November 27, 2014

I Guess It’s Been S. A. D.

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It’s the usual spinning plates around here lately. My friend is visiting from Idaho to have some medical and dental appointments taken care of before the end of her husband’s Navy career next year (unless he gets a good offer). Tomorrow we are accompanying her to the Naval Hospital so she can have a colonoscopy. I don’t drive, and so my husband providing that support, while I will be on hand to make sure she doesn’t “say something stupid” and end her husband’s career early. :wink:

She will be here for several days because we are going to tour the shipyard on Sat. too where my husband work, so she had to bring her three cats along. Three lovely, glorious girl kitties. We have one small- in-stature Smile!tuxedoed boy cat who is long in the tooth and as we found out this morning, still has enough hiss in him to make any visiting cat feel unwelcome. :evil: OK then…

Always a constant…my fibromyalgia. I think I have found something that at least helps me sleep better, and it isn’t a drug! Some years ago I bought a grow light (full spectrum) :idea: for my plants. Washington state is not known for having lots of sunlight all year ’round, so I thought that maybe my depression was due to having SAD. Seasonal Affective Disorder. I probably do spend way too much time in front of the computer, and not enough time outside in the sunlight. I mean, if I am depressed in the summer, you know there has to be something wrong. Granted, it could be some situational depression, but if I am getting enough restorative sleep, what might be depressing me in my everyday life doesn’t seem so magnified.

I wouldn’t recommend using a grow light as a real therapy tool, but if I can see some obvious improvement in my sleeping just from using that, then it might be time to invest in a light box! Who knew? I thought my life just sucked. :shock:

By the way, all the kitties are sleeping right now, and no one has been hurt …so far. :wink: Smile!

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A Festival of Postcards: Wheels

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Jim and I are going out of town for a few days on a car trip, so I want to leave you with a recent post. I’m participating in a genealogy carnival A Festival of Postcards, with the topic this time of “wheels”. You may not see many actual wheels in this picture, but it was taken in Springfield, Missouri in 1909 when my Grandfather Will Yates was just a young man. That’s him on the far right with the white neckerchief around his neck.

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I believe this picture was taken at a railroad repair yard (hence, the wheels connection).  Grandpa was writing to his father Jim Yates in West Plains, Missouri and the short note reads, “Hello how are you all down there? How is the corn. Write to me. W. Yates”.

This photo is special to our family because it is the earliest one we have of Grandpa Will. I have never seen any baby or childhood pictures of him, but times were tough and our family wasn’t anywhere near wealthy. Grandpa was born March 14, 1892, so he would have been around 17 years old when this picture was taken. That may seem young now to be out working, but I bet he had been working for a few years (or all of his life in some way) even before that.

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The above photo was taken around the same time. Looks pretty dapper, doesn’t he? For a little added “wheels” the photo below is my dad at age two in the car they rode in when the family came to Washington state. Take note: There was no windshield on the car in this picture, or for that road trip either. Grandma must have been a saint!

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Yates Kin Mosaic

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1. Yates & Edgmonds making sorghum, 2. JKP Yates with grandchildren, 3. JKP Yates singing master, 4. Jim Pentecost & Jim Yates, 5. Myra & Lydia Yates, 6. Jim & Mary Smith YATES, 7. Cerilda, Myra & Jim Yates, 8. JESP, 9. Harvey L. SMITH family, 10. Eleazer Smith, 11. Anna Breedlove & Jasper O. SMITH, 12. John, Roy and Lydia Barnett

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