Thursday, November 30, 2006

My Blog-a-Versary month ...1 year old

As you probably have noticed I have not been the best blog keeper lately. Just so you know I've been reading your blogs but not tending mine. Sorry.

Well, back in October I missed writing a blog entry for my 100th post...I completely forgot to do it. So today being the last day of November I was running short of the month of my blog anniversary, So happy Blog-A-versary to me, And thank you Jeannie for getting me started writing! You probably regret it now huh?

I love my picture blog but I like writing also, Much to my own amazement. But I enjoy the friends that I've made and the funny topics we've shared and the history and mental help we've gave eachother the most.

I love that I'm able to entertain a few of my blog followers with a good chuckle from time to time also thanks for keeping up with me.

Well, the month has been a busy one with the Thanksgiving Turkey aroma just barely out of the air and the leftovers either canned or thrown away. BTW, I made an awesome homemade Turkey noodle soup this year. Homemade noodles and all, This was one of the things the kids looked forward to after turkey day was the soup with homemade noodles and homemade sweet white bread.
Our gathering was small and informal, Just comfortable, We missed some of our group but I hear tell they'll all be here next year. We'll surely celebrate that. The Mr.'s younger brother Carl and Michaelann came over from the East this year...that was fun for both of us, The Mr. played video games and spurred a mean competition on Madden football. Michaelann and I went window shopping at the new Bridgeport village mall, Everything was nice and expensive. Then we seen Santa Clause 3 the movie, I know it's a no brainer but it was a Christmas movie and I had someone to see it with. I think I missed #2 though, Maybe I'll rent it.

I wanted to go see Borat, I heard it was really funny. But still haven't found a movie buddy for that one.

Yesterday I was cleaning my spoon collection and got to thinking about things my mother told me about traditions in Norway the country she came from. She said it was customary for a young man to carve a set of spoons for the girl he'd like to marry.
The symbols that he carved into the spoons all had meaning...Things like a good provider was shown by the depth of the spoon or if there was a lock or key on it meant he would keep her safe from harm. While cleaning my spoons I realized how many my Mr. had given me over the years and thought to myself if he were a suitor in Norway I certainly would known he loved me. Just a different time and place is all, But it for a minute paralleled life back in those days.

There was also a custom that a father when a daughter came of age to marry would give her an empty knife sheath and send her out to find a suitor, sometimes the knife the suitor gave her was too small for the sheath and she spent a lot of time if she liked him trying to convince him that, It not the size of the blade it's how you use it. (Snickering)

Now I'm thinking I'm glad the Mr. made me a sword first, so I Don't have to go there.

Ok, so much for that...I'd better get on with some more things I've been putting off.

Friday, November 17, 2006

The Groomed Matriarch

With the Thanksgiving Holiday only a mere 6 days away I seem to feel the anticipation of the family looking forward to another Turkey dinner in honor of all we are thankful for.
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I years past we wrote on either pieces of paper or little cards before dinner and read them or had one read all of them to us after dinner.
One of the most touching ones I can remember was one from our Uncle Glen.
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He wrote about how thankful he was for having a wife that supported him thru Lung cancer and who has always been the love of his life and then at the end he writes and I'm thankful for Connie(His Wife) and Linda's good cooking and all of Ya'll.

He's from Arkansas and has always been a wonderful addition to our family gathering, He's both humorous and witty at the same time. I hope they can make it again this year.

We have the Mr.'s brother Carl and his Wife Michaelann coming also, They are fun to have around and visit with. I'm looking forward to this.

Now to breach a different subject, A Matriarch, A usually (Elderly)? woman that has the wherewithal to know the goings on in a family. Usually has a strong pull and rank and authority. Also known as grandam (or grandame); headmistress, mistress; ma, mama, mammy, mom, momma or family glue.

I don't know if this duty was bestowed upon me or if it was self assumed, My feelings are that I took it with the blessing that my mother passed down to me after she was no longer able to prepare the full meal.

I miss the days when my mother prepared the meal, But to tell you the truth I think my turkey is better. To her credit, I learned at the age of 9 to stuff a turkey and prepare a dinner fit for family. My mother loved to cook but her back was always in terrible pain. Which meant standing and bending and lifting were sometimes impossible for her to do.

I think at the age of 9 she began grooming me for the job. She always commented on how I had soft feelings and lots of understanding for someone of my youth. I then wanted to be the person she saw in me. Baby Sis was only 1 then and quite the handful. I learned to be a mother then when my mother couldn't get out of bed to do the mothering, cooking and cleaning. I remember coming home from school to help mom get the baby cleaned up after her doing what she could during the day. My mom was no slacker either she would push herself till she could no longer do it anymore.

I then assumed laundry and chores that a household of 5 would require, Meaning no outside free time to play with friends. My siblings were my social life.

When I reached maturity as if I wasn't already mature at the young age of 9-10, I took on way more of the holiday cooking and mom still overseeing the secrets, the measurements and ingredients, I think her Matriarch was born...Never fully taking the position till her passing in 1991.
I enjoy this and it can be a heavy weight to some degree, But I look at it as an honorable position. Besides that The daughter said she'll not do it till I have Alzheimer's and can't remember what my food tastes like.
Hmmmm, times sure are different and Thankfully so sometimes...
Whom will I pass this all onto?
It seems nobody wants the responsibility.

I will miss my boys and their wifes and girlfriends this year, I know they'll miss Mom's cooking too. I miss their presence and love.

A Case of too many Email Addresses

Today I logged onto Yahoo and was prompted to check the email...Wow I had tons of Email and only knew 1 person on the list. I forgot I had an email there. Luckily for me it was someone dear to me and a truly welcome surprise. She sent me this note last November telling me her email had changed and had sent me notes thru the year and some forwards with the last being in Sept. of this year. I hope she didn't give up on me.

I wrote her today explaining the missed emails and expressing my joy to know something hadn't happened to her. I hope to stay in contact for a good long time.

...***Remember to check old email addresses***...Just a note to self.

UPDATE...She was fine and doing good and was as equally glad to here from me. I miss being a part of her life. She was one of the best parts of a past relationship, Once family always family.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

A flooded Wagon Wheel park. Mulino, Or

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Where is this coming from?

A subtropical airmass is feeding heavy rain into the Northwest tonight. That means rain will increase in Northwest Oregon and continue in Southwest Washington where some spots are approaching 10" of rain! We change to a cooler and slightly drier pattern for the rest of the week, which means back to normal & cool rain showers.

I don't think it could rain any harder! It feels like were gonna float away.