Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Nearly New

We have snow on the ground.


It's time for another new year to begin. Do you have goals or resolutions for the new year? I have chosen my word for the new year - WONDER. I wasn't thinking of the new movie or the book the movie was based on. Instead, my word relates to "never lose your sense of wonder." That comes from a song, but I choose to think of all the definitions of the word. If I wonder "why" - I will find out why. If I want to stop on the way to somewhere to see a sight I wonder about, which we pass-by frequently, we will stop and explore. That has to do with always being in a hurry and not stopping to "smell the roses."

We are house/dog/fish sitting for the week. So far the dogs are smarter than we are. They can freely roam a portion of the house when we block one area with a gate. So far, they have managed to push or pull the gate aside when we aren't looking. They ate Hubby's emergency stash of peanut M and M's. (He has them in case of a sugar low-diabetes.) They seem to be fine, though. We were worried! Since there are children in this household I think they may have had sweets before.

I woke up with a cold yesterday and was pretty miserable most of the day. I still have it, but feeling much better than yesterday.

Sitting on the end table in the family room I found the book, "Wonder." So I am reading it. 

The Facebook group I'm involved with is going to start a reading list on the 1st. We will read and discuss. Our first book is "1984" by George Orwell. I have never read it. If you are interested in belonging to our Facebook group, just let me know and I will add you. 

I hope and pray you had a wonderful, blessed Christmas and that your New Year is blessed with family and friends.

Ta ta for now,

Nancy

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Pearl Harbor Day

Pearl Harbor, in Hawaii Territory (as it was at the time), was bombed by the Japanese Navy Air Service on December 7, 1941. It was a surprise attack and the catalyst for the United States' entry into World War II.

More than 2,000 Americans were killed in the attack. Two waves of aircraft including fighters, level, dive and torpedo bombers were launched from six aircraft carriers, a total of 353 aircraft in all. Four U.S. Navy battleships were sunk and another four damaged in the attack.

In addition to the attack on Pearl Harbor, which occurred at 7:48 a.m. (Hawaiian time), there were Japanese attacks on the U. S. held Phillippines, Guam and Wake Island, and on the British Empire in Hong Kong, Malaya and Singapore over the next seven hours.

Although Japanese losses were light, 2,403 Americans were killed, 1,178 Americans were wounded and 183 U. S. aircraft were destroyed.

The surprise attack happened without a declaration of war and without warning. Because of this, the attack on Pearl Harbor was later judged to be a war crime.

An important day in history, The Battle of Pearl Harbor was certainly "A date which will live in infamy, " as stated by then President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs declaration of
war against Imperial Japan on December 8, 1941.

For an in-depth discussion on the Pearl Harbor attack, click this link: Wikipedia Attack on Pearl Harbor.

I'll always remember this date. December 7, 1968, was to be Hubby's and my wedding date but we became "un-engaged" for several months. We later became "re-engaged" and then married on February 17, 1969. (The day has a double meaning for me.)

Ta ta for now,

~Nancy~


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

An Update on the Book

This is the pile of papers that constitute my book--so far. Now, I will say that there are a few blank pages because I've laid out the book as if it were going to be printed right now. For example, the first page when you open a book is usually blank. Then there is the half-title page, etc. There is a page for the table of contents but it can't be completed until the book is complete so I'll know what the chapters are, and so on. Nonetheless, that is a huge pile, isn't it?


I listed each page, each person and each chapter. On the list I indicated the word count for each and every article, etc. I came up with 104,371 words. A typical non-fiction book usually has about 75,000 words. And I am not nearly finished.

What are my options? I'm either going to have a really large book, or there will be two books instead of one for the first book. I had already decided to cut off the first book and planned to have a second book, so that means there will be three books.

Regardless, I have to finish writing it before I can really know what road to take. I'll just keep on keeping on. I have been at this since late February or early March of 2016. How much longer until I finish the first book is anybody's guess. I wish I could work on it more often than I can. Because of the massive number of files, photos and documents, the "workings" stay at the beach abode, which means I don't write on it when I am at home in Washington. I'm going to change that now.

Since I have a list of all the articles and people I am covering in the book, and what is finished and what is not finished, I can take one person's files home with me to work on there. That should give me more hours to work on it, possibly allowing me to finish the book sooner.

And because I have a handful of health issues, I'm sometimes not able to do much of anything. That is really frustrating but I try not to dwell on it. I know that I just have to go to bed and that tomorrow is another day and I'll get over it.

We will be heading home soon to celebrate the holidays with our family. We are looking forward to that! I hope your preparations for the holidays are coming along fine and that you are not too stressed out. Remember, Jesus is the reason for the season!

Ta ta for now!

~Nancy~

Friday, December 1, 2017

Beach Pickles

I shared this on Facebook, too. I got it from the Tillamook Pioneer Facebook page, who copied it from the Seaside Aquarium Facebook page, I guess.  We found it quite interesting because Hubby saw them on the beach when he went for a walk. 

Yesterday and today the high tides are extra high and the ocean is putting on quite a show for us. We especially love seeing the waves hit the Twin Rocks near the top of the southern one. 

"Pyrosome atlanticum, a pelagic colonial tunicate, usually found in temperate waters, have been washing ashore on Oregon's beaches. This colony of animals is comprised of thousands of individual zooids and moves through the water column by the means of cilia. They filter plankton out of the water for food and are known for bight displays of bioluminescence. In fact, their scientific name is derived from the Greek words pyro meaning 'fire' and soma meaning 'body. It's one of the few pyrosomes that make it to the west coast of the U.S., much less Oregon's waters. The ones that have been washing up on the Oregon coast seem to be a little longer than the average hand, but this species of pyrosome can be as long as 24 inches. Largely colorless once stranded on shore, they can show up as pink, grayish or purple-green."

Ta ta for now,

Nancy

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Christmas? Already?

This year has passed by in warp speed! It seems I just blink and another month has gone by. It's time to start thinking about goals and resolutions for the new year. Or not! I really, really want to publish my book next year. I had initially reset my goal for the end of June. I'm dubious, though; there's so much left to do.

And while I am talking about the book, I might just mention that if I have sent you paperwork and asked questions of you, I really need that information. I do not want to leave anyone out of the book. Your name will still be there but the information part will be empty. Just try to remember that this book is going to be around for our descendants: for our kids and grandkids and their grandkids, too. It is being written for all of us! Your name will be written in a book! Believe me, when you are old and grey, this will matter to you, and it will matter to those in the generations to come.

So hop to it! Get that info sent back to me. Or, if you haven't received anything from me (doubtful!), send me an e-mail or a text and ask if I need anything from you, or just say hi and wish me luck and time. Time seems to be short when it comes to working on my book. Back and forth to the doctors, back and forth to the beach and home. I do most of my writing at the beach. I have numerous file boxes of folders for information for each of you and our ancestors, but I can't take those back and forth, there are too many of them!!

So, this is short because I want to get back to the business of research and writing. I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving and are enjoying the holiday busy-ness. Just remember, Jesus is the Reason for the Season!!

Ta ta for now,

Nancy

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Catching Up


We've been home for a week or so. Hubby went off on a trip with our eldest son. I stayed home and moped. Well, only for a couple of days. I guess I was decompressing. Or something. Anyway, I got on my computer to look up a couple of things and ended up working on my research. I should always do that when I'm feeling out of sorts because shortly I am all into the research and feeling my oats again!


Today we are going to Wildhorse Casino in Pendleton so Hubby can play in a KENO tournament. I'm meeting my Sister Dear, Patti, for dinner and to give her her birthday gifts. Her birthday is the 21st, same day as our grandson, Kooper. I have a special surprise for her! I'll tell you about it "later." (It's a secret for now.) She lives in eastern Oregon and this is a good meeting place for us.

Winter is here, methinks. It's cold outside! And yesterday the wind blew. No sign of that 4-letter-word starting with an "S" yet. (Thank goodness.) We have had "that" on Thanksgiving before but hopefully not again this year. 

I've been online shopping while Hubby was away, tee hee! I love getting the packages in the mail, it's kind of like Christmas that way. Yesterday I received a restaurant creamer to add to my collection. I had an Etsy gift certificate from Zach and Rebecca for my birthday. I ordered an awesome necklace, some ribbons for my crafting and the creamer. Thanks, Zach and Rebecca. I love my goodies. It was really sweet of you! I did order some other things online. Its that time of the year, isn't it? 

We're looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner with our children and grandchildren. We always have a lot of fun when we get together. We are blessed with a large family! 27 grands (including fiances, significant others and spouses) and six children with six spouses. Including us, that equates to 41 of us. Not everyone is always there, but still a large crowd, wouldn't you say?

Ta ta for now,

Nancy