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U.S. media release graphic photos of American soldiers abusing and sexually humiliating Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison. Images spark outrage around the world (April 30). U.S. hands over power to Iraqi interim government; Iyad Allawi becomes prime minister (June 28). Summer Olympics take place in Athens, Greece (Aug. 13–29). Chechen terrorists take about 1,200 schoolchildren and others hostage in Beslan, Russia; 340 people die when militant detonate explosives (Sept. 1–3). Enormous tsunami devastates Asia; 200,000 killed (Dec. 26). Gay marriages begin in Massachusetts, the first state in the country to legalize such unions (May 17). Senate Intelligence Committee reports that intelligence on Iraq's weapons programs was "overstated" and flawed (July 5). Sept. 11 commission harshly criticizes government’s handling of terrorist attacks (July 22). Florida hit by hurricanes Bonnie (Aug. 12) and Charley (Aug. 13). U.S.’s final report on Iraq’s weapons finds no WMDs (Sept. 16). Hurricane Ivan ravages U.S. south (Sept. 15). Hurricane Jeanne hits Florida (Sept. 26). George W. Bush is reelected president, defeats John Kerry (Nov. 2).
Pope John Paul II Dies (April 2). Benedict XVI becomes the next pope (April 24). London hit by Islamic terrorist bombings, killing 52 and wounding about 700. It is Britain's worst attack since World War II (July 7). The Irish Republican Army announces it is officially ending its violent campaign for a united Ireland and will instead pursue its goals politically (July 27). Hurricane Katrina wreaks catastrophic damage on the Gulf coast; more than 1,000 die and millions are left homeless. Americans are shaken not simply by the magnitude of the disaster but by how ill-prepared all levels of government are in its aftermath. (Aug. 25-30). Another major hurricane, Rita, ravages the Gulf coast (Sept. 23). Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein goes on trial for the killing of 143 people in the town of Dujail, Iraq, in 1982 (Oct 19). Number of deaths of U.S. soldiers in Iraq reaches 2,000 (Oct. 25). The press reveals that in 2002, Bush signed a presidential order to allow the National Security Agency to spy on Americans suspected of being connected to terrorist activity without warrants. (Dec. 15).
In Iraq, a coalition of Shiites and Kurds dominates the new government. Secretarian violence wracks the country, killing tens of thousands, with fatality rates rising throughout the year; some observers describe the situation as a civil war between Sunnis and Shiites. Several internal reports characterize the U.S. military efforts as failing. President Bush signs a law renewing the Patriot Act, including a signing statement stating that he does not consider himself bound by its requirement to tell Congress how the law is being used (Mar. 9). North Korea test fires missiles over the Sea of Japan (July 4) and explodes a nuclear device in the North Korean mountains. President Bush uses his veto power for the first time, striking down legislation that would have expanded the number of stem cell lines available for embryonic research using federal financing. (July 19).(Oct. 9). Saddam Hussein is convicted of crimes against humanity by an Iraqi court (Nov. 5), and hanged in Baghdad. Democrats gain control of both houses of Congress in the midterm elections (Nov. 7).
2004 After New Years, Glenn gets serious about more selling of his camera collection on E-Bay. This goes on during most of the year.
2004 January 01 We visit " Lake Las Vegas " resort near Lake Mead. Hyatt Regency had a nice, but small casino. Lake Mead is down 80 feet from its normal height. Had New Years Day dinner at the "Hacienda" casino, with free passes, thanks to David Mullan's many blackjack tournament prizes.
2004 January 02 Glenn & Barb take a little walking tour along the Strip, visiting the " New York, New York " casino. We treat Mullans to lunch at the "Todai" restaurant near the "Aladdin" casino/hotel.
2004 January 03 We fly back to Portland.
2004 January 05-07 There is snow, sleet & freezing rain shortly after we return from Las Vegas. Many trees down or badly damaged in Salemtowne. Lost the nice pine tree below our house.
2004 January 06 Mark returns to Austin from Taiwan and the Philippines. He developed a mysterious and painful ailment on his return to Austin from Asia. First thought to be gout, then rheumatoid arthritis and finally, six weeks later, exploratory surgery found a nasty infection in his right arm and hand requiring hospitalization, followed by intravenous antibiotics for 3 weeks.
2004 January 5 Snow!
2004 January 6 Sleet, temperatures in the 20's
2004 January 7 Freezing rain--many trees down from storm, including big pine below our house. Broken limbs all over golf course.
2004 January 9 Barb had all her "owies" checked by Dr. Winthrop. Hip pain: x ray. No Arthritis. Leg cramps: take quinine. Leg/hip pain from sacro-iliac joint.
2004 January 11 Mark having generalized joint pain.
2004 January 13 Mark saw dr. maybe gout?
2004 January 14 Mark to Houston to report on Gulf of Oman survey. Blood test negative for gout. Put on anti-inflammatory drug.
2004 January 16 Mark having less pain except in left swollen little finger.
2004 January 18 Barbara helps celebrate Lee Heyneman's 100th birthday--she was Noma's best friend in Mangla, Pakistan. Champagne brunch at Wittenberg Inn.
2004 January 19 Mark's hands badly swollen "sausage fingers" Went to Emergency Room at Seton NW Medical Center. Diagnosis: "Reactive arthritis" Put on pain medication and cortisone.
2004 January 20 Mark kept at hospital, trying to reduce swelling in hands.
2004 January 23 Mark saw rheumatologist. Diagnosis: "Reiters Arthritis"
2004 January 31 Betty flies to Yuma for a visit with her parents, the Guenzis.
2004 February 03 We have to replace a computer printer for Glenn's computer (Costco); also bought a new scanner (Fred Meyer).
2004 February 05 Barb mailed out von Pressentin family newsletters for Friedrich-Franz to USA members.
We made a reservation for a June Baltic Sea cruise on a brand-new ship the MS Westerdam. Mark loaned us 120,000 frequent flyer miles to upgrade to Business/First Class for cruise.
2004 February 15 We go to Siletz Bay Lodge and meet Barb's cousin, Carole and Charles Foster for lunch at casino the next day.
2004 February 21 Terry & Gloria come for lunch.
2004 February 22 To Norvada's for chamber music and dinner.
2004 February 23 Barb has injection for sacro-iliac pain at Salem Hosp. Outpatient Dept. Dr. Anderson, anesthesiologist.
2004 February 26 Glenn has very high blood pressure readings: (systolic—170's and 180's)
2004 February 27 Mark has surgery on right hand at
Seton Central Hospital. Found pus in the wrist and some tiny "holes" in
small wrist bone. Dr. Robert M. Walters "leaning toward infection."
Mark kept in hospital 5 days, started on strong IV antibiotics.
Glenn had high blood pressure readings checked by Dr. Winthrop. Barb having soreness from sacro-iliac injection, Karen ill with sinus infection. We were a mess!
2004 March Karen spent her Spring Break in Hawaii with two friends. Birded on Hawaii and Kauai.
Glenn, Barbara and Mark spent their Spring Break at Green Valley. Flew to Tucson, met Mark, rented a Chevy and a very nice, big resort home overlooking a desert wash. Enjoyed visiting with friends, going to Tucson and Tubac and points in between. Checked out a new casino near Green Valley.
2004 March 02 Mark discharged from Seton Central. Dr. installed a PICC IV antibiotic dispenser. Will need to use for 4-5 weeks. Mark trying to work mornings, and spend afternoon at hospital getting antibiotics through PICC line.
2004 March 09 Toured Egyptian exhibit at Hallie
Ford museum with Betty. We gave up on cable for Internet connection,
had DSL installed. While on a roll, we had DISH satellite TV installed.
Booked a rental home in Green Valley for end of March, through Tower Realty.
2004 March 10 Suburu got new tires at Costco. $567.96
2004 March 11 Barb got in free slot tournament finals at Spirit Mt. Got $20.
2004 March 12 DISH TV installed on south side of fireplace chimney.
2004 March 14 Karen drove to Barb Inglin's, Seattle. Preparing for Hawaii departure. Gone for ten days, to Oahu (overnight) Hawaii and Kauai. Birding, snorkeling, wildlife tours.
2004 March 16 Barb & Betty Budzik take lunch to Dorothy Paine for her 90th birthday.
2004 March 23 Glenn and Barbara fly to Tucson. Mark met us. Rented small Chevy from Hertz. $121.64/7 days. Checked in at our rental house, 2762 S. Via del Bac, near Presbyterian Church & Rec Center. BIG home, nice patio next to large wash. 3 bedrooms, den. Great! Expensive! $1195. for week.
2004 March 23-30 Week's activities: Lunch with Knoches at new casino, dessert at Knoches in evening, monsoon slides & dessert at Skirrows, visit at Mt. Hopkins Observatory Visitors Center, Tucson with Knoches, lunch at P.J. Chang, checked Yazz painting at Mark Bahti's gallery: $1500. estimate, trip to Tubac & Tumacacori, Chili Company, U of A harpists concert, Gr. Valley with Knoches, trip to casino on mine road, ended up at San Xavier del Bac mission, Skirrows over for dessert in afternoon, Knoches over for drinks, then crab cakes at their home, intermittent visits to Rec Center pool. Temps, quite cool, but sunny.
2004 March 26 Karen & Barb back in Seattle, Utah friend flew back home. Karen home next day.
2004 March 31 Paid balance due for June Baltic Cruise: $4,896. For cruise only. Mark loaned us 120,000 frequent flyer miles to upgrade to Business/First Class for cruise.
2004 April Barb starts working on the Salemtowne website.
2004 April 5 Barb complained to Dr. Winthrop--still having leg/hip pain--got o.k. for 2nd injection. Also told to use nasty "Efudex" on face for 3 weeks for pre-skin cancers. Ow! Ow! Use Prilosec for "squeaky" voice.
2004 April 8 Barb had second injection in sacro-iliac joint for hip/leg pain, Dr. Anderson, at Salem Hospital Outpatient again.
2004 April 15 Glenn to Dr. Winthrop--sore forehead and abdominal discomfort.
2004 April 16-18 Karen to Denver for Star Trek convention.
2004 April 19-24 We barricaded the door, took phone off the hook, shut off computers, and tackled the storage room boxes full of old paper work--ours, and our parents'. Cleared out enough to over-fill the huge blue recycle bin--but, only a dent in the amount of stuff in the storage room.
2004 April 25 To WOU for Paul Taylor dance concert with LaFyrne Pratt.
2004 April 28 Barb's last application of the nasty Efudex--face red, sore, most painful.
2004 May 4 Glenn has check up with Dr. West, GI Dr. at Salem Clinic. "All o.k."
2004 May 5 Glenn is official photographer for Salemtowne Players spring production, "Goldie's Place."
2004 May 9-11 Coastal trip. To Siletz Bay Lodge with Karen one night, then we went on to Coos Bay, one night, out to Sunset Bay, Botanic Garden, Cape Arago. Casino was terrible! Just took our money. Nice dinner though, at half price.
2004 May 19 Chris Kellow comes up from Eugene. A descendant of sister of Barb's grandmother, Jessie Taylor Pressentin. We exchange family documents, photos.
2004 May 21 Barb had upper lip lesion "shaved" by Dr. Winthrop. Having lots of problems with leg cramps. Stop Lipitor for 4 weeks.
J&M Gutters comes out to re-attach a gutter they installed a few years ago.
2004 May 22 We go to a play at Clackamas CC with Karen.
2004 May 31 We take Willamette Nat. Cemetery trip with Golden's.
2004 June 1 Florin Zielinski, Barb's cousin Marcella's husband died. Ill with Alzheimer's for many years.
2004 June 4 Mark flies to Paris for a trade show, then on to north coast of Spain. We attend Florin Zielinski's funeral at St. Paul.
2004 June 6 Karen joins us for trip to Chinook Winds hotel.
2004 June 10 Barb, LaFyrne, Norvada & Vivian Webber drive up to Bainbridge Island for annual Chi Omega chapter reunion. Return June 12. Toured Bloedel Reserve, an "artsy" plant nursery, and the local "Clearwater Casino." Reunion lunch at Island Grill, stayed at Island Country Inn, farewell lunch on Sat. at Millie Whealdon's. Saw Barb's cousin, Jody Dameron and family on Friday night.
2004 June 18 Nicole flew out from Florida to be a bridesmaid for friend--second time this year!
2004 June 20 Mark returned from Europe.
2004 June 22 we flew in luxury to Copenhagen via Chicago and London Heathrow. We enjoyed the comfy First Class lounge at Heathrow.
2004 June 23 Overnight at "Strand Hotel" on waterfront, Copenhagen. POURED rain! Midsummer's Night festivities--fireworks. We missed it all, except on TV.
June 24, We boarded the Westerdam. Cabin no. 5075/balcony. Cruise costs: $6606. for cruise, $2921 for coach air fare, plus Mark's 120,000 miles to upgrade to Business/First Class. We sailed around the Baltic visiting:
2004 June 26, Stockholm and watched the sun rise at 3:30 a.m.; June 27, Tallinn, Estonia; June 28, St. Petersburg--the high point of the cruise, where we toured "Peterhof" palace, enjoyed the "Folkloric Dances" and best of all, June 28, wetoured the Hermitage and the very special Gold Room with its Scythian treasures; June 30, Helsinki, Finland; July 2, Warnemunde & Rostock in Germany; Barbara saw where her von Pressentin ancestors studied and governed in Rostock; July 3, Arhus, Denmark ; and July 4, Oslo, Norway with its terrific sculpture garden, and Viking and Thor Heyerdahl museums. July 5, We sailed through the North Sea enroute back to Harwich, England enjoying close up views of drilling rigs.
2004 July 6, arrived Harwich port, bus to Heathrow, flights to San Francisco, then Portland (sunny) home by 11 p.m.
2004 July 13 The harvest was on when we got back, so Barb, LaFyrne & Betty Budzik picked Marionberries.
2004 July 14 Barb back to Dr. Winthrop--still hurting from S-I joint. Restart Lipitor, try Celebrex.
2004 July 17 A summer cul de sac party included us.
2004 July 22 Mark to China-Tienjin. To test a gravity meter at sea. Went very well--to Mark's surprise.
2004 July 25 John Johnston, from Salt Lake City, paid us a visit.
2004 July 28 After four years, our night-blooming Echinopsis cactus finally produced gorgeous pink blossoms--for one night only per bud. It opened at early evening, full open at 11 p.m., and closing up by 10 a.m.
August Glenn wound up taking on another volunteer "telecommuting" computer job for the OSU Herbarium--re-checking 4000 entries for a donated slide collection. Glenn got lots of opportunities to use his new digital camera at various Salemtowne events--he seems to now be the "official" photographer.
2004 Aug. 1 Attended the Stupfel/Kemmerich Family
picnic at Brightwood near Mt. Hood. Karen and Betty came with us.
Attendance was way down--may be the last of the big picnics.
Mark got back to Austin from China.
2004 Aug. 3 Got Gravenstein apples from Cletus Woods; Karen and I processed 27 pints of applesauce--hardly made a dent in the apple supply!
2004 Aug. 5 Karen met us at Chinook Winds at Lincoln City; we all went to meet the Knoches at their beach place "the Love Nest" and went to lunch in Gleneden Beach at the "Side Door Cafe."
2004 Aug. 7 Karen's elderly cat, Kanchi, had to be put to sleep.
We picked our first raspberries from our new plants. Also picked our own strawberries.
2004 Aug. 10-15 Karen flew to Utah to attend the Cedar City Shakespeare festival with Utah friends.
2004 Aug. 12 Glenn returned Mildred Thiele's 4000 slides to the OSU Herbarium--after re-checking entries in a database--a "telecommuting" project.
2004 Aug. 29 We were official photographer and videographer for Salemtowne's "History Night" program.
2004 Aug. 31 Still working on the Gravensteins!
2004 Sept. 1 Mark retired from LaCoste & Romberg, once again. This time he was laid off so he could collect unemployment for awhile.
2004 Sept.4 Mark arrived from Austin. We packed our bags for an Alaskan cruise.
2004 Sept. 5 We took Karen and Mark on a "birthday" Alaskan cruise. Drove to Seattle on Sept. 5 and boarded another brand new ship, the Diamond Princess. Had
adjoining staterooms at very aft end of ship and on Baja Deck (11).
Barbara created a small sensation by playing the "Wild Bear" nickel
slot for 20 minutes on five nickels. Gleaned $125.00!
Ship visited: Ketchikan (drizzly-went to Totem Bight); Juneau & Tracy Arm (sparkling clear, took tram up Mt. Roberts); Skagway (Liarsville, drive up White Pass highway past Canadian border under clear blue skies); the Perfect Storm with Force 10 winds and 20-ft. waves enroute to Victoria; Buchart Gardens in the dark and pub tour for Mark. Celebrated Karen's 50th birthday on Sept. 8 and gave her gift massage in the ship's Lotus Spa.
2004 Sept. 12 Back to port in Seattle. Mark flew back to Austin.
2004 Sept. 16 Barb won $20 at free slot tournament, Spirit Mt. Casino and entry to Dec. $10,000 tournament.
2004 Sept. 20 Barbara won emancipation from freezer defrosting with the purchase of a new frostless model. 20.3 cu.ft. frost-free freezer delivered by Lowes. $487.00.
2004 Sept. 28-30 We fly to Reno for a joint birthday celebration. Stayed one night at Boomtown (free) and 2nd night at Silver Legacy (cheap). No wins, but lots of slot playing.
2004 Oct. 01 Sold old 19 cu.ft. freezer for $95.
2004 Oct. 12 Met another "Yes Bay Baby," Jerry Rowland, and wife, Jean, at Lincoln City. Shared lunch, old pictures and accounts of our parents in Yes Bay. Jerry lives in Zillah, WA. Barb prepared booklet with pictures and Al K's memoirs of Yes Bay, Alaska.
2004 Oct. 30 Glenn was again the official photographer for the Salemtowne Halloween Party.
2004 Nov. 11 A free bus ride to Spirit Mt. casino paid off handsomely when Barb won the free slot tournament--$300!! (She later bought a gold necklace with her loot.) That evening, Glenn was the photographer for a very nice Veterans Day program at Salemtowne.
2004 Nov. 19 We decided we could manage another international trip and booked a May, 2005 Elderhostel tour to Tuscany and Florence, Italy.
2004 Nov. 22 Mark comes for 10-day visit. Barb tries out a pre-cooked, frozen turkey for Thanksgiving. Betty went to Yuma to spend Thanksgiving with her parents.
2004 Nov. 26 We have lunch with Terry and Gloria in Independence.
2004 Nov. 27 Mark & Karen walk off two big meals with a Volkswalk in Woodburn.
2004 Dec. 01 Mark flies back to Austin.
2004 Dec. 05 We go to matinee play at Clackamas CC with Karen.
2004 Dec. 06 Barb has annual exam and gets pneumonia shot.
2004 Dec. 09 Mark leaves for Caracas, Venezuela. Karen joins him four days later. We attend Couples Club at Schopperts in Mehama.
2004 Dec. 13 Karen flies to Caracas. She and Mark spend next ten days touring western Venezuela, going to Merida in the Andes, later they take a wildlife tour to the "Llanos," a seasonal wetland full of birds (and anacondas).
2004 Dec. 16 Barb plays in invitational slot tournament at Spirit Mt. The dinner is good. Enough said. We stay overnight at the casino hotel.
2004 Dec. 24 Karen returns from Venezuela, with a souvenir bad cold, but had a great time.
2004 Dec. 25 For no known reason, the deck mirror falls and breaks into a zillion shards.
2004 Dec. 26 We have Christmas dinner at Betty's.
2004 Dec. 29 We flew down to Las Vegas to spend New Years with the Mullans. This year, we shared their timeshare condo at the "Jockey Club" next door to the Bellagio Hotel and just across the Strip from the " Polo Towers." The Mullans treated us to the "Blue Man Group" show at the Luxor. Also enjoyed the "parade" through the Masquerade Village at the Rio later that night. Had a wonderful view of the fireworks blasting off from the MGM and Monte Carlo hotels at midnight on New Years Eve.
2005 Barbara diagnosed with high blood pressure
and joined Glenn in daily medication to keep our b.p numbers down. Also
Barbara began noticing "PVC's."
We continued usual activities: Pinochle, Archeology lectures, Barb still is a scribe for the Salemtowne Board.
2005 Jan. 02 We fly home from Las Vegas. Karen still coughing from the cold she picked up in Venezuela.
2005 Jan. 14 Barb sees Dr. Winthrop, her blood pressure is still high, and he puts her on Atenolol.
2005 Jan. 15 We attend WU Law Trials in spite of an ice storm.
2005 Jan. 23 Everyone feeling well enough to go to Spirit Mt. with Karen & LaFyrne.
2005 Jan. 31 Barb back to Dr. Winthrop, complaining of PVC's.
2005 Feb. 04 We purchase our air travel through Elderhostel's travel agency, Lyons Travel.
2005 Feb. 06 Karen & Barb go birding at Ankeny on a cold and rainy day, but see lots of geese, young eagles, etc.
2005 Feb. 09 We attend "Dearly Departed" play at Pentacle Theater with Jan & Loel Wright.
2005 Feb. 15 Midway through the month a strange weather pattern set in. Sunny, and dry instead of cold and wet. Was TOO nice--before long, we were told to worry about drought and forest fires next summer. New camera started taking blank pictures. Sent back and begged for a replacement before our next cruise later in the month.
2005 Feb. 18 Got cruise tickets for the Western Caribbean cruise from Galveston and found we had a "mini-suite" with fixed twin beds. Aaargh! Many frantic calls to Princess & Austin travel agent--had to settle for plain old balcony cabin with queen bed. Barb's replacement camera arrived 3 days before the cruise.
2005 Feb. 24 Glenn and Barbara flew to Houston, TX where Mark and his Pontiac met us. Drove to Galveston, stayed two nights at the" Best Western Beachfront Inn" right on the sea wall. Toured NASA Space Center the next day and had time to see an oil platform museum, moored close to the Princess pier.
2005 Feb. 26 Sailed out of Galveston on a VERY rainy day. Sunshine on the Gulf the next day and from then on. Ports visited: Belize City (Jungle Buggy trip to Mayan cave), Majahual (two Mayan ruins), Grand Cayman (Turtle Farm, trip to a reef in a "semi submersible" ship) Grand Cayman barely recovered from last fall's hurricane. No hotels open--just cruise ship visitors. Last port: Cozumel (island tour, snorkeling at beach park).
2005 Mar. 05 Back in Galveston and drove back to Austin, via Galveston Island, Bay City. Sunday we visited the beautiful new Texas State Museum near the capitol, and Mark had party for us with his friends in the evening. We flew back to Portland on Monday.
2005 Mar. 07 Glenn's last aunt, Vina Hudson passed away in Seattle. 91 years old. Had pancreatic tumor.
Still having unseasonably sunny and dry weather. Dire predictions increasing of bad summer ahead. Enjoyed Archeology Society lectures at WU and way-too-frequent trips to the casinos.
2005 Mar. 11 Friend Norvada had hip surgery--we were her chauffeurs home and to her first re-check at Kaiser Permanente.
2005 Mar. 10 Karen hosts a young woman from Hannover, Germany, here as part of exchange program between Clackamas CC and institute in Hannover (which Karen took part in earlier).
2005 Mar. 13 Barb went bird watching with Karen & friends at Sauvie's Island near Portland --sunny, almost warm.
2005 Mar. 17 Barbara started seriously working on the Salemtowne website--chairman of the website committee. Apparently Barbara cannot stand nice weather--got a cough and bronchitis.
2005 Mar. 20 We served as official photographers for various Salemtowne events, including the Salemtowne Players' spring show.
2005 Mar. 31 Friend and former neighbor, Mary Miller, fell and broke her thigh bone on her birthday. Bummer!
2005 April 01 Sam Jones and his helper, "Heracio" started painting our bedroom and deck, and soon after moved to the kitchen cabinets refinishing project. The living room looked like a tornado went through--with the contents of bedroom and kitchen scattered about. Gave up on having computer room painted--couldn't face the upheaval from another room!
2005 April 03 We attend Gilbert & Sullivan performance at WOU with LaFyrne and Charlie.
2005 April 09 Jason Kemmerich mangled his knee playing soccer. He faced knee surgery and long recovery later. This forced Betty to postpone her own much-needed right knee replacement.
2005 April 10 We t oured the colorful tulip fields at Monitor, then joined Karen and her "Volkswalking" friends for lunch in Mt. Angel.
2005 April 14 San Jones & Heracio started refinishing the kitchen cabinets.
2005 April 17 We t ook in a matinee performance of the Eugene Ballet--decided it was no longer worth the long drive.
2005 April 19 We had lunch with Barb's cousin, Marcella Zielinski in St. Paul.
2005 April 23 Bonnie Halliday came up to visit Candie--Karen and we joined them for dinner at Candie's.
2005 April 24 Sam Jones finished the painting and cabinet refinishing. Total cost $2100 +$100 tip for Heracio. Very pleased with the results.
2005 April 26 STILL having way too nice weather! Warm and dry enough to spray-paint all the deck furniture to match the nice new railing and floor paint job. Glenn installed vertical blinds in the computer room. Brought greenhouse plants back home for the spring and summer.
2005 May 04 The good weather persisted, so Glenn planted "Cascade" petunias in the front bed. Pink & dark blue
2005 May 08 We stayed overnight at Siletz Bay Lodge with Karen--wonderful weather. Karen and Barb enjoyed exploring the little park along Siletz Bay --spotting some interesting birds and enjoying sun and scenery.
2005 May 10 We attended a program on Estate Planning at the WU Law School.
2005 May 11 Went to the AAA office in Salem, to hear Dorothy Duyck's daughter, Doreen Loofburrow tell all about Princess cruises. Won a cap and a coffee mug. Nepotism??
2005 May 14 Once again, attended the WU Law Practice Trials. Attended the spring dance concert at Monmouth--good as ever.
2005 May 15 Glenn potted up his belated Christmas gift cacti, Barb planted impatiens from a Lake Labish area nursery.
2005 May 19 Glenn and Barbara flew on Lufthansa to Frankfurt, and then on to Florence for a 2-week Elderhostel tour of " Florence and Tuscany." Stayed in Florence overnight, met the rest of the group at the Florence airport and bused out to "Montecatini Terme"--our lodging for the tour. Great variety of trips to Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Siena, Vinci and Montecatini Alto, (via the funicular). Wonderful weather--75-80, sunshine every day. Outstanding instructors, guides--all just the best. Even had a Lizst concert in a former Pope's "palazzo" near Montecatini. It doesn't get much better than this! Grand Finale--most of the day to leisurely explore the Uffizi-- Florence 's world-class museum. Only thing marring the trip--Barb's new camera quit operating on telephoto. Sent back under warranty for repairs.
2005 June 02 Flew back to Portland. The car was dusty! No rain while we were gone. Glenn picked the first of the raspberries--all 3 of them, plus a box of strawberries.
2005 June 10 Mark arrived for a 10-day visit. We all went up to see Betty and Jason. Mark attended Norvada's spring "musicale" with us.
2005 June 14 We signed up for a 55th anniversary trip to the "Aventura Spa Palace" 50 miles south of Cancun. Booked through Costco travel. Mark and Karen coming. Two rooms with never-empty refrig. full of Dos Equis beer! Leave Dec. 6. Booked frequent flyer miles for Barbara & Glenn, and Karen also used ff miles.
2005 June 16 We went over to the Buick dealership to show Mark the Buick we were thinking of buying. Drove home several hours later with a bigger, more expensive Buick--the LeSabre, a beautiful deep red color.
2005 June 17 Glenn and Barb ran over to Salem in the new Buick for a few errands about 3 p.m. Got back home at 7 p.m. after being in the worst gridlock ever known in Salem. Bridges shut down because a man was on the bridge with a noose tied around his neck and to the bridge, and threatening to jump. The police finally talked him out of it at 3 a.m. the next morning! Good thing the Buick dealership gave us a full tank of gas!
2005 June 19 Fathers' Day, at 7 a.m. Glenn had a severe attack of the skipped heartbeats plus VERY high blood pressure. Mark drove us to Salem Emergency room. Sent home a few hours later--told it was "PVC's." Mark left on the red eye flight for Austin in the evening.
2005 June 20 Karen celebrated the end of her school year with a 10-day birding trip to remote, northern British Columbia with her friend Susan, from Prosser, WA.
2005 June 21 Barb made rhubarb sauce. Her repaired camera came back from Konica.
Glenn and Barbara spent many hours sitting in the new Buick, in the garage, owners' manual in hand, trying to figure out all the fancy features of the car. Once "programmed" all we had to do was turn the key in the ignition, release the brake, find the right gear, and hold on to the steering wheel. No more turning on or turning off headlights, turning on windshield wipers, etc. etc. Signed up for one year of ONSTAR "personal calling" ($22.11) which made the car a big, red cell phone. We discovered that even with only one person in the car, we could not back out or drive in the garage without scraping the underside of the car on the sidewalk/driveway junction. Not good!
2005 June 23 Mark left for a solo trip to Venezuela. This time, he went on a jungle river boat cruise from the Orinoco to Amazon River through the " Casiquiare Canal." A natural link between these two major rivers that should not be possible--but there it is.
2005 June 26 We attended a belated, surprise 75th birthday party for Barbara's cousin, Pat Napier.
2005 June 28 Returned the Buick to the dealer for two very minor adjustments--to the right front window and to reset the rear heat/AC vent.
2005 June 29 Keizer Concrete came and cut big chunks out of the sidewalk and upper driveway, lowering the height so the Buick would no longer scrape bottom. Cost of the Buick just went up $1700.
2005 June 30 Karen and Susan got back from
Canada. Barb had a few irregular heart beats. Sometime in June, started
raining--and didn't stop.
2005 July 06 The sidewalk/driveway was poured. Went to Betty's for lunch. Friend Charlie Gill went to Bend for the Fourth with her family. Fell on "stepdown" dining room step, broke her arm. We took her to Kaiser for re-check.
2005 July 09 Barb moved strawberry starts to a new bed. We a ttended the Salemtowne Strawberry Sundae" night, plus took pictures.
2005 July 12 Could finally drive on new concrete. No scraping noises from the Buick!
2005 July 13 Mark flew back from Caracas, Venezuela to Austin. Saw the "Yanomami" Indians dance, declared it a great trip.
2005 July 14 Barb had visit with Dr. Winthrop, learned that the bump on the palm of her hand is a form of tendonitis called Dupuytren's contracture and will eventually impair use of her right ring finger, requiring surgery. Swell.
2005 July 15 Karen and Barbara picked Marionberries at Gehring's. Beautiful day. Picked 30 pounds of sweet berries.
2005 July18 Met Barb's cousin, Carole & husband, Charles, at Spirit Mt. for lunch.
2005 July 19 Had Comcast Cable TV/Internet cable modem installed. Barbara started noticing more irregular heartbeats. Next day, Glenn had irregular heartbeats--saw Dr. Winthrop. "Just PVC's" and blood pressure increase is due to anxiety over PVC's.
2005 July 21 Terry & Gloria came up for lunch, we all went to Hallie Ford museum.
2005 July 22 Went to Al & Pauline's former residence, Keizer Retirement, now Avamere Court, for barbecue lunch with former Salemtowners, Gordon and Margery Wogan. Barb still having irregular heartbeats.
2005 July 24 Barb saw Dr. Winthrop--just PVC's.
2005 July26 Barb's PVC's MUCH worse, went to "Inland Shores" urgent care center about 6 p.m.--EKG was read first as: ventricular tachycardia--doctor called 911 and was about to start applying shock--re-checked the EKG monitor, changed the diagnosis to "atrial fibrillation" and Barbara had her first ambulance ride to Salem Emergency Room. Released at 10:30 p.m. back in "normal sinus rhythm." Saw Dr. Winthrop next day ''just "PVC's."
2005 August Barbara continued having PVC's and our
home blood pressure monitor consistently showed a very irregular heart
beat. Winthrop put in request for both of us to see a cardiologist.
Meanwhile, we tried to live quietly, avoid caffeine and worried about
our hearts for the rest of the summer. Barbara devoted a lot of time to
uploading items to the Salemtowne website, trying to keep herself
distracted and less conscious of the PVC's.
Skipped the Stupfel/Kemmerich family picnic which was held at a Catholic retreat center in Beaverton.
2005 Aug. 3 Mark left for Morocco, with friends, to attend the double weddings of a mutual acquaintance, first in Casablanca, then in a village high in the mountains of northern Morocco.
After the weddings, Mark traveled independently all over Morocco, except for Sahara Desert. Was gone a month. Average temps: 100+ except along the Atlantic coast.
2005 Aug. 9 Glenn had 24-hour Holter Monitor test.
2005 Aug. 10 Barb had echocardiogram test at Inland Shores.
2005 Aug. 11 Karen had to work through most of her usual summer vacation, but finished up on August 11. She went to the annual Skeptic Conference in Eugene for the following weekend and left for Utah and the Cedar City Shakespeare festival Aug. 15. We had good Internet e-mails from Mark in Morocco, even a phone call one day!
2005 Aug. 17 Barbara finally had appointment with
a cardiologist at Salem Hospital. Supposed to see a Dr. Walker, but
instead, saw Dr. Bruton. His diagnosis: "Supraventricular tachycardia"
which is not life-threatening. Tried a couple different drugs to
control rhythm--"Cardizem" and "Toprol." Neither helped, but DID make
Barbara feel tired all the time.
Our raspberry bushes started really producing--getting 2 boxes every other day. Freezing the surplus. Standard dessert until late October: sweetened raspberries over vanilla ice cream. Boring? Not at all!
2005 Sept. 1 Karen went to the Ochoco Mts. for the annual "Star Party" and got to use her big telescope, which "barely" fit in her Suburu.
2005 Sept. 4 Mark returned to Austin. A good trip, but overlong, he declared. He really got to see the country in great detail. Found the prevailing language, French, difficult to deal with.
2005 Sept. 8 Glenn and Barbara started the 6-week CERT training class at Salemtowne, to prepare us for surviving a big emergency for the first 72 hours without outside help. The image of New Orleans, flooded by Hurricane Katrina, in late August, with people dying due to lack of rescues made the CERT classes very pertinent.
2005 Sept. 10 Karen joined us for the annual
Parking Lot Sale. Made $102.85 and cleared out a bit more stuff.
Celebrated Karen's birthday with lunch at McGrath's after the sale
Barbara hosted the website committee at her house and offered champagne to celebrate the fact that she is now able to design web pages and upload them without assistance from our web "guru."
2005 Sept. 13 BOTH Barbara and Glenn saw Dr. Bruton. Re-check for Barbara. Cardizem didn't help, started her on Toprol. Glenn told he appears to have very serious problem. Holter Monitor test showed "flurry" of beats at 150 beats per minute. Glenn now referred to another cardiologist. Bruton is a "plumbing" cardiologist. Glenn was to see an "electrician" cardiologist, Dr. Lai a month later.
2005 Sept. 15-16 Barbara stayed overnight at a Portland hotel and attended her sorority's annual reunion. Lunch aboard the "Portland Spirit" while cruising to Milwaukie on the Willamette River, followed by attending the "Lion King" spectacular Broadway touring show that night. Next day, luncheon at Claribelle Ross' home in east Portland.
2005 Sept. 16 Karen started back to work.
2005 Sept. 21 Glenn had a "stress echocardiogram" at Inland Shores and did very well.
2005 Sept. 21 Barbara held a reorganization meeting for the Writers Group, hoping nobody would show up. But, they did and wanted to keep going with her as leader. Groan.
2005 Sept. 24 Betty came down, limping painfully, to go to the opening reception at the Hallie Ford Museum for the New Zealand Maori weaving exhibit. Then she took us both to lunch at the Konditerei for our birthdays.
2005 Sept. 25 Made grape jelly from our own Concord grapes--sorry, raccoons! Karen went to Seattle for a weekend visit with her friend Barbara Inglin.
2005 Sept. 26 Fall definitely here--Glenn pulled out the prolific tomatoes, grown in pots this year. Barb stewed the last of the crop.
2005 Sept. 27 Re-check with Dr. Bruton for Barbara. Toprol didn't diminish PVC's either. After walking briskly, rhythm was more regular. Told if those drugs didn't help, just have to live with the arrhythmia. NOT life-threatening, won't cause heart attack, but yes, can be annoying. You bet! More exercise may help.
2005 Sept. 28 We signed up for a "Greek Isles,
Mediterranean " cruise on the "Golden Princess" for next May 22 - June
3, 2006. Paid $1200 deposit. Booked through Costco Travel.
Glenn got a new Canon digital camera, to replace his Panasonic which got dropped and was too costly to repair.
2005 Oct. 04 Celebrated our mutual birthdays with an overnight at the Chinook Winds casino hotel in Lincoln City. Attended a very good "senior fair" at the casino, even got our flu shots while there.
2005 Oct. 05 Mark arrived for a 10-day visit. He got us inspired to compile a document for him and Karen, "where it's at" and also did some tweaking of our computers. Seemed to run faster as a result. Mark tried to upgrade the old Windows 95-based computer downstairs, but didn't work out. He DID manage to put the old computer "innards" back in and it works fine.
2005 Oct. 09 We m et Karen, Terry and Gloria at the " Spruce Goose" museum in McMinnville, followed by pizza in town.
2005 Oct. 11 Betty finally had her right knee replacement surgery. All went well, but will be a painful recovery period.
Mark spent many hours talking to Delta agents and managed to get us booked on frequent flyer tickets to Venice and return from Rome next May. Amazing!
2005 Oct. 13 Mark took part in the "finals" for the CERT class and also our celebratory breakfast.
2005 Oct. 14 Glenn finally saw Dr. Lai, who found NO problems in the Holter Monitor test. Declared him in good shape, but still with the PVC's. (Bruton may have misread the portion when they were removing the monitor from Glenn!)
2005 Oct. 15 Mark rounded out his visit by going on a Volkswalk with Karen, stayed overnight with her and they had brunch with Candie and Dale before Mark headed for PDX and his return to Austin.
2005 Oct. 18 Glenn and Barbara took a LONG all-day bus trip to see the fall color in the mountains and gamble at the Kah-Neeta casino north of Madras. Had a good time, nice lunch and lost very little money.
2005 Oct. 20 Another Chi O alum lost her husband. Marge Akers' husband, John, passed away.
2005 Oct. 21 Hurricane Wilma smacked into the Riviera Maya and did MORE damage to Aventura Spa Palace. Hit Cancun even harder. Half of Aventura Spa destroyed by Hurricane Emily on July 13.
2005 Oct. 27 We gave up and cancelled our
reservation at Aventura Spa Palace. Scurried around and booked a cruise
from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas on Celebrity "Infinity" through Costco
Travel. Leave Dec. 4 return to San Diego Dec. 10. Got frequent flyer
miles returned to account without charge and got deposit returned
(except for trip insurance).
Glenn still picking raspberries. About 1 1/2 boxes now.
2005 Oct. 29 Again, we were official photographers at the Halloween Party. This will teach us to buy new digital cameras!
2005 Nov. 01 Betty started physical therapy. Needed pain medication to handle the pain of therapy.
Fall rains started in earnest. Blustery, with heavy downpours.
2005 Nov. 08 A little after midnight, we discovered the power was out in part of the house, and acting oddly in the rest. We called Salem Electric at 5 a.m. They found a worn wire in the electric box which could have started a wiring fire. Keizer Electric had to "build" a new part of the old electric box. By noon all was repaired. Close call!
2005 Nov. 11 Congresswoman Darlene Hooley attends Salemtowne Veterans Day program. We are the photographers.
2005 Nov. 15 Glenn shut down the sprinkler systems. He still found almost a full basket of raspberries!
2005 Nov. 17 Barb has semi-annual dentalcheck, cleaning and x-rays. This now costs $183.85!!
2005 Nov. 24 Thank sgiving at our house with Karen, Betty and Jason joining us. Karen and her kitties spend a few days with us.
2005 Dec. 04-10 Barbara, Glenn, Mark & Karen sailed on Celebrity cruise ship "Infinity" from San Diego to: Catalina Island, Cabo San Lucas, Ensenada and return to San Diego. Visited Roger Halliday’s daughter, Terry Hernandez, on Catalina Island. Perfect weather, sunny, 70’s, calm seas for the entire cruise. Only excursions were at Ensenada. Mark and Karen took a wine country tour; Glenn and Barb went to see a "spouting horn", La Bufadora, and folkloric fiesta.
2005 Dec. 18 Snow!! Didn’t fall for more than about an hour, stayed cold, and VERY icy in Portland. We stayed inside.
2005 Dec. 21Karen and kitties spent a few days at Christmas with us. We: went to Audubon program on Thailand birds; to Spirit Mt.; birding near the flooded Pudding River and Lake Labish in east Marion County; and made Grama Kemmerich's sticky buns-Yumm!.
2005 Dec. 25 To Betty's for Christmas Day with Betty, Jason, Nicole and Jason's girlfriend, Diane.
2005 Dec. 29 Barb got a belated Christmas present—a $703.00 gold crown. Ouch!
2005 Dec. 31 Karen spent New Years in Seattle with Barbara Inglin.
2006 During the year we kept busy at Salemtowne with Pinochle club, Website committee, Writers Group, CERT training. Archeology lectures at WU, going to the casino and to the doctors.
2006 Jan. 07 We took part in the WU Trial Practice course.
2006 Jan. 08 We went to the Orchard Heights Winery brunch with Karen, Terry and Gloria.
Mid-January to mid-February, Glenn & Barbara took part in the CERT course at Salemtowne (Community Emergency Response Team).
2006 Jan. 17 Mark to the Philippines via Atlanta, San Francisco and Honolulu. Visited: Cebu, Dumaguete and Subic. Returned to Austin on Feb. 1 His first "mileage run" of the year.
2006 Jan. 18 Barbara's Salemtowne website committee started taking an online course in web design, using the computer program, "Dreamweaver."
2006 Jan. 22 Back to the Orchard Heights Winery! Our guests: LaFyrne and Norvada.
2006 Jan. 24 Barb forwarded the von Pressentin family newsletter from Friedrich-Franz to USA relatives by e-mail and postal service.
2006 Jan. 26 We went to St. Paul for lunch with Barb's cousins.
2006 Feb. 01 Mark returned to Austin.
2006 Feb. 16 Mark left on another Asian trip; this time to Cambodia (Phnom Penh) and Vietnam via Dallas, San Francisco, Japan and Seoul, Korea. He took a river trip on the Mekong River from Cambodia into Vietnam, then bus to Saigon. He returned to Austin on March 8.
2006 Feb. 28 Glenn's turn to get a new gold crown.
2006 Mar. 05 Karen, Barb & Glenn go to "West Side Story" at Western Oregon Univ.
2006 Mar. 09 Karen brings her kitties down in preparation for her trip to Ghana, Africa.
2006 Mar. 11 Karen takes the train to Seattle, stays with Barb Inglin.
2006 Mar. 12 Karen leaves Seattle for London, then on to Ghana. Next day, she flies from London to Accra, Ghana for an escorted 3-week birding trip from March 14-29. She visits:Shai Hills Resources Reserve, RAMSAR lagoons, Winneba Plains, Kakum National Park, Kumasi to Mole National Park, Atewa Range and TOTAL Solar Eclipse on March 29.
2006 Mar. 14 Barb joins other friends of Eve Johnston to visit her at an assisted living center in Corvallis for her birthday. Eve now has dementia, and passes away a few months later.
2006 Mar. 16 Barb agrees to be on yet ANOTHER Salemtowne committee—studying the funding of a new irrigation system.
2006 Mar. 17 Former Salemtowne neighbor and friend, Ron Carey dies. We attend his funeral.
2006 Mar. 26 We cash in a gift certificate at Guentner's Nursery. Glenn gets a "Double Delight" rose, Barb gets a Daphne plant. Glenn plants both in front yard.
2006 Mar. 31 to April 1 Mark takes a mileage run to New York City, sees Broadway shows, visits the "Top of the Rock" at Rockefeller Center. Brings us a maddening puzzle of construction workers sitting on a beam while building the "Rock."
2006 Mar. 31 Karen flies back to Seattle from
Ghana. Returns to Oregon City on April 1. She loved every minute of the
birding trip, in spite of heat and humidity.
We meet Terry and Gloria in Independence for lunch.
2006 April 04 Our new Compaq laptop computer, purchased from Office Depot for $349 arrives (direct from China).
2006 April 05 We have the carpets cleaned by AREM Carpet Cleaning.
2006 April 07 Mark leaves Austin for the Philippines, combining a mileage run with seeing an unusual ("Moriones) festival featuring masked Roman soldiers (!) in town of Marinduque. Mark visits his friend Peter Smith in Manila.
2006 April 10 Glenn has a tooth fall out.
2006 April 14 Barb has a stress test and "heart scan" at Salem Clinic to see what is causing shortness of breath. Irregular heart beat continues. Results: all normal except evidence of a "silent heart attack." Aaack!
We re-book a stay at Aventura Spa Palace for December, 2006. Mark & Karen coming with us.
2006 April 18-20 Barb & Glenn start a trip down the Oregon Coast, going to Lincoln City, staying overnight at Siletz Bay Lodge, and mostly playing the slots. Next, to Best Western motel in Coos Bay. Go to Shore Acres, Sunset Beach—beautiful weather and we win at the Coos Bay casino!
2006 April 21 Mark returns to Austin from the Philippines.
2006 April 26 Barb sees Dr. Winthrop for continuing shortness of breath, he orders an angiogram. We take photos at the Salemtowne Players spring show.
2006 April 28 Our plane tickets and cruise tickets arrive for our Eastern Mediterranean cruise May 20-June 5 on the “Golden Princess."
2006 May 02 Mark starts another mileage run that includes a visit with us. From Austin to Atlanta, to Seattle, to Vancouver, B.C. where he rented a car and drove down to Salem, arriving on May 4.
2006 May 03 We arrange for "Abel Polanco" to start doing the major gardening jobs, starting with the removal of big shrubs, like the yuccas in front and the Pampas Grass in the rear.
2006 May 04 Mark arrives and joins us for the May 6 WU Law School Trial Practice.
2006 May 08 Mark drives back to Vancouver, then flies to Honolulu, has "almost" enough time to visit Pearl Harbor, then flies back via Atlanta, Chicago and Houston. Picks up his waiting car in Houston and drives back to Austin.
2006 May 11 Barbara sees Dr. Walker and he sets up an angiogram test at Salem Hospital.
2006 May 13 Henk Bezemer, one of our oldest friends, passes away in Turlock, CA.
2006 May 15 Barb has angiogram at Salem hospital. She learns that her arteries/veins are all clear. NO sign of a "silent heart attack." Dr. says "go on your cruise!"
2006 May 21 We leave Portland for Frankfurt on Lufthansa, then to Venice and the start of our "Golden Princess" cruise through the eastern Mediterranean. We visit: Venice, Dubrovnik, Corfu, Olympus, Athens, Island of Mykonos, Ephesus ruins in Turkey, Island of Rhodes, Island of Santorini, Pompeii. We fly home via Copenhagen & Seattle on June 3.
2006 June 04 Mark leaves on a long, and complicated trip which lasts until July 19. He visits: Tiblisi in Georgia, Baku in Azerbaijan, Amsterdam, Zurich (for a Latin American music festival!!!), Cyprus, Cairo, Egypt where he stays at a 4-star hotel for $8.50/night from June 21 to July 13, then to Portland, Maine and back to Austin.
2006 June 09 The Mullans arrive and stay overnight in Keizer. We go to dinner with them at the "Spaghetti Factory."
2006 June 10 We go to the Rose Parade at the Coliseum as guests of the Mullans. We both drive to the Max Lite Rail center off I-205 and ride Max to the Coliseum. Works very well. We are proud of ourselves for mastering Max.
2006 June 14 We join Mullans at the "Shamrock Lodge" in Yachats for two nights.
2006 June 16 We go to Barb's sorority sister, Dorothy Weisser's home to meet with Dorothy Caspar Murphy and other Salem Chi O's.
2006 June 19 Barb sees cardiologist Dr. Walker for a recheck. Tries a different blood pressure medicine, as the irregular heart beats continue.
2006 June 20 Terry Halliday has surgery for an abdominal aneurysm in Corvallis. Makes a good recovery and continues with his courses at Linn-Benton Community College.
2006 June 22 Glenn is back to picking raspberries. Production is much greater this year than last.
2006 June 24-25 The weather turns seriously warm, with 101 degrees on the 25th, but the raspberries keep coming. We plant summer annuals and they survive the brief heat wave. We attend the "World Beat" festival at Salem Waterfront Park with Betty and Karen. Hot!
2006 June 30 Barb and Karen leave Glenn home with the cats, and drive to Enterprise, Oregon to explore the Zumwalt Prairie and Wallowa mountains for four days. Mainly a birding trip. Beautiful wildflowers on the Zumwalt and also in the mountains. Really a nice trip.
2006 July 07 Karen flies to Salt Lake City to visit friends and go to the Shakespeare festival at Cedar City, UT.
2006 July 14 Now the blueberries are ready to pick! Bumper crop this year.
2006 July 16 We visit Barb's cousin, Marcella Stupfel, and Carole & Charles Foster at St. Paul. Show Mediterranean cruise slides on laptop.
2006 July 17 Barb, Glenn, Betty Budzik, the
LeCouix, Pat Potter and Linda Bolones (?) all pick Marionberries at a
new patch at Gehrings—way to the north. Pay a dollar a pound this year.
Also start planning to take a cruise around the southern tip of S. America in 2007 on Celebrity. Mark coming too.
2006 July 18 Glenn hires "Wayne Newman" with Greer Brothers to re-do the front sprinklers, install new control, etc.
2006 July 19 Mark returns to Austin.
2006 July 21 Karen and friend Susan, daughter Elizabeth, go to Grays Harbor and take a pelagic birding tour.
2006 July 24 Barb has Holter monitor test ordered
by Dr. Walker to check irregular heart beat. He discovers there ARE
some intermittent episodes of atrial fibrillation, but not often enough
to require specific medication. Barb is put on Toprol for blood
We invite Glenn's cousin, Anita Aguilar, to join us at Aventura Spa Palace in December. She accepts.
2006 July 27 We attend a refresher CERT session at Salemtowne
2006 July 29 Karen makes offer on house on Lafayette Dr. in Oregon City. House inspector Karen hires says the house is a "money pit" with serious roof problems. Karen retracts her offer.
2006 July 31 We stay overnight at Chinook Winds hotel so we can take part in senior slot tournament on Aug. 1. Barb wins $100 in tournament for 5th place.
2006 Aug. 02 Wayne from Greer Brothers finishes sprinkler job.
2006 Aug. 06 Glenn, Barb & Karen attend the Stupfel/Kemmerich family picnic at a Catholic retreat center in Beaverton.
2006 Aug. 11 Karen, Barb and Glenn make Gravenstein applesauce. Make 26 pints. That evening we all go to Chemeketa Community College to hear Jim Bell, with the Mars Rover program speak. Amazing photos from the Mars Rovers' cameras.
2006 Aug. 15 Mark comes for a visit/mileage run. While here, he installs big internal hard drives in both our desktop computers, and brings and inserts Wi Fi card in the laptop computer, and sets up a Linksys router. Terry comes up for a visit. Later, Mark stays with Karen, moves her computer desk downstairs before heading for the airport. They have dinner with Betty, Jason and girl friend Dianne.
2006 Aug. 16 We cancel Celebrity 2007 S. America cruise, instead, we book a 2008 S.America cruise on Princess. Both Mark and Karen coming too.
2006 Aug. 19 Mark stays with Karen before going on to Anchorage. We go to Norvada's summer "musicale."
2006 Aug. 21 Mark visits friend Jeff in Anchorage, goes out to Indian Valley to buy another Alaskan ham. (We eat it for Thanksgiving. Very good!)
Barbara sees Dr. Winthrop for tingling in right hand, and pain in right shoulder. Related to herniated neck disk. 8 out of 10 people find it goes away. Barbara likes those odds better than neck surgery!
2006 Aug. 23 Barbara has a last visit with Dr.
Walker who says stay on Toprol and see him in a year. Does suggest one
last test of thyroid to find out why the irregular heart beats continue.
The raspberries continue to provide 4-5 boxes every other day. We set some kind of record by having raspberries and ice cream every night for dessert for many weeks!
2006 Sept. 01 Barb agrees to chair an ad hoc committee to find ways to ease burdens of serving on Salemtowne Board.
2006 Sept. 07 We celebrate Karen's birthday a bit early by staying at Siletz Bay Lodge overnight. Mo's wait staff sings "Happy Birthday" to her during dinner.
2006 Sept. 09 Salemtowne parking lot sale. For first time, we don't have a space, but take pictures.
2006 Sept. 10 We go to Stayton for George and Harriet Schoppert's 60th wedding anniversary party.
2006 Sept. 24 We leave for a trip to the Calif. Wine Country, visiting: Coos Bay, Arcata, Calistoga, where we stay three nights and visit interesting wineries in Napa & Sonoma. Almost no wine tasting, but we view some spendy art collections and fabulous winery buildings. We also visit every Indian casino within five miles of our route.
2006 Sept. 26 Mark leaves for a trip to Thailand, going via Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia (twin towers), then to Phuket where he stays at a Holiday Inn resort for 2.5 cents per night! Stays there until Oct. 23, then to Singapore and another "mileage run"
2006 Sept. 29 Enroute back to Salem from the Wine Country, we celebrate Glenn's 79th birthday with Tim & Kathi Follett at the Pizza Hut near our motel in Redding.
2006 Sept. 30 We stay in Canyonville and continue our casino-hopping. Saw way more casinos than wineries on our trip! Did quite well too—our original gambling stakes almost held out to the very last one at Canyonville.
2006 Oct. 05 Time to harvest the grapes (Concords on deck). Another bumper harvest. We used LeCouix' juicer to make 25 quarts of juice! Shared with them. Disappointing juice, very watery.
2006 Oct. 06 Glenn planted 3 fall asters, purchased at farmers market in downtown Salem.
2006 Oct. 07 Picked up filberts for Betty and Karen. None for us.
2006 Oct. 09 Abel Polanco finished weeding back yard, spraying for new weeds, and started spreading bark dust. Yard never looked better! Bark dusting: $425.
2006 Oct. 10 The CERT group was issued walkie talkie radios and had a practice session.
2006 Oct. 12-14 We took part in evening lectures and Friday morning session (Kennewick Man) of Archeological Institute of America meeting at WU, re: illegal trafficking in archeological objects.
2006 Oct. 19 Got flu shots at Salemtowne. Glenn still picking raspberries! Down to 2-21/2 boxes every other day, but taste great.
2006 Oct. 20 Betty treats us to birthday lunch at Olive Garden in Salem, Jason comes too.
2006 Oct. 23 Mark leaves Thailand, flies to
Colombo, Sri Lanka (old Ceylon) to start a "mileage run" to USA and
back to Sri Lanka, via Singapore.
Betty leaves for Arizona for her high school reunion, and visit with her parents in Yuma, then to Tucson where her sister Jan just moved.
2006 Oct. 25 Mark comes to Portland and Salem, for quick visit while on his Asia mileage run.
2006 Oct. 26 Glenn has his annual exam, all o.k. Karen makes an offer on home on
Laurelwood Ct. in Oregon City for $249,000. Is accepted. This is house she made same offer on earlier in summer; was rejected.
2006 Oct. 28 Mark leaves Portland for flight back to Singapore, and Sri Lanka. THEN he goes back to Singapore and makes return flight to Austin. We go to the Salemtowne Halloween party. Even get in prize-winning group for our costumes! Take pictures too.
2006 Oct. 29 Nighttime temp drops to 32 degrees for first time. First hint that our long, sunny and dry summer is over.
2006 Oct. 30 Glenn shuts down the irrigation system for the season.
2006 Oct. 31 Glenn picked the LAST raspberries.
2006 Nov. 01 Summer is gone—rains begin. November turns out to be close to the rainiest Nov. ever. Starts with a bang—a big rainstorm today. Almost an inch. Karen and I hear a lecture on "climate" from the state climatologist in Salem. Great timing!
2006 Nov. 02 Barbara sees Dr. Winthrop for knee
pain. He starts wheels turning to get a referral to a knee surgeon.
Barbara takes blood pressure for first time since seeing Dr. Walker on
Aug. 23. Her pulse in regular! And, it seems to stay that way. Winthrop
increases her Toprol to twice former amount.
We go to a presentation on Holland America cruises. Decide to book June, 2007 land/cruise tour of Alaska.
2006 Nov. 04 Canada Geese arriving with the rain. Big flocks high overhead.
2006 Nov. 06 We take the bus to Chinook Winds during a fierce rainstorm. No problems and Glenn wins $116 at the slots! Lots of flooding on north coast however.
2006 Nov. 10 Schopperts come for lunch—and Glenn comes down with a fever (up to 102+) and later develops bronchitis.
2006 Nov. 13 Glenn sees Dr. Winthrop for bronchitis, prescribed antibiotic "Doxycycline"
2006 Nov. 14 Mark starts a mileage run via Denver, New Jersey and Puerto Rico. Plane delays mess up the run, he stays overnight in Newark, NJ, then returns home, via Denver.
2006 Nov. 15 We get Christmas cards at Costco—ordered yesterday, online. Amazing!
2006 Nov. 17 Barbara told to try injections before seeing knee surgeon. Dr. Shim at Salem Clinic injects cortisone in right knee. Do left knee in one month. Definitely eases pain.
2006 Nov. 18 Terry & Gloria treat us to belated birthday dinner at Spirit Mt. "Legends"
2006 Nov. 20 Mark arrives for a Thanksgiving visit plus mileage run to New York City. He brings the " Indian Valley" Alaskan ham. Glenn still coughing and having a lot of esophageal bleeding. Sees Dr. Bruce Johnson, ENT, who sees no serious problem, but suggests more moisture, neck pads.
2006 Nov. 21 We notice a water stain above the fireplace wall. Next day, stain is bigger, we call State Farm Insurance. A nice repairman comes out, says it is leaky flashing and it will take about $2800. to fix (including a "cricket" to deflect rainwater from chimney, a zinc strip on roofline to kill moss, and moss killer applied to roof. The inside? Well, after a $1,000 deductible, State Farm will cover the repair which could be as much as $6,000 !!! (Involves: removing "popcorn" ceiling from living room, dining area, entry, and hallway; and repainting walls in all those rooms.) We think painting is excessive and repairman agrees.
2006 Nov. 22 Mark sees our lawyer, Clark Williams, about drawing up a will.
2006 Nov. 23 Thanksgiving dinner at our house. Betty, Jason, Dianne, Karen, Mark and us. Alaskan ham is very good.
2006 Nov. 24 We combine after-Thanksgiving shopping (Costco in a.m., Radio Shack in p.m.) with Spirit Mt. visit. No wins today.
2006 Nov. 30 Mark flies back to Austin after making a 24-hour "mileage run" on Nov. 28 & 29 to New York City.
November is about the third-wettest November ever in western Oregon. Doesn't surprise us.
2006 Dec. 01. Karen closes on the Laurelwood home and gets keys to the house.
We have "Keith" from Gagle Plumbing investigate possibility of moving washer & dryer to kitchen or garage. Later, Keith says "Can't do it."
Our former neighbor, John Miller, dies.
2006 Dec. 02 We get a phone call from Anita Aguilar. She has a slipped disk in her back and won't be able to come to the Aventura Spa Palace with us. We are ALL disappointed.
2006 Dec. 03 Effect of cortisone shot in Barb's knee wears off. It hurts again.
2006 Dec. 08 We attend Norvada Smedley's winter "musicale" at her home in Salemtowne.
2006 Dec. 09 We attend John Miller's funeral at the historic Spring Valley church.
2006 Dec. 10 – 18 Glenn, Barb and Karen take the "redeye" flight to Dallas, TX. Mark joins us there and we all fly to Cancun, Mexico. Aventura van picks us up for 45-min. ride to the resort. Our rooms are in "Clarin" building, but long ways apart (G&B in 2544, M&K in 2508). All-inclusive is great! Our only cash outlay in the week is to replace Glenn's lost hat for a few bucks. We take included bus excursions to two new Mayan ruins: Ek Balaam, near Valladolid, and Coba, southwest of resort. Enjoy evening entertainment, good food, and the never-empty dish of guacamole at the beach bar.
2006 Dec. 18 Glenn, Barb & Karen fly back to Portland; Mark rents a car and makes a circuit of the Yucatan Peninsula, going to Merida, Campeche (a World Heritage site), an impressive Mayan ruins at Calakmul, and back to Playa del Carmen—the new commercial center of the Mayan Riviera.
2006 Dec. 19 Culbertson's rep comes to discuss
interior water damage repair. While we were gone, Salem had a severe
windstorm, and Culbertsons is busy pulling trees out of houses, etc. We
agree to postpone the interior work until Jan.
Barbara has a different right knee injection, "Hyalgan," done by Dr. Shim, at Salem Clinic. This "goo" is made from the combs of roosters. Barb has 3 injections, a week apart.
2006 Dec. 20 Karen and her kitties spend their first night at her new home.
2006 Dec. 22 We celebrate our anniversary with dinner at the "Spaghetti Warehouse" in Salem.
2006 Dec. 23 We meet Terry & Gloria at Spirit Mt. and they treat us to yet ANOTHER anniversary meal. Karen comes with us.
2006 Dec. 24 While picking up pumpkin pies at Costco, we also get Glenn a new computer chair. Merry Christmas, Glenn!
2006 Dec. 25 Mark celebrates Christmas in the air, flying back to Austin from Cancun. We join Karen at Betty's, with Jason and Dianne, and Nicole and boyfriend, Martin. Afterwards, we go to Karen's place and exchange family gifts.
2006 Dec. 31 Barb visits her cousins, Marcella and Carole & Charles Foster at Marcella's. We help set up the pinochle New Years Eve party in the Salemtowne Farmhouse.