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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Family Shopping Trip

Coming off of the last post, I didn't want to go right into the shopping trip without letting you know that Uncle Jerry's funeral was beautiful.  His wife was married before, as was he, and she had children by her first husband.  One of her daughters has seven children and they call him Grandpa.  It's the only Grandpa they knew.  Well, one of those children is a pastor and he gave the service.  And for the music, the grandchildren sang.  They were really good and I guess they used to sing for him when he and his wife would come for visits.  It was so moving.  Then there was an opportunity for family and friends to talk about memories. 
Uncle Jerry had written his own obituary and had planned the dinner afterwards.  I don't think he realized so many people would attend!  It was one of the most beautiful services ever. 

That was Tuesday, and the rest of the week was dismal for me.  I had a cyst removed on Monday and stitches were in order, I got my teeth cleaned Wednesday, and on Friday I had to get a shot in my foot for plantar fasciitis.
I was ready for some fun family time.

So, the shopping trip!
We've been going on this shopping trip for years. 
Our Mom's started it when Vickie (my cousin) and I were young.

Saturday morning started early for all of us "shopping trip girls"
because my sister sent all of us this picture at 5:30 am wanting to know who was up!  
She has to get up first because she and her daughter come my way, and then we head to our cousin's house, and we leave from there.
But she didn't WAKE me up because I had been awake since 3:30AM!  We were having BAD STORMS most of the night. It kept the dog up and my Shug awake too.  The last time we had thunder in November was in 2013 and our town was hit by a tornado.  Glad that wasn't the case this time, but with weather like this, you wonder.

And Vickie is always up early for work, and is a bit too chipper for this early in the morning!
She was sending these texts!

I think she was excited about the donuts Theresa always picks up for us.  
(I called the donut shop at 4:00 am and had them add 6 donuts to the order for my Shug! 
I didn't tell Theresa until right before she went to get them.)

And this was the picture Ashley sent!!!  LOL! 
She was showing us how dark it was in the country,
and complaining because she lost half an hour of sleep because of all of this texting nonsense!
And this is the picture that I never got sent.  Her and I are the two that live in the country.  I was going to show them how dark it was here too......but I was walking around the house in the dark trying to not wake up my shug..... 
which was a big mistake.  
They got this pic instead.
AUGH!  Dixie does not like to go out in the storms.  
I couldn't figure out what it was my foot grazed in the middle of the doorway.
Not a good start between 3:30 am storms and poop on the floor!
 So, after all of that, we made it to Vickie and Robert's house.  First thing we do is open gifts.  Which we actually "stopped doing" years ago, but somehow started up again.

Theresa and Taylor got us hats, and of course we had to get a picture.

Seriously Vickie is just way too chipper for this early!
Vickie, "Robert I'm not ready for the picture."
Robert, "yeah I know, but it's kind of fun to take it anyway."

Ashley and Theresa!
Now we have to do it again.

Here we go.
And Ashley and Vickie got us matching pajamas!
And we need another picture...
And Taylor and I are the only two smiling...
This'll do.

And now for the traditional matching sweatshirt picture!
Really Ashley...This is the pic you are getting a copy of next year!

Off we go!  Traditional in the car picture!
Are you kidding me?  How old are we?

As I'm trying to back out there is something in my rearview mirror and I said, "whatever is back there needs moved....


She is just not a morning person.

And off we go!
First stop!!!  Albanese Candy Factory!
Yes it's a shopping trip, but this was close to the mall, and we did a lot of shopping here.
As you can see, the weather was awful the entire day.  It rained, and rained harder, and was very windy.
This place has a LOT of gummy bears, jelly beans, and chocolates!
Check out their website here!  The gummy bears have all different shapes.

This is chocolate coming down this pipe!
And it was all decked out for Christmas.

Another photo op!
Then off we went to the mall to Christmas shop.  We went to the Merriville, IN mall this year.
And they had these virtual reality machines  that you could go on rides or shoot killer zombies!
It was hilarious to watch them!

And as I was backing up to get a picture,
I almost fell over this train coming by! 
Seriously!  Where are we, the county fair!
The mall had two levels and I stopped and said, "I'm going to take a pic of Santa."  He waved.

After shopping, we went to our room and played a nasty tasting game called Bean Boozled.  You spin the dial to see what flavor of jelly bean you taste.
Thing is, the jelly beans look identical but the flavor could be lime, or dirty socks.  Or plum pudding, or canned dog food.  You get the idea.  You don't know what you are getting until you bite into it.  I didn't want to play, but was forced!

And we took some time out for some foot pampering!
And face masking!  These were kind of scary looking!

And for the age appropriate, a glass of wine.
Then we played this HILARIOUS game!

I don't even know the name.  There are several of these contraptions so you each get one.  You don't have to share!  You put it in your mouth and you try to read something off of a card, and the rest have to guess what you are trying to say.  We laughed so hard our stomachs hurt!

And in case you are wondering,
we did get some shopping done!



Sunday, November 12, 2017

Uncle Jerry

You know how it is...
you have a post ready to go,
it's all about crafty stuff,
Then the phone rings...
and all of a sudden posting something about crafty stuff seems so irrelevant.

Yes, all of a sudden, you wish all you had to post about was crafty stuff.

If you have followed me for any amount of time, you've seen most of the pictures I'm about to show.
You've seen them here and here and here and here!
And, if you've followed me for any amount of time, you know how important family is to me, and how important we are to each other.

We love each other...
most of us do!
(this picture was taken a year ago this month)
Blogettes it's been one tough year. 
And every time I start to say I'll be glad when this year is over,
I don't say it because I'm afraid what next year will bring! 
I wish I wasn't serious, but I am.
On Thursday, I got a phone call, that this man who has been in my life forever
had a massive heart attack, and was in ICU.

This was taken in 2012. 
We went out for breakfast to celebrate Mom and his birthday.
He is my Mom's twin brother.

 And Dad always jokes that he was friends with him, before Mom!
And it's true, he was!
They hung out together, joined the army together,
got a job at Chrysler together...
then Dad married his twin sister!
They are always joking around.

This was taken a  few years ago at my sister's house.
That's him, on the left.  The two men are his brothers.
And there's Mom in the center.
I imagine they will miss him the most.

Our family is always joking around,
  always playing a game,
 always laughing,
 always having fun.
And always loving each other.

  I have a lot of other pictures of him with other members of our family, but it just seemed like to much effort to dig them out.  This is a very small part of our family. 
You can see a family reunion here, to get an idea.  And for family members who read this, if you click on any of the highlighted "here's" in this post, you can read other blog posts with Uncle Jerry in them.
Uncle Jerry was married, but didn't have children of his own.  He had all of us though. 
And he had a lot of step-children and grand children. 

He had a massive heart attack Thursday morning, and passed away Thursday afternoon.   
He will be missed terribly by all of us.


May 8, 1935 - November 9, 2017

Gerald "Jerry" Gordon, 82, of Kokomo, passed away Nov. 9, 2017. He was born May 8, 1935, in Logansport, to William Russell Gordon and Nellie B. (Beeler) Gordon.
Jerry attended Washington grade school and Riley school. He volunteered for the army and served in Germany from 1954 to 1956. Upon his return to the states in 1956, he married Jean Ann Johnson. He was a stepfather to her children, Carol Gusman, John Johnson, Gary Johnson, Jake Johnson, Ernest Johnson and Steve Johnson; and several step-grandchildren. They were together until her passing in 1978.
Jerry also began a career at Chrysler Corporation in 1956, retiring after 30 and 1/2 years of service with them.
He was also a member of UAW 685 for 61 years.
On April 5, 1985, he married Cornellia (Holloway) Arnett, who survives, along with his stepdaughters, Lucy (Ed) Bishop and Cathy (Thomas) Boyle; seven grandchildren and their spouses; and 23 great-grandchildren. His stepson Tilford Arnett, Jr. preceded him in death.
Jerry is also survived by his twin sister, Geraldine (Charles) Rush of Kokomo; brothers, Russell (Betty) Gordon of Logansport and Emory (Nancy) Gordon of Logansport; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and first wife, Jerry was preceded in death by his sisters, Velma Jean Hardy and Irene McDonald; and brother, Carl William Gordon.
After retirement, Jerry kept busy helping his wife repairing and managing rental properties and their farm. He enjoyed traveling and watching old movies.
Family will receive friends at Sunset Memory Garden, 2097 W. Alto Road, Kokomo, IN 46902 Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with services to follow. Reverend Patrick Allen Boyle, from Port Washington, Ohio, will be officiating the services of the life of Grandpa Gordon. Jerry was a loving husband and a good stepfather, grandfather and great-grandfather.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kokomo Humane Society, 713 N. Elizabeth St., Kokomo IN 46901 or the Kokomo Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 476, Kokomo, IN 46903
Published on November 11, 2017
(From the Kokomo Tribune)