Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
So here I am with my family at Clarence's home when he comes up and introduces himself to me and says I understand that you are originally from a small town north of Dayton, Ohio. I am thinking to myself that here I go again---having to explain that I'm from Russia, Ohio and that it was named Russia by the French soldiers immigrating to America who had fought in Russia under Napoleon, including that famous General Grilliot who has his name on the Arc of Triumph in Paris, France. And then I suppose I will have to explain that although the village is spelled Russia the village is most often pronounced Roo-she.
So I did explain all this to Clarence and everyone sitting around us. Then Clarence said he wanted me to guess where he was from in Ohio. It is very close to Russia. So I played this guessing game with Clarence for a moment. Is is Versailles? Is it Fort Loromie? Is it Minster? Is it Piqua? When I gave up and Clarence told me that it was Bloomer I just about flipped out.
Bloomer, Ohio! Get out of here. I then told Clarence that I could never understand why anyone would name a town Bloomer. It sounded too much like bloomers. Those lady's civil war era white underpants that came down to the knees much like men's basketball trunks do today. Then of course, Bloomer is the single of a pair of bloomers so it must be half of a pair of bloomers or half of a lady's underpants. Actually, pretty risque if you start thinking about it. At that point I'm thinking to myself that this is my husband's big boss at the energy department so maybe I should just stop talking about Bloomer and steer the conversation to another topic if I want my husband to get a good performance evaluation from this gentleman.
But Clarence wanted to keep chatting about Russia and Bloomer so he asked me what house do you think I grew up in Bloomer. What house you grew up in in Bloomer? What? I then replied that my family never spent much time in Bloomer. In fact we never ever stopped in Bloomer. We just drove down the main drag thru town on our way to somewhere else. But I declared that the few times we did drive thru town we always remarked that there was one house that surely stood out from all the rest white clapboard houses. It was that two story house that was painted a very odd shade of lavender like it was meant to be the Easter Bunny's residence.
That's when Clarence announced that that lavender house was his step dad's house and that's where he grew up in Bloomer! Oh, my gosh, I wanted to just crawl under the carpet because I obviously had stuck not one but both feet in my mouth. Oh, my golly, good luck Jack on your upcoming performance evaluation. I think I just blew it for you big time.
But Clarence said that he had been expecting me to give that response because everyone in Bloomer would tell him that that was a really strange color to paint a house but his stepdad never repainted the house. This event took place in 1980. I wonder if that house in Bloomer, Ohio is still that color. Anybody from Ohio know? If so, leave an anonymous comment below.
Later in the day I learned that Clarence graduated from high school in 1956 and that he met and married Sooki in Korea soon after high school when he was an Army GI stationed in Korea. Clarence told me that with my long dark hair I looked like one of those wild French Catholic girls from Russia. What? Wild French Catholic girls from Russia!
Yes, yes, replied Clarence. My stepdad warned me about all you wild French Catholic girls from Russia. He told me his stepdad said that the parents of those girls don't want them dating Protestants and he as a staunch Protestant Lutheran didn't want his stepson dating those Catholic girls. I listened to my stepdad and didn't he added.
And since this was typical back then, not too many people from Bloomer married people from Russia. Now how funny and parochial!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
This nice gentleman from Anna is a retired Air Force Colonel and Air Force Pilot and his name is Gerald Westerbeck. I know that some of you Ohio folks must know some of the Westerbecks in and around Anna, Ohio. Gerald Westerbeck even spent many years in the Air Force stationed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base close to Dayton, Ohio. After retiring from the Air Force Gerald has gone on to a military consulting career with Logistics Management Institute and he currently lives in Oakton, Virginia.
We started talking about how we keep up with the news from back home in Ohio. Gerald said he always reads the Sidney Daily News, especially the sports page and the obituary page, Me too, me too, I replied. I just might recognize a name in the obituary column I exclaimed. And then I told him that I had hoped he would be at Anne's party because I had printed out a website for him that I knew he would enjoy reading on the internet: the very famous Fish Report. I showed him my printout and pointed out all the neat newspapers and Ohio sports sites listed on the front page of the Fish Report. I then pointed out all the cool sites about Russia, Ohio and St. Remy Catholic Church on the front page of the Fish Report. Why my golly you can even go to my blog from the Fish Report! It is listed as Joann's Blog.
Then the boy from Anna High School and the girl from Russia Local High School decided to pretend that they were really in a rage over the last Anna-Russia basketball game. So we took two dinner knives from the table and pretended to stick it to each other.
The only problem was that we were standing there forever while my husband figured out how to take our photo with my camera! Just look at us! Oh, goodness gracious, this is going on way too long. Wouldn't you hate to be a movie star and keep posing for all those pics?
I was ready to hand the camera to my girlfriend Joyce who was sitting at the table looking at us and laughing out loud. I also admit that a few other folks at this birthday brunch were looking at us strangely and wondering what in the world was going on with those two and the knives! Judy Westerbeck who grew up in Dayton and is Gerald's wife was one of those folks giving us very strange looks.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
In 1979 Jack and I were lucky to reconnect with Anne when we discovered that the home we wanted to purchase in Burke Centre was just up the path from Anne's home. In fact Jack and I with our realtor signed the contract at Anne's kitchen table. Through the years we met both of Anne's parents when they visited Anne. Anne's mother was German but Anne's father was French and a French Catholic Orthodox priest. Anne's native tongue is both French and German. She was born in Paris, France but later grew up in French Morocco and of course, her mother was German.
In the photo above Anne is standing behind her oldest son, Patrick Byrnnes who works for the Homeland Security Department. Patrick is holding in his arms Anne's first grandchild who was born this past September. Isn't she adorable!
And here is Natalie Byrnnes, Patrick wife, who grew up in Richmond, Virginia but now lives in Northern Virginia. Natalie says Richmond is the "old south" while Northern Virginia is a northern metropolitan community with a very diverse population.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
We celebrated Jack's birthday on both Friday and Saturday and then
celebrated a friend's birthday at the Fairfax Country Club on Sunday.
Golly! What a Big Birthday Weekend!
You know, I think even the Birthday balloons look wiped out.
I'll post later pics of Sundays big birthday event.
In the meantime please lead me to a cup of coffee!
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
He volunteered to be an Army GI after completing college at
Central Missouri State University,
the home of the mules and jennies.
And look below...........Jack became Mr. Cool in Seattle, WA in his red convertible Oldsmobile.
They don't make 'em like that any more------
Jack and Oldsmobiles!
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Here's someone playing alone to perfect their game.
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Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
I think I took this photo during the summer of 1969 while home from teaching on Okinawa.
Oldest FARMALL Tractor Photo
I don't know who took this photo of my brother Harold Gariety sitting on
this particular FARMALL tractor. This photo was taken on the big lawn that had a circle drive around the front of our dairy barn.
Notice all the white washed tree trunks alongside the gravel road that took you to either
Russia, Ohio or Versailles, Ohio.
Across the road was Floyd Monnin's farm and woods.
Harold used to walk home from baseball practice at Russia Local School by cutting
thru Floyd Monnin's farm.
My father wouldn't allow any of his sons to drive a car to school.
That was how to baby your kids!
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Thursday, January 14, 2010
This Old Dirty Snow Has Been Here Since December 19, 2009
Now look further down and notice Jack's sweet lips.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
And Happy New Year Everyone!
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Feast of the Epiphany
We Three Kings of Orient Are
We Traveled A Far
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Matt and Amanda Hoying
This is the daughter of my godchild Darlene Gariety Monnin of Russia, Ohio. The couple were united in holy matrimony at St. Remys Catholic Church in Russia last September. They now reside in the home of my late brother Paul N. Gariety on Miller Road.
Ninth Day of Christmas Stocking Stuffer From Daughter Jeanine
A wine from the D.O. Montsant Region of Spain:
2007 Cann Blau
which is a blend of three grape varietals:
Mazuelo planted in sandy clay,
the Syrah planted in chalky soils,
Garnacha planted on slate.
Friday, January 1, 2010
This adorable baby is Noah Goff.
In this Christmas photo our friends new grandson is pictured with
his big brother Caleb Goff.
If you go to September 2008 posts on my blog you will find
photos of Noah's parents on their wedding day.
Eighth Day of Christmas Stocking Stuffer
A Spanish Wine
A 2008 Luzon Wine from Jumilla, Spain which
is a vineyard located southeast of Madrid
What will you do today?
Jack and I plan to watch The Rose Bowl Parade
Ohio State Play in The Rose Bowl Football Game