Thursday, May 19, 2016

Remembering Flynn Park

Something that brother Jim wrote me about Flynn Park today reminded me of the Flynn Park Elementary School reunion that the Class of '51 had in 1999. That year also happened to be the 75th anniversary of Flynn Park.

I was living in Woodstock, Ill., about 330 miles north of University City, and I had decided to ride my motorcycle to U. City for the event. Luckily, the weather early that October was good. I arrived at the school at about 3:00PM and before school let out for the day.

I knew it was important to go straight to the Principal's Office, and so I did. It was in the same room as in 1951 (I remember it well), and I walked into the small, crowded secretary's office. Two women were there, and I'm not sure just what they thought when they looked up and saw me. I was wearing jeans, my motorcycle jacket, motorcycle boots and I was carrying my helmet.

I didn't say anything, and eventually one of the women asked, "Can we help you with something?"

I stuttered and stumbled over my words. "Umm, uhhh, well, I was t-t-told to go to the Principal's Office. I was afraid, and so I ran away. That was in 1951. Mrs. Rossi's not still here waiting for me, is she?"

They laughed and said, "No, you're safe. She's not here."

I think Mrs. Rossi was Principal at Flynn Park for 25-35 years. By 1999 she had taken her ruler and headed north to the Great Elementary School in the Sky, where I'm sure she was keeping things in order.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Sister, Clel - looking great

Take a look at our sister, Clel, now 85 and proud of it. These photos are from Valentine's Day week-end, February 14, 2016.

Bravo, Clellie, We are all so proud of you for looking absolutely great and being so active.

Sure glad you are enjoying your home at the Oaks. You must have the best room in terms of health and postive energy.

I'm looking forward to seeing you again soon. Next time, tell the rain to hold off. I'm so glad I was driving on my July trip and not trying to float through on my motorcycle.

Lots of love headed your way from Columbia, S.C. in Valentine's month, 2016.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

New book - Philpott Stories

I was searching around on today and came across Philpott Stories, written by Nancy Bell for the Dan River Basin Association.

I've ordered a copy, and I encourage you to check it out on Amazon and consider picking up a copy for your own library.

You can read all about it here.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

64 Years! Believe it or not.

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2015 marks the 64th year that my sister, Clel Shore, and I have exchanged the same greeting card!

On Christmas 1951 she first gave it to me in University City, Mo. I tucked it away and gave it back to her the next year. And then she saved it and gave it to me in 1953. Somewhere along the way I removed the $1.00 Silver Certificate and removed it with a $2 bill. And then, one year, a Silver Certificate returned.

It has traveled safely across many miles between her residences in Missouri, New Jersey and Florida. And for me, through even more states: Missouri, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Colorado, Kansas, Colorado, Arizona, Texas, Colorado, Missouri, Virginia, Illinois, and now South Carolina.

 Many thanks to the USPS for its safe travels!

Friday, December 25, 2015

A "little" snow in Colorado (again)

This is Betsy and Pat's place in Paonia, Colorado on Christmas Day 2015. Looks like they had just a "little" snow.

Seeing this photo caused me to re-think my 2016 plans to hit the roads on a motorcycle-sidecar outfit for a year. What would I do, if I were headed for Christmas at Betsy's?

Stay in Arizona, I guess...

For a few weeks I was all hot to ditch the Kia Soul and buy a used BMW with sidecar; then I came partially back to my senses. Is 76 too old to want to travel for a year with a motorcycle, sidecar, tent, sleeping bag and a dog?

(From Columbia, S.C., where it's 74º F. and overcast)

Monday, February 3, 2014

A "little" snow in Colorado

Betsy sent an email to Clellie, Jim and Gus (me) with a photo of the
most recent snowfall at their home in Carbondale, Colo. Whew! Now that's snow!

They had gotten 26" of snow in 24 hours, and then the next day another 12" fell.

Betsy and Pat will be moving to Paonia, Colo. to be close to their daughter, Ellie, and her husband, Mark, and their children, Sam (9) and Emma Kate (7).

I visited them in September, when I was driving a friend's car from Woodstock, Ill. to Woodbine, Calif. I hope to get back west this summer on my motorcycle.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

New Year 2014 (from Clellie)

Another year has come and gone.  I spent two months of the spring in the hospital.  I managed to work hard and get my strength back.  I’ve got 83 years behind me.

Bryan and Danielle had a beautiful outdoor wedding at Bethel Farms, where Bryan works.  Timmy, Jim, Jennifer and Blaine were in the wedding party.  Ellie and Lexie were the flower girls and were so cute.  Bryan and Danielle bought a nice house on two wooded acres in Arcadia.

Dave sold his house and bought a house on Venice Island, a few blocks from the beach.  He did a complete remodeling job and put in a pool.  He gave his refrigerator, washer and dryer to Bryan.  They were in good shape. Dave just wanted new ones.

Simon James Thawley was born April 22. His parents are Matt and Christy and grandparents are Tom and Sandy. Sandy and Tom came to visit in July. Michael, Kathrin, and Jennifer have all visited. Brother Gus came in August and in November.

Joan did her 60 mile walk for 3 days in Tampa for cancer. Zach is now 16 and Joan is happy that he can drive and do some of the errands. Amy had her 14th birthday and had 20 girls over for the evening with 9 of them spending the night.

Kim and Tony are proud. Elspeth, our drama actress. competed against 16 schools. She did a monologue and placed Superior, which pays her way to the State Convention. Her part time job at Cold Stone Ice Creamery gave her a plaque for customer service employee of the year. Emily has a part time job at Chick-Filet and got 3 promotions and 2 raises in 3 months and is now a trainer for new employees. Luke is growing fast and doing well in school. He recently won his spelling bee.

Tod, Billy, and Jessie are doing fine. Tod gave a sermon on Charity and sang a solo at church. Tod takes me to the Brew Crew every Wednesday for coffee with friends.

Tim and Pat are staying very busy with Jim & Jen's kids, Ellie (4) and Aubrey (1). Timmy's daughter, Lexie (3) stays every other weekend. They get to see Blaine regular. Blaine is in the 6th grade and still makes straight A's. They feel truly blessed to have their children and four grandchildren close by.

The family continues to be busy, but they still have time to come and help me as well take me to dinner once in a while. Dave took me shopping one day and then came and wrapped all the Christmas presents. I am lucky he moved to Florida when he retired a few years ago.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.