Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Like this one guy,Vic, who has been in for 40 years and a gal ,Francis, who has been in for 31yrs. Several of the members have already held the position of commander for the flotilla and one guy has also been Commadore. All this experience gives us a head start over the ones that charter with all newbies.
For the chartering ceremony we were presented with a new Ensign and a USCGAux flag.
Each of us was also given a certificate for being a founding member of the new flotilla along with a certificate showing that we are "Plank Owners". This is an honor given to each person who serves on the initial voyage of a new vessel/flotilla. Wow! The certificates are really sweet!
Of course this all happened after the 2009 Flotilla Commander and Vice Flotilla Commander (me) were given the oath of office.
How sweet is that! All that fun and good stuff, lots of neat friends, free training, and I get to hang out at the boat ramps with the other cool people that like to play in/on the water. Ahhhhh !!!!!Life is sure good!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
"Hey, get up up there and get Fat Ass up too." That is how my Saturdays started every week when I was a kid. I sure didn't look forward to Saturdays like most kids did. No sleeping in late or spending the mornings watching cartoons. It was up at 8:00 sharp, shovel some cereal in and get started. Not piddley little chores like take the garbage out or feed the cat/dog. Oh no..my dad was a strong German and when he said clean that's exactly what he meant CLEAN!
While cleaning the kit. we also had to wash the clothes. Not throw them into the washer and then into the dryer but,...1st we had to drag the rinse tub over to the faucet and fill it with cold water. Then while full, drag it out of the way so we could fill the Maytag with hot water. That was moved so that the wringer would drop the clothes into the rinse water and not on the floor. Whites of course went in first since they needed the hottest water. They would wash 20 minutes or so(depending when we remembered to change the load). Each piece was run through the wringer and into the rinse tub. Everything was swished around in the freezing cold water, the wringer was swung around again so the rinsed load could be wrung out, and dropped out into the basket. That task was delicate, a miscalculation and the clothes would hit the floor. Another load was put in and 20 minutes or so the routine was repeated. Of course laundry didn't stop just there. They basket had to be hauled upstairs and taken outside where everything was hung onto the line to dry. In winter they got hung up down in the basement.
After the kitchen came the living room. A dust mop was used to clean all the ceilings; corners especially. No cobwebs had better be left or else...this went for the walls too. All books came off shelves and were dusted as was every piece of furniture. Don't forget the legs! One time my sister missed dusting 1 pedal on the organ and... well let's say it was not pretty. Every key, knob and button got dusted as well as the window sills. Vacuuming was the last thing done.
Finally it was up to the bedrooms. Wende did mom's/dad's and I did ours. (A control thing again). Three twin beds and dressers needed cleaned and the linoleum floor swept. Imagine if you can this girls' room. Green and brown tile floor. Pink bedspreads, and brown.gold.green pirate curtains!!!!! A far cry from the coordinated bdrms of girls now days huh?
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Or a rooster that is the boss of the farm? How about some ducks? Really cute when the waddle and only eat a little bit of cat food each day.Anyhow, what's 4 more mouths added to the managerie? Oh, by the way, did I mention I have some cats to GIVE away?????
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
1st yorkie puppy( a girl Coco) in the family... Rowdy's,
1st piercing for Chenoa as an adult (her nose), Way to go girl! Tattoo next?
1st time gas below $1.75 since????? Hurrah! Can it go lower?
1st medal for organ class...star player... O.K. I didn't play at the concert but I work hard in practice.
1st organ of my own A Lowery. It is used but so relaxing and easy to play. The dogs "sing" while I play. I Love It
1st new laptop that is a pretty blue and lots easier to play with than the big one.
1st time I haven't worn pants/slacks to school for 9 weeks in a row! That's a lot of leg shaving!
1st time for poison ivy on the girls....don't ask!
1st time my bestest friend 'pended the night= Zoe and granny and 3 dogs in
1 tiny bed.
1st time the cave, spare bdrm, is filled with garden's bounty. Squash and potatoes, and tomatoes EVERYWHERE.
Even and old woman can still experience lots of 1st, whether her own or shared with family and friends....fuzzy and human.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008