September 26, 2016

If You Knew My Dad – William Gale Yates

In honor of Father’s Day, I’m answering this questionnaire about my dad William Gale Yates 1920-1996
1. He is sitting in front of the tv, what is he watching? Either golf, or The History Channel. He thought All in the Family was hilarious too.
2. You are out to eat, what kind of dressing does he get? Probably French dressing
3. Name a food he hates:  My dad loved almost all foods, yes, including liver.
4. You go out to eat and have a drink, what would he order? Steak and a beer.
5. Favorite kind of music? Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra. Perry Como, anything from the 40’s.
6. What is his nickname for you? He would call me “honey” occasionally.
7. If he could collect one thing, what would it be? Now, he would tell you something like $100 bills, but I think he would have collected good friends too.
8. What would he eat every day if he could? Pork steak, gravy and potatoes
9. What is his favorite cereal? He didn’t like cereal all that much. I don’t remember seeing him eat it. He did eat oatmeal sometimes, and loved Wheat Hearts (as did I).
10. What would he never wear? Flip flops, shorts, a tank top.
11. What is his favorite sports team? He liked to watch the Mariners, Seahawks, and the Sonics.
12. What is something he did he wishes he wouldn’t have done? Dad smoked and drank from an early age.
13. You bake him a cake for his birthday, what kind is it? He loved chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting.
14. Favorite sport? Bowling (doing) and golf (watching).
15. What could he spend all day doing?  Snoozing in his recliner and, when he was awake, watching TV.
16. What is something he did consistently? Weather permitting, he would golf at least once a week.
Mom watched TV in her room (because Dad had the living room one so loud) but each night he would open her door and tell her goodnight. Whenever he was going somewhere, he would always kiss Mom three times. It was their thing.
More stories that include my dad:
William, Joan and Carol Yates

Memorial Day: Honoring America’s fallen

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Using Dry Ice To Clean Can Be A Blast

I’m always amazed at the creativity of my fellow humans. When one way won’t work, or is harmful when it’s used, they are brilliant at coming up with a solution that can be inexpensive and eco-friendly. Such is the case when using dry ice blasting methods. Did you know that there are companies that make [dry ice blasting equipment rental] available?

I know what you’re thinking, where can you use such a method? It’s really quite common to see it used in the building and remodeling industry. I’ve even see it used on houses that were eliminating mold from attics and other rooms where it has been found. One episode I watched was of an attic and the operator used a nozzle (many are available, depending on their required use) to quickly and easily remove the black mold that was built up on the sheathing because of inadequate ventilation in the eaves and roof vents.

It was amazing to watch the black mold just disappear and there was no major clean up involved. The dry ice material evaporates and only a small amount of the debris cleaned off the soiled surface is left to vacuum up if necessary. It can be used on coatings such as adhesives, varnish, oil, grease, coal dust, soot, mold release agents and bitumen. As I said, the dry ice material is not left over and there is no detergent type residue either. Industries that necessitate a high degree of hygiene such as the food and pharmaceutical industries will find it very suitable.

Before you begin your next cleaning project you might look into a dry ice blasting rental as an environmentally safe way to go. Operators are not exposed to any toxic materials or fumes, and polluted run-off water is completely avoided.

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Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories – Religious Services


The Will and Josie Yates House – Olympia, Washington

My family, except for my Grandma Josie, were not the church going type.  In fact, I don’t think I ever attended a church service of any kind with either of my parents.  I did love to spend the night with my Yates grandparents on Christmas Eve though, and early in the morning on Christmas Day Grandma and I would walk down to the church nearby to their holiday services.  If the weather was bad Grandpa probably drove us down there and picked us up. Grandpa never went to church with us either.

I don’t know how Grandma accomplished it, but after we got home from church she would change her clothes, put on her ever present apron and tackle the cooking of Christmas dinner. I think the Christmas spirit she received at the church services had a lot to do with it.

The turkey had been prepared and put in the oven early that morning as a combined effort by both Grandma and Grandpa. I remember one year Grandma forgot to turn on the oven and dinner was a little “late”.  Even though I didn’t do any of the cooking, I did the little things I knew would make Grandma happy, like dusting under the dining room table, getting out the china and silver and setting that table, and unearthing her “special” dishes from the cupboard she liked to use as serving pieces.

One I especially loved was the footed crystal dish she used to for cranberry sauce.  We always had olives and pickles (and Grandma would sneak a drink of the olive juice :::ick:::) and she would make yeast rolls from scratch.  The table cloth was always a white linen damask which of course would invariably get something spilled on it like gravy or cranberries.

Before we would begin eating, either Grandpa or Grandpa would say the blessing, thanking God for the wonderfully cooked meal, the bounty that was before us, and for those who were there to celebrate the day.

I think the funniest ‘tradition’ we had during Christmas dinner was when we would be in the full throes of eating and Grandpa would reach under the table to his left and pinch Grandma’s knee.  She’d give out a loud squeal and say, “Oh Daddy!” and then giggle till she lost her breath. Grandpa thought it was great fun, and obviously it was memorable for Dave and I too.

I’m participating in the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010 sponsored by Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers fame.  Won’t you join us as we blog about our memories through the month of December?

You might also like to read:

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010: The Tree

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010 – Holiday Foods

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010 – Christmas Cards

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories: Outdoor Decorations

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories – Santa Claus

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories – Fruitcake

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories – Stockings and Shopping

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