Sunday, October 25, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Below is Fruitville Elementary School which I attended those years. My brother, Preston, went
to school there also. It has been expanded and is still in use. It is interesting to note on the plaque visible over the door, it says "In God We Trust". Love it!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
I love sunflowers. Mine are all volunteers from one, previous year's planting. Some of them are taller than the house. They have grown in the most unusual places this year. Sometimes it has been hard to convince Phil that it's alright for them to grow in that particular place...like the one in his garden.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
It made me think of when I was the little sister trying to do things my big brother did, and never being able to do it quite as well. He would share with me though. That doesn't mean he didn't tease me every chance he got ,which was frustrating to deal with. But...I could always tell on him!!!! And I did!!! Sometimes even exaggerating a little!!! Hee Hee!
Phil has the roof on the tool shed finished and the siding on the front, but I don't have a picture of that yet. This one is for you Terri, since you made a special request for an update. Thanks go to Jon for working on my computer today.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
The theme for the Spring Performance this year is "Sleeping Beauty",(you will notice some of Princess Aurora's royal costume hanging on the door). The costume we usually use for the "Blue Bird" was too small for the three dancers who will take turns in the three perfomances. So, I dreamed up the one modeled above. All the girls really liked it when I tried it on one of the dancers yesterday. This is a costume overlay I have been working on the last couple of weeks.
One of the hardest costume accessories I have done was the last time we used the theme "Sleeping Beauty" in 2005. I was asked to make fairy wings. Actually, MANY fairy wings. Bigger ones for the big girls and little ones for the petite fairies. Well, this year Ms Laurie needed one more petite fairy wing for a little dancer who came in just under the deadline. Not good! I can't remember how to make the things! I remember making a prototype in white net and white satan and it was still there among the lilac ones, so I began ponder the idea of dyeing it.
I checked the directions on the Rit dye at the store and it called for HOT water which I realized would not work for the delicate construction. Then after I dyed eggs for Easter the idea came to me to use Easter egg dye. Unfortunately, I had none left. So-0-0, I made an emergency call to Kreanna and YES, she had some extra packages!!
I tried the purple first and it came out a lovely, bright pink with a hint of purple. Then I experimented and added a red tablet and that just made it brighter. Rinsing it under clear, running water helped make it more pastel, but it was still obviously pink. I decided to experiment one more time and made a blue dye bath, adding some of the purple to it. Thankfully, when I add the purple ribbon for the middle it will be close enough to pass and I have now been saved MANY hours of figuring those little wings out.
After yesterday's try-ons, there are many alterations to make for fittings, so it's hard to express how thankful I am this worked out. Nice to live a block from a daughter who comes to the rescue.
Just a FYI: These wings are fastened on the tutu top in such a way they stand away from the back and really are cute little "training wings" for the little girls. The top one is an original, the closest one is the dyed one. (Yes, Grammie's are just antique little girls and still like to play dress-up.)
Jacob didn't know about writing on eggs with the wax crayon, so it was really fun to put his name on an egg before we dyed it.
When we returned again to Orofino, I was in the seventh and eighth grade...then we moved once again to Florida. I finished the last half of my tenth grade year in Orofino and stayed with Nancy and her mother during that time, while the rest of my family went to Kooskia. a small town up the Clearwater River beyond Orofino.
Nancy was very much a part of our family. Having no siblings, she fit right in and my parents loved her. We have kept in touch over the years, usually by phone, but it had been awhile since I had actually seen her.
I was so glad she was able to come and feel very thankful for another former classmate, Patty, who drove her here from Boise, Idaho.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
He did SO well in the race that shortly afterwards the Cross Country Coach called him and asked him to join the team. That was the beginning of his participation in Track and Cross Country. He was awarded the "Most Inspirational" and the "Team Captain" awards twice during his high school years.
This year he wanted to run with his son. I wasn't there for the beginning of the race this year to take pictures, but it's the end that counts, right?!!
This is Jeffrey at the finish..There were 143 participants and he was # 52 at 58.16 minutes. He said he wanted to run it in under an hour and he did!!
Below, the runner in red across the canal is Steven.
This really brought back memories of watching Steve come in at the finish. When he was in high school he usually collapsed after crossing the finish line...which is nerve wracking for a mother.
After one of the meets I noticed his heart was still beating hard nearly thirty minutes after the race. Following many tests it was concluded that, yes, it does take HIS heart longer to slow down than the usual runner. He was advised to keep moving for awhile after crossing the finish, which he does now. (In High School he had a group of teammates who would run/jog with him after a race).
Steven came in # 77 at 70.34 minutes.
I wish I had been in training too, so it could have been three generations, but I haven't run it since 1996.
These two are winners in our family!!!
Not sure what happened to the shape of this picture...but the "story" it tells is still intact.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
When I was dating Phil he had a black, 1954 Ford which he was very proud of...and which had extemely loud, way cool pipes that I could hear coming at least four blocks away. I have no idea why he was never stopped for disturbing the peace; maybe the law liked the sound of them too.
Anyway, he had a small, stuffed bulldog that sat on the dash. It kept falling off, so I told him if he got a magnet I would sew it on the feet. This he did and, after sewing on the magnet, it stayed put quite nicely. We decide to name him George because it was Phil's first name and he has never been at all fond of it.
When we were on our honeymoon we stopped in a small town and had breakfast. There we saw a little dog that looked like a good mate for George. We named her Allene, because it was my middle name. They are still together...after all these years.