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7/31 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

July 30, 2013

Last week Sam and Judy Guida took their RV down to California and spent four days in the Redwoods hiking and driving through the Redwoods National and State Parks.

The redwoods made Oregon's Douglas firs look small.

They met their friend Randy Judd from Corvallis, who brought his RV and pickup so they were able to go up into the mountains on some gravel and dirt roads to enjoy the forests. It was a wonderful area. They drove home along the southern Oregon coast, which was beautiful.

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I haven't been home much this month myself.

Over the Fourth of July holiday my friend Donna Wernz from Philomath, daughter Suzanne Burbank, granddaughters Victoria and Christina Odell from Salem, and I went to a Civil War re-enactment at Willamette Mission State Park near Keizer.

We didn't know what to expect at all, but found it was a wonderful experience to see a battle, listen to a talk about the Underground Railroad, and visit the more than 100 campsites to hear about the Civil War. Victoria was so taken with the event that she signed up to be a soldier with the "69th New York Irish Brigade."

I recommend this annual event to everyone.

The next week Judy Guida, Donna Wernz and her daughter Maralee Whitcomb from Bend, Suzanne Burbank, Lynda Schnekenburger, Jan Andrews from Corvallis, Ann Hunter-Anderson from Dallas and I spent several days at Black Butte to quilt, scrapbook, hike, talk and otherwise have fun. On July 13 we then drove to Sisters for the community's famous outdoor quilt show.

Then this last week I flew to Laguna Beach, Calif., for a "cousins weekend" and to celebrate my aunt and uncle's 80th birthdays. My two sisters, six cousins and I had a great time talking about our childhoods together. We each brought photos of all of us together over the years and will make electronic albums for each of us.

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On Saturday, we will have another UFO day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Pedee Church basement, a cool, well-lit and spacious place to work on projects. Some of us will be making totes out of feed sacks again, since several people missed out on the last session. Please come with your sewing, knitting, scrapbooking or other projects, and a sack lunch. Kids are welcome.