Happy Holidays 1999
by Maude Ellen (George) Chittick
Yes, it has been nearly a year since I last wrote. They say,
"Time Flies,” but nearly not as fast as it used to!
As many of you may remember, I last wrote you from my hospital
bed. Well, I am happy to say I have not been in one since! Thankfully,
I have been recovering very well from my hip surgery. With the
assistance of a physical therapist, chiropractor, massage therapist,
and the constant encouragement of my family, I am now walking
when I choose to do so. Otherwise, I scoot around in a wheel
chair and see the world from a new perspective.
Recovering so well, I took the opportunity to vacation this
year! I flew to Pennsylvania where my eldest son, Arden, his
wife, Nina, and his daughter’s family are now living.
What a wonderful time I had with Kirsten, Jeff, and three of
my great-grandchildren, Tanner, Taylor, and Cody. I can’t
tell you how I enjoyed travelling through the Pennsylvania countryside
on daily site seeing drives with Kirsten! Arden and Nina are
enjoying their new home there in the northwestern part of Pennsylvania
and have taken the time to travel along the eastern coast.
Arden and Nina’s son, Kyle, has remained on the West Coast,
in the Seattle area, and is currently working in the automation
industry utilizing his amazing computer skills. I regret that
the mountains between us prevent us from seeing each other as
much as we used to.
My youngest son, Eldon, and his wife, Carlene, are enjoying
their retirement this year! They have already traveled to Arizona,
Texas, North and South Carolina, as well as Georgia. In addition,
they seem to be getting caught up on all of those things that
just didn’t seem to get done when they were working full-time.
In May, we received my fifth great-grandchild, Alicia Quilene
Heuer, Brad and Shawna’s new daughter. If being a mom
isn’t enough, Shawna has been working toward her CPA and
has recently taken a new job in accounting for the Idaho Forest
Industries. Brad is busier than ever driving for UPS, but finds
the time to snowmobile whenever possible.
My youngest grandchild, Quilene, is still in Corvallis, Oregon
where she works in the restaurant business. She recently ventured
to South Africa for a two-month experience with a friend in
the Peace Corps! Oh, how I used to love those overseas trips!!
Sharla, my eldest grandchild, has moved out of Eldon’s
office space and started working from home again part-time as
she has now taken on a full-time position teaching history and
culture at the local community college. Sage, her son, is as
active as any boy who is “four and a quarter” as
he likes to say! He is attending preschool, gymnastics, and
is learning to speak Spanish.
Denny, Eldon’s son, still spends much of his time at his
home in Arizona and travels around the world. His retirement
status allows him to always manage a trip home for all family
events. I must admit, he pushes me harder than anybody else
when it comes to my walking. When he is not forcing me to walk,
he exerts his energy by wave-running, snowmobiling, and riding
Living at the Sylvan House is still a pleasure. The staff is
so nice and I enjoy my private apartment and the company of
Enid’s bird, Carusso.
Until next time, I wish you the very best and thank you for
all of your correspondence and support over the past year!
Love, Maude Chittick