Saturday, May 27, 2017

Cleo Crutchfield and Isobel Steele, long time Lakeside neighbors

Cleo Crutchfield, age 83, Our Beloved husband, father and friend to all. The Lord called him home on March 2, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Crutch was loved by all who knew him; he embodied kindness, strength, faith and humor. A US Army Veteran, teacher in Strongsville and spent 30+ summers at Lakeside on Lake Erie. Married for 58 yrs to Dorothy (Zabor); father of John (Diane) Crutchfield and Sue (Tom) Graske. Loving grandfather of Deborah (Josh), Matthew, Amy, Andrew, Rachael, David, & Joshua. Preceded in death by parents; Ernest & Ruby, mother-in-law; Marian Gue, siblings; Ernie Mae, Cleon, Barbara & Edwin. Survived by siblings, June & Carroll. Memorial Service at Grace Church, 7393 Pearl Rd, Middleburg Hts on Monday, April 17th @ 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Columbia Int'l University Scholarship Fund- 7435 Monticello Rd, Columbia, SC 29203 or any "No kill" Animal Sanctuary. (Plain Dealer)

Isobel C. Steele, age 99, of Wickliffe, passed away March 2, 2017. She was born in Cleveland, on July 19, 1917, to the late Dan and Mayme McKay.

She was a proud and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend who will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was a long time member and served faithfully at Wickliffe Presbyterian Church. Isobel found great joy with her family when they gathered at a family cottage at Lakeside.

Isobel is survived by her children, Bonnie (Bob) Schilling, Scott (Carol) Steele, grandchildren Neil Schilling, Lori Schilling, Julie Steele, Eric Steele, Jennifer (David) Eberly and Brian Steele, great grandchildren McKenzie, Madison, Alex, Hunter, Isobel, Ian and Taylor.  She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 64 years, Clyde Steele, sister Jean Johnson, nephew Jeff Johnson.

A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 10am at the Monreal Funeral Home, 35400 Curtis Blvd., Eastlake. Visitation will be on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 2-4 and 6-8pm at the Monreal Funeral Home, 35400 Curtis Blvd., Eastlake. (Monreal Funeral home)

Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday famly photo--Memorial Day week-end

The wind was really brisk along the lake this morning. I had my 2 mile walk.  The irises are fabulous—I could tell even in the dim light of a cloudy early morning sunrise that had no sun. Since contractors are not supposed to be working during the “season” I could see a lot of remodeling and rebuilding going on as I walked down Third and then the Lakefont. The Design/Review committee doesn’t seem as concerned about size as when Bob was on it, but he just shrugs.

I tore the cottage apart looking for the IT/modem information we need to reconnect our internet which we turn off in the fall and winter. The Spectrum guy was here yesterday to flip the switch, but things were not connected. When our daughter arrived and made many phone calls, we were finally up and running, and she then set up the Roku stick she got me for Mother's Day.

 Meanwhile, I found lots of other “stuff,” including a 1977 photo of Bob, his dad Bob and his brother-in-law Bob. The 3 Bobs. It was taken at a time when Bob Sr. visited his sister, so Bob drove over to see him. As near as I can figure, Bob Sr. was 64, Bob was 39 and Bob Poisal was 44. Bob had longish, auburn red hair and was very slender. 40 years makes a huge difference, not just in the clothing fashion as shown in my recent blog, but our hair styles, bodies and physical fitness.

I took everything off the bookshelves and rearranged, without about 20 books.  We took those and our original wicker 2 seat couch on the porch since 1989 to the South Auditorium for the Historical Society annual sale. We really squeaked in--everything was arranged and ready to go for the Saturday opening.

And I found restaurants menus; I must remember to date them when I pick them up. The Hotel Lakeside; The Patio; Cleats; Nagoya (Japanese restaurant our kids like); and Sloopy’s the local pizza joint. At 5 we left the grounds to drive to Sandusky to Sortino’s, an Italian restaurants our kids like. We each ordered something different, and brought half home to eat on Saturday evening.
Enjoying lasagna and fettuccini at Sortino's in Sandusky 
A few of the neighbors are rolling in—gates are open and charging for the week-end, but most come up to get their cottages ready. Two of our immediate neighbors died over the winter—they lived across the street from each since the 1970s, and died the same day, one in Florida and one in Ohio. Another neighbor is using her cottage for AirBnB, so we never know for sure who will be there.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

What else has no evidence?

Despite no evidence, the media have run with a suspicion of collusion and have 55% of Democrats believing that the individual elections in November were hacked by the Russians. Despite not a single leak of a meeting or discussion of Trump with Russians although there are leaks on everything else, the Democrats are preparing for impeachment. So the real threat to our free elections and constitution are the Democrats with their media handlers, not a foreign government.

Another charge for which there is no evidence, but people believe it anyway, just like the Russia-Trump collusion, is that John Brennan, the CIA director,  is a Muslim. There's no evidence he isn't. Try to prove it. But he did vote Communist in 1976.

There's also no evidence that cradle to grave health insurance offered by the government creates a healthier nation.  Take the American Indians for example. We have 5 government health plans not counting the failing Obamacare. Democrats don't want unfairness or gaps so they are hoping we can all have the same wonderful care and health results as the Bureau of Indian Affairs has produced. Never mind that death rates for heart disease among American Indian and Alaska Native people are twice as high as the overall US population. Diabetes accounts for up to 75 percent of all cardiovascular events. Kidney disease—including chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease requiring dialysis—represents an important epidemic among American Indian and Alaska Native people. We must all be equal and accept what the government offers native peoples. (from

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The budget

Republicans are handing the Democrats the next election. No, not impeachment, not the evil, unfair media that report 90% negative about Trump, but their splitting off and squabbling and internal, “but he promised” reasoning. Now we have the proposed budget to complain about. It’s the Congress’ responsibility, but we’re getting the whining about not enough ships for the Navy like he promised, or where’s my wall he promised, or where’s the infrastructure money he promised, or... literally, whose ox is gored by cutting the pork from Agriculture (which has actually become a giant food program and the rest special crop support). And then there were those horrified by his visit with Saudis, and the conservative Christians who don’t think Catholics are even Christians so why is he visiting the Pope, and the moderate Christians who think the Pope is a socialist. Yes, the swamp is full of bureaucrats, Democrat appointees and civil service employees who make 3x what people in the real world earn, but in draining the swamp, he needs his party’s help, and all they want to do is focus on their own piece of pie which fell into the swamp.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

New shooz

I needed a few things so I popped into Meier's. Found some great black stretch jeans that look like slacks for our upcoming trip, and New Balance athletic shoes--not cute and trendy, in wild colors, but they work for me. Solid, and not made of fabric mesh, with a spread heel good for walking.  We'll be doing a lot of stairs, cobble stone, and rough terrain. A sore foot or painful shin bone can really spoil a trip.
  New Balance® 409 Womens Training Shoes
Now I'm working on fitting it all in a small bag plus my carry on because we'll not be in one place long, and moving around by bus. Most clothing fabric is light weight or t-shirt but can be layered.  I think Scotland in June could be cold. I'll be wearing one outfit and the coat on the plane plus the fat shoes.  My carry on will have a complete change of clothes and a pair of shoes, just in case we get separated from our luggage. When we went to California by train in 2003 we had everything we needed for 2 weeks in 2 small bags.

Black stretch jeans
tan/khaki jeans
Blue stretch jeans
black skirt
print black and beige skirt
black and white dressy blouse
 white vest
2 aqua/pink/purple print shirts with sleeves
aqua short sleeve shirt with collar
pink sleeveless t-shirt
beige sleeveless t-shirt 
black/beige blouse
black sweater
black t-shirt with sleeves 
aqua silk scarf
grey spring coat
white rain slicker
beige sun/rain hat
White jacket
athletic shoes
black Mary Janes, flat
Brown strap shoes 

Pajamas, slippers, underwear, makeup, medication

Monday, May 22, 2017

Monday Memories--the Conestoga trip to Ripley and Georgetown, Ohio

Our Conestoga group supports the Ohio History Connection, and this year we took an all day bus trip on May 18 to Ripley, Ohio, to visit the newly restored homes of John Rankin and John Parker and to Georgetown to President Grant's boyhood home. All three homes are supported by local organizations with the help of the Ohio History Connection. We left the Ohio Center in Columbus about 7:30, and I think the trip was about 2.5 hours. Once the driver got lost as we looked for a McDonald's for our rest stop, so that contributed to some extra driving. Our group was over 40, so we needed to divide into 2 groups to take the tours because both houses are small. One group was dropped off at the Rankin House and then the other traveled to the Parker house which faced the river.

Rev. John Rankin, a Presbyterian minister, built his home in 1829 and he was active in the The Underground Railroad. It is located on a lovely bluff overlooking the Ohio River and the small town of Ripley, which in the 19th century had 9 millionaires. The river was narrower and more shallow then, and slaves came across from Kentucky. The hill was clear in the mid-19th century, so slaves and the conductors had to come at night watching for a candle in the Rankin cottage window. Now the hill is completely forested. The slaves were hidden in the barn as it was illegal to have escapees in the homes which could be searched. Mrs. Rankin and her daughters sewed clothes for them, and shoemakers in the community made shoes--and there were an unusual number of that craft in such a small town. The house didn't look very large from the outside, but had 4 nice sized bedrooms, where the children slept 3 to a bed. The Rankin family left Ripley and went to Kansas after the war, so none of the original furniture is in the house, but it is all appropriate to the era. John and Jean Rankin are buried in Ripley. The site of the Rankin home is having a make-over with a large visitor and education center, but it wasn't ready yet. The home was completely restored in 2014.

Before we switched places we enjoyed a relaxing lunch at Cohearts Riverhouse. The restaurant is located along the Ohio River in the scenic Historic District of Ripley and looks out across the river to the hills of Kentucky. We had selected our menu choice when we signed up so it was all ready for us.

 Half the group then visited the John P. Parker House, home of an African American inventor who helped hundreds make their way to freedom. As a young man he'd been sold 5 times, and his last owner allowed him to work extra at the foundry and save money to buy his freedom. Parker moved to southern Ohio and around 1853 established a successful foundry behind his home in Ripley. Patenting a number of inventions from his foundry, Parker was one of only a few African Americans to obtain a U.S. patent in the 19th century. Though busy with his business, Parker was also active in the Underground Railroad and is believed to have assisted many slaves to escape from the Kentucky side of the Ohio River. Suggested reading: His Promised Land; The Autobiography of John P. Parker Before leaving Ripley.

Then we boarded the coach and traveled about seven miles to Georgetown, Ohio and another Ohio History Connection and National Historic Landmark, the boyhood home of Lt. General and 18th President of the United States Ulysses S. Grant; newly restored to its appearance in 1839. Grant's parents had moved to Georgetown in 1823 and his father was a tanner.  U.S. Grant lived there until he was 17. This home was saved from demolition in 1965 by local preservationists and in 2002 was donated to the state. It had a $1.4 million restoration in 2015. As with the other two locations, we had a wonderful docent.
Originally we'd planned to also visit the schoolhouse Grant attended as a boy, but we were about 2 hours behind schedule so voted to head for home. 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Can you trust political polls? Not many do.

Just 26% of Likely U.S. Voters say they trust most political polls. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 55% do not trust most political polls. Nineteen percent (19%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Thirty-seven percent (37%) rate the current polling on political issues and events as worse than it has been in the past. Only 11% say polling is better now. Forty-six percent (46%) think it’s about the same.
Just one-out-of-three voters (35%) believe most pollsters are interested in reporting the attitudes of Americans in an unbiased manner when they poll on Trump. Forty-three percent (43%) think most pollsters are trying to block the president from passing his agenda. Just 12% say most are trying to help the president pass that agenda instead.

Not surprisingly, given how wrong most pollsters were about the outcome of the presidential election, 64% of Republicans think most pollsters are trying to block Trump’s agenda, a view shared by 42% of unaffiliated voters but only 24% of Democrats.

The underreported accomplishments of the Trump administration

The underreported: (From American Thinker)

"While the Democrat/media complex tries to whip their base, and the country into a frenzy, this administration is putting good things in place. First and foremost for our culture is the restoration of law and order. That begins with giving the respect due to our law enforcement officials, which has been a hallmark of this administration. The outrageous demonization of law enforcement by the previous administration is gone. The ongoing praise of and cooperation with our police from Trump et al is not only refreshing, it’s going to have a long term positive effect. Violent demonstrators are no longer being coddled (except in Berkeley), instead they are prosecuted. Eventually, they won’t even get away with being lawless thugs in Berkeley. 

The existing border laws are being enforced. Illegal crossings are down 70%. ICE agents have been reenergized, rounding up criminals and deporting them. Bad guys are on notice. Drug trafficking will slow. MS-13 is being fought. This is just the beginning. The Attorney General is simply enforcing laws that exist. With Trump’s resolve to control the borders, these border issues will get better, and become reasonably controlled. If this is successful, the nation will be able to take a deep breath. Genuine assimilation will have a chance to succeed.

Having been a GOP poll watcher in a Democrat precinct, I have witnessed the Democrat drive to encourage vote fraud. Watching my Democrat counterpart demand that anyone be allowed to vote, regardless of identification, regardless of being on the precinct rolls, regardless of their legal status as citizens -- I knew this was a problem. Trump was laughed at when he claimed that Hillary’s popular vote margin was due to vote fraud, yet having been up close and personal, I am certain that more than just a couple of percentage points of voter fraud has gone on many places for many years, including 2016. 

We now have an administration that intends to do something to ensure vote fraud is curtailed. A few may have complained before, but no member of the GOP has seriously challenged this crime. The new executive order, along with the new investigative commission is long overdue. It is certain they will allow states to clean up voter rolls, press for the common-sense demand that voters have proper ID, are US citizens, and vote only once. Other ways to ensure a true vote will be recommended and put in place. We can now be assured there will be less Democrat crime on this front; those who commit vote fraud will be fearful of real prosecution, and our precious franchise will see enhanced integrity. This is an important issue, far more so than discussed. It’s a great move for our country and it will change elections.

Another major push is for economic revitalization. The administration’s proposed policies in this area are wonderful. The response of American business to the Trump administration is a good indicator. The undoing of so many bad regulations from prior administrations is one giant step, with more underway. The unleashing of our energy resources and businesses has been a major win. The first step in positive change to the failing Obamacare is a good sign. If health care legislation, and economic reforms pass, we will be on an economic trajectory that will be exciting, one that will repudiate the failings of Obama’s policies, and we can be confident of another Reagan style recovery. 

In foreign relations, nothing has been a bigger surprise than Team Trump’s many successes. In spite of the media perception of disarray, the Trump team has put together a burgeoning alliance in the Middle East, one that includes Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Egypt and others. This alliance will be key in dealing with the noxious mess left by the Obama/Clinton years. When Iran tries to flex its might, we will need the repair that the Trump team is working on.

Likewise in Asia. The disaster left us by the feckless Clinton/Abright deal with North Korea is being navigated well. There is no easy fix to having been duped by a mad dictator into enabling his acquisititon of nuclear weapons. Democrats can take solace that most people don’t know the degree of stupidity of their policies with North Korea, and don’t yet grasp the elevl of peril. Trump’s clear skill in negotiating and forming relations with China’s premier was extraordinary. That China is helping us with the Korean mess, perhaps for the first time, is a testament to Trump’s skills.

All of this as a reminder that there is much to be praised since the Trump administration took office. The leftist media wants us to think all is horrible, every day being a constitutional crisis that will end the world, and it’s all Trump’s fault. Truth be known, it’s the reverse. Trump’s successes are finally beginning to overcome the awful years of the Obama/media collusion and their inept failures. Failures in virtually everything they did."

Read more:

Victor Davis Hanson tracks the myth of Russian interferring

All the mistakes were made by the Obama administration, yet they blame Trump.  Why? Because they want to change the results of the November election, the very thing they accuse Russia of doing. The media actually made the Trump presidency possible with all the free publicity they gave him.  Too late guys, you can't go back. Hillary and Bill Clinton did so much more with and for the Russians, so many more contacts than Flynn.  Clapper found no evidence; FBI paid for bogus research then surveilled Trump  and then unmasked operatives. It's good that Comey is gone.

Constant negative programming about Trump from the media, making it hard to govern and get the changes made that need to be made. VDH thinks some of the Trump hatred is classist--he doesn't fit the ruling class image and he's unpredictable. The blue wall crumbled, they lost the working class, castigated white people with names like clinger and deplorable.  Why should the people love them? But blame Russia.