Thursday, August 25, 2016


We have been waiting for this day.

In a conversation a couple of weeks ago, Keely told me, "Mom, when I see you, I'm going to cry and cry and cry. I miss you so much."

Then I thought, "Not me. When I see Keely, my heart is going to burst with excitement. I probably won't cry because I'm so thrilled with what she's experiencing. I'm so proud of her."

Then my thoughts turned to heaven. "When I see my loved ones I have in heaven once again, I'm going to run to them, wrap them in my arms and cry and cry big tears. I've missed them so and I wanted them to be with me here on earth as I lived my life - the good and the bad."  "I needed them." I know exactly what Keely's feeling.

But as Keely's mom, I'm feeling like what Heavenly Father must feel like . . . He's probably not going to be crying either for he's going to stand there and wrap us in his arms with a big smile and a heart that's happy with the experience and progress we were making on our journey on earth.

Oh, I hope it's all true.

Welcome Home Keely. I love you.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Look what came in my text today with this message: "The fondue we had today! It was great. It originates in Switzerland so we thought we would try it. We had potatoes, vegetables, and bread to dip it in. It was in Old Town. So beautiful with the rain today. And I LOVE this raincoat. It is so cute and flattering and held up so well in the rain. I can't wait to see you tomorrow. I got teary eyes thinking about you today."

Then I told Keely how cute she looked and Keely replied, "LOL also the "dress" I'm wearing is the shirt I bought Keaton hahahaha. I needed one more outfit for today.

My Girl will be home tomorrow . . . I'm singing in the rain. Can't wait to hold her in my arms safe.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


 Love your style girl!
When one is in Switzerland, a little rain feels like confetti coming down. Looks like Keely is using her smile for an umbrella.

Life's not getting Keely down; she's dancing in the rain . . . in Switzerland. Wish I were there with you dear.

Here Keely is in Old Town.

Monday, August 22, 2016


"Macarons; sugar - sooo good - There's a nice airport here - There's a big lake - Switzerland is hard to navigate - I'm not feeling so well; I'm all stuffed up and my body aches."

I think MY GIRL is tired and ready to be home.

Sunday, August 21, 2016


Ken Carlson, Kim Colton, Brian Smithurst, Carolyn Adams, Gary Williams, David Wulfenstein, Ricky Nelson

Kevin Abraham, Maurice Atkin, Paul Webster, Majorie Bundy, Kelli Pope, Nance Bowler, Carol Bills, Fran Sorsenson, Kim Milne, Kathy Tisdale, Allison Adams, Joyce Spila

Heidi Anderson, Russ Neilson, Sally Frei, Judith Pittman, Glen Arnsberger, Gary Turner, Jim Condie, JoAnne Jackson, Barbara Price

Rob Piper, Alan Caplin

Mark Quinn and Burke Staheli were also there, but they are not in the picture.

 Sally, Carolyn, Heidi, Kim, Nancy, Barbara, Kelli and Carol
Charlie's Angels back then - Jaclyn Smith, Kate Jackson, and Farrah Fawcett. We were always teased about this; so we had to act the part again. I sure love my cousins Allison and Carolyn.

We had an enjoyable meeting visiting for about an hour and then dinner.  After dinner, 4 of our teachers spoke; Doug Drake, Kris Gornicheck, Walter Cox and Merton Lovell. We sang the school song, a few classmates spoke and then we had awards that each one earned. A class photo was taken and we were so sad that more people didn't show up.

The Dog Town . . . City? Crew was elected to head up the next reunion; Paul Webster, Allison and Carolyn Adams and me - Oh NO! We will almost be 60!

I can't believe it!

It was such a fun night being with my cousins, friends and classmates. They were and are such an important part of my life that I will always treasure.

Fly High Dixie Flyers . . . until next time.

Saturday, August 20, 2016


With their second walk off in three nights the Chico Heat completed the three game sweep over the Lodi Crushers in their final regular season home game of the Great West Leagues inaugural season. This time it was catcher Andrew Helmstadter who provided the walk off theatrics as the Heat rallied to score four runs in the bottom of the ninth for an 8-7 win.
“Both teams played well tonight,” said Chico Heat general manager Hunter Hampton. “The crowd tonight was phenomenal, we gave away a bunch of stuff and people were excited and it’s always nice to send them home happy with a win.”
The Heat took a 4-1 lead into the top of the ninth inning before the Crushers scored six unearned runs off of relievers Hayden Southam and Ryan Byrd to take a 7-4 lead. The inning was capped off by a three run homerun from right fielder Chris Williams who sent one over the train tracks in right field for the go ahead runs.
Austin Lee, or “the general” as the Heat coaching staff calls him, started the night on the mound for the Heat and threw five and 2/3 innings of three hit ball, allowing one run to score while striking out a pair of Crushers on his night.
Following an unexpected victory by Heater in the race the mascot event in the middle of the fourth inning, Heat first baseman Cameron Olson sent the first pitch he saw over the fence in right field for his sixth HR of the summer and gave Chico a 1-0 lead.
Heater was also tossed from the game by Hampton after celebrating with the players following his first race win of the season, finishing the year 1-33 in the event.
Jerome Hill added to the Heats run total in the fifth, leading off the inning being hit by a pitch before advancing to third base on an errant Lodi pick off attempt before scoring on a wild pitch with a scorpion slide into home as he slid across the plate with his feet nearly passing his head in the process.
Lodi would answer in the sixth scoring one run as Chris Williams led the inning off with a double before coming in to score on a sacrifice fly later in the inning to make it a 2-1 game in Chico’s favor.
Chico responded with a pair of runs of the own in the bottom half of the sixth as Daniel Schneeman led the inning off with a base on balls before scoring on a bases loaded free pass to Hill. Grant Dragmire would also score in the inning, swiping home on a Lodi wild pitch.
Down 7-4 in the bottom of the ninth, Keaton Kringlen led the inning off reaching first base safely on a walk, Olson followed with a single to right to bring the tying run to the plate. Schneeman would also single before Josh Falco picked up an RBI with a broken bat blooper into right field.
Grant Dragmire was then hit by a pitch, brining Olson in from third and making it a one run ball game with the bases full and no outs. Marcus Wilhite in as a designated hitter grounded into a double play but Schneeman took home on the grounder to tie the game.
“Cardiac kids. They were coasting through the first six innings before they fell behind but then they came back and rallied for the win which is what they seem to have been doing a lot of at home lately,” said Hampton. “When you play in front of crowds of 3,000 4,000 fans that’s what the kids love and that’s why we get the best players here in Chico, because we have the best home crowds in the league.”
Helmstadter then sent the crowd of 2,167 home happy with a base knock into left field for the games winning run as Falco raced in to score before joining his teammates in chasing Helmstadter out to the left field wall in celebration. With Brock Bell and Kringlen trailing behind the group as they attempted to carry a water jug onto the field to dump on Helmstadter.
Keaton says, "I'm having a fun time." 
It looks like they are going to take second place and head into the playoffs with the Medford Rogues.