This month has brought again a variety of "happenings" most appropriately birthdays are at the forefront. Gail in late June, and Olivia in mid July. Both were celebrated with their own distinct flavors. Gail preferred a quiet event while Olivia's had more participants and a larger variety of food . . . but both were memorable with many happy returns.
Old newpapers have continued to supply me with an abundant look into the daily lives of many of our relatives in many geographical locations. I am amazed that some of the most mundane events were published along with some very revealing events -- for an example of a published story that answered questions regarding the father of one of my mother's favorite cousins (Keith) visit my other website -- http://www.danhiles.com/ -- and look at Woodie B. Here was a relative that I never recalled hearing about in my growing up years. Keith whose first name really was Charles led a very interesting life all of which I learned about via family history search.
I always wondered what happened to Keith's parents and why it was that he lived with Aunts and Uncles in his growing up years -- at least via an article in a small town paper I have discovered what happened to Keith's father -- I have yet to uncover the details of his mother . . . but I still am searching.
Now about one of those "many happy returns" for Gail. Our old hanging bird feeder had seen better days -- thanks to the squirrels. The lid had been torn off by the squirrels and never found and the feeder just became an attraction and swing for the pesty critters and kept most birds from getting to the seeds. But now, a new feeder has been hung and the squirrels have been almost thwarted enough at least so that the birds are so plentiful that we are going through several pounds of seed a week . . .
Between the Hummingbird feeder and the new seed feeder we are seeing a nonstop array of a variety of flying things -- we are continually amazed at what we see. Besides the semi squirrel proof feeder we have purchased a bag of favorite squirrel food which we put in and around the tree stumps nearby . . . this has helped and given us interesting moments . . . we're old . . .
So as July comes to a close for 2009 we think about just a year ago we were making plans to visit Stanley, Idaho. That was such an enjoyable trip and the stay at Redfish Lake Lodge was top notch.
And the meandering to points NW -- Seattle was great as well. We just might be driving up the road again in a few weeks to the NW . . .
Today, two of the family here in town are leaving on a venture to find suitable sites of higher learning and to experience maybe a father/son fishing experience or two along with testing the fine points of the new auto that recently came into their lives . . .
We are about to enter the "warm" days . . . and it only is about three weeks until school around these parts starts anew . . .