The Rock Wall

Posted March 19, 2015 at 10:53 am

Kimball and I went to the BBQ dinner for Rusty Norval Saturday night and so did just about everybody else in town. I was really impressed with the show of support.

I saw his wife, Jill, in the grocery store parking lot Monday and mentioned it to her. She thought it was a great turnout.

Rusty took the microphone to thank the attendees. We were still in the long serving line so it was not a concern how long-winded Rusty might be. He didn’t talk too long, but he did have an after thought and came back for a short time.

You know, with Rusty’s gift for gab, he might have a career as a politician. A filibuster would be a walk in the park for him.

The music was

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    The beautiful weather seems to give all of God’s creatures an excuse or incentive to get outdoors. Of course, that’s where most of them live 24/7/

    Sunday was a nice day so two of our three cats wanted to go out in the afternoon sun rather than just lay in front of the south patio door.

    Bella, formerly Adrian’s streetwise, declawed cat and now Kimball’s sleeping partner, may have already been outside when Caddeaux (Ka – do) asked to get out. In just minutes Caddeaux was back with

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    Rosalie Handly called to tell me that Gene Lowe forgot something when he was telling me about his brief experiences (only 91 years). He didn’t want his friends and former co-workers at the State Hospital where he worked in the carpentry shop to feel left out.

    Boy, the lemon pie was good that Rosalie delivered to our office. And, yes, Brad True got a piece like she requested. His favorite I found out.

    - Some of us will lose an hour of sleep on Sunday, March 8. Spring

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    It was quite enjoyable visiting with Gene Lowe and his friend, Rosalie Handly, Tuesday in our breakroom. Talk about a trip down memory lane. Gene and I knew enough common history of the Tri-County area that at times Rosalie said, “At least your stories agree.” Of course, at 91, Gene knew about some of the history that I didn’t.

    I called Kimball into the breakroom to hear some of his reports but she didn’t get to hear a lot of them. After he and Rosalie left, I told Kimball that she needs

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    We lost a friend this week. Several years ago, Davis and I were going snagging but first we had to go to a Royal Neighbors or some kind of meeting in the Harwood town hall. While there, we visited with Fern McMullin who told us that her father used to snag and how much she loved to eat spoonbill.

    Davis and I caught several big ones that day. We finished cleaning our catch about 9 p.m. that night. The next morning, I called Fern and asked if she would like to have

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    Last Thursday night was hectic with more than we could say grace over.

    Alberta Hays was good enough to photo the NEVC seniors for us. Kimball had the purse auction. I had JV girls, Varsity girls and school board. I dropped into the board meeing about five minutes before it started and left my tape recorder running…right in front of Greg Beydler. Dangerous, I know, because he always wants to lick my camera lens. But I listened to the tape Tuesday evening and it worked so Greg behaved himself very well.

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    Lana Wilson’s Conservation Corner this week is about woodchucks – an animal which my dad and mom always called groundhogs.

    When we took Adrian home from CCMH to our Tiffin house, a groundhog lived under one of the outbuildings visible from the kitchen table. When Adrian got big enough to talk, she named that groundhog. We never knew why she called it Jealous, but we fed it watermelon in the summers so we all could enjoy watching it.

    Fast forward several years. After Adrian and Davis had left

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    I came back to the office Monday night after the ambulance board meeting and found an obituary had been e-mailed to me that was really a surprise. I didn’t even know Alice Nikodim was in ill health.

    She and Art are slightly younger than my parents. I didn’t know she was Virginia Beydler’s sister. That means they were all young folks running around together in the Olympia/Pacetown area. They are always so pleasant and supportive. They likely watched me get older and hoped I would actually grow up. Our condolences to the

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    What’s on your mind this week? We’ll have to talk fast if we’re going to sit out here on the Rock Wall.

    - I received a call from Russell Walker Tuesday asking me about my health problem “a while back.” I told that a year ago I was in the middle of it or just regaining consciousness about now.

    His real reason for calling was to find out about Select Specialty Hospital where his mom is now a patient. It may have been comforting to him when I

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    We got an e-mail this week with the obituary of our friend, Gladys Tull, who passed away at 99.

    As many of you know, she was one live wire lady. I called her daughter’s number listed on the obituary and spoke with Gladys’ granddaughter. She said her grandma was a go-getter until a few days before her death.

    I was constantly amazed when I got the photos of Gladys’ latest adventure – rough water canoe ride, hot air balloon trip.

    Can’t tell you how

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