Daily Journal - January 24, 25, 27, 2008
Jewell Burkholder at Fisherman's Inn in Elburn
at 9:06 pm on June 23, 2005.
Jarrett and Grandma on or about September 5,
2002 - we celebrated Grandpa's birthday with a
pool party at our house.
That damn squirrel finally got ahold of the seed bell and sat in the tree
holding it in his little paws..  I would like to have seen how he did it.    
Here's that little woodpecker eating the seed from
the seed bell because I put it there for the BIRDIES
-- not the squirrels.
Picture of the moon behind the evergreens taken on January 24th
at 6:37 a.m. - taken through the window because it was COLD.
This was at Christmas-time (December 1969).
 I had a little get-together at our house in
DeKalb.  From the left:  Diane tried to get in
the picture (pretty cute), Ron is behind her
shoulder next to Ginny who is showing
something to her son, Chris.  Meanwhile,
Wanda is smiling at the goings on.  I'm taking
the picture - as usual.
Sunday, January 27, 2008 - HAPPY BIRTHDAY GINNY!  Each year, we're
reminded of the HUGE snowstorm that began on January 26, 1967 and lasted through
the night and the next day -- it dropped close to 24 inches of snow.  

While it was snowing on Thursday night, I made a birthday cake for Ginny to bring
to school the next day because I was the eternal optimist -- sure, it's snowing but it's
January, it's northern Illinois and it snows & snows & snows...

At some point, school was cancelled but since it was a Friday and there was no way
that cake could sit around all weekend, I do remember that my brothers enjoyed
eating it.  I'm not sure if baby Diane was eating that much cake at her young age.  On
Sunday, I made another birthday cake and took that to school for our belated
celebration.  We were seniors so we could that.  Wow.  It amazes me that we can
remember THAT LONG AGO!!!

Juanita Querida is still at the doctor in Elburn.  They brought her in there on
December 18th and she's been sitting outside ever since then.  Had I known they
weren't going to touch her until (allegedly) this coming week, I would've sent her to
that other guy.  I don't want to be too pushy because I'm dealing with men who think
women shouldn't drive tractors.

When I question having her sitting outside in the snow, the guy just blows me off like
I'm stupid.  He says, "All of our tractors are outside."  Yeah, well, mine has a shed to
live in.  If I wanted her to be outside, I'd live in a shack, use an outhouse and call
myself a hillbilly chick.  It's kind of annoying but she does need a tune-up and her
blades sharpened, so we'll see what happens when I call them again tomorrow.  

Wish me lots of luck.  see ya later, djb   
Friday, January 25, 2008 - I wasn't going to write in here today but I
wanted to put in the pictures of what happened to the seed bell.

I used an old wire coat hanger which I cut with wire cutters and stuck the
end of the wire through the holder thing on top and wrapped electrical tape
around it.  If you've ever seen me tape anything, you know I use a LOT --
I've been known to use an entire roll of tape for one package!!  It's true.

When I saw Sammy Squirrel sitting nonchalantly in the crab apple tree
munching away at the seed bell, I could NOT believe it.  He must be a
member of the weasel family.  I'd put critter food out for him but that
seems to attract an undesirable element.  This is infinitely more fun.

Just a little while ago, it started snowing like crazy so of course, it caught
my attention because I wasn't expecting a blizzard.  While I was watching
it snow, all of sudden a bunny rabbit appeared on the deck.

It was funny because, he was hopping toward the window and I went
over to the window to look at him, and I scared him so much that he took
off like Bugs Bunny being chased by Elmer Fudd.  It was hilarious.

Time to go do some cleaning.  See ya later.  bye, djb
Thursday, January 24, 2008 - HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO GRANDMA!  
When I saw the date today, I was pretty sure it was Grandma
Burkholder's birthday -- and it is.  For many years, I thought it was
the 26th -- so that's why I remain confused after all this time
because I had the wrong date stuck in my memory banks.  

If she were alive, it would be her 82nd birthday.  A few years ago,
Bob was in Florida on business the week before Grandma's
birthday.  He told his mom that he'd take her out to any restaurant in
town, and she could invite whomever she wanted.  Anyone?  Sure.  

Oh boy!  Did Grandma ever have fun with that!!  The others who
celebrated her birthday may have had doctor or lawyer sons but
that paled in comparison to Jewell -- she had a son who was actually
in person on her birthday treating her and her friends to a very nice
dinner.  She was "Queen for a day."

That reminds me.  As I recall, the restaurant was in Punta Gorda --
right exactly where Hurricane Charley made landfall.  Ouch.  
Hopefully, they're back in business because it was a very beautiful
place with lots of windows, nice view -- right on the water, very good

I was trying to figure out what song to put in here for Grandma.  I
knew I had Amazing Grace somewhere, but that didn't seem right.  
Then, I remembered that many years ago, I had given her some
Tennessee Ernie Ford records or tapes for Christmas because she
always liked his music.

As I recall, I was playing it one time when they were visiting and she
was surprised that I liked him, too.  Don't ask me WHY?  I have no
idea.  Maybe it goes back to the early days of television -- when
TV's were black and white and were only on a few hours a day.  But
I know he was on some TV show where he sang "16 Tons."  

Whaddya get?  Another day older and deeper in debt.  St. Peter
doncha call me cause I can't go, I owe my soul to the company
store.  do do do do do do do do....

Now that song is going to be a worm in my head for the rest of the
day! Thank me very much.

God bless Grandma.  Hope she's having a good time.  We miss her
very much.  Hey Gram, say hi to the weasels from me.  See ya later
and I remember the gator in your canal.  love ya, djb