Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

A happy New Year! Grant that I
May bring no tear to any eye
When this New Year in time shall end
Let it be said I've played the friend,
Have lived and loved and labored here,
And made of it a happy year.

~Edgar Guest

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Sunday Memories . . .

It was so much fun decorating Easter eggs when we were kids.  Mom let us dye them, and she always had some really cool things to decorate them with. On Easter morning, she would have us hide while she (I mean the Easter Bunny) hid the eggs in the yard.  We had a large yard, and the "Easter Bunny" did a great job of hiding them.  Nice memories.  

Meeting the Easter Bunny

On Easter morn at early dawn 
before the cocks were crowing 
I met a bob-tail bunnykin 
and asked where he was going. 

"Tis in the house and out the house 
a-tispy, tipsy-toeing, 
Tis round the house 
and 'bout the house a-lighlty I am going." 

"But what is that of every hue 
you carry in your basket?" 
"Tis eggs of gold and eggs of blue; 
I wonder that you ask it. 

"Tis chocolate eggs and bonbon eggs 
and eggs of red and gray, 
For every child in every house 
on bonny Easter day.

He perked his ears 
and winked his eye and twitched his little nose; 
He shook his tail -- what tail he had -- 
and stood up on his toes. 

"I must be gone before the sun;
the east is growing gray;
Tis almost time for bells to chime."
-- So he hippety-hopped away.  

~ Rowena Bennett

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Monday, January 14, 2013

A Special Couple . . .

Celebrating 19 years of marriage . .  .
Happy Anniversary
Sis and Mike!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Remembering Uncle Harold

Harold L. Boatright
July 5, 1926 - January 4, 2013

"Longtime Hermiston, Oregon, resident Harold L. Boatright died on January 4, 2013, at Kadlec Regional Medical Center at the age of 86 years. He was born on July 5, 1926, in Springfield, Missouri, to parents Oscar and Effie (Blacksher) Boatright.

Harold was raised and attended schools in Missouri. He then enlisted in the United States Army and served in the Philippines during WWII. After his honorable discharge he returned to Missouri, where he lived until 1960. Harold moved to Hermiston, Oregon, and worked as an installer for Starrett’s Decor Center for 42 years until his retirement.

He was united in marriage to Doris Peckham Carney on June 25, 1971, in Hermiston, Oregon. They were not just married for 41 years, but best friends as well.

He was a gold member of the Hermiston Eagles Lodge #2909 for more than 50 years, a member of the Hermiston Elks Lodge #1845 for 42 years, and the Stanfield Moose Lodge 20 years. Harold enjoyed bowling, rodeos, camping, golfing, traveling, social activities, and cherished his family time. The little ones touched his heart and brightened his day right up to the end. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Doris Boatright, Hermiston, Ore.; sons: Craig Carney, Hermiston, Ore., and Bob Boatright, Pendleton, Ore.; daughters: Brenda Stubbs, Hermiston, Ore., and Linda Harris and Lisa Klob, both of Albuquerque, N.M.; 9 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers: Slim and Bill Boatright, and 2 sisters: Mary Stewart and Donna Jean Johnston. A memorial service with military honors will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at Burns Mortuary chapel, Hermiston, Oregon."

Some old pictures I have of Uncle Harold . . .

Family photo, Front Row L-R: Oscar Boatright (his dad), Effie (his mother), his grandmother (name unknown), and Donna Jean (his sister). Back row L-R: Mary (his sister), Huston (his brother), Bill (his brother), and Harold.

Harold and his sisters: Donna Jean and Mary

Harold and his dad, Oscar



Mary and Jess Stewart, Harold, and Huston

Bill, Huston, and Harold.  This photo was taken in 1958.  I believe it was at their mom's funeral.  This is how I remember him.  

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

At the Movies . . .

First movie of the year (for me)!  I liked it!

Director: Christopher McQuarrie - Cast: Tom CruiseRosamund PikeRobert DuvallJames Martin KellyJai Courtney
"When a gunman takes five lives with six shots, all evidence points to the suspect in custody. On interrogation, the suspect offers up a single note: "Get Jack Reacher!" So begins an extraordinary chase for the truth, pitting Jack Reacher against an unexpected enemy, with a skill for violence and a secret to keep."

Happy New Year!

"We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential."

~Ellen Goodman

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Veteran's Day

Thank you to every solider and veteran who have helped defend our freedom and our great country. We can never thank you enough for your service and commitment.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers,
‘tis near Halloween.

~Author Unknown

Monday, October 22, 2012

What a beautiful October day!

Crispy air and azure skies, 
High above, a white cloud flies, 
Bright as newly fallen snow.
Oh the joy to those who know October! 

Colors bright on bush and tree.
Over the weedy swamp, we see
A veil of purple and brown and gold.
Thy beauty words have never told. October! 

Scolding sparrows on the lawn, 
Rabbits frisking home at dawn, 
Pheasants midst the sheaves of grain, 
All in harmony acclaim, October! 

Brown earth freshly turned by plow, 
Apples shine on bended bough, 
Bins o'erflowed with oats and wheat, 
And satisfaction reigns complete. October! 

Radiant joy is everywhere.
Spirits in tune to the spicy air, 
Thrill in the glory of each day.
Life's worth living when we say, October!

- Joseph Pullman Porter

Friday, September 7, 2012

In the Garden . . .

With what seemed like a "never-ending" drought this summer, I didn't have much hope of anything blooming this fall.  But after the rain last Friday, my Sweet Autumn Clematis seemed to come back to life.  It is not in full bloom like it usually is, but lovely just the same--and so fragrant!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Palo Alto Festival of the Arts

Tom Boatright (cousin), displayed his oils at the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts Show in Palo Alto August 25th and 26th.  Celebrating its thirty-first year, this festival attracts over 150,000 people every year from throughout California and the West Coast. the festival features three hundred fine artists and crafters.   

For a close up of Tom's work, you can visit Splash Gallery of Olympia.  The gallery also features work of his wife Anna, and dad Larry Boatright.  

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Honoring My Dad

Remembering my dad (1900-1974) on Fathers Day.  
Shown with his granddaughters Sheri, Tammy, 
Deanna, and Lisa about 1971.

"He didn't tell me how to live; 
he lived, and let me watch him do it." 
~Clarence -Budington Kelland

Monday, May 28, 2012

Spirit, that made those heroes dare
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Anniverary Wishes

Happy 12th Anniversary, Tammy and David

"An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joys of today,
the memories of yesterday, and the hopes of tomorrow"
~ author unknown

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Mid-America Street Rod Nationals

This morning I joined a lot of folks hoping to beat the heat at the fairgrounds to see the 2,000 or so street rods, customs, muscle cars and street machines.  What a great show! There were so many beautiful cars--hard to believe until you see it for yourself.  I left at noon (the heat too much for me) after seeing about half of the cars, but really enjoyed every minute!  Here are a few pics . . .

I almost had a Ford Thunderbird like this--can't remember what color it was--probably red.  It was my first car, I had a job and money.  My dad and brother talked me out of it.  

This was beautiful!  

The Street Rods are Here!

The Mid-America Street Rod Nationals Plus are in Springfield this weekend at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. This will be the 18th time the event has been here, and I love seeing all the beautiful cars.  Participants are here from all parts of the US with vintage autos from the 50's, 60's, and 70's.
Each day after the show closes, they cruise the main streets.  Here are a few scenes on North Glenstone tonight . . .

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Josie is a Calendar Girl!


Josie did it!  She is going to be in the 2012 Pet Warehouse Calendar!  Josie says, "I'll do anything for treats and new toys.  Bring on the cameras!"

Josie makes the "Top 24"

Josie make the list for the top 25 entrees in the 2013 Pet Warehouse Calendar contest today!!  Josie is celebrating with a little peanut butter in her Kong toy.  

Happy Birthday, Josie!

"My little dog... a heartbeat at my feet." 
~ Edith Wharton

Josie is intent in searching out a bug she just saw, and she could probably care less, but today is her "official" birthday. Last month while at the vet they determined she was around 11 months old, so we have given her this date as her birthday.  Happy Birthday to our Josie-and wishing her many, many more!