Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Family Help Needed Soon

I've already sent out military information requests. If you were in the military and didn't get one, please let me know and I'll send you what I need you to fill out.

I'm almost ready to start sending out requests for information. I have a lot of information but there are details missing from almost everyone. I will ask you just what I need to complete my info. Then when you get it back to me, I will get it all entered into the family tree program. After that, I will print it out and send to each family. That way you can double-check everything before it's "said and done."

PLEASE NOTE: I am including a self-addressed envelope with postage on it to make it easy for you to return the information.

Some of you may only get a Facebook personal message if I don't need much from you.

Any questions? Just e-mail, or Facebook message me.

Thank you!

Another "Focus on Family" coming soon! Watch for it!

Ta ta for now,

Monday, May 30, 2016

Burnett Gathering 2017 in Scotland

Tidbits for Today

Did you know that the terms "nephew" and "niece" were not used in America before 1750? The words are derived from the Latin Nepos, meaning grandson, and Neptis meaning a granddaughter or great-granddaughter. The word nepotism is also derived from these words. In old German and Norse, the words meant kinship.

So before 1750 what term did they use? They referred to these relations as "cousins." Prior to 1750 the word cousin may have meant the wife or husband of a first cousin, a nephew or niece, any other indirect relationship stemming from a marriage, or quite simply, any blood relationship except from one's parents, which would include first cousins. Confusing, isn't it?
(Information from the magazine Heritage Quest, November/December 1997; Issue Number 72.)

Did you know that there was no income tax in the Gay Nineties? (1890-1899)

A 70-hour work week was typical in the mid-1800s.

In 1927, the year my Dad was born, these were the costs of every day items:

  • milk - $.56 a gallon
  • bread - $.09 a loaf
  • postage stamp - $.02
  • gasoline - $.10 a gallon
  • car - $475
  • home - $7,682
  • The average income was $1,358. 
Calvin Coolidge was the President of the United States in 1927. 

Ta ta for now,


Sunday, May 29, 2016

Focus on Family-Mike Korpi

I thank you all for reading this blog. It wouldn't be as fun to write if no one ever read it! And there's so much for me to share. I can't possibly write a book that encompasses everything that relates to us, and to our ancestors. I think I will start to do "Focus on Family." I'll take one person and tell about them, their family, etc. Please volunteer - if I don't get volunteers I will just ask people randomly. I'm going to start with my cousin, Mike Korpi, since he asked me to change his photo on the Korpi page, and told me a little bit about where he is living.

Mike is the eldest son of Donna (Dillon) and Jack Korpi, big brother to Dan, Jeff, Jim, Judi and Robert, He is the first cousin Patti and I came to know and we spent a lot of time together as youngsters. (Sheesh! I am old enough to use the word "youngsters!" That's scary!) Mom and Aunt Donna spent a lot of time together, thus we were always doing things with Mike. It's like he was a brother rather than a cousin, Today Mike lives in a cabin in the woods near North San Juan, California, next to Tahoe National Forest, north and east of Sacramento.

When I mentioned that it looks peaceful there, he said there are bears that get into the garbage! So sister, Patti, and Mike both deal with bears in their lives! Yikes! 

Mike is single and he is the first one of us cousins to have a great-grandchild! He has two sons, Dylan and Joshua and three grandchildren.

From Mike: 

I am in gold country .There is a ghost town 5 miles up the road that has been fixed up and they will have a shootout and blacksmith and gold panning everyone wears period costumes.

The ghost town is Columbia State Historic Park. Here is a link to find out more about the park and its events:

This looks like a fun place to visit.

Doesn't seem like a ghost town with all the activities they have there.

Ta ta for now,

Saturday, May 28, 2016


This is me! Going through all the papers I have regarding family history!
This is a 3 day weekend. I can tell. Noise. Clomping. Running, Yelling. 
Train whistles.
Airplanes flying over.
Dogs barking. Really. 
I can handle it. Although something has given me a headache. 
It couldn't possibly be from staring at a computer screen all day.
I do look out at the beautiful ocean frequently. 
I am working on the medical issues for the family.
If you have any health concerns, let me know. I have a lot of it already recorded from the 
last time I was digging into the family stuff. Aunt Donna helped me a lot back then.
But there's a new generation since the mid-90s so I may not have everything.
Please let me know if any of your family members have a medical issue the rest of us should know about. It really does help. Sometimes the doctors ask for family histories. 
I've sent out my first set of questionnaires. This initial query is to those of you who were in the military, If I didn't send you one, please let me know and I'll send you one right out! 
(Well, maybe not RIGHT out!) 
That's all for today. 
Hope you are having a nice weekend. 
Don't forget to REMEMBER. 

Friday, May 27, 2016



This was on a genealogical Facebook page and I thought it was nice. 

This headstone is a from a distant relative. I thought it was pretty. Of course, I love roses so it caught my eye.

Today was a little bit weird. Sometimes Fibromyalgia does strange things. Today, all noises were magnified. Too loud. To much hubbub. And there's just two of us here!  But, its not the norm so tomorrow will be better, I'm sure.

I'm thinking that maybe the vendors will be set up in town for the Kite Festival so we're going to check it out tomorrow. Tomorrow is Friday and its a 3-day weekend. Please don't drink and drive, but do have some fun! And don't forget to take flowers to your loved ones' graves.

Ta ta for now,

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Upcoming Events

Kite Festival
Rockaway Beach, Oregon

Scottish Festivals/Games Burnetts will be participating in:

Milwaukee Highland Games
Saturday June 4th.  Burnett Tent Hosted by Holly & Evelyn Kafura.
Hart Park Wauwatosa, WI.

Glasgow Kentucky Highland Games.
June 3,4, and 5 June. Burnett Tent hosted by Leland Burnett.
Barren Lake State Park.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Day Tripper

We went to Astoria today to do some research at the library. Didn't find much, but still had a nice day. We took some photos of the big, beautiful old houses as we drove around. Also took some photos on Neahkahnie* Mountain of the beaches and ocean below. Enjoy!

*this spelling looks wrong to me but that's how it is spelled everywhere. I thought it would be Neahkanie. Regardless, it is in Oregon, on the Coast

The photos are taken thru the window of the car. Can't roll my window down or its messes up the electrical. 

You can see that the homes are beautiful even tho the photos are of poor quality.

I just love big old houses.

They have to carry groceries and everything else up all the stairs. 
And not many of them have parking behind the house for easy access. I guess
that's one of the downfalls of living in a big house on a hill. You pay for your view. Or hire the neighbor boy to carry your groceries, I guess!

The Oregon Coast should be one of the wonders of the world.
This is taken from atop Neahkahnie Mountain. The water on the top left is the Nehalem Bay/River.
I love this photo. 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Through the Years...

Yesterday we went to a 70th anniversary party. No, I didn't make a typo, it really was for a 70th anniversary! Amazing, isn't it? The celebrants were Don and Martha Zook. Don and Martha were good friends with Mom and Dad (Bud and Jean) Hoefer. Don worked at Oregon Roses with Dad for many years. It was great to see them and to help them celebrate.We got to visit with other family and friends, too. It was an enjoyable day.

Today Hubby is crabbing. He loves to go crabbing on the Nehalem River and he was really looking forward to it today. Our grandsons caught a carp for him to use as bait and he is anxious to try it out. Last time he caught only one crab, but we enjoyed it nonetheless.

I've made up some questionnaires which I will be sending out to those who served in the military. It's all part of the research for my book. Those will go out this afternoon. Later this week we plan to take a trip to Astoria to go to the public library where I will do more research. We will make a day of it and maybe go to the museum, too. I love museums.

Hope you have a great week planned, too.

Ta ta for now,


PS: The photo on Facebook today is my mom, Bernita Yvonne Dillon Burnett. Here's another photo. This is her high school graduation photo.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

On the Road Again

This is a Durant. Grandad, Rufus Lee Burnett, owned one of these in the early 1930s. It was quite a pretty car in its time. Uncle Roy said people were always stopping to look at it.

He also said it was Grandmother's car and that when Grandad went to work for MacKenzie Motor Co. in Hillsboro, Oregon, it wasn't easy living with Grandmother after he sold it! 

She once drove the Durant from Portland, Oregon to Birmingham, Alabama to pick up Grandad's family. The Depression had hit and they were out of work and hungry, like so many other Americans at the time. Unfortunately, the day before she arrived back in Portland with the car full of people, Grandad lost his job. 

I'll have more stories like this in my book! 

Ta ta for now,


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

I'm Not Your Stepping Stone

The title has nothing to do with the post today. I'm listening to music right now and that song is on the air/t.v.

Today I accomplished quite a lot. I am a tough taskmaster, I'll tell you! Remember awhile back I wanted to find a dictaphone so I could transcribe Uncle Roy's tapes that he sent to me in the 1990s? I did buy one on eBay and it was one of those serendipity things. I saw quite a few of them on eBay but some were as high as $200-$300. I wasn't about to pay that for just the few tapes (about 10?) I had. I kept a watch and lo and behold there was one for $20.00, I think it was. Amazingly enough, or serendipitous, the seller was located in Selah, just about 45 miles away from us. I asked if we could pick it up because the shipping was going to be $16.00. I asked if we could pick it up somewhere on that Friday because Hubby had an appointment at the Veteran's Administration. She asked if she could just meet us there. So accommodating! So I paid her and Friday morning, right on time, she met us and I got the dictaphone. I had not used it at all and I halfway expected it not to work today, but it worked like a champ. It didn't have earphones but my earbuds worked! I wanted to get all of the tapes transcribed today and I accomplished that goal.

It was like Uncle Roy was right here with me, too. He passed away in 2009 so it was his voice and his affection and his gratitude that I would take care of the family photos and documents that kept me typing all day. Now I have more fodder for my book. I remembered most of it but there was one
certain aspect that I was researching and just couldn't make work but listening to his tapes helped me with that little foible.

Though writing this book is from the heart, it is tiring at times and I was really happy when I finished the last tape.

Went to the ortho doc today and my fracture is completely healed! However, because it is still swelling, I am supposed to do therapy three times a week for six weeks. Pshaw! I'm going to the beach, Doc! He told me to take off my shoes and wade in the water that it is good therapy for my foot! I'm so excited about walking on the beach - I can't wait. And I know the water will be cold but I will wade in it like a little kid and enjoy every second of it. Because that's probably how long I will last, seconds!! LOL!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Ruby Tuesday

We have a red car, a Lincoln Mark something or another, that we can't drive in the winter. The heater doesn't work. But we can drive in the summer because the A/C works. We have already replaced the heater once and it's just not worth fixing again. So Ruby (her name) stays parked all winter. Hubby got her out and washed her and she's looking fine! We had purchased another (used, new to us) car last fall and I had not named it. I did the other day. Her name is Pearl. She is that white color that is ... pearly! I didn't realize til Hubby said so but I've named them both after gems. His car I named Blue Bird. It's an old Pontiac Sunbird we bought from Uncle Roy after Dorathy passed away. It had only 1200 miles on it when we got it. It's all ugly now and dirty and just ick. Why? Because he seems to use it as one might a pick-up! He's always hauling stuff in it because he can lay the back seat down. Why am I talking about cars? Oh, who knows? This just popped into my head.

I went to the doctor yesterday to see what the sores all over my face, neck and scalp are. It is seborrheic (sp?) dermititis. Got some shampoo by Rx and cortisone to put on my face and neck and it should be cleared up in no time. Phew! That's easier to handle than, say, shingles or more skin cancer. Now tomorrow to the ortho about my foot, which is still swelling up and hurting at times. Hubby said he wouldn't be surprised if the doc puts me back in a cast! NO, PLEASE!

I've been reading up on the details of book writing, i.e., the foreword, epilogue, prologue, etc., etc. I love how much I'm learning. Guess the old saying isn't true: you can teach an old dog new tricks!

Ta ta for now!


Monday, May 16, 2016

Monday, Monday

Nancy Scott Dillon Chandler
Grandpa Dillon's Mother
Isn't she sweet looking? 

I'm feeling much better and I'm back to work on my book and the research. Today I have a doctor appointment, nothing wrong, just getting refills, etc. Then on Wednesday I see the ortho doc about my foot. Which might end up not too good. It has been hurting and swelling. We shall see what he says.

I've learned more and more about the family and history in general and I'm excited to explore more avenues as I plug along. I didn't work on it for nearly three days. I'm waiting for a book I ordered about Jewell County, Kansas, written by one of our Dillon relatives. I'm also waiting for that sample book by a publisher.

And I'm really looking forward to going back to the beach once I'm done with Dr. appointments. The peony harvest is over so Hubby is ready, too.

Have a great week! Don't forget to look at the photo pages by clicking on the tabs above the post and below the heading.

Ta ta for now,

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Countin Flowers on the Wall

I'm "off my feed" as they say. Not feeling good, no energy, just blah and hurting. Weather change, maybe? Don't know but it's made me miss two family functions. I hate it when that happens but it can't be helped. It could be worse, too, and because of that I try not to let it bother me too much.

I found this on FB last week so thought I'd share:

Ta ta for now,


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Beautiful People

I did a word count on my book thus far. 53,377. I don't know if that's impressive or not since I've no clue how many words an average novel is. Of course my book is not an average novel. It has charts, maps, stories, photos, and documents and not all of the pages have count-worthy words.

I have also done a count of the people I've put on Ancestry.com. In the Burnett tree I've added 754 people, 85 photos and 698 records. On the Dillon tree I've added 897 people, 120 photos, and 820 records. I can't possibly include all of these people in my book but I can share parts of it and allow access to my trees once they are where I want them to be. Some of both trees are crossovers since some of us are both Dillon and Burnett.

I've started looking into publishing - wow, there's a lot to think about. I don't want to have this book all finished and find out I've put it in the wrong format, or that it will cost me $10,000 to publish, or that I have too many photos, etc. I've looked at a few companies that will allow me to self-publish and one so far that will publish your book if it meets their standards and/or genre. I'm thinking I may not fit into that one but it doesn't hurt to look and find out. One of the self-publishing companies actually sends out a book upon request so that you can see their work. I ordered one.

One has to choose a cover, what type of paper to use, black and white or color, the size of the book, how many to publish (for self-publishing), and more. You also need to decide when you write a book if you want to e-publish. I don't. I prefer to have a book in my hand, to flip the pages, smell it, etc. (I guess I still prefer reading a real book, too, after all is said and done.) And a book will last almost forever. Our electronics come and go. Daily almost!

So that's what's been on my mind lately. That and making a cake for my niece's wedding. Michelle Howell and Brody Barton are getting married tomorrow! So happy for them!! I made cakes yesterday and they flopped. Today I made more and no flops. Four cake mixes and a dozen eggs, extra butter, oil, etc. I have cake everywhere! In the freezer, on the counters, etc., etc. I should just frost it all up and take it to the wedding. Only one has to look decent, right? Yep.

Ta ta for now,


Cake by the Ocean

As I am writing and researching, I find that each branch of the families I am researching has a "difficult" person. I get stuck. Can't find this connection on this or that. What was that guy doing there? You've got to be kidding me? Seriously? A 14 year old female working in a coal pit? 14,265 records? Another John? Another James? (Not very creative...)

Oh, I already looked at this record. Now, who was that working in a confectionery shop? I have two persons working in a confectionery shop. I wonder if there is a connection. Thomas? Eliza? Sarah? Again? More? How could he possibly be the father of these children? He was only 12 when he married her and a child came within the year. Twelve? You can see why I'm stuck on this one.

Today, in addition to working on my book, I made cakes for my niece's wedding. That's Michelle Howell, Edie's daughter, and Brody Barton. The cakes did not turn out. I couldn't get them out of the pans. They fell apart. I know what I did wrong. I used pan spray instead of shortening and flour. I didn't have any shortening. I read somewhere that you could just use pan spray. Wrong. Not on cakes that need to come out of the pan in one piece. So tomorrow I'll start over again. Today I did laundry, too, but that's done now so I can work on my family history puzzle in addition to cake baking.

I might figure out how to send my book, thus far, to my PC so I can print out what I have done already. I use Word on the laptop but my PC doesn't have a word processing program. Had I known that when we purchased it we would not have purchased it. Anyway, I'll figure it out. I'd really like to see how it looks on paper and edit it, too.

Ta ta for now,


Monday, May 9, 2016

Give me the beat boys and free my soul...

I love reading the epitaphs on headstones. I thought I'd share a few with you today.

Today's title was actually used on a headstone. The deceased chose it himself. The lyric was from a song by Mentor Williams

  • Just when we learned to love him most God called him back to heaven (1919)
  • Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
  • Always loving, always loved.
  • And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance. (Gibran)
  • And flights of angels shall sing ye to thy rest.
  • Real love stories never end.
  • The winter is past flowers appear on the earth and the singing of birds is come.
  • Should we lose each other in the shadow of the evening trees, I'll wait for you, and should I fall behind, wait for me. (Bruce Springsteen)
  • For all of us you did your best may God grant you eternal rest.
  • Gone is the face we loved so dear, silent the voice we loved to hear.
  • Peace is thine and sweet remembrance is ours.

Some symbols common on headstones and their meanings:
Butterfly - Shortened life
Angels - Spirituality, Guardians of the grave/tomb
Cherubs - Innocence
Holy Bible - Christian

Bird - Eternal life
Anchor - Early Christians used it as a hidden cross; steadfastness, hope.
Anchor with Rope - US Navy 
Broken column - Loss of the head of the family
Grapes - Blood of Christ, sacrament
Hands with Rosary - Catholic faith
Lamb - Innocence, usually on a child's grave
Poppy - Eternal Sleep

There are many, many more. We use symbols on headstones today more than we use epitaphs. Maybe the cost deters people. It would be lovely to use epitaphs, though, wouldn't it? 

I'm not trying to be morbid, just remember what I am doing...genealogy, family history, delving into the lives of those who have gone before us. It's very interesting to me. I hope you will find it somewhat interesting, too. 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day!

To all the special women in my life, Happy Mother's Day! You have enriched my life beyond measure.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Graduation Day



Melanie Jean Hoefer and Audra Lea Distifeno (sisters)
Melanie now has a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership
Gonzaga University
Spokane, Washington

Ajay, Melanie, Kooper
Koen doesn't look too happy. Not sure why.
He broke his arm last week.

Katie (Katrina Yvonne) Millikin and Melanie Jean Hoefer

Melanie's employees surprised her by attending the ceremony
and made this awesome banner for her.
Her business is Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

It was a long day, but a happy one! We're very proud of Melanie. After arriving back at the Tri-Cities from Spokane, Katie and Rick hosted a get-together for Melanie and the rest of the family. As usual, they were the most gracious hosts. 

I was gifted for Mother's Day with a beautiful box and some beachy items to decorate the beach abode. Hubby also gave me some new-fangled type of water container that keeps your drink hot or cold forever. I'm always carting my water in a plastic glass with a straw wherever we go and quite often it flips over and spills all over the car. My new container won't spill! It'll tip but won't spill. My own personal Sippy Cup! And guess what color it is? 

We were a little concerned when we got up early this morning to take off for Spokane when we heard Donald Trump would be there for a rally at the same time as graduation, and in the same area. We got there early enough that we didn't run into any traffic problems. When we left Spokane he was already gone to the rally in Lynden. So to us it was like he wasn't even there! 

That's all for now,

Ta ta,


Friday, May 6, 2016

Take Me to the River

These photos are from 1973, taken on the Columbia River in Eastern Washington State.

David, Vic and Brian.

Dad (Ed), Joey is the small one, Brian and Vic. 

The fish is a carp and Brian caught it.
Joey, Ed, Vic and Brian

I'm wearing my new boots today to break my feet in a little at a time. Awkward. 

Vic's still working in the peonies. I am going to beg him not to do it next year. I'm afraid it will fall on deaf ears, though.

Tomorrow he is going with us to Melanie's graduation at Gonzaga in Spokane. Yay! 

Back to the book.,,

Ta ta for now,

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

I Saw Your Picture Today...

Goodness gracious! I wish I had a nickel for every photo in this house! I'm sorting again. I found a suitcase full of photos and two more boxes. Will I ever be done? It's taking away writing time! But, I do want to have a photograph of every person in my life in my book so I must sort to get the perfect photo! I found a lot more "oldies but goodies" that I will share in the days to come. Some of them crack me up, some of them bring a tear or two! And some of them are giving me ideas for projects other than the book.

Yesterday I went to Yakima to find a pair of high top boots since the ones I ordered online were two sizes too small. I also went to a couple of craft stores to find stuff for Michelle & Brody's cake I am making for their wedding. Decorations, that is. Found... And I made my once yearly grocery shopping trip to Safeway. Seriously, I don't do the shopping in our house so it takes me forever to find what is on my list. Since Hubby is helping with the peonies he isn't home much. And when he does come home at night, he's beat! The harvest is going well, though.

I went to Silver Heels, or is it Silverheels, a shoe store in Yakima. Anyway, the proprietor was very helpful. The Doc Martens tend to be a little tight on the top of the foot so he is stretching them for me. I will go pick them up tomorrow. I didn't feel like it today and it's supposed to be cooler tomorrow.

They only had the one floral print. But it's okay. Those I had ordered turned out to be canvas and I'm not sure that was enough support. This one is something like leather and seems to be sturdier than the canvas. 

Did you know?

Uncle Sonny published three books of poems plus had numerous poems published in other publications. Grandpa Dillon wrote at least one poem that I know of. My mom, Bernita Dillon Burnett, also wrote poems. (I did, too, but after high school I didn't submit mine for publication.) Mom gave each of us kids a booklet for Easter one year with her poems in it. Here is one of her poems:
(c) Bernita Y Burnett
Do not copy.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Time Has Come Today

This is my post for today. I just don't feel like writing. I've been researching and my eyes are getting cross-eyed. Think I'll walk outside and get the mail. It's supposed to be over 85 degrees today.
The a/c is working so it must be hot.

Have a good week!

Ta ta for now,

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Forever Young

Happy Anniversary, Mom & Dad

IF they were still here, they would be celebrating their 67th Anniversary today.
But no, they are forever young. Mom was 61 when she passed away and Dad was 59.
Too young. Now five of their children are older than they were when they died.

On my wedding day, Feb. 17, 1969, just before Dad walked me down the aisle, he told me a joke. I wonder if he sensed I was nervous. I went down the aisle with a smile on my face anyway. 

And not too long after I got married, he told me that if I ever wanted to leave Vic don't come running home because he'd take Vic's side! 

What advice did Mom give me? I'm sure she did give me advice but it escapes me now. Funny how Dad's so-called advice stuck with me all these years. By the way, I never did go running home. Well, once. I went running home from western Oregon to eastern Washington because I missed them so much - and I took the whole family with me! We lived with them for six weeks when we first moved to Prosser in July of 1977. That was an experience! Let's just say these words and some of the kids (my sibling and my own kids) might remember what an experience it was: dogs and marijuana. I guess you'll have to read my book to find out about those two things!

Ta ta for now,