by Maude Ellen (George) Chittick
Enid & Maude together in 1992
It seems only last month that I wrote 1993, but I want to
say "Merry Christmas - 1994," since another year
has rolled around, not without a great deal of unhappiness,
turmoil and even worse throughout the world.
Here in the Pacific Northwest so far things have become quite
normal. Many of our relatives, friends, and co-workers have
gone on before us, leaving sadness and empty places for the
rest of us. But we must carry on!
I am at son Eldon's with him and part of the family until
after Thanksgiving. It has been spitting snow all day. There
are more than four inches of snow now.
Carlene just came in to tell me two more deer were in the
field above their house. I saw two fawns up there yesterday.
There were tracks in the snow outside my bedroom window and
below Eldon's house on their immense lawn - many, many tracks.
They have many, many coyotes, and bobcats and at least one
cougar has been sighted. Eldon put the snow blades on his
truck and ran it up and down their driveway. And, he has been
playing with his snowmobile, for they are going snowmobiling
up in the Rocky Mountains tomorrow.
I had surgery to remove a cataract from my left eye, and I
do see better, but hope for more improvement yet.
Son, Arden and Nina are going to Pennsylvania to be with daughter,
Kirsten and her family over the Thanksgiving vacation. So
far I guess the weather there has been better than here.
Eldon, Carlene, Sharla and I plan to go to Woodland to be
with brother, Arden's family on Thanksgiving Day. Eldon has
a brand new Chevy Blazer with four wheel drive and anti-lock
brakes which he says should get us to Woodland okay. They
will drop me off at Elva Morrison's in Clarkston for a couple
of nights after that while they go to Carlene's cousins home
in Joseph, Oregon.
Brother Arden and sister-in-law, Hazel, are just now doing
pretty good - after multi surgeries. Arden for a heart by-pass
and Hazel twice for stomach ulcers. Both are doing fine on
regular prescribed medications.
Son, Arden is still with International Shipping as Vice President
of Operations. His wife, Nina, does beautiful work in pottery
in her spare time. Eldon is still in his own office as Family
Counselor - Interfaith Family Counseling Services. Shawna,
his daughter, manages the office and his wife, semi-retired
from the office, does some work at home.
Grandson, Denny is still Executive Vice President of Insight
Computers in Tempe, Arizona. Sharla is now Vice President
of Operations for Agency One, an insurance software company,
in Couer D'Alene, Idaho. Quilene is still majoring in Restaurant
and Hotel Management at Washington State University, Pullman,
Arden's son, Kyle, is at computer school at Shoreline Community
College in Seattle. His girlfriend Terri, has good job in
Seattle. Kirsten, Arden's daughter, has just finished her
duty in the Air Force Reserves, and can now spend her time
with baby Cody and her husband Jeff's two youngsters, Taylor
and Tanner. Jeff was also in the Air Force for five years
and is now a State Patrolman in Pennsylvania.
Sister, Enid was very ill last summer and was finally diagnosed
as a diabetic in addition to the MS. She has gained quite
a bit now and is more alert. Before she was ill she sat up
in her chair, and a friend and I played "Scrabble"
with her - and she often won. Now she stays in bed most of
the time, but the bed is adjustable and she sits up to watch
TV. Twice lately we placed the Carom Board across her lap
and played Scrabble on that. Enid has gained weight and we
hope she will continue to gain strength.
|Maude with friend Elva
By the time Shawna or Carlene types this letter, she will
think this is enough! Shawna is also re-doing my new address
book and making the mailing labels for my Christmas cards.
After a year, I think I should talk and write better, but
I guess I had better be thankful for what I can do. I don't
even try to drive in our traffic now. And I am thankful for
all the things I can do.
I hope this finds all of you in good health and thankful for
all your blessings. I wish for all of you a good Christmas
and even better things in the New Year.