My Sweet Husband and I love family reunions…especially now that we have more time to attend! His Rinehart family has had a yearly reunion for over one hundred years…yes, 100 years!
One side of my family has a reunion every three years–in Springfield, Missouri. And, another branch tries to have one every two years…but sometimes it’s been longer between our cousin’s gathering. Fortunately, these reunions are held on the west coast, but still involve travel!
Why do we bother spending time and money? Why travel distances to see people you haven’t seen in years or maybe have never met? Why are family reunions important?
There are many reasons. I think these four sum it up for me.
- To Reconnect-To Remember My cousins and I enjoyed many a happy time together…and we still savor our time with one another. (Our mom’s are in the photo below).
- To Maintain our Family HeritageThis wonderful couple, Dora and Nick Souder had six children.
Families can be like a great-big-beautiful tree–with deep roots and strong robust limbs and an abundance of leaves! It takes work to preserve a family tree…it takes everyone’s help and support. We’re so blessed to have those willing to take on the task of organizing a reunion and we’re fortunate that our family cherishes their time together! Wishing all my Souder cousins a wonderful year!!
We boarded the Boxer
And set off for a Very Busy Weekend!!
On Saturday, we traveled to Dixon to watch our grandson play football too…
Grandson’s number is 34…he plays offense and defense!
Halftime pep talk!!
And on Sunday, I drove my sweet mother, my granddaughter, my sister-in-law and my grandniece to a crowded Pumpkin Farm in Citrus Heights. The younger ladies picked out pumpkins and rode a train. Mom and I guarded the chosen pumpkins and watched families take photos on the hay wagon!
My adorable eighty-seven year young Momma…guardian of the pumpkins!
And then…dusty and tired…I happily let My Sweet Husband drive me home!!
Hoping you all are enjoying this wonderful Fall Season too!! What a blessed time of year…and so much to be thankful for…we need to celebrate each day with our loved ones!
The fun Pumpkin Farm in Citrus Heights, California is…Pumpkin Farm
Another fabulous pumpkin farm is Bishops Pumpkin Farm in Wheatland, California…
How many times have we met people and then become Facebook friends? Lots!!
But once in awhile you meet someone you connect with because you share so many of the same passions!
Julie June Stewart wandered into our shop almost a year ago to the date…in August 2014.
She found this gorgeous purple hat…said she wanted to wear it to the races. She’s crazy about horse racing!! Me too!! And I’m very fond of hats also! I’ve tucked my Kentucky Derby hat in a closet, ready for the day I finally get on a plane for Churchill Downs.
We hit it off right away. As she wandered around the store we visited about our love for antiques, horses, hats, animals, and writing. She’s an accomplished writer. One of her latest articles features animals on the backside (of the track) who live with the horses. Her delightful essays always include adorable photos.
Last year, after she returned home, we became FaceBook friends, and we’ve stayed connected.
When Julie messaged me she was in town and wanted to come by our shop, I was overjoyed! She’s an Airspace Program Manager for Disasters and has been extremely busy with all our fires here in Northern California. I knew her time was limited, but feel privileged she took an hour or so to visit…and shop with us!
I’ll miss her, but know we’ll stay in touch via FaceBook…and of course, I’ll be able to read all her wonderful columns! Thanks Julie for stopping by!
Get your cuppa tea when you’re ready to read Cathy Elliott’s new cozy mystery, A Stitch in Crime. It’s a delightful who-done-it tale. Thea James, antique storeowner, is co-chair of Larkindale’s first quilt show pageant.
When the town’s matriarch is knocked-out, a diamond brooch stolen and a heritage quilt snatched, Thea resolves to bind up all the loose ends before something worse happens.
With a marvelous ensemble of characters, an adorable cat, humor and wit, Cathy Elliott weaves a story perfect for a quiet evening with that delicious cup of tea! I really enjoyed all the interactions of the small town characters…some so real it was like being there. And then there’s Cole Mason…a light touch of romance for Thea. A sweet read.
I’m anxious to read other books in the Quilts of Love Series.
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4 Tips for Keeping It Cool in the Bleachers at Youth Sporting Events
We’re well into the baseball and softball season, but the year is filled with seasonal youth sports: soccer, basketball, volleyball, roller hockey, ice hockey, football, Lacrosse, tennis, golf…and so many more!
We’ve all heard the horror stories about parents being verbally and sometimes physically abusive at youth football or baseball games.
What is it about sporting events, more than other organized youth performances or competitions that brings out the worst from the adults sitting in the bleachers? You won’t hear someone shout sarcastically, “What do you call that?” during a musical or dance recital.
I don’t have any answers for “why,” only four heartfelt requests for parents and friends in the bleachers:
1. Please, please remember these are kids…they are not a professional team! Keep your comments positive, even comments about the opposing team players!
2. Think before you make comments about the umpire. Respect the decision made by the umpire. Most often they are volunteers, doing the best job they can. Be a good example for your child.
3. Let the coach be the coach. Don’t instruct your child from the stands or point out his/her mistakes.
4. Praise a good effort, despite the score.
Learning to play fair, developing new skills, perfecting talents, and doing their best are only a few advantages for youngsters participating in team sports. One of the most important lessons is practicing facing “big feelings” and overcoming fears.
As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face…we must do that which we think we cannot.”
Here’s to strength and courage and confidence for all our children!
Do you have a favorite book with a dog as one of the minor characters? In my current manuscript, the heroine has a delightful bouncing Chiweenie named Duke….
This little guy has been adorable since the day we got him.
Our grandson is babysitting Duke.
Duke had been raised with children and other dogs and loved people from day one.
Our granddaughter giving Duke leash lessons with her own dog Spots…..
Because we have a pool in our backyard, we thought it best to teach Duke to swim….he loves the water….
Mischief is his middle name…
Adored at the Rehab Center…by everyone except…
the Rehab Resident Cat…uh…trying to friend her was a no go…
The babies in our family LOVE Duke…and he loves them!!
Duke is especially fond of trying new cuisine…a restaurant in St. Helens, Oregon offers a special “Doggie Spaghetti and Meatballs” during the summertime…
He loves adventure…whether it’s exploring a garden….
….watching a sporting event….
….or sneaking back under the fence…..
Our Duke is always ready to load up and go….
Happy is the day this little bundle came into our lives. We celebrated his first birthday….
…he licked his plate clean.
This next year there’s a new baby to meet…..
In the meantime…Duke has his two Boxers…to keep him entertained!
Today, February 20th is NATIONAL LOVE YOUR PET DAY…..How will you celebrate?
One Sunday we took a leisurely drive from our St. Helens home near the Columbia River to the historic town of Vernonia. Winding our way from the flat lands up towards the gossamer clouds it would be easy to pretend we were entering Misty Mountain territory from Lord of the Rings.
It takes about an hour to travel the twisting thirty-one miles into tall-tree country. (That is if you don’t stop for pictures)
Vernonia’s history is rooted in the timber industry. Magnificent giant trees dwell on hillsides like skyscrapers dominate downtown San Francisco.
Vernonia’s famous Big Gun Logging team is part of the History Channel Ax Men series.
And the 1961 film Ring of Fire, starring David Janssen and Frank Gorshin, was partially filmed in Vernonia.
Arriving in this charming town, with a population of a little over 2,200, we were greeted by a winsome old hip-roofed barn.
I am crazy about bridges, and could not resist getting a photo of this stalwart structure…..
We found parking next to a grocery store that is definitely “parent friendly!” I’ve NEVER seen this before. I’m impressed. How accommodating…how touching….how thoughtful!
We strolled down the sidewalk to the Black Bear Coffee Company on Bridge Street.
Our delicious hamburger was only outdone by my fantastic Bloody Mary…and it was true, as one of my friends noted, “there’s a salad on top of your drink.”
The service was terrific and the atmosphere delightful. We’ll be returning to the Black Bear Coffee Company.
Leaving the carpets of ferns….
….but I know that the road leading out of Vernonia, can take me back anytime I want!