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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Uncle Jerry

You know how it is...
you have a post ready to go,
it's all about crafty stuff,
Then the phone rings...
and all of a sudden posting something about crafty stuff seems so irrelevant.

Yes, all of a sudden, you wish all you had to post about was crafty stuff.

If you have followed me for any amount of time, you've seen most of the pictures I'm about to show.
You've seen them here and here and here and here!
And, if you've followed me for any amount of time, you know how important family is to me, and how important we are to each other.

We love each other...
most of us do!
(this picture was taken a year ago this month)
Blogettes it's been one tough year. 
And every time I start to say I'll be glad when this year is over,
I don't say it because I'm afraid what next year will bring! 
I wish I wasn't serious, but I am.
On Thursday, I got a phone call, that this man who has been in my life forever
had a massive heart attack, and was in ICU.

This was taken in 2012. 
We went out for breakfast to celebrate Mom and his birthday.
He is my Mom's twin brother.

 And Dad always jokes that he was friends with him, before Mom!
And it's true, he was!
They hung out together, joined the army together,
got a job at Chrysler together...
then Dad married his twin sister!
They are always joking around.

This was taken a  few years ago at my sister's house.
That's him, on the left.  The two men are his brothers.
And there's Mom in the center.
I imagine they will miss him the most.

Our family is always joking around,
  always playing a game,
 always laughing,
 always having fun.
And always loving each other.

  I have a lot of other pictures of him with other members of our family, but it just seemed like to much effort to dig them out.  This is a very small part of our family. 
You can see a family reunion here, to get an idea.  And for family members who read this, if you click on any of the highlighted "here's" in this post, you can read other blog posts with Uncle Jerry in them.
Uncle Jerry was married, but didn't have children of his own.  He had all of us though. 
And he had a lot of step-children and grand children. 

He had a massive heart attack Thursday morning, and passed away Thursday afternoon.   
He will be missed terribly by all of us.


May 8, 1935 - November 9, 2017

Gerald "Jerry" Gordon, 82, of Kokomo, passed away Nov. 9, 2017. He was born May 8, 1935, in Logansport, to William Russell Gordon and Nellie B. (Beeler) Gordon.
Jerry attended Washington grade school and Riley school. He volunteered for the army and served in Germany from 1954 to 1956. Upon his return to the states in 1956, he married Jean Ann Johnson. He was a stepfather to her children, Carol Gusman, John Johnson, Gary Johnson, Jake Johnson, Ernest Johnson and Steve Johnson; and several step-grandchildren. They were together until her passing in 1978.
Jerry also began a career at Chrysler Corporation in 1956, retiring after 30 and 1/2 years of service with them.
He was also a member of UAW 685 for 61 years.
On April 5, 1985, he married Cornellia (Holloway) Arnett, who survives, along with his stepdaughters, Lucy (Ed) Bishop and Cathy (Thomas) Boyle; seven grandchildren and their spouses; and 23 great-grandchildren. His stepson Tilford Arnett, Jr. preceded him in death.
Jerry is also survived by his twin sister, Geraldine (Charles) Rush of Kokomo; brothers, Russell (Betty) Gordon of Logansport and Emory (Nancy) Gordon of Logansport; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and first wife, Jerry was preceded in death by his sisters, Velma Jean Hardy and Irene McDonald; and brother, Carl William Gordon.
After retirement, Jerry kept busy helping his wife repairing and managing rental properties and their farm. He enjoyed traveling and watching old movies.
Family will receive friends at Sunset Memory Garden, 2097 W. Alto Road, Kokomo, IN 46902 Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with services to follow. Reverend Patrick Allen Boyle, from Port Washington, Ohio, will be officiating the services of the life of Grandpa Gordon. Jerry was a loving husband and a good stepfather, grandfather and great-grandfather.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kokomo Humane Society, 713 N. Elizabeth St., Kokomo IN 46901 or the Kokomo Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 476, Kokomo, IN 46903
Published on November 11, 2017
(From the Kokomo Tribune)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Embracing the season!

Happy November First!
I'm embracing the season!
Do you ever do something every single year, that's kind of a ritual type thing.
I do.
For one, I listen to the book on cd of Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher. 
I listen to it in my car while I'm running errands.
But, I haven't been able to find it for a couple of years.  
(It's around here somewhere.)

I also read Christmas books during the month of November and December.
I've always got a novel going, but in November and December they are always Christmas novels.

I bought two new books a couple of weeks ago.
And I'm already reading Merry and Bright, by Debbie Macomber, which I got from the library. 
I also bought a magazine.
 I found some old Christmas books...

and...I found some of my old cookbooks.

 I should explain why I'm finding stuff.  
I joined a challenge on Facebook through a group I'm in.  
I vowed to empty a box a day for the month of October.
These were all FULL in the pole barn, the beginning of October.
I emptied them little by little and it made a BIG difference.
I donated, I made a pretty good size garage sale pile for next year.
I kept some things and I sold some things.
You see, when we moved, we moved into one room in the basement and everything else went into storage.  It's amazing what you can live without!!!

But I did find these old crocks, and I really do like them a lot.
I found several of those brown bag cookie molds.  
These are Longaberger.  I have quite a collection of them and they bring back some
good memories, which I'll save for another post.

 And I found these teacups  The one on the left my Sister bought for me on a shopping trip years ago. They used to have a tea shop in the mall and we would always go there to take a break.  I loved that place, but it's no longer there.
I left the stuff out that brought a warm fuzzy feeling to my heart.
Those are the things that make our house a home.

I got my hair cut by a witch this week!

 This is probably the last cut until after the holidays.
Oh, and I started a of.
I showed you some apple dumplings a couple of weeks ago that Mom made.
It's tradition.  Mom makes all of us some apple dumplings, every fall.
Well, my sister made some!
And brought them up!
So, after the dumplings, and the weight gain, I decided to start a diet. 
BUT tonight several of us went out to eat,
so even though I ate healthy most of the day, I kind of blew it tonight.
But not too bad, especially for the first day.  

So, for the month of November
1) reading Christmas novels (and spending less time on FB and IG)
2) dieting as much as possible so I don't gain the Holiday ten!
3) continuing emptying boxes (I still have a basement full)
4) relaxing....

What do you do to embrace the season?


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Day three in Brown County

I had the best time on our last day in Brown County, which was Friday. 
For one, I felt great! 
For two, the weather was absolutely perfect the entire time we were there. 

So here is day three, our last full day.  We always leave on Saturday morning.

This is the lane that leads up to the Christmas Shop.
 Those flowers are cockscomb.  They have these cute little small variety, and a much bigger variety.
They are annuals and they sell the seeds in the store.
I enjoy walking the lane.
Believe me, My Shug did not think it was manly to get his picture taken with the Polar Bear, but he humored me!  And there wasn't anyone else around!

 They have a somewhat new historic museum.  It's been there three or four years.  And they have this reproduction school.  We looked inside the school, but not the museum.
 We checked on the bear.....almost finished!

 In Nashville, Indiana in the fall, the weekends are VERY CROWDED AND THE STORES ARE BUSY!  I can't stress that enough.  And it was Friday.  So, we ate lunch and took off for the country side again.  We decided to go to some artists studios.  My Shug wanted to go to this one in particular. Her name is Sidney Bolam and she is a stone carver.  This is her home and where she had stuff displayed for the artist studio tour.  This is not her studio.  Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of that area.
 This is Sidney, graciously letting me take her picture with the carving we bought.  She didn't want me to take her picture because she had been working and was covered in dust.  I told her no one would care
 These are some of the roads to the studios.  Actually, this is what most of the roads look like.  One lane, some are paved, but many are gravel, and beautiful!

 We also went to a fiber artist studio,
 we stopped at a very small general store in Helmsburg.  Guess what else is in Helmsburg!
I'm serious!
Absolutely NOTHING!

This road was actually wide enough for two cars! 
 We went to the Brown County winery, and did a little tasting.

 And after that we went to Bear Wallow Distillery.  Thing is...I'm not so into whiskey or Moonshine.  We had a little lesson on the difference between the two.  If I remember correctly, Moonshine is whiskey with flavoring added.  But when it came time to taste, we passed.
 We still had a little time before dark.  You really don't want to be in these hills and hollers much after dark unless you know your way around.  

I loved this studio.  It is a weaving studio,
 and as with most of the studios, their home is at the studio.
 This little studio was down the lane from the weaving studio.  She does relief prints and letterpress.  I talked to her for awhile and she said her parents talked her into opening her studio for the studio tour, for the month of October, so she took a month off of work to prepare, and opened her studio.  She said it changed her life. She loves it so much she is going to do some markets and start her own business.
She also lives in this little cabin.  And I mean room.  And I know all about living in one room!  I didn't even see a kitchen, but her parents live in the weaving studio up the hill.
 At this point it was around 6:00.  We went back to the gas station (teehee) got some broasted chicken and potato wedges and took it to an overlook for a picnic!
 Where we ate...
 Now here's the thing...we usually stay in the state park, in a cabin.  But this year, we decided to stay in the town of Nashville.  And the stores in Nashville close around 5:00 or 6:00.  BUT when we were heading back to our hotel, we discovered the stores were open!
 Apparently on Friday evenings they stay open later.  And that might be only in the fall, I don't know.  All these years I've never known the stores to stay open later.
 Apparently other people don't know they stay open later either because the streets were almost empty, so I told Shug to "let me out" and  "park the car!!!"
because I need some chocolate covered peanuts!!! (dessert!)
 And I decided to do some more shopping since it wasn't crowded.  And no worries ladies...
there are plenty of benches for male bonding outside the stores!

 I will leave you with pictures of the stores in Nashville, in the evening.

Saturday morning we went to one last store,

I went to The Daily Grind and got a latte', and we headed for home.

  Just in time as the Vice President's son was having a wedding celebration in the state park and the traffic was bumper to bumper!

Have a great weekend!

PS - Cross your fingers....three days with no head weirdness!