Monday, July 16, 2018

Blueberries and Red Rock Crabs

Today the neighbor and I picked blueberries at a nearby farm. The weather was perfect! Here's my bounty; we didn't want too many, either one of us. My wise daughter, Audra, told me not to wash them before freezing or they'd be a mushy mess when I thaw them. Too late. I had already rinsed them and put them in containers when she gave me that advice. You learn something new every day! Aren't they pretty? Blueberries are not one of my favorites but I do like them in pancakes. 

I said the weather was perfect. And it was - there. Here at the Humble Abode it was a grey day. It doesn't matter to Hubby and me, we like whatever the beach decides to do. Yes, even the rain. The rocks were shrouded in mist and looked a wee bit eerie today! It did not rain, though it looked as if it might. It was about 67 degrees. Not cool enough to need a jacket or sweatshirt.

For dinner tonight we had CRAB! Hubby went crabbing at Kelly's on the Nehalem River on Thursday so I had crab for dinner that night. Hubby wanted me to eat all of it and wouldn't take even one bite. (He only caught one Dungeness that day.) Yesterday he went to Netarts Bay and used his crabbing pole. Those he caught there were Red Rock Crabs. They are kind of small compared to Dungeness and there are no restrictions as to what size or sex you can keep and you can keep quite a few. They aren't as tasty as Dungeness and don't yield as much meat. Kind of hard to shell, too. 

We'll be headed back home soon. Hubby's brother from Pensacola, Florida, Craig, and his lovely wife, Ellen, will be in town (Prosser) so we'll go home to visit them.

In the ongoing saga of my health (or lack thereof), they found a heart murmur so I have to have an echo-cardiogram on Wednesday. No big deal but another reason to go home. So I may not post for a couple of days.

Ta ta for now,


"For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age."
Titus 2:11-12 (NIV)

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Unproductive Sunday

The Internet has been off and on all day today. Then my printer quit working. Then the computer quit functioning in its normal capacity. It was a crazy day and very frustrating. So no blog post today. Just complaining and some pretty flowers!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

What's in a Name?

Today I came across this information about the surname, "Smith." Yes, we do have some Smiths in our ancestry. And that led me to look into the commonality of the surnames of my parents: Burnett and Dillon.
There are various spellings for the name: Smith, Smithe, Smythe, Smithson. It is the most popular surname in the English speaking world; derived from the word 'smitan' meaning "to smite." Yikes! It dates back to Anglo-Saxon origins, pre-7th Century, meaning one who smote, so probably a soldier. Some believed it to have described an iron-worker, however, since a pre-7th century soldier wore armour and would have been required to repair it, the name could have had a secondary meaning.

The newspaper known as the "first newspaper," the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles from the 9th century, used the description "War-Smith" for a valiant warrior. Later, trades were listed as blacksmith, whitesmith, tinsmith, goldsmith and silversmith in the medieval Guild List of members. There was not a trade for just the word "smith."

It is believed that the original Smiths were most likely the guards of the local "Lord of the Manor," which would account for the popularity of the name. More than 500 coat-of-arms have been granted to Smiths

The greatest number of Smiths are concentrated in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The Smith name, however, was the first ones to settle into the New American colonies. John Smith, 1580-1631, helped to found the state of Virginia. He was an explorer and a writer.  Pocahontas, the Indian chief's daughter, saved him from execution. 

We all know that "Smith" is a very common surname in the United States. The 2010 United States Census lists 2,442,977 people with the last name "Smith." It is ranked number one for all surnames. It is most prevalent in the southeast, especially in Mississippi and least common in the Midwestern states.

The breakdown of the Smiths enumerated in the U.S. are as follows:

Caucasian: 70.9%
Hispanic: 2.4%
Mixed Race: 2.19%
Native American: 0.89%
Asian: 0.5%
(Data source: Social Security Administration)

So what about the name Burnett? Where did it originate and what does it mean? It came from the Old French, which surprised me, and was introduced in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. It was one of those that was created from the habitual use of nicknames. In this case, it was derived from the French "burnete" or "brunette," a diminutive of "brun," which was brown, or dark brown. It referred to a person's complexion or hair color, or in some instances, a type of cloth. "Burnete" was a dyed wool cloth of superior quality and the surname may have denoted a maker or seller of this fabric in some cases. Surnames became necessary when the governments began to charge personal taxes. In England it was known as the Poll Tax. 

Before I started doing genealogy in the late 1990s, I thought the name Burnett was uncommon. I was wrong! It is a moderately common surname in the U.S. The 2010 United States Census enumerated about 60,791 persons with the last name "Burnett." It ranks 554 for all surnames (in the U.S.) It is more prevalent in the southeast, especially in Arkansas, and least common in the northeastern states.

The breakdown of ethnicities for the 2010 Census Burnetts is:

Caucasian - 69.91%
African-American: 24.06%
Mixed Race: 2.52%
Hispanic: 2.36%
Native American: 0.74%
Asian: 0.41%
(Data source: Social Security Administration)

The surname Dillon has origins farther back in history than the Burnett surname. I'm not surprised. In my research I have been able to find ancestors in a much earlier time period than the Burnett ancestors, and you probably think the name originated in Ireland, as I did. Nope. Interestingly, the name has two possible origins. The first in Herefordshire in England "of Dilwyn," which was recorded as Dilun in 1138, derived from Olde English pre-7th Century "diglum," a retreat. Locational surnames such as this were usually acquired by the Lord of the Manor and by those persons who inhabited that place and moved to another area. The people were identified by where they were born. 

The second possibility derives from German! Another surprise. The personal name meaning "the destroyer" was "Dillo." It was introduced into England after the Norman Conquest of 1066, just like the name Smith was. The Dillons went to Ireland at the time of the Anglo-Norman Invasion of 1169. In Ireland, the name means "descendant of the blind one," an Anglicization of the Gaelic name "O'Duilleain," or a tranposition of "deLeon."

The surname "Dillon" is also moderately common. The 2010 United States Census enumerated 50,465 Dillons.  It ranks 683 for all surnames and is more prevalent in the southeast, especially in West Virginia. It is least common in the southwestern states.

The breakdown of ethnicities for the 2010 Census Dillons is:

Caucasian: 84.36%
African-American: 9.7%
Hispanic: 2.58%
Mixed Race: 1.65%
Native American: 0.98%
Asian: 0.72%
(Data source: Social Security Administration)

I hope this is as interesting to you as it is to me! 

Stay cool - we are doing fine here at our humble abode by the sea. The temperatures are just right.

Ta ta for now,


"He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His head; he put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and wrapped himself in zeal as a cloak."
Isaiah 59:17

Friday, July 13, 2018


We lost another of the Hoefer clan yesterday. Julie (Sizer) Cox left suddenly. We were told she suffered a massive heart attack. Julie just had her 60th birthday on June 27th. She's one of those people that everyone loves to be around! Always with something nice to say. We didn't live near her and her Hubby, Tom, but we have visited over time. Tom is a friend from high school; his family lived in Cherry Grove, too. Our hearts are heavy. Though we know Julie is with the rest of the Hoefers in heaven, including her dear mother, Dorothy, we feel great sadness for Tom and for the rest of Julie's family: siblings, children and grandchildren. She was such a huge part of their lives, we know they will miss her dearly. I feel honored to have known her and am still reeling from the shock. Rest in peace, dear cousin, and may perpetual light shine upon you. 

And to Tom: words cannot express our sorrow at your loss. Just know we love you. 

With a saddened heart,


"For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you."
Isaiah 41:13

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Tillamook, Oregon

Tillamook is where we go to shop for groceries and sundries when we are at the beach. There are small (grocery) stores in Rockaway Beach and nearby Garibaldi, but for most things we need, we go to Tillamook's Safeway and/or Fred Meyers. Tillamook is located near the bay of the same name. It is surrounded by forests, dairies, and waterways. It is a nice little town, and the county seat for Tillamook County.

2016 Population of Tillamook and nearby cities and towns:


Cannon Beach
 Lincoln City

To reach Tillamook from Portland, Oregon, one must travel west on the Sunset Highway, US 26, and OR Hwy. 6. It takes approximately one hour and 35 minutes to travel the 74.2 miles. Oregon Hwy. 6 is terrible. It is curvy, narrow, full of slide areas, bumps and holes. There are a few passing lanes. One must use extreme caution when traveling Hwy. 6. Those who travel it frequently like to speed and pass, even when they aren't supposed to. On a recent trip home, Hubby found himself in a 3-car situation when there were only two lanes and narrow shoulders. A westbound driver decided to pass on a curve, Hubby came around the corner and was faced with a car coming at him. He and the lawful car going west got over as far as they could to allow the illegal passing car to go between them. 
Tillamook County Pioneer Museum

Moving along, in 2016, the median age for Tillamook (city) residents was 35.5 (2016), the estimated household income was $30,518, although 29.3% of the residents live in poverty. A house or condo median value was $205,685. This increased from $98,300 in the year 2000. Median rent in 2016 was $742.00. In March of that year, the cost of living was 90.7. The U.S. average being 100.

It rains 88 inches per year in Tillamook, 194 days per year. The average summer temperature is 69 degrees. The Chamber of Commerce slogan is, "Cheese, Trees and Ocean Breeze." Cheese means lots of cows. Lots of cows mean lots of dairies. Lots of dairies mean lots of cow poop. And that equates to aroma. Or odor. One does get used to the smell, though. 
A new name and a new look. The Tillamook Cheese Factory is now
Tillamook Creamery because they do much more than

There are a few places a tourist shouldn't miss when visiting Tillamook or nearby beach towns. The Tillamook Creamery Visitors' Center just reopened after an extensive remodel and addition. They have cheese tasting, ice cream, a deli, and a large gift shop, as well as informative displays about the cheese making process. Over 1.3 million visitors tour the Creamery annually. It is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is located north of Tillamook on US Hwy. 101.

Another tourist attraction is the Tillamook Air Museum, south of town on US Hwy 101. The museum is housed in a former US Navy blimp hangar called "Hangar B." It is the largest clear span wooden structure in the world. Hangar B was constructed by the Navy in 1942 during World War II. It is 192 ft. tall, the doors weigh 27 tons each and are 120 feet tall. The hangar is 1,072 feet long and 296 feet wide, encompassing over 7 acres of area. (There was a "Hangar A" but it was destroyed by fire in August of 1992.) Visitors can tour the museum daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

If you go to the Air Museum, you may see some elk
in the field near there.

I am ashamed to say we have not visited the Latimer Quilt and Textile Center yet. Located at 2105 Wilson River Loop, the Center is located in a refurbished school house.  In addition to quilts and wall hangings on display, there is a gift shop with items handcrafted by members. They also have a reference library. The Center is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 to 5 and Sunday from 12 to 4:00.

The last place I will tell you about today is the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum. Located downtown at 2106 2nd Street, the museum has three floors to explore with over 55,000 items and 20,000 photographs. If you are interested in history and especially the history of the north Oregon coastal area, you should visit the museum. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. It is closed on Mondays and most major holidays. You will want to visit again and again to absorb all this museum has to offer.
Latimer Quilt and Textile Center

Here are a few links to tourist attractions in and near Tillamook, Oregon.

Tillamook Air Museum
The Tillamook Creamery
Tillamook County Pioneer Museum
Latimer Quilt & Textile Center
Blue Heron French Cheese Factory
Cape Meares Lighthouse
Tillamook Country Smoker
Tillamook Forest Center
The Octopus Tree

Ta ta for now,


"There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."
Romans 8: 1

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Portland, Oregon

We drive through Portland, Oregon, each time we drive to the beach or home from the beach. I am sickened by what I view each time, and each time it seems worse than the previous trip, even though the trips may only be one week apart. The freeways are dirty concrete, littered with debris, especially in the vicinity of a homeless camp. And for some reason, the homeless pitch their tents or tarps near the freeways, usually on a slope, and their garbage falls down the slope to the freeway. I'm sorry you are homeless, people, for whatever unfortunate reason you may have, but that doesn't entitle you to be a slob. We also see plenty of graffiti, or gang signs, whatever they call it now, painted on the overpasses and the sound barrier fences between the freeways and residential areas. Lots of it. It is sad that some people spoil it for the rest of us, and that they don't care.

Therefore, I decided to remind myself of the beautiful parts of Portland. A few facts first, though. The population of Portland, Oregon, in 2016, was 639,635. There were 316,918 males and 322,717 females. The estimated median household income was $62,127. The estimated median house or condo value was $395,100 and the median gross rent for 2016 was $1,153. The population of the greater metropolitan area is estimated to be 2.35 million people! Portland was the 15th fastest growing city in the country's top 50 metro areas. The Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro metro statistical area is the 23rd largest in the country. Portland is located on the Columbia and the Willamette Rivers in western Oregon. It is a city with many bridges. If you are "into" bridges, there is an article with photos of each bridge, it's rank among the other bridges in "beauty" and how likely it is that it will survive an earthquake (it's also kind of funny):  Portland Bridges/ Oregon Live / The Oregonian.

Hubby and I, as well as four of our children, and most of my siblings and his, were born in Hillsboro, a suburb of Portland. We lived in the area until 1977, when we moved to eastern Washington. We still have many friends and family in Oregon.

Some of my favorite places to visit in the area are pictured below. 

The Pittock Mansion on a hill above the city with an awesome view.
I think it would be beautiful to visit during the Christmas season.

The Portland International Rose Garden.
So pretty when the flowers are all in bloom.

The Oregon Zoo. The elephants have always been a crowd pleaser.

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

The city at night. 

Mt. Hood.

Pioneer Square

Signs to everywhere.

I did it. I reminded myself of all the beauty Portland has. It's easy to forget when you are just passing through. I guess I was having a "half empty cup" in the half empty/half full attitude-determiner.

Ta ta for now,

"See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ."
Colossians 2:8

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Sweet Potatoes vs. Yams

I Googled the question about sweet potatoes and yams but I am more confused now than I was before! Are they a vegetable? None of the Googled answers addressed that question. Are yams and sweet potatoes the same? Yes, said some of the Google answers. No, said some of the others. So how am I to really know if they are better for me than a plain old potato? I've no clue. I thought I was doing myself some favors by eating them vs. plain old white taters. I had sweet potato fries once recently. Last night we were out for dinner with our daughter, Audi, her Hubby, John and their daughters Sophia and Lily. I ordered a baked sweet potato, no caramel, brown sugar, etc., just butter, please. So we got into a discussion about sweet potatoes and yams.

Sweet Potatoes
We went to the Texas Roadhouse. Good food, good service. A little too noisy for Hubby's liking, but it was enjoyable, nonetheless. We were asked if we had ever been there before and we answered that we had not. (Audi and John have been.) Later on, we were given a bag of peanuts with a coupon for a free appetizer for the next time we go there. Good marketing skills, TR!

I just finished my left over sweet potato and steak. Let me say that warmed over, baked sweet potato is not that good! The steak, however, was delicious! Thank you, Audi and John. We enjoyed your company and dinner. And I had fun with Sophie and Lily doing origami.

Ta ta for now,


"May the God of peace himself make you perfectly holy and may you entirely, spirit, soul and body, be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will also accomplish it."
1 Thessalonians 5: 23-24