Family

Don Choate: September 12, 1940 to October 1, 2014

My dad, Don Choate, passed away early Wednesday morning. While his passing wasn’t a shock, it was more sudden than expected. My mom and I have taken care of the immediate arrangements and are planning a memorial service sometime in November. Thank you in advance to all well wishers and fellow mourners. Both Mom and I would like a few…

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Family, Painting

Red & a Rant

Today on my “Walk the dog everyday” challenge, the bonus was to be inspired by something red. I was a little short on inspiration, so I went looking through my reference photos and came across a horse in a red halter that inspired my little painter’s heart. I like this well enough I’m thinking about doing a bigger version where…

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Family, Knitting, Painting

Just a few updates

I (finally) finished the sleeves on my sweater. It seems like it took forever, but as I said, I’m trying to look at it like my weight loss project and just keep plugging away. Next I’ll start on the front, then put it all together, and do the button band. Speaking of weight loss, I have officially passed the 50lbs…

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Family

The Fact Check Mission

Dad has been in the memory care facility for about a month now, so I marked my calendar for a quick day trip down to Lincoln City to meet up with Mom and have a little visit with Dad. Mom and I originally chose today because the Audubon Society of Lincoln City was having a fiend trip, but the excursion…

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Family

Oh Not-So-Happy Day

Today Mom and I moved Dad into a memory care facility. I took the day off work and drove down to Lincoln City first thing to help Mom. I figured if nothing else, I could be a pack mule. On the drive I stopped at a little coffee shop; it had the most beautiful white lavendar in front of it.…

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Family

Memorial Day & memories

Today I went on a guided hike in Canemah and had a blast, but I’m going to write about that in tomorrow’s post. While in Canemah, the historic cemetery had its gates open to allow Memorial Day traffic, and our group went in to admire the lovely grounds. As I was walking around I got to thinking about Memorial Day,…

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Family, Goals

Philopatric

Late 2011 through 2012 will forever be known as my “Année terrible”. I was in a car accident; I was laid off; my dad had heart surgery; my aunt died; I had pneumonia twice. About the only thing I had going for me in this year of horrors was my house. I bought it from my parents and I got…

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