his birthday. That's okay, Doran we will plan on celebrating when we get together.
My first memory of my brother was of him pulling his little wagon with the sideboards on it through the yard. He would load it with wood from the woodpile and pull it to the back door of the porch where he would unload it into the woodbox . He hauled a lot of wood with that little wagon.
Another memory was the night my great grandmother died. He had a really terrific earache tht night. He had his ears stuffed with cotton and he got to sleep by the fire that night in order to stay warm.
He has always loved horses. Growing up we had two old horses, Dan and Sam. He trained Old Dan to do tricks. He built a little table and taught that horse to climb on that little table with all four feet. He rode and showed his horses in horse shows . He taught both his son and his grandson to ride and I am sure he will continue the tradition with his great grandson Matt. After he retired he worked on the Mariott Ranch in Virginia and also on the Haythorn Ranch in Nebraska.
Doran, You are my favorite cowboy and I am so very proud to call you brother.
The next birthday on my list is Dick, the father of my children. As far as fathers go you couldn't ask for a better father and grandfather. We have always shared everything when it came to our children and now the grandchildren. If there is a family decision to be made it is made together. In some families when there is a split there are hard feelings and lots of bitterness. We have always made an effort to make sure that did not happen in our family. We are great friends and still share the same family values we have for the last 40 plus years. (Another person that is a lot older than me).
On June 29th my nephew, Dock will celebrate his 44th birthday. It' hard to believe he was so tiny when his mother brought him home from the hospital---and now look at him...my how that boy has grown!! Gotta be that good Southern cookin' that makes a boy grow so tall.
I know I have not mentioned all the birthdays in our family in June. There is Debbie, and my Aunt June and my cousin Dearl and my brother in law Harold and no doubt one or two that I have forgotten about. I am sure my sister will remind me. She remembers them all.
Tht's it for today!!
Well, It was an absolutely awesome day. The weather was absolutely perfect…not too hot - not too cold, The skies were a brilliant blue with white puffy clouds moving overhead. Every once in awhile a cloud would cover the sun and then pop back out again.
The other reason it was a GREAT day was I was meeting my cyber friends Gordon and Juanita and Bodie for the very first time. I have corresponded off and on with them for the last couple years and followed their journal Seeing the USA in our Chevrolet for a couple of years now. From the Southwest to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to South Dakota, Idaho, the Oregon Coast and all the way to Alaska, Back to Texas for the winter and their trek to the Northwest this year.
They recently spent a month in Southern Idaho . I was delighted to find they were going to Missoula and would be coming through Spokane. We tried to connect on Wednesday afternoon but were unable to do so but today was set aside for that very first meeting.
It was a great drive on US 395 about 25 miles north of Spokane to Deer Park. There wasn’t very much traffic and the only construction was a detour in Deer Park. The problem was the communication between the driver and the GPS system. And as everyone knows - the GPS system is always right - at least this one is.
Sometimes when you’re meeting someone for the first time you are a little apprehensive-- not the case here --- how do you describe someone who greets you with a hug and a great big “You’re not a cyber friend any more”. It was just as if we had known each other for years.
Even Bodie's not a cyber dog anymore. He is so well behaved.
Gordon and his lovely wife Juanita are both truly wonderful people and most gracious. After a tour of their lovely home we sat out in the sun for a few hours visiting until it got too warm and we moved into the shade. There was never a lull in the conversation . We found we have a lot of mutual RV friends and lots of similar interests. Juanita has whetted my appetite for sewing again -- so I am putting that on my to do list. I am off to JoAnn's for fabric and notions.
We finally decided it was time for a late lunch or early dinner so Gordon got on the internet and found a 4 star restaurant in Deer Park. We loaded up and followed Gordon and Juanita and their GPS to a vacant lot full of weeds in a housing development in a “remote” part of town. Great Going Gordon!! He righted himself and drove straight to the restaurant. I could have told him it was located right next to Les Schwab tires.
It was good food, and excellent company. I would have taken a photo but I left the camera in the car and I couldn’t talk REK into getting it for me. So no food photos.
We said our goodbyes to these fine people in the parking lot at Shagnasty’s and headed back to Spokane.
It was a very fine day and I especially want to thank Ed and Marilyn Dray for introducing me to my new friends Gordon and Juanita.
The trip back was uneventful until we got to Sprague and Argonne (the same road Gordon and Juanita followed yesterday). There were police cars around and a Q 6 news crew and I wondered what was going on. Got home and turned on the news - there had been a bank robbery on the corner there and they were searching for the suspect.
Beautiful drive, wonderful new friends, good food - you can’t ask for more - I am blessed.
That’s it for Today.
(note the plastic tub full of stuff that still needs to go on the desktop) and for you electricians those electrical cords are all straightened out now. The ziplock bag is full of my "emergency" desk supplies LOL. The box on top contains my electronics (mp3, cd player, that 4 gig thing, and all those little electronic parts I need to use once in awhile). And my digital photo frame. The second shelf holds my laptop - one can never have too many computers.
and here is the photos you can see on my computer background-- some of my favs!!
My desk gets cluttered with all that paper, but I can find everything except for when I want it - then I have to look for it. Not only do I have to have all that paper but I have to have all the things (in the tub) I need to use it within easy reach...at least a dozen pens, a few pencils and a couple of erasers, my stapler, tape, scissors, post it notes, empty cd's. my shorthand pad, my glasses, magnifying glass, my map, ruler or measuring tape, and the list goes on and on. By the time get all that "have to have" stuff on there there is little room to write. I have no clue where I will put my four sizes of envelopes.
And notebooks - don't get me started on those - I have at least a hundred chocked full of important things -- I did try to cut down on the amount of stuff I have on paper by buying one of those little 4 gig things that you can copy stuff to and read it later, however, it is not the same as having a piece of paper in my hand. I hold that little blue thing it in my hand and stare at it and I know there is lots of stuff on it but I can't read any of it and it is really hard to turn the page!! It's just not the same.
So today, I have decided that the unpacking will have to wait, while I catch up on the more important things, like blogging and chatting, facebook - (my poor farm is really suffering), playing bejeweled and the adventures of my many friends. I am also looking forward to a visit from some wonderful cyber friends. I CAN"T WAIT!!!!
I am off to a good start with the blog today. When you get out of the habit it is hard to get going again. I promise everything will get settled and I will be back in the swing. Swing - now that reminds me of another favorite childhood memory....stay tuned.
That's it for today.