Monday, November 20, 2017

Marie and the Hurricane of 1931

Today while I was at Marie's house, I visited with her while she was eating her lunch. After ten years I thought I had heard most of her life stories, but I was in for a surprise.
She said, "you know I was in a hurricane when I was sixteen." She then started to tell me about her traumatic experience.
She wanted to go to a movie that night. Her mother said she didn't think she should go because she had to work the next day. True to form Marie went anyway. Not only did she go by herself, but to the late movie. Clark Gable in a movie that I can't find in his archives. I live a block away from her and I can't remember the name of his co-star. Oh well, that part doesn't matter. What does matter is the fact that the trolley quit running at 11:00 P.M. and the movie got out late. The manager wanted her to stay at the theater because of the terrible weather, but she started walking home.
She could not walk her normal route, because of the storm, so she had to take back roads through two cemeteries. She named them.
When she got home hours later, she had to bang on the door so that someone would let her in. Only minutes after she got in the house, the neighbor's barn blew into her yard.
Of course, the next day she walked to the place where she met the girls she went to work with. Even a hurricane wasn't going to mess with her work schedule!! Her work friends told her to go ahead and go back home because the hurricane had made it impossible to go to work. She fretted, even now, because she had to miss three days work.
I feel that the work ethic in the "thirties" was much more in tact than it is now.
Since I am spending more time with Marie, I am hoping to hear more about her life than I have up to this point. If I do, I will post more of her life stories.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

A Visit From Tricia

We had a wonderful visit with Tricia, Marie's granddaughter, her daughter, Sydney, and her husband, John. They had not seen each other in 24 years. Such fun we had. We went to yard sales, laughed and had such a good time.
Of course, Fran got out the karaoke mics and we got out cd books and discovered such beautiful voices in Sydney and Tricia. John said he sounded like a wounded cat, so he stayed in the kitchen with me regaling me with wonderful stories. Here are some pictures of the fun.                                              
The girls when they were little at Christmas time Tricia. Samantha. Melissa and Christina. Always the model, showing off her crocheted hat she made from plastic shopping b

This is a picture of Marie's mother with her great

Brandon, Tori and Cooper James Watson great great grandson. Below is a cute picture of Sydney and Fran singing karaoke. He was thrilled to have new singers.
Below the singers are Tricia and Fran. Fran in his deer hunting T-shirt.

Tricia's family Brandon, Amber, John. Tricia, and Sydney.

Well these are the highlights, they had fun yesterday, looking through her family books and learned a lot of family history.
Hopefully, they will come back soon to visit.!!


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Joe's visit in June 2015

Joe and his family were not able to come for Marie's birthday in July, however, they came to visit in June.
Joe, Brenda and her daughter and her friend had a good time visiting with Marie, and enjoyed the crocheted hats she makes. Joe and his family all modeled her cute little hats she crochets.
This picture says it all. Joe and his beautiful me'me'

There are many more pictures of many more birthdays and birthday cakes, but this one is very special. Especially since she had so much fun as well as a milestone.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Another Celebration for Marie's 101st Birthday!

That birthday party was small compared to her big 100th party. Marie's son, Roger, and his wife Virgie came from Texas and Fran and I.
Roger and his wife gave her a gift certificate for a new perm at the beauty shop, which she really liked and we got her a new sweater. And of course cake with the special candles: 101
It's always nice for Marie when Roger comes to visit because he generally stays a week.

I'm sure there will be more birthdays to celebrate
with the lady that I am proud to call my mother-in-law.

Marie Celebrates 100 Years With A Bang!!

This story is about Marie's 100th birthday party. It was on July 5th, 2015. She had about 30 relatives, neighbors, and friends all wishing her well.
Among them were her son Roger and his wife, Virgie, his son Roger and his wife Kelly and their little boy, all from Texas.
Marie's brother and his daughter both from Texas, and her grandson Chuck and his wife and two daughters from Massachusetts.Her grand daughters, Rhonda, Tina, Amanda, with their children and with their children and husbands and friends. Her  grandson Albert and his family were here. Her grandson Joe couldn't get vacation time in July so he was here to celebrate with his grandma in June with his gal Brenda and her daughter and her friend.
One grand daughter got to talk and see Marie on FaceTime. Her daughter, Marie talked to her on Skype also, although she was very ill.
We had food galore! Spaghetti and Meatballs, brisket, hot dogs, brats, hamburgers, and my son, Mike smoked a really big turkey and was up all night doing it for us. It was gone in an hour! We had mac and cheese bbq chicken legs, corn on the cob, cupcakes, small cakes, and a big cake from the bakery with her picture embedded in the frosting. She was amazed. To tell the truth so am I. There were two big peach cobblers and ice cream of course, some for the cake and some for cones. And last but not least lots of gifts and fun. She had so much fun. She talked about it for days and went through all her pictures and still does. Thank you all for coming to celebrate with her.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

When Things Were Just Going Good.....

Marie was doing so well. All the therapies had discharged her. She could walk with assistance and her appliances. She was doing sitting or laying down excersises.
She was laughing and visiting, just like the "old Marie." Every day I would go to her house to do some things and visit. If I wasn't there, Fran was.
A couple of days ago, Fran's brother called and said she had fallen. She wanted to go to the Emergency Room so off we went. After x-rays it was apparent that she had broken her wrist. Her arm was put in a splint. That was a really good idea; she seemed to feel better quickly.
It is taking her awhile to gain her strength, but if I know her, she will be better soon.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

This Is Just Like The Center!

Since Marie has come home from the rehab center, she has been inundated with therapy services. The first week she had a bath aide, nursing, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. Whew! Serveral times she has commented that this was just like the "center:." There was a bit of an edge to her voice.
The phone would ring and she would say,"It is probably a therapy person."
She has now been discharged from nursing visits. She will be continuing her physical and occupational therapies.
Her walking needs some work. She needs wheelchair, walker, and electic wheelchair or the combination thereof.
I wasn't feeling  "top of the morning to you this morning so I called. Generally I go to check on them once or twice a day. Her son answered the phone and said that "they were making meatloaf." Yup, she is back at the helm!