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Justin Crowe’s first look into the death industry occurred five years ago when his grandfather died.
The idea for Mary Ann Trautman’s pandemic project came from her youngest daughter. They went out to breakfast and her daughter handed her a small fabric square fastened with a snap.
Sometimes smaller projects deliver the biggest bang.That was true for Bill and Jo Wagstaff. When the reality of COVID-19 hit, and their slate of travel plans, cancelled, they decided to tackle a long-talked about task – revamping the ceilings on their front porch and back deck.
This year when my husband asked what I wanted to do for my birthday, I was ready.“Nothing,” I said. “And I know just the place to do it.”
Growing up on a dairy farm north of Deer Park, Mike Reiter, 68, spent plenty of time around cattle, and there were always a few horses in the barn.“But we were never cowboys,” he said.That’s why one year he was a bit puzzled by his father’s Christmas gift.
When Myron Molnau and his wife moved to Spokane from Moscow, Idaho, in 2013, some serious downsizing occurred. Molnau collects books and stamps. Stamps are small and don’t take up much space. Books are another story.
Meme makers had lots of fun with 2020.
In the eighth grade, Beryl Lester wrote love notes to Mel Fitzpatrick even though she’d never met him. Technically, they weren’t from her. “I wrote them for my friend, Shirley, because she liked him,” Beryl said. The romance never got off the ground.
Kevin Oldenburg enjoys fresh fruit. One of his 44 acres on Clear Lake is devoted to growing delicious things. Pears, plums, grapes and cherries thrive alongside blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and honeyberries.
Born and raised in a North Dakota town not far from Lawrence Welk’s birthplace, Norm Seeberger, 78, says he was indoctrinated into accordion music. “My oldest sister bought me a toy accordion with only eight buttons on the right hand,” he recalled.
Perplexed, he peers into our dining room from his perch on the deck, a red Christmas ornament dangling from his ear.
Apparently, I've reached the stage of adulthood where I must wear socks around the house. I've always been a barefoot kind of gal, so this came as quite a surprise.
While tidying up end-of-the-year paperwork, I dislodged an overflowing folder from the top of the filing cabinet.
My hairdresser greeted me at the door of her shop."You smell good!" she said."Thanks," I replied. "I showered."
Oh, the stories it could tell.The battered standard-issue World War II footlocker was covered in dust, but a flash of bright red paint caught Rhonda Earley’s eye. She brushed off the grime and read, “Lt. Col. Nick Gaynos, U.S. Air Force. If lost notify the Air Anj. General.”
Everybody needs a place to get away – an oasis of calm in an often chaotic world. Edie Rice-Sauer created that kind of place in her own backyard. When she moved to the South Hill from Nashville 20 years ago, the home she purchased had a small pond with a concrete bridge jutting across it.
Mark and Sandi Sannes celebrated their 25th anniversary in April, a milestone to be sure, but enduring marriages run in the family. After all, Mark’s aunt and uncle recently marked their 65th anniversary and were featured in this series on Oct. 15.
Like a child resisting bedtime, I balked when my husband mentioned getting our yard and garden ready for winter.
For 46 years, the flat stone lay hidden beneath the deck.Over time, the floorboards of the deck grew creaky, their color fading beneath countless steps and the heat of the afternoon sun. But the sentiment etched on the stone hasn’t faded.
Police cars with googly eyes.Dump trucks, tow trucks, fire trucks, roadsters and iconic Batmobiles.Soon these colorful handmade wooden vehicles will be in the hands of happy children thanks to Don Knowlton and some pandemic-induced free time.