40 Years

#40Yearsin40ishDays 1999

#40Yearsin40ishDays  1999 brought the passing of my maternal grandmother, 18 months after grandpa’s homegoing. Our family spent a lot of time with Grandma in their room at the care center. We ate meals there and played bingo. We faithfully watched Touched by An Angel every week together and I helped her get birthday cards sent out to the family as she had for all our lifetimes.  I could often see her struggling between earth and heaven.

Blanche Evelyn Payne Bertholf

Where my grandpa taught me about beauty and nature and celebration and spiritual things, my grandma taught me many practical things about building a home. She was an exquisite home cook and specialized in pie and candy making. She cared for my physical needs as a child in their home and loved me unconditionally. She is my grand model for grandmothering and I hope to come close to the richness in my own grandchildren’s lives that that she brought to mine.

We took Abbey on a trip to the Oregon Coast. What a fun, bonding time together. We stayed at a B&B in Astoria and gave Abbey the Rose Room to enjoy. Scott and I grew up spending a lot of time at the coast and love to back whenever we can. The ocean is a place to regain perspective, to feel the smallness of standing beside largeness.

Music, Music, Music

Candy – Christian Women’s Club Area Gathering Geiser Grand Hotel, Baker City, Oregon “Where’d You Get That Hat?”
Abbey accompanying the District choir performance at the Morrison Center

You may remember Y2K … we all spent 1999 preparing to avert a technological disaster. There is still debate about the scope of the would-be disaster but I think we’re all glad for the preparation that made midnight on 1.01.2000 just another technologically smooth New Year’s Eve.

Ready for a new millenium

 

#Y2K #WeSingAndPlay #GrandmaLove

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