Velma’s 97th Birthday

Saturday, January 16, Velma Crain’s family met with her in Redding for lunch to celebrate her 97th birthday. Elmer, Mary, Emily, Melanie and I arrived at Velma’s (Elmer’s mother) about 12:00pm. Mary and Emily hadn’t been at Velma’s for some years, so I was able to give a tour of the home, the yard with about a half acre of planted gardens. Showing them the shed with our inheritance safe inside, different flower areas (bulbs, cut flowers, propagation pots), vegetable garden plot with fencing (deer out or veggies in), the potting shed and how the watering was done. Aaron and his family arrived about 12:30. So we did a repeat tour. Alyce found use for a shed in their yard after seeing Grandma’s. We then left to meet the rest of the family at the Redding Airport for a Chinese lunch. There were about 40 attending. Velma’s brother, Leonard, 4 of her children and their spouses, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, a nephew with spouse and their grandchild, Sam, Barbara and several Garden Club friends. We had plenty of food, a delicious cake, much laughter and merriment. A very typical Crain get-together. We arrived home about 5:30pm, thankful for family and a safe trip.

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  1. I appreciated going to grandma’s house, as mom said I haven’t been there in years. It was neat to see the things that I remembered were still there. The yard wasn’t as big as I remembered but I am now seeing it through adult eyes and not a child. I can imagine the beauty of the flower beds and want to make a point to go check them out when they are in full bloom. It was special to go and see it all.

  2. Rosa and I were not able to attend the birthday bash because we were staying in an orphanage to cover the vacation of the directors. We plan to head up north to visit with all the family in a week or two. Rosa is just getting over a bout of colitis. We need to be at the regional ministers meeting this Friday and Saturday. We are hoping to be able to go up that way next week


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