Thursday, October 19, 2017

Reading, Writing and 'Rithmetic

As I am writing my book, I do a lot of research which entails quite a bit of reading. And when I come across housing prices, rental costs or wages, I like to compare those to what that would be equal to today. I just type "inflation calculator" in my my search engine's search bar and several options pop up. I find it interesting and quite possibly the readers of my book will also find it interesting. (One can always hope!)

After using the calculator several times yesterday, I found it interesting that the amounts were much lower than I figured they would be. For example, a home my Grandfather owned in 1930 cost $4,500, which equates to $65,335 in September of 2017. That seemed low to me, no matter where the home was located, however, I was able to find that same home, albeit much older now, valued at $30,000 today. I believe it must be in a very depressed section of the town. It is not near me.

And the wages! Earning $75 per month in about 1935 equates to $1,361.00 in September of 2017, and $16,332 annually. The monthly poverty income in 2017, in the U.S., for a family of five, is $28,780. Therefore, in 1935, a family of five earning $75 per month would be living in poverty in today's world. 

I learned that during the Depression, the CCC/WPA workers were paid 50 cents per hour. That would be $1,040 annually! Today, $18,874.39, well under the poverty income. 

So what can we learn from these figures? Are people really living in poverty today with an annual income of $28,780? Or were people in the 1930s really living in poverty and did not realize it? It's all relative, I guess. One would have to compare the cost of the groceries, automobiles, etc., etc. I will have to say at this point, using an overused phrase, it's apples and oranges, Nancy. What say you?

Ta ta for now,
 PS - I hope this makes sense to you!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Saturday, October 14, 2017

We are at the beach and it is beautiful here. We have Deb and Farrell here with us and are enjoying our visit so much! Deb cooked homemade chicken noodle soup - don't think of Campbell's - it is sooo much better. All creamy and noodley and decadent! With homemade bread! 

Yesterday we attended the Celebration of Life for Hubby's Aunt Germaine. She passed away on September 20, 2017 at the age of 90. We loved her so! It was bittersweet - seeing all the cousins and other aunties was great, but sad that we will never see Germaine again on this earth. There were lots of photographs of her and the family; lots of food; lots of hugs. As I said, bittersweet. 

I'll check in again soon.

Ta ta for now,


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

October 11, 2017 - Wednesday

The furnace is working! We only paid for "diagnostics" because it worked when the tech checked it out. Duh. He showed Hubby how to reset it when it doesn't kick on.

We did our errands yesterday and, at my request, we went to the nearby casino. I won $80! I was tickled and now I have a new 'favorite' machine. I usually spend only $20 when I go to the casino because I normally don't win and I'm too cheap to spend more. I always think of the yarn I could buy or the crafting supplies - or books, or...well,  you get the drift. I think I owe it to my brother, David. He loves the Wizard of Oz so I played that machine -- and it is now my favorite! Thanks, David!

I'm still working in my craft room - trying to get it back into some semblance of order. I tend to put things there that are in a "holding" pattern. So it is a mess. I'm making headway, though. I organized my yarn stash and now I'm working on a pile of papers, stickers, etc., that I had taken to the family reunion for crafting. When I saw the photos of my cousin, Thomas Webb's studio I was chagrined. My craft room looks more like a storage room than a cool studio! Maybe that's because he is a REAL artist and I'm not, really.

Okay, time to eat lunch then get back to working on the craft room/storage area/dump.

Ta ta for now,


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Furnace Problems and More

We just had new brakes, etc., put on the car, all the way around. And now the furnace needs repair! Things happen all at the same time, don't they? We have a "fake" fireplace so we are not freezing. We made the call yesterday and tomorrow is the appointment to get the furnace fixed. Good thing we aren't in the below freezing temps yet.

It's time to renew my driver's license. Please, God, let my photo be decent this time around. Why is it that I've never had a good driver's license photo? I'm not very photogenic, I know, but those photos are beyond the pale.

Today is a day to run errands. To the thrift shop to drop stuff off, to the licensing department, to the craft store, to the bank, etc., etc.

Hubby has been doing well after his heart repair. Before we left the beach abode he even walked on the beach. He hadn't done that in awhile. He has an appointment with his cardiologist Thursday and I'm sure they will have good things to talk about it!

Then Friday we leave for Forest Grove where a favorite aunt's (but they all were/are, really!) celebration of life. After that we will just head to Rockaway Beach for about a week. It seems we aren't there so much this month or last. Too much other stuff going on.

Hope you are enjoying the change of seasons.

Ta ta for now,


Saturday, October 7, 2017


I must admit that one of the reasons I hadn't posted to this blog recently is because I have been "down in the dumps" or, as my late Grandmother used to say, "I've been a little blue lately." I think I'm pulling out of it now.

We were at the beach but we came back home today. We were only there a couple of days this time but we will be going back late next week. 

I read "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen today. It was really good; so interesting to learn all about circuses. I saw the movie a long time ago but had forgotten whether I liked it or not. I'll probably try to see it again now that I've read the book.

Driving along the Gorge it was awful to see how much had burned, and so close to the road. Understandable now why they had to close the highway for so long. A very sad situation--a young man started it with fireworks. Stupidity, clearly. The fire is actually still burning! It has burned over 48,000 acres and is 47% contained. If you would like to read more about the fire, click this link: Eagle Creek Fire

That's all for tonight. Until tomorrow,


Thursday, October 5, 2017


It has been over a month since my last post. Well, one day past. Anyway, a lot has happened in that month. 

The reunion was an awesome success! I enjoyed every moment of it. It was great to see people I hadn't seen in awhile and it was great to meet some cousins I'd never met before! Thank you all for coming and participating in the activities. And though I enjoyed it and all of you, I hereby hand the wand for future reunions to anyone else. I will attend but I won't organize another - because this lady's health isn't the best.

We left the beach right after the reunion, on Tuesday, September 5 and drove home to Grandview, Washington. We had to take an alternate route due to the fire in the Columbia River Gorge. On the 7th, we drove to Spokane for a wedding rehearsal and rehearsal pizza dinner. Our daughter, Melanie, married Marcus Hair on September 8th in a private outdoor ceremony near Spokane Falls. After the wedding we had lunch with Melanie, Marcus and their six sons, as well as his father and mother at Anthony's. Afterwards we left Spokane and drove to Benton City, where our daughter-in-law, Jessica Hoefer (Jessica Kapp) had a book signing party at Chandler Reach Winery. Her first published book, Body Parts, came out on August 15th.
L-R: Koen, Kooper, Ajay, Melanie, Marcus, Colby, Ethan and Logan.
Jessica Kapp (pen name) at her book signing.

The rest of the month was spent going to doctor appointments for both Hubby and me. He ended up having two angiograms and during the second one, he got two stents, for a total of eight now. 

On September 30th, we co-hosted a celebration for Melanie and Marcus with our daughter, Katie, and husband Rick. That was a lot of fun! Welcome to the family, Marcus.
Melanie and Marcus opening gifts at their party.

Katie, Macie and Rick.
Macie went to homecoming the evening of the party.

Melanie and Ajay. He went to homecoming that evening, too. 

Now we are finally back at our humble beach abode and I can work on my book once again. I've sorted and filed and now I'm ready to take notes about what is left for me to do to get this book in print. Stay tuned!

Happy Fall, Y'all. I'm tickled with the season's change and the crisp, cooler air, with no smoke from the multitude of fires in the Pacific Northwest. 

Ta ta for now,


Monday, September 4, 2017

Attendees at the Reunion

Please check to be sure I didn't miss someone in your party. I counted 96.

Burnett Siblings & Kin
Total: 20

Total: 2

Lily W
Total: 18
Total: 6


Total: 5

Total: 9

Total: 4

Total: 2

Total: 1


Total: 2

Tom D
Total: 10

Dan K
Dan F
Total: 17


Thursday, August 31, 2017

And we're off and running!

The agenda booklets are printed and we picked them up from the printer today. The cover turned out extra nice! It was copied from a coloring page I colored. It turned out way better than a copy on my printer would have. 

We picked up 160 bottles of water for Sunday! We must remember to recycle these bottles because in Oregon you pay a 10 cent per bottle deposit! So we will have a place to put the empties. (You Washington and other folks need to remember that when you buy beverages in Oregon.) (It's great for the environment. I wish Washington would do it.)

And the best part of today? I got to visit with my brother, Jerry, Anne, Ann and Jim! It was great. And tomorrow brings more family! 

Ta ta for now,


Monday, August 28, 2017

Update On The Condition My Condition Is In

I have mostly recovered from my severe reactions to the 15 medications I was taking last week. I ended up in the Emergency Room on Wednesday evening and was told to discontinue those medications, which I was more than happy to do. I got an injection for the excruciating headache I had not been able to alleviate (with pain pills and migraine medication) and some medicine for the nausea and stomach pains. I did not get relief until about Friday afternoon. Then I felt like I had had a near death experience and came back from it! I was exuberant to feel halfway decent again!! I felt even better on Saturday and Sunday, and went to dinner at someone's house on Saturday night and another's on Sunday night!

Then today I got to ride in a wheelchair. I had an appointment with the doctor who prescribed all those pills to tell him I wasn't taking them, blah, blah, blah. Got out of the car and promptly fell when I tried to navigate a curb which was a little higher than normal. I banged up and bloodied my knee pretty good. Two nurses came running out to help me up and guided me into the office. They put me in a room right away, blah, blah, blah. Then after the doctor saw me he said to head to the ER at the hospital across the street for x-rays of my knee. Good news: it is not broken. Got a tetanus shot for the injury and was sent on my way. 

I WILL NOT MISS THE REUNION! (Dammit.) (I am hoping this isn't one of those "things come in threes, you know!)

Ta ta for now,

Check, Check and Double-Check!

·      Here we go - a checklist for the Family Reunion:

  • Quarters for the showers at Barview Jetty Park
  • Sunscreen
  • Food for the potluck, which will be on Sunday. (Please note: we ran out of food before everyone ate last time. Vic and I have ordered 100 pcs. of chicken, half-baked and half-fried. (I know some of you will be half-baked, too.) (I can't help myself. I'm a Burnett.)
  • Wood for campfires. It is available all up and down US Hwy. 101 for $5 a stack. Higher in the stores.
  • Warm clothes and clothes for warm days. It's Oregon.
  • Camera
  • Lawn Chairs - you will need them in your campsite but those who aren't staying at the campground will need them, too, to sit around the camps and visit, on the beach, etc. We will NOT need them at the Community Hall on Sunday.
  •  If you have extra lawn chairs and have room, could you throw in a chair or two for our travelers who will be flying in? Thanks!
  • Toys for the dogs and kiddos.
  • Umbrellas.
  • Board Games
  • Ingredients for S'mores for your party (Dutch treat on the S'mores in other words.) Marshmallow roasting sticks or rods.
  • WHITE ELEPHANTS-please wrap them and note on the outside of the package if it is for a man, woman, boy, girl and also put age appropriateness for the children's packages
I really feel like I am forgetting something. I hope it's not too important!

Ta ta for now,


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Attention Family Reunion Attendees

In the campground you can have extra picnic tables delivered to your site for $8 each. You just tell them when you check-in that you want another and pay, then they deliver to your site. We are having two extras at Audra's site (S-11) for the crafting. Does anyone else want to have an extra table for a "Play Station" for the kids? I would put bubbles, chalk, coloring books, crayons, etc., there. Let me know, please, if you are willing to do this.

Also, all of us need to be aware of the campfire regulations. The county had been closed to campfires with a burn ban but I believe it has been lifted and campfires are okay right now. I will monitor that. It will affect our Campfire Sing-alongs and S'mores making activities. Sunday we have the hall so we could have a Sing-along there if there is a ban. We'll play that by ear. We can only have the hall from 9 a.m. til 9 p.m. so it has to be emptied out and cleaned by 9 p.m.

That's it for now. Please tell your fellow campers.

Ta ta for now,


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Just Checking In

If you are looking for info about the Family Reunion, please go to the column on the right and look under archives. (I think you can do a search, too.) Also, there is more info on the Reunion on Facebook at the Burnett-Dillon-Korpi Family Reunion page - click here: Family Reunion Page.

Briefly, it is Sept. 1-2-3-4 at Barview Jetty Park, between Garibaldi, Oregon and Rockaway Beach, Oregon. It is a Tillamook County Park.

If you need more info, please call me or text me. Or Dan and Julie Korpi.

Ta ta for now,

Monday, August 21, 2017

Out of the Office

I'm in combat: fighting the effects of the 15 pills a day I'm taking in an effort to get ... better? So, sleeping a lot, having a lot of headaches, tummy aches, body aches. I'm sure I'll be fine soon but meanwhile, I'm "out of the office."

Ta ta for now,


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Preliminary Agenda

This is the preliminary agenda. I will be giving you a printed paper copy at the reunion.

ü  Set-up camp; settle in
ü  Nancy will be at Barview Jetty Park at the playground at 7:00 pm to hand out agendas and t-shirts to those who are present

 10:30   Nancy will distribute agendas and t-shirts at playground at Barview Jetty Park.
  We will collect your white elephants/prizes.
  Julie will distribute name tags and a fun break-the-ice game.
  If you arrive later, just find Julie or Nancy for your name tags, t-shirts, etc.

11:00-12:00 Craft project with Nancy at Space S-11, Audra (Audi) Hoefer Distifeno’s space, for the kids.
12:00   Free time for meals, visiting, etc.
1:00-2:00 Face Painting for the kids by Audi at Space S-11
2:00 Craft time with Sophie and Lily Distifeno at Space S-11 We will be making duct/duck tape bags, etc.
3:00-4:00 Face Painting for the kids by Audi at Space S-11
4:00-5:00 Game with Patti for everyone. Meet at the playground.
5:00-7:00 Free time for meals, visiting
7:00 Sing-along with the musicians around the campfire and do S’mores. Bring your own ingredients, please. And don’t forget skewers or branches to roast the marshmallows. Location to be determined.
All of Sunday’s activities are going to be held at the Garibaldi Community Hall on 6th Street. It is in the same building as the Fire Department, Library and City Hall at the east end of the building. Park behind the structure in a gravel parking lot. Two entrances: one on east side and one on north side of building. The entrance on the north side is an ADA accessible ramp. Use either entrance.
ü  9:00 a.m. Garibaldi Community Hall opens and will be open until we are finished for the day. Feel free to pop in and out all day. I’ll put the coffee on!
ü  Throughout the day there will be card and board games available to play. Visit with other family members, etc.
ü  10:30 Family heirloom sharing. Swap photos, sign the guest book. Bring scrapbooks and family photo albums to share.
ü  12:00 – 1:00 Free time for lunch.
ü  1:15 Game for the adults only. Kids can watch, however.
ü  3:00   Set up for the potluck dinner.
ü  4:00 - Potluck. We will furnish tablecloths, forks, knives, spoons, plates, napkins, cups. Water, lemonade and coffee will be available.
ü  6:00 or so -  Awards Ceremony – for everyone.
ü   After Awards Ceremony clean up the hall, empty garbage, etc.
ü  7:00 – Campfire sing-a-long. More S’Mores. Place to be determined.
 (Sorry this is messed up. I copied and pasted and just can't get it right. The printed copy will be better!)

Don’t forget to take photos throughout the Family Reunion to share on Facebook for those who were not able to attend.

Monday - no planned activities. Everyone will probably be getting packed up and ready to leave. However, we'll play it by ear and if people want to get together we can do so.


I told you about going to the doctor (gastroenterologist) and he prescribed antibiotics. I called yesterday to see if they were ready to pick up. Nope, the doctor's office hadn't called them in yet. I called again this morning. Nope, the doctor's office still hadn't called them in. Called the doctor's office AGAIN to speak to clerk who said she would call it in yesterday morning. Had to leave a message. I'm fuming by now. So Hubby says, I'll just go to their office and see what is going on. So he did. They gave him the prescriptions to carry to pharmacy. Doctor walked by when he was getting the Rx. Hubby asked for clarification on the upcoming appointment. Remember, the doctor told us one thing but his CLERK told us that he, the DOCTOR,  was wrong, that I was supposed to take the meds for 2 weeks, then wait 2 weeks and see the doctor again, according to her. The CLERK repeats that right in front of the doctor, even though my paperwork said otherwise. The DOCTOR said, "No, I want her to come in in 2 weeks." (Hopefully he reprimanded her after Hubby left.)

Okay, prescriptions in hand, Hubby goes to the pharmacy. The clerk had written down the wrong dosage on one of the Rxs! (Imagine that.) She put 100 mg. and the Rx only came in 250 mg. and 500 mg. So, call to the doctor. Lunch time! And, one of the other meds was going to cost $402 for the 14 days worth of pills. So the pharmacy, God bless them, tried to find a way around that by substituting a generic, etc., etc. All in all, the incorrect mg. was corrected to 500 mg. and the $402 stayed as is. Hubby left home by noon and didn't get home til about 3:30. All waiting on those meds. I hope and pray this cures the troubles I have been having. If my troubles aren't gone in two weeks, the gall bladder comes out. 

I have an infection in my stomach called H. Pylori. I read about it online. It can cause gastric cancer and\or ulcers. I have three antibiotics to take and another med similar to Pepto-Bismol. In addition to my normal, everyday meds, I have 15 additional pills to take now for two weeks. This is the normal treatment according to several online medical information sites. (I looked at Mayo Clinic and WebMD and another one.) 

I just can't stomach (pun intended) anymore of the incompetency of this doctor's staff. I'm still considering writing a letter to him detailing all the problems I've encountered with them. I'm not sure it will change anything or help me feel any better than it does writing about it here. so am still on the fence. 

The t-shirts for the reunion came today. I have to sort them into orders but looking at the top t-shirt, they are great!

Ta ta for now. Maybe next time I won't write about my troubles!


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

At My Limit

I've had nothing but trouble from the doctor's office. Not letting me know when they made a pre-op appointment for me at the hospital; not calling in the prescriptions the doctor said he would call in; calling me and saying I missed another pre-op appointment at the hospital when I didn't! I'm about ready to put it all in writing and submitting it to the hospital who is in charge of the clinic. How can one office mess up so many times on one patient? I have no clue. Is it the doctor's fault? Is it the office staff's fault? I know it isn't my fault and I guess I really should report it since it has happened repeatedly.

I did finally get a diagnosis: H. Pylori. An infection of the stomach. That was yesterday. I'm supposed to take antibiotics for two weeks. They haven't called the prescription in yet. Then after two weeks of taking the meds, I'm supposed to go see the doctor so I made an appointment for two weeks. From yesterday. But when I called his office to say the prescription hasn't been ordered yet, they told me the doctor was wrong! I'm supposed to take the meds for two weeks, then wait two more weeks to see him. Oh my goodness. This isn't the first time the staff has told me the doctor is wrong! What? The doctor is wrong? So says the clerks, not RNs, not doctors themselves...

Tune in next time to see when and if I get the Rx and whether or not I submit this outrage in writing to the hospital. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Superstitions Surrounding Death & Dying

Our ancestors had plenty of superstitions surrounding death and dying. I've heard a few but had no idea there were so many. It has been said that one man's superstitions are another man's belief. I do remember Grandma Dillon telling me that if a bird flies inside a house (from outside), there has been a death. At the time, a bird actually flew inside the house but I don't recall whether or not there was a death.

Some of the superstitions regarding cemeteries:

  • If it rains in an open grave, bad luck will come upon the family of the deceased.
  • If it rains shortly after a burial, it means that person has found eternal rest and happiness.
  • Thunder after a burial indicates the deceased has reached Heaven.
  • Flowers and grass grow on the graves of those who have lived virtuous lives but mud and weeds will cover the grave of someone who was evil.
  • If you whistle in a graveyard, you are summoning the devil.
  • Never take anything from a cemetery because the dead may follow you to get it back.
  • Dirt from a cemetery and placed under stairs you walk on is said to bring good fortune.
  • Mazes were placed at cemetery entrances to prevent spirits from returning to the world. It was thought that ghosts could only travel in a straight line.
  • Should you be the first to leave the cemetery after a funeral, you will have bad luck and you could die.
  • It is considered bad luck to walk on graves. 
  • Witches should be buried face down to prevent supernatural spells from besetting the community. If that doesn't work, un-bury the witch, turn his or her clothes inside out and rebury the person face down once again.
  • Being near or in an open grave cures all kinds of illness: toothaches, boils and incontinence are only a few of the maladies it will cure.
  • If a pregnant woman walks on the grave at a funeral, her child will have club feet.
Regarding death and dying at home:
  • If two people in a house are sick and one should die, the other will get well.
  • If a person has a painful or prolonged death, he will haunt the survivors. Thus, all attempts are made to ensure the patient suffers as little as possible.
  • The bed of the dying person should always be placed east and west, not north and south. This will speed the process of dying and reduce the suffering of the patient.
  • The last person's name to be uttered by the dying person will be the next one to die.
  • The clocks in the house of the dying were stopped on the death of the person to show that time was up for him or her.
  • As soon as a person died, the mirrors in the room were covered or turned. It was considered bad luck if the corpse could be seen in the mirror and if you were to see your own reflection in the mirror before the body was taken from the home.
  • Another superstition concerning mirrors was that if they were not covered, the mirror may not come clean again, and, if the mirror had not been covered, the reflection of the deceased may never leave the face of the mirror.
  • Another regarding mirrors: If you were to look in the mirror before the body was removed, you may see the deceased person's reflection looking over your shoulder.
  • Sweeping the floor before the body was removed ensured that the person sweeping would be the next to die.
  • Walking out of the house in front of the coffin meant you would be the next to die.
  • A corpse should leave the house or building feet first or else the deceased's body would be looking back and summoning or beckoning you to follow him or her in death.
Regarding funerals and funeral processions:
  • It will bring bad luck if you point at a funeral procession.
  • Don't count the number of cars in a funeral procession. If you do, you will be counting the number of days until you die.
  • If a black cat crosses in front of a funeral procession, there will be a death in the family of the deceased within three days.
  • Never wear anything new to a funeral, especially shoes. (I'm not sure why.)
  • It is considered bad luck to meet a funeral procession head on. If you do see one approaching, turn around. If it cannot be avoided, hold on to a button until it passes.
  • To lock the door of your home after the funeral procession has left is bad luck.
General superstitions regarding death and dying:
  • You will die if a dying person hits you or bites you. In order to prevent your own death, you must hit or bite them back in the same place.
  • At the beginning of a year, if the first person to die in a community is elderly, the community will suffer from many of it's elderly passing. 
  • Regarding wakes: The body of a deceased person was watched over until the burial. It was done so as a safeguard from burying someone who was not really dead but in a coma. Wakes were held for 3 to 4 days to allow relatives from far away to arrive.
  • Flowers and candles were used to help mask unpleasant odors before embalming became common.
  • Cover your mouth when yawning lest your spirit leave you and the devil enter your body.
  • If you hear 3 knocks and no one is there, it means someone close to you has died. The superstitious call this "the 3 knocks of death."
  • If a firefly or lightning bug gets into your house someone will soon die.
  • If you smell roses and none are around, someone is going to die.
  • If you see an owl during the daytime, there will be a death.
  • If an owl hoots outside your window 3 nights in a row, someone close to you will die.
  • If a bird pecks on your window or crashes into a window, there has been a death.
  • If a sparrow lands on a piano, someone in the home will die.
  • When a dog howls at night and someone in the house is ill, it is a bad omen. It can be reversed by reaching under the bed and turning over a shoe.
  • It was believed that wearing black made you appear as a shadow and not a body. The deceased person's spirit won't then enter your body. 
  • If your left eye twitches, there will soon be a death in the family.
  • If there are shoes on a table, there will be sickness and possible death by hanging.
By no means is this a comprehensive list. Just those I found to be a most interesting bit of history.

Ta ta for now,

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


Vic and I rented a place in Garibaldi for all day Sunday of the reunion!! We are covered if it rains, we can play games, chit chat, and eat our potluck there. There is a minimal kitchen with a stove, refrigerator and microwave. We can put on a coffee pot (does anyone have a party percolator?), fix our food, keep it cold, warm it up, etc. 

There is a parking lot with plenty of room for all. You turn east on 6th Street. It is in the same building as the fire department, library and City Hall. The door to it is at the east end of the building and another on the backside of the building. There is a handicap access (ADA) ramp (on the backside of the building) but the restrooms are not ADA. (They will be remodeling next year to include ADA accessible restrooms.)

We did have to get insurance on the place and there is to be no alcohol. No smoking inside nor within 10 feet of the building.

I am so relieved about this! (Because I'm a worry wart and wondered if we would have enough room for the potluck. I also worried about having photos and heirlooms outside.)

AND, we drove into Barview Jetty Park and drove all around and noticed many, many extra or overload parking spaces. That made me feel better, too.



Need to Know

Regarding the campground, parking, etc., you need to know this info.

We may or may not be able to make campfires. It will be posted at the check-in spot if not.

If you rented a spot at Barview Jetty Park and you pitch an extra tent the fee is $7.83 per night/per tent.

If you have an extra vehicle (one free vehicle per site), boat or utility trailer, you will be charged $5.59 per night/per vehicle.

There is a $5.59 one-time charge per pet.

If you rented a cabin at the park there will be a pet charge of $11.18 per night, per pet. (2 pets maximum)

If you park in the overflow parking area OVERNIGHT, you will have a ticket on your windshield in the morning. I don't know what the fee is for that.

There are places for overflow parking. There are also places to park outside of the park itself. Be creative, load many people into one vehicle, etc.

Regarding groceries, etc.

There is Fred Meyers and Safeway in Tillamook.

In Garibaldi there is a small grocery store but I can't remember the name of it. We shop here for one or two items when we don't want to drive to Tillamook.

There is a little store just outside the park at Barview. They have pizza, ice cream, beer, etc. Their ice cream is Tillamook brand. Yummy. But I don't know if their freezer got fixed or not. I'll check later.

Rockaway Beach has a few convenience type stores and a small grocery store.

Fast food restaurants.

In Tillamook there is a McDonald's and a Burger King and taco wagons.

In Garibaldi there is a Dairy Queen and a few food trailers on the side of the road.

In Rockaway there is a food wagon north of town which has hot dogs, sandwiches. There is also a Pronto Pup with expensive corn dogs. (We went once and won't go back.)

Besides the little store in Barview, there is a taco wagon across the street from it.

Campfire wood.

Available along the highway everywhere. $5 per stack. There is one across the street from Barview Jetty Store, too.

That's all for now.


Sunday, August 6, 2017


A couple of posts ago I wrote about a website that touts itself as a family history/genealogy site. It is not. I told you I erased my information or "opted out," and recommended that you check it out and do the same. More info: it depends on where you click but it will direct you to one of those companies that search for court records, etc., and those companies will ask you for money to continue on in your search, so beware. The site where you find the info and opt out is a free one.

I'm concerned about the parking at Barview Jetty Park for the reunion. Each space allows one car to be parked there overnight. You will be charged for a second car, utility trailer, etc. There is overflow parking near the check-in building and we can park there, however, if you leave your car there overnight, you will have a ticket on it in the morning. Many of us are not staying in the park, therefore, we will have troubles with additional cars in the campground. I suggest you carpool. Stuff as many people in the car as possible. There are other places nearby where you can park but his is a super busy campground and the parking will be at a minimum. I apologize for this -- had I thought about it earlier, I would have done something differently but it is what it is and I can't change it now.

Regarding the agenda, I have not finished it yet. I believe I will give it out with the tee shirts on Friday night and Saturday morning. I will let you know where to meet up for the distribution. (Which space in the campground.)

Do any of you have questions regarding the reunion? If so, please let me know via e-mail, this blog or on Facebook. 


Lita Burnett, daughter of Mark Burnett, is getting married on November 18, 2017, to Quinton Touchette. Lita and Quinton live in Louisiana.  Melanie Hoefer, of Richland, Washingtondaughter of Vic and Nancy Hoefer, is getting married to Marcus Hair of Spokane, Washington, on September 8, 2017. Congratulations to you all!

Ta ta for now,


Saturday, August 5, 2017


Are you going to venture to a prime eclipse-watching-site? Do you have reservations or are you going to just park somewhere along the road and watch it? We will be at Home #2 (beach apartment) so we plan to watch it from here/there. Hopefully, the smoke from all the wildfires will have subsided enough to actually see the eclipse. We have some dandy little eclipse-viewing-glasses we ordered from Amazon but I've seen them in many stores, too. I want to have appropriately named food: Moons Over My Hammy (stolen from Denney's), Moon Pies, Eggs Sunny-Side Down (haha), etc. 

What are you doing to celebrate this rare viewing? We are having guests that weekend so it will be fun whether we see the eclipse or not. If we can't see it, we will turn on the t.v. It's sure to be flooded with viewings along the sight-line of the U.S. 

Over one million visitors are predicted to flood the state of Oregon and 100,000 along the Oregon coast. We will make sure to have all of our groceries purchased so we don't have to go out. It's already bad enough just being summer. US Highway 101 is two-lane for most of it so the traffic tends to back up frequently. 

By the way, the road construction in Tillamook is on-going. If you need to go into Tillamook before you arrive at the Family Reunion, beware. If you want to go to Fred Meyers you can take the Wilson River Loop and not go through the downtown area. The Wilson River Loop at the Wilson River has two left turns you can take. The first one, just before the bridge, goes to the light at Fred Meyers at US 101; just over the bridge you turn left and that one takes you to the light at the Tillamook Cheese Factory at US 101. If you don't need to stop at Fred Meyers, this is the way to go anyway, circumventing Tillamook totally. (If this is as clear as mud, I'm sorry. Just let me know if you need better directions.)

Ta ta for now,

Friday, August 4, 2017

It's the Little Things

When things aren't going so well, there is always something that makes me smile or cheers me up. 

Lately I have not been in such good spirits due to all the doctor visits and hospital tests and procedures. I had an endoscopy with biopsies on Wednesday but won't get results until the 14th of August. I've been having some unpleasant symptoms for quite some time now and especially since April. It has taken this long to try and figure out what is wrong. 

And, Hubby has been having more chest pains - he of the 6 stents and previous heart attack - so he has started up with a new cardiologist. We really like the new cardiologist, that's always important. Anyway, Hubby has two tests coming up on the 24th and then we will find out if he needs something done with his heart. (We're pretty sure he will need something done. The doc said the two tests will help them decide where to "fix" his heart.)

So, when I think about the upcoming Family Reunion and am making plans for it, that makes me feel good. And, when my dear friend, Teri, of 42 years is coming to visit, that makes me really happy, too! We haven't seen each other in too long! There will be a gab fest for sure! 

And we are back at the beach - which is HUGE! I love it here! And I can work on my book again. We had a doctor visit or procedure every day but two while we were home between me and Hubby so I didn't work on my book. At all. But I'm back and the computer is set up and the bug has bitten me - so I will soon be writing and researching and in my "zone." 

Hope you have a cool place to be in this hellish weather we are experiencing. 

Ta ta for now,


Monday, July 31, 2017

Best Family Reunion Ever!

As you know, we have had quite a few family reunions over the years. We started out having them at our homes. The numbers grew so we started having them at campgrounds. In the beginning we may not have called them family reunions. When Mom and Dad (Bernita and Ed) lived at the house on Sixth Street in Prosser, we would converge there on States Day (Prosser's Labor Day celebration) to watch the parade and go to the park where the carnival was set up and Bingo was played. Mom loved playing Bingo! We had one at Doug and Patty with a Y's house in Benton City one time. Another time, maybe more than once, at Aunt Donna and Uncle Jack's house in Forest Grove. That's the one when the police officer came because he found Godzilla hitchhiking and vagrant.

So we have evolved, each time we celebrated our large, diverse family, the numbers grew. I predict this Family Reunion will be the BEST one ever and we will have the MOST people ever! I am so happy family members from Missouri and Maryland and perhaps Colorado will be joining us AND I'm extremely happy because all but one of my children will be there!! The most we've ever had in attendance was two of them, I believe.

And with that, I will tell you that we have some fun scheduled - face painting, two or three different crafts for adults and kids, and games for all ages, too.

My daughter-in-law, Jessica Hoefer, Matt's wife, has her first published book coming out in mid-August. She won't be with us at the reunion but Matt plans to bring some of her books to sell if you are interested. Her pen name is Jessica Kapp and the book is Body Parts. If you want a little more info about her book, here is the link to the local newspaper's story: Jessica Kapp - Body Parts. Or you can go to her Facebook page here: Jessica Kapp at Facebook.  We're all so excited to have a published author in the family!! Very happy for Jess and Matt.

Watch this space for the agenda and other important news about the reunion.

Tomorrow I will be spending some time at the hospital so don't expect a post for a few days. But coming soon: the agenda and an updated checklist.

Ta ta for now,


Monday, July 24, 2017

Genealogy Info About Living Persons

I recently learned of a site which has a lot of personal information on people and they claim they are "a genealogy website." They really aren't. If you would like to see what info this site has on you, read the information and then if you would like to remove your information from that site, the directions are there to do so. 

View the information then Remove Your Personal Details. (Click the link.)

Most genealogical websites have information of people who are deceased, not those still living - for obvious reasons, the most important being identity fraud.

I looked at this site and removed my information. I was amazed at the people it connected me to, all of my addresses over time, and even my phone numbers.

As you know, I have a lot of information on you and your family. I have that info to share with you and our relatives. I have an Ancestry account, and I have Family Tree on my computer. I've synced both. My information on living people is NOT visible to other Ancestry users. That being said, there are pieces of information on living people available - marriages and divorces, mainly. Personal telephone numbers, addresses, etc. are NOT on the Ancestry website. Even names of living children are not listed for the other Ancestry subscribers to see.

Please note, however, that there are websites out there with personal information on everyone - those usually have fees to pay before you can review the information. Those sites are totally different than genealogy sites. I believe some of them are nefarious, even.

If you have any questions regarding the information I have, or about genealogy websites in general, please don't hesitate to ask. If I don't know the answer to your question, I will certainly try to find it.

Ta ta for now,

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Family Reunion Fare

I've been busy working on the plans for the family reunion and I'm getting pretty excited about it in one way, but in another way, nervous. I always feel the pressure of trying to make sure everyone has a good time, that there are lots of fun things to do with our relatives but also making sure there is time for the families to do a little kibitzing with each other.  (I looked it up, that is how it is spelled, even though the root word is kibbutz.) I'm feeling especially nervous this time because, for one thing, we have relatives coming from Maryland, Missouri and maybe Colorado. I want them to have a good time for sure!

Another reason I am a bit nervous about it is my health. I'm having some difficulties and have had five medical tests/procedures in the last 2-1/2 months. I have two more appointments for tests coming up. There have been some findings but more procedures needed to rule out other possible reasons I am having difficulties. I won't go into it here, but I may be having surgery soon. Of course I will keep in mind the dates of the reunion and NOT schedule anything that would interfere with that!!

I am making a booklet with an agenda included. I plan to have it available in print form but parts of it will be available here or on Facebook. I'll let you know. 

On the right side of this blog there is a link to the Preliminary Checklist - be sure to check it out. Just a quick reminder to bring lawn chairs. I know some of you will be flying in so we'll try to get extras so you won't have to bring (as if) or purchase lawn chairs. To those who bring them, please mark them with your name. If you have extras, please bring them so our travelers have a place to sit.

I did a preliminary count and came up with 86 people planning to attend! Wouldn't it be awesome if this turned out to be the biggest and best reunion yet? I was trying to remember when the last reunion was held. I know it was at Barview Jetty Park, and I'm thinking it was in 2005. Anyone? It's somewhere in my files but I don't have access to them right now. 

We have surpassed the minimum for the tee shirts! I'm so happy! We still have two weeks to purchase more before the cut off date so if you have not ordered yours, please do so as soon as possible. 

Keep checking this blog for more information. 

Ta ta for now,

Sunday, July 9, 2017


Here's to the kids who are different.
The kids who don't always get A's.
The kids who have ears twice the size of their peers
And noses that go on for days.

Here's to the kids who are different.
The kids they call crazy and dumb.
The kids who aren't cute and don't give a hoot
Who dance to a different drum.

Here's to the kids who are different.
The kids with a mischievous streak.
For when they have grown, history has shown
It's their difference that makes them unique.

~Author Unknown~

(Found amongst my papers - I believe it may have come from my Mom.)