|Here are Lois and Brooks in the early 1980s. Earl and Dixie had just been married and they went to visit all of Earl's siblings (the Original Gang of Ten). The newly married Dixie took this snapshot of the Cardwells.|
Because of COVID-19, we can't visit Aunt Lois in person on November 6th.
Celebrate Aunt Lois' 103rd birthday by sending her cards and letters to: Lois Cardwell (Resident), Newport Health Care, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, VT 05855
|Cousin Rod Ames with Aunt Lois at Newport Health Care|
Cousin Sheryl Hosford completing birthday preparations.
Aunt Lois' friendly "handyman" couple along with Cousin Dawnita Ames and Aunt Beulah.
Cousin Rod Ames with his Aunt Lois Cardwell.
Aunt Lois sitting with Sandra Baraw of the Lang-Johnson-Eggleston Connection.
Aunt Lois' 102nd Birthday party was a huge success!
Click HERE to see a video of the event.
Click HERE to download a PDF of the pictures taken at her party.
You are cordially invited to attend Aunt Lois' 102nd birthday party which will be held on November 6, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Join everyone at Newport Health Care, 148 Prouty Drive in Newport VT to celebrate this spectacular event!
Pictured at left are Paul Gardner, Aunt Lois, and Jean Gonzalo. This photo was taken in October, 2019.
|Aunt Lois and Sheryl
||A good time was had by all at the Newport Health Center!||Sandra Baraw, Aunt Lois and Aunt Beulah|
Lois Cardwell recently received a "Certificate of Achievement" letter delivered to her home in Newport, Vermont from the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board congratulating her on her 100th birthday. To attain such a landmark age is a most notable achievement and greatly deserves recognition. Lois' late husband, Brooks Cardwell, worked for the railroad from 1947 until June of 1982.
Left: Lois Cardwell receiving congratulatory letter from USA Railroad Retirement Board. She is 100 years young! Right: Aunt Beulah, Aunt Lois, Cousin Teresa who were there during the ceremony.
Celebrating Aunt Lois' 100th Birthday-November 6, 2017
Click on the cover (right) of the Gardner Newsletter to see pictures of Aunt Lois' 100th birthday party at the East Side Restaurant in Newport, VT on November 4, 2017.
Please be patient while the large PDF file downloads.
Celebrating Aunt Lois' 99th Birthday-November 6, 2016
Here is a video of Lois' 99th birthday party posted by Rod Ames on Facebook.
Click on the kitty-kat to see Rod's video.
Celebrating Aunt Lois' 97th Birthday-November 6, 2014
Here are some pictures from Megan Ludgate's cell phone taken at Aunt Lois' birthday party,
"Titanic-like" Event on Serene Lake Memphremagog By: Teresa Vasko
In June, I went on a cruise on Lake Memphremagog with Delta Kappa Gamma, a women teachers' organization. I had first visited Aunt Lois and told her what I was doing. She often sees this boat go by her home. So she was watching for us and waved as we waved to her. It occurred to me that day that she would enjoy going on a boat ride, so I made arrangements to take her out on July 15th.
We had a picnic lunch on her deck. It was a very warm, sunny day. We played three games of cribbage while waiting for the time to go to the boat. I did call the boathouse to see if the cruise was still planned since there was a forecast for thunderstorms. The owner said that there was only a 20% chance of a storm and the trip was still on. So we put down our drinks and treat to share in the car and drove less than a mile down the road Lois lives on to the boat access.
We had a choice of being on the first story or on the top open deck. Lois wanted to go on top, but was a little anxious about the stairs. The owner allowed us to go on the boat before everyone else and Lois got up just fine. it was hot and sunny, but on the water was a nice breeze. We enjoyed the ride and the views. The owner told of the landmarks and sites as we passed. Lois was able to enjoy the talk since she has new hearing aids. We were having a lovely time.
Near the Canadian border, it started to rain. A lady suggested that Lois might be more comfortable in a chair than on the padded benches that were very wet. "Good idea," I thought, and got her the chair. The workers on the boat were now swabbing the deck since the rain had intensified. A horrible squall hit us. The boat tilted and Lois skidded across the deck in the chair. Now everyone was on the starboard side with a couple of ladies on the floor. People were getting life jackets out. Of course Lois and I were on the boat when the life jacket demonstration was given on land. I did get one on Lois and someone helped me into one. Now the boat was really tilted, like the Titanic. We were instructed to move port side; however, that was uphill. There were about 35 people on ther boat,each helping others. The storm didn't last long, but will long be in our memories. One lady lost a gold earring while putting on the life jacket. I found it!
You know the saying, "there are no atheists in a fox hole." Well, there aren't any on a sinking ship either! As I was praying for our safety, I remember reading that "Nearer my God to Thee" was played by the band as the Titanic sunk. God saved us, thankfully.
When we were on dry land, one of the lady passengers came up to Lois and said, "When I grow up, I want to be just like you. You were smiling he whole time." Lois is ready to meet her maker!
I told Lois, "The next time I have a 'fun idea,' don't listen to me!"
|Aunt Lois and Cousin Teresa at Lake Memphremagog|
Breaking news from Newport, Vermont
Update on Aunt Lois from Cousin Gloria Parsons
I just called and spoke to Aunt Lois and Teresa. Aunt Lois's fall happened Sunday at 2 pm. At the time she had Evangelene's son and daughter there, but she didn't want to wake them up. She also has a lifeline, but she didn't want to call that either. She bumped into her nightstand and (in her words) hurt her shoulder and got water all over her nightgown. She has a fractured neck and fractured vertebrae in her back. It will take her 4 to 5 weeks to heal.
Aunt Lois is able to sit up and also lie down in bed, but moving from one to another is very painful. She is taking ibuprofin every 5 to 6 hours. The doctor calls her every day. Donna Griffes, according to Teresa, is doing a lot for Aunt Lois. She has filled the fridge with food and she always does a lot anyway.
Teresa is staying with Aunt Lois until Friday.
In an e-mail dated March 27, 2011, from Teresa Vasko of Lyndonville, VT to her cousin, Gloria Parsons of North Reading, MA, Teresa writes .....
"Got a phone call tonight from Aunt Lois's number...it was Aunt Beulah. My heart skipped a beat.
Lois fell in the night last night. She went to the hospital. Didn't break anything, but hurt her back and is at home on pain killers, sleeping. Beulah and Don are staying tonight. They will get one of the cousins for tomorrow and Tuesday. Don is not well. I plan to go up Tuesday afternoon and stay 'till Friday afternoon, if Lois will let me stay. Glad I can help. Let your Dad know."
Dear Clayton and Gerry,
I don't usually write a letter in my Christmas cards; but yours is the last one and thought I would write to you. I wish you were nearer so that we could see you more often.
They have a recreation building in Derby. It is a large building and in some rooms they have exercise machines and also a swimming pool. The room I go in is very large. In the middle they have a tennis court in one half and a basketball court in the other half. Around the outside they have a place where people can walk. That is what I do six days a week. I walk ten laps, which is a mile, six days a week. I am thankful the ankle I broke two or three years ago is still swollen, but it doesn't hurt to walk. Went to Beulah's and Don's for Thanksgiving. There were 22 there - mostly their children and grandchildren. The Sunday after Thanksgiving, I went out there to celebrate Len's birthday with about as many people. Everybody pitches in and brings food. I get away easy - all I have to do is bring cider and cranberries.
I don't do much entertaining. The only thing I do is take Dawnita to church and have her here for dinner. Then I have to take her home. She is easily pleased as long as it is food.
About once a week I go out to dinner with a girlfriend and then we come back to my house and play card games in the afternoon.
I don't drive at night and stay at home unless somebody drives. Len and Donna and Beulan and Don and I went to Massachusetts to Beulah's Sharon's son's wedding. He got married in October. Len drove us in his van. We had to go through Boston and I never saw so much traffic. It makes me glad I live in Vermont. I used to drive through Boston when I lived down there, but I would never drive there again.
It was a realy nice wedding. They didn't have the traditional songs - not even the wedding march. They had rented a country club for the evening and had all sorts of food. C.J. said it would probably be $30,000 or $40,000 for the event. We had to stay overnight. The wedding was Friday at 5:30. Beulah, Don and I stayed in one room at the motel. Len, Donna and Emily stayed in another room. Sheryl's family stayed in another room.
It is getting cold here, but we haven't had much snow yet. They have had some on the mountains which makes the skiers happy.
I used to write a few letters - but most of my friends have died or are unable to write. I also don't get many letters - just letters wanting money and magazines.
Well, I can't think of anything more to write, so will close for now.
Love to both of you, Lois
Scenes from Aunt Lois' 90th Birthday Party at the Gateway Center in Newport, Vermont on October 28, 2007!
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I think our letters are getting mixed up. I have made a list of how the letters should go. We start with the oldest, like Ruth, and Ruth should send it to Teresa because Elizabeth was the next to the oldest. I hope I haven't confused everyone.
Well, as most of you know, I am writing this in the hospital because I broke my ankle in three places and now I am having therapy to get me walking again. Hopefully, I won't have to stay here more than a month. Next Friday they will be taking the cast off and x-ray it to see how it is doing. I hope it won't be more than a month more. This is a nice place to be, but it isn't like home.
We still have snow on the ground, but it is melting fast. Hopefully, it will all be gone by the time I get home. No more slipping on ice and having to crawl back to my house on my hands and knees. I have held this letter for a week and will close for now and get it on its way.
Love to all, Lois
Aunt Lois wrote on April 14th .....
April 14, 2007
The therapist went to my house yesterday to see if I could get around alright. Irene and Rod came to see what needs to be done. Rod is going to put some rods in my shower so that I can hold onto them. Everything else looked good. I think that I will go home some day next week. I now have to have a boot to walk with. It is so much easier than hopping on one leg.
Irene and Rod have been so good to me. Irene comes every week and washes my hair. I went to their house for Easter dinner. They had 11 there. Irene is such a good cook. She will be taking me home.
I have to have the boot on for six to eight weeks. Then the doctor will look to see how it is doing. Maybe I will be rid of it by then.
Gloria and Bob were up here Easter weekend and their daughter, their other daughter and boyfriend - and their son had gone shopping at Jay Peak.
We still have lots of snow, but it is supposed to rain tomorrow and maybe we will get spring now. It sure doesn't look like spring yet!
Aunt Lois writes .....
March 13, 2007
Thanks for all the good wishes!
This is a very nice nursing home and the food is very good and hot. Over at the other home, I think we were at the end of the line - and our food was cold, although the nurses aids and nurses were very nice.
Raymond was here yesterday (March 12th) and he said this nursing home was a lot nicer than where Peggy is staying.
They said it will be six to eight weeks before I get this cast off. They are giving me therapy every day to keep my limbs active. The hardest thing I do is hop on one foot with a walker.
I hope I never have to live in one of these homes, although they are very nice to the people. I don't think Clair Umstead will ever get out of here. He has had a bad stroke. It looks like Evangeline will be staying for awhile with me.
Love to all, Lois
E-Mail Dated February 23, 2007
Friends and Family;
Lois had surgery yesterday, February 22, to set and repair her ankle. She had fallen on some ice in the road as she was walking to a neighbor's house. No one witnessed her fall as the road in front of her house is not used much in the winter - plus the high banks of snow blocked anyone's view from their houses. The only thing she thought of to do was to crawl back home where she could call for help.
She called Evangeline Umstead at the nursing home where she was visiting her husband and asked Evangeline to come home and take her to the hospital. Evangeline is living with Lois to be close to her husband in the Bel-aire Nursing Home a few blocks from Lois' house.
It is a very severe break, with fractures on each side and in the center of her ankle. One side was not repairable except by using a ss plate screwed to the bone. Her ankle will be stiff when it is healed, but that will be a number of weeks away. She will be in the nursing home for several weeks where she can be cared for and receive rehab therapy. She will probably be taken to the Bel-aire Nursing Home.
Now we need to pray for her speedy healing and send her cards and letters. She likes to read which will help her pass the time away. Pass this along. If there is any change, we will keep you posted. Her address is: Lois Cardwell, 426 Farrant Street, Newport, VT 05855.
Beulah and Don Griffes
The lost Round Robin returns home!
June 11, 2006
While I am in a writing mood, thought I had better get this letter off. This is a sequel of the event I wrote in the last letter about falling down on my porch. About a month later, I did the same thing except I fell backwards instead of forward. I really hurt myself worse than I did the first time, but couldn't get any sympathy as there were no visible signs. I ached all over and my head really hurt. Hope I have learned my lesson before I start getting broken bones. This has been a very rainy spring and June isn't any better. It has rained over the week and is very cool. Hope it turns around soon.
There are very few boats on the lake, probably because of the weather and also because of the gas prices. I have been busy going to graduations and parties. Rebecca Griffes graduated from high school and she was valedictorian. They had a party for her at Beulah and Don's house. There were about 75 there. Next Saturday will be going to Johnson, VT to Sarah Manchester's graduation. She is Beulah's granddaughter from her first husband. In August, I will be going to Alicia Ames' wedding. I just read all the letters over again and forgot that Beulah wrote about her grandchildren. Sorry about that. It is nice to hear from our nieces when the parents can't write. Teresa should also write.
Hope this finds you all well.
Love to all,
November 17, 2005
I have held this long enough. It was great to hear from all of you and your activities. I will tell you what happened to me this morning. I have to bring my bird feeders in at night because the raccoons get into them. I was putting them out this morning before daylight. It had been raining yesterday and there was a thin layer of ice on the porch. I got the bird feeders up; but when I started back, I slipped on the thin layer of ice and fell flat on my face. I thought probably my nose was broken, but luckily, it wasn't. But my nose looks terrible all scratched up. We have had a good fall, warmer than usual, but they are predicting scattered snow flurries today.
I have a good neighbor. He is cutting wood from his girlfriend's place and he is giving it to me. He won't even let me pay for it. There is a lot of work, because he has to chop it up and then pile it in my garage. I had already bought four cords of wood and paid $500.00 for it. I won't run out of wood this winter.
Well, I hope everybody has a happy Thanksgiving. Dawnita and I will be going with Beulah's family at their house.
Love to all,
Maalox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
These are a few of my favorite things.
Cadillacs and cataracts and hearing aids and glasses,
Polident and Fixodent and false teeth and glasses,
Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,
These are a few of my favorite things.
When the pipes leak,
When the bones creak,
When the knees go bad,
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don't feel so bad.
Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions,
No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,
Bathrobes and heat pads and hot meals they bring,
These are a few of my favorite things.
Back pains, confused brains, and no fear of sinnin',
Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinin',
And we won't mention our short shrunken frames,
When we remember our favorite things.
When the joints ache,
When the hips break,
When the eyes grow dim,
Then I remember the great life it's been.
June 11, 2005
Dear Round Robins,
It is so good to hear from all of you. I sure enjoy reading all the letters.
As we get older, we seem to have a lot of medical problems. I have been fortunate not to have anything serious. I have aches and pains, but nothing real bad. I still do my housework and cooking, but not as fast as I used to. I have to do things in installments. I did rake most of my lawn this spring, but it took a week where it used to take me a day. I sit in my chair a lot and think about the things I should be doing. I am enclosing a song that Teresa gave me. I think that it fits most of us.
It will be nice to have Ruth with me for a couple of weeks in July. When you get our age, a lot of friends have died. One of the members of the Malden Church sent me a picture of a coworker who used to work with me in the bank. She just celebrated her 100th birthday and still is in her right mind. They are both in a nursing home.
I miss the Florida weather. May was really cool and then June started with temperatures in the 80s and 90s with high humidity. But now this week it is cool again. I have to have the heat on, but I guess it is still better than the hurricanes and tornados in Florida.
I will be looking forward to the next round robin letter.
Love to all, Lois
March 14, 2005
Dear Round Robin,
Here it is in March, and we're still getting winter. We had more snow at one time than we got all winter. I like to shovel snow, but I am ready for spring. I have a man who plows, but sometimes he doesn't get here soon enough. The ground hog saw his shadow (Feb 2nd), so I guess we are getting six weeks more of winter. They are still fishing on the lake and still driving their cars and snowmobiles on the lake. I guess they have to get their fish houses off the lake by the end of March.
A lady backed into my car in the grocery store parking lot. I am waiting for a check from her insurance company. I will be glad when it is fixed. I had a real nice time staying with Ruth and Ruth Anne while Beulah and Don went to Michigan. Beulah and Don took me out there and picked me up on the way back.
I didn't go to church yesterday because of the snow. I used to drive in it going to work in Massachusetts, but I have lost my desire as I get older. I don't even like to drive to Boston anymore. I am not as alert as I used to be. Raymond, I used to walk on stilts. We made our own. It was good to see Ellen and her two children when they came up to go skiing. Haven't seen them for a long time.
Hope this finds everyone well.
Love to all,
You did a such a beautiful job in memory of Nita. I enjoy the Gardner letter so much. I think everybody else does too.
Beulah is having a lot of trouble with her eyes. She had to go to Burlington for another operation. She won't know whether it was successful for five or six months.
It is getting cold up here. One morning it was four above. Wish I could have some of the Florida weather here. I had a hot air furnace installed this fall which keeps me nice and warm along with my wood stove.
Remember me to Bob and wish you a happy new year.
September 28, 2004
I've had this round robin long enough, so will get this on its way. This morning I was piling wood in my garage. I have been doing it for the last week. But after Wednesday, I won't be able to as I am having cataract surgery on Thursday and three weeks after will have it done on the other eye. I have ordered three cords of wood and expect them to deliver some more tomorrow. I will have to hire somebody to put it in my garage. I won't be able to lift anything that is more than ten pounds for three days.
We are having summer weather this fall - it gets up in the 70s most every day. I was concerned about my mobile home in Florida. I had no damage from the hurricanes. One came through, but with very minor damage from just one blind that was blown off. They seem to get the hurricanes along the coast and I am inland, which I am thankful for.
The foliage will soon be at its peak - in probably another week. A group of us ladies usually go to view the scenery and then we eat at the Highland Lodge. That is where Clayton and Gerry had their 50th wedding anniversary celebration. The lodge closes soon after for the winter.
Well, I had better get this letter on its way. Bye for now.
March 7, 2004
As usual, I enjoyed all your letters. I was afraid they might have stopped. Beulah was here in November of last year when she wrote her letter. But I can understand Ruth's not writing with the death of Henry. I was sorry to hear about him and he will be missed by a lot of people. It probably will be hard for Ruth to adjust to a new life. When we get our age, it is hard for changes.
Joan and Glen, along with their animals, have been here for two months. They left to go further south to visit some of their friends and, of course, Glen expects to go to some baseball games while there. He has been going to Orlando while here to take some treatments for Alzheimer's which they think are helping him. He isn't too bad yet. He doesn't like pressure and lets Joan do most of the planning for their life. I did go with them to Silver Springs, but I have seen all the attractions around here and they go by themselves. I am at the stage where I had rather stay home most of the time. I still go to the park and feed the birds every day, and I go to church every Sunday. But most of the rest of the time, I stay home.
I have a friend who writes to me two or three times before I answer her letter, so I'll close now and write to her.
Love to all, Lois
July 21, 2003
We have had great weather this summer, although we need rain badly. It is supposed to rain most of this week, but right now the sun is out. Had a nice time at Tony's and Bunny's 50th anniversary. Nita didn't go, and it was a good thing. She would have had to sit through six courses while the rest of us eat. Dawnita went with me and she had a great time. She saw her favorite cousin, Charles Maria, and she danced with him. She also danced with Paul and and Bunny's son-in-law. She was the belle of the party. Paul's friend, who used to work with him, went and drove. I was glad because it was dark driving home and I don't like driving after dark. Paul came up next weekend by bus to go to the Charleston 200th anniversary. He will have a lot to write about in his next newsletter.
Clayton, as we get older, we do foolish things. I notice on the check I wrote to Ron and his bride that I had your name on it. They say these are the golden years, but I think it is far from that. I still like to drive and plan to drive to Florida the end of September. I say that I will stop driving when people start blowing their horns at me. That was a terrible accident abut the 86 year old man who killed 10 people. I think he had his foot on the gas instead of the brake. I did that one time when Esther was riding with me. I stopped at a rest area and thought I had on the brake instead of the gas. I hit the curbing which stopped me. It made quite a bang, but no damage. Well, I can't think of anything else to say, so will stop and get this letter on the way.
Love to all, Lois
October 20, 2002
I just got home from church, so I thought I should write this letter. I had a good trip down. The only fog I saw as at the height of land beyond Barton. I had sunshine all the way until I got to Lady Lake (the town just before my town). Then it poured rain for about a minute and cleared up. I did have a tie up just west of Hartford. There had been an accident and we had to go from four lanes down to one. It took about an hour to get through that mess. They had taken the cars away, but there were guard rails and other trash in the road.
It was real hot when I got here, in the 80s and 90s. But last week a cold front came through and it has cooled off a lot. There is no high humidity and it gets into the 80s during the day and in the 50s and 60s at night. It is such a pleasure to walk in the park without sweating.
I was supposed to go to the doctor last Tuesday, but they had an office in another town and I was supposed to go there. I didn't have enough time to get there. They should have told me to go there, so I had to schedule it for next week. Just a regular check up. I hope I can get a flu shot at the same time. I never get the flu, but they say older people should get them.
People are starting to come down from the north for the winter. Every week in church they announce the ones who have come down, usually two to three couples each week. The lady who usually sits with me came down last Wednesday. I was surprised to see her as she is getting real lame and it is hard for her to walk. One of my other friends from the church sold their home here in the park and has moved back to Tennessee. Her husband has bad eyes and can't drive anymore. They decided they should move back.
Well, I should write some more letters, so will close for now. I enjoyed all your letters.
Love to all, Lois
March 23, 2002
Here it is almost time to go back to Vermont. When it gets close, I am anxious to get back there.
The weather is getting warmer, in the seventies and eighties; and if I don't go in the mornings to feed the geese, the afternoon is too hot to walk. I thought the geese would fly back north when it gets warm, but they were born here and don't know the difference. The sea gulls fly up north and I am always glad to see them go, as they steal the bread out of the geese's mouth. There is another bird that I don't feed because they take the bread out of the geese's mouth too. They are called ibises. They are white and a little larger than the sea gulls. These birds stay here all summer.
It looks like we are all getting older and have medical problems. Sorry to hear about you, Gerry and Nita. I have a friend here who is 88 and she is spryer than I am. She can get up and down, which I can't do anymore. She also rakes her leaves and doesn't get tired. I have to take my time doing lawn work. I should get out in my yard and do some weeding around my flowers, but most of the time I don't have the ambition. If I get on my knees to week, I have to use my arms to get back up. I just read all your interesting letters over again. I still enjoyed them again.
Hope to see all of you in Vermont this summer.
Love to all, Lois
Paul, You do a wonderful job with the Gardner Newsletter. I always enjoy reading it.
I talked to Nita recently and her leg was hurting. She was doing something with a branch and her dog caused her to fall down.
I fell down a couple of weeks ago. I was going into the bank and I didn't lift my foot high enough. Luckily there was a pole nearby which I grabbed onto and saved myself from a bad fall. I just got a skinned knee.
Tony and Bunny were here. They rented a home in Crystal River for the month of November. They came here for Thanksgiving and then stayed three days with me before going back you.
September 11, 2001
Time sure flies by as we get older. The summer is almost gone and it soon will be time to travel to Florida. In about two and a half weeks, I will be leaving the 28th of September. I hope my car makes it. I have over 100,000 miles on my 1994 Honda, but it is still running good. I sure have had no trouble with Hondas since I bought the first one in 1984. This is my third one.
We had a beautiful summer here in Vermont. Sometimes I think I am in Florida. The weather has been so warm. It has been 80 a few days, but now a cool front has come through and it is in the 60s and 70s, which is more reasonable. I have been working outdoors cutting down bushes and taking care of rose bushes, but I can't work like I used to. I fell down cleaning out a drain and I had a hard time getting up. I fell on my back in the bushes. My feet got tangled in the vines. I finally managed to turn over and get up. I won't be trying that again. My neighbor finished the job. I have very good neighbors.
The house on one side of me just sold. A man from Connecticut bought it. I met him this week and he seems real nice. He has been divorced for 13 years and he plans to live here full time. Hope he makes it because the house is a summer cottage, but the people before him used it to come up in the winter to go skiing.
I hope this finds everybody well and will be looking forward to hearing from you again.
Love to all, Lois
June 19, 2001
This sure is a very sad day for the family. As you know, David Ames died June 9th while on dialysis in West Lebanon, NH. His son, Matthew, was to graduate from Christian High School just hours after his father died. He wasn't going to go; but then he knew his father would want him to, so he went.
Then, on Sunday, June 10th, Esther LeBaron died in the hospital. She is the lady who used to go back and forth with me from Florida. She was also Pattie Ames' grandmother. So we had two funerals to go to on the same day.
I have so much to do around the house since I got home, such as trim my hedges and put dirt around my rose bushes. But I can't do as much as I used to. I did get my windows washed inside and out, but now it is getting too hot to work outside.
Clayton, the Canadian geese stay in the water most of the time, so they aren't a problem. They were born there, so they don't go north for the summer.
I haven't started walking yet this summer, but I have an exercise machine that I use faithfully. Tomorrow, Nita, Dawnita and I are going to St. Johnsbury to have my eyes examined to see if my cataracts are ready for operation. I hope they won't be. Nita will drive my car home for me. I hope to see Homer while we are down there, although he probably won't recognize us.
Well, I can't think of any other news, so will close for now. I hope this finds you all well.
Lots of love, Lois
February 18, 2001
I was glad to hear from all of you. Most of you have children and grandchildren, but I haven't any. So I will talk about the birds. You probably know that I walk in a park here in Leesburg. It is a very pleasant park. It was constructed by the CCCs in the 30's. It is by a lake and they made a canal that goes around the park. I go very day and feed the birds. My favorite birds are the Canadian geese. They were from here and they don't go north in the summer. There is a new bird this winter called cow birds and they are very rude. The Canadian geese take the bread from my hand and the cow birds take it right out of their mouths. The cowbirds are about the size of egrets with a very long bill.
Then my next favorite bird is the coot. They are a small green bird about the size of a pigeon. The sea gulls come screaming down and make a lot of noise and take the bread from them. The sea gulls will be leaving abut the middle of March to go north. I hoe the cowbirds go too. There is another bird this year. It looks like a stork only smaller. I have only seen one, but it follows me around to get the bread. He never gets too close but when he gets the bread he has to dunk it in the water before he eats it.
That is my bird story, so will close for now and get this letter on its way.
Love to all, Lois
June 13 2000
I have kept this way too long. I was just sitting down to read a book and I saw the RRL, so I thought I had better write this letter before I start to read.
It has been rather cool since I got home the first of May. One day it got up to 80 but most of the time it is in the 50s & 60s. Today it is rather cloudy and there might be showers. I have my fire going every day.
Since the first of June we have been busy. One weekend Nita & I were delegates for our church, so had to go to ENC for two or three days. Then we had to come back to Lyndon Institute for my 65th HS reunion. The next weekend we went back to Raymond & Margaretís 50th anniversary. It was a nice time. We stayed with Paul and he treated us royally as always. Beulah was with us as Don had to stay hone because of lumber he had to take care of. Sunday afternoon we went to Tony & Bunnyís for a meal. She had Ruth French & her husband there too. We were going to eat outdoors but it started to rain, so had to be inside. It was just as cool there as it was up here. Well I canít think of any more news, so will go back to my reading. Hope this finds every one well.
Love to all, Lois
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