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.)

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Genealogy Facts of Life According to Nancy

1. You stay up too late at night. You plan how few hours you have to sleep so you can get right back at it again in the morning.

2. You wish you didn't have to stop and eat instead of writing and researching.

3. You wish you didn't have to take a shower and get dressed so you could get busy writing and researching.

4. You buy way too many file folders. Or so you thought.

5. Your spare room is filled with file boxes full of folders - and they are all full of materials and photos.

6. You have to move the file boxes when guests come to stay the night because the bed is covered with them.

7. You start out in the morning looking for a certain fact for a certain person and by night time you end up with a totally different person on a totally different family tree.

8. You buy many, many ink cartridges until your husband says, "You're already out of ink? I just bought you four of them!"

9. You need to buy stock in a pen company.

10. You wonder how many trees were killed making all the paper you use.

11. You're glad there is a post office nearby.

12. You dig and dig and dig trying to find out who the person in that photo is because your ancestor didn't label the photo. (Times 50.)

13. You're considering a different place to live so there will be room for your family history/genealogy files. (Not really, but ... )

14. Every now and then you yell out "AHA!"

15. Your loved ones' eyes glaze over when you start to talk about ... well, anything about your conquest for facts.

16. You finally quit for the day when your eyes cross and blur from looking at the computer screen.

17. You cut your fingernails because you keep pushing the wrong letters and it takes extra time to input data.

18. Your floors need sweeping, the dishes need washing, and there are dust bunnies being ignored.

19. In spite of it all, you feel fulfilled and content after a day of good writing and research.

20. Now and then someone thanks you for the information you found for them because you can't resist helping someone with their puzzled past.

21. You know you will never be "finished" because there is always another branch on the family tree.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

In Memory of Roy Prince

Roy at 18 mos.
Roy passed away on June 9, 2017. He will be missed.
Rest in Peace, Roy. I'm glad I came 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. 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Kodak Moment of 1911

There are many copies of this photo floating around. I decided to put the names right on the photo so we would know "who is who." This is a photo of my Grandma, Henrietta Vanderzanden Dillon and her mother and sisters. She was the youngest child of Agnes and Henry (Henricus) Vanderzanden. There were two brothers in addition to the ladies.

Hmm. The printing is awfully small so I'll note it all here:

Front row: L - R
Nellie and Henrietta.

Center: L - R
Bertha, Mother Agnes Hendrix (Maria Agnes but she went by Agnes), Minnie.

Back row:
L - R Nellie, Mary, Anne

There will be more information about these lovely ladies in my book.

Ta ta for now,


Sunday, July 2, 2017



  • Quarters for the showers (if you are camping)
  • Knick-knacks/white elephants, etc. for prizes. These do NOT have to be new; just whatever you find lying around the house or at a yard sale. Please wrap and indicate whether its for a boy, girl, man, woman, anyone, etc. (I still have some from previous family reunions!)
  • Sunscreen
  • Flip-flops
  • Food for POTLUCK - please bring plenty because we ran out of food last time before everyone got to eat 
  • Lawn/camp chairs - you will have to drag these from campsite to campsite, down on the beach, etc.
  • Camera
  • Toys for dogs and kids
  • Wood for your campfire - there are lots of places along Hwy 101 to buy wood for $5 a stack
  • Stuff for S'mores - including the sticks or utensils to roast the marshmallows
  • Musical instruments
  • Trash bags
  • Matches or lighter (for campfires)
We will provide:
  • for the potluck: paper plates, napkins, plastic utensils, table cloths, drink cups
  • games for everyone to play
  • a craft project for kiddos
  • name tags
  • bags for the kids to put their loot in

Friday, June 30, 2017

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Or so they say! I've been playing detective today. I brought a cache of photos with me from home. Some of them are turn of the century old. Some have noted the person or persons, but some have not. So that has been my quest today, putting a name to the face or faces. I have not been super successful. It is rather slow-going because the Internet is playing tortoise and I am the hare. I cleared my browsing history but that didn't seem to help.

I love this photo-I know who the little girl is, you wouldn't know her, but I do not know who the little boy is. It is a sweet little photo so I thought I would share it with you.

Do you have big plans for the 4th? We are at the beach and our daughter, Audra, and her family are renting a house north of Rockaway over the week of the 4th so we plan to spend it with them. Otherwise, we are just going to watch the fireworks in the evening and I'm hoping for s'mores - we do have the required hot dogs - what is the 4th of July without a hot dog? I am hoping to cook them over an open fire on the beach and get sand in them! I do have good memories of such from my childhood and as a mom with our kids on the beach. Grit, grit. 

We ordered some special glasses with which to watch the eclipse in August. We are looking forward to that! 

Happy 4th of July, God Bless America The Beautiful! Stay sane, safe and sober, please!!

Ta ta for now,


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Back at the Beach and the Book

Hurray, we are back at the beach and I'm happy as a clam! I have sorted my book notes, paperwork, etc., and I'm ready to get back to it. I did do a little research while we were home and I sorted through some photographs. I plan to give photos to people at the Family Reunion. I'm taking out what I want for the book and the remainder I will pass on.

A few more people have ordered tee shirts. And ladies, there are ladies tee shirts, too, as well as men's and youth sizes. See previous posts for ordering info, or the Family Reunion Facebook page.
The Burnett Dillon Korpi Family Reunion

I mentioned on Facebook that my heart goes pitter-patter when I see "15th great-grandparent." On the Dillon Family Tree I have as far back at 20th great-grandfather! Sir Thomas Dillon was born in the year 1230 in Ireland.

Here are some interesting notes about ancestors (Before 1850)

  • there were three generations per century
  • the average age for a man to marry was 24, seldom before 20
  • the average age for a woman to marry was 20, seldom before 16
  • first marriages were usually between couples the same age
  • women usually outlived their husbands
  • older widowers frequently married much younger women who had never been married (IMO it was because they needed someone to take care of them in their old age)
  • births usually occurred at two year intervals
  • first child was born about a year after marriage
  • child bearing ended at age 45
  • women rarely traveled along
  • men usually married women from their neighborhood
  • men often went back to a former residence to find a wife
  • parents often "went West" with a son or a daughter
  • Ohio pioneers often moved to the area in states with the same latitude
  • if you find an ancestor with a "virtue" name (Patience, Hope, Charity, Piety) consider a New England heritage
  • children were often named for grandparents
  • frequently a middle name or even a first name was a mother's or grandmother's maiden name especially if repeated through several related families
Info derived from an article published in the magazine "The Family Tree" from Ayars Heirs, Echo Publishing, Summerdale, PA, October/November 1998. 

Ta ta for now,


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Life is What Happens...

when you've made other plans.

That's for sure! We came home from the beach so I could attend a bridal shower for our future granddaughter, so I could get an ultrasound of my gall bladder, and so Hubby could go to the VA for an appointment with the pharmacist about insulin/diabetes. But, I got sick and was sick for most of the past week. I did go to the bridal shower, which was lovely! And I did have the ultrasound and another test. I will get those results tomorrow. 

We went to Spokane on Sunday to spend Father's Day with our daughter, Melanie, and her S.O., Marcus. We spent time with Melanie, Marcus and his three sons, Colby, Ethan and Logan, and met Marcus's father, Nate. Nate introduced himself as "Pa" so that's what we called him. We had a great meal prepared by Marcus, Pa and Melanie. We told stories and laughed a lot! It was a fun visit.

After that, we went to the Red Lion at the Park in Spokane, Melanie's gift to Hubby for Father's Day. We got "upgraded" and had a suite with almost everything you would want (no coffee or coffee pot in the room, though--you could trek to the Lobby to get some but it was a trek so we just got it later). The room had a view of the Spokane River just below our room and the falls were just below, also. It was a great room! It had a little balcony, too. Melanie got the room for us so we could go the next day to Hubby's brother's property where they will be building a home. Craig and Ellen are clearing the land and getting it ready for retirement. That will be in a couple of years. They live in Pensacola, Florida now.

It was a very nice weekend until we got to Pasco, nearly home, where we gassed up, but the car wouldn't start after that. So we sat in the hot car for two hours or more (we were at a Circle K so we would go in and cool off now and then) until the AAA assigned tow truck fetched us and took us to Prosser. From then our son, Derek, rescued us and took us home. We got home at about 10 p.m., about 4 hours later than we thought we would be there. Such is life. The car is at the local car dealership to get fixed but needs a part from Reno, Nevada. That means late this week or early next week we will get the car back.

We will take the Beastie Mobile to the beach - and I'm anxious to get back to writing my book. 

Hopefully I will get back to more regular blog postings. Thanks to all who have ordered their tee shirts. 13 so far! The blues are ahead!!



Thursday, June 1, 2017

Order T-Shirts

The tee shirts are ready to order. We have blue for Burnett, Green for Dillon and Yellow for Korpi. We have women's, men's and youth's sizes. Click here to order your shirts:
Family Reunion T-Shirts.

This is a woman's shirt. It comes in plus sizes, too.

We have two months to order. That way you can budget the order if need be. 

Keep Calm and Order Your T-Shirts!

Ta ta for now,


Saturday, May 27, 2017

A Genealogy Resource

There are many genealogy resources available to researchers from novice to professional. I'm not professional, but I wouldn't consider myself a novice, either. I'm still learning after all these years of interest. I've taken classes from one day to weeks long. I've read many a book. I've bugged my relatives (as you all know!) and I'm still at it. I believe, as I've said before, that I will never be finished and that my research/genealogy/family history quest is definitely "a work in progress." So, I'm always looking at websites for genealogy resources, tips, tricks, etc. And today I found, with the help of an article in/at Family Tree Magazine, WolframAlpha. As stated on the website, it is a "computational knowledge engine." I put in my date of birth, including the year, and the city in which I was born, and found out the temperature for that day, as well as the wind speed, the weather overall, the humidity, and more! It was kind of fun! If you want to see what the weather was like on your birthday, head on over. If you'd like to see the results for my birth date, click here: Nancy's Birthdate. I'm not sure if I'll use the information I gleaned in my book but I may think of something down the road and now I know this resource exists. 

Have a nice Memorial Day and remember those who have given their lives for our freedom. 



PS-I wanted to know the mileage from one point to another regarding an ancestor so I went to WolframAlpha and entered the question, "What is mileage between Kiowa, Kansas and Anthony, Kansas." It gave me the answer PDQ! I can see this being a great tool for me. Glad I came across it!!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Reunion Info

Motels near to the Reunion Site (Barview Jetty Tillamook County Park): click this link: post with motels and places to stay.

More info Other info about Barview Jetty Park

Vacations rentals info Vacation rentals

More: Beach Break

PLEASE NOTE: I you are not staying at Barview Jetty Park, you will want to find a place to stay in Rockaway Beach, Twin Rocks, Barview, Garibaldi, Bay City or perhaps Tillamook (last resort) to be close and not have to travel much to get to the park for the reunion festivities. US Highway 101 is VERY BUSY on holiday weekends and throughout the summer. It is a 2-lane highway with lots of curves. You won't get anywhere quickly. ALSO NOTE: Tillamook is the site for reconstruction of Hwy.101 through the city. It is difficult to navigate. If you are coming from the valley, take the WILSON RIVER LOOP to avoid the town of Tillamook. Once on the Loop, the first westerly turn will take you to US 101 intersection with Fred Meyer's, the second westerly turn, after the (tiny) bridge will take you to the US 101 intersection next to the Cheese Factory.

Tillamook Cheese Factory has torn down the Visitor's Center and has temporarily set one up in the red barn on the property. I haven't been there but I can't imagine it will accommodate the crowds that the other one did.

Safeway is in the city center of Tillamook. Traffic... Fred Meyer's is on US Hwy 101 and easily accessible, north of city center.

Remember, there will be a potluck at one point in the festivities. This allows us all to be together and visit while eating. I don't need to remind you: we have a LARGE family so bring plenty of food. Those who are staying at motels or hotels, etc., Safeway and Fred Meyers have delis with chicken, salads, etc. And we can always use beverages, chips, dips, etc. And there are some staying at vacation rental houses so you could ask to use their kitchen if need be. We can do this, people! And I have a kitchen...

I will be posting an agenda for the festivities ahead of time, and will provide printed out copies so you won't miss anything!

Another reminder: the beach weather is unpredictable. Bring clothes for warm weather and for cold weather. And rain. (Please, no rain for our reunion, Mother Nature!)