Thursday, June 30, 2016

Repost Just In Case You Missed It - Focus on Family - Roy Prince

Roy at 18 mos.
Editor's Note: Roy passed away on June 9, 2017. He will be missed.
Rest in Peace, Roy. I'm glad I was able to know you and meet you. 

Today’s guest on Focus on Family is Ernest Roy Prince. Roy lives at Miramar, Swainshill, Hereford, England. He would be my father’s cousin. His father was Cyril Ernest Prince, my grandmother, Edith Burnett’s, brother. Some of you may remember meeting Cyril when he came to visit in 1974.

Roy age 13. 

Roy was born September 17, 1926, in St. Weonard’s, Herefordshire. His birth was registered in Ross on Wye, Herefordshire. Roy is going to be 90 this fall.

As a young man, Roy worked in a bakery in Hereford until he joined the Army in 1943. Based in Maidstone, Kent, Roy was an instructor and held the rank of Sergeant. He served in occupied Germany during the war.

Roy and Myrtle. He is 25, she is 20. 

On October 18, 1951, Roy and Myrtle Bateman were married in Hereford, England. Two children were born to Roy and Myrtle. Sara Marilyn Prince, born August 5, 1952, and Robert Ernest Prince, born February 22, 1954, both in Hereford. Sara is married to Rob; Robert is married to Lynn. Robert was born at his grandparents’ (Myrtle’s parents) home. Roy’s loving family now boasts of three grandsons, one granddaughter, and three great-grandsons. Grandchildren: Chris & Claire, Kate & Mark, Dylan & Michael, Craig & Sian. Great-Grandchildren: Jack, Charlie, Jamie and Tom. 

Myrtle and Roy at Tenby. 2014.

Roy is retired but he worked in several different factories over the years. In about 1978, he went to college to train as a chef.  Although he never worked as one, it gave him more cooking skills and he is a wonderful cook.  He then worked at RAF Hereford as a general kitchen assistant.

Roy has always loved to fish. He still goes fishing frequently, and that is something he shares with his cousins “across the pond,”as they say. (Not me but my siblings, children and grandsons.)

Roy, Sara, Myrtle.

Roy is quite learned, a “fountain of knowledge,” says his daughter, Sara. He knows a lot of “interesting information about all sorts of things.” He likes castles…I can relate to that. He has access to them and I guess I do, too, but only on the Internet!

Roy with Great-Grandson, Jamie.

Roy and Myrtle have a lovely “garden” – we would say “yard” – full of flowers and trees. They have a tranquil setting out in the country which they can enjoy from their conservatory when the weather is inclement. Otherwise you might find them puttering around outside. 

 Roy with Great-Grandson, Jack. Roy 88, Jack 18 mos.

I met Roy and his family when I went to England and Wales to meet them in about 2008. Roy and I sat up and talked until the wee hours. He helped me find my Grandmother’s home in Mansell-Lacy and I’ll always remember that excursion. I was so tickled to find it.

Roy with Great-Grandson, Charlie, age 18 mos.

Roy is an interesting gentleman and I wish all of you could have met him and his family. Meeting them all most certainly ranks as one of the highlights of my life. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Epitaphs & Sayings

I will need an epitaph for my book when it is ready to complete. So I've been searching for just the right one. Here are a few contenders and some others that struck my fancy.

"No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart." The Great Gatsby.

"Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you." Oscar Wilde

"Real riches are the riches possessed inside." B. C. Forbes

"When we set a goal, let's try to enjoy every moment of the trip along the way." (unknown)

"Climb the stairway to the stars one step at a time." (unknown)

"It is more important to know where you are going than to get there quickly." Mabel Newcomer

"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work." H. L. Hunt

And I love this one: 
"Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans." (unknown)

"Life is either daring adventure or nothing." Helen Keller

"Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Too Tired Tuesday

I think the hot weather - it was 104 degrees when we left home at 4:30 p.m. - is getting to me. Therefore I am not going to try to write anything tonight. We were out and about to go to dinner with Hubby's sister, Deb, and her Hubby, Farrell. We had Chinese. Then we went to take our eldest daughter, Audra, a birthday gift. So we got lots of visiting in and I'm pooped! Tomorrow is another day!

Ta ta for now,

Monday, June 27, 2016

Ed Burnett Day Camp Hot Dogs by Doug Burnett

Edited for spelling only.

  1. Buy the cheapest brand of hot dogs available. (Preferably those made from unidentifiable turkey parts, should say "enhanced beef flavor" somewhere on the package.)
  2. Buy the cheapest hot dog buns possible, day old isn't good enough, try the week old shelf or better yet go out to the dumpster behind Safeway and see whats available.
  3. Make sure when you pack the car with all the fishing gear that you place as much of it as possible (especially any foul bait) on top of the grocery bags.
  4. Be sure that at least one jug of cool-aid, can of beer, or little brother leaks on the packages of buns.
  5. When you get to the fishing hole, place the buns and hot dogs on a big hot rock so the buns can dry and the bacteria content in the hot dogs will become sufficient.
  6. Now cook the hot dogs with a traffic flare to get that yummy sulphur and phosphorus essence.
  7. Now wash them down with warm cool-aid or Schmitt animal beer. 
  8. Get more beer damn it!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

A Historical Building in Portland, Oregon

Last weekend my friend, Teri, and I along with Dave Burnett and Greg Asher, went to the Portland Gay Mens' Chorus presentation of The Divas. It was held in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in downtown Portland's South Park District. I had no idea we would be going to a historic and beautiful venue until I was checking online for something and saw a photo of the ceiling. I am a sucker for anything vintage, antique or historic, as you know from reading my blog and my Facebook page. As we drove through the downtown area I tried to find the building my paternal grandfather, Rufus Lee Burnett, moved to Oregon to manage. I didn't spot it.

"The Schnitz," as it is sometimes referred to, was built in 1928, the same year construction on the Spalding Building  (the building Grandad managed)  started. At first the concert hall was a movie theater, Portland Publix Theater, a vaudeville venue. In 1930, it became the Paramount Theatre and sometimes it is still called "The Paramount."  It is home to a number of organizations, including the Oregon Symphony and the Portland Center for Performing Arts.

The building is now on the National Register of Historic Places, as the Paramount Theatre.

I won't go into detail about the life of the building or its interior architecture, but I will share some photos with you. If you get the chance, go to a concert or presentation of some kind and you will marvel, as I did, at the beautiful, historical design. They just don't make 'em like that anymore!

The Schnitz is a popular wedding venue.

This photo credit : By User:Cacophony - Own work, CC BY 2.5,

Ta ta for now,

Friday, June 24, 2016

The Past is My Present

I talked a little bit about my collections the other day. But in all honesty, I have quite a few collections and they are all from the past. For example, I have old books. One of my old books is very small, it would fit in the palm of your hand. I am not home to look at it right at the moment but it was published in the 1800s. It is a book of parlor games. There are subjects or topics and 31 statements, prose or Bible verses for each topic. You choose the topic and ask a person for a number. Then the statement is read to that person. I've used the book several times at tea parties, etc. Its kind of fun because the book is so old, thus the sayings or readings are old and odd!
Hubby and I love antiques. We have quite a few pieces in our home, furniture, books, dishes, wall decor/art, silver, Depression glass, Vaseline glass, red handled utensils, jugs, porcelain pitchers-large and small. We have loved antiques since we got married. That's one of our favorite pastimes, going to thrift shops, secondhand stores and antique stores. We don't have as much room as we have had in the past so we had to curtail our collecting. 
So now you know that I love old things and I'm stuck somewhere in the past researching, reading, writing and collecting. You could call me an antique and you'd be spot on!

Ta ta for now,

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Did You Know?

Did you know that Daylight Saving Time (DST) has been around since 1918? The concept of Daylight Saving Time was first proposed by Benjamin Franklin in 1784, but some say he may have been "joking" about it. No joke, though. It was introduced to allow more daylight, or "summer," to do a farmer's work. Also, it was an effort to conserve fuel needed to produce electric power, especially during World War I.

After WWI, however, people did not want DST, it was not a popular concept. Sometimes referred to as "phony hours," since that time DST has been embroiled in controversy. Some states in the United States (US) embraced it, some did not. Some states even had locations on DST and some not. The Uniform Time Act in 1966, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson, created DST to begin on the last Sunday of April and to end on the last Sunday of October, however, any state could pass a state law exempting them from this public law.

In the European Union, (EU), "Summer Time" begins and ends at 1:00 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time/Universal Time. It begins in March on the last Sunday of the month and ends on the last Sunday in October. All time zones in the EU change at once. In the US, each time zone ends DST at the designated time for their time zone.

"Spring Forward Fall Back" is the slogan regarding DST, making it easy to remember what to do when. In the US, we are also reminded to check the batteries on our smoke alarms on the same day we change our clocks.

You will be surprised to know that Arizona and Hawaii do not observe DST. Other US territories choose not to, either. American Samoa, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands do not. Though the Navajo Nation is located partially in Arizona, they do observe DST; they are located in three different states.

In the US, in 2007, a new law to extend the DST law to the first Sunday in November was passed. This was done to provide more daylight for trick-or-treating on Halloween, thus making it safer for children in traffic. It is unclear whether this actually helped or not because many children prefer to go out after dark on Halloween.

In the 1950s and 1960s, US localities could start and end DST as they wished. This created chaos, costing money to industries, railroads, etc. One year in Iowa, there were 23 different pairs of start and end dates.

If you want to learn more about Daylight Saving Time, there are numerous, in-depth, studies on it available online.

Ta ta for now,

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Of Scottish Descent

We Burnetts can trace our roots back to Scotland. Crathes Castle is the home of the Burnetts that we are related to. It is located in Aberdeenshie, near Bancory and the Dee River. The Burnetts of Ley built it and held it for over 500 years. It was built in the second half of the 16th century.  The National Trust of Scotland owns and manages it and has done so since 1951.  The land it is built on was given to the Burnett of Leys family by King Robert the Bruce in 1323. There are 530 acres of woodland and fields at Crathes Castle.

It is a world famous Castle with a cafe, gift shop, croquet course, adventure playground for children, a tree top adventure and an art studio in addition to the beautiful gardens and woodlands.

The tour of the interior of the Castle will take you to the turret and towers through winding staircases. Some of the interior walls and ceilings are original as are the painted ceilings.

And, and, and... the Castle has not one but TWO ghosts! The Green Lady and another young woman allegedly haunt Crathes Castle. The Green Lady is said to be carrying an infant and disappears into the fireplace. She is always seen in that same room, but she has not been seen for quite some time. It is said that when she does appear, another Burnett is about to die. When the Castle was renovated it is said that the skeletons of a woman and a child were found under the fireplace that the Green Lady goes into. Queen Victoria stayed in the Castle and it is reported that she witnessed the ghost of the Green Lady.

The other ghost is a young woman, either Bertha or Lady Agnes. The story goes that Alexander, the son of Lady Agnes, fell in love with a servant girl named Bertha. Bertha became pregnant and had a child. While Alexander was away from the Castle, Lady Agnes supposedly poisoned the young lady who then died. Alexander was distraught. To help him recover, his mother, Lady Agnes, held a grand meal. When Alexander reached for a goblet of wine, his mother snatched it away and threw it in the loch, confirming Alexander's fears that his mother had poisoned his love. Bertha's family came to collect her remains at some point in the following weeks or months and Lady Agnes suddenly died, calling out, "She comes, she comes." On the anniversary of the murder, a white lady apparition is seen.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Family Reunion Planning

I've started to seriously think about the Family Reunion which we have scheduled for Labor Day weekend 2017-that is not a typo. We are allowing plenty of time to make plans and for people to clear their schedules for that weekend. We want as many of our kin as possible to attend. I'm sure you will agree that we have FUN at our reunions! We cousins don't get to see each other too often and look forward to the reunions. We are hoping for some of our cousins from back east to attend. It would be great to meet them!

So check out the Facebook event page at: Burnett-Dillon-Korpi Et Al Family Reunion 2017
There are some questions there for you to answer.
That's all for tonight!

A Few of My Favorite Everything(s)

Sometimes my brain doesn't want to be witty, or creative, or ... well, anything. So this post is like a book with a lot of pictures. Enjoy!
I absolutely love The Phantom of the Opera. Loved the movie, loved the play, love the music, love the love story, love Gerard Butler, love roses, well, you get the picture!

Licorice All-Sorts. Yum! Any licorice will do. 
And that red twisty stick stuff is not licorice. Licorice is black.

I have only seen the movie. Would love to see the play/musical someday.
My favorite of their outfits is the flip-flop dress.

I have collected birdcages but now have only a few because they take up so much room.
This one is beautiful but it is not mine, 

Stargazer lilies. 

The color purple. (The actual color. Not the book or movie,)

Clocks and old books.
 My vanity/jewelry box. 


Purses. All kinds of purses. This one is mine and its from the 1960s.

Rockaway Beach, Oregon

Books! To read, and to stack on shelves. 

Purple hydrangeas.

I love my family! Hubby, kids, grandchildren, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, cousins, absolutely everyone!

What are some of your favorite things? 

Ta ta for now,

Monday, June 20, 2016


This poem has been around for a long time. I have always enjoyed it.

Monday's child is fair of face
Tuesday's child is full of grace
Wednesday's child is full of woe
Thursday's child has far to go
Friday's child is loving and giving
Saturday's child has to work for a living
But a child that's born on the Sabbath Day is fair and wise and good and gay.


Blessed be the hand 
That prepares a pleasure for a child,
For there is no saying
When and where it may bloom forth.


Ta ta for now, have a great week!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Another Day Off?

Yes, I'm taking another day (or two) off! Today I'll be going to the valley to meet up with my awesome friend, Teri. Then we are going to my brother, David, and his partner, Greg's, house in Portland to visit for a bit before we go out to dinner. After dinner we are going to the PGMC presentation of "The Divas!" I am really looking forward to it. It should be a lot of fun, plus a great concert to top it off. So, no work for me today and maybe not tomorrow. Depends on when I get back.

It looks like another beautiful day in the neighborhood. I hope it is as lovely in Portland. Have a great weekend, people! I know I will.

I didn't realize til now that the concert venue was so lovely! 

This is absolutely stunning! 

So ta ta for now,