Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014

Another busy year in long succession of busy years is coming to a close. We are somewhat settled into our new (to us) home in South West Oregon. It has been a big job, but the Christmas tree is up and the chaos of the move is slowly abating.

This year we celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary with a sweet gang of children, children-in-law, a throng of active grandchildren, and our wonderful neighbors-in-law (which is not an adequate description for Caren's parents who are dear friends and co-grand parent's of Andrew and Caren's six little ones but it's the best we have been able to do so far).  It was a great day in a busy week.  We celebrated on the lawn of our church building which was private and lush and allowed excess grandchild energy to be safely expended.  Mountains of food were prepared and consumed, family musical numbers were performed (some with devastating sentimental effect) and games were played, including a identify-the-baby-picture game and The Newly Wed Game customized for us. Not everyone could come, but they pitched in as best they could and it was a happy time.

We are road weary after all of the trips that we have made between Riddle, Delta, and Denver this year.  Our last trip saw the final load of junk removed from our house in Delta.  Anita cleaned every nook and cranny, and washed every room and memory with a small bucket of tears.  We were in Delta for almost 29 years.  It was a good place to raise our family and we have many sweet memories of our friends and the town.

Our children and their families are well.  Mike & Jenny and Andrew & Caren now live within about 15 miles of each other near Vancouver Washington.  Becky & Travis and Julie and Chandler live within about 15 miles of each other in the suburbs of Salt Lake City.  Daniel and Ashley are living in Provo.  Katie and Conor live in Aurora Colorado, near Denver.

We could fill up many pages with the achievements, adventures, and doings of these families, and that wouldn't even touch the accomplishments of our amazing 21 grandchildren.  But that isn't really the purpose of this note.  Family news is wonderful news, and it warms our hearts and brings a smile to our lips. 

The news that is important is kind of old news.  The tidings of great joy that we have heard for so many Christmas' is the news that is really important to our lives.  In all the chaos, and turmoil in the world, and despite the hurts and hollow places in our lives, the news that we all have a Heavenly Father who knows of our struggles and disappointments, who knows even when a sparrow falls, and who loves us is indeed great news. Not only do we have a Heavenly Father that loves us, but he loves us so much that he sent his son to earth to provide an atonement, to pay the price to allow us to return to him.

We are grateful for this gift and the blessings that we have received through the Gospel.  We hope that you find peace and joy in the celebration of the coming of the Savior. Merry Christmas to you all, and may you have a wonderful, blessed New Year.

Monday, June 16, 2014

The Bright Side of Food Poisoning

On the way back to Delta from Denver we stopped in Ely Nevada for fuel and some food and I managed to get a dose of food poisioning.  As we continued the drive every bump in the road seemed to have been placed their by a malevolent road crew just to make things worse.  Close to sunset I pulled into a wide spot by the road that had some kind of little monument in it, and we got out and stretched and got some air.  I also got this pictureSo....out of even food poisoning can come something nice.

Near Ely Nevada, June 2, 2014

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Big Spring Trip- Parts 1 & 2

It's been a busy two years, and I see that the frequency of my posts is diminished. I felt bad about that, but time it's been short I just been too tired to have many coherent thoughts.

We spent a week in Delta packing and cleaning, and getting the house ready for Mike and Jenny. The covered trailer is packed, walnut, plum and mulberry saplings transplanted into buckets, and new refrigerator ordered from Lowe's. 

Mike and Jenny arrived on Saturday night after a 3 week road trip. They were tired from driving and we were tired from packing. Becky and Travis came down from Salt Lake and helped with some of the packing.  We had brats and hotdogs and corn and baked beans and relaxed, did se catching up amd enjoyed the evening and the company.

Anita and I left Sunday morning for Boulder. She worked frantically on the baptism quilt and visited with Mutti. I fenced in the garden and did some cement repair work. It is strange what could be done in a week can be summed up in a sentence.

It is always very pretty here and this week was no exception.  The weather was sunny then cloudy and we had several good thunderstorms. 

Now we are headed for Katie's house.  Chas will be baptized on Saturday and we will leave for home on Sunday June 1 after church.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

April Showers Bring A Lot of Beauty

April 20, 2014 ( final unfinished post)

It doesn't rhyme, but it's true.  We have had a couple of light frosts, but I don't think that they got the apple or pear blossoms.  In general, everything is green and growing, and it is both wonderful and strange.  I remember a bitterly cold night that I spent on a spring camping trip with Andrew some years back.  We were both in our boats and were floating down the Sevier. We camped on the river banks and it got down to about 20 deg F and we were so cold.  

For a brief sequential telling of the actual move:

We finished loading the truck from ABF U-Pack on the 18th of March, with a lot of help from Janet and Scott Muhn.  There was more throwing/giving away to do, and we had to pack our little covered trailer, the truck and finish up a lot of small chores.  We had planned on leaving Delta by noon or so on March 24, but we didn't leave until about 7 pm.  It was supposed to be easier to go knowing that we were going to SLC to travel with Becky, Travis and Teo to Riddle, and maybe it was, but it was still hard.  We arrived at Janet's about 9:30.  She was hosting a pot luck for Nina and her kids, and saying good bye to us.  She saved us some food and we had a good visit with Jeff and Megan, Julie, Travis and Becky, Nina, and Janet and Scott.  We went to Becky's to sleep and talked some and finally got to bed about 12:30.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Thoughts on a Soft Landing

April 2, 2014 ( unfinished post)

We have landed, mostly. 

First, a quick condensation of events:

 Today the rest of the move landed when the U-Pack truck arrived.  Now it is time to triage the bigger part of our belongings into 'Find a place for this', 'Twice Nice (or Goodwill, DI, or the thrift store of your choice', and 'Landfill.'  

We left Delta on March 24, hours and hours later than we had planned and headed to SLC to a great potluck dinner for our niece,  hosted by Anita's sister Janet.  We arrived really late but there was good food and good conversation, and much later we went to Becky's home to sleep and prepare for the next day.

The next two days were spent traveling with Becky, her husband Travis and Teo, their 18 month old.  Other than a few hours of fighting flaky and unreliable trailer lights and a real nice snowstorm, the two days went well and we had no real problems.  Well, the truck did develop an intermitent grinding and rumbling somewhere in the vicinity of the drivers side front wheel, but it came and went and came back again....

A day of rest and we were back on the road to Battle Ground, pulling only one trailer this time.  We spent the next two nights at Andrew and Caren's and attended Ivory's baptism which was wonderful.  Caren fed a medium sized army - Dennis and Joan, Brian and Cori Hatch than their four children, Becky, Travis and Teo, her own six kids and Anita and me.   We had a lot of good conversation and catching up and aside from the truck developing terminal noises and being left at Vancouver Ford to have a wheel bearing changed, we had a great time.

Becky and Travis flew back to SLC on Sunday afternoon and Anita and I drove home somewhat later.  Monday was a day of planting rhubarb, grapes and a small apple tree, unpacking and trying to figure out what comes next.  Today the U-Pack truck came and we unloaded a good bunch of boxes and some furniture and then went with Dennis and Joan and some other friends from the Ward to the Bishop's house for dinner.  

Now we are home and it is quiet and I find I don't have a lot of thoughts of any kind at the moment.  I guess that mostly I am tired, but in a good way.  I know that in a few days we will have the U-Pack truck empty and that we will begin to plan for the next trip, the next house improvement project.....  But right now I am not looking that far ahead.


Friday, March 21, 2014

Spring is Sprung.....

March 12, 2014 (unfinished fragment)

Spring is sprung, and looking back on my last post, I know I have been looking forward to this for some time. The weather is just moderate here in Delta - it freezes each night, but the days get to be comfortably warm, unless a storm is blowing through, but all in all I am content with the weather.

We are in the middle of our move from Delta Utah to Riddle Oregon.  If you aren't familiar with the story, in July of 2012 we made a trip to Riddle to attend the baptism of Son 2's Son One.  We had a great time and fell in love with the house they were living in, with the people who will be our neighbors, and with the wonderful scenery.  To shorten a long story, we bought the house, I retired from the power plant and started making plans to move.

That is the biblical version - somewhat along the lines of the description of Abraham moving g