Nancy’s Beautiful Pic of the Owyhee Mtn Range Malheur County, Oregon !! MY HOME!

Bloged in Oregon,Vale, OR by mark Saturday December 25, 2010

Fabulous cousin Nancy Purvine & Bruce have been with us for Christmas. WHEN I GET TIME, I intend to post some her Oregon pics that were taken exactly where we grew up….SE Oregon Desert and Ranch country.

Here’s ONE example of DESERT BEAUTY………place like this are gems we spent many days as kids exploring, having a fabulous time:

***EMBIGGEN to feel the grandeur of high desert beauty.

ONE THING I DO MISS here in the rain forest is that BIG SKY FEEL a desert easily provides……. I truly HAD forgotten how grand the place was that I grew up in. AT the very bottom of the deepest canyons in this pic, the Owyhee River flows……..

When we return from the to do list ahead, I’ll try to post some more.

Thanks, Nancy!

Pickling concluded! Did we have fun?

Bloged in Family,food: recipes + dining out,garden,General Home Life,Vale, OR by mark Monday August 11, 2008

I really can’t write anything today, our day to drive to CA and help move Rodger’s Dad out of his condo has been moved up to Wednesday morning……..I do not look forward to that long and Gas costly drive, but it will be nice to get it over with and get Chet set in a simpler place on a ground floor level. At 78, he’s getting a little fragile to be climbing those steep stairs. We will be bringing back lots of family treasures for Rodger to sort through when he gets time. This will be a rather traumatic weekend I’m sure for all involved……….It’s Chet’s birthday Friday, so we’ll try help him turn 79 as robustly as we can.

So I gotta get busy packing, cleaning, watering, mowing, cleaning……. The busiest time in the garden is just beginning, and hot temps forecast while we’re gone. I hope things survive… we’ll have an overhead sprinkler set and friend Karen has kindly agreed to let it run a couple of times. When we get back, there will be tomatillos ready to can. The garden has exploded!

BUT. dearest cousins Nancy Minor and Nancy Purvine made it here Friday AND Saturday for us to revive Grandma Ray’s Pickling Days! It worked fabulously, and we had a GREAT time. (SUNDAY, after they’d gone, Rodger and I spent another five hours making our Apricot jam.).

It’s a GOOD thing I didn’t take any pics DURING this project, this kitchen was a mess. But the FIRST day, we were pretty proud to have a case each for Nancy and Nancy (the other two Nancy’ (Rodger and I), remember, had our pickling done the prior weekend):
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Yes, we grew up together. We’re not identical cousins though, can you pick me out here? How come they look SO young and beautiful while I look a little worn:
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By Saturday afternoon, they had TWO cases each to take home:
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Rodger finally agreed to a pic…..he did a lot of work with us:
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These batches were a mix of dried red chili pickles, Serrano Pickles and a few Hanabero’s !!!! I am as lucky as anyone can be having fabulous smart fun beautiful cousins like these two !!!!

Ah. Now, I don’t know when I’ll get to write a little diary entry again………………….. may be a few days.

A High School Class of 1964 comes calling!

Bloged in General Home Life,Vale, OR by mark Thursday July 10, 2008

The phone rang……..we we’re busy. “They’ll leave a message.”

“Hello, this call is for Mark. This is the Vale High School Class 45th Reunion Committee and we’re hoping you’ll join us next year for our reunion. If you don’t I may have to come beat you up,” said the woman’s voice.

A Second call rings in………………

“Hello, Mark. Yes, you’d BETTER be coming to this Reunion or I’ll have to come drag you there myself. AND, bring Rodger. Hello Rodger!!! We want to meet him.”

Hm……..I thought about scanning in some pics of what girls belonged to these voices calling……..but……….didn’t.

I recognized the second voice. Dee Milleson from my high school days. Obviously, she and some of the other ex-cheer leaders were having some fun, eh? Well, I thought I’d call them back the next day.

A third call rings in . . . .. .By now it’s obvious some girls are having a good time somewhere…………

At 10:30 PM, the phone rings again, and THIS time I answer it. After 43 YEARS, I am once again talking to girls I thought WE’RE friends in High School, but never were that close. They, after all, were the cheerleaders.

Linda D, Linda Kaye F., and Kay P, spent the next hour on the phone with me and we had a GRAND TIME remembering life in Vale High School in the early 60′s. Dee had gone back to the hotel……

I found it pretty astounding to know how much we remembered about that little town while being strongly aware of the fact at the time, THEY traveled in much different social circles than I. I had friends in all age groups, lots were Mormon, but probably because these girls dated the very guys that you can easily recognize in your own school: the Jocks, I insecurely kept their often friendly overtures then at a distance.

I accused them of taking bets already so that….. (if I came to the reunion), they could see if Pat Shunn would wrestle me to the ground again like he was often assigned to do in P.E. by our Sadistic Coach, Arnie Lewis.

I have never given the slightest thought about going to one of these reunions ………….until this phone call. It became obvious, as the hour passed, that we all cared about each other very much, and shared a small-town closeness that was evidenced in the many fine details we revived to be otherwise. I grew warm realizing that I’d experienced friendships much more broadly than I was even aware of as a young boy, there, in that little cow-town, and am so very happy to be finding this out.

Here’s this group of girls I was on the phone with last Saturday night in their most recent picture:valechums

I have a new appreciation of what a rich time the 50′s were in this little western town: Vale, Oregon.

I cannot thank every person who taught me the love of music, and playing the piano, what that did for my entire life. Cheers, Marilee, if you read this! Her inspiration let me to experience Vale on many more levels than most of the Mormon farm kids who never experienced life outside of a Mormon mind-set.

Whoopee for that first “sneak” into Stockman’s Cafe and Bar where we ordered a Cheeseburger and Fries cooked to perfection by our real neighbor-chef George Troy! My FIRST tasting of rebel food, eh?

Maybe I better plan on going to that reunion…………………………………

Sheriff’s Log – Vale Update

Bloged in humor,Vale, OR by mark Saturday May 3, 2008

A while back, I posted a few entries from the Sheriff’s log I read from my weekly home-town Southeast Oregon Newspaper, “The Malheur Enterprise”. It is published in Malheur (translation: Bad Hour) County Seat town of Vale, Oregon.

This week, I felt these were worth your consideration:

9:22 a.m. April 2, Vale:
*Caller report criminal mistreatment, elder abuse, which occurred prior to the victim passing away.
2:26 p.m. April 2, Vale:
*Caller requests welfare check on children. Her children say neighbors have been hitting their children with spatulas.
9:19 p.m. April 3, Vale:
*Caller wants deputy to check an address for a sex offender out of UTAH who has not registered.
***(Now wait a minute. If he/she hasn’t registered, how have we confirmed the suspect IS a sex offender?)
6:22 p.m. April 3, Vale:
*Caller advises that a “wanted” suspect is at the baseball field of the Vale High School.
9:22 p.m. April 4, Ontario:
*She would like to have deputy check on horses that have no feed and don’t seem to have been fed.

3:38 p.m. April 5, Vale:
*Caller advises there is a mean steer at the rodeo grounds.
4:26 p.m. April 5, Jordan Valley:
*Third party advises of an assult. Male subject pulled female off tractor; suspect still on scene.
1:31 p.m. April 6, Vale:
*Caller reports goats in his yard again.
8:06 p.m. April 11, county:
*Officer alert; dangerous subject out of Utah possibly en route to Bend; possibly armed and dangerous; if located, stop, detain and use extreme caution.

7:12 p.m. April 17, Ontario:
*Caller advises that her daughter’s ex-boyfriend is pounding on the front door trying to speak to her. She has asked him to leave and he won’t.
4:21 a.m. April 20, Vale:
*Subject came into MCSO lobby to report a domestic assault by his girlfriend.
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Well, really. America at it’s best!

He loves nature in spite of what it did to him.” – Forrest Tucker

Mormons and a Meme

Bloged in General Home Life,Mormons,Oregon,Vale, OR by mark Thursday May 17, 2007

Getting “tagged” to respond to Rodger Dodger’s question: Tell 10 Things About Yourself others do not know, or would find interesting. I had to look up Meme to make sure I could apply this loosely since my original plan in keeping a record of our lives here was simply an improvement on e-mailing a periodical news note to family and friends. This Web page has evolved so maybe I’ll venture out and mention what a few life changing markers were for me if nothing more than the fun of remembering.

BUT. I’ll use this definition of Meme (there were several) to write: Meme, today, is sometimes applied ironically to ideas deemed to be of passing value. Reference:
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Things About Mark Others may not know, or would find interesting. Or, more loosely, some things that were markers in my life.
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I.
In the first grade, I quickly realized our family’s income level was less than some others. I wasn’t even given the $.15 for a hot lunch and those weren’t corporate mass-cooked trucked-in big plastic bag meals. It was actually pretty good stuff……quite often those 15 cent meals. I was never given anything extra beyond that occasional $.15. My first spending money was earned on the paper route a few years later. And THAT Newspaper route is another story. So, within a few weeks, if I dared walk downtown with a friend or two, I always felt a little less than they watching them actually BUY candy bars, etc. So. ONE time, I decided I, too, wanted to feel rich like the kids with the $.05 cent big Baby Ruth candy bars, so I needed to have something of my own. I had eyed a $.15 plastic two piece train for a while, so this time I grabbed it, put it under my shirt and we all left. I was wracked with fear on the way back to school that somehow “they” would be following me and know I was carrying stolen goods. Of course I couldn’t tell anyone I had this train, so the need I had to feel equal by getting something from the store was completely defeated and the fear/guilt was heavy. I got back to the grade school, hid the train in the bathroom, and returned to class. I was SO wracked with guilt, I made myself quite sick and asked to be excused to go home. I got home, went to bed and sat straight up realizing I’d left the stolen goods at the school! I somehow talked Mom into driving me over there and as dumb as I can be, slinked out of the car toward the school (the outside big windows in OUR class faced the side of the car I got out from), walked all hunched over, snuck into the bathroom, got the train, slinked back out, and went home with Mom somehow not knowing what was wrong. I learned then, at age 6, a weakling like me could NEVER be a THIEF. I’ve never forgotten it so the $.15 lesson was worth it.

II.
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**above are Art, Dale, Mark, the three youngest boys.

Hotshot Darrel Grigg lived around the corner from us one way while Roger Davenport lived around the corner the opposite direction. They were BEST friends and we were almost neighbors, we began second grade walking home from school quite often together where Roger and I began to get along real well. I thought I was making a friend, a sort of new experience for me…. Then, without warning one day, in the vacant field, on our trail home, Roger and I were belly-laughing about something funny (I had NO idea what it was even the second after this happened) when Darrel began beating me down onto the ground yelling, “He’s MY friend, go get your own!”. Oddly enough, my older brother was walking behind us with his friends about 20 feet. He stood up to Darrel, warning him he’d better never again lay his hands on me. He didn’t but I often wondered if that’s what made it a long time for me to think I was unworthy of a best friend……………
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III
My folks had 5 kids, 1 daughter and 4 younger boys. Mom talked Dad into getting a piano hoping her daughter would become “something” other than Miss Vale Rodeo (or the equivalent). Fran gave up on the piano about puberty time, or about the same time she was sneaking out her bedroom window to see Mr. Cool, Johnny Schaffield, a catholic boy she, as a Mormon child was forbidden to date. The NEXT son, Norm, took about 2 lessons and thought this too pansy-ass a venture to risk his macho image at Vale Union High. Son #3, Art, began and kept at it a year or two, but quit because his talent was blooming in the band as the lead trumpet player. Son #4, Dale, took a few piano lessons, but followed his idol, big bro Art into the trumpet section of the band. I DO believe, my Dad, by then was frustrated he’d bought a piano and things seemed that this would end up a waste of his money. He started me on the piano, and I was NOT allowed to think of quitting until I was on my own when in college. More completely though, it ended up that I WAS the son with the music talent, and by a miracle was lucky enough to become a student of Marilee Scheer, a young Mom in her own right. Mrs. Scheer inspired me to now end and by the age of 12, I was not just the local Mormon “ward” organist, but also the district Mormon “Stake Organist” and playing for several of the towns weddings in every church in town except the fundamentalist Nazarenes and Assembly of God. To THIS day, Marilee Scheer remains a good friend and has taught me more about self respect, esteem, than probably anyone. THAT PIANO ability in that FOOTBALL Town of 1,200 farmers was all that saved a weakling like me from harrassment by the jocks. That was my ticket outta town, no doubt!

IV
The most memorable evening in my baby piano years, however, was when I was only 11. For some reason, 16-year old brother Art and friends were trying to start up a little dance band but had no piano player. My folks somehow let me, the classical-music-only little brother go out to Phil Lay’s house ONE night and play with these grown up High School Guys. That was the first time in my life I got to “jam” with some guys and we all had a BLAST. I have NEVER forgotten that one evening, and to this day, when I rarely but sometimes play, want to improvise, jam, accompany or play with others. There was ONE other big lesson learned that night. Poor Phil’s Mom had died, his Dad a serious alcoholic so wasn’t even home. I’d never been in a home that wasn’t an established sacrosanct Mormon family home. This was an empty, worn tiny place with bare furnishings, a wooden box with a lamp on it. I somehow “understood” how Phil had ended up being so tough. I’ve wondered what ever happened to him? It made me understand that a stable family life might just be an advantage.
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V
By the end of eighth grade, I was gaining a little confidence….just a little…..because of the piano, but of course completely intimidated that I wasn’t “cool” like the jocks. I had NO comprehension of the layers of psyche working on that idea then. But with the uncool kids, I did okay. When our age group entered High School that next fall, I was completely embarrassed and angry that homely and plump Carol Markle (yep, a crush on me) nominated me for class president. I had to stand out in the hall with two jocks Billy Ingram (town cop’s macho kid, and Pat Shunn (a different kind of arrogant jerk) while the class voted. We exchanged a word or two, er, more like my semi-apologizing that I was even out there with them, and sorry, for my intrusion. We stepped back in and WHAT? I HAD won! I was aghast and completely unprepared for any recognition or applause. I had no time or social skills to function in that job and spent a year in my “unworthy” position, however, it DID teach me that I had more ability than I thought. That year gave me enough social skills to progress in respect and admiration from others so that by the end of my junior year, the coolest Athlete in the town asked me to be his campaign manager for Studentbody President and we won the job for him! My belief in self really had grown

VI
In my Junior Year, we uncool, mostly Mormon, Unathletic kids rebelled against the jocks, the power kids. So, a motley group of about 6-8 mostly Mormon kids formed, the “Pig Club” (yes, this seems so insane now) for any unpopular kid in school. Of course when it began we were initiates were the only ones who knew about it. Our intention was to have a “fabulous” party a month that popular kids were not invited to—NO POPULAR KIDS ALLOWED. Within three months, lots of kids were wanting to join because we were having a GREAT time at these things. We were learning something about life: TO do what WE were doing was no different than any other “clique” and how its formed. We were discriminating in our “select” “committee” group WHO could and WHO could NOT be allowed in. How long did you think THAT could last in a town were No ONE was unknown either in rank, position, religion, appetites, weaknesses, etc etc etc. By the fourth month, a few of the jocks were pissed off that they weren’t allowed or invited and complained to parents. We were forced to disband the Pigs Club by our parents who’d been advised of the problem by the jocks parents who’d not been allowed to go to the Pig Party. Whew!

VII
Of COURSE I went on a Mormon Mission. I was the youngest of 5 Mormon kids in a tiny town where even passing wind when you might be alone in the dark could easily pop up in next weeks town newspaper. So one did not rock the boat. If you’re expected to go on a mission, you go. One problem about going though was that I did NOT have and NEVER had that “testimony” that almost all Mormons proudly proclaim in their monthly “Testimony” Meetings” “I KNOW the Mormon Church is True and Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God”. I reasoned that not shaming my parents wasn’t the only reason I should go. I just may gain that testimony if I went. So off I went, assigned to Kentucky/Tennessee for two years. That testimony never came but about haflway through the two years, I began to realize that my sexuality was confused, and that the attraction that I’d been taught would certainly ruin my perfect Mormon standing was not going away. So I needed to get home and get the “cure” that I was sure a psychiatrist would have. But I didn’t get to go home yet. One week before I was to be released, we were in a fatal car crash. The friend in the back killed, the driver unhurt, and I with a smashed femur & ribs, and not expected to live. I woke up in a Louisville, KY hospital where I spent the next six months and another six months at my folks recuperating and learning to walk. Yes, by the time I went back to BYU, I needed somebody to bring me out. But that year off also changed me completely.

VII
In MY experience, it’s not the out normal gay folk who are predatory at all. But MOST often, Closeted Married Men ARE predatory. They have affairs with other married men, or anonymous partners in bookstores, and other unsavory places. They take risks and are most likely NOWADAYS to be the ones passing on a disease not just to the partner, but their WIVES. THESE closeted married men ARE often religious (i.e. Ted Haggard) and become the very stereotype they complain about from their pulpits. Hence, they remain in their shackled closeted lives out of shame, denial, etc. Then, when their lives fall apart, they bring extreme pain to entire families. As an Ex-Mormon, I met some of these men, and NEVER gained compassion for them. It has only BEEN these closeted types who’ve tried to seduce me without my consent. The best example on my mission. Even on a mission this Mormon Intellectual Professor at Vanderbilt OFTEN tried to get me away from my missionary partner, always touching, always winking……….. I hated it. Maybe I hated it because I myself wasn’t out yet? Doesn’t matter, I was on a mission so I could NOT have participated in that so WHY was he, as a Priesthood leader trying to do something that obviously was going to satisfy HIS underbelly seedy nature.

VIII
The guy who DID bring me out however, WAS in my mission field and we met when we went up to Salt Lake City from BYU together to go through the Mormon temple with some converts from KY. So after a day in the secret temple rites wearing the secret Temple Clothes, these fine converts put us up in a hotel room where the coming out happened. More surprising than finally realizing how everything played together and how I fit into the life’s puzzle, was HIS story about being the TOP baptizer (he and his missionary partner at the time) for six months (and I KNEW that part of the story already). What he told me that was new was: they were having sex EVERY night for that six months and had discussed becoming lovers after their missions. That was cut short though because his buddy was killed in Vietnam. This drove Bill back into the closet where I believe he remaines to this day……married!! So what does THAT say working in some love to your daily ritual? It drew believers into the Church. Seems to help even in religion, eh?

IX
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My devoted Mormon Mother showed how powerful a Mother’s Love can be as she approached her final two years of life. After struggling in her prayers, church, and research for some twenty years after finding out my “secret”, she confided in me that she thought the all-powerful Mormon Church was dead Wrong in their approach to Homosexuality. She believed now that homosexuality was simply one of God’s mysteries that we, as humans, are to learn to accept and love those who are that way. I realized then she loved me unconditionally. She learned to love my partner Rodger that same way from the day she met him in 1989 when, after knowing me for two months, went with me to Vale, Oregon to help them move off their 16 acre place where they’d spent their retirement to go to a home in Ontario because Dad had just been diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Rodger learned a lot about an old Mormon family that weekend, and STILL stayed with me.

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I will never forget having my first cocktail at 23. I had been raised strict Mormon, and remember this quote from one of the apostles in my day: “Once the prophet has spoken, the thinking has been done.” Well. That’s what fundamentalism is all about. The devotees become like sheep and truly will NOT hear or listen to counterpoint considerations since they believe they have ALL truth. Anything that conflicts with that is a lie at the least and actually something “evil” at the worst. So it was one of the most powerful feelings I’ve EVER known to this day (including trying marijuana or LSD back in those salad days) that in the middle of the 2nd black Russian, was the first time in my life I REALIZED that my mind would work independently of what it was SUPPOSED to think. WHEW! That would be the most powerful night of liberation I’ve ever known. No, I’m not now living under a bridge and drinking Ripple.

There you have it. That’s part of how I ended up in Portland in the woods with Rodger. Married once, annulled by the state once , but laying low just waiting………..Here we were in 2004 in line waiting to get a wedding license…..there was NO time for planning or dress-up…….they opened the doors, we were there:
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Now I must take the risk and tag someone else……………at the risk of alienating someone, I only do this because these folks are fine writers and I’d love to hear their “10 things”……….
1) Scott, or Purple Twinkie Fame, 2) Doug T of Gossamer Tapestry Fame, and although I don’t even think the famous archeologist reads this page, his views and writing style are fabulous, Mr. Homer of Homer’s World fame.

Whew! This task is complete. I must go run a dog or else he’ll be restless by midnight.

You want Crap or Steak with them fries?

Bloged in Vale, OR by mark Sunday March 18, 2007

Our tiny once-a-week town newspaper from Vale, Oregon (“The Malheur Enterprise”) was recently bought by someone “new” to town. He of course, promised a continued excellent product with improved formats, etc. Yes, for the first time, there are now color photos in the 6-8 page paper. But I did notice maybe the proof-reading work was forgotten when writing about “Annual Crab Feed” article anyway. Those kids may eat for less but it doesn’t sound like THEY get the same menu choice the adults do:
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Only the Names and Dates have Changed in Vale, OR.

Bloged in Vale, OR by mark Sunday March 4, 2007

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I read in my hometown’s weekly newspaper that a family had created a little video about Vale, OR while visiting their during the big Fourth of July Celebration they have every year. Although it’s plain not much has changed, they managed to make this plain drab cowtown seem more appealing than it might be otherwise. You can watch it on YOUTUBE at: “Vale on the Oregon Trail”.

Yeehaw! Really now………….I am NOT convinced all’s as pure as it may appear in that home movie. As I remember, the biggest problem was that I knew somehow I was different and I had to get out of there. I’m sure I wouldn’t be welcome living there now. I have yet to make contact with a younger brother of a school pal of mine who STAYED in this cowtown knowing he was gay and has apparantly gotten just the kind of life he wanted. I think there IS a story there…….. Hm………………………………..

Dog Coffin for Sale

Bloged in General Home Life,humor,Vale, OR by mark Wednesday July 19, 2006

Any reader of our diary knows that Mark is from one of the most remote counties in Oregon….so remote that many Portlanders ask, when told where he’s from, “What? Where’s that?”(even though Vale, Oregon IS the county seat). It is today what it really began as after the depression: a Farm Town (yes, some sheep ranching preceded the farming here in the “desert”). The “boom” happened only after the depression when the Gov’t built 5 irrigation dams in the foothills then built canals throughout the valleys so the land could be farmed. It was a 20th century land rush…because land was selling for $2 per acre. Imagine who that attracted to the area. Well….don’t guess too fast. Yes, poor humble people, but there are some fabulous people that live there.

But the point of the “Dog Coffin for Sale?”

I still get in the mail Vale, Oregons’ prized weekly newspaper. Once a week, on Thursdays, the “Malheur (the county Vale is in) Enterprise” is published and usually arrives here by Saturday. Someone keeps subscribing to it for me on a birthday even though about the only people’s names I still recognize are either in the obituaries or in the “Way Back When 50 Years Ago” Page. (Yes, real “news” is so rare, that one whole page of the usual 8 total pages is simply retreaded items from the Enterprise archives.

So. Back to the Dog Coffin story.

I’ve always enjoyed reading the Enterprise to get that small town “feel” that is still alive in remote parts of this country. You know, “real” life people STILL worried about their little community, people that still actually “talk” to one another than send e-mails.

So when I sometimes read about the great “Haystack Fire” of 2004, or about the “Swine Seminar Tuesday” …………. I simply smile and enjoy it. Occasionally there is still an obituary printed for someone who was a complete inspiration for good (a teacher), and THEN I’m humbled.

So tonight I got that little silly smile when getting the current E-mail version of our own neighborhood area’s news-line, the “Skyline Ridge Runner”. Once a month or so they put out a little neigborhood news bit (Correct, it’s not a “real” newspaper like the big “Malheur Enterprise”). The smile came on reading this blurb almost at the top of the news:

6) TELESCOPIC DOG COFFIN AVAILABLE FREE TO A FAMILY IN NEED: Recently David King of McNamee Road constructed a cedar coffin for his dog beloved Phoebus who has gone onward to his final rewards. It was wide enough and long enough, but not tall enough. So, David added sides to the top to fit over the outside of the bottom – a telescopic coffin. The box is thus telescopic and can be expanded to 22″ x 13″ x 12″, which is a substantial size. In the end Susan and David decided to have Phoebus cremated, thus, to a family in need, David has ‘at the ready’ a dog coffin made with affection while thinking good thoughts. It has a “P” on the top, but, upside down, that’s a “d” for “dog”. A note to david.king@PhoebusGroup.com or a call to (503) 720-2731and the coffin is yours. And, like Phoebus, may your dog rest in peace.

I rest my case. (If you need contact information for the Malheur Enterprise, let me know, I’ll be happy to send it).

Dad’s Robe

Bloged in Family,General Home Life,Mormons,Vale, OR by mark Friday April 14, 2006

I sent this as an e-mail to my bro’s, a couple of cousins and a niece or two today:
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Dear Strange Relatives & Others:

(down to and including nieces, cousins descended from that dear saint, “Nancy Ray”: Oh, um, yes, I might have accidentally sent this to a couple of friends also that I thought may appreciate the Mormon Temple Garment related humor:

OK. Enough time has passed I MUST clear out stuff in our house that has sat in the same space more than 3 years. Since I will never use this item, I am going to dispose of it. It’s creation, however, was something special. Because of that, I wanted to ask if anyone would like to have it as a memory more of Grandma Ray and Ardth Huffaker before I gave it away.

What is he talking about you say?

The picture below is not very good, but it’s of a SILK Robe Mother had made for Dad on some momentous birthday. I am CONVINCED that she had this “elegant” thing made hoping Dad would begin wearing it out of their bedroom at night to go to the bathroom rather than what he usually did (yes, while we just might be sitting out there watching permitted TV). Dad, I can still laugh at this memory, would come out of their bedroom in his Temple Garments holding one hand in front of the “delicate area” and the other hand clasping the back side of those garments where they buttoned to cover one’s bottom. It’s a hilarious thing to remember as I write this. Of course at the time, we didn’t DARE smile or look more than one thousandth of a second…… Thinking back now, though wearing those garments was ALWAYS such a silly experience.

In MY day we didn’t HAVE the “honeymooners”, i.e, the two piece. Mine were the one-long-piece you had to, honest, I’m not kidding, “step” into the lower half and then stretch the upper half up over your shoulders

So anyways. Mom asked her Mom, Grandma Ray, to make Dad a beautiful Silk Robe for his birthday. It is nice, heavy, silk outer layer and silk lined inside. But it IS so dark and heavy……..it’s not something one would use today, or at least not in my mind.

SO, before this is taken to William Temple House as a Charity Donation, I’m asking if any of you would like to keep this as a memory of Grandma’s loving sewing efforts on all our behalf (Don’t we ALL have a quilt of hers?):


Don’t feel like you even have to respond yes/no………only if you have an interest.

Mark
note: My question was: will anyone want the old “treasure” ?

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