Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Grandma Collier and Angie Kuehn Collier Oakley

Cory and both his sisters

Shari, Jill, Dawn, Angie, Cory, Mia, and Jaime

Jill - in oil painting style

Jaime and Mia

Mia, Jaime and Cory

"Artistic" view of the beach

Dawn, Angie and Donnie - the street sign says Woody Wagon Way

Jill on porch

Donnie and Rocky
Dream beach house

Cory and Angie - at last

I realized something was missing from my blog. Angie. Cory's long lost sister from Arkansas. Angie is my first husband's daughter and she was only 2 years old when we got married. Life and circumstances intervened and the picture above is Cory and Angie together for the first time since he was a baby. We visited Angie and her family last year at Seacrest Beach near Pensacola. It was beautiful as you can see. Since then there have been many, many text messages and visits to Missouri to meet relatives and to Arkansas. It has been wonderful. Angie and Cory's grandma, Goldia Collier, just died at 95 and Angie and Cory and Jill got to spend some time with her just a month before. Life is strange but this story had a happy ending.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Rick's 60th Birthday video

I apologize for the poor video. Still playing with the Flip camera. I didn't mention Joyce, Darlene and Karin. I post this anyway for posterity. We were all inside because it was 95 degrees outside! Can't wait for Fall weather! Jaime was very sick so she couldn't come over and grill steak and shrimp as planned. We had Publix fried chicken and I made potato salad, cole slaw, deviled eggs, baked beans, corn on the cob, and rum cake. We also baked an apple pie for Joyce and Karin. Had to run out and buy a fan because the ceiling fan on the porch has died. Got a little stressed out trying to peel the eggs. The peels would not come off those darn things! Oh, well, it was fun and I loved having my friends and family around. It was Stephanie's birthday, too, but she was at work. She and Cory went out to Carrabas later and her mother came over on Sunday. We were also celebrating Cory's birthday on the 14th. Jill was visiting Courtney.