Monday, May 29, 2006

Thanks, Lucy!! (first in, first published)

Not being a creative writer or great philosopher, don't have 'great expectations' regarding my ramblings. This is Memorial Day and I have been thinking back to when I first moved to Ogema - 1945, almost 61 years ago. Most of the people living on hwy 13 between Ogema and Prentice are gone. The Nelsons, from Warren Carlson's old place, Jim and Dorothy, Jim Bruner's parents, Milton Larsons, Elmer Larson, Laurie Nelson and Myrl, Walter, Herb, Bernice, Oscar Nelsons, etc. But then, on the up side those places are filled with all the wonderful youngster from those families.

On Saturday, Bryn and I drove to Chetek to put plants on my parents grave, Frank and Melva. We visited a cousin of mine in the nursing home there. She is in her late 80's and I don't know if she really remembered me or not. She had never married and lived with her mother east of Chetek. She spent many years growing gladiolas for cut flowers and also sold bulbs in the fall. She kept a huge plot of flowers growing even when she could barely walk up and down the rows. She has no relatives in this north country except me. Her grandmother was a sister to my grandfather, Elwood Hampton.

Thinking back I can't imagine the work involved in building this old house in about 1908. There was no electricity here and they put so much work into the woorwork and floors, and groups of windows. Herb's father, Emil and his brother Victor built the house. They had come over here from Sweden and left the rest of their family there. I think they made two trips back in all the years. But probably the countryside reminded them of Sweden because on one of his trips, Tim had been in Finland and said the country seemed a lot like the trees, etc around Tomahawk.


Hope this is not too morbid, but life is that as well as gay, oops, I mean happy and lovely. I am really upset that one of my favorite words in the English language (gay) has been used for anything other than "showing exuberance or happy excitement: merry----but, I suppose a gay person is all of the above also!!!!!

I think I will stop all this meandering and hope to see a lot of interesting essays on the anniversary blog.

Lucy

5 Comments:

At 10:39 PM, May 29, 2006, Blogger Yram said...

Your meanderings were lovely. You should do more meandering for us! Love to you...

 
At 10:46 AM, May 30, 2006, Blogger nwadc said...

Loved the pictures.... it is so nice to see flowers....

 
At 8:07 PM, May 30, 2006, Blogger otterwoman said...

Speaking of flowers.... the picture of all of those daffodils that you sent to "410" for Mother's Day sure was something... reminded me of the field of poppies in the Wizard of OZ... only prettier... Good job.

 
At 9:07 PM, May 31, 2006, Anonymous litzym said...

my first! gene, the site is so great, and i look often. i'm trying to be less busy, and if i succeed, you may hear more from me! ;) lucy...your post was so nice. it is so interesting to hear/see you talk about the carlsons i never met...

 
At 11:39 AM, June 03, 2006, Anonymous booghost said...

Sorry to post so late but I've been in NY. Very nice post Lucy.
The pics are really nice, wish I spent more time with the camera. Will try to send stuff more often.

 

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