is a picture of my late husband Stan and me taken Jan. 1996 for our
church bulletin. Stan was born June 12, 1930 and died July 13, 1998
We were introduced by a friend in 1961 and were married Aug. 23, 1963.
We raised four children Janet, Doug, Susan and Angela. Angela has a
son Anthony born March 29, 1989. I have a wonderful daughter in law
Crystal and soon will have another grandchild due in May, 2001.
I enjoyed camping and spent some time camping nearly every year from
1968 through 1997. Our very favorite campsites are in the Beartooth
Mountains out of Red Lodge, MT. We camped several different places including
a Good Sam convention in
Albuquerque, NM and Powell, WY. Also Crystal Lake Campground near Moore,
In 1991 I took 6 weeks off
work and Stan and I traveled from Billings to Yellowstone National Park
for a Lumley reunion, on to Cody, WY, into Idaho on across to Oregon
and up the Oregon coast, into Washington ending in Blaine, WA for a
Duncan family reunion. We camped along the way some of the places and
stayed in motels in others. We also stayed at military campgrounds in
Washington and Montana. Along the way we looked for lighthouses and
covered bridges and stopped at every one we possibly could. Some of
the lighthouses are pretty awesome and it's fun climbing up in them.
Stan belonged to the Shrine
and the Director's Staff unit. We did many things with the Shriners
and went to a PNSA in Spokane, WA: Boise, ID; and Casper, WY as well
as the ones in Montana. He joined the Shrine in 1981 and enjoyed all
his years as a Shriner. Since Stan's death I have joined a wonderful
philanthropic sorority called ESA. I have made a lot of new friends
and been reacquainted with old friends in the sorority. We do service
projects and have educational speakers at the meetings as well as our
socials and rushes. This is a friendly group of gals and I have lots
of fun. I also work out at a local health club, belong to Daughter's
of the Nile- a woman's group of the Shrine, and am a volunteer tutor
of reading, my 5th year to do this. It is very rewarding seeing the
improvement in the reading of the students I tutor from September till
May. The children really enjoy this alone time with a tutor and I enjoy
the children also.
My hobbies are counted cross
stitch which I have been doing since about 1983 and I have been doing
memory albums the last four or five years. My pictures have gone from
the shoebox into albums, at least some of them and I have 35 years of
pictures to do. I try and keep up to date with pictures from year to
year. Other hobbies include going to garage sales in the summer and
traveling. In 1999 I took a trip to Europe with Carol, a friend I have
traveled with since 1990. We went first to New York and stayed with
Janet, then flew into London where we picked up a Trafalgar's tour with
a wonderful tour guide and a nice bus driver. We were gone 25 days total
staying again with Janet after our tour. We went to Amsterdam, Germany,
Italy, Austria, Switzerland, France and a couple other places. It was
fun but it is always good to get back home. Carol and I have also gone
on 5 Elderhostels to NC, MS, TX and 2 in CO. These are fun and we always
rent a car and travel around the area on our own. Our last EH was from
Denver, CO to Santa Fe, NM along the Santa Fe trail learning a lot of
history and having a great time.
My collections consist of
postcards which I have collected since I was 12. I have about 7 shoe
boxes full and many not in shoe boxes. My favorite topics are churches,
lighthouses and covered bridges plus many other topics and state cards.
I also collect angels and lighthouses. I also have a collection of recipes
some of which are on the recipe page on the website. I have a cookbook
installed on my computer and one I made on my desktop for recipes I
couldn't format into the cookbook on my computer. Although I don't do
as much cooking as I used to, it is still fun to cook up a good meal
and try a new recipe now and then. There are still the favorite stand-bys
too. I have put several of our family favorites on the recipe page.
Please have a look and include your favorite recipe with your name and
if you have something about it, please included that also.
I have done latch hook rugs,
some embroidery, tube paints, sewing and of course counted cross stitch
which I do a lot of and make many gifts. I also used to make pretty
pins out of odds and ends of jewelry including a watch face and chains.
These were glued on a belt buckle or any other suitable piece and worn
on jackets or blouses. I still sell some now and then but haven't been
active in this for quite awhile. I worked in a local department store
called Hennessy's from 1982 till Oct. 1994 when I took early retirement.
I worked in the customer service/gift wrap area and enjoyed the people
and gift wrapping.
I am enjoying my retirement
- What I Want
- When I Want
- IF I Want and
- With Whom I Want.