Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Happy 90th Birthday, Dad

Six weeks after major heart surgery, Dad celebrated his 90th birthday on Sunday at the annual family reunion. (Today is his actual birthday.)

This is a picture of the Paul and Fern Clifford Family. Top Row: David, Bernie, Cathy, Pat and Mary. Bottom Row: Dan, Paul and Fern.

It was a beautiful day - lots of sunshine, blue sky, laughter, stories, family, good food and fun.

Happy Birthday, Dad

Sunday, August 28, 2011

A most enjoyable afternoon

I got to spend time with our great nephews at the annual family reunion. They had such fun with the galaxy - playing memory games, bubbles and taking pictures.

We celebrated Pat's Dad's 90th birthday. It was a wonderful day.

Later on this week I'll post family pictures.

Pauly and Rett, Aunt ME had so much fun with you today!
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Saturday, August 27, 2011

1964 - Tony's on Weadock - Transported by Flavors

I just made spaghetti sauce for the freezer and used the last bit for sauce on bread! We used to go to Tony's on Weadock when we were young and we couldn't afford a steak sandwich. But they would sell us a sauce on bread for 15¢! The flavors today brought back good memories.
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Friday, August 26, 2011

Reconnecting with Kyla

We were having dinner on the patio at the Junction when a wedding party came in a bus. They all came outside. Soon after one of the wedding party - dressed in a beautiful pink sari walked up to our table - it was a friend from several years ago that we had lost contact with!

It was so good to see her - to ask about her life, her son, her mom!

I gave her my card and we talked about getting together next week - it was so good to see her! Call me Kyla!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Art by Clarence Lum

Tom Price has offered to have an artist open house for classmate Clarence Lum. I can't wait to go - anyone interested in going with us is invited to go along.
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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Millie and Tillie!

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Javier with his zoo

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Found Grandma and Grandpa Shea

I was very surprised by the difference in their ages (Caroline and Jesse it's pretty close to your stretch) and that Grandpa died so long ago! Grandma talked about his death and I just assumed it had been in 1950 or so!
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Friday, August 19, 2011

Visit to the Doctor

Pat and I took Dad to his one month check. It is amazing to me that he is doing so well after just one month of recuperating from major heart surgery.

Dr. Jones was very pleased with his progress. He even agreed that Dad could resume driving.

After the apointment he went in to Rite-Aid - then into Kroger before going hone. He felt great and still was ready to go!

We have many things to be thankful for in our lives.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Sure sign summer is almost done

Robbie and Sheala looking up their classes for the upcoming school year.

We had a nice dinner - just the four of us. Joanna is working and Robin had a doctor appointment. We made roasted potatoes, asparagus and zuccini, steak and white rolls and I used 1/2 recipe of Kathy's white rolls to make cinnamon rolls (no icing needed).

Click here to see Kathy's recipe

Here is the filling:
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 softened stick butter
2 TBS cinnamon

Mix all together and spread on rolled out dough. Roll up and cut. 1/2 recipe of dough makes 12. Bake 350 for 15 miutes.
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Ball Magnet

So - when we went to the game with Jim's retiree group Pat got hit in the shoulder by a foul ball - it happened so fast we didn't even see the ball coming.

Last night - when Caroline and Jesse left their seats, Santiago (whom Jesse had been bad mouthing just a little bit before) hit a homerun and it came right about where they were sitting! We saw this one coming right at us!

These are the pictures Caroline took from the game broadcast - Yup Paco got his 15 seconds of fame!
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Last Minute Decision

Caroline said they both were off tonight so why not go to a Tiger game? So she went on Stubhub and got us the best tickets ever. We were in the front row right by the Tigers bullpen. We saw every pitcher warm up.

Benoit and Papa Grande even waved to me! Caroline talked with Coke and reminded him she waited on him at the Tiger Meet and Greet at Hausbeck Pickles.

Verlander pitched a great game. What a fun way to end the night!
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Maureen with Her Family

The memorial service was so beautiful. It was such a witness to the faith-filled life that Maureen lived. Her children are filled with the same peace brought to them by their belief in God.

This is a picture of a picture they had at the service - with Bill, their kids and grandkids - her earthly family. Now she is reunited with her heavenly family - she must be so happy. She told her family it would only seem like they had been seperated by death for a few minutes when they get to heaven. May her grandchildren's grandchildren always know His peace and depend on their faith to pull them through tough times.
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Best Estate Sale Buy

Saginaw Bean Bunny and Saginaw Cabbage Rose Carousel Horse pillow - $2 each! Yeah!
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Monday, August 15, 2011

The Help

We went to see this on Saturday with Jim and Cindy. It was a great show.
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Sunday, August 14, 2011

I'll just pretend

When I saw Rowley on my Feedjit - I decided I would just pretend for a minute that Elise was reading my blog - but I happily will be glad to have Roger come in! I decided to save it as a jpeg so I could see Rowley whenever I want!

Friday, August 12, 2011

The Shaltry's

Growing up on Hoyt Street across from the Shaltry's was so much fun. We are attending the memorial service for Tom in Gaylord this weekend. It is so good to see everyone. Above are the 8 Shaltry brothers and sisters. Below is a family portrait of Tom and Sherri's family of 21 adopted and biological children and 43 grandchildren.
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Thursday, August 11, 2011


So we have decided you probably do not want to be related to us in any way. Another cousin died - Maureen (Shea) Stelter. She had been ill for some time so it wasn't totally unexpected. Maureen had a gentle soul. Always had something good to say about everyone. She was a wonderful daughter, sister, wife and mother.

Jennifer, Shea and Kevin were so blessed to have such a wonderful woman to be their Mom - I remember how happy she was to have her maternity leave extended - she never did go back - she loved staying home.

Pat and I stopped over a few months ago and she looked so good - we left there hoping she would continue to defy all odds. But it wasn't to be.

This has been a pretty bad couple of weeks - if these haven't made us thankful for the many blessings we have in life then there would be no hope for us. But we are thankful - very tired but very thankful.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Pat's Mom

Pat's Mom had 3 stents put in today - she had 80% blockage. She was so relieved after surgery and seemed to be so much better already. Her daughter is staying with her. Mom needs to stay on her back for 8 hours and that is going to be difficult - so again asking for prayers.

We are hoping that his parents are both now on the road to recovery.

BTW you know you have been to the hospital too much when the three staff members see you in the hall and ask why you are back! I can't say enough about MidMichigan Hospital staff.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

14 Times

The number of times I typed the name "Elise" (15) in these blogs. My cousin died today of a brain aneurism. We had such a history together.

I love my feedjit widget - it doesn't tell me who has visited this site - but what town someone is from that visited this site. I will never see Rowley, MA again. I always felt close to Elise (16) when I saw her town listed.

I won't see her kitchen - she was so happy that she and Roger had totally gutted their kitchen and made it their dream kitchen this last year. They jumped through historical society hoops but finally got it done.

She loved her husband, her family, her cats, her house, her garden and I am so blessed she loved me too. My favorite blog I wrote about her is this one:

Visiting Elise and Roger

She will always be in my heart.

Glistening Raindrop Jewels

Sitting in my livingroom enjoying the sun making diamonds on my front window!
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In the Weeds

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Sunday, August 7, 2011


We just went to see the Jacklins at the hospital. Robbie looks good and remembers most everything except the accident. His arm has some deep cuts from sliding aling the loose gravel but we are so incredibly blessed that he is okay. No broken bones and I told him most important of all his cute face is still perfect!

Everyone looks tired - the floor nurse didn't finish the intake questions until almost 4 am - so they all will be napping when they get home this afternoon.

He is ok

Everything seems okay but the hospital kept Robbie overnight. It was raining hard, cars parked up and down the street for the wedding reception they were attending and he was crossing the street between those parked cars and was hit by a car. He doesn't remember anything about the accident at all, which is a classic symptom of a concussion.

I am glad they kept him overnight. Still saying prayers of thanksgiving.

Friday, August 5, 2011

House on Hoyt

There was an article in the Saginaw News about a house that was demolished on Hoyt Street. It wasn't ours - it was the house next to ours.

When we first moved to Hoyt Street Mrs. Colvin lived there. She had a doll hospital and I loved going in there to see all her dolls. Then the Halbigs bought it and made apartments in it. They were beautiful apartments. My Mom's friend, Mary Reynolds lived in one. She taught Jane and I to knit in that apartment. We made booties and a hat for my cousin, Mary Lynn's first born, Tony.

The house had fallen into disrepair in the last several years and had become an eyesore. So much history lost.

Backyard Surprises

It rained so much and has been so humid we have had some backyard surprises. A crop of mushrooms growing and spreading rapidly. A cicada - the first time I have ever seen one of those insects we hear so often on hot summer days.
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Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Just got a text from Joanna - it is NOT broken!

Last Ballgame of the Season

Well. . . . Robbie hurt his hand at the last church league game on Monday. They are waiting to hear if he broke his thumb. This may put a crimp in his Civil Air Patrol camp.

We are hoping he will be able to adapt and still shoot!

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Done - My Sister Kathy's White Rolls

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My sister's roll were always perfectly formed and exactly the same size - but I gotta say they tasted just like hers - yum!

1 envelope yeast
1 Tbs sugar
1/2 cup warm water

Combine above ingredients and let it sit for 10 minutes

1 beaten egg
1/2 cup melted shortening (I used butter)
2 cups lukewarm water
1 1/2 tsp salt (I used 3/4 tsp)
1/2 cup sugar
8 cups white flour

Mix all ingredients except flour, add half flour and beat until snooth for about a minute. Add the rest of the flour a bit at a time until the dough leaves the sides of the bowl. Let dough sit 10 minutes to rest. Knead 10 minutes. Place in greased bowl, cover with a warm wet towel that has been wrung out until double in size. Knead a few times and let it rest 10 minutes.

Pull it into half - pull each half into half - each makes 6 rolls for a total of 24 rolls. Shape and put into pan to rise. Bake at 350 - 20 minutes or until browned and a roll sounds hollow when thumped.

I also put a cookie sheet on the bottom rack of the oven while it preheats. Then I pour a glass of cold water into it when I put the rolls in the oven on the top rack to bake.

Almost Ready

These still need to rise a bit more - but I'm getting there! Chicken - 24 breasts, pork - 2 large tenderloins - all cooked and shredded and stored in containers. Ready for Mom and Dad's freezer.

Mary has so much to do - and we so appreciate all she is doing - that I thought I could make some food for the freezer so dinner could be easier.

Pat is at Habitat this week so when he gets back we'll take it to them.
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