All posts by Jean

  • 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 :)

  • Grateful for….
  • Happy April
  • Lovely Spring month
  • Sue and Al back from Arizona
  • Good news on our taxes :)
  • Green grass showing in the yard
  • GPa’s homemade biscuits…yum
  • Austin & Caitlyn at the OR coast for spring break
  • Rare (thank goodness) excitement in our neighborhood: Police chased a man and woman in their car from downtown and into our area where they abandoned the car…Wow, police with rifles and a canine walking and driving past our home…thought this only happened in the “big cities”… we locked our doors and brought Cookie inside (she’d let us know if anyone was there but, of course, would happily let them in :)  …scary when it’s your own neighborhood….the “druggies” got away on foot but they’ll catch them since they know who they are…first time that’s ever happened to us and hopefully it won’t again.
  • Watching Luann’s cat, YoYo, play…he is big and fluffy and sooo cute…we love him…when he and Cookie meet up in the yard, they accept each other as they are and go on their independent ways.

  • Happy St. Patrick’s Day ♥
  • Huge celebration in Butte America
  • …first time in years that St. Patrick’s Day is on a Friday and a weekend…
  • …preparing for crowds of revelers, even transferring inmates from the jail to make room for people having too much “fun” LOL
  • Irish population in Butte is (per capita) more than Boston!  They say it’s true :)
  • Went to the VA this morning for GPa’s eye doc follow up…
  • …while we were there a man in the waiting room was totally unresponsive to a nurse and soon all of the docs from ER ran to help him and half a dozen medical people came to his rescue and took him to the ER.  Hope he is okay.  Prayed for him.
  • Loving the beautiful tulips Cathy gave me…interesting colors of pale peach, orange, pink GPa said we can plant the bulbs.
  • Happy that my sister is enjoying her new wall tv :)
  • Spring is just around the corner ♥

  • Happy Pi Day!
  • Bella’s 1st birthday :)
  • Earthquakes, 3.4…loud bangs, dishes rattling….
  • ……Marysville, Helena, Clancy, Deer Lodge, Avon, Butte…oh my
  • Family milestone birthday celebration…
  • …Silver Star…salmon, rib eye, yummy :)
  • Just saw this….The way we think creates our life experiences.

  • Grateful for my loving family
  • A day with Cathy…she makes me feel alive!
  • Made in Montana Show…about 200 booths…interesting crafts from so many imaginations…
  • We waited in line for 45 min., outside the building (thank goodness it was about 35 degrees and sunny)…fire codes only allowed certain number……then were inside for several hours…
  • 10,000 people were expected which is unusual for MT….we felt like we were in “the big city” LOL….we were blessed to be able to park near the entrance.
  • Lunch at Benny’s Bistro…jazz music…Madeline cookies with chef’s recipe from France, yummy!
  • Welcome call from my beloved Granddaughter….another alive feeling!
  • David in town for several days checking on his new home progress…hooray!
  • GPa remembered to set the clocks ahead :)