Thursday, June 25, 2020

Revolutionary War Books

I did it, I finished the 776 page book, The British are Coming by Rick Atkinson. It is like the never ending book 564 pages and for me it will be the end as I am going to skip reading the notes 135 pages and sources 42 pages. The print in these two sections is way too small for my eyes. Then there is the index 22 pages. The best part of the book are the maps 24 pages. If these numbers don't add up to the total pages it's okay. I also recently read books by Nathaniel Philbrick and David Hackett Fischer about the Revolutionary War. Do you have any favorite books about this war?

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

An Angel Came to Visit 2020

An angel came to visit me yesterday
and stayed to clean our house.
She swept, vacuumed and mopped the floors,
cleaned the bathrooms, removed the trash.

It was lovely getting to know her and refreshing
to watch as she went about her work.
Our house now is amazing to view
as we stay at home and guard from Covid19.

I will look forward to her coming again.
There have been others, our daughters, and a lovely lady with
her young one from church  who came as they could.
They are each truly appreciated and bring peace to my heart.

Our kitchen is a busy place often filled with guests.
The stove and oven shine and look brand new.
I will think of her as we prepare our meals.
Even the patio looks lovely as we entertain outside.

Angels come in all types, but the ones who serve others
are certainly heaven sent to encourage us in our struggles.
Now I work more peacefully and feel such joy as I look around
and see our home clean and sparkling for all to enjoy.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Things Are Opening Up but Many of Us Will be Happy to Stay at Home

Today was different than most since my last doctor visit in Clackamas, Oregon on March 12. That visit was for a checkup with the OBGYN Cancer doctor and went well. Today was a checkup for my ears as the left ear was plugged in the tube. For the past two months there was no hope of getting in to see a specialist for anything unless one went to the Emergency Room. Even when I fell on March 30th all I could do was talk with a doctor by phone. Each time I tried to make an appointment I was put off until the clinics would open. They are not necessarily open now, but they finally gave me an appointment. My ear being plugged was part of the reason that I fell. Today she was able to open up the tube and I can hear much better. I am very grateful to the medical staff who made this happen for me. When I went into the medical facility I was greeted at the entrance by a group of ten staff, including an armed guard, waiting to process anyone coming to the door . This is serious business. The main thing learned today is to speak up if you need to be seen. If and when they do open up for appointments treat the staff well as they are overly stressed just trying to work and maintain their own lives. After the visit we stopped at my friends to drop off some books. It was a social distancing quick visit. Then when we got back to Scappoose we went to Dairy Queen for some lunch. The line was long, but went pretty fast. Now we are back home and I will be doing a couple more weeks of staying home. As we drove on the freeways the electronic boards showed "Local Travel Only, Stay Safe" or something along that line. If you can send me a picture that would be great.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Clear Blue Skies and Encouraging Each Other

Today was wonderful. Clear blue skies and an escape from the house for a ride about town. My good friend picked me up and we made several stops. Even though we kept our distance, we were able to visit with two good friends, our daughter and two granddaughters. Then we made a stop at Dairy Queen to pick up lunch and get some blizzards. We dropped off three blizzards at our daughters and then came by our house to drop off lunch with plans to go for another drive around town. On our way we saw our Relief Society President visiting with one of her counselors. Our plans quickly changed when we discovered our oldest son was at our house dropping off mother's day surprises. My friend left for home and just as we got settled visiting my older brother came by. The best part was visiting on the patio. We so need these people in our lives. It was amazing how many people were out. It is wonderful to see our town thriving. We can be careful and follow social distancing while still encouraging each other in the current struggles. Thank you to all who were a part of my special day!!!

Friday, May 1, 2020

1 May 2020 Update

May 1, 2020 starting a new month with some great things happening today. I actually slept for eight hours last night. It felt so good and then I was up by 8:30, had breakfast and emptied the dishwasher. As I was sitting down in my recliner my good friend called and reminded me that the Women's Conference session was just starting. It was so nice to watch and the messages were so uplifting. They are available at

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Surviving Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Sane

                  Surviving Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Sane
It has been over two months since I posted on February 16 about reading Nathan Dylan Goodwin's books. At that time I had read three of his books. Shortly after the Stay at Home order due to the Covid19 virus a local library notified me that book four was on hold for me. At the time they were shut down and I tried to find a way to access the book. Finally I told them I would pay the postage if they would mail me the book. The book arrived April 7 and I thoroughly enjoyed reading that wonderful book. There are still five more in his genealogy based mystery series. Those in the genealogy world have offered their heart felt appreciation of his writing.

Sunday, April 19, 2020