Wednesday, March 7, 2018

On Sabbatical

Please check back later. I have taken a leave of absence. Thank you!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Back to the Beach

We are back at the beach and were gone a whole month! Yikes. We didn't plan it that way, I got sick and was in bed for about 10 days. We had a nice Christmas with our family - and then we house/dog/fish sat for one of the daughters. When we got home, I got sick. I hate it when that happens, LOL!

So we are back and apparently we missed a colossal storm! I'm not sure that's good because we love to watch the storms at the beach, but I'm sure there will be more this winter. There is a huge tree trunk on the shoulder of the road near the walkway to the sand. The surges had to be colossal to move that large chunk of wood. 

We decided to change our cell phone service to Consumer Cellular. We had US Cellular but it was pretty spendy. So we got all signed up, bought new phones (we needed them) and went home, where my phone showed one little bar for service. I got a smart phone and Hubby got a flip phone. His works fine at home. Mine only works for messaging, no calls out and most of the time no calls in. So we decided to wait to see if my phone works at the beach. No. And Hubby's doesn't either! So we looked online to see if there is a US Cellular nearby so we can go back to them. No. What? The nearest is at Longview, WA or Hood River, Oregon. Surely this is a mistake. So, in order to make telephone calls while we are here at the beach we will have to drive to Tillamook. Oy vey. Best laid plans ... 

I must remind people once again, if I have sent you a questionnaire for the family history, please, please answer the questions and return to me ASAP. I really will have to leave you out or put minimal info on you if you don't. This is not a threat, it is a fact. You will want to be included because this book is for us and our descendants. Thank you,

Ta ta for now,

Photo by Scott Sheldon, Facebook

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,


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,


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!


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,