All posts by Jean

  • Snow!
  • GPa shoveled deck and sidewalk…several inches, wet and heavy snow
  • New boot caddy :)
  • Slippery roads and a lot more snow on the mountain passes
  • Most of us do not have our studded snow tires on yet (legal date is Oct. 1)…
  • …we’ve planned for next week
  • A good snowfall usually doesn’t happen until Halloween :)
  • Our Sleeping Giant has a warm blanket of snow on him today :)
  • A good morning for hot oatmeal and toast of GPa’s freshly made bread
  • Happy Birthday Angela…and her hubby’s birthday yesterday
  • Barbara who was an RN during Vietnam and expresses her gratitude for our military
  • God Bless the United States of America

  • Happy Autumn!
  • Snowing this morning :)
  • Okay, dear friends, I had shared our two weddings this summer…a granddaughter in Oregon and a grandson in Montana….
  • We have been anticipating another gson’s wedding next summer in Washington…
  • …they went to Hawaii this week and eloped!! ♥♥  Very happy for them!   
  • A summer of weddings :)

  • We are continuing to be blessed with rain and snow!
  • Shared with you our trip to Oregon for our granddaughter’s July wedding…
  • …we’ve had another wedding (grandson) in Bozeman earlier this month…
  • no ocean beaches here :) but beautiful mountain lakes and streams.
  • Love, open arms and welcoming for each member of our Ohio family, oh my how wonderful to be able to touch them and hug them.
  • Being able to have a picture of our six grandchildren, residing in Oregon, Washington, Ohio, Montana, and, again, love and touching and hugs.
  • An actual week of festivities and fun…with the wedding, the rehearsal dinner at a family’s home outside near a mountain stream and a campfire; the wedding at Hyalite Canyon next to a lake; the reception with music and dancing in town; the Sunday morning brunch at mother of the bride’s horse ranch.
  • Other fun things were Crystal’s book signing at WSS; sapphire digging; well, a lot more :)
  • “Only speak if your words are kinder than silence.”  -Emotional Intelligence, Crystal Pirri and Mayra Porrata

  • Hooray! Rain at last!
  • Soakers for several days…
  • …will help on the fires and clear the air from the ash (remembering Mount St. Helens)
  • And, yes, snow!..we have winter storm advisories for 5,000 ft. and up, mountain passes, all within a few miles of us…we are welcoming this weather to put out the fires.
  • What a variety of weather patterns in the U.S…..
  • ….Prayers for those in Houston (my cousin was not flooded)…for those and our friends in Florida and path of the hurricanes (thankful that Garrett’s friend is safe)…and those in Montana, Idaho, and the states where the fires have been out of control, some having to evacuate and can now return to their homes. Praise God!

  • Fun fun road trip to Oregon with Cathy and gson Scott for gdaughter Amanda’s wedding :)
  • We always smile when we change to Pacific time in Idaho
  • Thank you God! The weather was absolutely perfect…don’t think we saw a cloud in the sky the entire trip
  • Beautiful outdoor wedding in a park…ceremony, reception, even a dance floor, sparkling lights around trees…fun and laughs with more family :)
  • An adventure with city traffic and I-5:  Arrived in Portland at 5pm on a Friday…lines of traffic not moving…thank goodness for Cathy’s excellent driving we found a moving lane (otherwise we’d probably still be there LOL)…
  • …and another night at 10pm from Salem area to Lake Oswego, got turned around because of road construction, zillions of vehicles flying down I-5 (we decided they all knew where they were going) but, again, calm and cool Cathy and navigator Scott, got us back on the right track…we decided it was just another fun adventure :)
  • Going to OR and returning, we stopped in Washington to spend time with gson AJ and family…loved being with ggson/ggdaughter :)
  • Hooray! Went to the Oregon Coast….love the Coast!  Hadn’t been there for quite some time and used to go often….walked on the beach, savored the fresh ocean air, had lunch at the Sea Hag, whale watching at Depot Bay (the smallest navigable seaport in the world), touristy thing in some of the shops…fun and memories :)
  • Oh, and we saw a car from Vermont…wow, they were far from home!
  • On the way home, stayed at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane (google it) an awesome, interesting and elegant place…
  • …one gson planned his marriage proposal on the mezzanine in the Grand Ballroom and they videoed it for them :)
  • So there you have it, dear friends, mini vacation with wedding….always heartwarming to spend time with family

Shakin’ & Quakin’

  • 5.6 Earthquake at 12:30 a.m. today
  • Woke GPa up with shaking…
  • I heard a roaring windy noise and was concerned that our pilot light might go out, not realizing at the time that it was the quake
  • So far no reports of major structural damage but items shaken off shelves in stores like WalMart
  • OOPS….another quake about 3.5 at 7:15 this morning
  • Just another day in paradise!

Happy 4th of July!

  • God Bless the United States of America!
  • Freedom
  • United we stand!
  • America the Beautiful
  • The Star Spangled Banner
  • Our beautiful red, white, blue flag
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Hand over heart
  • United States Constitution
  • Fireworks, picnics, celebrations…sunny days
  • In God We Trust!

  • aahhh chooo!  …. something in the air causing sneezing…it’s been years but perhaps it’s bbaaaccckkkk….dumdedumdum
  • GPa listening to his DaVinci computer and Zoomtex software magnify, read, and talk to him.  Learning about more fabulous new vision aides, one that he can take with him so that he can see a person’s face and read a menu (which he’s not able to do now)
  • …and…he is so happy with his new wireless head phones :)
  • Watering the lawn, weedeating and mowing, GPa likes to keep busy :)
  • Neighbor Luann already sharing her garden by bringing green onions…so good.
  • David/Deedee moving into their new home at the lake this weekend…it’s been interesting watching the building progress.
  • Looking forward to two family weddings this summer :)
  • Sending in our annual summer Green Bay Packer shareholder votes…always a Packer fan!

  • May’s fragrant and lovely lilacs
  • GPa mowing and weeding and trimming the yard…
  • …he has a garden hose that belonged to my gfather, 50 years ago!…really!…
  • …made before “planned obsolescence” :)
  • Our power was out but only for 45 min.  Bless those linemen!
  • Visited Harry at the assisted living home for his 88th birthday party…he recognized everyone
  • Fun road trip with Cathy in her new car, it talks to her and almost drives for her :)…
  • …gorgeous mountain passes….speed limits on some Montana interstates at 80 mph….remembering when it was “Reasonable and Prudent”
  • Loving my new Nine West sunglasses :)
  • RIP Gracie, our son & family’s Britney Spaniel, 14 years old, such a sweetheart, we all miss her
  • Watching “Sabrina” again during the day, because I can, one of the benefits of being retired :):)

  • Our crazy weather…hail, snow, winter advisory, sunshine, green grass…you choose :)
  • Furnace was out…1 night without heat but temp was warm 40-45 that night, and we were okay
  • Gson’s awesome skiing video at Big Sky
  • Commenting on a lady’s name of “Gloria” and how lovely…she said we don’t see that name often any more….I said that mine was “Jean” and don’t see that one a lot either….she smiled and said, “My middle name is Jean”….fun :)
  • Talking with a WWII Veteran who is 92….looks more like 72!! A fun guy…he’ll be around for a long time:)
  • Raking the yard of pine needles and pine cones…great to have it finished
  • Picture of the Orchid, Flower of the Holy Spirit, amazing!
  • GPa has me laughing for several days…he decided to do a “MacGyver” and fix some aluminum foil as an “antenna” on the top of his ear phones, to eliminate the static…it worked!      He looks like an alien from outer space :)