Thursday, October 19, 2017

Reading, Writing and 'Rithmetic

As I am writing my book, I do a lot of research which entails quite a bit of reading. And when I come across housing prices, rental costs or wages, I like to compare those to what that would be equal to today. I just type "inflation calculator" in my my search engine's search bar and several options pop up. I find it interesting and quite possibly the readers of my book will also find it interesting. (One can always hope!)

After using the calculator several times yesterday, I found it interesting that the amounts were much lower than I figured they would be. For example, a home my Grandfather owned in 1930 cost $4,500, which equates to $65,335 in September of 2017. That seemed low to me, no matter where the home was located, however, I was able to find that same home, albeit much older now, valued at $30,000 today. I believe it must be in a very depressed section of the town. It is not near me.

And the wages! Earning $75 per month in about 1935 equates to $1,361.00 in September of 2017, and $16,332 annually. The monthly poverty income in 2017, in the U.S., for a family of five, is $28,780. Therefore, in 1935, a family of five earning $75 per month would be living in poverty in today's world. 

I learned that during the Depression, the CCC/WPA workers were paid 50 cents per hour. That would be $1,040 annually! Today, $18,874.39, well under the poverty income. 


So what can we learn from these figures? Are people really living in poverty today with an annual income of $28,780? Or were people in the 1930s really living in poverty and did not realize it? It's all relative, I guess. One would have to compare the cost of the groceries, automobiles, etc., etc. I will have to say at this point, using an overused phrase, it's apples and oranges, Nancy. What say you?

Ta ta for now,
Nancy
 PS - I hope this makes sense to you!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Saturday, October 14, 2017

We are at the beach and it is beautiful here. We have Deb and Farrell here with us and are enjoying our visit so much! Deb cooked homemade chicken noodle soup - don't think of Campbell's - it is sooo much better. All creamy and noodley and decadent! With homemade bread! 

Yesterday we attended the Celebration of Life for Hubby's Aunt Germaine. She passed away on September 20, 2017 at the age of 90. We loved her so! It was bittersweet - seeing all the cousins and other aunties was great, but sad that we will never see Germaine again on this earth. There were lots of photographs of her and the family; lots of food; lots of hugs. As I said, bittersweet. 

I'll check in again soon.

Ta ta for now,

Nancy

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

October 11, 2017 - Wednesday

The furnace is working! We only paid for "diagnostics" because it worked when the tech checked it out. Duh. He showed Hubby how to reset it when it doesn't kick on.

We did our errands yesterday and, at my request, we went to the nearby casino. I won $80! I was tickled and now I have a new 'favorite' machine. I usually spend only $20 when I go to the casino because I normally don't win and I'm too cheap to spend more. I always think of the yarn I could buy or the crafting supplies - or books, or...well,  you get the drift. I think I owe it to my brother, David. He loves the Wizard of Oz so I played that machine -- and it is now my favorite! Thanks, David!

I'm still working in my craft room - trying to get it back into some semblance of order. I tend to put things there that are in a "holding" pattern. So it is a mess. I'm making headway, though. I organized my yarn stash and now I'm working on a pile of papers, stickers, etc., that I had taken to the family reunion for crafting. When I saw the photos of my cousin, Thomas Webb's studio I was chagrined. My craft room looks more like a storage room than a cool studio! Maybe that's because he is a REAL artist and I'm not, really.

Okay, time to eat lunch then get back to working on the craft room/storage area/dump.

Ta ta for now,

Nancy

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Furnace Problems and More

We just had new brakes, etc., put on the car, all the way around. And now the furnace needs repair! Things happen all at the same time, don't they? We have a "fake" fireplace so we are not freezing. We made the call yesterday and tomorrow is the appointment to get the furnace fixed. Good thing we aren't in the below freezing temps yet.

It's time to renew my driver's license. Please, God, let my photo be decent this time around. Why is it that I've never had a good driver's license photo? I'm not very photogenic, I know, but those photos are beyond the pale.

Today is a day to run errands. To the thrift shop to drop stuff off, to the licensing department, to the craft store, to the bank, etc., etc.

Hubby has been doing well after his heart repair. Before we left the beach abode he even walked on the beach. He hadn't done that in awhile. He has an appointment with his cardiologist Thursday and I'm sure they will have good things to talk about it!

Then Friday we leave for Forest Grove where a favorite aunt's (but they all were/are, really!) celebration of life. After that we will just head to Rockaway Beach for about a week. It seems we aren't there so much this month or last. Too much other stuff going on.

Hope you are enjoying the change of seasons.

Ta ta for now,

Nancy

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Blues

I must admit that one of the reasons I hadn't posted to this blog recently is because I have been "down in the dumps" or, as my late Grandmother used to say, "I've been a little blue lately." I think I'm pulling out of it now.

We were at the beach but we came back home today. We were only there a couple of days this time but we will be going back late next week. 

I read "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen today. It was really good; so interesting to learn all about circuses. I saw the movie a long time ago but had forgotten whether I liked it or not. I'll probably try to see it again now that I've read the book.

Driving along the Gorge it was awful to see how much had burned, and so close to the road. Understandable now why they had to close the highway for so long. A very sad situation--a young man started it with fireworks. Stupidity, clearly. The fire is actually still burning! It has burned over 48,000 acres and is 47% contained. If you would like to read more about the fire, click this link: Eagle Creek Fire

That's all for tonight. Until tomorrow,

Nancy

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Yikes!

It has been over a month since my last post. Well, one day past. Anyway, a lot has happened in that month. 

The reunion was an awesome success! I enjoyed every moment of it. It was great to see people I hadn't seen in awhile and it was great to meet some cousins I'd never met before! Thank you all for coming and participating in the activities. And though I enjoyed it and all of you, I hereby hand the wand for future reunions to anyone else. I will attend but I won't organize another - because this lady's health isn't the best.

We left the beach right after the reunion, on Tuesday, September 5 and drove home to Grandview, Washington. We had to take an alternate route due to the fire in the Columbia River Gorge. On the 7th, we drove to Spokane for a wedding rehearsal and rehearsal pizza dinner. Our daughter, Melanie, married Marcus Hair on September 8th in a private outdoor ceremony near Spokane Falls. After the wedding we had lunch with Melanie, Marcus and their six sons, as well as his father and mother at Anthony's. Afterwards we left Spokane and drove to Benton City, where our daughter-in-law, Jessica Hoefer (Jessica Kapp) had a book signing party at Chandler Reach Winery. Her first published book, Body Parts, came out on August 15th.
L-R: Koen, Kooper, Ajay, Melanie, Marcus, Colby, Ethan and Logan.
Jessica Kapp (pen name) at her book signing.

The rest of the month was spent going to doctor appointments for both Hubby and me. He ended up having two angiograms and during the second one, he got two stents, for a total of eight now. 

On September 30th, we co-hosted a celebration for Melanie and Marcus with our daughter, Katie, and husband Rick. That was a lot of fun! Welcome to the family, Marcus.
Melanie and Marcus opening gifts at their party.

Katie, Macie and Rick.
Macie went to homecoming the evening of the party.


Melanie and Ajay. He went to homecoming that evening, too. 


Now we are finally back at our humble beach abode and I can work on my book once again. I've sorted and filed and now I'm ready to take notes about what is left for me to do to get this book in print. Stay tuned!

Happy Fall, Y'all. I'm tickled with the season's change and the crisp, cooler air, with no smoke from the multitude of fires in the Pacific Northwest. 

Ta ta for now,

Nancy

Monday, September 4, 2017

Attendees at the Reunion

Please check to be sure I didn't miss someone in your party. I counted 96.

Burnett Siblings & Kin
NANCY
Vic
Derek
Jonah
Elijah
Lauren
Kori
Audi
John
Emily
Sophia
Lily
Melanie
Ajah
Kooper
Koen
Matt
Soleil
Zach
Becca
Total: 20

PATTI
Richard
Total: 2


DOUG
Jenni
Mark
Margo
Anna
Calvin
JoAnna
Dustin
Julie
Jackie
Olivia
Dougie
Tammy
Lucas
Lily W
Allie
Patty
Abby
Total: 18
JERRY
Anne
Ann
Jim
Andy
Joan
Total: 6

(BRIAN)

Violet
Michael
Brian
Jessica
Yvonne
Total: 5

JOEY
Hortencia
Andy
Amy
Charlie
Lindsey
Bree
Kaitlynn
Hunter
Total: 9

EDIE
Alex
Michelle
Brody
Total: 4

MARK
Melinda
Total: 2

KRISTI
Total: 1

Other
Burnetts:

Peggy
Bill
Total: 2

Dillon:
Mary
George
Rose
Tom D
Marie
Heather
Alex-
ander
Theresa
Mike
Travis
Total: 10

Korpis:
Dan K
Julie
Erica
Scott
Dan F
April
Caleb
Robert
Tamera
Rik
Jeff
Frank
Judi
Tom
Max
McKenna
Maleah
Total: 17

GRAND TOTAL:
96