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Tom "Homer" W. (#46801357)
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Bio Photo I discovered Find a Grave by accident soon after the death of our precious daughter, Marjorie. She was my first entry. I have added family members, friends, and others that I have no connection with but simply wanted to add them on these pages. I will have more of my family entered in the future. My wife and I are retired and we love it! I love riding the back-roads on my Harley and can't seem to ride past an old cemetery.....I love walking through them and find peace and quiet in them. Thanks so much to everyone that has placed notes, tokens, and have sponsored my memorials. God bless you all.

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Anne Beckman

SUPER to hear from you! I am awfully tuckered

out: Friday I spent HOURS on the phone, getting

a lot of information about a new dental insurance

plan. I must have 10-12 pages of notes! As the

STRONG chemotherapy (especially!) and the

radiation used to zap out my cancer took A LOT

of the enamel off of my teeth, I am NOT my

dentist's average patient. I've had a LOT of

repair work: resin is used, to replace the

lost enamel. It costs megabucks, so I had to

ask a lot of questions, to find the plan with

the most coverage!

Also, Bill and I took down all of our Christmas

decorations today. WHEW... everything is

packed away, except the Christmas tree. Wifey

will be taking the decorations off of it,



the New England Patriots beat us

EXPONENTIALLY!!! US: 7, THEM: (7x7) 49.

Well, now that the season is over for The Colts,

my husband will pay more attention to me! (LOL!)

He has, thanks to a Christmas Gift Card, put in

a new doorbell (The old one was HAUNTED...

ringing in the middle of the night!) and a new

light on the front porch (I thought the old one

was fine, but he wants to remove it and put a

fan there...and the new one is easy to reach;

the old one has a chain that requires a bit of

stretching to grab onto) and, JOY OF JOYS, he

put NEW CAPS on the screws at the base of our

toilet! God Lord, he did NOT think you could get

new ones, without having to get an entirely new



WIFEY had hubby beat, in hardware!

For this year: we have some wallpapering to do

and getting our photo albums in much better

shape. I've got to learn ShutterBugging!

Also, we want to replace some tulips that were

killed by that Winter Vortex and I'd like to

put more, along the wall of our garage that

faces the yard. Next Christmas, we have vowed


LUCK, you ADDICTS! There's a Christmas store in

Brown County which we LOVE, that just EXPANDED!

A good number of our gifts came from there.


over the Christmas tree ornaments! During his

first look at them, during Christmas 2013, he

was so glued, one of the sales associates said

"He's like a little boy in a candy shop!" YES!!!

However, we -especially yours truly- want to

buy some lights for the house...maybe that is

silly, as our Christmas tree is on the front

porch, but as it is against a wall, it is not

COMPLETELY seen by our neighbors. Some figures

in the front yard would be nice, both religious

and from the Rankin-Bass TV Xmas specials we

watched, as children. (SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO

TOWN, RUDOLPH, FROSTY, etc.) Finally, some

words for each frame of our porch's windows,


One last Christmas thing: I've started e-mailing

an older friend of the past...she is in her 80's,

but as sharp as a whip. she lives in Texas, but

is from England. The English are NUTS about

animals (Over there, the most dangerous animal

is a fox, and the weather is so dreary (rain

and fog)every family has a cat or dog to snuggle

with, as they drink tea, by the fire. As I was

telling her about me and Bill, I mentioned our

cat Aston. WELL!!! I told this lady I want to

get my kitty de-clawed, and she said DON'T YOU

DARE!!! She still has her very strong

personality, so she said this STRONGLY! She said

she'd give me some of my Christmas china, if I

promised to NEVER get the claws out. OF COURSE,


We were not on the same page about websites, so

she sent me a check!!! A BIG ONE! Bill and I

decided I'd keep half and I took myself to our

local department store and found my two patterns

(Sped Christmas Tree which is semi- casual and

features a 19-century English Christmas tree,

as Spode is an English company, formed in that

century), and the formal pattern is Lenox

Holiday, based in the USA, which is cream and

bordered by holly and ivy. (A wonderful friend

of my mother's, who remembered, as I was a

teenager who'd been two years out of Christmas

toys, my admiring her pieces of it, gave me and

Bill 2 place settings of it, as a wedding

present..this is the Lenox Holiday. As for the

Spode Christmas Tree: a family in my

neighborhood, whose children I babysat, did not

attend our wedding, as their eldest was getting

hitched a week after we were! HOWEVER: During

our second Christmas, one night a UPS man came to

our door, with a box! Who was it from but that

very family and it was a Spode Christmas Tree

appetizer tray! Over the years, thanks to my

husband and my parents, the collection has

increased. There is stemware and flatware, so

as I'd asked Bill for a figure from a Coca-Cola

village (it's of Santa, gesturing to a billboard,

featuring him in a Coke ad, taking "the pause

that refreshes" while he is making was

not cheap...whhooee, that is the ONLY one I'll

ever get, as the other ones (A gas station, a

soda shop), being quite bigger, are expensive

city!!! I just got a 4-piece highball set, this

Christmas. I did manage, afterwards, with my

OWN money, to buy a dip container and spreader!

With the $$$ from my friend, I bought a LOVELY,

BIG open weave bowl, that will be perfect for

all the rolls Bill heats for our New Year's

dinner. Also, JUST BECAUSE HE LOVES ME (and be-

cause of the GREATLY marked down prices, Bill

did buy Wifey a Lenox Holiday, not one

that goes on an end table, but one that is

small, and holds a tiny candle, inside.

(Unfortunately, it is not provided.) GREEDY ME

is still hoping to buy a creamer/sugar bowl in

the Lenox, or a 4-piece Spode Christmas Tree

wineglass set. If not, I'll live...


there is a LOVELY, HUMAN STORY: I did have a

difficult 2014, from the minute I learned of

our former dental insurance being zapped out,

and (during the same appointment) being told I

had TWELVE new spots that needed resin, to getting

a cancerous growth removed from my left cheek,

to putting up with another INFESTATION of bedbugs,

to having a LOVELY 50th birthday party, but I

had to bust my tail giving it, to bagging soooo

much of what we own, as Terminex told us to do,

before it sprayed the house, to taking the things

out, (Some bags are still waiting for that) then

trying so hard to REALLY LOSE WEIGHT, then after

the Terminex, WHAM, it was Thanksgiving and then

Christmas! A lot of nights in the summer and

fall, I'd get out of bed, after Bill fell asleep

and have a good cry. Also, Christmas is super,

but it is hard on the pocketbook.

WELL...the check from my friend and the marked

down Christmas china and my other gifts were

the Lord's way of saying to me, "Well done, my

girl, throughout a hard year!"

The theme of Mass today was being GOD'S SERVANT,

even when it is hard. The opening song was,

"Here I am, Lord."

Speaking of servants: I can understand President

Obama not being in France, in the aftermath of

the terrorist attack on CHARLIE HEBDO. I believe,

as he is the leader of a SUPERPOWER, he was

holding a meeting of his military leaders,

studying that group, to kill it! Our Ambassador

was there. I was so touched by the cover of

THE NEW YORKER. (My grandfather, on Mom's side

was from there and as when we lived in New Jersey

we went there I fell in love with it,

and always will be. I get a bit chocked up,

thinking of my grandfather, when I see the

cover. ANYWAY: the cover represented CHARLIE

HEBDO, as the Eiffel Tower, with blood at its

base, rose into being a bloody pen.

Tom, I have not addressed any of what you've told

me about yourself! SELFISH OF ME...I feel that

I have so much to tell my online pals, as

everyone is "picking up after Christmas."

I will read your letter again tomorrow, to

refresh my memory. PLEASE pray for me and Bill:

as great as our lives are, we are still playing

catch up, after the bedbug removal, and our

"Christmas colds." I've been wanting to go to

the YMCA and swim off the bad vibes, but something

always got in the way (YEAH, such as grabbing that

Christmas china...SO IMPORTANT!) whether it was

opening more of an endless number of those bags,

or the bad cold. As the sun is finally shining

and the winter freeze is over, I DO FEEL BETTER



Added by Anne Beckman on Jan 19, 2015 1:04 AM

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