Thursday, September 18, 2014

Grandparents Headstones

Dad and I made a trip to Forest Lawn Cemetery to tend to the headstone of his Grandmother, Christine.

Second Stone in from the road, Christoph Hagedorn Grave Plot

Through the years the sod seems to just grow over the stones that are placed flat on the ground.

The C.H.Hagedorn Plot at Forest Lawn

Dad and I worked on cutting the sod back away from the stones. Then we had to lift Christine’s stone to fill in under it bringing it up to ground level. Job Well Done!

Dad's Grandfather, Christoph & Grandmother Caroline

Afterward, Dad mentioned that he doesn’t know if he will ever be back. I assured him that I would keep check on the plot, at least for another 20 years or so. Dad, being 87 years old has only 1 sister still living, and she is 99 years old. They are the last of that generation.

From Forest Lawn, we made a visit to Mt. Olivet Cemetery where my mother’s parents are laid to rest.

Grandpa Otto Ebenhoeh 1899-1979

 Grandma Marie Ebenhoeh 1901-1974

It looks like the sod is starting to grow over the markers here also. I will give it about 3 years and check on them again, probably will have to do some sod cutting then for sure.

The photo’s were taken with my Samsung S5 phone so as to get a good GPS reading on the locations. Plus I used my Garmin GPS in the truck to mark the spots. I did this for future reference, and for my offspring if they wish to go to the grave sites. Don’t know if my family will go there, as both cemetery’s are in the heart of Detroit, and NOT in a desirable area.

Garmin GPS readings: Forest Lawn, N 42 degrees 24’32.5”  W 083 degrees  01’49.7”                                           Mt. Olivet  N 42 degrees 25’ 18.8”  W 083 degrees 01’ 18.2”

On the way home, Dad was talking about when he and mom dated. The different places they used to go. I decided I would take a detour and take him down some of the streets he was talking about. He was taken back at the condition of the area. “Such a shame” he kept saying. I turned down Schoenheer just South of 7 Mile Rd. Mom was raised in the middle house in the photo below.

Center White House: Grandpa/Grandma Ebenhoeh's home.

Dad just couldn’t believe how run down the area has become. I have many fond memories of the good times the family had in that house. The Thanksgiving Dinners watching Grandpa carve the turkey. The hide n go seek games us grandkids would play in that “huge” house. As a young boy, the summers when I would spend 2 weeks working in Grandma’s rose beds. Sitting on the front porch with her eating a bowl of ice cream. So many fond memories. Like Dad said, “Such A Shame” the area has turned from what it was, to this today.

After our stop to take the photo above, we headed north to go back home. Stopping in a local restaurant we had lunch together. What great, quality time I had this day with my dad.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.                                         

Friday, September 5, 2014

Kentucky Family n Friends Visit

We just returned back home from our annual 2 week trip to Kentucky to visit family and friends. There were two large events scheduled this time. The first one was Wilma’s 45th. High School Reunion that she organized, and a week later was her annual Family Reunion.

Class of 1969 School Mates

Wilma has been organizing the reunion “long distance” for the past 6 months. Pam, a school mate living in Kentucky, helped her by handling the $$$$.

Setting up the "Dishes to Pass" table

As the class was fairly small, everyone was asked to bring a “dish to pass” to help keep the cost down. This idea turned out real well.

Classmates ready for a fun evening

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As the party progressed and the DJ played all the right songs, many even got up to dance! Smile

Cutt'n up the floor

As I stayed with Wilma’s brother Eddie, and didn’t attend the class reunion, I could tell from listening to her the next day how successful it was. Everyone had a great time together and even elected to have the reunion every 2 years instead of every 5 years.

The next morning we just had to stop at a country restaurant and get some of that good ‘ol country cook’n!

Stopped here for a country breakfast Great "Country" feeling in this restaurant

From there we went to visit Wilma’s Aunt Rita. We were all happy to see her, as it’s always a great time to be around her.

A wonderful visit with Aunt Rita

Wilma, Aunt Rita, Eddie, and Cousin Becky

Another day we went to Owensboro, KY. to eat some Mexican food. Eddie and Beth told us about “The Silver Bullet” restaurant located on the banks of the river.

The view was great looking out over the river

Our View looking out at the river and fountains.

Ate too much!

And everyone just felt like we ate too much!

The next day we made a special trip to see two cousins. Cousin Greg and Cousin Rosa.

Cousin Greg's "canning shop"

Greg is known for his generosity of giving away farm fresh canned goods. This year he, with the help of family and friends, processed over 23,000 ears of corn! That’s not counting all the other veggies he gets from his garden.

We left Greg’s home and made a special visit to see Cousin Rosa. She was diagnosed with Cancer a few months ago. She is the sweetest, kindest person you could ever meet.

Wilma with Rosa

She is such a cheery, positive person! An inspiration to all of us.

A few days later was the Annual Family Reunion. Last year Cousin Greg suggested that we have a Raffle to raise $$ to pay for the Community Center. It went over better than we thought, so this year we did another Raffle.

Gifts being Raffled off.

But before the Raffle, we enjoyed more of that great “Southern Cooking”!

More that enough food for all.

Can’t forget Wilma’s Aunt Dean!

Aunt Dean

It was decided by family that all the proceeds made from the Raffle would be donated to Rosa to help cover expenses. She and her husband Terry was ever so grateful to everyone.

Rosa and Terry

Get well Rosa, and we will see you next year! And as you know, we all Love You and are praying for you!