Wednesday, January 28, 2009

I am going to be

gone for a few days. We are going to Montana, Philipsburg actually. Stan's office building has been undergoing a major remodel. Beginning tomorrow they are going to remove the interior walls and connect the building to the new exterior walls. Since he cannot see patients under those circumstances we made the decision to take a ski holiday. A ski holiday for him. I do not ski so I will take my knitting and my book and cuddle down in the lodge we are staying at. My daughter Angie and her family are going as well as our son in law Sebastian and four of their five children.
Friends of ours actually own the lodge (Flintcreek Lodge) and I am looking forward to spending time with them. She is the youngest sister of the young man who was killed in the plane crash this fall. I posted about that when we made the trip over to Baker for his funeral. His parents will make the trip over for the weekend also. We have not been together for many years, with the exception of my hurried trip over for the funeral, so I am truly looking forward to reconnecting. I tried to get a picture from the web to show you, but couldn't will have to just post mine when we get home.

Friday, January 23, 2009

An Interview with Ren

of The Land of Ren. Ren was being interviewed by Karla from Zander and Me. When she said she would interview anyone who wished to be interviewed, I jumped right in.
Here are the questions Ren asked me and my answers.
1. I see on your blog that you have many children and grandchildren. I love your numbering system. I've always been curious, How big is your family?
Ren, I come from a huge family. My parents had 12 children. I am the third.
My mother has over 100 direct descendants.
Stan and I have 6 children. One son and five daughters. We have 19 grandchildren. Counting our in-law children our family now numbers 33. Our numbering system began as a game, but now all of the kids who are old enough use it. It works this way. The first number is the birth order of the parent. The second is the birth order of the child in his/her family and the last two are the grandchild order. So #4113 is our fourth child's first child and our thirteenth grandchild.

2. Of all the jobs you have had what is your most memorable and why?
I never was career minded. My favorite thing to do was stay at home and raise my children. I have worked though. I have worked in banks.(hated it) Fabric stores. (brought my paycheck home in a bag) For a church in Georgia. (did clerical and substitute taught in their small school) I think my favorite was when I had a very small custom sewing business making children's wear. I had great fun with it.
3. You recently took a journey to Africa. Why did you go? What was the best and worst moments while you were there?
I have been meeting in prayer with my refugee friends for over eight years. We pray for Africa and the people of that continent. Especially those of war torn Zaire or The Democratic Republic of Congo. Over seven million people have been murdered in Congo in the past 12 years. In perspective that is more than those who lost their lives during the Holocaust. The people of the Congo feel totally forgotten. They know that people hear about Burundi and Darfur. They know that famous people visit there but no one comes to them. We went to tell them they are not forgotten and to see if we can do anything to help. We have a few projects in the thought process right now.

4. You did a lot of knitting over the holidays. Do you do any other crafty things? Do you have any upcoming projects you are excited about?
I love to sew. I truly enjoy making little people clothes. I do counted cross stitch and have done a little quilting. I have a quilt top waiting for me to get brave enough to start it. It is very involved and I am a perfectionist and do not want to start it until I am sure I can do it right.
I also like to move walls. My husband has the worst time with that. I have been known to knock a whole wall out while he was at work. Wanted it moved and that was the only way to get it done. Have not done that for a while, but I do still like to change my house. Currently we are working on our kitchen. Am almost ready to post some update pictures of it.

5. Do you have a favorite time of year?
Holiday wise, it is Christmas. I always say you cannot have Easter if you do not have Christmas. Without Easter, there is no salvation. I am big on salvation:) I also love having my family around during the holidays.
Season wise, I love Summer. I hate it when fall rolls around because I know I will have to endure another cold wet winter. If I could live in a hot dry climate year round, I would be in hog heaven.

Now I would love to interview you and you and you. So here is what you do. Come on now, don't be shy. I will be nice I promise. It is a great way to get to know you.
1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. (I get to pick the questions).
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.
So come on, let the good times roll!!

In the famous words of

Rodney King, lets all get along, while our fearless leader closes Guantanamo Bay, forgets we were attacked first, and changes the laws on abortion.
Let us all have a love fest and tell our children what a historic time this is because we elected a "black man" to be our President. Historic it is, but I am afraid not in the kumbya way everyone wants it to be. I still say to hold on to your hats and your wallets, it is going to be a bumpy road in the next four years. I for one am not celebrating and cannot respect the person who currently inhabits 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Does not mean I do not respect the office, I just do not respect the office holder.
"Kumbya my lord, kumbya"

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A very distressing e-mail

I recieved yesterday. It is a little hard to decipher, but if you read it slowly, you will be able to understand it. It is written by the son of my friend Rebeka whom I traveled to Tanzania with.
Hi syster Evy.
Me and my family we are greeting all ove you in the name of our Jesus Christ.
I am sorry for long time to not answe your E-mail, is not for unineesinar is because my situation now is verry bad, I am not able to get even internet money for watch time.

The thing who is happening to me is this: Was 27/ 12/ 008. me and my wife we had some dialogue with Pastor ( Mwene Bolongo ) it was be verry importent to see him in the morning.
Because we are living in a bad area who the security about me and my family is verry poor, for that i was tacking dessition to put my money in porket and go with it for to wary the thief because we are living same area with a Rob man, thiefs, drugabipt, (hooligans)!...
in general is bad area people.But because i was gette a room for cheap rent who is the same with my money power, it was be must to live ther because i am not able to live in a good area who have a good security.
So after our dialogue with Pastor Mwene Bolongo, we was be ready to retourne home. we was going to Stand Bus for to take a car. ther in Stand Bus we was see a lot of young mans, we was think maybe they are passingers, suddely after a few second all of them was coming to us with nifs for to heate us, verry seriers. for that they was Rob us all of that money, my cell phon, and our shoes. they was heat me with nif around eye, in the chest, and my back to. my wife she was be heaten in the legs. after that opperation they was run away, it was be must to walk without shoes from ther till home who is 28Km, til now my eye is not going well, only chest and my back now is going well but no 100% and my wife to.
In general that one who is happeng to me.
God bless you. and Good Day.
My children missing you always.

My heart cries out in desperation for these people. I never in my life witnessed such poverty. I am at a loss as to what I am suppose to do for them. I know God expects something from me, but he has not shown me what it is yet. If he has I have not understood what it is. Please pray for them and for me to get a clear understanding of what my mission is.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


I am in morning. Morning our Great Nation. Pray that we are still standing as a sovereign Republic once this travesty has ended. Yes I said Republic. We are not and have never been a Democracy.

A political order in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who are entitled to vote for officers and representatives responsible to them.
Lest he forget, he was voted in by the above citizens. His job now is to do the will of those people, not his will. He has sworn to uphold the constitution of the United States. Stay alert, dear Americans, the ride has just begun.

James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay articulated this conception of a republic in their 1788 essays that were later compiled as The Federalist Papers. These essays, intended to support the ratification of the federal Constitution in New York, distinguished a republic from a pure democracy, describing the latter as "a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person." In the context of The Federalist Papers, a republic differed from a pure democracy only in that it was "a government in which the scheme of representation takes place." According to this interpretation, a republic was a representative democracy. As Madison pointed out, the representative principle militates against the irresponsible exercise of majority power, for it makes a large republic possible, and it is difficult in a large republic for any faction to become a majority. According to these authors, a large republic would foster the formation of many factions, and this sheer multiplicity of interests in turn would create shifting coalitions, which would hinder the formation of an oppressive or irresponsible majority. Furthermore, because of the checks and balances and separation of powers between different branches and levels of government, any upstart tyrannical faction would encounter many legal and institutional roadblocks. (We Pray)

Saturday, January 17, 2009

A contest

with very narrow restrictions. To be eligible to participate, you must be a Missionary mom living in Europe. (Hungary) Have two sons whose initials are E and J. Have posted on 6 By His Design that you have Rynards Disease. If you fit this criteria, you have exactly 48 hours to contact me with your mailing address so I can send you these:

If you do not contact me within the alloted time, the contest will be opened up to anyone interested in participating.
Good Luck

I may have to extend the deadline, because I just read her blog and she is sick. Does not look like she is posting on a regular basis right now. Would hate for her to miss her BIG chance when it is due to circumstances beyond her control.

Friday, January 16, 2009

I am currently reading

this. I find her to be highly entertaining, articulate, and spot on. She is the nemesis of the Liberal Press. She is smarter than any reporter working today

and they all hate her for it. Along with being smart she is beautiful. One more reason they hate her. If you have never read her, but think you do not like her, you are missing out big time. I cannot recommend another author as highly as I do her. You will not find any fluff, nor will you find any vampires, but you will find the unvarnished truth as only Ann Coulter can tell it. Get a copy today. I promise there are no long waiting lists at the library. If they have the nerve to keep it on their shelves, you will be able to walk in, check it out and walk out in a matter of minutes.

I am a regular reader of Kent

whose blog is called Right from Left. I check in to read his blog and the debates that take place in many of his comments on a regular basis. This morning he had this post which led me to this article by Fred Barnes.
Thanks, Kent, for your hard work in keeping the bloggy world informed.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Does anyone know the answer?

Sarah Palin was castigated for spending how much on her wardrobe?
How much did President Bush spend on either of his inaugurations?
What is it costing the American taxpayer to Crown the Messiah on Inauguration Day?
Because Lizzy questioned my third questions validity and I am not sure, I will rephrase it. What is the projected cost of the upcoming inauguration of the Messiah?
I went to the site you provided, but did not get an answer. Maybe I did something wrong. Thanks, I truly appreciate your input.

Something I found Blog Surfing.

Knowing of my recent trip to Africa, in an attempt to see what I can do to help my friends from the Congo, most of you know I have a very soft place in my heart for the African People. With that in mind, I would like you to follow
this link to see what our out going President of the United States has done for the African and African American. These are reports that our Liberal News media will make every effort to under report.
I wonder if in four years the incoming President will have such an impressive resume' in helping.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

This is a very interesting E-mail

I received from my cousin today. Gives one something to chew on for a bit.
Sorry I am not creative enough to think these things up myself so I could take the credit but here it is.

Chicago.... Who Runs it?
Senators: Barack Obama & Dick Durbin
Representative: Jesse Jackson, Jr.
Illinois Governor: Rod Blogojevich (arrested last week)
Illinois House leader: Mike Madigan
Illinois Attorney General: Lisa Madigan (daughter of Mike)
Chicago Mayor: Richard M. Daley (son of Mayor Richard J. Daley)
The leadership in Illinois ?... All Democrats.
Thank you for the combat zone in Chicago .
Body count in the last six months:
292 killed (murdered) in Chicago
221 killed in Iraq
State pension fund - $44 Billion in debt, worst in the country.
Cook County ( Chicago ) sales tax - 10.25% highest in country. (Look it up).
Chicago school system - rated one of the worst in the country.
Of course, they're all blaming each other. They can't blame Republicans though, because there aren't any.
This is the political culture that Obama comes from in Illinois. And he's going to '"fix" Washington politics for us?
Good luck and may God help us.

Monday, January 12, 2009

With not feeling well today,

I almost forgot a very important birthday. Shaylene Aspen (aka Peanut) is 16 today. Can everyone say woot woot?

Shay is #3206. Meaning she is out third childs second child and our sixth grandchild. Shay likes to play basketball and is her teams co-captain this year. In sports, she is very competitive. Shay has always been one of gramma's girls. We have always lived very close to one another and for a time together.
So how about everyone shouting out a Happy Birthday to Shay?
I love you darling.
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I am

sick, sick, sick. I have spent the past two nights on the couch because I have to sleep propped up so I can breath. I have a weakness towards Bronchial Pneumonia. Usually have it every year. This year I may have caught it before it became full blown, but I still do not feel good. My body hurts, my head aches, my chest feels like there is a Mack Truck sitting on top of it and every time I cough my diaphragm hurts. How are you feeling?

Friday, January 9, 2009

Because I like surveys

and quizzes, I took this one just to see. I think it came out pretty accurate, what do you think?
1. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (100%)
2. Orthodox Quaker (87%)
3. Seventh Day Adventist (84%)
4. Eastern Orthodox (81%)
5. Islam (81%)
6. Orthodox Judaism (81%)
7. Roman Catholic (81%)
8. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (76%)
9. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (63%)
10. Sikhism (58%)
11. Reform Judaism (58%)
12. Jehovah's Witness (53%)
13. Baha'i Faith (51%)
14. Liberal Quakers (47%)
15. Hinduism (47%)
16. Jainism (41%)
17. Unitarian Universalism (39%)
18. Mahayana Buddhism (33%)
19. Theravada Buddhism (33%)
20. Nontheist (33%)
21. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (29%)
22. New Thought (28%)
23. Scientology (28%)
24. Neo-Pagan (25%)
25. New Age (23%)
26. Taoism (23%)

Yarn Alert!!! All you knitters
Look at this great yarn source I found. Have to go order some more sock yarn, cause a person cannot have to much yarn!! I must finish the pair I have on my needles so I can justify it though.

This year our family

celebrated Christmas on New Years day. Tricia and her boys came up on Tuesday, Dave came on Wednesday, and they stayed until Sunday. Kris actually met Tricia at the train station on Monday and she and Tricia and their boys drove over together on Tuesday. Needless to say we had a very busy week. Tricia's eldest son, Ben, has developed a passion for cooking and one of his Christmas gifts was an apron, chefs hat and cookbook, all of which he brought to Gramma's house with him. On Saturday, we got down to some serious cooking. Ben made oven baked chicken fingers, I made oven fries and we rounded the meal out with some broccoli. Below are the pictures of Ben hard at work. By the way, he did a great job and the chicken was very tasty.

Thursday, January 8, 2009


there is a new blogger on the block. He is my "only son." The name of his blog is The Only Son. I thought it was because he has three daughters and one son, but maybe I was wrong. Any how, once he masters the posting of his pictures, you will not be disappointed when you visit him. He loves to hike the back country and just discovered he has an awesome talent with the camera. He plans to use his blog to showcase his pictures. Why not go over and give him a big welcome and tell him his mom sent you.

Bryan also lays hardwood floors. You can visit his site at Rosebrook Hardwoods These pictures are of my living room and hall way. This was the second phase. We also put hardwood ( Red Oak) in the kitchen and dining room and down the stairs to my entryway.

The sky is blue (almost)

and the rain has stopped. The pineapple express has moved on. We heard the river is receding so Gina just left to try to go home. He husband said their house was still dry. She is sick and so am I so home is a good place for her to be tonight. Except I made a huge crock pot full of Scalloped potatoes and ham. More than Stan and I can eat. David got off work early and made it home to our house to pick up his girls and attempt to go home to their home. If they cannot get across the river in town, they can drive south through another town and then head back north on an alternate route and cross the river at a higher point. That is about a 20 mile trip as opposed to five. Naturally everyone wants to sleep in their own beds tonight. If it proves to not be safe, they can all return to my house. Thanks for all of the care and concern. I am very thankful that I am up high and not down on the plain.

During Christmas Week

We were treated to a White Christmas


My front yard and back deck.

This week we are dealing with this. Fortunately we live securely on a hill. We are in no danger of sliding off. We also live on the "right" side of the river so we will not be stranded.

My daughter Angie, and her family, on the other hand, live on the other side of the river. They may not be able to cross over tomorrow to come to town for work and school. Gina lives
in a flood plain and may still be evacuated tonight.

The pictures are of the river that flows through my town, taken at the city park. The picture below shows how high the water has come on the stairs leading from the park down to the river. All of western Washington is currently under some sort of flood watch or warning at this time.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Is ths how Ginger Rogers

Got her start?
Olivia #3317

Papa was laughing and could not stay on note.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Did you play


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More of my Christmas projects

Cooper in all his cowboy regalia including the vest Gramma made him.

We made these little gumdrop trees for the neighbor children. Amanda and Shay helped me. I got the idea for these from Patrizza @ I Create.
Olivia modeling the jammies I made. I wanted to take pictures of Elizabeth and Abby also but their mommy had already packed everything into the car. I made five sets of jammie bottoms for the boys. I was either to lazy or tired by the time I got to them to make tops so I went to the store and bought T-shirts to match the colors in the bottoms.
Baby Darius is ready for the day to be over. He would model the hat as long as Daddy continued to hold him.
I made seven of these hats.
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Monday, January 5, 2009

Christmas 2008

I know for most of you Christmas is over. Our family, however, celebrated on New Years day. The above pictures are some of what I was working on so furiously for the past month. Some, like the socks were works in process. I finished and kept them. I do have a grandson who would love his gramma to make him a pair though. The scarves I have been working on during the year. They are a great way to use up yarn that is left from other projects. The hats and mittens I made just before Christmas. Was so happy to have all finished and am now looking for new projects to start.
Actually, my granddaughter Shay gave me a gift certificate to a local Quilt shop so I combined it with an additional $30.00 for fabric to make a quilt. It will be a long project, as I progress I will try to share it with you. I am sure it will take a good part of the year to do. There is always something that needs knit also. Olivia wants me to knit her a skirt and tank top. I am wondering how a four year old becomes so opinionated about her clothes. I bought the yarn to make her a sweater, but she does not want one.
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Sunday, January 4, 2009

As you are driving down the

road to my house through our cookie cutter neighborhood, you will see these six homes as you turn onto my street.

Mine is the fifth home. But pay attention to home number three. Can you see where this is going? . Dave, Tricia & boys live in Vancouver about 208 miles south of me. Dave has not been up to my house for a year or more. Tricia and the boys came on Tuesday. On Wednesday afternoon we had some errands to run and Dave was on his way up here. Not wanting to lock him out, Tricia called him to see where he was. He was about 30 miles south of us so we told him we would leave the front door unlocked so he could get in. We went shopping and Dave arrived safely in our neighborhood. He drove up to the house, got out of his car and went inside. Stan and I have been making improvements on our home since we bought it, so that the house looked different was not anything to raise any alarms to him. He came up the carpeted stairs, mine are hardwood, into the dining room. He walked over to the white refrigerator, mine is black, and put his groceries in it. He sat down at the pub table, mine is a formal dining table, and read his news paper. After about 20 minutes nature called and he went down the hall to the dirtiest bathroom he had ever seen. Ding, ding, ding, Evy's bathroom never looks like this.......hmmm what is happening. Back down the hall to use the bathroom in the master bedroom which sported an unmade bed and wide screen TV. Again, ding, ding, ding, Evy does not have a wide screen TV and her bed is always made. Out to the living room to the brown sectional, mine is a red set, and diapers all over the floor. Hmmm something is really wrong, downstairs to the bedroom they usually sleep in, open the door and the room is full of targets, you know, like target practice targets. " Hey, I have to be in the wrong house!!!" Back upstairs, grab the paper, get his shoes on and beat it out of the house and down to Stan's office to see which house is the right one. Once he gets down there and tells Stan what happened, he realizes that he left the groceries in the refrigerator.
When he related the story to me by phone, I told him I would go down and tell my neighbor what had happened and ask for the groceries from the fridge.
Dave went back to the neighborhood and to the fifth house, mine. After a while he decided to go tell the neighbors himself so he walked down to the house, knocked on the door but there was no answer. He opened the door and hollered "hello." There was no response, so he ran in and up the stairs and grabbed his groceries from the fridge and back down and out. Whew, he made it!!!

This is Dave, relaxing in my living room, reading his paper.
To my neighbors, if you read this blog, he is mortified and sorry. He promises to always go to the fifth house on the right, not the third.

Saturday, January 3, 2009


SNOWMAN. When you look at the picture, that is a six foot fence behind the snowman. I found this while I was driving during the storms last week. I am pretty sure that the farmer plowed his driveway and piled the snow at the end then sculpted it. No matter, it is the biggest I have ever seen!
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