Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Muddled and Befuddled

Last night we went to the beach house Audra is renting. Hubby made a pot of stew so we took that over and had dinner with Audi, Emme, Sophia and Lily. John was there for the weekend and had us over for dinner on Sunday night but he had to leave early Monday morning to go back to the Tri-Cities to work. 

After we ate our fill of stew, Lily and I colored. The other girls were resting. Audi and Vic went for a drive, checking out houses for sale, etc. We all like to do that...its a family "thing." I guess that way if we win the lottery we can buy a beach house, LOL! Anyway, we visited for awhile, then the little girls asked Pappy if he could build a fire so they could make S'mores. Yummy, yummy. I love burnt marshmallows on mine and the fire was perfect - my marshmallow caught fire and made the best S'more ever. Everyone needs to have at least one S'more a year, don't you think? The last time I had one was on the 4th of July when Audi and family were here last year.

I have a conglomeration of paperwork that I'm trying to put in order. It has to do with the Burnett Family History. I'm making a list, and checking it twice! No, really, the list I am making is of our direct line, similar to the one I just recently completed for the Dillon Family History. When I come to a person who is what I call a "dead end," I make sure he or she really is a "dead end." And sometimes, he or she isn't actually. So then I go off on that line and continue it until there is a legitimate, or true, dead end. So I am off on one of those tangents. In order to keep it all straight, I make a Family Group Sheet for each person and I put them on a Pedigree Chart showing who belongs to who. It gets kind of muddled because each person has two parents, four grandparents, eight great-grandparents, etc. A muddled pile accumulates and sometimes my mind gets somewhat befuddled!

This is how many ancestors you have. When I am doing one side of my family
at a time, there would be half this amount. However, I don't always have all of the names.
So even though we have this many ancestors, I won't have all the info 
on every single one of them. But still, there are a lot of
them to include in my project.

I enjoy what I am doing, but if I have to get up and do something else, for example, fix breakfast and eat it, I have reorient myself and get my mind back to where it was before I left. Sometimes that is confusing! 

This is an amethyst angel Zach and Becca gave me. 
She sits right next to me
as I muddle. The sunlight shines through her and it is beautiful. Amethyst is for healing. They gave me a huge chunk of amethyst for Mothers Day, too. 
It's at our Grandview home. 
Now I have amethyst at each of our homes.

My coffee always seems to get cold when I'm working on the book.
I use half n' half in my coffee, so once its reheated, it
loses flavor. I'm constantly throwing out
half cups of coffee. It doesn't take long
to brew another cup with my Keurig, though.

Ta ta for now,


Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
Beatitude #3

Monday, June 18, 2018

Family History

I'm learning a lot of history as I research some of our ancestors. I have found considerably more information about the Dillon side of the family than I have of the Burnett side and that is presenting me with a challenge. After all, I carry the name Burnett and that name is the reason why I started this project in the first place. 

Having the Internet is like finding a gold mine, only I could really use some of that gold sometimes. There are all kinds of genealogy books pertaining to all kinds of genealogy, and usually they are a bit spendy. I purchased an e-book today and found out what I needed was in the free sample. Now that I know that little tidbit, I will double-check before purchasing in the future.

I'm stuck at John Burnett born about 1740 - only that is a pretty common name and though I have found more info that is new to me, some of the dates just don't jibe. Our John Burnett was imprisoned because he participated in the Jacobite rebellion of 1745. He was to be put to death but a "Judge Burnett" vouched for him and he was instead banished from Great Britain and sent to the Americas. He was never to go against the King in the future, that was the condition of his "parole." I'm still working on him. As always, this entire project is, and will be for awhile,  a "work in progress." 

I must admit, I am enjoying every bit of it. Almost. I'm having some troubles with odd things on Ancestry regarding messages, but it will get sorted out soon. I think I am being stalked. Sort of. I hope not. But so far, Ancestry hasn't done anything about it but offer information that does not solve the problem or answer a question. Which doesn't please me. I have to block out some time and call them on the phone. Won't that be fun--NOT.

Remember the post about pens? The 24 pack I got? Those pens are SUPER! I have found "Pen-Nirvana!!" 

Ta ta for now,


"Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted."
Beatitude #2

Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all the Dad's in my life! I hope your day was extra-special.

Today Matt and Soleil left early so they could go to the Tillamook Country Smoker before the tournament started. They have the best jerky and pepperoni sticks - period! I don't eat the pepperoni sticks but the jerky is awesome. They have several flavors. If you haven't tried it, you must! If you don't live nearby, here is a link to their website where you can order any of their products: Tillamook Country Smoker Jerky (And, no, they didn't pay me to say this!)

Our daughter, Audra, and her family, John, Emily, Sophia and Lily arrived at the beach house  yesterday, in nearby Nedonna, they rent every year. They called to invite us to dinner today so we went over and had a yummy dinner and a nice visit. They spent the earlier part of the day at Flamingo Jim's (kids just love this place!) and on the beach where they actually got a bit sunburned. 

On April 21, 2018, I wrote a blogpost about houseplants and how I wanted to find more hoya plants and figure out how to make mine bloom again. It hasn't since I accidentally watered it with vinegar. I had not had any luck finding one, but our son, Derek, got me one for Mother's Day! It's called "Strawberries and Cream." It has variegated leaves. I haven't seen it yet because it hadn't arrived by the time we left for the beach, but I found this photo of the flowers it will have. Hopefully! 
The flowers should look like this on
the plant from Derek.

Yesterday, as we drove to Seaside for the Soccer tournament, I spied a nursery, close to Seaside so we stopped there on the way back to Rockaway Beach. It was Dennis' 7 Dees. Hubby found a hoya in a galvanized container hanging on the back of a post. I had missed it in my search. It also has variegated leaves but we don't know what kind of flowers it will have, since it doesn't have a name other than "wax plant." Some of the leaves have a pink, almost red, hue. 
The hoya from Derek.

So now I have three hoya plants. I'm going to have to have shelves built into the window in the master bathroom, the window sill is about 12" or so wide. Plants do well in that window because it is frosted and the sun doesn't beat down on it but it does offer plenty of light. And it gets my constant attention because that is "my" bathroom.

Speaking to the lady at the nursery, she said she doesn't often get hoyas in, and that they used to be "everywhere." That is the trouble I've been having to find them, too. Derek ordered his/mine online somewhere. I asked the nursery woman how to make mine bloom again. She said just keep pouring water through the soil and thoroughly clean it. Hmm. I'll think about it. It's been a couple of years since it happened, you would think it should be gone by now. I thought maybe she could tell me what to add to the soil to help it bloom again. Nope.

The hoya we found at Dennis' 7 Dees nursery.
I swear the one we bought yesterday has already grown a few inches! Which isn't surprising, I can almost watch Hubby's fuchsias grow by staring at them!

That's all for now. I'm about to fall on the floor I'm so sleepy!


Blessed are the poor in spirit,
     for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

One of the Beatitudes

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Seaside Soccer in the Sand

You had to drop a "tip" into his basket to
have a picture taken with him.
Soleil posed with the Silver Man. He actually looked like a statue but we had seen him riding the bike earlier so we knew he wasn't, though some people did think he was. The girls lost the first game but won the next one on Saturday. They will play again at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday.

It was brutal trying to find parking. There were hordes of people everywhere. For some crazy reason, Seaside had a car show going on at the same time at the Soccer tournament. If you are familiar with Seaside, we had to park in the Safeway/Rite Aid parking lot and walk to the beach, across the highway and the river. I didn't walk the entire way in - just about 4-5 blocks, but on the way out, I cried "Uncle" after several blocks so Hubby put my lawn chair out on the sidewalk in the shade so I could sit while he went to fetch the car. It was a long wait.

This heap was parked on the Prom. It was closed to traffic.
Hubby wondered if this is what it looked like
when his Grandfather and Grandmother
moved their family from Nebraska to Oregon.
This really doesn't show the magnitude of the
number of people attending and watching the
soccer tournament.

This was taken on the Prom.

I didn't know they had lifeguards, which is why I
took this picture. They only had the one
stand and it was on the south side of the Prom.

Soleil's games on Saturday were on the
north side of the Prom.

That's all, folks!


"Humility before God is the access point for receiving his mercy and grace."
Psalm 138.6

I'm Cooking

It's Friday night.

I don't cook often. Hubby does most of the cooking and grocery shopping in our house. It happened a long time ago. He likes to eat so he cooks most of the time.  I quit working about 12 years ago when I became disabled. I couldn't do much at all at that time. Still have my bad days and how I feel can change numerous times in one day. So he cooks. He started grocery shopping long before I quit working because it was more convenient for him to do it.

Anyway, I don't cook often. I am cooking tonight, though. We are having guests-our son, Matt, and his daughter, Soleil are going to be here soon. Soleil is playing in a soccer tournament in Seaside, (Soccer in the Sand) which is about 40-45 miles from here, Rockaway Beach. It is north of us. She has two games tomorrow and those will determine how many games and what times on Sunday.

One of Matt's favorite dinners when he was younger was a dish we call "Stacky-Uppies." So that's what I am making for him tonight. Well, for all of us, really!

Here is how to make Stacky-Uppies:

Make rice. Make gravy with chicken chunks in it. (Canned, frozen, fresh: your choice,)

Chop up the following items and put them in individual dishes:
  • tomatoes
  • celery
  • onions (we're supposed to use green onions but I forgot to put them on the grocery list so we used regular onions, chopped fine)
  • pineapple chunks
  • dry-roasted peanuts
  • toasted coconut (I toast it in the oven under the broiler)
Give everyone a dish or plate. They start at the rice, then get the gravy, then the other items in order. If someone doesn't like one of the ingredients, they just don't take it.

We haven't had this in quite some time - like years! I think the last time I made it Matt was with us then, too. (This isn't on Vic's list of dinners to make.)

I'm looking forward to Matt and Soleil being here and to dinner! 

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Ta ta for now,


"How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path. Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
Psalm 119:103-105

Friday, June 15, 2018

Pens, Pens, Pens

I am on the quest for a decent pen. One that doesn't skip. One that feels good in my hand. One that doesn't bleed through the paper. One that flows smoothly and makes my handwriting look good, not shaky or weak. I don't want much, do I?

I find one, then I order a bunch of them and they aren't right. They skip. They are too fat around. They smell weird. 

I find another one. I order 24 of them. Will they be the right pen for me? Who knows. 

I love gel pens. I especially love glittery and shiny, colorful, gel pens. I love the way they feel, the smoothness, the colors. Write a letter with one and it puts glitter all over the place. Not good. 

Some people are allergic to glitter. Or fragrance in the pens. I try not to use either when writing letters. When I journal these pens are fine. 

So today my next experiment arrived. 24 "Smoothest Pen Ever! Z-grip Ballpoint pens." New Ink! Your favorite now better! Find Zen in Your Pen!" Zebra, 1.0 mm. (I got all black. If they pass the test I will get colors.)

Do you have a favorite brand of pen? I've always been picky about my pens. No fine points, just medium. No fat barrels. No stick pens. 

Man can walk on the moon but he can't make a decent pen. Aaarghh!

Ta ta for now,


"I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat. and drink and find satisfaction in all their toil--this is the gift of God."
Ecclesiastes 3:12-13

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Summer Reading List

I have three books to read right now. (Well, I actually have more than that but these three I plan to read post haste.)  I read in the car on trips so that's where I'll start. Which book I will start first has yet to be determined. Here they are:

The Five Love Languages, How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate, by Gary Chapman. I've been wanting to read this for awhile and my sweet sister-in-law, Deb, found a copy at a yard sale, put a nice bow on it and presented it to me! How sweet, that she remembered I wanted to read it and found one. Thanks, Sis!

The next one was recommended by a friend, Celine. She is going to walk El Camino de Santiago next spring. It is a 500 mile trek! It is in Spain and France. The book is by two men who did it - and one of them was in a wheelchair. I won't say much else because I haven't read the book and don't know a lot about the trip. I do know the book is about friendship and brotherhood. It's titled, I'll Push You, A Journey of 500 miles. Two Best Friends and One Wheelchair, by Patrick Gray and Justin Skesuck.

The third book was one of those that Amazon promoted and offered for $9.99 and it's a hardback. The price on the book is $27.95, so to get a best seller in hardback was enticing, but that wouldn't have mattered if I had not been intrigued by the review. Beneath a Scarlet Sky, by Mark Sullivan, is based on a true story of a young Italian man who had nothing to do with the war or the Nazis but ended up helping Jews escape over the Alps. It is highly recommended by reviewers and sounded interesting to me. 

So how do I decide to read which book to read? I told Hubby to choose. He can read whichever one he wants first and I'll choose another. His reading speed is slow so I may read two to his one. We'll see. I'll let you know! 

Do you have any interesting books lined up for your summer reading? What genre do you prefer? I go with mysteries or biographies usually but go for some bestselling novels, too. Sometimes I read an autobiography but find them to be "brag books" by celebrities. That has been my experience with about half of the autobiographies I read, or start to read. I've thrown away several that were just plain crap and don't want anyone else to read it so in the garbage it goes. Or they went. Whatever.

I am picturing myself out front of the Beach Abode, or on the beach in the sand, with an umbrella and a hat, a tall cool beverage and a book. The ultimate pampering. (Next to getting a pedicure. Or a manicure.) (No, on second thought, the beach and a book is the ultimate.)

Line up your summer reading and let me know if you come across a good one for me to add to my pile. 

Ta ta for now,


"Joy is the sign of a Christian."
Pope Francis