Thursday, November 27, 2008


The First Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621. They were celebrating surviving the hard 1st winter. They ate a very different feast than we do now, and comparing what we ate today with what they might have eaten, I'll choose our menu.

The Pilgrims' Menu
Foods That May Have Been on the Menu
Seafood: Cod, Eel, Clams, Lobster
Wild Fowl: Wild Turkey, Goose, Duck, Crane, Swan, Partridge, Eagle
Meat: Venison, Seal
Grain: Wheat Flour, Indian Corn
Vegetables: Pumpkin, Peas, Beans, Onions, Lettuce, Radishes, Carrots
Fruit: Plums, GrapesNuts: Walnuts, Chestnuts, Acorns
Herbs and Seasonings: Olive Oil, Liverwort, Leeks, Dried Currants, Parsnips
What Was Not on the Menu
Surprisingly, the following foods, all considered staples of the modern Thanksgiving meal, didn't appear on the pilgrim's first feast table:
Ham: There is no evidence that the colonists had butchered a pig by this time, though they had brought pigs with them from England
Sweet Potatoes/Potatoes: These were not common.
Corn on the Cob: Corn was kept dried out at this time of year.
Cranberry Sauce: The colonists had cranberries but no sugar at this time.
Pumpkin Pie: It's not a recipe that exists at this point, though the pilgrims had recipes for stewed pumpkin.
Chicken/Eggs: We know that the colonists brought hens with them from England, but it's unknown how many they had left at this point or whether the hens were still laying.
Milk: No cows had been aboard the Mayflower, though it's possible that the colonists used goat milk to make cheese.
Source: Kathleen Curtin, Food Historian at Plymouth Plantation.

Thanksgiving dinner was hosted this year by Uncle Max & Aunt Karen as it has been for several years. Aunt Karen makes a Turkey, Stuffing and mashed potatoes, the rest of us contribute a side dish and a pie or 2. This year we ate Turkey, stuffing,mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, Pink Salad, raw veggies, pickles & Olives, & lots of yummy homemade rolls. We had less pies this year than in some years, but we had no shortage of pies.

After dinner was cleaned up those who wanted to played games. This year we also added our November Birthday party. We were celebrating Birthday's for Trevor, Jasmine, Kelsey and Jared.

Alicia is very a very creative cake decorator. She did a fun cake for the birthday party today. Unfortunately everyone was so stuffed that we couldn't eat it. There were a few nibbles taken out of the Drum stick.

After the birthday celebration most of the adults retired to the living room for the annual Black Friday war council, where they create a strategy to get as many early Morning sale items at as many stores as they can.

I have yet to participate in the war council. There has never been anything I wanted badly enough to buy before the sun comes up.

90th birthday for Bertha Hendryx

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Lunch with Stacy Anderson

I went to lunch today at the Paradise Bakery in Tempe with Stacy Anderson, Stephanie Abney and a few of the members of ANWA (American Night Writer Association).

Anna, Stacy Anderson, Lindsay, Stephanie Abney, Me

We had a nice visit and it was great to get to know Stacy better. She is an amazing lady, and some of the experience she talked about that contributed to the Santa Letters brought tears to my eyes.

Stacy is the author of the new Christmas book "The Santa Letters".

"One year ago on Christmas Eve, William died. For Emma Jensen, the hit-and-run driver killed more than her husband; he killed her joy of Christmas and in every other day of the year.

Now as Christmas approaches again, Emma finds herself sinking into a depression that nothing can breach- not her job, not her love for her family, and certainly not the season. The Jensen children understand that Christmas will be strained this year- all except 6 year old McKenna. Of all the family, only she still believes in the magic of Christmas, and in the miracles.

But that is about to change.

When the ornate letter and a mysterious package arrive on the doorstep, Emma and her sons find themselves joining McKenna on a magical journey to Christmas. Each day, a package and a letter signed Santa arrive for the Jensens, ans as the meaning of the Santa Letters unfold, the Jensens come to realize that the joy of Christmas does not have to be lost forever- and that William may be closer than they think.

This year, the Santa Letters will take the Jensens on a Christmas experience that will show God's love can heal any wound, no matter how deep."

This is a wonderful story, full of warm fuzzy moments. It is a story of healing and of feeling the true Spirit of Christmas. It is based on a true life experience of the Stacy and her family a few years back, when times were tough and money was scarce. I highly recommend reading it, but a warning, have a box of Kleenex handy.

It is available at most major book stores, both LDS and national chains.


Thursday, November 20, 2008


* * An original pattern by DGentry699 **

MATERIALS: Size F hook; 3 ounces white worsted weight yarn; 6 mm plastic eyes, 7 mm white pom-pom, black embroidery threadSIZE: About 9" tall.
LEG: (Make 2)Rnd 1: With white, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, (2 sc in 1 sc, sc in next) 3 times. Join. (9 sc)
Rnd 3-5: Ch 1, sc in each sc around; join; fasten off. Note: Make the second leg like the first leg but do not fasten off at the end of Round 5.
BODY:Rnd 1: Ch 4, sc in 2nd ch and in next 2 ch, sc in 9 sc of leg, sc in each of the 3 bottom loops of the chainyou just made, sc in 9 sc of 1st leg, join to first sc. (24 sc).
Rnd 2-3: Ch 1, sc in each sc around. Join.
Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in first 12 sc, (2 sc in next st) 3 times, sc in next 9 sc, join. (27 sc)
Rnd 5 - 6: Ch 1, sc in each sc around. Join.
Rnd 7: Ch 1, sc in first 13 sc, (2 sc in next sc) 4 times, sc in next 10 sc. Join. (31 sc)
Rnd 8 - 9: Ch 1, sc in each sc around. Join.
Rnd 10: Ch 1, sc in first 13 sc, (dec over next 2 sc, sc in next sc) 4 times, sc in next 7 sc. Join. (28 sc)
Rnd 11-13: Ch 1, sc in each sc around. Join.
Rnd 14: Ch 1, (sc in next 2 sc, dec over next 2 sc) around. Join. (21 sc)
Rnd 15-16: Ch 1, sc in each sc around. Join.
Rnd 17: Ch 1, (dec over next 2 sc) 6 times, (dec over next 3 sc) once, (dec over next 2 sc) 3 times. Join. (10 sc)
HEAD:Rnd 18: Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around. Join. (20 sc)
Rnd 19: Ch 1, (sc in next, 2 sc in next sc) around. Join. (30 sc)
Rnd 20-24: Ch 1, sc in each sc around. Join.
Rnd 25: Ch 1, (sc in next, dec over next 2 sc) around. Join. (20 sc)
Rnd 26: Ch 1, sc in each sc around. Join.At this point, attach eyes to face and stuff entire body. You may need to use your crochet hook to get the legs full. Be sure to sew up the small hole at the top of the right leg.
Rnd 27: Ch 1, (dec over next 2 sc) around. Join. (10 sc)
Rnd 28: Ch 1, (dec over next 2 sc) around. Join. (5 sc)
Rnd 29: Sl st in next st, skip next st, sl st in next. Fasten off.
ARMS: (make 2)Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join.
Rnd 2-10: Ch 1, sc in each sc around. Join.
Rnd 11: Ch 1, 2 sc in next 2 sc, sc in next 4 sc. (8 sc) Stuff and attach to body.
SCARF:Row 1: Ch 2, sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Row 2: Ch 1, 3 sc in sc. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc to last sc, 2 sc in last st. Turn. (5 sc)
Row 4-8: Repeat Row 3. (15 sc)
Row 9: Ch 7, sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sc in next 15 sc, ch 7, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in row below and fasten off. Tie around neck.
HAT:Ch 25, join to form ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in each ch around.
Rnd 2-3: Ch 1, sc in each sc around.
Rnd 4: Ch 1, (in back loop only) 2 sc in each sc around. Join.
Rnd 5-8: Ch 1, sc in each sc around. Join.
Rnd 9: Ch 1, (in back loop only) (dec over next 2 sc) around. Join.
Rnd 10: Ch 1, sc in each sc around. Join.
Rnd 11: Ch 1, (sc in next 3 sc, dec over next 2 sc) around. Join.
Rnd 12: Ch 1, (sc in next 2 sc, dec over next 2 sc) around. Join.
Rnd 13: Ch 1, (sc in next sc, dec over next 2 sc) around. Join.
Rnd 14: Ch 1, (Dec over next 2 sc) around. Join.
Rnd 15: Sl st in next st, skip one st, sl st in next st. Fasten off.
FINISHING: Glue pom-pom to face for nose. Embroider mouth to face. Tack hat onto head.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

My New Pet

I got a new pet today. After much thought I decided to name him Mighty, after my favorite cartoon character when I was a little girl.

Of course, I took some pictures of my new pet to share.

Mighty top view

Mighty side view

Mighty is all set up and ready to go, and the best thing is he doesn't shed or expect to be fed.

Monday, November 17, 2008


Friday night I attended the Renaissance Fair and Fundraiser at the Eagles Aerie School in Gilbert, AZ.

I hung out with Mrs Abney (Stephanie) the 2nd grade teacher and a friend of mine, and her husband Jim.

There were food booths, I had a hot dog on a stick that was absolutely delicious. I don't know if the teacher that was in charge of did something special, or if it really is true that everything tastes better served on a stick.

There were also games

The cake walk was fun and everyone that put in a ticket won, even if they had to keep trying over and over. One little girl asked if you really had to walk on cake. After I explained what she would have to do, she still didn't want to do it.

There were mule rides and a boy drawn cart, as well as other food, like caramel apples, and ice cream.

The big event was a silent auction. Mrs Abney had a tables with donated items. Some of the items included autographed books, Native American Flutes, Neck Ties, an AZ Rattlers gift basket, and a homemade pumpkin cheesecake.

Part of the second grade auction table.

The bidding was low and a little disappointing on all of the items for all of the auction items for all of the class rooms that had items listed.

Stephanie demonstrating the tone of the Native American Flutes

Mr Peak (the Director) and Mrs Nightengale ( the Kindergarten teacher) in a bidding war over one of the flutes.

Money earned Friday night will be used in the classroom that earned it for supplies they need for the rest of the year.


The Australian woman renowned as the world's oldest Internet blogger has made her final post, aged 108.
Olive Riley, of Woy Woy on NSW's central coast, died in a nursing home just after 6am (AEST) on Saturday.
She will be mourned by family and an international readership in the thousands.
"It was mind blowing to her," her great grandson Darren Stone, of Brisbane, told AAP on Sunday night.
"She had people communicating with her from as far away as Russia and America on a continual basis, not just once in a while."
Olive had posted more than 70 entries on her blog - or as she jokingly labelled it, her "blob" - since February last year.
The ardent Sydney Swans AFL fan shared her day-to-day musings and her life's experiences raising three children on her own, living through two world wars and the Depression, her work as a station cook in rural Queensland and as an egg sorter and barmaid in Sydney.
In her final post, dated June 26, an increasingly frail Olive noted she couldn't "shake off that bad cough".
She also: "... read a whole swag of email messages and comments from my Internet friends today, and I was so pleased to hear from you. Thank you, one and all."
Olive's musing live on at and more recently at
She was born in 1899, and would have turned 109 on October 20.
"She enjoyed the notoriety - it kept her mind fresh," Mr Stone said.
"What kept her going was the memories she had, and being able to recall those memories so strongly."
Olive's funeral will be held at Palmdale Cemetery, on the NSW Central Coast, late this week.

Saturday, November 15, 2008


The following has been attributed to State Representative Mitchell Kaye from GA.
This guy should run for President one day...:
'We the sensible people of the United States, in an attempt to help everyone get along, restore some semblance of justice, avoid more riots, keep our nation safe, promote positive behavior, and secure the blessings of debt-free liberty to ourselves and our great-great-great-grandchildren, hereby try one more time to ordain and establish some common sense guidelines for the terminally whiny, guilt ridden, delusional, and other constant bed-wetters.
We hold these truths to be self evident: that a whole lot of people are confused by the Bill of Rights and are so dim they require a Bill of NON-Rights
.ARTICLE I: You do NOT have the right to a new car, big screen TV, or any other form of wealth. More power to you if you can legally acquire them, but no one is guaranteeing anything.
ARTICLE II: You do NOT have the right to never be offended. This country is based on freedom, and that means freedom for everyone -- not just you! You may leave the room, turn the channel, express a different opinion, etc.; but the world is full of idiots, and probably always will be
.ARTICLE III: You do NOT have the right to be free from harm. If you stick a screwdriver in your eye, learn to be more careful; do not expect the tool manufacturer to make you and all your relatives independently wealthy.
ARTICLE IV: You do NOT have the right to free food and housing. Americans are the most charitable people to be found, and will gladly help anyone in need, but we are quickly growing weary of subsidizing generation after generation of professional couch potatoes who achieve nothing more than the creation of another generation of professional couch potatoes . (This one is my pet peeve...get an education and go to work....don't expect everyone else to take care of you!)
ARTICLE V: You do NOT have the right to free health care. That would be nice, but from the looks of public housing, we're just not interested in public health care.
ARTICLE VI: You do NOT have the right to physically harm other people. If you kidnap, rape, intentionally maim, or kill someone, don't be surprised if the rest of us want to see you fry in the electric chair.
ARTICLE VII: You do NOT have the right to the possessions of others! If you rob, cheat, or coerce away the goods or services of other citizens, don't be surprised if the rest of us get together and lock you away in a place where you still won't have the right to a big screen color TV or a life of leisure
ARTICLE VIII: You do NOT have the right to a job. All of us sure want you to have a job, and will gladly help you along in hard times, but we expect you to take advantage of the opportunities of education and vocational training laid before you to make yourself useful. (AMEN!)
ARTICLE IX: You do NOT have the right to happiness. Being an American means that you have the right to PURSUE happiness, which by the way, is a lot easier if you are unencumbered by an over abundance of idiotic laws created by those of you who were confused by the Bill of Rights.
ARTICLE X: This is an English speaking country. We don't care where you are from, English is our language. Learn it or go back to wherever you came from! (Lastly....)
ARTICLE XI: You do NOT have the right to change our country's history or heritage. This country was founded on the belief in one true God. And yet, you are given the freedom to believe in any religion, any faith, or no faith at all; with no fear of persecution. The phrase IN GOD WE TRUST is part of our heritage and history, and if you are uncomfortable with it, TOUGH!

Fourth Picture in the Forth Folder

I have seen this challenge several times, so I thought I'd try it.

This is the Raggedy Flannel quilt I made for Hunter last Christmas

OK so the 1st picture wasn't too exciting so I decided to try the 5th picture in my 5th folder. This is Jordyn at Papa's house Christmas afternoon .

Your turn, give it a try.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Celiac Awareness

In March Dad was diagnosed with Celiac's Disease. His eating habits had to change quickly. Leanne and I had to learn all there was to know about Celiac's fast. We struggled with some things, like what additives and preservatives and spices contained Gluten and should be avoided. There was also the ritual cleaning out all of the taboo foods from his house and trying to replace them with things he would like an could eat. After 8 months we are into a routine, we make a lot of things from scratch, with gluten free ingredients, to be put in the freezer. We have also become frequent fliers at Sprouts, Whole Foods and Trader Joe's all have good gluten free sections. Now that he is on a diet and is sticking to it he is healthier than he has been in many years.
Since Celiac's is still a mystery to many people and it is hard to remember all that it entails I thought I would share a definition I found on facebook, that pretty well sums up the important points.

Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. People who have Celiac Disease cannot tolerate a protein called gluten that is found in wheat, rye, and barley.
Research has shown that timely diagnosis of Celiac Disease is essential to treating or preventing its complications
10 Facts about Celiac Disease
1. Celiac disease is common: affecting an average of 1/133 Americans and up to 1/22 for those associated with risk factors.
2. The average duration of symptoms for celiac patients before they are correctly diagnosed is 11 years.
3. Celiac disease is twice as common as Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis and cystic fibrosis combined.
4. Approximately 50% of adult patients present with atypical symptoms.
5. Celiac disease is often misdiagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome or lactose intolerance and up to 1/3rd of celiac disease patients have been previously diagnosed with IBS.
6. Celiac disease meets the criteria for the World Health Organization for justifying general screening.
7. Physicians may use more widely known but less accurate serological testing that can result in missed diagnosis.
8. Up to 21% of intestinal biopsies, necessary for confirmation of celiac disease, are rejected by insurance companies, claiming that the cost of the testing isn’t justified by the symptoms.
9. Celiac disease has a 95 percent genetic predisposition.
10. Celiac disease is associated with or can lead to a number of other disorders including infertility, premature births, reduced bone density (both osteopenia and osteoporosis), neurological disorders, malignancies such as adenocarcinoma, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and others, and a host of autoimmune disorders such as insulin dependent diabetes, thyroid disease, Sjogren’s syndrome, Addison’s disease, Psoriasis, autoimmune liver disease, and cardiomyopathy.


We have enjoyed the redneck jokes for years. It's time to take a reflective look at the core beliefs of a culture that values home, family, country and God. If I had to stand before a dozen terrorists who threatened my life, I'd choose a half dozen or so rednecks to back me up. Tire irons, squirrel guns and grit -- that's what rednecks are made of. I hope I am one of those. If you feel the same, pass this on to your redneck friends. Ya'll know who ya' a re.

You might be a redneck if: It never occurred to you to be offended by the phrase, 'One nation, under God.'

You might be a redneck if: You've never protested about seeing the 10 Commandments posted in public places.

You might be a redneck if: You still say 'Christmas' instead of 'Winter Festival.'

You might be a redneck if: You bow your head when someone prays.

You might be a redneck if: You stand and place your hand over your heart when they play the National Anthem.

You might be a redneck if: You treat our armed forces veterans with great respect, and always have.

You might be a redneck if: You've never burned an American flag, nor intend to.

You might be a redneck if: You know what you believe and you aren't afraid to say so, no matter who is listening.

You might be a redneck if: You respect your elders and raised your kids to do the same.

You might be a redneck if: You'd give your last dollar to a friend.

If you got this email from me, it is because I believe that you, like me, have just enough Red Neck in you to have the same beliefs as those talked about in this email.

God Bless the USA !

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Veteran's Day

Veteran's Day is this Tuesday November 11th. It was first celebrated on Nov 11, 1919 as Armistice Day to honor the Veteran's of World War I. In 1938, Armistice Day was made an official American Holiday. After World War II, citizens felt veteran's of all wars should be recognized. In 1954, congress changed the name to Veteran's Day. In the U.S., the holiday is celebrated by approximately 2.9 million U.S. veteran's with parades and ceremonies among other events.

Our family has had someone serve in every U.S. war since the American Revolution, including the Mormon Battalion.
Dad served in the Navy at the end of World War II, at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

George Cottam (Dad's Uncle) served in Germany in World War I. He was Killed in Action.

John Donohoo (Mom's Uncle) also served in Germany in World War I. He came home alive and shortly after returning died of a ruptured appendix on the way to the hospital.

Robert Burns Donohoo (Mom's Grandfather) left Tennessee to serve with a company from Illinois during the Civil War.

Dewey Donohoo (Grandpa) served in Panama in WWI
Uncle Ross (Mom's Brother) was career Military.
He served in a lot of different places. (Right)

Max Skabelund served in

the military in the late 50's

and early 60s (left)

Rich Coppel was in the

Air Force in Viet Nam (Right)

Steve, left, served in Operation Desert Storm

Adam, right, served in the current War in Iraq.

Tuesday is a day to remember the Veterans who gave of their time and endangered their lives to keep us safe and free.
I am grateful to the members of my family both the ones pictured and the ones not mentioned who served in the military, and gave of their time, and for the families that stayed home to wait for them, worry about them, and pray for them.

At 11AM on 11/11 lets all stop for 2 minutes of silence, in memory of the Men and Women who fought to defend our Freedoms.

Digital TV Transition in Feb '09

Monday, November 3, 2008

The 1st Amendment--- Freedom of speech

Amendment I Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

"Apparently, the Barack Obama campaign, thereby Barack Obama himself, has threatened, coerced, harassed and barraged any news outlet who tried to publish information contrary to what he wants. Wow, hello Hitler!
Apparently, if anyone writes a book contrary to the constant flattery and adulation offered by the media, and they attempt to promote on a t.v. show . . . the Barack Obama campaign, has and will, call in the Justice Department, somehow. Huh, hello Hitler!"
From Dream a little Dream (Candace Salima)

A week or so ago Barbara West from WFTV in Florida did an interview with Joe Biden. She asked questions he didn't like and spoke the plain truth about Obama and his Share the Wealth ideas. The interview was great and I don't know if Joe Biden is as dumb as he sounds, or if he truly hasn't been listening to what Obama says, but he didn't instill any confidence in me that he could do the job.

"That was rich! Here's the funnier part, the Obama Campaign has banned Barbara West and this Florida TV station, as well as a Philadelphia station from ever having anyone from his campaign, or any democrat candidate, on their station again. The truth hurts, doesn't it Obama! Finally, someone is FINALLY calling a spade a spade! And that's what Barack Obama is . . . he's a communist, plain and simple. He doesn't like people speaking truth, plain and simple. Kudos to Barbara West and the Philly crew! I couldn't be more proud of you.

To my fellow Americans, can you see the portent of the storm? Can you see how the first thing to be a causality of an Obama presidency will be the 1st Amendment? Are you scared yet? Because if you're not, you should be. " From

Saturday, November 1, 2008


We had our family Halloween Party last night. It was held at Aunt Karen's house. We had Chili & Hot Dogs, Witches Brew and home made root beer. There were games and prizes for the kids and every one had a great time.

I came dressed as a LAME IDEA

There were a lot of cute costumes at the party

Lyndi, Jake & Logan


We also celebrated the birthdays of Kirt, Randy & Kim

Kim & Randy

Kirt was way too fast and I didn't get a picture of him blowing out candles.

We also said goodbye to Kari's friend Jake Frei who has been a part of our family for the past few years. He will be leaving this month to serve a mission in Pocatello, Idaho.

I learned it was harder than I thought to get a good picture in the dark when the children are full of sugar and moving fast.


Anne Bradshaw is running a new contest on her blog. The prize is a copy of Heather B Moore's new book "Abinidi". Click on the title to visit her blog to read an interview with Heather B Moore and the rules to the contest.


Carbon Dewey Donohoo was born on May the 9th, 1898, the eighth child of a family of eleven to Robert Burns Donohoo and Ella Rebecca Workman. He had 5 brothers and 5 sisters. In a letter he wrote to his children on October 18, 1982, he describes his childhood. "Dear Family, I remember milking cows when I was about 9 years old. Even before that I helped milk and helped herd the cows. There were about 16 of us and we lived together in a three room log house. We lived up in the mountains and we gathered alot of wood to store up for heat and cooking. We had a special kind of dirt which we soaked and put on the roof. It held up all winter but in the summer we had to patch it up some.""After we did our chores, carrying wood, milking cows, feeding animals, taking care of chickens and still more; we played some games like hide and seek. Our beds were homemade from quilts made into mattresses which were filled with hay then sewn together. We lived right near the road and people going by sometimes stopped for the night. Our Dad tied up the horses. We raised most of our food, pigs, lambs, chickens and we canned berries and vegetables.""My mother died when I was about nine and my sisters worked hard cooking-- Martha, Ella, Lucy, and Susie. We hauled all our water from the creek. We were all healthy-- never got sick. We lived about one mile from school and the stores and while we were in school we would bring home the mail and some groceries."Dad was older than our mother, He was a civil war veteran and he had a hearing problem. He was still alive until we all grew up. Love, Dewey"On the 21st of Sept, 1923, Dewey eloped with his sweetheart, Mary Bullock, to Evanston, Wyo. They went by wagon to Carter and took the train to Evanston. Times were always hard for Dewey and Mary and he worked hard at many things to support his family. He worked on the raiload the first winter they were married, in Green River, and herded sheep in the summer. One year, he went to Yellowstone and worked in the timber. In 1930, while working at Lapoint, Utah in the coal mines he was in an explosion. He lost his left eye and spent three months in the hospital in Denver. His face was peppered with coal and even now you can still see some of the coal in his face.By this time, Dewey had three children. Ross was born 3 Dec, 1924 in Ogden at Gramma Webb's. Ella Mae arrived 9 April, 1927 in Mountain View, Wyo, and Barbara was born just before the explosion on 15 Oct 1929 in Lapointe.After he recovered from the accident, the family moved to Logan so Dewey could go to school. It was here that David was born on 15 Dec 1933 in the house on the corner of 1st South and 5th West. Shortly thereafter, Dewey was baptized a member of the L.D.S. church on the 2nd of February 1934 in the swimming pool at Logan High. He was confirmed on the 4th of Feb., 1934, the same day as David was blessed. They were sealed for time and all eternity in the Logan Temple on the 7th of July 1936. Mary, having lived on the ranch all her life, had not had any of the childhood diseaes. She wad whooping cough, scarlet fever, chicken pox, measles, and mumps along with the kids and Dewey had to take care of the family while they were all sick.In 1934 the family moved to North Logan, living there for eight years. Dewey worked on a farm to support the family. Eldon was born on the 14th of May, 1941. The following winter the family moved to Logan. The war had started and Ross was drafted into the army.Karen completed the family with her arrival on the 27th of August 1943. Nineteen months later, Dewey lost his beloved Mary on the 10th of April, 1945. At this time, there were offers to adopt out the younger children, but Dewey insisted the family would be kept together. Even though it was rough, he succeeded in doing so.He worked as a night watchman for the Borden Milk Company. He would get home before the kids were up and work in his garden. He would get them off to school and be up in time to fix lunch and up again when they got home from school. They often wondered when he slept. He was a good father and spent alot of time with his children. He would read stories to them in the evening and took them to ballgames.He taught his children to be honest, hard workers. The family struggled those early years after Mary's death. One neighbor, Ada Morrill was always willing to pitch in and help. She was always willing to help out the older children with their new responsibility of trying to manage a household and taking care of two small children. She was loved dearly by the family.Dewey was a good neighbor to everyone. He was always willing to pitch in and help when someone was in need. He spent many hours working on the stake welfare farm. The neighborhood children lovingly called him Uncle Dewey or Grampa.After the Borden Milk Company closed down, he went to work for the City of Logan supervising the city landfill. He worked there until his retirement in 1966. His dream was to buy a truck and camper when he retired and travel and fish, which he did. He wintered in Arizona with Karen and traveled between children and fishing holes during the summer. When his brother George retired, he joined Dewey in the camper and became his traveling companion.He saved enough money to fly to Hawaii to see Ross and family when Ross was stationed there in the army. Every couple of years he would save enough to fly to Massachusetts to see Barbara and her family. During the summers he would park his camper in David's driveway.After his second heart attack in August of 1978, he was unable to drive anymore. He lived for awhile with either Ross or David or Karen. In 1980, he went to Arizona to live on a permanent basis with Karen only comng to Utah to visit each summer. His declining years were made brighter by going to the Sirrine Adult Day Care Center on weekdays-- a program for the frail elderly who are not quite ready for total nursing care. He made many friends there and loved the time he spent there. He was in charge of the flower boxes and always had a beautiful flower garden for all to enjoy. He was a member of the kitchen band and was an expert skillet player.Because of declining health it became necessary to place him in a nursing home in May of 1984, where he passed away peacefully on the 1st of March, 1985. He was a WWI veteran serving in Panama. He was active in the L.D.S. church having served as Elder's Quorum Secretary, Temple Committee, Secretary of High Priests Group and a Home Teacher.In Dewey's own words he said, "In spite of losing my mother and wife at an early age, its been a real good life."