Thursday, April 27, 2017


I took part of the day off and went thriftin' with Hubby. I'm glad he likes to do that - he likes it most of the time. I'm trying something new while we are shopping anywhere, not just thrift store shopping. I'm just going to look at whatever I want, for as long as I want and not let him rush me. He stands nearby and practically breathes down my neck sometimes! I'm going to try real hard not to let that bother me. I tried it today in one of the shops. We'd been to one and I felt him getting antsy so we went and had lunch, bet you can't guess where, and then went to a much larger shop. I took my time! And when he asked if I was ready to check out, I said no! So he just followed me around but not anxiously. So my little experiment worked! See, you can too teach an old dog new tricks. (Meaning myself as the old dog.)

What did we get? The cutest whale you ever did see to hang on the wall at the beach abode. I'll take a photo of it when we get it hung. We got it at The Little Crow, one of my favorite shops in Rockaway. They always have cute stuff. I also bought three doilies. I've hung vintage doilies and potholders as a valance and down the sides of the kitchen window. There are blinds to close at night but the doilies and potholders don't block the view at all. 

I got a few books to have around when I feel the need to read. And let's see, hmm, a couple of tops for summer for me. A pair of earrings. Oh, and we got a Coleman lantern for those times when the electricity goes out here at the beach. It was $6.99 minus 25%, then we got a 10% senior discount. I like the thrift shops here better than those at home-home. The prices are better and they have specials. 

That's all for tonight. I'm done working now. Tomorrow I have to sweep, mop, vacuum, etc. Cleaning day. Hope I'm feeling good so I can do those chores.

Ta ta for now,


Wednesday, April 26, 2017


I am a bit under the weather today. Flu? Who knows. Probably just my FMS acting up. Hubby got two crabs yesterday when he went crabbing and we planned to have them for dinner tonight but my tummy just can't handle crab today. So he got me some chicken strips; they are pretty bland. (Not really but it sounded good!)

I was able to get some of my researching/recording done before the illness smacked me. I came across a page from a record book from 1743, handwritten, of course. It was headed, "The Names and Qualities of Persons." Here are a few of the entries in that record that I thought were interesting or curious:
  • Robert Leech, aged 73 years, died of old age
  • Thomas Waite, aged 6 mos., died of a fever
  • Daniel Jemmett, aged 32 years, died of a vomitting
  • Sarah Carter, aged 32 years, died in child bed
  • John Gibbes, aged 49 years, died of a general decay
  • Mary Burger, aged 32 days, died with fitts
  • Edmund Gaskins, aged 21 years, died ... small pox
  • Eliza Benmister, aged 57 years, died of a consumption
  • Several died from "a Lun" or "a Lon" - it's hard to read. It could be an abbreviation.
  • consumption - wasting away of the body; formerly applied especially to pulmonary tuberculosis
  • fitts - a sudden attack or seizure of muscle activity
  • child bed fever - an infection after the birth of a baby
  • lung sickness - pneumonia
  • long sickness - tuberculosis
Other "qualities" listed on the page included bans for marriage, births, etc. Names were included in each entry. The mother, father and child's names were listed for births. The bride and groom's names were listed for bans and for weddings. 

On another record I found, a death certificate, the cause of death was "aortitis." I assume that would mean something to do with the heart. 

It was interesting and enlightening to look into the past and the diseases and illnesses they experienced. 

Ta ta for now,


Monday, April 24, 2017

A New Look

I've changed the look of the blog. What do you think? Did you know you can make comments on this blog? At the bottom of every post there is a place to leave comments. You can sign in with your Google name or you can leave an anonymous comment. All comments are moderated, that is, before they are published I will look at them. Just in case someone decides to leave an impolite one.

I've moved the "pages" to the column on the right. Be sure to check them out. Lots of information and lots of photos. I'll be adding to them soon.

You can search this blog, too. If there was something you read that you would like to read again, use the search function, or go to the bottom of the right hand column and look at archived posts.

Hope you will mark this blog as a favorite and come back often.

Ta ta for now,


Sunday, April 23, 2017

I Can't Stand It!

I have some new photos of Grandaddy, Rufus Lee Burnett. I had to purchase them from the Washington County Museum in Hillsboro, Oregon. Long story short, they didn't charge me. They asked that I give the credit for these photos, so I just did. This was done in January and February. I didn't pop the flash drive in until today. One of the photos I had seen already, on their website, but the other wasn't on their website, and is new to me. I will put it in my book but I just can't wait to let you see it, so here it is! Who looks like him??? Did it strike your fancy immediately as to who looks like him? It did me. But other photos of Grandaddy also look like this person. Tell me on Facebook what you think. There is a reMARKable resemblance!

Rufus "Skipper" Burnett
Photo courtesy of Washington County Museum

I've been busy sorting, filing, writing, corresponding. And then more sorting, filing, writing, corresponding. Will this book ever get done????????

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturday, Saturday (Think Elton John)

We had a wonderful visit with our son, Zach and his bride, Rebecca. They drove to Tillamook to meet us for brunch. We brunched for two hours, then they had to get back to Beaverton to carry out other plans for the day. By the way, the Denney's in Tillamook is GREAT! I have never had a bad meal, the service is good, the place is CLEAN. And the prices are pretty good, too. We eat there occasionally and continue to go back. (There are Denney'ses (haha) that I won't step foot in. For example, in The Dalles, no way.

While we enjoyed each other's company, it was pouring down rain - raining crabs and clams - but we sat and visited and caught up with each other over breakfast. They let us just sit there after we were finished eating. It's always good to spend time with our loved ones.

Thanks to those who have liked the Grandma Dillon Headstone Project page on Facebook. I am pretty excited about doing this and hope you will help honor Grandma when the time comes for me to start asking for donations.  Here is the link to that page. Grandma Dillon Headstone Project on Facebook.

I mentioned that Grandma collected rosaries. I have maybe a mini-collection of rosaries. I have one in a little metal box that was given to me by a lady who worked for the City of Beaverton Police Department when I graduated from High School; one my mom, Bernita Dillon Burnett, gave me; one that my sweet sister, Edie, gave me, and my most special one, from Myrtle and Roy Prince when they went to Rome. It is made of rose petals and it's in a little round box. It smells so good. I have other rosaries, too, and all of them are so pretty.
(Both photos from the Web, not mine.)

Now, back to the book writing. Hope your weekend is going well.

Ta ta for now,


Friday, April 21, 2017

Maybe, Maybe Not

Those second thoughts are still plaguing me. It's almost summer. I won't be able to go out and about cuz I will have to have a scooter to get around - no putting my foot on the ground. No going down on the beach. No lots of things. Fall would be a better time. And how am I going to walk on grass at Elijah and Lauren's wedding? Oy vey, this is a dilemma for me.

So we arrived back at our humble beach abode last night. Today was put-stuff-away and sort-out-my-papers-and-folders day. And work on family-reunion-stuff-day. Not telling you what I worked on. Well, I can say I worked on tee shirts and other stuff. You'll just have to wait and see what Julie and I have in store for you.

I'm feeling pretty good now that we're back breathing that fresh ocean air - lots of sunshine today. Flowers, too. I tried to take a photo of the view this evening before the sun set, it was so beautiful with aqua colored water, a touch of pink in the blue sky and the rocks looked like someone just set them down in the shiny, glassy water. The photo did not do it justice, nor do my words. We drove to the Jetty Fishery on the Nehalem to see how the crabbing is and it looks like Hubby can go crabbing next week. He loves that.

Tomorrow we are meeting Zach and Rebecca for brunch and we are looking forward to it!

Have a great weekend!

Ta ta for now,

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Of course, I was having second thoughts about having surgery. So I Googled it. I will be having surgery...I found out it could get worse and have more complications which would mean surgery eventually anyway, and it would end up being even more extensive! (And not to mention that I'm not getting any younger!)

Here is what the doctor told us:

The toe is cut open, duh, and the bones on each side of the joint are smoothed off, a rod is put through the two bones and three screws are put into the side of that. Then a metal plate is put on top of the two bones. The bones will fuse together, or at least they are supposed to. However, they won't if you don't do exactly what the doctor says, i.e., stay off the foot the entire time. A knee scooter is going to be prescribed. (I told him I am lousy with crutches.) He said I will be in terrible pain. (One of the reasons I was having second thoughts!) Until it heals, I will be in bad pain.* But, then after it all heals I should have no pain. Well, there are those complications that could arise and he told us about those: death, still have pain after surgery and healing, infection, etc., etc. (The small print, as there is in any type of operation.) It is same day surgery and it will be done in Yakima at the same surgery center where my last thumb surgery was. *I have a pretty high tolerance for pain so maybe it won't be as bad as he thinks???

Here is a description I copied from my Google search:

Arthrodesis (are-throw-dee'-sis)

Fusing the bones together (arthrodesis) is often recommended when the damage to the cartilage is severe. The damaged cartilage is removed and pins, screws, or a plate are used to fix the joint in a permanent position. Gradually, the bones grow together. This type of surgery means that you will not be able to bend the toe at all. However, it is the most reliable way to reduce pain in these severe cases. For the first six weeks after surgery, you will have to wear a cast and then use crutches for about another six weeks. You won't be able to wear high heels, and you may need to wear a shoe with a rocker-type sole.

I am having difficulties with my IBS and doctoring for that right now, too. And, I've taken myself off sugar (again) and milk. Sugar for the diabetes and the headaches and milk for the IBS. Trying to lose weight also. I know its hard on my body to weigh as much as I do, my knees and hips are screaming at me.

I guess you could say I have a lot going on right now and I'm feeling like a mess. I have a migraine today, too. (Calgon, take me away.)

Ta ta for now,


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A Couple of Rants

The news is just too terrible these days. Terrible for young and old. Terrible that when a person goes out in public they have to worry about a truck running into the crowd, or a gunman choosing to pick off whomever gets in his way. Babies being bombed with chemicals is almost too atrocious to believe but it happened. I quit reading the newspaper a long time ago and am getting to where maybe I don't want to watch the news on TV either. I'll maybe stick my head in the sand and ignore the world. Right. Unfortunately, I can't. We need to be aware of what is happening but whether or not we can do something about "it" is a different story. We went to the local casino tonight for dinner (thinking it was Senior Day and we would get our buffet meals half off-more about that after this rant) and I actually worried and wondered if a gunman would come in and shoot us. It could happen. After we went to the doctor's office today we went to Goodwill and another thrift shop. (I was looking for fabric.) Goodwill had a bin full of knives under lock and key. Kitchen knives. 

Ok, about the casino. They just opened their 90 million dollar hotel and expanded the casino. It is not finished yet but will be soon. The hotel is finished, just the gaming areas are being worked on. So we go up to the desk and ask for a senior book, as we've done many times in the past on Tuesdays, and were told that Senior Day is now on Wednesdays and you have to earn points before you can get the book which includes coupons for gaming and the one we used to use frequently, the 50% off buffet dinner. So now they make you play before you can get the book. Apparently they want to make sure they can make the payments on their fancy new hotel. Meow. I wonder if they are going to have the business they expect to have. I am not a fan of this casino, never have been, but now I'm really not a fan. I haven't been there in quite some time, now that we spend most of our time at the coast. Hubby does go there to play in the KENO tournaments, however. So we didn't eat in the buffet, the menu didn't seem all that pleasing for the price. We did eat in the deli, and it was okay. But, it will be a long time before I visit there again. Let me say this about that: they are not friendly, the place used to be dirty, (parts of it still are) it smells, the food is ho-hum, etc., etc. Perhaps there will be changes for the better...?

We are on an extended visit home as I mentioned in a previous post. I saw the podiatrist today to review the x-rays of my feet. Both big toes have damage from arthritis and the left foot, the one that hurts the most, is bone on bone. Severe damage, apparently. Sooo. Surgery will be June 7th (after the peony harvest).  I'll be laid up for quite awhile and not able to put any weight on that foot for about 6-8 weeks. Can you say "knee scooter?" Again...went through this last year, but last year I broke my ankle on that foot because of the big toe locking up and causing pain, hence the fall down the stairs. It is difficult for me to walk - or do stairs - because of the pain. Dr. Jeff told me it is going to hurt like heck before it heals up...that I'm not looking forward to, but I do want to be able to walk and I was fast approaching a wheelchair. Just to get around in a grocery store is difficult now. I will have the month of May to get all my ducks in a row before surgery. Maybe in another post I'll describe the procedure. It's rather extensive, much more so than the surgeries I had on my two thumbs. I thought it would be about the same procedure. Nope, not even close. (The right foot has arthritis, too, but is not as bad as the left foot.) Oh, and sorry, kids. Arthritis is hereditary. But you probably already knew that. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017


Technically it is Wednesday now but I haven't ended my day yet so Tuesday it is. And I was born on a Tuesday. I'm full of grace alright! My name actually means "grace." What a co-in-key-dink!

I feel great about my writing and research right now. When my previous laptop died, I had to load my files from a disk. I had copied the files and it was not an actual back-up so I had lots of garbage that I didn't need on this newer laptop. It has been bugging me that my data was a mess - lots of duplicate files, etc. However, I have been working on said files for two days now and the information is in great shape. I made notes of the incomplete files, stories that need additional information before I can consider them complete, photos all organized and garbage deleted. Spring cleaning!

I am going to figure out how much I have written already, the number of words, photos, etc. It will help me decide if I am using too many photographs, too many chapters, etc. 

I've decided something major. I'm going to talk to the cemetery where Grandma is buried and see how much it would cost to give her a new, prettier headstone. It has been bugging me for well over a year that her headstone is really rather plain. She deserves something nicer. I will either set up a go-fund-me or try to figure out the PayPal "pay me" button because I'm going to ask family to pitch in and help me finance this project. There will be the cost of the headstone but it will probably cost something to set the new one. I plan to go talk to the cemetery about it soon. Well, later. Their website said the headstones start at $579.00. I might even raffle off a quilt or something. 

We are going home for awhile since Hubby and I both have doctor appointments coming up. Two each. Ugh. It's the pits getting old! All my parts are wearing out. I'm having problems with my feet and can see that I will be ending up in a wheelchair sooner than later if I don't do something about it. I'm not getting any younger. I believe its arthritis since I had it in both of my thumb joints. My two big toes are in a bad way. It only hurts when I walk, haha!! Hubby has to go on insulin so two of our appointments are talking to a nutritionist and learning how to give himself injections. I'm supposed to go with him for that. I used to give myself allergy injections so I know what to do but a refresher is good. Plus it may be a little different. I'll find out, won't I?

Here is a photo of Grandma, Henrietta Marie Vanderzanden Dillon's headstone. Don't you agree with me that she deserves a pretty one? 

I'm thinking something with a bible and a rosary. She collected rosaries and was a faithful woman. And some granite or marble, whatever they use. I'll keep you posted. Prayerfully consider helping me with this project, please. And thank you. 

Ta ta for now,

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Back In The Saddle Again

We arrived at the beach on Thursday evening. I've been working nonstop on my writing. Well, no, that's not true. I stopped and made dinner tonight. Hubby was engrossed in the March Madness games so I decided to cook since I felt halfway decent. (But I didn't afterwards!)

This is the weekend Washington spring break starts and Oregon's ends. There have been more people on the beach. Its supposed to be nice for the next few days.

I'm working on the chapter about my father. I have been working on it for over a week. (When we were here last and now again.) I just want to make sure I don't leave anything out. And I research in between so I can add this or that to the story.

I'm having some health issues so I've changed my diet to see if it helps. So far, so good. I was heaving many headaches but cutting out sugar has helped. Or its a coincidence. I eat a wee bit but nothing like before. I have a dry mouth due to Sjogren's so I need to suck on hard candy now and then. I'm also cutting out milk and ice cream. That is hard! I have a peach cobbler in the oven right now because my sweet tooth is nagging me today. I used Splenda for the sugar. We'll see how that works. I haven't had good luck using Splenda in baking. It's supposed to be equal to sugar, i.e., 1 cup Splenda equals 1 cup of sugar. But the texture is different and it doesn't always turn out so good.

Hope you all have a nice spring break and a Happy Easter. It will be here soon!

Ta ta for now,