Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wanda Aday Smith(1943 - 2017)

In memory of a faithful daughter, mother, sister, wife.

Wanda Aday Smith passed away Friday, May 13, 2017. Wanda was born to parents George and Pearl Aday in Dixon, California on December 5th 1943.

She was raised in central California primarily in the town of Maricopa, California where she graduated from Maricopa High School then later attended Taft Community College in Taft, California.

In the mid 1960s Wanda and her sister Conda moved to Santa Barbara where they both worked in retail. In 1964 following the death of their mother the sisters took custody of their four year old brother Leroy Aday and raised him into his early adult years.

In June 1968 Wanda married Richard T. (Dick) Smith in Santa Barbara. Wanda worked at Lerner Shops clothing store where she started as a window dresser and was promoted through the ranks to the manager position, becoming the youngest Lerner manager in the state of California. Dick was a Deputy Sheriff with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's department where he worked until retiring in 1991 at the rank of Sergeant. Wanda later went to work at Hallmark shops in Santa Barbara and Goleta, California where again she was store manager until her retirement in 1992.

On June 6, 1973 their daughter Julie was born in Goleta, California where she attended schools in the Santa Barbara Public School System, graduating from San Marcos High School. She continued her education in the field of nursing and has been a nurse for the past 20 plus years.

Dick and Wanda retired in 1991 and moved to Durango in 1992 where Wanda worked as co-manager of the London Fog store and later worked at The Galloping Goose gift shop. Dick worked at the La Plata County Sheriff's Office as a Civilian Civil Process Server from 1994 to 2006.

The Smiths enjoyed travel and visited several states including Alaska and Hawaii and several countries including Canada, Mexico, England, Scotland, Panama, Costa Rica, and several Caribbean islands.

Wanda had many interests beginning with God and family and including cooking, gardening and reading as well as the fun filled monthly get together with the ladies in her Bunco group.

Wanda is survived by her husband of 49 years Dick Smith of Durango, their daughter Julie, sister Conda, brothers George and Leroy Aday, three grandsons and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents George and Pearl Aday, infant sister Regina and brother Robert Aday who was killed in combat in 1969 while serving in Vietnam with the Army's 25th Infantry Division. He died trying to save a wounded soldier and was posthumously awarded the Silver Star and his fourth Purple Heart.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Florida Mesa Presbyterian Church, 1024 County Road 230, Durango CO, with Pastor Dan Straw officiating.

In Lieu of flowers friends may want to remember Hospice of Mercy.

Funeral Home

Hood Mortuary
1261 East Third Avenue Durango, CO 81301
(970) 247-2312

Published in The Durango Herald on May 16, 2017

Tuesday, May 09, 2017


Helen better do what I say, or I will show Robert this photo.  He will never visit her again.

She was better yesterday.  Don't know about today.  She was gone when I came by a while ago.

Our RV is all tested out and everything works, air, heat, fridge, cook stove, hot water.  I love it.  We are loaning it to Jr's special friend for a week or so because her daughter is coming from North Dakota to visit her from Mother's day.  JR had that nice place to park it. George took it down today.  We may escape in it next weekend.  We will see.

Greg is home again, but he goes to work locally tomorrow.  It is a company out of Blue Eye that is working on the Bass Pro project up where brother Gilbert works.  He may be home all summer.  He likes the big money he makes on the away jobs, but he really ends up with more when he works around here.  We will see how long he stays this time.

The sun has been shinning, but I think rain moves in tomorrow. I think the weekend is supposed to be nice.

For dinner tonight we are having deviled eggs, free eggs from brother, and tuna salad sandwiches.  Everyone here loves deviled eggs.

Garden is just sitting there.  Been too cool and rainy.  Maybe it will take off now, or maybe not.  Yesterday I noticed the plowed areas where I had nothing planted were still bare.  That means not even weeds will grow.  Not a good sign. 

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Quotable Quotes

We tried to go camping Friday, but God said no.  We did drive down to Buffalo Point but it was flooded out, so we did a turnaround don't drown.  Aunt Helen to the rescue.  She took the kids to her house and they had a great time with a bonfire and movies.  Saturday, when Robert returned home, he says, "Bad news is I was gone.  Good news is I am back."  I agree.

Saturday night, they did sleep in the camper and had a big time all by themselves right next to the old folks.  The camper has a queen sized bed, a couch that makes a full sized bed, and a table area that converts to a bed so they had lots of beds to choose from.

Saturday evening, in the pouring rain, we went to Western Sizzler in Harrison, the kids favorite place to eat.  The old folks had steaks, but the kids had everything on the food bars.  Robert had an entire plate of deserts again.

Then, Sunday, Robert cooked hamburgers and brownies for dinner, with a little help.  He was not thrilled with the cooking, but he thought the eating was really good.

It was nice yesterday, no rain, but cool.  I think we are getting more rain later today.  The roads are a mess. George worked on ours yesterday, but it will wash again as soon as we get more rain.  I hope it does not snow tomorrow like it did in 2014.

Today is sister's birthday.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Good Lord is willing,

But the creek did rise, so no Church tonight.

Working on the electric

George has been working on the electric line so we can plug our RV in at home.  He has a lot of it done, but still not finished.

Last night he had some help covering the line.

Easter revisited

Because it was raining on Easter Sunday, Coin had egg hunt this last Sunday.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Goat Update

We sold 2 of our grown nannies last Saturday.  We got the check in the mail yesterday and they brought more than any we have sold so far, $240 each, $440 total.  We sold Miracle, a 2 year old nanny that kept loosing babies and Ivy a 10 month old nanny that took ill with iodine deficiency a few weeks ago.  Miracle was a good looking nanny that was due to kid next month, but Ivy still looked ill to me.  I am amazed they sold as well as they did.

And, here are new pics of our 3 babies.

The middle one is the billy that got such a rough start.  He is doing good now, but I could not get a good pic of him.  He would not stay put for a close up.

Today is go home early day.  Yeepee!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Baby names

I have named the new babies, Star and Stripe.  Can you guess which name goes where?  They are both ladies and doing fine.  Plus, Starvin' Marvin is improving every day.  He even runs and plays some now at 4 days old.

Yesterday, George tilled the garden.  Helen says I need to go to Powell's to buy tomato plants so I may do that today.  By Sunday, I plan to have tomatoes in the ground.  I have not decided what else I might plant.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Lost 2, Gained 2

Goats, that is.

We sold Ivy and Miracle Saturday.  Today, Holly had 2 by 5 pm.  I think they are both girls, but since I missed one last fall, I am not going out on a limb for a day or 2.  They are mostly brown and doing good, up and trying to eat.

Seven and Starvin Marvin are dong a little better.  He is nursing more now.  We gave his mama an antibiotic shot because she was not very energetic. 

Brother and Sister built some fence today.

It looks really good.

Now, we need names for the new girls.  George wants to call them all patches.  I guess we could go patches 1, 2, 3 and 4.  Or maybe Patches and then Two, Three, and Four.


Saturday, April 08, 2017

More Dog House pictures

I bought bedding and pretty towels yesterday.  We are really please with it so far.

The table made into a bed here.

Two TV's from Helen.

The cross I bought yesterday.

The front side where the door is.


Starvin' Marvin

That's his name.  Born early in the AM, April 7.  He had a sister, but she did not make it.  Mama is Seven, just one year old, out of Big White.  He was not eating very well, so last night I held Mama and Sister milked her out.  He ate good out of the bottle.  This morning around 5, I tried to feed him again, but I think he had already eaten.  His belly felt full.  He still seems a little 'off'', but I think he has eaten again since since then.  We will see how it goes.

Friday, April 07, 2017

Oco Dog, for Helen and VBS

Helen found these hot dog octopus online and wanted to make them for VBS.  Our theme has to do with Sailing. 

To make these cute eyes, use cottage cheese and black olives. They used cheese for the mouth, but I saw some with a line of regular mustard that were cuter and would be easier.

I vote for mustard mouth and cheese and black olive eyes.

And, when posting from work, I keep selecting the wrong blog.  Hence, deleted post to our 3 Sister Family History blog.


This is the design for VBS ID cards.  Kids or a helper will write in the name with a marker.  Then I will laminate the card.  They can even color in the anchor if they want.  I will print them on brightly colored card stock.  We will punch a hole in the corner and attach them to clothes with a safety pin.  Helen sez we will also loop ribbon through the hole for decoration.

It's all good.

Inside story,

Kids had their dinner in their new home on wheels.  Robert says he does not like it,  he LOVES it.

We have found the furnace works, the cook stove works, the Fridge works [came on and started cooling], AC probably works [came on and started blowing cool air but it was cool enough outside it was hard to tell if it really cooled].  Have not tried the water yet. George has to do some adjusting on our electric RV hookup and get a reducer for the water line before we can just hook it up at home to try everything out.  I am pleased with it all.  It looks really nice and so far everything we tried has worked. Oh, and, I went to the revenue office and got it in our names with a tag to take it down the road.

It's all good.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Thursday, March 30, 2017

George says, I was right!

George thinks if we are going to raise goats, we need to breed towards Boer goat standards with coloring, body type and loooong ears.  The four billies we sold Saturday have proven him correct. They were only 4 months old, but sold for more than any we have sold so far except for their 2 year old sire.  The brown one went for $115 and the three white with brown heads went for $117.50 each, almost twice as much as other young billies we have previously sold.

Our little Ivy is doing good.  I think we are going to sell her and one other nanny next Saturday.  IF it is not raining.  Loading goats in the rain is an activity old people avoid.

Seven, Big Whites daughter born a year ago, should be our next nanny to kid.

And then, Holly, our two year old and mother of our current billy Chocolate milk, should kid within a couple of weeks or so.

That is how it is in Goat World.