Sunday, March 29, 2020

Coronavirus Pandemic 2020

An interesting time in our life.  Never has it been so bad with other viruses.  This one is ravaging the world.  Shortages of essentials - toilet paper, canned goods, meats (although that is getting better), and selected medical supplies like masks, gloves, and hand sanitizers.

Staff at work started teleworking if they felt that they were in danger of getting sick.  Then it was determined that if you can work from home, to do so.   I don't have a laptop at work so I continued going in and working my full shift.  Then it was determined that I should be set up.  So . . . IT shop helped get me set up with a laptop, docking station, full-size keyboard (when  you do financial work, you need the 10-key portion), a mouse, and a VGA cord so I can connect a second monitor (I already had one at home not being used).

I had my son set things up and I attempted to work one afternoon.  Didn't like the set up.  So I continued working full shift in the office.  There are only 2 of us doing that (mainly because we both have an important role - taking in money (depositing checks) and paying out money (bills have to be paid).  Then the Governor put out a "Stay Home, Save Lives" proclamation.  So, we still come in to the office but as soon as the afternoon mail is delivered, we go home and finish our work there.  

Okay, that meant I had to clean off the desk in the master bedroom and have my "office" set up.  Oh boy . .  . not ergonomic as far as furniture goes.  My back was starting to kill me after a couple of hours.  Need a different chair.  Luckily, we had an office type chair (not a dining room table chair) in the garage.  Got that out and cleaned off.  Now I'm up and running.  Privacy from the distractions of a husband.

Now we are thinking of only going in the office twice a week to take care of the financial deposits.  Brainstormed ways we can change our process in paying bills for the agency and will be kicking that off this coming week.

New staff coming on board on the 1st and they will have to be trained via online.  Have to keep our social distance.

Personal lives are changing too.  Limited trips out of the home - grocery store, medical appointments, and getting propane to keep the home heated.  No social gatherings or going out for dinner.  That makes for more meals at home and more meal planning and preparation.  Calling family to check up on them to make sure that they are doing fine (especially those that are not on Facebook).  Oh darn . . . the washing machine quit working.  Wonder if mechanics are still doing business.  Are laundromats open?  Whew, they are but you have to wait out in your car while the clothes are being washed.  More reading time.

We have a vacation (cruise) trip planned for end of April.  At the moment, the cruise line hasn't formally cancelled it (they've cancelled all cruises up to the day before ours).  Except I'm thinking it will be cancelled - Canada has closed its ports until July 1st and that was our first port of call.  Hawaii has shuttered tourist sights (that was where we were going) and has put a 14-day quarantine in place.  

I still have another week planned off for State Grange Convention the end of June.  Thinking that will still go as planned.  Need to book hotel room and send off payment for meals.

The proclamation is supposed to end on April 8th but I'm thinking they will need to extend it out for at least another week.  Schools are closed  until the end of April.

I am getting more done on the weekends - working on Grange financial reports, some genealogy and back to writing on my blog.  Listening to music.  cleaning selected places around the house.

Guess it's time to move on.  Stay safe and healthy.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Genealogy Go-Over


I just downloaded the latest version of Thomas MacEntee's book, The Genealogy Do-Over Workbook, and have started reading it.  As I work through the process, I plan on documenting it here in the blog.

My goal is to validate my information by obtaining the necessary documents and siting sources.  I will work on each generation in both my family and my husband's family.


I finished reading the book and started on the process.  Didn't do a good job documenting here.  Did make notes on what to do.

Basically, I'm making sure that I have attached the media as a source for names, births, marriages, and death.  I'm also making sure I have newspaper clippings, census records, and land records.  Not sure if I'm going to do it a generation at a time or just take one surname and work it back.

New Year's Celebrations

Here it is - New Year's Eve.  Time to think back on the past and plan goals for the new year.  So, to look back . . . 

I can remember a time when we were with cousins that lived in Tumwater where we grabbed some pots and pans and went outside in the street and banged them to bring in the new year.  Was that something you did?

Usually we were home watching TV and the bringing in the new year (and going to bed early).  That's because we lived on a farm and mornings came early - no late nights.

Kerry & Dale Smith
David dancing with his sister
It wasn't until I married that we went out on New Year's Eve.  Several times it was spent with my sister-in-law and her husband at the Eagles in Olympia for Dancing, Partying, and eating breakfast before going home.   We also bought tickets and celebrated with the Backfire Band in the Centralia area (Eagles then O'Blarneys).

We also spent New Year's Eve at home - one time my mother-in-law was with us.  Other times it was with our son.  I usually did not make it to midnight.

This  year we were going to the Lucky Eagle Casino for a free night with the Backfire Band then maybe go to the Smiths (in-laws).  But, hubby came down with a bad cold.  So, we are staying home.

New Years Days when I was growing up was watching football games on TV or going fabric shopping with my mom and I think her sister.  We also had a family gathering to celebrate my Dad's sister's birthday.  She passed away in 2012.  I'll probably spend tomorrow working on finances (again).

Did I accomplish much this past year?  I think so -  I lost some weight (almost 20 lbs); had the best year in sales for my home-based business that I do part-time; and had a good time with family.

My plans for the upcoming year include losing more weight, working on genealogy by doing a "do-over" review to make sure I have documented the lineage, and planning for retirement in 2021.  And enjoying our 2020 cruise to Hawaii!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Family Veterans

This is a follow-up to an earlier blog post on family veterans.

I've recently applied for membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution.   I'm using my ancestor Thomas Pinson.  He provided supplies.  I really wanted to use my ancestor George Belcher, who actually did serve in the Revolutionary War.

A year later, I'm now submitting a supplemental application for Patrick Porter.  Yay!  He actually served under Capt. Joseph Martin in Virginia.  He was also a juryman, commissioner of taxes, and furnished supplies.  His son, Samuel, also an ancestor, also qualifies as a soldier serving under Capt. Joseph Martin and Col. Evan Shelby.

Another ancestor that I qualify to submit a supplemental is James Alley.  He was a juror in 1779, a constable in 1780, and furnished supplies.

I am also looking at Moses Hurt (Sr), Crispin Shelton,  and Josiah Fugate.

Friday, July 13, 2018


The column from the Chief Scout Executive in the May-June 2018 issue of Scouting Magazine reminded me of the times I spent fishing with my Dad.  Loved those quiet times, just him & I in the boat in the middle of the lake.  No talking, just casting our lines and an occasional "I got a bite" or "fish on!".  Mr. Surbaugh goes on to explain how fishing is so important to our mental and physical well-being in this fast-paced worlds and I think back to the 1970's when I was with Dad.  Yes, our world wasn't full of technology or as hectic but in a young girl's life, it was just as busy.

The memories of having that one-on-one time with Dad, reminds me of the song from Trace Adkins called Just Fishin' .  I was Dad's little girl.  And we made a lot of memories fishing.

Some of our fishing spots were lakes we hiked into, then pumped up the rubber raft (or boat), rowed to the other end of the lake and just floated back on the currents.  Other times, it was the big boat taken to a local lake in the winter and fished near the dam or at the other end of the lake. Yes, we fished in the winter, in rain and snow as well as in the spring & summer (more rain & sunshine).   Don't think I got off easy, I had to bait my own hook and take my own fish off.  Just didn't have to clean it!

I love the fact that Mr. Dahlquist continued the fishing theme in his column, Commissioners Corner. This reminded me of the first time we fished Whale Lake in British Columbia.  This was a small hike-in lake (about 2-3 miles).  There was a huge group of us (several uncles and cousins).  Fishing was okay but about 2 pm the fish were jumping like crazy but they wouldn't bite no matter what type of bait we used.  Well, one of the uncles decided to try his fly-fishing pole.  Well, guess what?  the fish went crazy!  He was pulling them in from behind!  So, the rest of us switched over to flies (even though we didn't have fly-fishing poles).  This frenzy lasted about an hour.  Since we had plenty of fish, we packed up and headed back to camp.  We spent several summers going to that campground as part of our family camping trip with my Mom's siblings.  Lots of memories.

Fishing was my special time with Dad and spending time in Nature.  Whereas, my brother was into mechanics (another thing my Dad did).  Baking, cooking & sewing were things I did with my Mom.

We tried to instill fishing into our son.  He liked going fishing with his Scoutmasters but he wasn't interested in eating the fish.

Thank you, Scouting Magazine, for triggering these memories.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

July 4th - Independence Day

Tomorrow is the celebration of our country's independence from England.  How do you celebrate?

Growing up, I don't recall too much.  We may have gone for a drive or we were camping.  More than likely we were working in the hay field.  Sometimes we had fireworks.

When I was in Rainbow Girls, we had a fireworks stand as a fundraiser.  I put in some hours when I was Worthy Advisor.

Our tradition now is the Tumwater Parade.  We started marching in it when Nathan was a Tiger Cub Scout in 1995.  Then when David joined the 
Tumwater American Legion Post 166, we were marching with them and the cannon.  This will be the second year in a row that I won't be there due to 

As Nathan was growing up, we spent the 4th with David's family - bbq meal and fireworks.  As communities ban fireworks and the cost is getting too much, we started going to Tumwater's Fireworks display.

Enjoy time with your family and friends and be safe with fireworks.

Happy Independence Day!

2011 Parade

Tumwater Parade - 2000

2016 Parade

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Father's Day - My Dad

A day to remember Dad.  OOPS - I forgot to send my Dad a card.  Guess I'll have to send him an email.

Dad is doing something he loves - railroading.  His hobby is the miniature railroad at Train Mountain.  He's been involved with this group since 2005.  He and mom have a summer home in Chiloquin so he can be close by and doesn't have to spend so much gas money taking the motor home down.

My Dad was born in February 1937 in Pendleton, Oregon to Edward William Kludt and Bernice Laverne Swinehart.  Some of his young days were spent in various logging areas as Papa worked for Weyerhauser.  Every once in a while Dad would tell a story from those days.  Like the time they lived in St. Maries, Idaho.  They would play hide-n-seek amongst the equipment.  Dad was so little he would be able to hide in the tire of the big rigs.  Another of his memories was visiting his dad at the logging camps on a weekend and he learned that if he wanted to eat, he had to grab his food fast.  Although, somebody hollered "hey, men, we have a guest, let him get his food first".  See, they were so hungry, they just jabbed their forks into the meat.  And Dad was so little, he couldn't reach the meat.  Another story was told by Aunt Loreca Swinehart Stredwick.  They were staying with them in the Edison District of Centralia.  They were walking over the 6th street viaduct and all of a sudden dad took off running.  When he got over to the other side, he said something like "that was a close one".  What happened was a train was going underneath and had blown his whistle.  I love these stories and I really need Dad to write them down for future generations.  In the meantime, I try to capture them.

Eventually the family settled down in Galvin, Washington and Dad attended the school in Galvin then went to Centralia High School, graduating in 1955.  Dad played trombone in the band in high school.  He was also involved in FFA.

Dad met mom and they got married in 1957.  They lived in Seattle for about a year then came "home" to Centralia to the dairy farm in Zenkner Valley (owned by Papa).  They operated that until 1962 when they decided to own their own in Grand Mound.  In 1967, they sold the farm and went back to the valley.  The farm there was no longer a dairy farm but was beef.

Dad worked for the Centralia School District as a bus driver.  His main route was Galvin.  By the time he retired, he was hauling 3rd generation kids.  Those kids had a lot o respect for him.

Our summers were spent camping, fishing and hiking when we weren't busy with haying.  Winters were spent with his hobby, model railroading.  He had an entire room dedicated (still does) to a layout.  We spent a lot of time creating trains and running them around.

Dad loved being around kids.  He was an advisor to an Explorer Post involved with Search & Rescue in Lewis County.  He did that for several years (from about 1975 until probably the 1990's),

I spent a lot of time fishing with Dad out on lakes until I had to have a license at age 16.  Dad & I were really close.  

Happy Father's Day, Dad.  Love you.

Here's a collage of pictures of Dad through the years.
Senior Class Photo

6th Grade

Yearbook - Dad is in the middle row on the left
Aug 1957