Monday, December 10, 2018

Wishing every one a Merry Christmas, and a late Happy Thanksgiving

     Well, I just checked into my blog and I'm ashamed of myself. Haven't been very good about keeping things up to date. But I haven't been in a good state lately either. Let's just forgive me and I'll try to make up for my dereliction.
     I do have my Christmas things up and around. Jess is going to put some lights outside on the little front porch.  We put the Carolers statue out there on the step.  But one of my neighbors alerted me that if I put my lawn decorations out there, considering we don't have any fencing at this house we rent, he said they'd probably not be there in the morning. So my Pink Flamingos, my blow up 6 ft Nutcracker and other trees, and blow up doggie are staying in storage.  The Moral character of a lot of people these days is really sad!
     But here's what I have in the house:
 Jess has a village that he hasn't been able to display for 7 years now.  So it was put here in my house and I got him a couple of early presents, (another house and a train).  This picture was before the Train was included. Different now.
 I collect Santa's for my fireplace (which I hadn't been able to since 2015)  Most of the Santas are on the fire place.

 The Wreath is a pale blue to match thne ornaments on the Tree.
 We moved the book case out of the corner so we could put the tree in there. The Santa that holds the Sax plays music, whick I made a video of. I'll see if I can get it loaded here.
 As you can see, it's quite an extensive village.
We're almost ready for the Train. It's there under the tree but I'll put another pic with a better view.
 Most of the buildings have lights in them. Not lit now, till we put new batteries in them.
 I have already taken  the ribbons off the tree. didn't like them after all.
 This Santa is standing watch over the Phone charging station  and the plants behind him.
The train goes around under the tree and a lot of the buildings have joined the train under the tree. Guess I need to take better pictures. I really like the lights in  the village.

Well this is long enough for today. I'll take better pictures and share them tomorrow. But I'd also like to share a few scrapbook pages.
 A good friend has become a Grandmother again. This is Max.
 This is a good friends Birthday girl. Her party was on Friday night and now she's 14.
 Another Grandmother sent a picture.
 My little puppy chooses to nap in front of the Heater.
 My youngest Grand child. Did us proud, first one to finish her college. I'm still doing college classes but not for credits...just for my edification. Don't know what I'd do with a BA at my age!
My friends in Oregon. We were at their house for Thanksgiving. The food was great and plenty of it.

Time to call it a day.
Hugs from Washington State.


Thursday, September 6, 2018

Settled into the New Home

     At least I'm as settled as I can be.  I still haven't put up curtains because at 78 climbing on the furniture to reach up higher isn't really a good choice. I also haven't hung the big sea scape over the fire place yet either. Oh well, I don't get any visitors except the lady from Occupational therapy for a "Home Safety Inspection".  I have all hardwood floors except the kitchen and bathroom are tile and the closet is a small piece of carpet.

     Today I'm taking little Phoebe to the Animal Clinic for a check up and shots. She's not going to be a happy camper after that. This is a first visit so she's going to get a looking over. Then we'll do a little shopping and if I can find a nail salon who will let Phoebe stay with me, I'll get my nails fixed. They look like they went through a war. And I'm still looking for a Notary to notarize my General Power of Attorney. I sent it down to the kids in Calif. and they signed it and sent it back so I can sign it in front of the Notary and then mail a copy of the whole thing back to them and file a copy with the VA. Guess I'll keep the original with me.

     Here's some pictures of my new house:
Phoebe in the front yard making sure the neighborhood is safe.

My kitchen nook at the far end of the living room. Geese o'plenty.

The corner with large windows and a place for the big bamboo plant. It has about 18 inches to  go.
My fireplace with the Sea scape just leaning against the wall. I'm afraid to be climbing furniture to  hang it.

My organized kitchen. All of those canisters have geese on them.

A close up of my pretty canisters that have been in storage for 10 years.

Phoebe in her bed in front of the fireplace.

Phoebe in the middle of my hospital bed.

More geese canisters. Large one is a cookie jar.

Close up of the top of the fireplace. 2 more bamboo plants, 2 angels that I just finished. Green one is for my sister Dianna.

My new book shelves that I purchased last time I was up to Richland and big lots.

  And that about does it for this week. The bottom shelf is my craft/sewing baskets. I just take what I need to the corner nook and do my crafting from there. My office is on the other side of this living room.
Hugs from Washington to everyone.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

I'm back and ready to post

    Well it's been a hectic 4 months which is why I haven't done any posting here on the blog. I've made a few scrapbook pages and posted them on FB but even FaceBook is different now.  I took down the one FB page I had under my real name. And I won't go into the reasons for the long delay. Just know that I am in a little cottage like apartment. I'm on one half  of a duplex with 2 bedrooms, (1 of which is my storage of my Christmas boxes) and the other larger bedroom is for me and my Companion Dog. She's such a joy. She goes every where I go and when I'm driving she has jammed herself behind my neck. It doesn't interfere with my driving so I just leave her alone. It makes me sit up straight which is a good thing any way. And here's a picture of my little Fur Baby, named Phoebe.
   She's been pretty Mopy since I moved here. She's never been away from her mother since birth Sept 16 of 2016. And I can't run around in circles while she chases me so she just does a little backflip and scoots herself through the grass on her back. It's really funny to watch. This new house isn't fenced so she has to be on a chain. There's a back yard but it's so overgrown she can't play out there. She's a 'Hy-breed Chihuahua who is from 2 purebred parents. Mama is a Apple head Chihuahua and Daddy is a Deer Head Chihuahua. She got Daddy's coloring and markings but Mama's longer hair. She nestles over my head on the new Hospital bed from the VA which doesn't bother me any, once I'm asleep, I'm out.

    Anyway, I'm alone here in South Eastern corner of Washington State but my sister and one brother live just up the road about 50 miles and our youngest brother is going to be moving back to the Yakima area soon. He has a really neat dog name Bing Crosby who goes hunting with him and really loves to play in the snow. Maybe Phoebe can have a play date with him. Brother is moving from Northern Minnesota where 5 ft of snow in the winter is normal. He'll enjoy this area again. He and the other two siblings all graduated from Sunnyside High School and he's looking forward to rekindling school friendships.

     I'm missing my two ladies that I've lived with the last 5 years. Grand daughter, Bridgit got married last October and they are finally getting the chance to be a family in the Calif. area where Grandson-in-law works in the movie/TV industry building props and he also does some really wild makeup artistry for the movies. Great Grand daughter Olivia, is probably going to get into modeling again. She did it for awhile when they lived in Denver and was very good at it. She has grown into a beautiful young lady and I'm sure she'll be getting calls for some modeling again and one of her mentors in Calif. thinks she has a shot at the movies also. I really miss those two ladies. But they needed to be with the husband and father to make the family complete.

     I guess I've rambled on enough so I'll add in a few of the latest scrapbook pictures I've made.

 My cousin Shyanne Shirley and her daughter.
 My cousin Debbie and her daughter Natasha.
 This is Elijah, who calls me Nana and gives great hugs.
 Shyanne and her daughter this March.
 Picture of Mrs Beasley on the day she crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. Now she's waiting for me to show up. Won't be for another bunch of years.
Sahara Christine Sabri. 

Time to check on Phoebe out in the front yard. Barking at people she doesn't even know. This town is a college town so there is a lot of bicycles going up the street and I've noticed that a lot of people just walk for the fun of it. Wish I could. My right knee doesn't take to walking. And the lungs that are polluted don't either.

Hope every one had a great 4th of July and no accidents with the fireworks.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Feb Post just a little late

I don't know what happened to Feb., but it got by me with out a word. I did some pictures of the RadCon Convention that is held annually in Pasco during the month of February.  All the excitement of the goings on and cos-play costumes and such must have made my mind a little mushy.

Here is a Special edition of the event:
Alex & Isaac at RADCON 2018. Isaac is one of the actors in the movie Pirates of the Caribbean movie. 

My Granddaughter Bridgit in her Preditor costume (the only female preditor costume in existence) with husband Jess Langdell (who helped make said costume) and their boss in the shop Dragon Dronet. They make props, costumes, and remake vehicles,  and also do heavy makeups.

Dragon Dronet is the owner of the shop "renegade effects group" and they came to Pasco early and did a presentation at one of the local middle schools.

Jess and Bridgit Langdell. When they wear these costumes in public the are asked to pose with people for a personal picture. And they are happy to do it. Last year instead of a honeymoon they presided over a presentation for little guy in Los Angeles who got a custom made wheelchair from a company that does that type of charity work.

The young lady in the middle is Kimberly Rhodes who wanted her picture with the 2 Preditors.

My night nurse while I was in the hospital for surgery last year hadn't come to the local ComiCon Cos-Play convention but she came to this years because I was bragging about the Langdells and their costumes. Here are some pictures not made into Scrapbook pages.
Bridgit & Jess Langdell

Bridgit & Jess with Dragon Dronet of RenegadeEffectsGroup.

Bridgit & Jess with some ones kids.

I don't know who is dressed up as Chewy or the Storm Trooper but they enjoyed Radcon 2018 in Pasco, Washington

A group shot as they get ready for a Laser sword fight.

More of the Star Wars group getting ready for a sword fight.

I'd guess that the February RadCon in Pasco Washington was a huge success. And I'm guessing now but since they have a webpage, I'll bet there are a ton more of pictures.

Have a great day and God Bless you.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Oh my, Time just flies by me.

Well here I am in the month of March and finally figured I'd better show off a little of the pictures I've made.
    First things first...I'm going to be moving in the first week of June either back to Grand Junction, or back to Long Beach, California where I was stationed back in 1961 when I was just a young girl trying out my wings and serving my country at the same time. Away from home and in the Navy at that. It was a great time for me. A handsome lad showed up one day and was introduced all around and pretty soon he and I were an item. Then we married and 3 months later I was a civilian again because the "rabbit died" (I was pregnant with my first child). Dani was born in Long Beach in 1963.  Denise our 2nd girl was born in 1964 in Whittier Calif. where we had a house and I stayed there while he went to a Navy School in San Diego. Upon graduation we moved to Midway Island.

    Oh for the good old days again. Traveling around the Pacific with children in tow was a great experience. We lived on Midway Island for 30 months and our youngest child was born there, (rode my bicycle to the hosp/clinic while 'husband' played softball for the communications department against the administrative department.

After Midway we were stationed on Guam, in the Mariana's Islands. We had a car there that I had shipped over from PA. Did us proud till the trunk rusted out from the tropical weather and spilled my bags of groceries on the road. Many good stories:     Like;  I worked as a cocktail waitress at the "Chief's" club and I was working the night of one of NASA's Splash Downs. They sent their whole crew of the NASA station to club to party. I was very busy and made $300. in tips. We had a "Hold Out" from the 2nd War living in the jungle behind our housing area. I discovered he was rummaging through our garbage at night so I took to putting the left over food from dinner on a paper plate and wrapping it with plastic wrap and setting it on top of the can. I hoped he enjoyed my cooking which was different from typical Japanese cooking, although I did make a lots of meals that included rice.

    From our 2 years on Guam, we hustled up to Japan for a 30 month tour. And I must say it was a terrific 2 1/2 years.  Our 3 girls really enjoyed living in Japan. The first year we were in Hyama (Emperor's summer home) in an authentic Japanese home. Tatami floors and rice paper walls.  Futons on the floor for the girls.  Charlie (the youngest daughter) had a tricycle that she could ride down the 3 wide hallways and she did so with a stick in her hand and made noises as she rode around. When we moved finally onto the base, I gave "Mama San" 5 rolls of the rice paper to fix all the sliding walls the "tiny human" had put many holes in. The hall on the back side of the house was where all the bathrooms were. One had only a 'urinal' but at least it flushed. The next one had a "gravity" operated Western toilet. That meant the tank was high up the wall and the water just rushed down and the trap closed to fill up the tank again. Right next to this one was the tub-shower. In Japan, you don't get into the tub dirty, you clean off in the shower on the wall (like at the pools in the USA) and then you get into the tub. Now this tub was about 2/3 rd's the size of an American bathtub. and it was sunk into the floor because it was about 3 feet deep. The girls used it as a swimming pool, I used to get in and kneel on my knees to wash up. The last bathroom on that wall was the typical hole in the floor over a septic tank. Charlie lost one of her Barbies in that one and was really upset with me that I wouldn't dig it out, not withstanding I couldn't see down that hole any way.

    They loved going to the Ginza  with me, but the rule was they hold hands and whoever was right next to me would have to hold onto my shirt or pocket. Most of the time this left Charlie (youngest daughter) on the outside.  Shopping one day with them and I was looking through the girls clothing, trying to estimate the sizes (they use metric and it doesn't match mine) when I heard Charlie scream. Mama bear turned in a split second. I had been warned that my cutest youngest one was a prime target for kidnapping. And all it was, was a little Japanese going to the bathroom on her shoe. For those children of that age, going to the bathroom in public was commonplace. Charlie was mortified and I made sure she was either in the middle or right next to me. I even contemplated getting one of those kiddy leashes to tie her to my side when we were out together. They have those harnesses and leashes in Japan.

    And after almost 10 years outside of the Good Ole USA, we came back home to San Diego where we lived in Lakeside while he was on the base. We had a car so he could drive back and forth. The girls and I would walk to where ever we needed to go in Lakeside and our friend Carolyn Dube lived there also and whenever she went to the commissary she took us with her.

    I think I'll post some of my scrapbook pages now: These are from March.
Grand daughter Bridgit and her Husband Jess Langdell in a St Patrick's theme.

Bridgit and Jess as they toured NY City. They went there to work on the filming of a commercial. Jess and the shop he works at did the cyclone in a bottle or something like that. It's classified yet until it's released to TV.

My good friend Moe's first Grand child.

I loved her picture so much I made a second page for her Grandma.

This is Maggie's reaction when she learned she's going to be a Big Sister!

A scrapbook page I made for one of my Facebook friends.
I'm going backwards with the pictures. Have to find out which ones I've already posted.
Have a great day and enjoy the rain. Turns grass green, sprouts your garden and makes for muddy paw prints on the carpet.

God Bless and Hugs from Washington State.