Thursday, January 25, 2018

Welcome 2018

 I'm sorry I haven't posted anything for a month or so but then I have no idea if anyone wants to read these anyway.

We had about 3 inches of snow and it was here for Christmas but was gone before the New Year. I stayed inside because my lungs don't like super cold air. COPD & Asbestos Fibrosis make going out side in cold weather not an option.

 I ordered some Dutch-German language books. I took 3 or 4 years in High School of German but that was 60 years ago and about all I can remember is that little ditty "mein-hut-der-hat-drei-ecken" and how to count to at least 10. Wanting to get my skill back because I think it's a pretty language. We shall see.

My ancestors came from that region where they spoke Pennsylvania Dutch and my Grandfather was an Elder in the Quaker church. I think he got excommunicated when he shot at his wife with a shotgun and went to prison. Funny what you can learn on the internet where they have thousands of newspapers and all you have to do is check a region and a name. I even found the day I was discharged from the hospital at 4 years old and went to the County Orphanage. Stayed there for almost 6 years.

Still having issues with the "tummy" but it's nothing I can't handle. Have been packing and watching TV.  It's good that I'm such a "Sweet little OLD Lady" and none of that stuff bothers me. I'm happy the way I am. Although I have had many desires to join a Mennonite gathering if I can find one when I move to Grand Junction.  My #2 daughter who is going to be my sudo care giver might not like me moving out of the city. I know for sure #1 daughter will blow a gasket.

I'm going to take up quilting after I get settled in GJ. I already bought a sewing machine since the 2 machines up in my storage shed are ancient and don't work anyway. Off to Goodwill they go. Maybe they can fix them and sell them. I'm still going to be doing my scrapbooking and the family trees. I might start a service of making a family tree for other people and then put their tree on a disc and give it to them. The crocheting is getting too much for the hands (they are 78 yrs old) that are starting to tremble so I need something that doesn't require much concentration and activity with the hands and wrist.

Well here are the few scrapbook pages I made for Jan.

 Isn't that cute...they take naps together.

My sister-in-law who passed away on Jan 4th.Heaven has a special Angel now.

This is one of my cousins that lives in Bradford, I think. I liked the picture so I made a page and posted it to her FB page.
Please check out the December posting...I just put the pictures of the front yard's Christmas Deco's.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

New Christmas Decos

I found a 9 ft Nutcracker that blows up and he was marked down already so I only paid $26. for him. And my Granddaughter Bridgit always try to buy me a new lawn decor and this she found the cutest little critter for the yard and he lights up too. I'm still looking for the Pink Flamingos with a Santa Hat so I can finish off the front lawn. and I just found them on Amazon so I bought 2. I'll get the Santa hats when I find out the size of these guys.  They'll look great with the Nutcracker. And the snowman too with the trees and such. I got a new light bulb for the snowman and tomorrow Bridgit's husband is Flying up from LA to be with us for Christmas. He's a Christmas nut like I am and the Flamingo's will be here on Friday.

I've found several new Christmas kits for Scrapbooking and I can't wait for the parties so I can get pictures and post them. We found a picture of our "Tiny Human" who just turned 13 on Monday so I made a nice scrapbook page and posted it on facebook much to her dismay. I think it's adorable and if she gets the modeling and movie gigs like her Dad & Uncle think she will, I guess it won't matter if I put a picture out there. The media will do some also. But that's not going to happen until next year in the summer. That's when they'll be in the LA area as a family with both parents working and watching out for her. 

Here's a couple of the pages.
My sister Dianna and her two beautiful daughters.

Consuelo the youngest daughter just became a Grandma 4 months ago and this little guy isn't very little any more.

This was Isaac a few weeks ago.

My favorite Tiny Human who enjoyed playing dress up with my Red Hat Collection. She was mortified when I posted this on FB but none of her friends can see my FB page since they aren't on my friends list. I only have 132 friends and none of them say anything but nice things about her.

Time to check on my lunch!

Have a nice day and a great weekend.
God Bless you and The USA!

Found pictures of the front yard that didn't get posted for Christmas.
 My 7 foot Nutcracker with my Gr granddaughter Olivia and I posing.

The snow man got moved around. He went to the other side of the walk.

Bridgit's R2D2 joined my Nutcracker and then the snowman moved over here to make room for the little dog.

And as you can see there are pink flamingos on the lawn. I found them on Amazon and got 4 of them. They sort of stand out don't they. I live on a one block street and the lady across from us has lights on her porch (never takes them down) and I decorated our lawn. Not another one on the block had Christmas decos. My new Grandson-in-law is a Christmas nut just like me so we had a good time. And he's a Norse Viking...who would have known. We didn't have room for his Christmas Village but he'll put it up in Calif. next year. I'll be in Grand Junction so I'm going to start building my own Village.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

It's looking a lot like Christmas at our house

    Bridgit and I have been doing some decorating around our house until Jess comes home on the 14th and then he can finish up with the outdoor lights. And more of the indoor decorations. It's one of Jess's favorite holidays as well as mine. I can't wait for him to get the Fireplace out of storage so we can put up my collection of Santas.

     We lived on Midway Island from April of 1965 to Nov of 1967. It's a beautiful little Island in the Hawaiian chain (1.5 miles long & not quite as wide, with a moderate hill in the middle that is 12 feet above sea level). It wasn't big enough for the 2,000 people to have cars so we all had bicycles (called Horses) for our transportation to and from our shopping at the base commissary and the exchange for clothes. There was a bowling alley and my husband and I bowled on a league and coached the pre-teens in the finer art of bowling. Lots of fun. And we had the greatest pristine beach (no littering allowed). We policed each other and we watched each other's kids as well as our own.  I was pregnant with my third child on this gorgeous island and yes, I rode a bicycle to the hospital (actually just a clinic with 2 beds in the end of the building called a ward.  I rode that bicycle all over the island except the beach which was only 1/2 block from my front door.
     There was also a ceramic shop which I frequented quite often. My "Horse" was equipped with saddle bag baskets on the back which is where my 2 girls (one age 4 and one age 3) rode because my box of ceramics was in the front basket. It was while we were stationed on Midway that I made the beautiful Nativity scene and it was while I was pregnant with my 3rd girl. I had just finished up the last of the Kings and the Animals which was great since she came in June of 1967. Husband wouldn't allow me to ride the Bicycle much after about March but when he left for work, he had no idea what I did. I still had to do grocery shopping so I went to the commissary with the girls in the back and put a couple of bags in the front.

     Those 2 paragraphs were a prelude to what happened to the Nativity scene. When I moved from Grand Junction back to Richland Washington, my daughter said she should have the Nativity because I made it while I was pregnant with her.  I agreed.  So I don't have one to put up but Jess has a village that means a lot to him so we will make a place for the village and I just found 3 of the cutest little American Indians about 2.5 inches tall and they just might look great in the village. I'm missing a lot of the ornaments I used to carry around from Midway, to Guam, to Japan, to Alameda CA, to San Diego and then up here to Richland Washington. I'm sure the Nativity Scene enjoyed all of those places as much as I did. But of all the bases and countries I liked Midway Island the best.

And now it's time to show you what I've been doing with the scrapbooking. I've taken up knitting on a loom and making beanies for the Pediatric ward at the hospital. I try to crochet a scarf to go with the Beanies.  But I'm slower than Bridgit. She whips out Beanies by the hour. I do them by the days. But I still get in some scrapbooking. I've collected a couple of new Christmas kits so I'll be happy for awhile.

Gr-grand daughter Kaddie on her 10th birthday. Girl is growing like a wild flower.

Another shot of Kaddie with a different scrapbook kit.

My good friend Cheryl in GJ has 2 Gr-grandbabies now. Both girls. This one is Emberly born inSept, I think.

This is Emberly's cousin Nova Ann. Cheryl's grand daughter and her grandson had babies 2 1/2 weeks apart. I thought they were twins but Cheryl straightened me out.

This beautiful baby is one of my cousins on the East Coast. She'd be my cousin twice removed (I think that's how they say it). Her name is Autumn and she's adorable.

I'll post again with the pictures from December.

Hugs from Grandma Sarge. God Bless America.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Post Wedding

Well I now have over 500 pictures of the celebration. Some from the reception and some from the wedding. A lot of know...a smile and then a look or one hand is doing something and then the next instant something else. Hard to judge which one to use. I made a couple of collages of some and they don't look too bad. I really liked the cake and when I got the second batch of pictures from Jazmine I noticed something added to the cake. Besides having the two action figures on the top I noticed another little figure peeking over the edge. It's a little statue of "Deadpool" which is what Olivia was at the first Radcon she went to. She was a runner for the group and she ran all day. So they put a little action figure looking over the side.
The groom (Jess) and his father (Brad), and Jesse Vantine, the officiate.

Just some of the flower centerpieces that decorated the 25 tables.  The one with the light sabers was the wedding party.  

A couple of the flower arrangements and some "Tom Foolery" that was done with the action figures on the cake. One at the top left looks like he's trying to kiss her and in those helmets that isn't going to happen. And the one at the top right looks like dancing is what he has in mind.

Pictures of the 'Wedding Party' and the happy couple with the "First Dance".

I'm going to wait on making any more until I get a list of the picture numbers from Bridgit of ones she wants to have made up for the album.  Meanwhile I'm out looking for more Steampunk kits'.

Have a nice weekend and I'll see you down the road. Hugs to all.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A Wedding in the Family

On Friday the 13th of October my Grand Daughter got married to the Love of her life. It was a big deal for all of us that attended and we had a great time.  Although at my age, I didn't stay into the night. They had the ball room until 1:30 AM but I knew I wasn't going to last that long so one of the young ladies who was by herself at the wedding was sitting with me since I was by myself also.  I have done only 8 pictures of the wedding into scrapbook pages so far.

This new family is a great fan of the Predator Movie and Star Wars Movies. They are also fans of the Comic-Con conventions. Here in Richland it is other places it will have a different name like Comi-con or something like that. They dress up in costumes for a weekend and hang out together.  Next convention is in February here in Richland. As you will see by the cake they have their own action figures, complements of the company in LA that makes them. Bridgit has the only complete :battle ready/movie ready female Predator Costume in the world."

One of the nurses that took care of me last month during my 10 day visit to the hospital, when she found out I was connected to the Comi-Cons/Rad-Cons shared with me that she went to one as Cat Woman in a costume she had made (Hand sewn) herself. She's looking forward to getting together with the Rad Con kids and having fun for a couple of days.

 Jess works for a shop that makes Props, Costumes, & other parts for movies. He's down in LA working already. Next year the family will be rejoined for good in the LA area. I'm moving to Grand Junction, CO.

There are about 800 pics to choose from so I'm going to let Bridgit sort through them and do some editing and only forward the ones she wants in her digital album that I'm making for her. I'm going to purchase one of those digital slide viewers and load on there what she wants fixed up. She's happy with the first 8. I've been using Steam Punk because that's her favorite. Two photographers were running around taking candid shots of the guests and they have sent the results to Bridgit on thumb drives. I only have 3 Steam punk kits to choose from so if any of my readers know where I can find more, please let me know.

Here's what I have done so far.

Groom is Jess Langdell, Bride is Corrina Corbin-Langdell and the lovely one in the middle is her daughter Olivia Corbin (aka Tiny Human).

Bride is Bridgit Corbin, Groom is Jess Langdell, and the Officiate is Jesse Vantine. I don't have the right Crest on the Shield but it's a Viking Shield. And Jesse & Jess both are from that area of the world a few generations ago.

The adorable little girl is Rayne Hernandez and she was the flower girl. We call her 'Baby Rayne' and she objected loudly to having to throw the petals out of the basket she was given to carry. She had help going down the isle because she didn't want to go and throw HER flowers. And as soon as she was put down in the line of Brides maids and given back her basket she dropped to the floor and started picking them all up and putting them back in the basket. We are lucky that one of the guests took these pics with her cell phone.

This is the Bride and Groom with all of the Brides maids (two of which are showing a pregnancy in progress). I haven't gotten a picture with Groomsmen and Jess but when I do I'll make another like this one. Maybe minus the Shoe.

This is the new family. Mr. & Mrs. Jess Langdell. Jess is going to be adopting Olivia soon and then they will all be Langdell's.

The wedding cake is adorned with the 2 Predator action figures. The company that makes these figures may or may not make any more of the Female one until after they introduce her in a movie. One idea is that Bridgit will get the part even though she's never made a movie before. I'm sure Hollywood will come up with something.

Olivia was the 'Ring Bearer' and she has the two boxes in her hands. I believe they were 2 small coffins that had the rings and she handed one to Jess and one to Bridgit. Not too sure about the boxes.

This is Brad Langdell (Jess's father) with Jess and Jesse (the Officiate).

It was an interesting day and they are very happy to have it over.n Now they just need to manage getting all three in one place. Bridgit also works in the same shop that Jess does and she is very good at the 'plaster cast'. A couple of the items she has worked on are in the New York area and another one is over seas. Some creature with crystal spikes coming out of his head. She made the spikes and fitted them into the helmet or mask for some movie.  

When I get more of the pictures, I'll be making more scrapbook pages. 

Hugs to all and have a Safe and Happy Halloween.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

An Apology from ME!

I can't for the life of me know why I didn't post anything in August, Sept. and here it is October all ready. Last month I was in the hospital for some surgery on the small intestine called Small Bowel Blockage. That was 10 days of my life I don't ever want to repeat again. But I'm home and pretty much over the trauma. Now I'm on a high fiber diet and booster drinks like ensure. Some of them aren't too bad if I add a little milk to them. The first 6 days, I got nothing to eat and nothing to drink. Fluids thru the IV and a suction tube into the stomach to clean it out. I took several nurses off my Christmas card list as they were inserting that tube thru the nose and into the stomach. YUK!!

I'm starting on the road to "Downsizing" now and getting ready to make a move to Grand Junction after the first of the year. I'm moving into a small apartment by myself but it's sort of close to my oldest daughter and her 2 boys so I'm going to enjoy being independent again. I'll take my Christmas decos since I refuse to part with my collection of Santas, and the bears from Wally's. I was getting a new bear every year and a new Santa. Bears have the year on their feet but the Santa doesn't and I can't remember which one came in what year. And I'll have my fireplace back again. It's been in storage for 3 years.

I'm using my new computer and I don't have everything restored yet so I'm going to save this as a draft and do more tomorrow.

My friend Cheryl's 1st Gr-Grand named Emberly born in July.

1st day of school for Mia and Kaddie. Kaddie is my 2nd Gr-granddaughter and Mia is her sister. 

Daughter Charlie and her boyfriend Kelin took Michael out to a bar and he had a great time.

Great Grandson Aayden in a friends pool and doesn't he look cute!

Grand daughter and her husband took Olivia to see the Pacific Ocean! 

Haven't done anything during August because of a lengthy hospital stay.

God Bless Friends and Family and God Bless America.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Memories from my past

     Well it's been awhile hasn't it?  Shouldn't ask questions you already know the answer to.   My garden isn't doing too badly but it isn't anywhere I thought I'd be when I planted it. I did bring in some of the little tomatoes yesterday. Watching one of the larger one go from yellow to orange to red, soon I hope. I love open faced tomato & cheese sandwiches. I remember them from first apartment out of high school.  It was one of those one bedroom, living room/dining room, & kitchen deals where you share the bathroom with the twin apartment on the other side. I was thrilled with that apartment in 1958.

     Had graduated from HS in 57' and moved out of my parents house to be on my own. My first job started 1 week after graduation at a company called "New Process Company" that you all recognize as Blair from those catalogs that come in the mail to you.  I was with in walking distance from the job and so was my friend from work who luckily shared the bathroom with me. Gloria was a great room mate, so when my cousin came home from the Marines at the end of his tour, I invited them both to my half of the quarters for dinner. I don't remember  what I cooked for dinner, (probably spaghetti), but Jim and Gloria hit off and they were married about 3 months later. I have pictures from the newspaper on the family tree I have on but I didn't make it to the wedding.  Then they moved to Florida and I never saw either of them again.  They have passed away some years now, leaving me the oldest living Shirley kid and I believe the oldest of my Uncle's kids also.

     Can't think why I was remembering my cousin Jim and his wife but it's nice to have good memories and it's great to have them in writing for someone else to remember.

     I'm getting myself psyched up for a vigorous physical exam at the VA Facility in Walla Walla, WA next week. They want a Pulmonary exam, blood work, and a thorough exam re' the Diastolic Dysfunction of my Heart.  I don't think they'll make me do a stress test on the walking machine since I walk with a walker when no walls are available. Or I use a cane to help me walk. This exam is to determine how disabled I am.  Good thing they aren't interested in my memory or I'd really lost.

I'm also thinking of getting a cane I saw in one of the many catalogs that show up here. It has a "taser" in the handle for protection for the disabled. I guess I'd have to go to the local police office to learn how to use it and register it (maybe).

     And here's a couple of pages from this month.
My youngest grand daughter ReAnna on the right in this picture as she stood for her friend at the wedding.

Darling Zakkiera mugging for the camera. Mom has a smart phone and takes a lot of pictures.

She's learning how to "Multi task". I can play and eat at the same time and get this orange stuff off the Cheetos all over me and your furniture.

Going to sign off for now and tip toe through some blogs that I enjoy watching.