Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Young Men - Patio Project

Yikes... one of the posts of my patio cover was totally water damaged and ready to collapse..the Young Men's group came to the rescue for a service project... Yippi !!! It's good to go now. Thanks to all!!!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

You say tomato I say tomato

Okay - so I'm talking to Jim and referring to my "Auntie" Peteranne and he decides its necessary to let me know that "Auntie" isn't even a real word!!! WHAT you're kidding me? So of course I head straight to the dictionary to look it up - sure enough its nowhere to be found - but thank goodness for the Internet - there it was "a pet form of word aunt" - but knowing my family, it really stems form the gambling term "ante" as in "ante up" - which reminds me of the story of my cousin Julie who's parents were called into the nuns office when Julie was in kindergarten because the nuns were concerned about her counting skills. It went something like this " 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-Jack-Queen-King". So, you see, the "ante" theory is not that far fetched after all.

My whole life I've only known Aunti - on my moms side all the Yugoslavs - Auntie Peteranne, Auntie Arlene, Auntie Dee Dee, Auntie A, etc.... and even on my dad's side plain old white folk - Aunti Marge, Auntie Lorraine, etc... Who calls their aunts "Aunt so an so"? Evidently everyone but me and my family. I've just never heard such a thing my whole life - so I'm just sticking with Auntie as I know it. Perhaps its simply a northern California thing?

Good night!!!!

Happy times...

First off - Rachell - I love you!!!! Your comment on my sock miracle entry was witty and profound.... thank you for enlightening me! I'll be sure to seek out these messages in everyday happenings from here on out :)

Second - the letters from my dad finally arrived!!!! For those who don't know - he died when I was around 15 months old and I have no memories of him and know very little about him - so my half sister (who was grown and out on her own by the time I came along) called me on my birthday to let me know she found some old letters from our dad to her that she though I might like to read... I've been waiting on pins and needles for these letters for weeks and I finally received them today. They are from March 1968 and he passed in September 1968. It was so wonderful to read them... just to get a glimpse of his personality. I'm bummed my mom isn't still alive to share them with - she's been gone 6 years now and every once in a while I just get the urge to pick up the phone and give her a call - this is definitely one of those times - she'd be certain to share in the joy. My dad was very ill with heart trouble at the time of the letters and up to his death, so there's a little history on that and then of course - he mentioned what a doll I was : ) He also mentioned a lot of people I remember knowing as a child. I know it was a very hard time for our family but it sounds like there were quite a few people around to visit and help out... he also references a letter he wrote that was published in the Auburn Journal - I'm wondering if I'd be able to get a copy of that too????

This has been a great day! Finally!!! - I've been battling horribly painful incapacitating problems with my hands again, so I haven't been able to type much - especially for leisure which is such a huge bummer as I was really starting to love this blogging thing.

Hey - we're having a major thunder and lightning storm right now - and its even raining... What a treat!!!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Sock Miracle....

This was a stressful week - I have no idea why - it was a short work week and nothing out of the ordinary even happend, but you know how sometimes everything stresses you out? Or does that just happen to me? Maybe it's PMS... I haven't checked the calendar... Anyway when I was doing my umpteenth load of laundry (still trying to catch up from Shawn's camping trip) all the socks matched up! Yippi - a sock miracle!!! Ya know its bad when this was the highlight of my week :)