Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Moving Day

Six months ago a fire destroyed Stewart and Stacey's home. They stayed with us for awhile, then moved into a rental house. Their house has been rebuilt and today is moving day.
The Fire
The rental house


Mike and Stacey try out the new recliners

Thanks to all of you that had warm wishes for them and your donations of money and items that replaced all their losses. It is a good day!

Monday, June 29, 2009


June was a busy month. I attendad two graduations, Logan's and Vernonia's, two red hat activities, fishing a couple of times, clam digging, a P.E.O. Convention in Eugene for three days, a P.E.O. meeting in Hillsboro, Logan and Danielle's graduation party, mueum sitting, pinochle, my annual physical, shopping, serving at the Senior Center, working in the yard and flowers, and of course, playing bridge every Monday. Today was a bridge day, and I was high again. Sally and I bid seven no trump and made it. What an exciting hand!

P.E.O. Convention in Corvallis at Oregon State University. Carol was our delegate and Tobie and I went with her.

Logaan and Danielle are looking at the scrap book that I made for Logan. He liked it very much. There are pictures of his whole life in it.

Fishing on the Columbia River is fun, except you don't catch any fish. You cast your pole into the river, put it in a pole holder, put a bell on the pole, and wait for the bell to ring. In the meantime you visit with family, read a book, play cribbage, and eat. It's a nice way to try to catch a fish, but the fish are few and far between. No one in our family has caught one yet. We fished on father's Day and again on last Sunday.

We celebrated Betty'd 73rd birthday with lunch at Black bear.

We went to our P.E.O. meeting at Lois's house in Hillsboro. She has been a member of our Chapter for 59 years, but recently demitted to Chapter CT in Hillsboro. We presented her with a pin and a certificate.

Museum Sitting

The Vernonia Museum is open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the Spring and Summer months. It is managed and operated by volunteers. I am a member of the museum, so once in awhile I take a turn at sitting. This means that I open the museum for visitors and sit there and answer questions if I can. I had a turn one Sunday in June. I also spend some time looking around, you can never see it all. There are some very old things, and some not so old things, some very interesting things, and some not so interesting, at least to me. If you are ever in Vernonia, I recommend that you stop and take a look.

Vernonia was named for one of the first school teacher's daughter, Vernona.

Others settlers were the Parkers, the Woods, the Van Blaricans, and others I don't remember.

Vernonia once had the largest mill in the world. Logging has always been the major industry in this area.

The Oregon American Lumber Company

My husband, Mike, even worked there during the summers when he was in high school, and after high school for awhile. His father, uncle, and cousins also worked there.

The movie, "Ring of Fire", was filmed in Vernonia.

There are some really old things, like a calendar showing the month and year that I was born.

DJ's bicycle

DJ, Nicole, and Scott

I've always thought that we live in a safe little town, and that things were also safe, but I have been very disappointed. DJ, Daniel, is our grandson. He has been living in Vernonia with his father, sometimes with us, and lately they have been living in Scott's trailer in Anderson Park. DJ is in Eugene for a couple of weeks, staying with his Mom. Before he left, he had his bicycle fixed up with brand new red sprocket, chain, handle bar grips, a new seat, new white pedals, and new tires, to the tune of $290.00. The bike was a Redline that he paid quite a bit for 11 months ago. While he is gone, his Dad chained up his bike to the trailer with a heavy duty chain. Over the weekend, the chain was cut and the bike was stolen. Scott is afraid to tell DJ. We put the word out and have offered a reward. I have searched the trail around the park. I put a letter to the editor in the papers, but so far nothing. I am really disappointed that someone would do something like that to a 12 year old boy. Shame on them.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

P.E.O. Scholarship Winners

It was my privilege and honor to help choose our local P.E.O. Scholarship winners. Our P.E.O. group contributes to National and State Scholarship programs, but our favorite is helping local girls go on to college. This year we chose two girls that are very nice young ladies, and by the way, they were in my class as fifth graders.

Rebekah, Audeen, our education chairman, and Tara

Vernonia's Graduation

I taught 5th grade for about 10 years, after being an aide for 15 years, then going back to school and getting my degree at age 50. Another class of my kids went through graduation last week. Fourteen of my fifth graders graduated from Vernonia. I give them each a card with a picture of their fifth grade class.

Vernonia had a very nice graduation. There was laughter and tears and proud graduates. I wish them all much success and happiness in their life's journey.

Both Tricia and Tim were in my fifth grade class.

Rebekah was one of my top fifth graders.

Congratulations Cody

Tyler is still having fun.

Way to go, Tara.


Samantha was always a good student, now valedictorian

and she won the Senior Cup.

Joe, how did you get so tall?

Tara and Jillian